double light switch Renovating A Living Room

by:Leimove     2020-03-11

Good planning and preparation is the key to the success and satisfaction of any DIY project;The time spent at this stage is likely to give you the results you want, meet your expectations, and if you rush into work with paint and brushes in your hand, just to give the room a facelift.Good planning and preparation is the key to the success and satisfaction of any DIY project;The time spent at this stage is likely to give you the results you want, meet your expectations, and if you rush into work with paint and brushes in your hand, just to give the room a facelift.Our living room has been decorated for many years and needs to be renovated;So the main goal of this DIY project is to redecorate and paint the room.However, in the months before the start of the project, my wife and I often sat together to discuss our expectations, exchange ideas, and reach a consensus on the overall design, style, color and objectives as part of the outline plan;All of this is designed to enhance the comfort, ease of use and aesthetics of the living space.When a room needs to be remodeled, give it a bit of paint (paint and decor), or maybe a remodel, and don't think too much about it other than the color scheme, which can be tempting, decoration and some design features.However, now is a good time to think about what you don't like about an existing room, what doesn't work, what can be improved, and what can be added.Taking the time to think about this and determine what you want to achieve can lead to a DIY project becoming a renovation job, not just a remodel or a simple painting and decoration, however, once the project is completed, it will certainly guarantee greater satisfaction.In our living room we don't like painted skirting (we prefer natural wood) with ugly speaker wires around the room for surround sound systems, we do not like the Artex on the ceiling and the old carpet that needs to be replaced;As we sat down and thought about it, we quickly listed a whole bunch of other things we didn't like, wanted to change or improve.Replace the old second oneThe brand new comfortable high quality and wear-resistant sofa makes your hands and sofa uncomfortable.Original and well replacement-Worn carpet with new top quality 100% wool aksminster or Wilton carpet.Choosing a co-Coordinated color scheme for sofa, carpet and d-frame©Cole and furnitureg.The curtains satisfy our taste.Change the surrounding radiator to better adapt to the use of the room and add a radiator to the adjacent greenhouseg.The radiator behind the sofa is too high to prevent the sofa from pushing back against the wall;Wasted precious space in a narrow room.Relocate the socket for more convenient useg.Most sockets are hidden behind the furniture.Rationalize the light switch.g.Switches for different lights scattered in the room, so want to put them all on a switch panel with dimmer.Make the extra fireplace more distinctive.Replace all painted woodg.Skirting, natural wood finish.7:1 speaker cable for hidden TV sound systemg.with coving.Open the storage space under the stairs by expanding the gap and turning it into a suitable niche;Make the room bigger and more spacious.Do something about the Artex ceiling.Polish the painted door back to natural wood.After agreeing on our goals, decide on the key to the color scheme and d.©The cor of the whole project first determines the color of the sofa and carpet.The sofa we chose was red and green;We chose the red color and then the green carpet as the contrast.This allows us to plan color schemes for the rest of Project e.g.The walls are light green, green can be picked up on the carpet, red curtains can complement the red sofa.At the beginning of the project, we chose our new sofas and carpets, and we didn't expect them to be delivered until after the renovation was completed, so that they would not be damaged during the renovation;Especially we don't have anywhere else to store them.So after shopping around and choosing what we wanted, we placed an order (secured with a deposit) and asked the store to book for us until needed.We then deal with each other goal on the list;Purchase all the building materials we needg.Gypsum, wood, lining paper, wallpaper, latex paint, etc.Shop around for the cheapest suppliers and place orders at the same time;So at the beginning of the renovation, I already had everything I needed to complete the whole project.Empty all fixtures and accessories in the room except basic furniture.The only furniture we had during the renovation was the old sofa and the table with a portable TV.Clean the room, pick up the carpet, remove all the old skirting boards, and then remove the walls.Do the building work, including replacing the radiator, repositioning the power outlet and lighting, adding coverage to hide the speaker wires, tiling the fireplace, and installing the new skirting board.Repair and repair walls, floors and any Woodg.Plaster repair on the wall.Then clean the whole living room thoroughly, wash the walls, and sweep the floor clean.Including painting and decoration of hanging lining paper, wallpaper, etc.Bring all the furniture back to the room and install all the fixtures and accessories.When we destroy the living room, skirting is one of the first things to be