Nice Coffee Table Ideas for Small or Medium Sized Homes

Coffee tables are always a nice touch in any home, especially for small or medium sized homes wherein the front door immediately opens to the living room. If ever there is an entrance hallway, it can be very short, but can also be a place for one more coffee table.  Having coffee tables stylized beautifully are a great addition. The coffee table is actually the centerpiece of all non-sitting furniture in the living room because it’s where you set down your fruit salad bowl, your drink, and anything your visitors may be carrying.

It’s often where you leave the TV remote. It can also act as part storage and part display. Whether for display or for pure function, a coffee table, or tables, can be your direct style choice and interpretation. Here are some coffee table ideas that can take these furniture pieces to the next level:

For a very modern look try keeping your coffee table monochromatic in nature. You can put two or three layers of the same colored table rugs arranged differently. Or you can place a brightly colored floor rug on top of a coffee table for something different yet monochromatic. If you want your small living room to look more spacious, try using a mirrored coffee table. Use a fairly large one that becomes the centerpiece of the living room.

If you’re planning a unique type of dinner party, why not have it in the living room and use the large coffee table instead. You can either serve the food on the table and sit around it, or use pillows as seats for a fun dinner night. If you don’t want to clutter to add up in the living room, you can use a glass shadow box coffee table to create more space while keeping the top of the table clear. The bottom part of the table serves as a storage area while the tabletop is glass so you can see what you stored at the bottom.

If you have a small terrace or patio, you can bring out the coffee table and enjoy the morning coffee or an afternoon snack (and maybe a nap) in the outdoors. Note that your terrace or patio needs to be roofed in or protected against the elements or else your coffee table will easily rot.

Add style and decoration to an ordinary coffee table by adding a customized terrarium using an old large wine glass or large bowl. Be creative and add colorful plants.

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When Doing Spring Cleaning, Don’t Just Throw Away Those Scrap Metals

When doing some spring cleaning we often stumble upon some old or scrap metals around the house. You will often find them in your:

  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Bathroom
  • Garage
  • Garden or Yard

These items might surprise you because they may just be sitting in plain sight. These items can be auctioned off if it’s expensive, sold as an antique, and whatever scrap metal is left can still be sold and make a little money, and you get to help the environment through recycling. First you need to determine the value of the scrap metal using the “metal value test.” You can use a simple household magnet to test if the metal is ferrous or non-ferrous.

  • Ferrous – for instance, steel or iron, from items that originated from your car, cabinets, shelves, chairs, decorative stands, gates, tools, and cast iron pots and pans. Though less valuable at junk yards, they are the most accepted and most properly recycled.
  • Non-ferrous – for instance, copper, aluminum, brass, and bronze from items that originated from your plumbing pipes, inside of air-conditioners, common electrical wires, flooring materials, gutter materials, cans, doors, sidings, window frames, door handles, bathroom fixtures, light fixtures, old keys, pipe valves, instruments, old knick knacks, and decorations. They are more valuable at scrap yards and sold at higher prices.

Did you know that your scrap metals not only help the environment through recycling but also help the country’s economy as well?

  • The scrap metal and recycling industry has grown by 70 percent since 2009.
  • The value of the recyclable metals we waste comes out to around $7 billion. When sold the total value comes out to around $250 million.
  • The value of wasted aluminum cans in 2010 ran up to around $1.1 billion.
  • The value of steel materials people wasted in 2010 amounts to around $3 billion.

Every year, only one-third of all generated metals is re-used. There can be more. In a year, while 82 million tons of scrap metal is recycled, 161 million tons are thrown away and wasted. That’s around 3 pounds of scrap metal per person per day. In 2010 alone, the energy saved from recycled metals and aluminum was equivalent to 17 million barrels of crude oil. That amounts to around 2 days of oil for America’s energy needs. When you don’t recycle scrap metals such as aluminum, one ton of the wasted metals produce:

  • 3,290 pounds of red polluted mud
  • 2,900 pounds of carbon dioxide
  • 789 pounds of solid waste
  • 81 pounds of air pollutants

When you recycle scrap metal, a ton can save other resources such as:

2,500 pounds of iron ore

1,400 pounds of coal

120 pounds of limestone

In short, energy saved using recycled scrap metals amounts to 92% for aluminum, 90% for copper, and 56% for steel. A little scrap metal saved from your home goes a long way.

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Don’t Rush Through the Final Walk-Through in Home Improvement

The final walk-through in real estate was designed so that the buyer could literally “walk through” one last time before the closing. From time to time, a buyer and seller will have negotiated any number of fixes during escrow. The walk-through gives the buyer an opportunity to make sure all the agreed-upon work has been done to specifications and that everything is in working order. Sometimes, buyers are so excited to close that they quickly whisk through the walk-through without taking time to inspect the property. This can lead to small issues once the buyers take ownership. It’s smart to think things through and take the walk-through seriously. Don’t see it as simply checking a list of things. Here are some things buyers should consider before and during their walk-through.

Don’t do the walk-through the day of closing

A walk-through can uncover repairs that need to be made, but that you didn’t know about before. If you do the walk-through the same day as the closing, there may not be time to get things remedied. It’s not uncommon for two walk-throughs to happen. The first identifies some issues for the buyer, and the second makes sure those issues were addressed.

Check the power outlets

Nowadays with mobile phones, it’s easy to plug a phone in and out of all of the outlets to make sure the electricity works. You want to avoid moving in all your stuff, only to realize some outlets don’t work and you lack light in a bedroom. Bring your phone and charger to the walk-through and test all the outlets. It’s quick and easy.

Be on the lookout for the leftover junk

Workers are notorious for leaving junk behind, so take the time to check the garage, attic and under the deck. The workers may wrongly assume you want their old paint cans or a propane tank for a future grill. In fact, they should leave the place completely empty. At times some left-behinds, such as the paint, can be toxic or require special provisions for disposing. These unwanted items become yours after you close.

Be prepared for a surprise

Often times, buyers fall in love with a home that’s full of furniture, art and belongings. Fast-forward to the close of escrow and you’re faced with an empty home, which can feel cold, sterile or hollow. Buyers are often surprised by how they feel entering an empty home. Not only is it absent of any furniture and “stuff,” but sometimes an empty home shows its imperfections, too. The sun may have slightly bleached floors, showing the outline of a rug. There may be carpet stains or holes in the wall from a flat screen TV or paintings. An empty home tends to show poorly, which makes the walk-through all the more important. Consider the walk-through in advance and prepare for it mentally and physically. Know what to look for and have a checklist.

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