While you may still be recovering from summer break, in our world, it’s one of the best times to start thinking about the holidays. Most of us have conquered our back-to-school list, and now we have our minds shifted to a to-do list of items that need to be checked off before the holiday guests arrive for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’re certain that if you start early, that list won’t seem quite so daunting. Most of our customers have items like painting, new flooring, carpet or even updates to outdoor space or home exterior that are priorities before the family starts rolling into town. Here are a few ideas that might help you know how to prioritize for the holidays.
Large Projects First
Sometimes it takes a little time to get your home back in gear after a major project, so if flooring is on your list, we recommend getting that knocked out first. Our recent blog post about laminate vs. hardwood might help you decide which option fits your lifestyle and budget. You also may be at a point where you’ve cleaned the carpet year after year, and you know this is the year to replace it. We have carpet, laminate and hardwood selections of flooring in stock if you need it soon, or you can order anything that suits you from our showroom. Flooring is an investment that makes a big difference when it comes to the holidays. Having family in town often means heavy foot traffic, young children (think new bicycle in your living room) and spills, so make sure you choose a floor that’s prepared to survive the season.
If you’ve been tempted to do something different to your floor but don’t need to splurge, luxury vinyl is the way to go. This affordable vinyl comes in a number of patterns that are perfect for big or small spaces. We have had customers rave about this product, and we have some in stock now.
Deck (or Paint) the Halls
When you deck the halls year after year, it often means you have nail holes and wear and tear in the most common areas of your home. Your front door, entryway, kitchen, bathrooms and guest rooms are all areas that guests will see, so those areas might be in need of a fresh coat of paint. There may even be a few pieces of furniture that could use a spruce up around the house, too. We carry a full line of Valspar paint for the home and General Finishes milk paint for your furniture that, in just a weekend, can do DIY wonders for your home. Check out this amazing piece refinished by Fury Design Co in General Finishes Holiday Red with a General Finishes stain added to it. If this doesn’t give a warm holiday welcome for your guests, we don’t know what does.
Tinsel or Tile?
While some people prefer tinsel, we suggest updating your back splash or fireplace tile to give your home some sizzle for the holidays. With just a few pieces of tile, your fireplace can go from plain to fabulous and festive. It wouldn’t take much on the mantle if you have tile like this as a focal point in your room.
So whether your holiday-prep list has two items or 22 on it, we want to be the ones you call to get the projects – big or small - checked off the list. Come see us, and let us help you prioritize those items.