How To Decorate Dining Room Chairs for Christmas

Christmas Day is coming. You are surely getting ready for it. Whether you are spending it with your family or friends, there is nothing wrong with being festive. This means you are getting busy and getting ready whether it be cleaning the house or adding some decorations to make your home more joyful and having the holiday spirit.

Aside from the gifts, food is the main part of the festivity and also what people are looking forward to. Because of that, it is a must for you to have your dining room decorated to feel more of the holiday.

Let us start with the dining chairs. It will not be the focus, but it will surely be seen. And it is a great added interest. So, if you have no idea or looking for some tips in decorating your dining chairs that are perfect for the holiday, here are some you can do:

1. Slipovers

Dinners tend to get messy especially if you have kids around. Add to that, accidents happen and are unavoidable. So, if you are looking for an easier alternative than cleaning the seat fabric, you can look for covers that are Christmas-themed and also ones that will fit with your chairs. This way, you are killing two birds with one stone. You are able to have your chairs decorated in an easy way then you will also able to cover up your chairs which will be protected from accidents.

2. Decoration

Usually, the decors are more profound at the house exterior or living room, and that is because it is where it will be seen. But of course, you can do it with other parts of your home too. But having decors in the dining room is not really unusually especially if you do have some invited guests for dinner. You can add in also for your chairs, and the possibilities are endless for this. It can be as simple as putting some wreath or festive ribbons. Ornaments and pine cones are other examples. Then you can also make it personal by having some stockings and placing some gifts and treats. Another way is boards where you can write messages. 

3. Banners

The great thing about banners is that they are easy to make, and you can also be creative as much as you want. Just like with the boards, you can put names. You can keep it simple by just cutting some triangles, squares, or circles then having it in Christmas colors. You can also cut in more complex shapes like for example cutting it into a Christmas tree then adding some decors in it. You can also cut some in the shape of reindeer or candy canes. If you have kids, this will be a fun project for you. They can help with the adding of glitter and the gluing of different ornaments.

Additional Tips in Having a Christmas Dinner:

  1. Make the food more festive by being creative with it like adding some decors. Add in the taste by putting the season’s flavors.
  2. Aside from the chairs, decorating the table is also a must, so make sure you have the right plates, utensils, and decorative plants on the table.

How To Make Oak Kitchen Cabinets Look Modern

When people go on house hunting, the kitchen is one of the first places they would look for and inspect the most. It is also what adds the most to the value of your house. That is why it is important to always make it look nice and upgraded if anything.

One of the things you can work on is the cabinets. If your house is older, there is a big chance that those are made of oak. It would look outdated at this time, but you can still work on it. How would you make it work in this modern time?

1. Paint and Stain

You can stain it to bring back the beauty of it. You can have a different one that will make it look modern. You can also paint it. You can even choose colors that are neutral if you want to maintain its traditional look but still look modern. Before you either do one, you will need to re-sand it to make it smoother. If you are choosing for paint though, make sure to have one that will be right for the oak.

2. Hardware

This pertains to the handles and knobs of the cabinet. It will be a big change for your cabinets. It is said that old ones do not really have one, so by installing, it will be an upgrade on its own. But what you can also do is to have the modern looking ones. It is often in gold or black, but you can also look for something that will suit more your taste and your kitchen while still giving it an upgrade.

3. Crown Molding

With crown molding, you will just add another element in your cabinet, and it will look different. You can also paint it to match the “crown.” Just keep in mind that it is not easy to install one, so you would need some help from professionals with this even with the painting.

Things to Consider:

  1. In updating your cabinets, keep in mind your surroundings meaning your kitchen. You should take a look at the overall decor of your kitchen, and ask if you will update your cabinets, will it match the look?
  2. Appliances are also a big deal. If it is mostly stainless or silver, it will be easier for you because you do not really have to match, and those go with any kind of color. If it is with different colors though like black, white, or any other color, you will have to consider it and will need some matching for your kitchen.
  3. You will need to look out if the cabinet needs some fixing aside from updating it.
  4. Having the right lighting will also affect how your cabinets will look, so make sure to choose the right one.
  5. If all else fails, you might need to consider renovating your whole kitchen. That way, it will be easier to plan when it comes to matching together. You will also get to decide which will stay and which will be changed. 