removed, but one of the last things to be re-removedInstall before painting and decoration.The reason we chose to replace them is that we like the appearance and beauty of natural wood, and unlike painted wood products, its maintenance is free.Most people paint the wood white, usually the white of the skirting board, and once painted white, it quickly changes color and becomes worn out, so you'll always be committed to repainting every few yearsUsually by giving it a quick standTo create a key for the new paint as it is easier and faster than sanding back to the bare wood.However, we prefer the appearance of natural wood, which, once dyed, greased, waxed or painted, presents the natural appearance of the wood (highlighting the wood grain ), this also provides it for almost free maintenance.By the time we bought the house, the skirting was already painted white, so in the course of our initial renovation and subsequent redecorating and painting of the living room, we just kept itNow, when we do a full flip, it's time to rip off all the old skirting boards and replace them with fresh wood with natural finishes.It also gives us the opportunity to change the outline and height of the skirting board to something we like, which will work well with d.©Our living room remodeled cor.The old skirting plate is 3 inch high and has the outline of the cow nose;For the replacement, we chose the 4 inch skirting with the rim profile.Finally, I chose a light oak varnish, which has three layers on the pine, which matches perfectly with the oak furniture in our living room.The oak varnish I use is fast and dry (you can re-dryVarnish in an hour), it brings the beauty of the wood and provides a waterproof, tough surface that can be easily kept clean with a quick wipe with a damp cloth.Instead of installing the new skirting board and then painting it, I finished all the lengths I needed at once (before cutting the size) and made them dry and repeated twiceWhen it comes to accessories, I cut the length to size as needed, and then decorate any edges with varnish if necessary.The home in the UK is different from the home in the United States because all the original walls, including the interior walls, are almost brick, not wooden racks or column walls.Also, in the UK (and I think so in the US), you need to work with your local authorities (local councils) before removing walls that may be structural) verify that planning permission may be required;In any case, you need to comply with the building regulations.When the house was originally built at the entrance of 1930 under the stairs, it came out of the kitchen and was designed as a built-in storage room.A former master blocked the entrance to the kitchen, created an arched opening from the living room, and created a bar (drink) area under the stairs;It was nice, but after we moved in, we added shelves (for DVD storage) to the back to match the color and design of the bar Wood.In addition, in a previous project, when we renovated the kitchen, we built the old kitchen door with bricks (opposite the original storage room) A new back door was installed on the other side of the kitchen.We then blocked that part of the kitchen with a nail wall and re-opened the original entrance to the old storage room.This creates a small room behind the kitchen, and we turn it into a cloakroom that enters through the stairs from the living room.Now that we are doing a full renovation of the living room, after checking to confirm that the wall is not structural, we decided to make it easier to enter the space under the stairs and open it to make the living room more spacious, we will tear down a part of the brick wall to expand and increase the height of the opening.Although the wall is not structural, several rows of bricks above the new opening still require safety support (according to building regulations) so after removing the wall, I installed the appropriate support beam.I also need to add a new fake ceiling, re-Install lighting for the lights under the stairs and reposition the light switch (previously installed on the wall I removed );Then use plastering to make the bricks on both sides.I don't know what rules the US has, but in the UK you can't re-wire yourself these days.Under British law, the job must be done by a fully qualified electrician who will give you a certificate upon completion;Or, if you do the job yourself, you need a qualified electrician to check and sign it before he connects it to the power supply, and then he will issue you a certificate at this point.I chose the latter because I was halfQualified and confident in my work as it is much cheaper than Labor cost;Also, I don't need to explain to others what I want, I can go ahead and finish the job with satisfaction.The three areas that need to be rationalized are power outlets, lighting and electric light switches, and telephone outlets :-Most of the power outlets are behind the furniture, so we rely too much on the four gang extension wires;We have a set of double sockets behind our solid oak TV cabinet, so we can't push the TV cabinet to the wall, which wastes precious space in a very narrow room.So the first job is to pull up the right floor and re-Connect the socket to the right location and no furniture will hide the socket.We took this opportunity to replace the old