Tip of the Week
With summer in full bloom, you may be looking for easy do-it-yourself projects to spruce up your backyard before the season ends. Finding ways to repurpose old items while mixing in new materials helps extend character to your patio. Here is an easy project to try:
Keep your beverages cool - Give a cooler an easy and inexpensive makeover by transforming it into a permanent fixture on your patio or deck. Build an enclosure out of wood for the cooler to rest in and add legs bringing beverages to the perfect level for your guests. Attach a metal bottle opener and handles or hooks for bar towels to perfect your new cocktail showpiece.
Add a table - Before passing over an old headboard at the neighborhood garage sale, consider reinventing the piece as a custom patio cocktail table. Interior designer Tracie Stoll offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to build this item, with a built-in beverage cooler, on her blog, cleverlyinspired.com.
Picnic tables with coolers have popped up all over the Web for the past few years, she says. I love the fact that people seem more willing now more than ever to create something new with something they may already have on hand.
Clear the clutter
When showing your home for sale, remove some furniture and personal items to create a sense of open space, to better allow potential buyers to visualize a room filled with their own furnishings.
Did You Know
Swap and save
Replacing a high-usage incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb which uses less energy and can last up to 10 times longer can net savings of up to $65 in one year.
Create nooks and crannies
A key in successful furniture placement is to ensure balance. A well-placed room helps create the feel of a larger, more inviting environment. That means making sure corners receive equal attention, whether it be with a plant, an accent chair or a fun feature.
Recycle your grounds
Coffee grounds make excellent mulch to use around plants that prefer acidic soil. Peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, radishes, parsley and cilantro all fare well in environments enriched with the leftovers from your morning brew.
Home Help: Drinks on the deck
Tip of the Week