Butler County Times Gazette
  • Home Help: Spring into simple DIY home decorating trends

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  • Tip of the Week
    Whether you’re personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.
    Spring cleaning doesn’t have to mean getting rid of everything in the garage. Familiar pieces showcased in a special way can be a conversation starter. Love cycling, but have an old bicycle that you don’t ride anymore? Consider using its components to construct a unique piece of furniture to showcase your passion for the sport.
    Peter Debelak, co-owner of Soulcraft Woodshop and Gallery, a membership-based community woodworking workshop in Cleveland, did just that. He used a construction adhesive designed specifically for bonding porous to non-porous mixed materials, such as metal to wood or ceramic to drywall, to create a rotating wine rack made out of a bicycle wheel, as well as a shelf and coat rack constructed from a repurposed bicycle crank-set and handlebars. “More and more we’re seeing people personalize their home decor by transforming fascinating objects they love into home accessories and furnishings,” said Debelak.
    In another on-trend style for spring, vintage and contemporary design elements come together to create rustic contemporary looks. “Reclaimed materials will heavily influence DIYers, and contrasting shiny and rustic materials in projects will definitely be trending in 2014,” said KariAnne Wood, designer, blogger and owner of Thistlewood Farms. Metal, wood, glass, ceramic - all of these key materials play essential roles in making your home the center of attention. Mixing two, or even all, of these together will give you an edge in creating a unique space. Consider gluing pieces of metal and wood together to construct an industrial-style coffee table.
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    Home-Selling Tip
    To make your home stand out from the others that are for sale this spring, differentiate from the neighbors. Consider options that will make your home more memorable such as landscaping, or high-grade windows, but be sure they complement the home and appeal to a wide range of buyers.
    Did You Know
    Be creative to enhance your storage solutions. Hang an old door horizontally and attach metal hooks to make an instant mudroom by your entryway. Wire baskets glued to wood shelves become a great home for keys, shoes and outdoor accessories. No time to build anything? Not to worry. Simply hang a shoe rack on the back of a door, and you have a perfect set of compartments to hold supplies in any room.
    Decorating Tip
    Recycled wooden pallets and cable spools are trending now as DIYers turn them into coffee tables, desks and wall art. For a quick and simple patio transformation, spray paint large, wooden cable spools and use them as outdoor tables. Take it a step further by using ProBond Advanced to add a bold, ceramic tile mosaic without any grout, caulk or building required.
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    Garden Guide
    During spring, plants are putting all their energy and resources into growing up and out, and if you cut them back (or mow, or pull) repeatedly, you will thwart their growth by exhausting them, according to YardMap. Try to pull, cut, or mow at the base of the plants (where they emerge from the ground, including vines). Hand pulling works best when the soil is moist, so try this activity after a good rain and you might even be able to pull the root system out.
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