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Warmer weather home updates that are easy on your wallet

(NC) As the weather turns warmer, we are 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 yard, garden, porch and patio looking great without leaving your wallet empty.

Unpack and Update

The first step in preparing your outdoor space is to unpack storage areas and populate patios and porches with furniture and accents you put away for the winter season. These pieces often 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“It's disappointing to find once-vibrant outdoor furniture and accents looking worn and outdated, especially when you're not ready to invest in new,” said Katherine Merkle, Krylon brand manager.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 and for only a few dollars.”

Krylon's Dual Superbond Paint + Primer spray paint is the ideal solution with a unique formulation that's available in a wide variety of the most popular colours and finishes. With paint and primer in one can, 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 colour to dull flower pots; restoring sun-faded patio umbrellas; or restoring damaged or dull furniture surfaces, Dual Superbond has the colour 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 is to start cleaning. Pressure washing is a simple way to get patios, sidewalks, windows and siding looking ready for the season. Don't have a pressure washer? No worries. Most rental companies or home improvement centres offer reasonably priced daily rentals. Or, it's an opportunity to visit neighbours you haven't seen during the cold months to borrow theirs.

Get Grilling

Once you've cleaned, repaired and painted, you'll be ready to enjoy some entertaining. To prep your grill for another year of burgers and barbeques, 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 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.ca.

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