Thursday, July 2, 2009
Room for Improvement: Summer Do It Yourself
If you're an outdoors type of person, having a nice porch is a must whether you're relaxing, reading or greeting guests. So tonight, our makeover maestro, Martin Amado is showing us how to freshen up the look of your patio with a simple do it yourself project.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "We'll be using our outdoor spaces a lot more this summer, so if your wood furniture isn't looking that great, as you can tell this one is worn due to the sun and the rain, do not throw it away. It still has Room for Improvement and I'm going to show you how."
Martin Amado: "Now, the first thing you want to do is inspect the furniture. Make sure its not wobbly. If it is, you can reinforce it with some screws, and then if it happens to have any cracks, fill them with some stainable wood putty."
Martin Amado: "These are in pretty good condition, so we can jump ahead and begin with the sanding."
Martin Amado: "Now, we can either use a sanding sponge to prepare the surface for staining or an electric sander. So, of course I'm opting for this one better."
Martin Amado: "Now, we just have to wipe the furniture down with a damp cloth. Make sure it's super clean and we are ready to stain."
Martin Amado: "If you've ever stained before, you know the process can be quite messy. It comes in liquid, so you need a roller, a tray, it takes too long, but now, you have the convenience of stain in a spray formula. It comes in four of the most popular finishes. It dries to the touch in 15 minutes, and I love it."
Martin Amado: "You can also wipe it off if you want to let more of the wood grain show."
Martin Amado: "Let's let the furniture dry and re-work the front porch a bit."
Martin Amado: "The home owner had this wrought iron fence that she was going to throw away, but instead I'm using it as a decorative floor screen, right here in front of the window, behind the bench and it's going to look beautiful. Remember, always recycle items and think of creative ways to use them differently."
Martin Amado: "Now, with the furniture looking brand new, I can add some outdoor pillows just to make it a bit more comfortable, and if you notice I'm adding a combination of strips, patterns, and even solids, but they all work together because I'm keeping it in the same color scheme."
Martin Amado: "Potted plants add some color and finish off the front porch."
Martin Amado: "And there you go folks. We took something old and made it look brand new. All it took were two cans of spray stain, some new accessories and of course lots of sweat equity, but it was well worth it because of course, we saved lots of money in the end. I'm Martin Amado and this is Room for improvement. Until next time."
Remember Martin can work with just about any budget and turn your home into a dream come true.
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