Got Spring fever yet? With Spring fever comes Spring projects and where better to get your honey-do list started than The Home Depot? Check out these May workshops from your local Home Depot and go get your Spring on:
Painting projects: Outdoor painting is not quite like indoor painting and needs a lot of preparation. First, decide how much of the exterior will be painted. Only the shutters or trim may need to be painted rather than the entire house. Next, determine the colors and the types of paint you want to use. Many companies now provide recommended color combinations with their sample books to show you what colors look good together. Before beginning the painting project, the surface of your house should be clean, dull and dry. Wash off any chalk, dirt and mildew. Protect landscape plants by covering them with plastic. After cleaning the house, scrape off any peeling or cracked paint, then sand and prime the area. When you’ve finished priming, begin painting the trim. Semi-gloss paint works well on trim.
Building a Patio: Paved patios are an amazing way to brighten up an uninviting backyard space. There are several options of the different types and colors of pavers on the market. The benefits of paved patios for residential purposes is that they provide a safe flooring application to the structure of a patio. The other great benefits include the following: enhance visual beauty, durable, flexible, versatile, long end use, larger selections, non-slippery, weather tolerant, easy maintenance, low maintenance, and most importantly easy to replace.
Give your deck a little love: A deck with wood chips and splinters can be dangerous and an eye sore if not kept up properly. All decks — even “low maintenance decks” require regular cleaning to keep looking and performing well. After a while the leaves, dirt, mold, and mildew create an ugly film over an outdoor deck. Most people give their deck at least one good cleaning every spring. Depending on the amount of dirt it is recommended using a green deck cleaner that uses oxygen bleach as the active ingredient. There are several good products on the market. Before you begin, make sure to remove all furniture, grills, and objects from the deck. Next, sweep the deck removing all loose dirt and leaves. Make sure to rinse the deck with a hose or pressure washer. Apply the cleaner to the deck by working the foam into the deck with a stiff bristle brush or push broom. Allow the foam to sit on the deck for about 15 minutes. Rinse the foam off the deck with a garden hose or pressure washer.
If you want to learn more about these do-it-yourself outdoor musts, check out your local Home Depot’s website for DIY workshops on all of these topics. But, hurry, they are only being offered through the month of May!