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Easy hacks for making the most of the space you have! – By Aligator Storage

Posted by Adrian
July 6th, 2017

Easy hacks for making the most of the space you have!

If you live in a little house but have a lot of stuff, you’re probably at that stage where you’re wondering what colour the carpet actually is and whether you’ll ever see it again. It’s a tricky situation when your possessions start taking over your home and things turn from cosy to claustrophobic.

But, if this is you – here are a few easy hacks so you can start clearing some floor space and feel at home again.

Finding extra storage

Having extra storage in your home is priceless, but it’s also extremely rare. Clever storage around boilers, baths, beds and other belongings is a great way to create more space but it won’t take you long to fill it. Have a sort through all of your clutter and create a pile of the items that you haven’t used in a while – would it be worth putting them into an external storage facility? It means you can go back to them in the future when you do have the space but for now they’ll be out of the way leaving your house more roomy and airy.

Shelves, shelves and more shelves

Shelves are underrated, they provide so much space and you can pile them as high as you like, yet most people are still living their lives shelf-less. With the vast choice of floating shelves, fancy shelf brackets and glass shelves, there’s really no reason why you should go without.

You can even position shelves above doors for those items you don’t use too often, but would look nice on display. You could also build shelves into the corners of your rooms to brighten things up as well as provide that much needed extra space.

Making the most of mirrors

Mirrors should be your go to item when it comes to decorating a small space. In a small bathroom, turning a whole wall into a mirror will do wonders for making it feel more spacious.

Other great places to create the optical illusion of space are down narrow corridors, or propped up against walls to elongate the ceiling. They’re also great on the front of wardrobes and in the alcoves below your shelving. When it comes to mirrors, bigger is always better.

Clever furniture

If you’re really short on space in your home you might want to consider investing in furniture that you can move around to create extra space. Fold out beds or desks and sideboards are great options when you’re feeling cramped. A carpenter will be able to help you install these secretive storage options. Equally, wall dividers that you can slide together for privacy and open up for a space are a great addition to a smaller home.

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My review of the Paint Soap brush cleaner

Posted by Adrian
June 28th, 2017

Cleaned paint brush

My review of the Paint Soap brush cleaner

I recently followed a company on Twitter (@PaintSoap) and I was asked if I wanted to try some of their product. Me, not being one to turn down the opportunity of trying out products I said yes. Paint Soap is based in the USA but were happy to send me some samples to the UK. They currently do not sell in the UK but they are hoping to start selling in the UK by the end of 2017.

About a week later a package arrived with the samples of Paint Soap for me to try. I was keen to give it a go and used it a couple of times on my next job. I liked the idea of being able to leave the brush to ‘clean itself’ as it soaked in the product, leaving me time to carry on with what I needed too.

After a few minutes of soaking I returned with anticipation to see how well the paint soap did, I removed the brush from the Paint Soap and rinsed it out, it was clean, and used a lot less water than I normally would have.

So what do I think of Paint Soap?

Paint Soap worked well and I like the idea of what is stands for, it saves time, saves money and your brushes, it is also eco friendly and the residue that is left can be disposed of safely as it is non toxic.

This product will only work on water based paints, such as emulsions, so no oil based products, and will not clean out dried paint as it reacts with the wet paint. So you can’t leave your brushes to dry out before cleaning them, but that goes with all paint tools.

So this product can save you, and your client water if you wash brushes out on the job. It can save you time as you can leave brushes to soak whilst carrying on with your work. And it cleans out the paint from your brushes easily and effortlessly.

My video review of me using Paint Soap


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Easter Weekend – Not just for egg decorating

Posted by Adrian
April 13th, 2017

Easter Bunny

Easter Weekend – Not just for egg decorating

As the long easter fast approaches thoughts may turn to a few days off of work, Easter egg hunts, meeting family and friends for a meal and a drink? But it is the ideal time to do some DIY too, especially as the weather doesn’t look wonderful.

In four days you can get a lot of DIY and decorating done, even an entire room makeover. So if you are planning to do some Home Improvements, DIY, Gardening, Decorating carry on reading.

A long weekend of Home Improvements

If you can decorating you will find lots of useful tips and advice of how to go about it right here on this blog, and if you need to work out materials such as Wallpaper, paint or tiles then use our calculators before going out to the hardware store and buying them.

If you are doing some DIY then also check out our other blog over at Rayfields.co.uk, here you will find over forty DIY and Painting and Decorating articles.

Also worth a look is our third blog at Improving Your Property where you will find all manner of topics covered from gardening, woodworking, DIY tips, Plumbing, Decorating and buiding.

What ever you are doing this Easter weekend, enjoy!

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