Friday, April 27, 2012
Room for Improvement: Spring Projects
Decorating your home on a tight budget can be a challenge but, our makeover maestro, Martin Amado, knows best when it comes getting a designer look for less. Tonight, he's showing us some do-it-yourself projects that can go a long way.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Hi, I'm back shopping at one of my favorite stores, the Habitat Restore in Fort Lauderdale where my creative juices always start flowing. I love it. Today, I'm going to show you some simple and inexpensive do it yourself projects perfect for entertaining outdoors. Let's get to work."
Martin Amado: "Remember you can save a lot of money coming up with your own unique project but the best part is your helping build a Habitat for Humanity home so its also for a good cause."
Martin Amado: "For $5 its a great deal."
Martin Amado: "I picked up some glass blocks, mosaic tiles, kitchen cabinet doors, some glass lamp shades and my bed post. Let's start with the first project."
Martin Amado: "The idea is to only use the top part of the post. Hot glue this glass sconces on the top and turn it into a candle holder."
Martin Amado: "It doesn't fit inside, so I'm using a hole saw to make the opening a bit bigger and that way its going to be a perfect fit."
Martin Amado: "I left some of the brown showing through to give it an aged look."
Martin Amado: "Place our candle right inside. One project done."
Martin Amado: "I found a set of two kitchen cabinets for only $10 and I thought I can turn these into place mats. Now, because we don't have a level surface here in the center, I'm inserting some mosaic tile as a decorative detail and that way I have a flatter surface."
Martin Amado: "You can use mastec on the surface to glue the tiles done and then apply a grout on the top, but I'm only using adhesive strips because this way I can actually change the tiles in the future to match another color scheme."
Martin Amado: "Our third project is to take a plain glass block for only $5 and add a decorative detail around it in the same mosaic tile."
Martin Amado: "You can actually use it as a base for a candle, a plant or maybe even a serving dish."
Martin Amado: "Finally, you can take the left over tile and create a decorative table runner or cut them into squares and use them as coasters for your glasses. Let's go set the table."
Martin Amado: "So we took some found objects at a bargain price, gave it a completely different use and we actually created a garden setting right here in the middle of the Habitat Restore. Imagine how good its going to look in your own patio, perfect for entertaining outdoors. Until next time, I'm Martin Amado for Room for Improvement."
If you want a makeover for a minimum price, you can get in touch with Martin by calling him at 305-576-home or 954-962-home or you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org