Are you looking to spruce up your home this summer? With the weekend just hours away, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what projects you can accomplish around the home! DIY expert Jay Baker joined me for an interview this week to discuss how we can improve our home just in time for 4th of July celebrations and more!
Candace Rose: Do you have any tips on how to spruce up your home this summer?
Jay Baker: “Yeah, actually here’s the thing- I don’t work as hard in the summer as I do in the spring and the fall, but I live in a place that gets a lot of company in the summer so I like to be prepared for them. You like to think of what mishap is going to happen that’s going to catch me unaware.
One of those that always happens is a clog. If you’ve got a shower that’s being heavily used, but it clogs…that can certainly put a fly in the ointment in terms of everybody having a good time. I want to point Liquid-Plumr Urgent Clear to you. This product removes the toughest clogs in seven minutes. It’s powerful fast acting gel formula which goes through standing water and works best on hair, gunk, grease and soap scum, but the other thing I like about it is it’s also safe for all pipes and septic systems.
Aromatherapy actually makes a difference to walk into my house or to walk into somebody else’s house and be greeted with a pleasant aroma. There are several things you can do: you can do candles, you can do room spray…but the folks at Gain are helping us out with a chore that we’re already doing anyway and adding to the aromatherapy of our homes. Think about it- if you’ve got folks coming to stay, you’re going to have towels, you’re going to have linens, perhaps some of your window treatments. Gain’s new original scent Fireworks is an in-wash scent booster. You can add as much or as little as you’d like to your wash. It’s safe for any machine or type of load. It doesn’t matter what temperature you’re using or what colors you’re washing. The thing that I really like about is it lasts up to 12 weeks in storage, which means at the end of the season when you go to put those things away for a few months, chances are when they come back out they’re going to smell just as nice as they did when you put them away.
If you really want to redo a room there is nothing faster or easier than painting it. Pick a different color, pick an accent wall or whatever and go to town with the paint. But I do recommend you pay attention to what paint you’re using. I like Enhanced Harmony paint from Sherwin Williams because it offers a beautiful finish, but also it provides long lasting benefits like helping reduce indoor odors like cooking and smoke. It’s 0 VOCs and it’s available in both flat and eggshell. Now here’s a tip- a lot of times there’s nothing that feels worse than painting a room and deciding you don’t like it…you’ve chosen the wrong color. Well, lighting in the home improvement stores is such that it makes all of those colors look great. So when you fall in love with them in the store, bring them home because sometimes it doesn’t quite do that in your room. You can get test sample paints at the home improvement sore, bring them home. I recommend you do as big an area as you can get away with maybe a 4×4 swatch. Do maybe three of them on your wall. Very often what happens is the one that’s your favorite in the store is not as nice as the one that you picked as your second or third choice in the store because it has to do with interacting not only your room and the colors that you already have there, but also the lighting conditions in your particular space.”
Candace Rose: Thank you for the great tips, Jay. Where can we go for more information?
Jay Baker: “Every one of these products has their own website: Sherwin Williams, Gain, Liquid-Plumr. And for just general how to information, I recommend the DIYNetwork.com.”