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6 Summer Home Projects That Dress Up Your Home

summer home project front stairs with tileIt doesn’t take much to spruce up your home and look like new—and those small touches often don’t cost that much.  Summer is the perfect time to make those little touches through summer home projects; with everyone out and about and frequent summer barbecues, your home projects are sure to be noticed by your guests—while you enjoy them in between your summer parties.

Start with your front door

Your home doesn’t have to be on the real estate market to add curb appeal.  Start with your porch or front steps.  Add decorative touches like planters, decorative sculptures, slate or porcelain tiles, and rocking chairs to your front step or porch, and landscape your flower beds and bushes.  If you want to be really daring, paint your front door a complementary color.  Summer is the time to do it, because it’s easy for the paint to dry during the nice weather.

Spruce up your patio

If you want to turn your outdoor patio into an oasis, dress up your patio with a water feature, furniture and tiles.  Yes, you read that last item right: tiles.  Porcelain tiles can be installed outdoors to dress up your patio, and comes in a variety of colors and styles that can make your next barbecue a show stopper.

Get creative with your planting

Pinterest is full of ideas for unique summer planters that you can fill with flowers, vegetables, and herbs.  Vertical planters, antiques, crates, watering cans, wheelbarrows, wagons…the options are limitless for creative planting ideas that’ll add extra curb appeal to your home, give you fresh herbs and vegetables, and make all your friends comment.

Deep clean your carpets

Carpet cleaning may not be the sexiest home project, but it can make your old carpets look like new—and summer is the perfect time to do it.  Scheduling a summer carpet cleaning has a few perks: you can leave the windows open during the cleaning, schedule the carpet cleaning before you go on vacation, and you can move your furniture out to the garage during the carpet cleaning (if needed).

Re-stain your deck

summer project kitchen with backsplashPower wash and re-stain your deck for a new look, and to ensure many years of grill outs and fun.  Re-staining and sealing extends the life of your deck, prevents splintering, and gives your deck a new life.

Upgrade your kitchen

For a finished look, add a beautiful backsplash to your kitchen.  If you need ideas for your backsplash, head into your local tile store to see the tiles in person.  If you want to spend more time outside this summer, hire an experienced tile expert to install your backsplash.  Installing a backsplash doesn’t take very long, but the look’ll dress up your kitchen for a whole new look.

What kind of backsplash tile is available?

10532797_10152564225224378_1945387486072007828_nScenario 1: You love your kitchen countertops. The color of the cabinets complements your beautiful flooring. However, you just feel like something’s missing…

Scenario 2: Your kitchen is functional and you love the layout, but it’s dated.  You’re researching inexpensive ways to update your kitchen without paying for new cabinets (which you don’t need). You’ve found new countertops and flooring, which cost a lot less than you thought. But it needs more…

The answer to scenario 1 and 2? Backsplash tiles. Backsplash tiles can be added to your kitchen at any time: before or after your countertops are installed, whenever you need to add that pop of color. Backsplashes are also one of the cheapest ways to update a kitchen, and can be a do-it-yourself project or a job you hire a professional to complete. They come in a variety of materials, colors and styles, and are easy to clean when your pot of pasta sauce gets all over your wall.

  • Glass. Want a tile with a lot of color? Whether you choose a single color of tile or a multi-colored glass tile, glass tiles are a pop of color for any kitchen. If you want white cabinets and want to add another color to break it up but you don’t want to go crazy, consider a single color backsplash tile for a great focal point.
  • Metal. Need a shiny focal point? Or would you like to add a classic touch with the old fashioned look of tin tiles? Metal tiles come in a variety of shapes and textures, and are perfect for light or dark cabinets.
  • Stone or ceramic. If you want a neutral addition to your kitchen, consider stone and ceramic tiles.
  • Mixture. Can’t decide which option is best or want the best of both? Mixed tiles are your answer. Choose a mixture of ceramic and glass for a pop of color, or glass and stone for a different look for your kitchen backsplash.

Don’t be afraid to be unique with your kitchen backsplash—you don’t have to just install backsplash tiles between your counter and cabinets. Consider running your backsplash to the ceiling or using a different pattern behind your stove for a unique focal point. Head into a local tile showroom for inspiration, to find the latest new tile designs for your kitchen or to talk to a professional about design and installation. Ask for a quote, set up an installation date and enjoy the aesthetic and functional benefit of a new backsplash.