How to Turn a Kitchen Backsplash into a Message Board

Make a Template

Make a format of the backsplash utilizing darker kraft paper, a marker and a measuring tape. Make a point to catch the correct size of the backsplash. Utilize scissors or an utility blade to cut the paper with the goal that the outside edge will be the edge for the Plexiglas. Lay the paper format onto the Plexiglas and tape it down with painter’s tape. (Try not to expel the plastic covering from the Plexiglas — you would prefer not to harm or scratch it.) Use a marker and a confining square to painstakingly layout the format, including electrical boxes.

Make a Clear Outline on Plexiglas

Expel the paper format and go over the lines again with a marker and encircling square to guarantee straight lines and appropriate estimations.

Score and Snap Plexiglas

Utilize a Plexiglas scoring blade and a drywall square as a manual for score the Plexiglas along the stamped lines. You should score it profoundly and after that turn it over and do it on the opposite side.

When you have scored the two sides, put the scored line along the edge of a table (not a round-edge table) and delicately wiggly forward and backward until the point that the Plexiglas snaps. Try not to constrain it; on the off chance that it doesn’t effortlessly break, you should score it some more. Another alternative is to utilize a jigsaw to cut the Plexiglas.

Cut Out Extra Shapes

Twofold check the estimations for the electrical outlets or whatever else inside the focal point of the Plexiglas. Stamp the cut-outs at that point penetrate the sides of the shape, at that point utilize a jigsaw or a scoring blade to remove the shape.

Paint the Wall

Before appending the Plexiglas, paint the backsplash; we painted our own dark. Two coats might be fundamental. Give it a chance to dry totally.

Follow the Plexiglas

Expel the plastic wrap from the two sides of the Plexiglas. Place the Plexiglas onto the backsplash and apply clear glue caulk along the edges to keep it set up.

Get Creative

Utilize a chalk marker or painter’s marker to have a ton of fun drawing and composing on your new backsplash.

How to Prep a Wall for New Plumbing


Expel the Old Plaster

Make sense of where new pipes will run so you know the amount of the divider should be evacuated, and check the region.

Put drop fabrics down to secure the new underlayment while evacuating the old mortar and machine.

Expel the old mortar and machine utilizing a pry bar and mallet. Be cautious for electrical and gas lines.

Tidy up garbage as you go to keep tidy out of whatever is left of the house.

Introduce Fire Blocks

Note: To keep a fire from spreading up to the upper room, Ryan introduces a fire piece. Old dividers are open as far as possible up through a house. To keep fire from spreading, introduce fire obstructs between studs in the divider.

Measure the space between the studs and cut 2×4″ pieces to fit. You may need to indent out for channels or wires.

Ensure the squares fit cozy, pound into put.

Toe-nail them into studs on the two sides.

Cut the Drywall Pieces

Have a handyman run new water lines and a gas line.

While the divider is open, check where the studs are so you know where to join drywall screws. It will likewise prove to be useful later when you are attempting to grapple cupboards.

Cut 1/2″ drywall pieces to shut everything down divider, check and cut out water funnels, electrical boxes and gas line association.

Secure and Finish the Drywall

Tighten the drywall utilizing 1/2″ drywall screws.

Tape the creases with self-cement fiberglass tape.

Mud the joints and screw openings with joint compound and mudding blade. Let dry.

Sand the mudded zone smooth utilizing a sanding piece.

Designing Your Backyard that is Full of Shade

Scene Problems

After touching base at the passageway of this living arrangement, you are met with the unattractive perspective of electrical controls of the adjacent neighbor’s entryway. On the inverse side of the garage, a forest, albeit promising, was loaded with briars and toxic substance ivy. In the shaded front-yard bed, sun-cherishing plants had kicked the bucket and those left were not flourishing in soil that had turned out to be worn and thin. The proprietors need an outline utilizing shade-cherishing plants to give a crisp look to a shade bed in the front yard. They longed for a forest wildflower walk that would give nectar to the honey bees they keep. Also, they needed to take care of the neighbor’s uncovered electrical controls at their passageway.

