Sandy is here for the duration. Long Island is sitting waiting for hurricane force winds to hit and dreading the time for the power to go out. It is time to hunker down and prepare the abode’s decor to stay safely intact
Save the decor from wind and flood damage.
Artwork adorns the walls to add beauty and depth. The china is placed on display in pretty glass cabinets. Beautiful rugs coat the floors.
Prepare the abode’s decor to be safer while keeping the aesthetic beauty.
Achieve a safer environment while keeping the beauty of the decor intact as the storm approaches. Storm proofing is often similar to child proofing the decor.
- Place decorative latches on cabinet doors to hold the doors shut when the winds hit, keeping glasses and dishes from flying out. Think about how everything is kept in place on a boat.
- Any tall cabinetry and bookcases should be secured to a wall stud with a strap to keep from falling forward.
- Attractive metal grating can be placed over glass on door fronts to help keep it from shattering.
Not all art work needs to be in a frame with glass.
There are so many safe alternatives to framed glass for wall decor.
- Oil and Acrylic paintings are framed with no glass.
- Pretty tapestries and quilts look lovely on a wall.
- Fabric can be stretched onto a canvas frame to create wall décor.
- Ceiling medallions are very light weight and can be painted to provide a grouping on a wall.
- A curtain made of beads or shells can decorate the wall and add interest.
Be creative decorating the walls with glassless art.
Wood frames can be secured onto the wall.
- In each corner of the frame sink a screw through the drywall directly into a beam. Then take wood filler, in the same color as your frame, to fill in and cover the holes. This is a great idea when placing artwork over a crib. The baby will never be able to pull it down. Rods to hold tapestries and quilts can be secured to the wall with screws as well.
Decorate the walls using wall tattoos.
- These can be purchased and you can make your own as well with some fabric and creativity.
Museums and antique dealers use Museum Putty and Museum Gel to assure that precious items are secured in place.
- Museum Putty comes in a neutral beige colored rubber used by museums and antique dealers to assure that precious items are secured in place. It is excellent for holding items such as porcelain, plates, statues, vases, pottery, figurines, antiques, and collectibles and suitable for use on wood. For clear glass items,
- Museum Gel is clear and wonderful for securing delicate transparent items like glass or crystal.
These products are made to be easily removable, reusable, and non-toxic.
Get items up off of the floor.
As you wait for flood waters to hit the home, be ready for the storm.
- Fill bags up with sand and stack them to protect the doors and windows openings from the coming flood waters and rain.
- Move items out of the basement to higher ground. Pack up anything that precious and move to a higher floor or see if you can store them somewhere else until the waters recede.
- Gather up the area rugs in the basement and on the first floor and move to a higher level.
- Anything that is easy to move, move to higher grounds.
- All of the furnishings may not be able to be saved but by stacking chairs and tables you will be able to pick as much as you can off of the floors to prepare for the worst.
Get ready for the wind and water, and never be afraid to dance!
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