Pet Guard Plus Installation & Service Package!

You love your pet , and so do we! Add a sense of security to your life and your floors with Levi’s 4 Floors’ exclusive Pet Guard plus installation and service package!

 

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Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury Vinyl Tile, commonly called LVT, may not be something that you’ve considered before for your flooring needs but it can be a great option for rooms that are subject to high moisture exposure and lots of foot traffic, such as kitchens or bathrooms because of it’s seamless design and resilient nature. It has many qualities that are worth investigating before making your flooring decision.  We will help walk you through those qualities so you can make the best choice for your home.

 

LVT is a great choice in high traffic areas because of it’s durability. When the surface of LVT is subjected to heavy use and abuse it shouldn’t scratch or dent. This makes it ideal if you have pets that tend to scratch floor surfaces with their nails or young children that might give other types of flooring a run for their money when it comes to durability.

 

It is also highly stain resistant, making it great for places like the kitchen, where spills are inevitable and the variety of things that may spill is endless. Cleaning up is breeze—simply wipe any spills up immediately and be sure that you sweep, dust or vacuum regularly to prevent any buildup from regular use. This is great because you won’t need to invest your time and energy into a complicated cleaning process. Be sure to occasionally clean with a damp mop to remove hard-to-remove grime and you are all done!

 

And finally, LVT holds up when it comes to the slow fading of a floors luster due to exposure and sun damage. This is great in a room that receives large doses of sunlight along with any wear and tear you give it. As long as you maintain it properly your LVT flooring should last you many years!

 

One last added benefit of choosing LVT flooring is that you can really fit it into your budget in ways that allow you to splurge on other flooring you might be looking to purchase with us, such as a lovely natural stone flooring in a different room. It gives you the freedom of more choices when you are redecorating more than one room. Explore all of our flooring options and see which one is the right fit for you at Levi’s 4 Floors.

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How To Make DIY Curtains the No-Sew Way

This project is so much simpler than it sounds. The idea of making curtains is daunting if you don’t have sewing skills, but it’s entirely possible and you can easily accomplish it in one day. Here’s how!

These instructions are for a 96” (8’) ceiling.

  1. Purchase fabric. This is the fun part because you are no longer limited to the selection of curtain panels at the store. Order whatever tickles your fancy. Just make sure it’s suitable for the Heat n’ Bond method described below.
  2. Purchase 2 rolls Heat n’ Bond iron-on adhesive – 10 yards each.
  3. Measure and cut two curtain panels at 100” each. This allows for an additional 8”. You’ll have 4” at the top and 4” at the bottom for a wide hemline. This also accounts for the curtain rod to hang 4” lower than the ceiling.
  4. Sides: Prep for treatment by folding, and iron 1” seams on each side of the panels.  Unfold, and then lay a strip of bonding material on top of the unfolded seam – paper side up. Apply heat with iron for a few seconds to adhere it to fabric. Peel off paper. Fold the seam back over the bonding material and apply heat with iron for 5-10 seconds. Flip curtain over and apply heat again for 5-seconds so that the bond is secured on both sides of the seam.
  5. Top & Bottom: Use the same process except fold seam as a 4” section so it looks like the wide hems you see on curtains sold in stores. If the top and bottom seam are too thin, it will be a giveaway that they’re homemade. Remember, you allowed for 4” of extra fabric on top and bottom when you measured and cut, so your curtains will still be the right size with this extra fold over.
  6. If you feel confident in your measurements, create hems on top and bottom. If you’re not 100% sure you’ve got it right, do only the side and top seams, and then hang them to make sure they’re the right length. If so, use straight pins to mark exactly where the bottom seam should be. Then take them down again and Heat n’ Bond the bottom hem.
  7. Attach ring clips that clamp at the top of the curtain so you don’t have to slide the rod through it.
  8. Hang and admire!  
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Sweet Potato and Pear Salad

Spring is here, but not always the warm weather it seems to promise.  While the weather may beckon us outdoors one day, the next may not be as welcoming! If you are stuck indoors during this time of year, don’t worry.  There are great ways to eat well and stay healthy while you’re inside as well with a fresh salad that is a great addition to any meal. Whether you use it as a side to your larger family dinner or as a main course for two, this salad is sure to please.

 

During the cold or dreary days, you might think that hearty, warm, filling meals would be the best cure for your blues. But a salad is a great way to stay healthy during months you might not be staying as active as you’d like, and can be just as hearty and delicious as a heavier meal. Any leftovers can be easily saved and used for lunch the following day.

