The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 10, 1971 · Page 56
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 56

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Sunday, October 10, 1971
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Use Imagination and Save Money Page 28 The Hutchinson News Sunday, Oct. 10, 1971 BUDGET BEDROOM — In this bedroom, unmatched blues and reds, plus lots of white, have been used to reinterpret the 'popular tricolor scheme. The bed is a red painted plywood platform with mattress and box springs and built-in headboard. Rows of hubcaps and coiled lights made of flexible conduit lend an imaginative touch. Apartment Residents Say •rovements Worth Cost Imp] By VIVIAN BROWN AP Newsfeatures The do-it-yourself movement is bigger than ever, and apartment dwellers have joined the cult. The fact was evident recently when a business meet- Plan Your Work Carefully kshop By ANDY LANG AP Newsfeatures Got a home workshop? Or planning one? Here are some tips that may help you: While the shape of the workshop often is determined by available space, choose an area that Is square if you have a choice. A table saw is best.placed in) the center of the shop. A radial arm saw can be located along a wall. The workbench should be located where there is plenty of light and ventilation. Whenever possible, attach the bench to the floor or wall studs. If the top of the workbench is not made of hardwood or fir plywood, it should be covered with tempered hardboard screwed to the wood at the four comers. Keep the most-used tools in the handiest place. Store Overhead Lumber is best stored overhead on some sort of supports hanging from the ceiling if possible and as close to the table or radial arm saw as is fea sible. The more air that circulates around the wood, the less chance there is of warpage. The area where you willuse finishing materials (varnish, shellac, etc.) should be away from the place where sawing, sanding and other dust-raising operations are performed. If you plan to use a sprayer very often, use a turntable arrangement on which to place the articles being sprayed. It then will not be necessary to touch the items once the spraying has been started. ing dissolved into a discussion of amateur work projects—how to cover walls, mitre corners, fix faucets, install bookshelves. "You can't live like a dog because the landlord won't do anything for you" said a girl in explaining why she had invested money in an apartment she leases. Another young girl explained she had put more than $400 worth of improvements in her living room, and then she had moved to a more desirable apartment. You must figure improvement money as part of the rent was her opinion. She'll make improvements hi her new apartment. Wallcovering Discussion Tlie mention of wallcoverings began a lively discussion with various people expressing different points of view, and which at times resembled a Charlie Chaplin movie—men standing on chairs to show how to ease the covering on the wall, girls kneeling on the floor showing how difficult it was to work around baseboard heaters. One girl argued the merits of pre^pasted papers, but a man insisted that only the paste-it-yourself kind can be manipulated easily—you can move it around until you are satisfied with its position. Another group argued the adhesive- problem of vinyls with a man holding out for wheat pastes and a girl extolling the qualities of another adhesive. And there is a tiny roller, she advised, that helps you smooth corners of vinyl, only she didn't realize what It was for until she had finished the job. Is lumber too expensive to in stall on someone else's property? Not if it provides you with a good built-in bookcase, much more attractive than the temporary kind, the group agreed. "You must look at such proj- e c t s as decorating investments," -one ' bachelor ex : plained. "It doesn't cost anything to use your own labor, so why worry about a little material." ' Fears a Complaint One man has installed floor | covering, wall covering and mirrors that lie just won't be able to remove when he leaves his apartment. He hopes the landlord doesn't see it for fears of a rent increase. Hiding behind this investment has educated him io other things—he has learned to fix his own pipes, faucets and so on, since ho fears a'complaint will bring the landlord lo his castle. A lady executive makes her I own curtains and draperies and! upholsters her own chairs, in addition lo repairing gauged walls. She is considering making furniture when she finds some good patterns. "Most of us want to prove we can honestly work with our hands," said one girl. But another girl thought that "subcon- sciusly, we are preparing ourselves for survival in a dwindling workers market. We want to be sure we can live without the services of others," she said. A young man felt the do-it- yourself urge was a hangover from the do-your-own tiling youth bit. "We worried so about cleaning up the environment and so on ... we want to do the best in our homes." Waiting Lists Long Older people in this enthusiastic group could remember when it was virtually impossible to get professionals lo work and the waiting lists were long—still true in some areas— and they believe people gave up depending on others and began working indoors as they work outdoors in their gardens. A newlywed said proudly her husband does a lot of the work in their apartment, and that lie never had held a hammer until they were married. Imagination costs less... Decorating a room in the conventional way is often more costly and less appealing than putting together touches of the unexpected to make personal decorating statements. This is the thinking of Emily Malino. design consultant. Best known for her imaginative use of color and her ability to turn drab into dramatic with minimum expense, Miss Malino says, "I don't believe you have lo burst your handbag to make a real decorating turnout. In fact. I think it's harder lo decorate with unlimited funds, because then you don't have the discipline of nutting your imagination to work. So- called 'budget auarlments' usually have more decorating verve than posh Park Avenue penthouses." Both Approaches