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Making use of your remodeled items

by Sarah Steurer
Design Consultant 

So, now that you have remodeled the house, what are you going to do with the old things you replaced?   Perhaps, you changed out your 20 year old French Doors with some that don’t leak and let cold air in the house? Well, here are some ideas to reuse the old and create awesome new and functional art pieces for the house.

Old French Door = New picture frame and coat rack

Recycled Door

A fresh coat of paint and a little sanding can help create this look on an old French door. First sand down the existing paint, which is probably chipped anyway, and simply re-paint with a color of your choice.  Next, attach pictures into the glass window panes from the back.  If you would like to make a coat rack, like the picture above, cabinet knobs from your local hardware store make perfect hooks at a low price.  Overall, this is pretty simple way to recycle the old and show off your DIY skills.

Pallet left over from a remodel delivery = Herb garden

Pallet garden

Don’t have much to do here with this left over pallet. Just find a flat spot in the yard or patio and fill it with dirt.  The existing gaps in the pallet create perfect rows for planting herbs or vegies. For this great sample and more ideas go to www.themicrogardener.com.

Another great use for that wood pallet is to create a hidden and clean space for your garbage cans. Place one or two Pallets on the ground to keep cans out of the dirt and mud. Then attach another pallet with a couple of strong screws to create the “wall” which blocks the view of the cans.

Pallet block

Master Bath Remodeling Tips

You’ve decided to remodel. How exciting! Here are some tips to consider when remodeling you master bathroom.

Function

First and foremost the space should function for your needs. Maybe you have a single vanity with two people trying to share it. Or, a separate garden tub that only collects dust and is a pain to clean.

Consider removing the tub, to make a larger walk in shower with a bench for convenience. Also, clearing out that corner tub can give you extra room to change that single vanity into a double.

Resale Value

Double vanities in the master bath are practically a must for resale these days. Also, storage is a biggie! If you do not have a built-in linen closet, consider getting a tall linen cabinet to match your vanity. This will help not only for storage, but create a cohesive finished look that was well thought out.

Tile is the number one surface used in bathrooms today. This is a semi- permanent choice for homeowners because of the durability, and fact that you don’t often need to replace it. Because of this, it is important to make tile selections that would appeal to all types of potential buyers. This does not mean you have to settle for a bland, beige colored bathroom. You can add personal style and color with your vanity, towels, rugs, window treatments, wall art and paint.

Whatever you choose, make it your own tranquil retreat.

Super Bowl Week

The big game is only days away. Let’s take a look at one reason why the Super Bowl is so exciting.   There is one player on each team that the world has their eyes on – the   quarterback. Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning.  He is the one player that the team and the   coaching staff and the fans count on to carry the team to number one. The   pressure is great and a quarterback’s ability goes far beyond his physical   strength, and moves into the role of being a superior leader.

To be a successful   leader of a business, large and small, is very similar. Take a look at these leadership   qualities that are seen in any great quarterback and see how they can be   applied to your role as a leader in the workplace.

Always   Prepared. This is a must-have trait that is seen in the greatest   quarterbacks—and   outstanding managers. An elite quarterback will relentlessly   prepare for practice as well as a game, know their teammates intimately and   execute their plans meticulously. A leader in the business world must do the   same thing and be prepared for the next opportunity that may be heading their   way.

Always   Aware. Just as a quarterback scans the field before making a play, a leader should evaluate a situation   and act quickly to take advantage of an opportunity or to solve a challenge   that is on the horizon. A great leader will learn their   team’s strengths and weaknesses and have a strategy to highlight the   strengths and minimize the weaknesses in order to keep on top of their “game.”

Always   Ready For Feedback. A quarterback cannot win a game alone. He   depends on coaches and teammates to help him get that ball down the field.   Listening to feedback from teammates and coaches is a key to a quarterback   perfecting his game and winning. A   good leader will want feedback and will listen to the goals, aspirations,   career plans, and talents of each team member to get better results.

Now that you have some   helpful habits to put into place that can be pivotal for your own success, analyze these behaviors in action by   the elite. Russell and Peyton in the big game ahead.

“GO HAWKS”

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Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Wood – The Pros and Cons

In the Pacific Northwest, wood flooring is one of the most popular and versatile choices of flooring we have.  It provides homeowners with not only a fairly easy to maintain floor, but also complements the beautiful nature surrounding us here in the northwest.

So here’s the question- “Do I choose a solid hardwood floor or an engineered hardwood floor?”

Solid Hardwoodhardwood

Pros:
- Can be sanded and refinished multiple times
- The color stain can be changed after sanding
- Extremely durable
- Scratches can be buffed out and fixed more easily
- Adds beauty and value to the home

Cons:
- Wood expands and contracts, not the best choice for high humidity areas (Stay away from basements)
- More expensive
More of a permanent choice and replacing can be costly

 

Engineered Wood

enginnered

Pros:
- Does not need to acclimate as much to humidity due to the layers of compressed wood that makes up the backing
- Less expensive
- More width and color stain choices
- Hand scrapped and rustic looks are available
- Easier to replace sections of the floor
- Adds value and beauty to the home

Cons:
- Cannot be sanded and refinished, most of these products can be screened which is a light sanding to buff out topical scratches
- Products can dent more easily
If not installed correctly it can buckle with temperature changes

4 Simple Tips for Storing Your Wine

Wine can be an occasional treat or paired with dinner nightly. When it comes to storing your wine, we found that the typical places are: on the kitchen counter, in the pantry, in a rack, or in a cooler. For those looking for wine storage solutions, we have 4 simple tips:

wine rack - Westhill

1) 6-bottle wine racks are easy solutions if you find that your collection of bottles is causing clutter on your counters or cabinets. 

2) If you want to pursue a hanging wine rack above your sink or in the hallway, remember that wine is best kept in cool, dark places.

3) If you are crafty, you can re-purpose wine barrels to hold your wine while functioning as a table or as a decorative piece in your home.

4) For those with a fine taste and are looking to integrate it into their home, a Sub-Zero wine cooler, is elegant and like” having a Mercedes-Benz in your kitchen.”

If you are looking for something more complex, there are options, no matter how large or small.