yourself a new home at the old address may be a lot easier than you realize.
Countless projects don’t even require a hammer.
“People today have the confidence and passion to tackle projects on their
own. A few simple fix-ups can really enhance the way someone feels about
their home,” says Lou Manfredini, who regularly appears on NBC’s “The
Today Show” as “Mr. Fix-It.” He’s also the author
of the book “House Smarts.”
According to Manfredini, there are a number of easy and cost-effective
ways to freshen things up around the abode:
Ten Minute Touch-Up
Painting is the number one home improvement project in America, but touching
up scratches and scrape marks can be a never-ending process. Rubbermaid’s
new Paint Buddy stores paint for fast, easy touch-ups. Learn more at www.paintbuddy.com.
Before changing kitchen cabinets, consider new handles and drawer pulls
to update the look. At www.amerock.com you’ll find the latest in
cabinet hardware. Designers say a switch from shiny brass to brushed metal
or stainless steel can completely change the look of a room.
Let There Be Light
Nothing brightens a room like natural light. Updated window treatments
can help make that happen. The new custom Wood Blind Collection by Levolor
showcases 55 beautiful furniture quality finishes. They can be complemented
by updated drapery hardware and soft treatments for a unified look. Visit
Clear The Clutter
While more than 80 percent of American garages today are designed for two
or three cars, over half of all garage owners say there’s little
or no room left for vehicles. When gardening tools and outdoor gear trump
the family car, the FastTrack Garage System— also from Rubbermaid — can
help with an assortment of shelves, hooks, racks and baskets, many designed
for difficult-to-store items such as wheelbarrows, ladders, power tools
and sports equipment. Accessories are easy to reposition anywhere on the
track and have a rustproof satin-nickel finish and rubber-coated grippers.
The system is easy to install and holds up to 1,750 pounds. For more information
go to www.rubbermaid.com.
A Healthy Glow
Dress up the deck, patio or any outdoor entertaining area with candles
that double as a mosquito repellent. Bernzomatic makes a Mosquito Block
candle that helps shield people from these pesky bugs that can carry disease
and ruin a party. In addition to helping provide your outdoor area with
a warm candlelight glow, the Mosquito Block candles’ patented Linalool
formula blocks a mosquito’s ability to find you.
“It doesn’t take a major construction project to give your home a
new look or feel,” Manfredini said. “A few creative touches
can deliver the makeover people are looking for.”