How do you get surface stains out of wood?
I stupidly set a cup of warm liquid down on a wood side table in the office of the individual above my boss! It left a stain that I would really like to get out. Does anyone know how to get this type of stain out of wood? I've already owned up to the Admin Assistant but I would like to get it undone.
Question answered by Auntie Anne Arkey
Is this a whitish stain, or a darkish stain? If a whitish stain, you can usually get it out by using a hot iron, and a piece of fthick paper or thin cloth...lay the paper/cloth over the white spot and iron with the iron on dry/high. Sometimes putting it on the steam setting works when a dry iron doesn't, and this is because not all wood finishes are alike.
If a darkish stain I'm afraid there isn't too much that can be done except either sanding it down and refinishing, or using a darker polish color and try and blend it in. Now, this can be done very well using shoe polish (yes, shoe polish, you'd be surprised how many wood finishers use shoe polish as a stain/finish).
Good luck. Don't feel too badly...I mean, whose dumb idea was it in the first place to get a piece of furniture that could be damaged so easily? You think people up the corporate ladder don't do dumb stuff, too?
How much would it cost to build a home?
I am looking to buy a peice of land in Pennsylvania. It is 6.88 acres. I would like to build a home that is two or three bedrooms and 2 or 3 bathrooms. It should also have a living room dining room kitchen office and a basement and possibly and extra room. around how much do you think it would cost to build such a house? including painting the walls and carpeting or tileing or wooding the floors. all the stuff you need for a hosue except furniture cause i already have my own.
Question answered by pissy_old_lady
Call around to local builders for your area's average price per square foot. Once you decide on the size of the house you want you can figure the basic cost with the average price for your area. In my areas basic builds are $125.00 per square foot..your location will vary. This will not include land/septic/hookups/driveway/landscaping.. just the house.
What color paint and window treatments should we choose?
My wife and I are about to renovate our living room. We plan to repaint our walls, add new window treatments, and possibly add chair rails and crown molding.
We plan on keeping our black leather sofa and red leather easy chairs. We also have medium brown hard wood floors and dark brown baseboards and doors. The walls are currently a textured egg shell white. Lastly we have ample natural lighting from the sliding glass door and large living room windows.
Please give us suggestions on what color to paint our walls and a suggested window treatment for the sliding glass door and windows. If possible provide a web link to show the colors and treatments.
BTW, we are looking for a more modern or exotic look. Oh, we're not a fan of wall paper. Would beige paint look ok?
Question answered by HappyHeart
First, you have to decide the style that you like. Is it traditional? Modern? Exotic? Then decorate your home accordingly. If you like exotic influences but don't want to go overboard, just have accent pieces here and there, e.g. use cushions with African pattern or have mini elephant statues or Chinese-inspired vases or something.
Since you don't mention it, I'll just give you a suggestion based on what I like. I prefer a traditional look, just because I think it's both elegant and comfortable.
Since you have red arm chairs, why don't you have a bit more red in the room? Maybe a red rug for the living area? Or red cushions for the black sofa? Make sure the textures of the cushion and the leather don't clash, though. Or you could have red curtains or walls. If you do go with curtain, make sure it's lined or it's a blackout material, because otherwise the light entering your house when the curtains are closed may be too eerie. Oh, instead of curtains, maybe you could use Roman blinds; stay away from vertical or horizontal blinds. (Except if you got the latter in the wooden varieties - those look so elegant!)
Personally, I think it's best to keep the curtains a bit more neutral, though. So, maybe use something more beige or sheer curtains. Instead, use red on the walls, BUT don't go crazy. I think the more burgundy, dark red colours would look better than bright reds. Also, depending on your budget, you could choose to use wallpapers instead. With wallpapers, you could play around with patterns as well. I'd go with beige/cream wallpaper with red accents, and red borders. That would look awesome! Or, if you prefer to paint, your current wall seems okay, maybe just paint ONE wall red. For instance, if you have a fireplace, maybe that wall could be red, and the rest could be more neutral?
Otherwise, you could play up the browns of the wood floor and door. That would be great as well. Play with textures. Look for curtain material that's not plain to prevent your home from looking drab.
