Replace Your Door Bell

Replace your door bell

So when we moved into our house our doorbell was one weak ding. When I mean one it was one ding no ding dong. So we missed the door until the dog starts barking lol. With good intentions of fixing it from the beginning we tried but never seemed to get to it. If I would of know how easy it was we would have done it so much soon

Replacing Our Door Bell

Replace your door bell

Turn Off Power

Please start by turning off the power to the doorbell we ended up flipping the breakers to find the right one. Testing the door bell for a ring before we proceeded.

Remove Door Bell From Wall

Take the cover off the bell from the wall. Take the wires that are connected to the bell off. Remove the screws and pull the bell off the wall. Now you will have the exposed wires hanging there.

Connect The Wires To The New Bell

There is a hole in the back of the bell we bought we had to put the wires through the hole turn the wires and pull through the front. This took me a min to get the wires to move to the side once put in the hole.  Once the wires are through and to the front you can screw them down in the proper spots. By the way, we found our old one was hooked up wrong. We figure it was because it was broken and so they only had the ding not the dong going lol. The pictures below show the right way 🙂

Now you can screw the door bell onto the wall

Connecting The Door Bell Button

This part was the most simple you unscrew the doorbell button from the house. Unscrew the wires from the back of it. Next, take the new one screw the wires to the back of it. Now you can screw it back on the house.

Turn Power Back On

Now that everything is all screwed in and connected you can turn the power back on. Test your door bell to make sure it’s working. If it doesn’t you will want to troubleshoot check wires, connections etc.  You may even have to find the transformer and change it out.Finding the transformer may not be an easy feat we were lucky and didn’t need it. If you can’t find it call a professional to change it out. Ours was a simple fix but some may not be.

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How to Install a Cheap Easy Board and Batten

So this project has taken a little bit of time more than most projects I have done in the past.  In this post, I am going to show you how my husband and I installed our board and batten as cheap and as easy as we could. I am loving every day that goes by how pretty it looks. When I decided I wanted to get this late last year I prepped our wall when I painted it so it was ready for the boards. The way I did this is different then getting the actual boards for a true board and batten look. I used MDF Preprimed boards they were 49 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide.

Installing your Board and Batten

Fill any holes

This is your chance to fill any holes you have in the wall or any dings. We have removed a security system from our wall and had to fix a small hole. We also filled in the dings in the wall from kids and our crazy cat that attacks our walls lol. I swear she gets so wound up and then leaves marks on our walls.

Prep With White Paint

To get started you will want to paint the bottom half of your walls where the white will be. I measure up the wall when I painted it to the point where the top board would lay. Then I masked it off painting the bottom of the wall white and the top the grey-blue.  When I pulled the masking tape off the wall I had a line marking where the top board will go. This was left for months. When I painted the wall last fall it started snowing and raining a lot. With MDF Board you don’t want it to get wet or have too much moisture it will ruin the boards completely. So after like 6 months of bad weather we finally had a weekday we could run over and get the boards to start the project.

 

BaseBoards

Our baseboards a the regular thin baseboards. I wanted to beef up our baseboards and also have a flat area to stick the boards on. We decided to buy trim and use it for the baseboards it was .84 cents a foot so not bad. Although we found with the cheaper trim it did fall apart easier if you put the nail in the wrong spot.

Getting regular baseboards can get expensive and right now nothing is wrong with our current ones so getting the trim was the better option for us.If you do get baseboards get ones with a flat top that the boards can easily fit on.

We took the trim and a board to space the baseboard and trim. Next, Nail the boards down with the nail gun keeping it flat. Please use a level to keep everything straight. If you get one board off it can mess up the whole thing so keep that in mind. We were always measuring to make sure it stayed right.

Top boards

Once we did the baseboards and cut the corners a hundred times we were finally ready for the top boards. We measured out everything on spacing and realized the boards needed to be placed at 49 1/4 inches from the top of our baseboard trim.

