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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. We offer a range of Gable and Flat Awnings and Carports, Conservatories and Sunrooms, designed to suit your needs and your budget. FREE QUOTES Phone 9627 1922 Interest Free terms - conditions apply Awning with Gable (6000x3000) $4340 Screen Enclosure with Glass Wall (6000x3000) $7000 Unit 1, 58-60 Melbourne Road (Cnr Brisbane Rd) Riverstone www.adamsnewdawnliving.com.au Improve the value of your home 2153996 5/9 SPRING SPECIAL Over 25 years www.wedokitchens.com.au FREE BATHROOM QUOTES now offered by our recommended licenced renovators FREE QUOTES 1300 135 007 Daryl & Kerry Murray N SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS 10am - 4pm N 12 DAY EXPRESS DELIVERY N 12 YEAR WARRANTY N FREE SOFT CLOSE DRAWERS N 100% AUSTRALIAN MADE 50% OFF KITCHEN CABINETS All Kitchen Styles -- Limited Stock A family business with traditional values CALL US ON 4 577 7474 OR VISIT WWW.ARCTICAIR.COM.AU HOTSummer Savings! Check out our website for specials to cool you down! SAVINGS OF UP TO $600! www.arcticair.com.au 2082073 4/12
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