Or, you could actually keep both the walls and curtains neutral, and instead have more wooden furniture, and keep your house bright. This will give the feel of a larger, more open space.
Also, play with lights. You know how there are the yellowish lights and the white, daylight sort of lights? They can really change the atmosphere of your room. So decide which one you like better, and then see if they'll go with your decor. I mean, if you like the white, daylight sort of light (like the sort they use in offices), then that probably won't work with red walls. The yellowish lights would work better in that case, as it creates a certain ambiance. However, I would go with your light preference first, since you spend more time at home at night. So if you don't like yellow lights but insist on using them just so they go with your decor, you probably will not like spending time in that room.
Here are some ideas:
(the windows look awesome too):
Here's what I mean about the lighting:
Imagine if there were white lights instead. Wouldn't look as good.
Different types of window treatments:
Some wallpaper ideas:
Hope I helped a bit. Sorry for not giving a shorter answer. I'm bored and I miss my interior decorator dad. Good luck with your home! :)
EDIT: Sure, beige goes well with both black and red, and it's a whole lot better than white.
Maybe you better re-post this question to get input from more people :) Try to post it when the traffic is slightly heavier, so there would be more people reading.
How much do you like to walk barefoot?
There´s a lot of people who really like this, and I just want to know what do you think......How much time have you spent barefoot? What have you done barefoot? Do you enjoy get dirty soles? Do you like to talk about it?
Question answered by barefootboy
I have been barefoot for almost 2 years now. I do everything barefoot -- driving, shopping, going in public places, hiking in the woods, going to clubs, visiting friends, going to the doctor, gardening, shoveling snow, going for walks, etc. I go to the post office almost every day to ship parcels and I have done that barefoot for nearly 2 years except for when I have really heavy parcels to deal with (50 lbs/20 kg)
The only times I have worn shoes is to funerals and to church; someday I will probably also go to church barefoot. Obviously there are other times when shoes are required -- such as moving furniture, doing tasks where foot protection is necessary, and climbing ladders.
I tend to keep my feet clean. I don't want people to think that barefooting means I am "dirty" or that barefooting itself is somehow "dirty". However, when at home, I love to walk in mud and get dirty feet but then I promptly get cleaned up when entering the house again. I keep a small basin as a foot bath inside my house entrance to wash my feet.
I don't talk about barefooting much. I prefer that people not even notice. I do visit some barefooting sites and yahoo groups, but that's about it for me.
I believe that if more people were barefoot more often, there would be less stress in the world. Taking off your shoes after a long day is a great way to relax, cool off, and relieve stress. More people should at least remove their shoes at home.
Barefooting is great. I never want to stop being a barefooter.
What specific materials do i need to soundproof my home recording studio?
Question answered by Dean D
It all depends on your budget and how elaborate you want to get. Professional studios spend a lot of money on soundproofing.
There are two purpoese of soundproofing 1) to inside sounds from getting outside the studio 2) to keep outside sounds from entering the studio. Most studios try to accomplish both, since drums and loud amps can disturb neighbors at the musicians most creative moments, and nobody wants the sounds of yelling neighbors, sirens, pounding on doors, megaphones from angry cops, etc. from getting into recordings.
Seriously... A couple of cost-effective methods would work. There is the "building within a building" which works well. Build an actual room inside your garage using sheetrock on both sides of the walls with insulation in the center. This is fairly effective most of the time. To ensure that sound doesn't make it through via "coupling," make 2x6 walls (using 2x6s at the ends) and stagger 2x4s with the studs in-between - using thicker insulation than as well. This method works wonders and is often used between apartments to block sounds.
Another way, is to double up on sheetrock, maybe putting some soft material in-between the layers.
Now the best (and most expensive) methods are using sound blocking and absorbing materials like auralex. There is this stuff called sheetbloc or something like that and it is supposed to have sound-blocking properties that exceed lead foil (which, by the way is excellent at blocking sound). I haven't tried it because of cost.