 

Ingredients:

  • Arugula (baby spinach or spring mix would also work)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 bunches of green onions (chopped)
  • Goat cheese
  • Sliced and then halved pears
  • 1 medium red onion sliced to preference
  • 1 medium sweet potato cubed

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Rinse the arugula if necessary and then add to salad bowl. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. On a cutting board, cube the sweet potato. Evenly distribute the cubes on a baking sheet and lightly drizzle olive oil over them. Mix them up until the olive oil is covering the cubes completely. Salt to your preferences.
  3. Once the oven has preheated, place the sweet potatoes in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. In the meantime, chop the green onions and red onions and set aside. Next, slice the pear length-wise and then proceed to halving those slices.
  5. Whisk the olive oil, lemon, dijon mustard and salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
  6. Assemble the salad. First add all of the green onions, red onions, pear slices, sweet potato cubes, walnuts and goat cheese to the arugula in the salad bowl.
  7. Finally add the dressing and mix thoroughly. Serve the salad immediately.
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Valentine’s Day

Don’t let Valentine’s Day be the same old holiday it is every year. Getting your special someone flowers, chocolate and all the other stuff she doesn’t really want, and is so boring.

 

After you take her to see Fifty Shades of Grey, come in this weekend to see us for our Warehouse Flooring Sale and we will continue to blow your mind and improve your home! It secretly is what every woman wants…New flooring at a great deal! Every time she looks at her beautiful new floors, she will think about how lucky she is and how much she loves you. You will think about how much you love us for saving you time and money.

 

Flowers fade and chocolate makes her feel guilty right after the last bite, so do the loving thing this year and get her new flooring! 

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How Many Shades of Grey?

Shades of Grey. Seems to be a hot topic lately. What shade of grey is your favorite?

 

Grey is an easy color to incorporate your home décor because it is so versatile. We have shades of grey hardwood, tile, marble, and carpet. We haven’t counted to see if we have exactly fifty shades of grey but feel sure we are pretty close. Come see us and we will help you find a floor in your favorite shade of grey. 

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Valentine’s Day Playlist Songs That Include the Word ROMANCE in the Title

Valentine’s Day is definitely a holiday that is more enjoyable with the presence of music. This could be romantic mandolin playing softly near your dinner table at a restaurant. Or fun tunes at a dance club where you and your girlfriends have gone for the night because you want to celebrate the fun of being single. In either case the challenge is finding music that represents the holiday well, because it’s not necessarily associated with specific songs. Surely romantic music is a given, but that’s a vast range of possibilities! So, we created a playlist for you that specifically includes songs that have the word romance in the title.

The word romance has so many different definitions. It can be love, a novel, a character quality, a way of communicating, or a way of treating someone. Its origins are thought to be around the 13th century and it has French, Romanic and Latin influences. With such a rich history we think it worthy of its own playlist! To be fair, we’re including some songs that are less than appreciative of Cupid’s efforts. Let’s face it. Valentine’s Day isn’t always a welcome thing!

  • Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
  • My Romance by Chris Botti
  • Goodbye to Romance by Ozzy Osbourne
  • Divine Romance by Phil Wickham
  • Romance Is Dead by Paloma Faith
  • The Swiss Army Romance by Dashboard Confessional
  • Cowboy Romance by Natalie Merchant
  • A Certain Romance by Arctic Monkeys
  • Third Rate Romance by Sammy Kershaw
  • Segundo Romance Medley by Luis Miguel
  • Runway Romance by Brad Paisley
  • True Romance by Citizens!
  • Romance In Durango by Bob Dylan
  • Romance by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Whether it’s a true romance or a bad romance you now have song to express your opinion!

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How To Put On False Eyelashes

This may not be a skill you’ll need on a daily basis, but there’s a good possibility that at some point a special occasion will come up that merits some extra flutter and glamour! If you’ve always loved the look of “falsies” but been intimated by the prospect of applying them, here is your chance to discover that it’s not as hard as it looks. The most important thing you can do is to have patience. It’s tricky work, but if you take your time and don’t get flustered you’re sure to succeed. Ensure two things:  1.You have plenty of time to do the job. Leaving it to the last minute before you walk out the door never ends up well. 2. Practice ahead of time. Buy more than one set of lashes and learn to perfect it before the day of you big event. On the other hand, if you just KNOW you’ll love them as soon as you figure out the secret, buy lots of them because they are addicting!

Supplies:

False Eyelashes – Avoid celebrity brands and major over the counter cosmetics brands. They are nearly always too heavy and inflexible because they don’t specialize in lashes. You need lashes that are lightweight like your natural ones, and easily bent and formed to the shape of your eye. You can find these in major drugstores or specialty cosmetics stores.

Eyelash Glue – The glue sample that comes with the lashes isn’t ideal. You can now find over the counter adhesive that was originally intended for surgical procedures but is now manufactured specifically for false eyelashes.

Tiny Scissors – It is rare that a set of lashes is the exact size of your eyelid.

How To:

Remove one lash set from the package. Do so slowly or you’ll bend them out of shape by tugging too hard. Bend the lash around your finger to cause it to curve. Hold it like that for 30 seconds. Line it up with your natural lashes to see if it needs to be trimmed to fit, and then do so.

