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Color Mistakes To Avoid

In previous posts on this blog, we’ve covered numerous color combinations that can make your home sparkle, as well as ways in which you can carefully plan your decorative choices to ensure that different colors flow seamlessly between rooms. But just as important, or perhaps even more crucial, is knowing which color mistakes should be avoided, unless you want…

What To Know About Painting Exteriors In Cold Weather

In a country as vast as the United States, weather patterns vary wildly. As we write this, chilly Chicago is buckling down for a chilly winter, and the mercury has already dropped below freezing. Yet, down in the Sunshine State, Florida is still basking in the pleasant high seventies. There’s even a significant difference in temperature between some of…

How To Spruce Up Your Home’s Interiors For The Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and, even if you’re not planning on a full home makeover, you might be considering some more minor repainting to give the interior of your property a fresh lease of life. A few quick changes can really make your home sparkle throughout the holidays, both creating a more pleasant environment for you and…

Should You Repaint Your Front Door Or Buy A New One?

Your front door is the face of your home. It’s among the first things visitors and passers-by see, and it has the ability to make more of an impression than any other element of your home’s frontage. An outdated front door can make a property look cheap, while one that is worn and lacking proper care can leave people…

When And Why To Replace Rotten Wood

The need for some home repair jobs is obvious. If your bathroom’s water system suddenly starts leaking gallons through your kitchen ceiling, you’ll know that something is wrong and needs fixing pronto. But, like a disease that displays no symptoms, rotting wood can lie unnoticed in your home for extended periods of time, only revealing itself when it’s too…

Here’s Why You Should Paint Your Interior Wood Trim White

Interior wood trim comes in all shapes and sizes, from the simple to the more elaborate, but in the majority of homes it’s just about everywhere. Yet all too often wood trim and molding get overlooked when it’s time to consider how to redecorate - instead, all the focus ends up on the color of the walls, the finishing…

How to Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

It’s not called ‘the smallest room in the house’ for nothing, and if you have been cursed with a tiny bathroom and are looking for ways to make it seem a little more spacious, read on as this week’s blog will tell you exactly how to do that - all through the artful use of color. …

Repainting Versus Residing your Hardie Board Siding

If you have a home covered in hardie board siding, you may have reached a point in its lifecycle where you’re wondering whether or not to replace it completely, or simply repaint over it. Thanks to its cement fiber and sand construction, hardie board siding is especially popular in regions that experience extreme weather conditions. But although it is…

Why You Should Caulk Your Home

Caulking your home is a must for a number of reasons: it keeps water and cold weather out, helps stop rot, mold and fungus from forming, keeps your heating and maintenance costs down, makes your home look more attractive and better cared for, and even helps paintwork to last longer. So, given all of the above…

Why You Should Regularly Repaint Your Front Door

Your home’s front door, as well as other entry doors, face a great deal of abuse from the elements. Whether they’re being attacked by winter’s harsher climate and are subjected to a battering from rain, hail, snow and sleet, or the scorching summer sun has faded them to a shadow of their former selves, repainting your door is essential…

Should I Paint or Replace my Aluminum Siding?

When it was first introduced in the 1940s, it didn’t take long for aluminum to replace wood as the go-to siding material of choice for builders and homeowners across the United States. While traditionalists may have turned their noses up, aluminum had several benefits that, at the time, made it an obvious choice for new home builds as well…

How to Choose the Right Sheen of Paint

While choosing the colors that you’re going to paint your interior or exterior is often the fun part, there is still one other thing to take into consideration when you’re buying paint, and that is the finish that you choose. It might seem somewhat irrelevant compared to choosing the actual shades but trust us, you really do need to…

Exterior painting – How hot is too hot to paint?

Summer has arrived and this means that many of us are spending more time outside and naturally our thoughts turn to getting jobs done, in the yard or on the house perhaps. Summer is hot and dry and a great time to paint but before you pick up that paintbrush, check the nearest thermometer. Because while the bright sunshine…

Painting your Home’s Stucco Exterior

There are a number of reasons why stucco makes such a great choice for the exterior of a building. For a start, it’s long-lasting and an excellent source of protection against the elements, and when properly cared for it is very attractive. But, on the flip side, like any coating, stucco can become dirty or faded over time, and…

Everything you’ll ever need to know about preparing your home for painting

If you’ve decided your home could use a lick of paint and want to tackle the job yourself, there are a number of ways to make redecorating a smooth process. As with all home improvement tasks, being fully prepared will go a very long way to creating a far more professional-looking end result. So what do…

Everything You Need to Know About Staining Your Fence

Let’s be honest, although your fence is an important aspect of your home or property, it’s not one of the most exciting, which is why fences are often neglected by their owners. So if your fence is looking less than lovely, it’s time to think about treating it to a couple of coats of wood stain. …

Tips for creating color flow in your home

We’d be lying if we said that choosing a color palette that creates flow throughout your entire home is as easy as ABC. After all, deciding on a scheme for just one room can be tricky enough, so ensuring that all the rooms and connecting spaces in your home work together in a cohesive manner can be a daunting…

How to Check for Wood Rot in your Home

We know you’re busy and sometimes it can seem as if there are a million and one little jobs to do around the home. However, while it’s one thing to think “I’ll get around to clearing out the basement next month” or “I really must spray some WD40 on that squeaky gate hinge this weekend”, one thing you really…

How to Prepare your Room for Interior Painting

So you’ve decided to have your rooms painted to liven up your home. The budget and schedule are planned, and you’ve hand-picked your favorite paint colors and bought some paint rollers and brushes. But before you jump in and start slapping paint on the walls of your home, spare some time to prepare your room. When it comes to…

Paint Versus Stain: Which Should You Choose?

Deciding to paint the outside of your home, or elements in your yard such as decking, fencing or pathways, throws up enough questions of its own. Aside from simply choosing your color palette, you also need to consider the finish you would like, and the suitability of the paint you choose in regards to the surfaces being painted. However,…