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IN THE GARDEN
Expert shares tricks, techniques for creating a spa right at home
BED, BATH AND
By Amy Howell Hirt
The Enquirer / Malinda Hartong
Don Clayton says some of the garden shears he sharpens are up to 50 years old.
Sharp tools put you on cutting edge
By Beth Burwinkel
f you’re planning ahead for spring, sharpening the blades of garden tools might be on your to-do list. Don Clayton, of Winton Place, sharpens garden tools, knives and saw blades year round and says that March through the growing season is his busy time for sharpening garden tools and lawn mower blades. “It seems like it starts right after the home show,” he says. Saw blades keep him busy in the fall, and during the holidays people bring in carving knives. Clayton works out of a workshop in the back of Burke Hardware in Finneytown. He sharpens the tools that people drop off at ACE Hardware stores in Clifton, Dillonvale, West Chester, Hamilton, Lebanon and Withamsville as well as all Small’s Pro Hardware stores and Cliff Hardware in Sharonville. Clayton’s wife, June, picks up tools that need to be sharpened once a week and returns the sharpened tools to the hardware stores the following week. At Burke, he can sharpen tools on the spot for customers. “I’ve been sharpening for almost 35 years,” Clayton said. He started sharpening part-time while he worked full-time in another field. These days his sharpening company, Complete Sharpening Service, keeps him busy. His workshop has 13 grinders. He taught himself the skills by buying a grinder and reading the manual. “Each tool here has a specific purpose,” he says. Sparks flew as Clayton recently sharpened a 50-year-old hedge trimmer. In this difficult economy he is noticing that more people are having tools sharpened instead of replacing them. In general, garden tools should be sharpened every year, he says. “A lot of people let them go too long,” he says. Lawn mower blades should be sharpened two times a season, Clayton said. All blades are worth the cost of sharpening, he says. For example, it costs about $6 to have a lawn mower blade sharpened. When the tips of the grass blades turn brown right away, it is a sign that it is time to sharpen the mower blades, he said. In general, they should be sharpened at least two times a year. “You can tell right away the difference after you have (a lawnmower blade) sharpened,” he said. He says he also sharpens a lot of pruners, as well as chain saw blades. “I get tools that I recognize from See SHARPENER, Page D5
erves are frazzled. Bank accounts are empty. It’s not exactly an ideal time to schedule an hour or two at the spa, unless that space is on the other side of the bathroom door or in a comfy corner of the bedroom, and the treatment is a $4 face mask and a few moments with a mindless magazine. Candy Silvasy – who travels across the country consulting for hotel- and resort-based spas – believes daily pampering shouldn’t feel like another chore. “It’s sometimes hard because it creates more todos. But it’s amazing how small things Colors that calm, spa can make you treatments, new spa feel so good,” products for home, D3 says Silvasy, who is writing a book about spa-inspired living at home, expected out next November. We asked the Cincinnati-based expert to share some simple, addictively soothing tricks and techniques for the bedroom and bath. At a spa, it’s easy to see the purpose of each space. There’s a comfortable chair and a bottle of water or a cup of tea to sip while waiting, and a dimly lit room with a luxuriously padded table for massages. At home, it’s equally important to clearly identify a spa space. Clutter – whether too much stuff or too many purposes – is the most common relaxation-robbing culprit. “It’s more about what to leave out” than what to include, Silvasy says. Minimize tabletop accessories – no more than three items per surface is a good guide. Find a new place to balance the checkbook, iron clothes or hit the treadmill. And that shelf of books you’ve been meaning to read? Clear
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Simplifying the colors and accessories in a room creates a spa-like space. Matching finishes and a simple color scheme – black and red is a hot combo in spas – bring tranquility to a bedroom.
See SPA, Page D3
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Couple rebuilds 1890 Victorian from studs up
ayne King gave a tired-looking Victorian a new lease on life when he bought it in 2005. His new year’s resolution was to transform the house, which had suffered from some neglect and a “1970s-style renovation,” into a home that would be comfortable, efficient and yet true to its late 19th-century architectural roots. King was initially drawn to the downtown neighborhood of Dayton, Ky., by its homey quality, convenient location, and affordable prices. He subsequently discovered that several homes on the market, including the one he purchased, had great potential. “I always wanted to restore an old home,” he explains. “I had gotten some experience on several construction projects in my home in Atlanta, and enjoy it as a stress-reliever.” At first, King worked on the 1890 house by himself. After about a year, his then-girlfriend (now wife) Susan joined him. They lived in the house while they deconstructed and recon-
By Jenny Callison
The Enquirer / Amie Dworecki
Wayne King created a new wood mantel for the living room fireplace, shelving and cabinets on either side and installed crown molding.
structed it, wall by wall, room by room. While they did most of the work themselves – sometimes with the help of neighbors – they hired professionals for the technical jobs. “We had the mechanical systems completely redone: HVAC, electrical and plumbing,” Wayne says. Adds Susan, “We took out every plaster wall and dropped ceiling, and took the structure down to the studs, and even some of those had to be replaced. We drywalled everything and restored the ceilings to their original height.” Some walls disappeared altogether. The couple took down the claustrophobia-inducing walls enclosing the staircase and installed balusters and a railing. Having the staircase open to the
The Kings’ home is listed for sale by agents Beth Prast and Robin Henry of Huff Realty’s Campbell County Office. Asking price is $249,900. There is a three-car garage at the back of the property, and a garden shed that looks like a miniature house. An open house will be held 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 10. For information, call either agent at 859-7815100.
Old house, new look
living and dining rooms made a huge difference, as did enlarging the doorway between those two rooms, Wayne said. They also let the sunshine in. The previous owners had a fondness for brown: the brick exterior and much of the interior were painted a drab, dark shade and the hardwood floors were dingy. See VICTORIAN, Page D5
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