Tips & Tricks

Hi all!  Hope you’ve had a great week and I appreciate you checking back in!  I’ve decided to throw in a random trick of the trade this week that will help with tons of projects around your house –probably even ones that you didn’t know you needed to do! I’ve alluded to it in a few previous blogs and it’s something that has come up surprisingly more often than I would have guessed during our 17th Street Project —caulking!  

So what’s the big deal and why are we dedicating a whole blog post to it?  Not a sexy, novel trick but a necessary one, caulking can be the difference between making your project look professional and finished instead of amateur and like something is missing.  So what is it?  Well, turns out there are lots of types out there dependent on the project that you are working on.  Doing a door or window project?  There’s a caulk for that!  Need to seal a craft project that will be sitting on your fireplace hearth and need it to be flame retardant?  There’s a caulk for that!  Creating a recording studio in your home and need an acoustical sound sealant?  There’s a caulk for that!  Your project will dictate the type that you need, but caulk’s general purpose is to fill any gaps, holes, cracks etc. and keep moisture, air and bugs out of your home.  I would argue that it’s secondary purpose is as important as it’s primary one – finishing projects and surfaces and hiding a multitude of sins! If you look around your home, you’ll probably find it more places than you realize – the back of your kitchen counter, on cabinetry trim, sealing your bathtub and on your baseboards.  It’s truly a necessary trick that can really polish and complete your space.  

If you’ve ever tried to caulk anything, you have probably learned that it can be messy and, if not done well, can make your project look worse than when you started.  Typically, to get the caulk out of the tube, you use a caulk gun to continually apply pressure to the bottom of the tube and it “effortlessly” flows out the top opening —for me that often results in blobs and clumps and drips and runs of caulk where it’s not supposed to be.  Even if you don’t use a caulk gun, the results can be globby and can be a terrible mess to clean up.  Enter this week’s tip and possibly the hardest working little hero – the Clorox Wipe.  Used to clean up the drips and blobs, these little sheets of magic instantly break down the adhesive and dissolve the caulk, making clean up a breeze and, dare I say it, oddly satisfying!  They can be used to clean up the mistakes as well as clean up the sides of the bead of caulk that you are running  – making your job look professional and clean!  

 Check out the before and after — we just need to paint and the baseboards will be all nice and pretty! 

If you’d like to see a quick tutorial video on how to effectively use this little powerhouse, drop me a message below!  

Thanks for checking in and hope you have a gem of a week! ;P