Run a thin bead of glue along the base of the falsie. Don’t overdo it or they’ll come off later when the glue warms after wearing them for awhile. Blow gently on the glue. It should be tacky rather than wet. This makes a huge difference!

Guide the falsie behind your natural lash and lower into place near the center. The gently tap one side into place, and then the other side. You’ll be able to readjust them before the glue dries so feel free to slide them around a little until you’re satisfied. Then, quickly, before the glue dries, use a fuzz-free q-tip to wipe away any excess glue above the base of the lash.

Repeat on the other side.

Voila! You’ll be shooting movie-star stares all night!  

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How To Expertly Apply Self Tanner

We all know that the health of our skin is directly correlated to one big decision: ‘fake’ or ‘bake?’ You should ALWAYS opt to use a self tanner over extended exposure to the sun. But going to the salon for a professional spray tan is expensive and time consuming. Achieve the same thing at home by following this simple guide.   

Supplies

  • Self tanning spray mist
  • Lotion
  • Cotton balls
  • Shower cap
  • Hair blow dryer
  • Powder puff

Start with clean, exfoliated skin. Put on a shower cap to protect hair, and insert cotton balls into your ears. This will prevent buildup in ears and product from entering your ear canal. Next, protect nails and cuticles by dabbing a bit of lotion them. Then, stand on a towel. Not only to protect the floor, but also to ensure you don’t step in residual tanner while you’re moving around and end up with stained feet.

Now it’s time to tan! Always opt for a mist instead of lotion because it is much easier to apply and it’s easier for you to avoid streaks. Stand with legs a little wider than hip width apart and softly bend knees to keep tanner from creasing. When you are ready to mist your bum, push it back slightly to avoid missing the area where the bum meets the thigh. Start from the bottom up and go very light on the tops of your feet. Your biggest priority when doing your own spray tan is very even coverage. So, no matter how deep you want your tan to look, think layers!

Begin by coating your whole body lightly and then start over again to build coverage. When doing your face keep in mind that you likely wash it more than the rest of your body so you might want to layer on just a touch more self tanner. Or, reapply it sooner to keep it looking the same as the rest of your body. Inspect everything closely when you’re done and if you find an area that’s blotchy use the powder puff to smooth it out.

Last, use your hair dryer to ensure that the mist dries completely. Don’t take a bath or shower for 24 hours. Then bathe to remove any residue. Don’t wear light colored garments during the first 24 hours to avoid staining them. Within a day you’ll look like you just returned from vacation!

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How To Make DIY Pictorial Light Switch Covers

If you love eye candy in a room, then you won’t be able to resist this project – especially if you enjoy expressing your personal artistic taste. If that sounds like you then plain light switch plate covers are a horror! Fix that problem cheap and easy with this smart project.

Supplies:

  • Printed image you like (magazine page, scrapbook paper, etc.)
  • Flathead screw driver
  • Tacky glue
  • Clear acrylic spray coat
  • Craft mat
  • X-Acto knife
Start by finding a picture or print you love. This could be torn out of a magazine or a sheet of scrapbook paper would work well. The one condition is that it can’t be anything too thick or it won’t adhere to the plate properly.
 

Remove the switch plate from the wall using a flathead screwdriver and clean it, or buy new plates. They’re very inexpensive and can be easily found.

Lay the plate on the part of the image that you want to use. Experiment with turning it sideways to see if you like the image better that way. Don’t forget, you’ll be cutting the center out so that part of the image will be lost! Trace around it using a pencil or white sewing pencil if the image is dark. Using the X-Acto knife, cut around the plate on all four sides, but DON’T cut at the edge of the plate. Cut aprox ½ inch away from it because you will need the excess for wrapping around the back of the plate. The cuts don’t have to be perfect, because no one will see them. Don’t pull the knife edge to hard or fast because this will make the plate move and possibly tear the image. If it does move, re-center it using the outline you traced.

Next, lay the image over the top of the plate to ensure it is the right size. Then, use a foam paint brush, and coat the front of the switch plate with tacky glue. Do this thoroughly and evenly, not forgetting the sides and edges. Now, place the newly cut image on the glue, being sure to center it. Use a credit card to very gently smooth it down and ease out any large air bubbles. Use your fingers to press it down at the side edges.

Next, fold the edges to the back like you would when wrapping a gift. Snip corners a little if needed.  If the image doesn’t stick completely around all of the edges, apply a tiny bit more glue and seal them down. Let it dry a little. Flip the plate over and use your X-Acto knife to cut out the center piece using the same rule of a ½ inch away from the edge. Then cut a diagonal slit at each corner to ensure the image wraps tightly at the inner edges. Line each edge with the glue and press down. Next, cut a small X into both of the holes where the screws go. Last, go to a well ventilated area and spray it with an acrylic clear coat to set it permanently and give it a finished, glossy look.

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