On the Road in 2016

Y’all know I normally do a “Top 5 Posts” post at the beginning of each month, looking back at the previous month to see what was most popular around here! Well, I figured I’d stop and see what the top 5 posts were for all of 2016! Are you ready?!

February

1. The Top 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a fantastic post on a variety of creative ways concrete can be used in home decor! 

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The Benefits of Polished Concrete Flooring

Some time ago, before we moved into our home, there was a bit of water damage in our Master Bedroom. We’ve now been in the house for 3 years, and have never seen any kind of leak or seepage anywhere in the house, so I’m not sure where the issue was to start out with. But I know it affected one particular board of the wood flooring in that room. Yeah, we saw it when we bought the house, but we didn’t think it was that big of a deal.

Today, that one messed up board has off-set the rest of the flooring in our Master Bedroom. Everything has shifted a bit over the past three years, and what we didn’t think was that big of a deal now is a bit bigger, for sure. I threatened to my husband the other day that one day he would come home and find that I had just torn up the flooring in that room. He laughed…and then turned around to check and make sure that I was joking. Some days, I must admit, I think it would be much easier to do it and be done with it! And replace it with…some polished concrete!

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As a matter of fact, I haven’t ruled out polished concrete as a flooring option anywhere in our home. Yet. Because I like what it has to offer! So when James from  Midland Flooring contacted me about his infographic touting the benefits of polished concrete flooring, well – I didn’t NEED more fuel for my fire, but it was good stuff! See what you think!

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On the Road in March

Happy April, y’all! Is it starting to warm up where you are? I sure hope so! 

Here in Florida, it’s been fairly warm, fairly rainy, and I have about 4.5 more months until the babies arrive! (So yeah, that’s pretty much ALL that’s on my mind, as you can imagine!) I did want to stop and see what the top five posts were for the month of March, though! Care to look back with me?

March

1. 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a really fun post – tons of creative ideas! Make sure you check this one out if you happened to miss it!

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2. How Effective is Heat Treatment for Bedbugs? – This one was not so fun, but full of very useful information. I really hope none of you ever need to use it, to be perfectly honest!

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3. New Product Review: Red’s Natural Foods! – I’m so glad everyone liked this post, because I really love Red’s and what they stand for! Doesn’t hurt that their food is totally yummy, either!

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4. New Product Review: Grove Collaborative! – So apparently the product reviews are going over really well, and I’m thrilled that everyone loved Grove Collaborative as much as I did!

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5. Things I’m Liking These Days – Sometimes it’s nice to just get real simple and share stuff, right? I shared what I’M liking with all of you – be sure to check out the comments on this one and see what everyone else is liking, too!

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And there they are, the top 5 posts in the month of March! And there’s some great stuff coming up for April, I promise!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Top 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before here on the blog, but I’m the daughter of a building contractor. I learned how to lay concrete block when I was about 3 years old, and I’ve been to quite a variety of construction sites in my lifetime.

Growing up, if there was one thing you could find in our backyard, it was concrete block. My dad used them quite often in different construction projects, and since they were in good supply, he used them around the yard, too. He made worktables for special projects he was working on. He made a raised gardening system for my mom. He tacked down the edges of our tent “fort” with them when we were little, and when we got older, he built us custom sun-bathing “decks” with them.

So when Matt Hubert reached out to me to see if I was interested in publishing a post on a variety of ways to use concrete around your home, it really took me back! I’ll bet my dad will love these ideas! Check them out and see what YOU think… 

If you are seeing the grey-colored and rock-like texture of concrete as a reason why the material can’t be used in making some cool and contemporary structures, think again. You can, in fact, capitalize on these grey characteristics of concrete and use it to create some useful and visibly appealing stuff for your home.

Besides, concrete is quite easy to work with. You can paint it with any color you want and give any shape you want. You can use this versatile building material to create fabulous design elements for both the interior and exterior area of your house. Without further ado, let’s check out some innovative ways to use concrete in your house!

A Multipurpose Stand

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You can use concrete to make a multi-purpose stand for your home. You can use it as a holder for keeping knives or pens. At the same time, you can use it to hold your tablet or smartphone. Click here to learn detail instructions. Quite an affordable idea, isn’t it?

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A Guide to Staining Concrete in Your Home – A Guest Post!

When it comes to flooring, there are so many options these days! Carpet? Tile? Laminate? Wood? What’s your preference?

How about…concrete?

Oh, now you’re thinking outside. Well, maybe. But what about inside? Would you be okay with having concrete floors in your home?

If you had asked me that question several weeks ago, I would have frowned. NOPE! I do NOT want concrete floors INside my house, are you kidding me?

But then the folks at KSI Kitchens sent me some valuable information to share with all of you, and I started picturing different spaces in my home with concrete floors! Check out what they had to say…and show!

Concrete is usually celebrated for its durability more than it is for its looks. While some people may find beauty in gray concrete, most homeowners are less than excited about plain concrete floors in their house. Fortunately, concrete can be given a complete makeover with an acid or acrylic stain. It’s a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too scenario: you get to keep the durability of the material while also improving its aesthetic appeal.

If you’re thinking about staining a concrete floor in your home, you’ll most likely want to work with a professional. It is possible to stain your own concrete floor, but there’s a lot of room for error—too little stain will leave the original color showing through, and an overzealous application can easily leave you with roller lines and mop swirls permanently etched into the floor.

Of course, just because you’re hiring a professional doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the process. Here’s what you need to know about what your contractor will be doing every step of the way.

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