white plastic socket with a Georgian style brass finish wall socket, I put in extra effort to drill the grooves of the brick factory, that way we can sink all the sockets into the wall, not just the wall.While ordering the new socket, we also ordered two built-in dual socketsIn the USB charger, one is installed next to the TV stand and one is mounted on the side wall next to the main sofa.Once you have added cable box, sound system and DVD or Blu-ray, a common problem with modern TV-ray player etc.Ugly plugs and power leads for all accessory equipment;Also, first of all because there are not enough wall sockets.To solve these problems, I fixed a TV masterplug 8-A post power surge socket is installed on the wall behind the TV screen.This is an ideal solution for us because our TV screen is placed in the corner of the room at a certain angle, so that we can directly see the front of the screen from the sofa;By adjusting the screen, it can easily enter the back of the screen from one side, from which we can enter the power plug of the TV and all the auxiliary equipment.The light itself is what we like, so we didn't change it, but the old light switch for the light under the stairs was on the wall and I removed it, as part of opening the space under the stairs and making the living room more spacious.So I had to re-The route of switching the light to a more suitable place;This is good because anyway I would like all the light switches in the room to be placed in a convenient place and the dimmer can be controlled as well.So I purchased a modular three dimmer switch unit with brass finish and re-All three lighting circuits are connected to it.The problem with the phone socket is that it is visible and therefore not beautiful.When checking the cable under the floor, I can see that there are enough spare cables to relocate it to a place close to the corner wall where the oak furniture will hide it;With the phone permanently plugged into the socket (unlike the power outlet), we don't need to access it regularly.Also, unlike electrical, the job does not need to be certified by a qualified professional, so I am free to open the phone socket and relocate it anywhere I want.A few years ago, when our central heating system was upgraded, we installed two modern radiators in our lives.The room, but the one placed behind the old sofa has always been a curse, as it is the same height as the sofa, preventing you from pushing the sofa to a place close to the wall;Wasted a lot of valuable space in a narrow room.We use the 6 inch space recovered by a half-height radiator (allowing us to push the couch closer to the wall) we saved 3 inch of the space on the other side of the room by removing the power outlet behind the TV stand (allowing us to close the power outlet to the wall) the total available width of the living room increased by 9 inch;It may not sound much for a large room, but it may be important for a small room.The only real drawback of replacing the radiator with half a radiator isHeight one is less heat output.However, the heat output of the full-size radiator behind the sofa is higher than the radiator under the window;I would also like to add a radiator to our new neighboring greenhouse;This will increase the heat in the living room.After doing some calculations, replace the radiator under the window with a more powerful radiator removed from the back of the sofa (with half a replacement)Height radiator) together with the new radiator in the greenhouse, the overall heat balance is maintained at our satisfactory level.To further save energy and improve the efficiency of the heating system, while I have floors to do plumbing work, I make sure that any new plumbing work I add is well insulated from the plumbing.I know the conservatory is a separate room, but by heating (which is what we want to do anyway) it means that the temperature difference between the Conservatory and the living room is small, therefore, the heat loss from entering the greenhouse through the wall is greatly reduced.Also, although the radiator in our master bedroom is technically the correct size of the room because of the combinationThe boiler is in the adjacent bathroom, all the central heating pipes of the radiator around the house are running under the bedroom floor (actually under the floor heating) and we never need to use it.So, after replacing the radiator downstairs, I changed the radiator in the bedroom to the radiator under our lives --room window.Radiator in the living room-The length of the room is about 2 out of 3 of the room replaced in the bedroom, and the heat output is low;This is good as the plumbing under the floor keeps the bedroom warm.The main advantages and main purpose of replacing this type of radiator is that due to the small replacement radiator and the small space occupied, we are given more room for the bedroom available.Once all the pipes were done, I added Fernox F3 to the radiator (central heating cleaner) and ran for a few days as instructed by the manufacturer.I then rinsed out the system and added Fernox F1 (central heating protector ).Typically, when adding these liquids to the central heating system, most people isolate the radiator from the system by closing the valves at both ends, and then unscrew the entire radiator vent nut, in order to pour the