PORTLAND It s only January but remodeling and landscaping shows, with an eye toward spring, have already begun pop up.

The Build, Remodel & Landscape Show at the Oregon Convention Center, for example, is a one-stop source for ideas on home improvements from roof to basement. It s a great place to start before you tackle a remodeling project.

The remodeling industry has seen tremendous growth in the past several years.

Last year alone, with home sales up, over $150 billion was spent to spruce up kitchens and baths. This year looks to be another good one for an industry that always likes to come up with something new.

For example, one vendor at the convention center was displaying floors made out of ordinary craft paper.

I took the decoupage process, which is obviously centuries old, and I translated it into a large surface like a floor or countertop, said Lisa Raymer of Decoupage Floors. It can be colored anyway you want.

Raymer said the biggest question she gets is What happens if the paper gets wet?

The material is sealed in such a way that you don't have to worry, according to Raymer. She said it's a process you can even do yourself, if you re brave.

The show runs Friday until 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

More about the home improvement show at Home Show Center

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