Creating a Luxurious Home With Cabinet Hardware

One of this year’s trends, when it comes to home decor, is to really do it up! Luxury, indulgence, and opulence are in. That means if you have been thinking about making some changes to your furniture and really dressing up your house, this is the time to do it.

However, making these kinds of changes to one’s home, trading out all of the furniture for something more expensive and fancy can be a very costly proposition. In the current economy, many people do not have the money on hand to be able to do such a grand scale change of the decor to their home. So, what is the other option? Well, one option is to not change everything out, but just make some changes to the cabinet hardware.

Believe it or not, changing out just the hardware on your cabinetry and furniture can make a substantial difference to their overall look. This is one of the common things that real estate agents tell homeowners when they want to make a change to their house to make it more attractive to buyers – repaint the cabinets and furniture and then add new and improved cabinet hardware. It will make the piece look new again. Additionally, if you purchase very attractive hardware pieces it can make the piece look even fancier and more impressive than it ever did before.

So, how do you get started in making this change to your cabinetry? Well, you should begin by getting to know the kinds of hardware you like. The good news is that most companies have online catalogs you can look through and get a feel for their selection without ever leaving your home. This also lets you get a better idea of what it would look like in your home as you can look at your cabinets, at the piece on the screen and really get a feel for how they would go together. If you have a good printer, you could even print out a copy of what one of the pieces looks like and walk it around the room to see if you think it would fit.

Remember, there is no limit to how luxurious you can go when it comes to this kind of hardware. This year, the trends in home furnishings are to enjoy as much luxury as you want in your home. This means you can go all out and really have a great time with fancy decorative hardware on your cabinets and accomplish making your home look like it is at the top of the fashion trends.

A final note before you make a purchase. You don’t want to buy a bunch of pieces of hardware right away. You should begin by purchasing one of the item you are considering. Once it is at the house, try it out on one piece of furniture and see if you like the way it looks. If so, then you know you can order enough of the hardware to turn your home into one you will love.

Proper Care of Outdoor Wood Furniture

We’ve waited all winter for good news from the weather channels. After weeks and months of cold temperatures, we’re ready to step out into the sunshine and enjoy mild evenings in the backyard or on the balcony. If you have a favorite Adirondack chair or a simple porch rocker, you no doubt look forward to savoring the peace and relaxation, and if your outdoor furniture is made of wood you know you should take care that it lasts throughout the seasons. That is why it’s important to observe preventative care or else watch for signs of wear.

To keep your wood chairs, patio tables, and porch swings always looking like new, here are a few tips you want to consider so you can enjoy the spring and summer outdoors:

1) Cover furniture when not in use. This seems like an obvious solution for preserving the color and integrity of your teak, cedar, pine, or oak furniture. If you anticipate rain, protect your furniture with fitted covers or a plastic sheet. If possible, move your furniture to a covered space or into a shed or outdoor storage facility if the predicted storm is heavy.

If your wood outdoor furniture does get wet after a rain, it’s important to make sure it’s dried off quickly. If wooden chairs and tables remain in damp areas and are neglected, you may find rot taking over. Pay special attention to the legs and feet of furniture that have contact with the muddy ground. Your local hardware store may have protective caps or sleeves that preserve the wood.

2) Apply water-resistant stains to wood surfaces. This will help protect your wood if you’re unable to get a cover on in time. Check with your local hardware store or wood furniture dealer for recommendations on good brands to use.

3) Avoid exposure to certain elements. Yes, inevitably we’re going to use our furniture for holding food during a cookout or toys during a kid’s birthday party. However, you want to protect your wood because even the slightest spill could leave a permanent stain. If you outdoor furniture is used often, be mindful to keep corrosive agents away, and use mats, trivets, and coasters underneath food and beverages. Try not to leave objects like plastics on a table overnight because it can cause discoloration.

Proper care and preventative maintenance of patio furniture will keep your wood chairs, tables, and loungers lasting many summers. The sun is out, so enjoy the warm weather.