BPT -- As the weather turns warmer, most of us are experiencing cabin fever, anxious to escape to the outdoors. But has the harsh winter weather put a damper on your outdoor spaces? Don't fret.
You can easily spruce up your exteriors with a few easy and inexpensive home improvement projects. Here are a few fast fixes that will have your home looking great without taking a huge hit on your wallet.
Unpack and update
The first step to enjoying the outdoors is to unpack storage areas and populate your patios and porches with furniture and accents that you put away for the winter season.
However, often these pieces don't fare well in storage and your once-beautiful accents may be scratched, faded or even rusty.
"It's disappointing to find once-vibrant outdoor furniture and accents looking worn and outdated -- especially when you're not ready to invest in new," said Katherine Merkle, Krylon brand manager. "Luckily, with a bit of spray paint -- especially a version that's paint and primer in one -- it's simple to revitalize your current pieces to make them lovely and enjoyable, only for a few dollars."
Krylon's Dual Paint + Primer spray paint is the ideal solution with a unique formulation that's available in a wide variety of the most popular colors and finishes.
It includes both the paint and primer in one can, so you can complete your projects easily and quickly in one step -- with a great finish that lasts like you primed it. Plus, it works on many surfaces, including wood, metal, wicker, glass, ceramic, fabric, concrete and masonry, allowing you to update all your outdoor accents.
"Whether looking to add a vibrant pop of color to dull flower pots; restoring sun-faded patio umbrellas; or restoring damaged or dull furniture surfaces, Dual has the color you need in the simple, one-step, affordable solution you desire," said Merkle.
Clean and clear
Cold weather can leave outdoor spaces looking dirty and gray, so the next step in your outdoor update is to start cleaning. Pressure washing is a simple way to get patios, sidewalks, windows and siding looking clean and ready for the season.
It offers instant gratification as layers of dirt, dust and grime are quickly blasted away. Don't have a pressure washer? No worries that you need to buy one; most rental companies or home improvement centers offer reasonably priced daily rentals. Or it's an opportunity to visit the neighbors who you haven't seen during the cold months to borrow theirs.
Great, green grass
With your living spaces looking grand, now it's time to turn your attention to your lawn. With the grass still soggy and sensitive, it may not be time to begin mowing or digging -- but it is a good time for prevention. Since spring is often the key growth season for many grasses, the key to having a weed-free yard is to apply weed control to your yard to prevent them before they germinate. Your local home improvement store or nursery will help you determine the type and amount that is best for your yard. This easy bit of prevention will help create healthy and luscious greenery for the warmer months to come.
Once you've got your outdoors looking great, you'll be ready to enjoy some outdoor entertaining.
To prep your grill for another year of burgers and barbecues -- make sure you start with a good cleaning. Home improvement expert, Danny Lipford, has a simple and inexpensive way to clean the cooking surface using aluminum foil and white vinegar. The acid in the vinegar cuts through grease and cooked-on food, while the foil acts as an abrasive to remove the food residue.
Simply pour white vinegar in a clean spray bottle, spray the cooking surface and let it sit for a few minutes.
Next, rub the cooking area with crumpled up aluminum foil.
You'll have a clean grill with items you probably have sitting in your pantry.
With a few fast do-it-yourself updates, your home and outdoor areas will be looking fabulous in no time -- and all without a huge price tag.
For more information on Krylon paint products, visit www.krylon.com.