Spring into home improvement with weekend wonder projects
News from Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Posted: Mar. 29, 2012 | 1:11 a.m.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2012 | 3:20 a.m.

Sprucing up your home for spring doesn’t have to mean spending huge amounts of time and money. In fact, there are many projects that you can complete in a weekend that will improve the look and feel of your home. With a little guidance and the right tools, you can easily get your home in top shape by Monday morning.

Paint refresh
Commonly recognized as one of the most easy and cost-effective interior updates, painting is a weekend project that can completely transform the aesthetic of your home. When purchasing paint, a quality product will ensure your end results are beautiful. Low-quality, inexpensive paint will likely require a number of coats to get the coverage needed – resulting in more time and money spent. To avoid increased time and cost, use a premium line of paint like Pratt & Lambert’s Accolade, which guarantees excellent hide and outstanding durability. Popular among interior designers, Accolade is available in more than 1,000 colors to complement any style. When choosing paint for your next weekend project, remember that a quality product will achieve the best end result and save you time and mo…………… continues on Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Make DIY renovations a winner
News from Fraser Coast Chronicle:

Highfields Home Hardware’s Cam Delmodes (left) and Craig Stibbard with tools for the home handyman.

THANKS to the phenomenal success of reality television shows such as My Kitchen Rules and The Biggest Loser, we are all getting on the cooking and weight-loss bandwagons.

We have also taken to do-it-yourself home renovation in droves, using shows such as The Block for motivation and inspiration.

It’s a home improvement trend which has seen the hardware industry boom – and Craig Stibbard could not be happier.

As the owner for the past 17 years of Craig’s Highfields Home Hardware, he says home renovation is big business right now – and will get even bigger yet.

“Over the years that I’ve been in the hardware business, I’ve seen lots of trends come and go, but this trend of do-it-yourself home renovation looks to be around for a while,” Craig said.

“There are a few reasons why.

“It’s starting to get more affordable to do it yourself, and at the same time, it’s getting harder to get tradesmen because of the trade shortage.

“People are also able to get the information they need for projects from television shows or from the Internet.”

Craig said he often notices that people coming into the store are acting on the spur of the moment, and…………… continues on Fraser Coast Chronicle

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