Bad On the matter of budgets the designer believes homemakers often make one of two m i stakes—either "budgeting", over a period of time to purchase only expensive items; or, the opposite, "budgeting" every furnishings element at the lowest possible price. Neither approach works, she says, since the first way really means your home is always in a state of transition, awaiting the next major purchase; and in the second there's almost never any flair when the home is finished . and, even worse, usually the merchandise is so shoddy that it doesn't last. "The wiser way to plan your decorating budget," advises! Miss Malino, "is to put the bulk of it into a few good pieces to carry the main burden of visual simulation, then to 'splurge' on the expendables — those smaller, less expensive items you don't expect to last a lifetime. And, of course, you should bring your imagination into play, using ingenuity, not dollars, to fill your home with personality." What Miss Malino Is calling for is a reappraisal of the word "budget": Placing larger proportions of the budget on furnishings or touches which are important for comfort, maintenance and visual appeal; making up for these expenditures by decorat- ig innovations which arc not costly, many of which y o u can do yourself. For example, some people plan wall - lo - wall carpeting as their final purchase, the "finishing touch" to a room or home. But, when you consider that carpeting is one of a room's chief sources of color and that, as Miss Malino says, "like a cosmetic, carpeting can establish a mood", plus the fact that it's easier to vacuum carpeting cthan waxing a floor and vacuuming a rug, then wall - to- wall carpeting becomes a decorating "bargain". Case in point: A living room which has a minimum of furnishings, a maximized effect. The major purchases — three love scats in a silvery plush upholstery, and a terra - cotta carpet. The carpeting continues up House Siding Bonus I buy brands I know, and here's one I really like. You will, too! It will come as no .surprise lo today's sophisticated home owner that it is now possible to have exterior house beauty without sacrificing any of the other essentials — protection, weather - resistance, or low- maintenance. However, in the bustle of home building or buying, he may neglect to lake- full advantage of beauty bonuses like the wide range of siding styles. The variety of available siding styles, like an embarrassment of riches, may make a choice seem difficult. Actually, it allows selection of the most appropriate—and most visually effective—siding for your home. If you are using hardboard exterior siding, an engineered wood product that is rapidly growing in popularity, here are some of the style choices open to you. In most cases, selection is guided by the architectural design of the house. Thus, you might use simple board and batten panels for Colonial or Early American architecture. Rough - sawn lap panels are a natural for ranch homes because of their rustic look. Vertical panels with deep V-grooves make an elegant siding for classic and traditional homes and horizontal lap siding suits contemporary achi- lecture. Panels arc available unprimed, preprimcd, or pre- finished in realistic woodgrains and textures. one wall in a graphic and tactile mountainscape, taking on a lion's share of giving the room drama. The multi - level coffee table is an imaginative idea, and an inexpensive one- nine separate plywood boxes covered with silver paper. The result: the rich combination of textures punches up a neutral setting, and the effect is rich without being possible only for the rich. In a master bedroom, Miss Malino utilized unmatched blues and -reds, plus lots of white. "Matching colors is a drag A color scheme is always more interesting if • colors do not match exactly, but, rather, approximately, like colors in nature," she said. And, in a family room, Miss Malino turned a non - view window into the room's focal point, once again by expending imagination and not dollars. The opaque window became a "leaded" one with liquid solder straight from the tube. Walls, bookcases, table and chairs are clean white. . . Color bursts from the burnt red love seats, bright red chair cushions and tractor seat (used at the desk in the wall system) and in art. The neat geometric carpet is engineered for long wear, easy care. So hearty, il can even be spot-cleaned with pure strength bleach without discoloring. The gray-on-gray geometric patterning is both practical and sophisticated. Speaking of color, Miss Malino states, "every color is basically good; it's how it is used that makes il good or bad The impact of a large color area can be the major Ingredient in furnishing a room." And Miss Malino's advice: "The only clement less expensive than color in decorating is your own imagination. Go ahead, be free!" 0 Building or Remodeling % Call Q • ED WEIGEL • Q mi No. Elm' $ Q Hutchinson, Ks. 663-9804 (| r RUSTIC CHARM: This popular "ell" shaped house blends rustic wood shingles and brick in just the right proportions. It requires 1,679 square feet, plus the garage. There is a partial cellar with crawl space under the three bedrooms. Plan HA693Y was designed bv architect Herman H. York, 90-04 161st St., Jamaica, N.Y., 11432. 1 General Electric HEATING and AIR CONDITIONING Combination. The greatest houseful oleomfort you ever saw. For Free Estimate Call Harland Legg GENERAL Air Conditioning & Heating Co. 706 W. 2nd Phone MO 2-0141 IF YOUR HOUSE IS F-R-E-E-Z-l-N-G COLD in Hie winter time Better Buy the Benefits of Heating and Air Conditioning Have a warm winter and a refreshingly cool summer, too. ALL IN ONE PACKAGE — AN 1) ONE INSTALLATION. f+ EfcJEB A I AIR CONDITIONING VJCIHCKAL and HEATING CO. 706 W. 2nd MO 2-0141 How can such a big bank fit into such a compact building? It's not the size of frie building that's Important. It's the size of the services, COMPi —BANK NORTH NATIONAL NG- GATE BANK Is your furnace ready for the long winter months ahead? Don't get left In tti« cold this wlnlor, We'll glva your (urnico ft complete chockout, and make rer-'rj and adjustments at the lowest possible! cost. 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