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Is the lack of free time a reason you’re always giving for putting off the home improvement projects you know your home needs? While many projects can take days or even weeks and hundreds or thousands of dollars, there are plenty of smaller scale projects you can do yourself for little money. And best of all, each of them can be done in one day or less so you have no excuses to put them off.
A recessed pantry wall
If your kitchen is too small to include a walk-in pantry, the cost to remodel and add such a space will be outrageously high. But if you have a wall nearby, you can fashion a shallow pantry. There are a couple of ways to do this. The first is to build shelving onto the wall. Make the shelves deep enough to hold one or two rows of canned foods. You can make it floor to ceiling so even though the shelves are shallow, they can hold a lot. If the wall in question has no electrical wiring or plumbing, you can remove the drywall and insulation and build the shelves in between the wall studs so you’re not taking up any additional space in your home.
Match electrical outlets to backsplash
Plain white or off-white electrical outlets look that way so they’ll blend in with the surrounding wall and not draw attention to themselves. But that’s a problem if you’ve got outlets in an area where you’ve tiled a backsplash or where you plan to have one tiled. There, a white electrical outlet will disrupt whatever color scheme or pattern you’re going for. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution: paint the electrical outlet.
Paint your ceiling a new color
You’ve heard of accent walls, but how about an accent 5th wall--the ceiling. In the majority of homes, ceilings are painted the same color as the walls and no one ever looks up at them. If you paint the ceiling a different color, you’ll be taking advantage of a space that is almost never used. It’s a great way to create some drama in a room that was previously bland.
Install some new light fixtures
Is your bedroom too small and your bed too large to fit in matching nightstands? If so, smaller end tables on either side of the bed and matching sconces mounted to the wall above them can be a great solution. Bedside lamps will take up virtually all of your table space so by mounting them on the wall you make room for a coaster to set your drink on or a place to lay down your favorite book when you go to bed at night. You can also upgrade light fixtures in the bathrooms, kitchen, or any other room in the home.
Put in a luxurious shower head
One of the best things about staying in an upscale hotel is the oversized and very luxurious shower head so why not splurge a little on one for your own shower? All you need is some pliers to remove the existing one and some thread sealing tape to make a tight seal when you install the new one.
Install baseboard radiator covers
If your baseboard radiators have seen better days--perhaps they’re scuffed up, rusting, or dented--you don’t have to completely replace them. You can purchase snap-on baseboard radiator covers that are easy to install over existing baseboard heaters to give them a completely new look in almost no time at all.
Display souvenirs from a recent trip
Designate a space in your home to display souvenirs or other memorabilia from a recent vacation. You can hang some photographs from the trip and lay out a few things you collected during the trip on a small table below. To keep things interesting, you can swap everything out the next time you travel.
Update your cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom
Instead of hiring a contractor to tear out old cabinets and install new ones, you can resurface them. There are a few different ways to do this. You can purchase new cabinet doors and drawer fronts and replace your old ones. You can repaint or restain your cabinets if you like the look but not the wear and tear that’s accumulated on them. Finally, if the cabinets are in good shape but you’re just looking for something different, you can swap out all the drawers and pulls to give them a new look.
Put in unique interior doors
In most homes, every interior door is exactly like every other interior door and they’re all white with the same rectangular and square shapes carved into them. Consider replacing at least one or two of them with something with a different pattern or color. It’s as simple as unscrewing the door from the hinges and then screwing the new door into place.
Revive something old and put it on display
If your decorating budget is tight, visit a local thrift store or antique shop and buy something used. You’ll know just the right piece when you see it. Old furniture can be repainted or reupholstered to give it new life and it’s still usually cheaper than buying brand new.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.