CS Hardware Blog

October 28, 2016
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How to Protect Your Home from Break-Ins

Having someone break into your home is not a pleasant thought, but like having a spare tire in your car in case of a flat or a fire safe in your home in case of property damage, it’s smart to take precautions. You know you need to protect your home from a break in, but where do you start? And how much will it cost you? Won’t a determined enough burglar be able to break in no matter what you do? Not necessarily. Continue Reading →

End-opening DIY storage bed

October 14, 2016
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The DIY Platform Bed Lift Kit: The Bedroom Storage Solution

If you’re much like the rest of us, you have a lot more stuff than you have room to store it. It can be time-consuming and tough to go through your things and figure out what you can throw out, and there are always those items that you can’t or don’t want to get rid of, but you need to find a better place to store. Of course, you could always stuff all those things under your bed, but there’s a better option: a platform bed with plenty of storage built in!

End-opening DIY storage bed

End-opening DIY storage bed

With this DIY platform bed, you can store stuff under your bed while still maintaining a neat and clean look (also, you’ll avoid crawling into the dusty underside of a traditional bed to retrieve things). Unlike a traditional bed, a platform bed keeps out dust and dirt, and this DIY storage bed lift kit will give you a ton of room to store whatever you need! There’s no need to buy a heavy, pricey, and possibly squeaky box frame, and the two gas piston lift mechanisms make accessing your stored items easy!

Side-opening DIY storage bed

Side-opening DIY storage bed

Want One of These? Here Are a Few Things to Consider

  • Some assembly required. This is a DIY Kit after all, so be ready to put in a bit of work to get this thing done. But not only will you be saving money by doing it yourself, you’ll also get the satisfaction of having created an attractive and extremely practical piece of furniture for your home!

  • Mattress weight. This kit uses an extremely sturdy integral steel frame, but be sure to keep it’s limits in mind. The mattress should weigh no more than 121.5 lbs (no problem most of the time, but there are a few types of mattresses that are very heavy).

  • Max static bearing weight. The mattress, bedding, and occupants should be limited to 400 lbs to stay within the maximum static bearing weight for this bed. If you need a greater weight capacity, however, you can always add vertical supports under the center frame member as well as the head and foot of the pedestal!

Does this sound like the perfect fix for your bedroom clutter? Pick up a DIY storage bed lift kit in single, double, or queen bed sizes from cshardware.com!

rolling barn door round rail installation

September 6, 2016
by Jacob
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How to Install an Interior Rolling Barn Door (Round Rail)

Need some guidance for installing CSH rollng barn door hardware? This 7-step installation guide for round rail hardware is here to help! Whether you’re installing the hardware now or you want to know exactly how to install before you buy, this guide will cover everything you need to know. Continue Reading →

Abatron wood restoration example

August 26, 2016
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How To Repair Rotted Wood Without Replacing It

Rotted or otherwise damaged wood in your home can be a real eyesore. Whether it’s furniture, flooring, outdoor columns, paneling, or window sashes, you want to get them fixed. If you’re looking for a more cost- and time-effective solution than completely replacing the damaged pieces, consider using a wood restoration product! Continue Reading →

persian blue distressed milk paint general finishes

August 19, 2016
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How to Distress General Finishes Milk Paints

A standard application of milk paint looks great, but what if you want to get more creative? In this post, I’m going to cover two types of distressing you can use to achieve creative, interesting results with your General Finishes (GF) Milk paints (for more info on how to apply GF milk paints and how they differ from traditional milk paints, check out my previous post).

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basil and snow white milk paint

August 12, 2016
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How To Apply General Finishes Milk Paints in 4 easy steps

General Finishes milk paint is a versatile paint that is perfect for a variety of looks, such as modern, aged or distressed. It’s amazingly adaptable, and has a nostalgic satin sheen that will give you the perfect timeless look you’re after.

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CSH RTA Ready To Assemble Cabinets

August 5, 2016
by Jacob
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How to Plan Your New Kitchen Remodeling Project

If your household is like many others, your kitchen is a lot more than just a single-cook, utilitarian space. It may serve as a room where multiple cooks work together at once, where you entertain guests, or where spend a lot of time with your family. It might even be a combination of a dining space and a cooking area, making it even more of a central component of your home. Because of this, you want your kitchen to look attractive and inviting–a place where both your family and your guests will feel at home. Here are some steps to make sure you plan the kitchen that is the right fit for your needs, especially if you’re replacing the cabinets and and redesigning the kitchen layout. Continue Reading →

Bristol Birch cabinet

July 26, 2016
by Jacob
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Should You Use RTA Cabinets for Your Kitchen Renovation?

The prospect of replacing your kitchen cabinets can be daunting, but there are many good reasons to do it. You might be concerned about the sturdiness or age of your current cabinets, or maybe the layout doesn’t work for your specific needs. Whatever the reason, there’s a very good chance that buying ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets is a great option for your cabinet replacement project.

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July 11, 2016
by Jacob
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9 Great Rolling Barn Door Ideas for Your Home

If you’ve seen a well-designed home featuring a rolling barn door (or beautiful examples of rolling barn doors around the web), you’ve probably thought about installing one in your own home. Do you love the idea but aren’t quite sure where you’d put one? Take a look at these perfect ways to use a rolling barn door in your home!

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bighorn forge blacksmith pounding

June 28, 2016
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Behind the Scenes at BigHorn Forge: Our Hand-Forged Rolling Door Hardware

As far as we know, we’re the only manufacturer around that includes hand-forged handles and roller straps in rolling barn door kits. Because wanted to showcase that aspect of our unique hardware, we took a short trip down to Bighorn Forge in rural Kewaskum, Wisconsin to capture the process our barn door hardware goes through, “From the Forge to your Home.”

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