Beyond that, I have heard of lots of creative ways to record. I've known people to use closets (full of clothes) as vocal booths. The bathroom is excellent for recording electric guitars because of the roomy sound. Full basements are naturally soundproof (except to the upstairs rooms). Don't try egg cartons - they don't work. Staggered random layers of wood is effective for cutting standing waves. Stacked cardboard works also, but then you have a fire hazard. Stay away from materials that are fire hazards. The list could go on. Personally I doubled up on my outside walls, using Hardirock on the outside layer of my studio. I have used office panels to absorb sounds inside the studio. You can usually find those at military or government surplus places and used office furniture stores (sometimes even at yard sales). Those do an excellent job. It's all kind of hit or miss though. Good luck and have fun, but don't expect it to sound like the pro studios. Those guys spend hundreds of thousands on soundproofing.
what was your most awful hotel experience?
In Jamaica, we went to a really great hotel, or what the reviews said. the remote did not work, the lights wouldnt turn on, the blinds were STUCK open and the door wouldnt open at all, the water in the shower was all brown, and the sink didnt work, the tv did not come in clearly, it was in spanish, and the beds were hard. it was supposed to be a great hotel! we left the next day. it was so ghetto lol!!!
what is yours?
Lexi & Austin =)
Question answered by Bored Now
In terms of luxury hotels, management has always made things right for me, not counting the giant flying cockroaches on one tropical visit. My worst experience was at a small family-run motel in a small NC town that came extremely highly recommended by family and friends.
When we arrived, there was nobody at the front desk; a little sign advised us to go around back and find someone. We went around back and found someone who then had a long phone conversation about her aunt before checking us in. On entering the hotel room, we were greeted by a strong musty smell and large white trellis on the wall with sprigs of fake flowers arranged around it.
Our room was supposed to be a suite with a living area, bathroom, and bedroom. The living area was furnished with a grubby loveseat and other furniture that in no way matched anything. The carpet was one of those dark coloured mottled ones that is designed so it won't show dirt or stains, but there is a point where even that sort of carpet can no longer hide the crud, and that point was probably about 5 or 10 years ago. The walls were made of fake wood paneling painted blue. They were also very thin, judging by how clearly we could hear the people in the room next door and their two extremely unhappy toddlers. The room was freezing, so I turned the heat on.
My wife opened the door (made out of 1X4s nailed together) at the back of the living area and discovered that it led to a tiny bathroom. There were no towels. On the other side of the bathroom was another homemade door that couldn't be closed, leading to the bedroom. The overhead light was burned out, but the lamp at the bedside table worked.
Revealing a bedroom furnished with a jumble of thrift store finds. At least the bed was neatly made. Crisp white clean sheets except for a single long black hair and a spot near the edge of the sheet where someone had written "BMW" with a marker. That might have been the last straw if either of us had been in the mood to storm off and find somewhere else to stay, but instead we flopped down on the bed and looked up at the holes in the ceiling tiles and the badly patched walls and laughed.
On the way out to grab a late dinner, we phoned the front desk and left a message about the light and the missing towels. When we got back 2 hours later and the light and the towels still weren't taken care of, we slogged out to the front office through pouring rain to inquire. A cheerful young man apologized for the lack of towel, saying that he must have thrown it on the floor when he was working on the toilet the other day. He handed us a fresh white towel with a few faint yellow stains and said that he'd be by in the morning to take care of the light.
Surprisingly, we slept well even though it turned out that the only heat vent was in the front room, and heat had to pass through the narrow little bathroom to get to the bedroom. We woke up at the crack of dawn because the blinds wouldn't close and the morning sun reflected off the mirror directly at the bed. The sun moved and we went back to sleep, waking up just in time to pop into the front office for the "continental breakfast" which turned out to include a pile of fruits of varying ages, granola bars, and individually wrapped pastries that looked like they came out of a vending machine. Later, after discovering the largest ant ever seen struggling in a puddle of water beside the sink, I picked up my shirt from the top of the dresser where I'd left it in the gloom the night before. It turned out to have been sitting on a cheapo "ocean scent" air freshener which smelled more like urinal cakes than the ocean. Unfortunately it was the only warm shirt I'd brought, so I had to wear it again.
