With the snow beginning to fall and the temperature getting lower, you might have started thinking about all those indoor projects that still need to be crossed off your to-do list. But before you start any project, visit your Thunder Bay Public Library and browse the shelves. You will find a large selection of books full of ideas, advice and how-to for all your different indoor project needs. Cleaning and organizing your home can be overwhelming, but books such as Living Simple, Free & Happy by Cristin Frank provides readers with a number of tips and techniques for decluttering and organizing, as well as creative upcycling projects. You will find more creative ways to organize your belongings using repurposed items from around your home in Linda Peterson’s book Creative Ideas to Organize your Home.
Perhaps as you were sorting through old items, you came across the scratched antique table you wanted to restore and the vintage curtains you weren’t sure what to do with. Find the inspiration to reuse these items in Salvage Secrets Design & Decor: Transform your home with reclaimed materials by Joanne Palmisano. This book is full of pictures, design tips and project samples that could be used in any style of home. For more project ideas, you can also check out Reclaiming Style: Using Salvaged Materials to Create an Elegant Home by Maria Speake and Adam Hills.
For a more dramatic change, consider a fresh coat of paint in a room or other space. With so many paint colours to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right one for you; and looking at pictures on Pinterest can get overwhelming very quickly. But books such as Paint and Color by Jeanne Huber and Paint Ideas and Projects from the editors of This Old House provide readers with colour palettes and colour combination ideas, along with professional advice to get the look you want. If you are looking for ways to bring a punch of colour to a room but want to avoid the process of painting walls, check out the colourful ideas in Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style.
Completely remodeling a room can be exciting but also has its challenges. The Library has plenty of books that will help you create your room wish list. For example, you will find stylish kitchen and bathroom ideas in Kitchen and Bath Renovation Guide by Better Homes and Gardens. However, this specific book lacks the detailed instructions on how to achieve these looks. Therefore you will want to check out the Library’s selection of how-to books such as Plumbing: Install & repair your own toilets, faucets, sinks, tubs, showers, drains and The Complete Guide to Cabinets & Countertops: How to customize your home with cabinetry. Finally, before you pick up any tools, check out the book Measure Twice: Tips and tricks from the pros to help you avoid the most common DIY disasters by Bryan Baeumler, host of the TV shows Leave it to Bryan and Disaster DIY. Baeumler shares his knowledge and expertise in home renovations, such as installing a door, fixing trim and framing a wall. And if all else fails, call a professional.