Configuration Plan Solution: Driveway

To veil the nearby neighbor’s electrical controls, five Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ (zones 6-9) were planted to frame a successful support, flanked on each end by Illicium floridanum, (zones 6-9).

On the two closures of the support, bending toward the garage, floats of six red stemmed dogwood, Cornus sericea ‘Cold Fire’ (zones 2-7), were planted for winter intrigue. To give shading amid the late spring and to give nectar to honey bees, five butterfly shrubs (Buddleia davidii ‘Dark Knight’ zones 5-9) were divided five feet separated, before the holly fence. For foliage shading, a skirt of 13 Abelia “Kaleidoscope” (zones 5-9), a conservative variegated bush whose hues change through the seasons, finished the honey bee neighborly planting. Presently visitors feel invited when entering this scene.


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June Mays Garden Design

Configuration Plan Solution: Backyard

Tucked back 25′ from the way, Cornus kousa (zones 5-8) and Cornus florida (zones 6-9) dogwoods have been lurched along its length for surface and shading. Bushes that will endure some shade — like oak leaf (Hydrangea quercifolia zones 5-9), willowleaf (Cotoneaster salicifolius zones 6-7), leatherleaf (Mahonia bealii zones 4-8), and different rhodendron cultivars(zones 4-8) — have been planted in floats of five to seven along the way.

To give shading and nectar to honey bees through the spring and summer, floats of 21 distinct wildflowers and perennials will be planted along the way in pockets of shade or sun, damp or dry soil, as proper, including: Black Cohosh (Actea racemosa zones 3-8); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa zones 3-9); Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata zones 3-6); Fleabane daisy (Erigeron pulchellus zones 3-10); Geranium “Roseanne” (zones 5-8); Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis zones 3-8); purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea zones 3-8); Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum zones 3-9); dim headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata zones 3-8); foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia zones 4-9); predominate (Iris cristata zones 3-9); cardinal bloom (Lobelia cardinalis zones 3-9); Blue Cardinal Flower (Lobelia siphilitica zones 4-9); Black and Blue (Salvia guaranitica ‘Dark and Blue’ zones 8-10); Heliopsis ‘Brilliant Glow’ zones 3-9; Cabbage leaf (Rudbeckia maxima zones 4-9); Amsonia zones 4-9; Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica zones 5-9); Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica zones 3-8); Beard’s Tongue (Penstemon tenuifolius and Penstemon laevigatus zones 3-8); white wood (Aster longifolius zones 3-10 ); and blue wood (Phlox divaricata zones 3-8). These plants were decided for honey bee agreeableness and excellence. From spring to fall, there will be shading along this forest walk.

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Configuration Plan Solution: Front Yard

The worn out bed in shade in the front yard was revived with four creeps of treated the soil leaves, compost and topsoil blended with existing soil. A dazzling upright Japanese maple was kept set up. Existing lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis zones 3-8) was repositioned around the maple. A line of boxwood (Buxus sempervirens zones 6-8), filled exhaust space along the parking space divider. Otto Lukyen tree (Prunus laurocerasus zones 6-8) now bends around one side of the bed. Whirls of holly plant (Cyrtomium falcatum zones 6-10); ginger (Asarum europeum zones 4-7); Ajuga reptans zones 3-9; harvest time plant (Dryopteris erythrosora “Brightness” zones 5-8); Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis zones 4-9); Rhodea japonica zones 7-9; Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum zones 3-8); and chartreuse, blue and variegated hostas were included around the tree filling the bed. Since the outline, the proprietors have added more plants to influence it to look more full in its initial life. As they develop, plants will be expelled to abstain from swarming.

Presently the proprietors can stroll along their rejuvenated shade bed, out onto the forest stroll, past their bee sanctuaries, and up to the recently planted passage with desires of cultivating joy for a long time to come.