For all their apparent inattention to detail, though, the hotel staff managed to notice that my daughter got hair dye on 3 towels, and they charged us to replace them.
Help! my solid wood dining table is stained with red "washable marker!?
My kids used a set of "washable" markers on these plastic wipe off mats. when they turned them over to do the activity on the otherside they smeared the marker on the table.. All the colors washed of except the red. How can I get the red off? Aside from sanding it off! Thanks
Question answered by Backwoods Barbie
To remove a permanent marker stain from wood furniture, there are a few options available. You could try WD-40, non-gel toothpaste, or possibly baby wipes. Also, I´d suggest a bit of alcohol on a white cloth or paper towel, or visiting an office supply store to get a commercial felt pen ink remover. I would also recommend trying the method you choose on an inconspicuous area of the wood first to ensure that it doesn´t damage the finish.Good luck!...
What is your workspace like?
I am sitting in my office looking at my grey furniture, grey door and grey carpet and it just struck me that this colour certainly reflects my company's corporate culture. I wish I could throw in a bit of fuschia to liven things up.
Question answered by .
HA! Beige, stained carpet. I think my desk might be made of real wood (but about 50 years old) unlike the particle board crap out in the cubes. There are three of us crammed into a teensy office, our desks methodically placed so that we can't peek at each other's computer screens. The curtains (heavy, dusty, beige) are ALWAYS drawn tightly closed because we are the graphic designers of a VERY corporate company and must see our colors correctly, but no one understands that part of our job and thinks we sit in the dark because we're depressed. Just lots of brown and beige carpeted walls and darkness and stains...the works. Very depressing. What's worse is the dress code. I refer to the nylons that I have to wear as "The Sausage Casings" because really, the point of nude nylons? Just to suck your skin in. And for the record, I'm only in my 20's so nylons aren't doing much except BINDING me and making my do innappropriate hike-ups when no one is looking. It's strange to be subjected to these types of surroundings while simultaneously being in a creative field where all we wanna do is wear hoodies and jeans and listen to music really loud. And here we are, in nylons, skirts no shorter than one inch above the knee, pumps and blouses in beige carpet land, listening to Rancid and the Pixies on our headphones. Weird. Every time I really take a moment to think about it I laugh to myself. If I laughed out loud, I might get fired :).
Which one is the best furniture brand in Kolkata, India?
Question answered by jeet t
You cannot trust any brand in Furniture in India as there is no good & Established company with Pan India presence & service centres. Except for a Few like Tangent,Gautier,Durian & Godrej which again get there furniture from China.
I import & manufacture lots of furniture in Mumbai and despatch to most of the cities. so far calcutta i have not . Still do let me know what kind of furniture you want. Home or office. if home then what.. sofas/beds/tables/chairs.. again wood or metal.. do let me know the budgets thats more important and mayb i can guide you the best.
Further i can mail you good & Reliable manufacturers of Furniture based in Calcutta once i know what you want. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Office decorating help!!!?
I am a 22 year old guy an am about to start a new job in which I will have my own office. I'm usually really good with interior decorating, but I'm kind of stuck on this one. The walls are a somewhat of a khaki-tan color (fortunately, i like the color as re-painting is not an option). It also has a dark wood desk (something like a dark cherry wood) with an office chair and two chairs for clients. There's really not enough room for any more furniture except maybe a small decorative table and/or a small accent chair. I know I want to hang my degrees on the wall and a mirror and I would like to incorporate a couple of lamps to create a more inviting atmosphere. Other than that, I'm not sure how to accessorize it to make it more personal (instead of boring and sterile) without over-doing it. Any tips would be appreciated!
P.S. I tend to lean toward traditional/transitional style if that helps any!
Question answered by kyky
I think that maybe If you got a small table the same as the desk and put a small black lamp on it with a creme shade and homemade coasters. They're easy to make just get granite samples that you like from a store. (They're usually free.) Then put copper foil around the outside and glue felt to the bottom. It looks nice and professional. A fern or other plant in a woven basket in a corner might also work.