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Home Living : December 4th 2012
OUTDOORS TIS THE SEASON TO USE THE DECK MAKE THE MOST OF OUR FABULOUS SUMMER AND HEAD OUTSIDE Janita Singh MAINTENANCE TIPS Start preparing your deck for Christmas festivity now, says Boral Timber. Keep up the maintenance by applying a quality finish or stain to preserve colour. Keep deck clean to prevent build-up of dried leaves and debris and get rid of puddles of water from the surface. If the deck has weathered, Boral Timber suggests using a solution of oxalic acid crystals mixed with water to help restore original look. Check for sticking nails and fix loose and rotting boards. A good coat of stain will help renew its look, says Shur-Line. First Prepare the surface -- Look for any surface problems, such as eroded, rotting or decayed boards, or loose nails and replace them. Sand any cracked or splintered boards and railings then scrub deck thoroughly with a stiff bristle brush and cleaner. Rinse with water. Leave it to dry for few days. Mask and cover -- Tape off any areas where the stain is not desired. Start by staining trim work, including railings and spindles, then stain the deck using a reliable stain with brush or stain pad with groove tool. Details: shurline.com; boral.com.au Liven up your deck for Christmas by embracing bold colours, cushions, festive ornaments. Pictured: A Dandi festive table display. A deck is the ideal platform for entertainment this Christmas. Good seating, right decorations, proper lighting and enough shade will keep everyone comfortable. Start simple. Christmas tree in the corner will give the backyard deck some real holiday spirit. Alternatively, add some colourful pots with plants from the pine tree family. Large floor cushions with out- door rugs will give added comfort and extra seating. These effective- ly tie a room together, make a statement and add personality to your home, says AURA creative director Tracie Ellis. Ms Ellis says this season's rugs are bright with bold attitude. ''Rugs make excellent floor cover- ings even in summer because they are easy to move, simple to clean and protect wooden floors like decks,'' she says. For decks without shade, tie a large piece of canvas over it or invest in a temporary sail. Deck umbrellas are colourful additions. For permanent solution, invest in a good quality Australian made awning. Luxaflex National Mar- keting Manager Jenny Brown sug- gests picking something stylish and strong. Don't forget table decorations. This season is all about embracing colourful tones of outdoors. Sydney design house Dandi says use lots of colours and take inspi- ration from seasonal produce and flowers. Use edible, seasonal centrepieces. Christmas wreaths made out of pine cones or flowers from your gardens will quickly and easily bring holiday beauty to the rear of your house. Hang decorations from branches of nearby trees. Cut fresh flowers and set them in various places on the deck. Wrap the decorations and run lights on railings. Bring out the fan and set-up a drink station with ice-filled in a large container. Decorate with candles, burn in- cense and oils and buy repellent. ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 • Homes • Apartments • Shops • Offices • Clubs • Pubs • Factories • Schools Manufacturer Direct The Great Protector Against: • Intruders • Noise • Heat • Cold • Storms • Bushfires See Through Polycarbonate, Brick Pattern & Heavy Duty Roller Grilles 9718 9988 Factory & Showroom: 49 Drummond Street, Belmore www.advancedshutters.com.au 'The Original Since 1976' 2023520 27/11 1582-1584 Canterbury Road, Punchbowl www.atoptide.com.au Tel: 97086888, 97086688 Fax:97086655 Mobile: 0452183168, Email: email@example.com $90+ $320+ $180+ $90 $30+ $90+ $500 $300 $180 Italian brand appliances GREAT DISCOUNTS FOR OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! 9 cabinets with polyurethane doors, plus 2 pieces of granite benchtops. Please come to our showroom or contact us for a quote $1800 More granite and quartz stone benchtops for wholesale and retail. 2006171 4/12 $150+ BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40
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