How To Get Your Dog To Drink More Water

Pets are a great companion to have in your home. Even if you have someone with you or not, it will always be there ready to meet you whether it is the laid-back kind or some other kinds of pets.

Then, there are the dogs. They are called the man’s best friend for a reason because they will stay loyal and accompany you no matter what. Because of that, you will take responsibility for their needs as it is also what pet owners need to be. Aside from feeding and training them, you should also have them in good health. One of those is keeping them hydrated. They also need that like us humans, but it would be quite a challenge because they might not have any idea about that.

So as their owner and master, you will have the task to do that. Here are some ways to encourage them:

1. More Bowls Placed Around Home

A way for them to drink more is to have bowls placed around your home especially to the ones they always hung around. The reason for this is that they will be more encouraged once they see one. 

2. Go for More Walks

Another way to encourage them is to have them need it. When our bodies are exhausted, we tend to find something to drink that will refresh us. That is the same for dogs. You can have them exercise, and the easiest way to do that is to go out more for walks and also to play. If you have some outings like hiking or just some walks or runs, you can also take them with you. It would be a double purpose with them giving you company. And with that, they will have the opportunity to move and would also make them drink to be refreshed.

3. Ice Cubes

The thing with dogs is that they love liking things, and one of those is ice pops or ice cubes. With that, they will be able to stay hydrated by just prepare some ice cubes. Just make sure that it is enough for them to chew or even swallow. You can even be mixed some other ingredients such as broth or vitamins that they take. It will be a nice solution if you are having a hard time giving them those.

4. Staying Hydrated with Food

You can also add some more water to their food. You can do this with any kind. Just like the ice cubes, you can add some stock to add flavor which will be appetizing for the dog. 

5. Dog Water Fountain

You might also consider purchasing a dog water fountain. They might just want something that is standing, and water fountains will be the solution to that. It is also more alluring to them than water bowls. In addition to that, the water will be filtered and flowing, so it will be cleaner and safer for your dog and also will remove the things that prevent your dog from drinking the water.

How To Make A Gravel Walkway

Your home’s exterior will be one of the best assets your house would have. Aside from increasing your house’s value, it is what people will mostly see whether they are your visitors or someone that just passed by.

What is great is that you can have some add ons that are not hard to have and also not expensive. One of those is having a gravel path. This is especially if you are already working with gravel in the yard, you will not have a problem in working and adding more. It is practical and pleasing to the eye. What more can you ask for?

Here the things to remember to start with this:

Design

The first will be choosing a design. It is not just according to your taste and want but also what will be good for your home. You will also think about the needs of your house. Would you need something that will block water especially during rainfall? Would you need some additional protection for your garden? These are just some of the possibilities you can have with having a gravel path in addition to making your home exterior look good. Another thing is the shape and size. It is important for you to know the materials you will need and also if it fits.

Materials

After deciding on the design, you will need to have the correct materials. The first will be the gravel. There are many kinds available to choose from, and you can have the ones that are best for your needs. Then you will also need materials to set up borders and to be compact, and also to mention the tools you will use.

Making the Walkway

After all the planning, you will now start with making the gravel walkway.

1. Mark

You will have to make marks so that you will have the idea of how long will it be. This will also make you see how narrow or wide will it be and if you will need to make some changes.

2. Dig

After being assured because of the marks, it is now time to dig the trench. With that, you will have to form the edging. You will have to lay some foundations first. Then, make sure that it is aligned. Lay it with drainage fabric as a protection from water. 

3. Compact

After digging and working on the edging, you will have to make the soil underneath compact. You can just use a rake if it is narrow enough. If it is on a wider side, you will need to have a garden roller. 

4. Distribute

As it is compact enough, it is time to put or distribute the gravel in the trench. As said before, there are different kinds that will fit the aesthetic of your house and lawn. You will need to have a rake to have them easily distributed and scattered. You will also need to rake it often for it always to be even and also to check if it needs to be refilled.