fluid into the vent.However, when the heating engineer upgraded our central heating system, he added a water inlet to the system;Install it on the back of the built-in-In the wardrobe next to the fume hood, the combined boiler is there.I found that this water inlet is easier and faster to use when cleaning up the system, because only one stop cover can be undone, rather than fiddling with all the valves in the radiator;The opening is much larger so that you can pour the cleaning and protection fluid directly from the bottle without a funnel.As an old house, it is natural that some floors are damaged and cracked, so it needs to be replaced.I can't order new flooring from a local DIY store because everything is Empire size (feet and inches) when the house is built, while modern flooring is made of rice.So I measured the millimeters of the existing floor carefully and then called a local Saw Mill to ask them to cut the three custom floors I needed into the exact width and depth required.I was impressed with the "service.Not only did my local sawmill cut and clear three non-standard size floors at very little extra cost, but they delivered them in an hour for cash on delivery;Charge me only an extra £ 5 ($7) for resetting the machine to cut the standard size wood (width and depth) and the extra cost of delivery.Now, that's what I call "service ".Once I have installed the new floor, before any plaster patching of the wall, the next task is to install coving on the top of the three walls to hide the 7:1 surround sound system.From "old school", in the days of Hi-Fi (Hi-Fi) I appreciate the sound of "high quality" before the "digital revolution;When MP3 files are not music files, but just data files, I was surprised that the younger generation was so happy with MP3 audio that cut off the high and low frequencies, resulting in massive compression of the data.I like this more.Files (though 10 times larger) because they are real digital music files and closely mimic the quality of hi-fi.Therefore, when it comes to TV, it is concise and clear to illustrate the limitations of the built-in TV.In the speaker, appreciate the enhanced quality of Dolby Digital speakers played back through the surround sound system.So, to complement our TV, we have a full 7:1 surround sound with a lot of speakers and speakers around the room powered by a lot of speaker wires;It looks ugly.As part of the living room decoration, I could have chased the wire to the Wall (cut a passage on the plaster and stick it on the wire to make it flush with the wall ).However, I chose to hide the wire with coving, which is easier and faster, and provides an attractive feature for the d.©Cole in the room.I can choose the cheaper polystyrene or the stronger plaster material.I chose plaster coverage, and while it was a bit expensive and trickier to install, it was much more aesthetically pleasing.In order to stick coving to the wall, I used a lot of "instant grab nail" and no longer used nail adhesive.In my first attempt, I found that 3 m (10 feet) coving was too long for the adhesive.I could have supported coving with a few screws until the adhesive was set;However, I decided to cut our cooperation by half.Length and keep them in place for a few minutes until the adhesive catches, it's like a charm.A few years ago, we upgraded the natural gas central heating system to a modern combined boiler, providing near-instant hot water for faucets and natural gas central heating as needed, eliminating the need for natural gas fires, the rear boiler, feather tank and expanded cold water tank in the attic;In other words, a more efficient system is much cheaper to run and takes up much less space.At that time, the old fireplace became redundant. at first, I squared the original fireplace, filled the inside, installed a glass shelf in the groove and made a display area.Later, a friend helped me break through the Bell milk above and create a sunken area.We made an arched groove with house brick, made a fake back with plywood (I treated it with teak oil), faced the base and front with recycled solid oak flooring, it is then done by installing a flat glass shelf.For the current project, my wife and I wanted to go a step further by tiling the entire fireplace and chimbreast into a design feature.So after watching some DIY makeover shows in the US and UK on TV, we went to our favorite local tile shop to choose our tiles;Include some glass tiles, which, although expensive, is a popular feature in many tile items on TV.Once all the renovations are completed, the decoration of our fireplace design function (icing on the cake) is to add mirror glass to the back of the two grooves.The groove at the bottom is easy as it is just a rectangle so all I need to do is measure the height and width of the opening;The top groove with the arch is more challenging.g.I need to make sure the mirror glass is cut in place.To get the exact shape and size of the arched groove, I used the thick (1400gsm) lining paper as a template that our local glass supplier can use to cut the size of the mirror.This is a simple case of cutting the general shape and size of the opening from the thick lining paper, then pushing the lining paper into the groove and scoring around the edge with my nails.Then carefully cut the shape inside the engraving line and the