How to Install a Tile Backsplash

Create an elegant look in any kitchen with a tile backsplash. Installing a tile backsplash is an easy do-it-yourself project that creates a very satisfying result. This video shows you how to add this decorative and protective element to your kitchen. It’s an investment in the beauty and resilience of your home that will last for years to come.

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets with A new coat of paint can make worn, tired kitchen cabinets look new again. This is much cheaper than purchasing new cabinets. Thorough preparation is the key to a successful repainting project: Remove the doors and hinges from the cabinets, clean the cabinets with a cleanser, sand the surfaces, “scuff it” to make the new paint adhere. After sanding, vacuum the dust.

Prime the cabinets with tint to match the color you are going to finish with. Apply the paint in thin light coats. When the primer is dry, after about 4 hours, sand the cabinet door and remove the dust with a tack cloth. Make sure you have a smooth surface for you final coat of paint. Primer plus 2 coats of paint should complete the job.

How to Put Up a Backsplash

Adding a new backsplash is a great way to jazz up an otherwise dull room. With many different types of tile to choose from, whether it’s stone, glass, ceramic or porcelain tiles, the styling options are literally endless. A DIY backsplash is the perfect solution!

Starting off with working on a small area first like a backsplash is a great way to get experience before tackling a bigger area.

The more things you can take into consideration in your planning and laying out, the better the finished product will look!

  • Pick a tile that will lay out nicely with your space so that you will have fewer cuts
  • Make sure you get the right spacers for your tile, ask your sales representative to help you pick out the right spacer when you purchase your tile.
  • Make sure you are starting with a level surface. More often than not, counter tops and cabinets may not be perfectly level.

How to Replace a French Door

Replacing an exterior French Door is something that you can do yourself and GNH is happy to help.

The first step before installing the door is making sure the door will be at the right height when the door is opened. Many people install the door directly on the subflooring of the house, and as a result, the door is not high enough to go over a throw or area rug when opened. If needed, use a piece of plywood under the door to achieve the height you are looking for so that there’s still plenty of room underneath.

To prevent water from getting in, use waterproof flashing around the door. With the last piece of flashing, overlap over the edge so that water can’t get to the wood.

Make sure that the sill is level and then you can lift the door into place. Secure it temporarily with shims so that it is nice and tight in the opening. Make sure that the reveal is also lined up properly.

Review your installation instructions again because it is very important that you know where you should be putting the nails. Most likely, you will be using 16 penny galvanized finish nails.

Lastly, put in the shims according to the instructions along the top and sides, add your insulation and then apply your flashing.

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Install Exterior Window Yourself

Replacing your windows is a great way to make your home more energy efficient and can help you save money by lowering your heating and cooling bills. Replacing your own windows is not as difficult as you might think, and GNH can help you with your Marvin window installation.

Once you have removed your old window and are ready to install your new windows, you can make things easier by first removing the new window panes from the frame so that it is easier to move the frame around. To get your frame in the opening, gently tilt it in place. Once it is in, make sure the frame is level and that all the sides are plumb and lined up correctly. You can now add the panes back in as this will help square up the frame. After they are in, check along the bottom to make sure the reveal is the same. Using long 10 or 12 penny finish nails, nail in at least 3 nails per side. However, check the specifications from the manufacturer first just to be sure.

Finally, pack insulation along the sides, bottom, and top of the window and finish the outside of the window with flashing to stop air infiltration.

Click below to browse GNH’s selection of windows by Marvin. Remember, if you have any questions about installations, just call our specialists at GNH Lumber.