Spring Cleaning Jump-Starts Sprucing Up Home

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I am a terrible housekeeper. The way I don't keep house is more than embarrassing -- it's practically toxic.

But from time-to-time I get inspired ... after all, I freely admit my addiction to home improvement shows.

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Decorate any smooth surface in your home with Wallies designs from McCall's Pattern company.

The thing I am always looking for is a shortcut. Easy decorating.

But no matter how easy the hosts say a project is going to be, you know they really don't have a clue. What they have is a crew to do all the heavy lifting and tedious tasks.

There is always the talk about how simple and fast a new paint job is to freshen a space.

It's a lie.

My sisters decided to freshen up their front porch awhile back. They thought it might be a two-day job. It took about six.

I rent, but my landlords have given me permission to paint. I bought the paint and all the other stuff you need: tape, drop cloths, pans, brushes -- and it all still sitting in the carport ... about two years later.

I have come across a couple of products that might just meet my speed and skill level: "Wallies" from the McCall Pattern Company and Tatouage Decorative Transfer Designs

Wallies are wallpaper cutouts that are made of pre-pasted, vinyl coated, strippable wallpaper.

The picture accompanying the article shows images from two different sets "Tuscan Grapes" and "Wine Tasting." The company also carries mural kits to fill larger spaces.

Tatouage images are larger and permanent. The Wallies will peel off. To remove, simply wet the cutouts very well and peel them off; the glue is water-soluble.

Wallies are easy to use and come in a wide variety of styles. They are a wonderful way to create great looking accessories and wall décor with just a little water and no artistic talent required. They can be put on lampshades, cabinets, ceramic tiles, tin wastebaskets and gift boxes. Use them to transform an old piece of furniture, dress up a window or door trim, make coordinated party invitations and place settings.

A sponge or paper towel and water are all the supplies you need.

Tatouage designs are a simple do-it-yourself way to decorate any wall or surface.

Tatouage is a permanent transfer design, which allows you to create quality professional murals at a fraction of the cost.

Some of the other surfaces you can use Tatouage in your interior decorating is to apply the rub on transfer to wood surfaces, mirrors, glass, and many more.

Because Tatouage is a fine quality, high-resolution reproduction of artwork, it is meant to permanently adhere to the surface for a "hand-painted" look. It is not a stencil and cannot be reused. If you want to change the look of your Tatouage transfer, then you would simply paint over it.

And so we are back to painting again.

I think I will try my Wallies first, live with them for a while and then think about the Tatouage.

Ace Hardware in Payson is where I bought my Wallies. They are available on the Internet, as are the Tatouage designs.

Changing window treatments is another fast way to freshen up your home for the new season. Measure your windows and visualize what you want -- a simple valance over blinds, sheers or lightweight drapes. Visit area thrift stores for inexpensive fabric in bed linens or someone's castoff drapes or see what you can find at yard sales. You might even have the fabric in your house already, in spreads and sheets you no longer use.

Cutting low-cost fabric is not nearly as painful as taking a pair of scissors to something for which you have paid $5 or more.

Curtain rods are cheap and hemming is simple -- or just use fabric glue or double-sided tape.

Sprucing up your home décor for spring without spending lots of money and time is simply a matter of imagination.

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