eighth part of the inch to give the gap needed to install the glass;Then, once installed, it can be done with a sealant or beads around the edges.According to the manufacturer's instructions, the mirror glass is fixed on the back with a mirror adhesive.The previous owners replaced the original interior doors with modern hollow flush facing doors that we didn't like.So when a friend replaced his back door with a modern double glass uPVC door a few years ago and was going to throw away the old one, we asked him if he could have it.When I brought it home, it was perfect for our lives --The room was where I installed it.The door he gave us was solid mahogany (heavy) with Wood on one side and unfortunate White on the other.So as part of the renovation, I took the door off the hinge and brought it outside, and then I could take it back to the bare wood with my Sander.Once it's cleaned up, I'll do it again.Hang it, rub teak oil on the wood, and when dry, coat it with a layer of beeswax furniture polish (without any silicone) and polish it to shine.Furniture polish with silicone eg.Spray polishing is a false economy, because the gloss will disappear in a few days and the silica gel will attract dust, so you will always have to dust and polish the furniture every week to keep it beautiful.The proper beeswax polish without silicone (though much more expensive and requires more work to buffer) provides a more lasting finish and better protection;So all you need to do is Polish occasionally, not weeklyg.Once or twice a year.Not my favorite DIY part, but it has to be done well because it's the finishing touches of all the differences between a mediocre job and a well done job.When painting and decorating, I like to do all the wood work first and then work from top to bottomg.Ceiling and walls.The new skirting is reinstalled after painting and installationDirty the windowsill, touched the door frame, and the door restored the original wood. it was time to paint and decorate.Like the old house, our walls are not completely flat or smooth, so as long as the wallpaper is pasted on it and there is no lining paper, all the defects will be displayed;The ceiling was painted with artex we didn't like.As for the ceiling, the ideal solution would be to plastering on artex, But plastering is my strong point.I can paint a small piece of wall into fashion, but I know my ceiling can't paint the whole ceiling;While this is an option, we really don't want to distribute it for a professional plasterboard.So after my wife and I sat down to discuss all the options, we decided, because artex paint is more of a bubble than a spike, and if we cover it with thick lining paper, it won't completely eliminate the artex effect, but it will highlight it and end it more pleasantly.So after a lot of research on the network, we chose the 1400gsm lining paper, which is thick enough to cover most of the flaws, but not too heavy, it is almost impossible to stay in the ceiling in place when trying to fix the ceiling.Needless to say, it's still a tedious job, but by following the manufacturer's instructions with great patience and perseverance, I managed to paint the ceiling with lining paper to a satisfactory standard;People who used to have white lotions looked decent.In fact, it was very good and made our old smoke detectors look shabby, so after some research, I purchased a new smoke detector that met our requirements, its review is good and recommended by "fire service.Paste the wall with lining paper is another challenge because there are fake arches on the front wall and there is no straight line to the windows, doors and niches under the stairs, if you intend to wallpaper after that, lining paper can be easily suspended horizontally according to all suggestions.However, the lining paper is one inch wider than the wallpaper, so there is little risk of queuing up on the connection;So for the sake of simplicity, I decided to hang the lining paper vertically.Another challenge is the fake arch on the main wall.Cut the pieces at the top into shapes that overlap with inches, and cut the slit where each inch overlaps, fold them into the curve below, which is easy enough;Similarly, it is easy to cut the top curve for the backing paper below.The challenge is to properly fit the straps under the arch curve, and the problem is that the lining paper will shrink as it dries;So the next morning, when you came up and down from the lining paper, you had already pulled the teaching and moved away from the outline of the curve.My solution is to cut the middle of the already straight lining paper with a Stanley knife, apply a large amount of wallpaper paste on the lower side of the lining paper, and then re-Stick it to the curve of the arch;Then it stays there.Once the lining paper was turned on and I waited 24 hours for it to dry, I put the room on the wallpaper and let it dry for another 24 hours, then applied two layers of lotion to the wallpaper.We can install all the fixtures and accessories when the weather is dry.g.Curtains, wall clocks, photo frames, etc., Then wait for the installation of the carpet before bringing all the furniture back to the room.After the carpet was installed, the last DIY job I did was to redecorate the footrest with a rugcut.
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