Home Upgrades Under $600 by Better Homes and Gardens

By Better Homes and Gardens

Whereas many folks are looking to improve their houses, the industrial downturn has placed the brakes on many huge tasks. the recent concentration is on good, market-smart enhancements for convenience, delight, and value.

Home improvements lower than $600 showcases shrewdpermanent, effortless initiatives for the budget-conscious yet committed home-owner. You'll get a potpourri of upgrades?not simply repairs?that are low-cost yet that upload in your home's worthy, livability, and appeal.

- 70+ tasks that may be accomplished for only $600 and in not more than a couple of days
- All initiatives are homeowner-friendly, despite your ability set


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Remove the piece and cut along the line with a jigsaw. the tops of the boards. Or, if you will not install base molding, be careful to butt the boards together at the floor so they form a straight line; the top trim can cover any imperfections in the top edge. Leave a 1/16-inch gap between the first and second boards to allow for expansion. 34 HOME UPGRADES UNDER $600 trimmed edge against the wall. Check for plumb, then drive nails to attach. tongue facing out. If the wall is not plumb, you will need to scribe and cut the affected board as shown in steps 2 and 3.

Tongue facing out. If the wall is not plumb, you will need to scribe and cut the affected board as shown in steps 2 and 3. 1 ➐ At an outside corner, tack the first piece in place and run a pencil along the back edge to mark for cutting it. Cut, then install the other piece in the same way, so it covers the edge of the board on the first wall. ➑ Remove the guide strip. Cut nosing or panel trim to fit. ) Nail the top molding and the baseboard (if any) in place. TIP: NAILING TONGUE-AND-GROOVE WAINSCOTING If the boards are thick and sturdy enough, you can angle-drive nails through the point where the tongue meets the main board; this will leave you with no visible nail holes.

2 ➌ Use a straightedge to keep the layout straight as you continue to lay sheets. Take special care to wipe away any squeezed-up mortar with a slightly damp sponge. ➎ Allow the mortar to harden, at least overnight and longer if the air is humid. Mix grout in a bucket to the consistency of mayonnaise. Pour a dollop on the floor, and use a grout float, held nearly flat, to push the grout into all the joints. Move the float in several directions at all points to make sure every space is ➍ You can remove individual tiles by cutting the sheet’s mesh with a utility knife.

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