Placing the top ledge piece to the side of the top board. After our experience on our test wall in the hall, we realized we needed to place the top ledge piece on first before we stuck it on the wall. Last time we had placed the top piece on the wall then tried to nail the top ledge to it while on the wall. We first found out that the nail gun was too fat to fit in the little space and the nails wouldn’t go all the way down. we were forced to hammer the nails into the board which then scuffed the walls then I was forced to paint the wall to get the marks gone 🙁

The way we put the piece on was one of us held the two boards so the were both flat on the back side that goes to the wall. The other person nailed the ledge down to the side of the top board.  Just be careful at this point you don’t do it too close to either edge of the top board piece nails can end up ruining the board then you have to start over 🙁

Verticle boards

We had to decide how far away from the corner to start the first board. Once we did that then we measured 16 inches between boards to make this easy we used the level to keep the spacing. Our level was 16 inches long so we would measure the top spacing, middle, and bottom to keep everything 16 inches apart. It just so happens on our last board the level fell and broke 🙁 So now we need to buy a new level. I never thought we would use our level as much as we had. If it was on a required list of tools it would probably be on our top ten list with a hammer and screwdrivers.

How long we cut our boards

So we had previously done board and batten in our hallway. We called it our test wall! We wanted to make sure we could actually do the board and batten without it looking horrible. My husband and I are fairly new to the DIYing. Our last house we really didn’t do much other than things that had to be done. I think we replaced the toilet seal, upgraded some pipes, lawn care, and gutter repair in almost 10 years we lived there. Our new house we are constantly updating to the look and feel to make it more us.

Ok ok so enough on our test wall. After measuring it we had to cut all our boards to just under 49 1/4 inches long.

Filling Holes

So once all the boards are up you will need to go and fill in all your nail holes. I used spackle to fill in my holes. I fill in the hole and take a wet sponge and then wiped off the excess.

Ready For Paint

Now you can paint! I painted the baseboard and trim first then painted the top piece and the edge. Then painted in each square around the edge. You will then want to take a mini roller and roll the paint in the middle of each square and paint the verticle boards.

Caulking

The last thing you will want to do is fill the holes lines etc with caulking this gives it a clean seamless look to the boards. I still need to do this but it will get done you can’t skip this step.

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Things you will need

Your MDF Board or lumber of choice

 

Finished Look!

 

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Haunted House Playhouse

My little boys always loved playing in my inlaws play house. I had on and off searched for used playhouses and could never seem to find one for cheap. So my cousin moved into a house and wanted to get rid of a pink and purple one. I had hesitated at first then did some Pinterest searching and realized we could spray paint it. He gave us the playhouse for free which was amazing 🙂 After doing a search I found this haunted house playhouse and it was exactly like the house we got. So asked my boys what color they would like to paint it they decided on green and black. Then the idea turned into the haunted house playhouse we made.

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Power Wash

We borrowed my in-law’s power washer to get all the spiders and gunk. I tried with a hose at first and the gunk wouldn’t move at all. After we power washed it, we then took the house apart. When taking the house apart there were a few screws we had to remove then we could pull off the top. Once you have the top off you can turn the bottom over and slid the pieces apart.

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Spray Paint

I used 2 and a half cans of Rust-Oleum black spray paint and 2 cans of rust-oleum lime green. We painted the top of the house black including the inside because what boy wants pink showing. Then we painted the outside seats, inside seat, lights, and umbrella cover lime green.  With it all apart on our grass it was easy to spray paint. You do have to tape off the lights so you can put the green spray paint in it later. I let it dry overnight before putting it back togeather.

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Haunted House Playhouse Finished Look

Haunted house I’m in love with it! All the kids in the neighborhood love it too!

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My children love this playhouse and it’s cool because first it’s Halloween haunted house and it’s not pink or purple 🙂

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DIY: Insulate Your Garage Door

This is a DIY on how to insulate your garage door. I had noticed last year our garage was really cold in the winter. I wanted to insulate the door, I had heard and saw personally how this can help keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. As the winter season went on we never had time to do it. So this year as we were winterizing the trailer and doing yard clean up I was like we are going to do it!

This is seriously an easy project!

First step

We first measured the door and then cut out the pieces to fit the door.

Second Step

You will want to cut out the pieces using scissors or a sharp box cutter. The last layer on the insulation was hard to cut through.

Not all garage panels are created equal! We learned the 4 top side panels below the windows were the same, the middle 4 panels were the same, bottom outside panels the same, and bottom middle the same. Also, double check your measurements before putting the insulation in some of our panels got mixed up.

For our two car garage, we needed 3 25 ft rolls. We had originally bought two but needed a third later.

Third Step

Glue the insulation to the garage door. We used two tubes of nail glue although one tube was close to covering it. If you have a one car garage one tube might be enough.

We used the glue on the high parts of the door like the picture below.  Wrapping towels around the bars on the door helped the insulation stay up while the glue dried.

Now our insulated garage door is done 🙂

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Things needed for project

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