Quick Fixes for Common Home Maintenance and Decor Issues

“I’ve been meaning to get around to that.”  Most homeowners have a list of irksome projects they just can’t seem to get to.  Many of these projects have simple, quick fixes, and today I wanted to share a few of my favorite solutions for around-the-house maintenance and décor issues.

Rug Corner Curl & Slippage –With the popularity of hardwood and tile flooring, many people now have area rugs in their homes.  Natural fiber rugs such as sisal and seagrass with fabric binding are particularly prone to corner curl.  Not only are these issues unsightly, they’re also potentially dangerous.  Everyone has experienced tripping over an unsecured rug, and if you have elderly family members or toddlers in the home, it’s particularly concerning.  Luckily there are several inexpensive products that take care of rug curl.  Try “Stay in Place Rug Tape,” available at Home Decorators for $11.00 per roll.  This heavy-duty tape is double-sided sticky, and won’t harm hardwood floors.  It’s for indoor use only.  Also, Walmart offers a product called “Idea Works Rug Grippers,” which sells for $7.74 for a set of eight (which is enough to secure two rugs).  This product is plastic, with a peel-off backing to install.  It is reusable and can be washed in the washing machine.

Enamel Scratches and Chips—So your handy hubby fixed a toilet clog, but the metal snake he used scratched your bowl enamel.  Or perhaps you dropped a bottle of nail polish and chipped the enamel on you bathtub.  In my home, I’ve dropped spice bottles and chipped my stove several times.  Argh!  Enamel chips are particularly bothersome on white appliances, toilets and tubs because the enamel underneath the paint is dark.  For about $4.00, you can pick up enamel paint repair products at Lowe’s, Home Depot or Sears.  Be sure to follow the instructions carefully for best results.  Also know that there are thousands of shades of white, and although differences can be subtle, your white repair paint may not be an exact match to your existing paint.  But it will be better than an unsightly chip!

Algae on Gutters—Tallahassee’s climate is so humid that green algae is a common problem on gutters, particularly if they are light-colored.  The good news is you don’t have to pressure-wash your entire home to take care of a few problem areas.  As long as you can safely reach your gutters with a sturdy ladder, simply mix up a solution of one part vinegar to one part water, and gently scrub the algae.  Next, give the cleaned area a quick rinse with your hose.  Results are immediate and amazing, and you’ll have the added satisfaction of using a natural cleaning product that won’t contribute harmful chemicals to the environment.

Using Wreaths with a Storm Door—Typical clearance space between an entry door and storm door is around four inches.  Many decorative wreaths, especially holiday wreaths, are too bulky and won’t fit in this tight space.  Fortunately, there are door décor options available that will work with storm doors.  Craft fairs are a great place to find interesting and one-of-a-kind decorative elements.  On my home’s front door, I have a chicken “wreath” that is hand-made by a Tennessee artist, utilizing fabric, buttons, burlap and wire.  I love that it’s unique, and also that my storm door protects the fabric from the elements.  Plant nurseries that have home décor sections, and stores like Hobby Lobby and Joann’s Fabric Store, also offer interesting plaques and wooden or metal monograms that can work very well with the added protection of your storm door.