Furniture Fixes

February 5th, 2011

Recently I’ve noticed many people have been dissatisfied with their furniture. I find this saddening, as most of the time the furniture isn’t bad, it just needs a little work.

We just repainted the bathroom cabinets for a job in Lynwood Center as well as their dresser. The results were astonishing. The cabinets in the bathroom used to look very plain. It was a basic oak with no character whatsoever. We painted it a rich, dark brown that gave the bathroom a luxurious, as well as newer, look.

The results of the dresser wowed everyone. The original color was a dinged up brown, but we repainted it a color similar to the cabinets, and it gave the room a finished touch. We suggested to the customer that we base the dark color of the cabinets on the cheery yellow the bedroom was to be painted.

If you are displeased with your furniture, don’t waste money on replacing it. Simply give us a call, and we’ll see what can be done.

Functional Trellises

February 5th, 2011

Although it may not seem like it, spring is right around the corner. Flowers will soon be in bloom, so if you want your garden to be at its full potential, you are going to need a functional way to organize your garden. So why not have functional AND beautiful? This is easier than it sounds if you build or buy a trellis.

Not only can twisty vines damage your home’s siding, they make the garden look unkempt when growing up the side of your house. A trellis is an easy fix. It gives your yard an enchanted charm as well as functionality.

Now that you’ve discovered you have a serious need for a trellis, you are going to have to put some serious consideration into what color it should be. Gardens on Bainbridge Island can look very bleak due to the constant rain. Don’t be discouraged by the climate if you want to choose a color that could potentially look depressing. If your garden is lively and full of vibrant color on its own, a darker colored trellis, such as gray, won’t detract from it in the slightest. However, if your yard isn’t quite fit for Better Homes and Gardens, you might want to opt for a beige, cream, or white.

Bainbridge Island Kitchens

February 5th, 2011

Want to break away from the cookie cutter kitchen mold? Here are some easy, creative ways to make your kitchen your own.
Although it may sound strange, wallpapering your ceiling gives a touch of originality to your kitchen. Choose a cheerful, light pattern and you’ll be amazed at the difference.

Feel like half the utensils in your kitchen are lost? Instead of scrambling to find them before the food burns, how does having a utensil rack right in front of your stove or sink sound?

Add some vintage magic to your kitchen by using some old-fashioned decor. Try whitewashing the wine rack to give it a rustic look, installing butcher block counters, or adding wainscoting to the walls.

If you prefer a more modern look with shiny stainless steel appliances and the works, then consider granite or steel countertops. The gray color will give a futuristic feel to your home.

The Charm of Wainscoting

January 30th, 2011

If you want to give your home more character, but aren’t exactly sure how to go about it, you might want to consider putting wainscoting into your home. Not only is wainscoting inexpensive, it is highly rewarding and gives your house a homey, country feel.

Since it’s winter, you might want to curl up by a crackling fire with a warm mug of coffee and a good book. Paint this picture in your mind, then make it better with your walls no longer being bare and bland, but embellished with wainscoting that fits perfectly with the style of your home.

Maybe your home is more modern. That doesn’t mean wainscoting won’t go well. There are hundreds of different styles of wainscoting that are ideal for a modern-style of home. To give you a better idea of this, picture a sunny farmhouse with white wainscoting on its walls. Then, do the same with a modern home. You see, the possibilities are endless of what kind of wainscoting could go in it! You could choose a gray wainscoting of a different style, and it would go perfectly with the decor. If you want to enhance the equity and beauty of your home, don’t hesitate to install wainscoting.

Crown Molding and the Difference it Makes

January 30th, 2011

We’re currently installing crown molding in a home, and the more I see, the more I realize how large of a difference it can make. Even a room with bland colors and plain furniture can easily be made more elegant with crown molding.

There are dozens of different styles of crown molding to choose from. There’s a plain white, which will make even an average or spec-home look luxurious. Natural wood colored crown molding gives a nice finish to lodge-style houses.

Depending on your home, you can see which designs of crown molding appeal to you. In the home I’m installing the molding in, it is just plain white, but collaborates perfectly with the wide baseboards.

You should seriously contemplate what kind of crown molding you want to install, however, as people tend to change decor styles and replace carpet for wood. For example, a crown molding that matches the color of the carpeting will only go with that carpeting. What I mean is, if you have a green carpet and decide to put green crown molding in that room, it will only work for that carpet. If you decide to remove the carpet and put in wood later on, you’ll have to paint the crown molding a new color that fits better with the wood flooring. I would recommend considering a variety of different styles and ruling out which ones you don’t like as you go.

A second matter to think about is the width of the crown molding. A thin, slender style appeals to people who want to give the room a nice finish, but not have the crown molding be too noticeable. Wider crown molding enhances rooms and gives them a fuller, finished look, yet some people find the look too dominant and don’t care for it.

Crown molding gives a home a gorgeous look, but you should choose the style wisely. Remember, there are simple designs, and there are other designs with much more detail, such as a Victorian style. Crown molding will give your home a finished, complete touch.

Roof Maintenance

December 16th, 2010

Roof maintenance is a service we added this year. Our customers are so appreciative of the concept of preventive roof care when they compare what it costs them once a versus having to install a new roof. people should think about caring for the roof in the same manner they think of scheduling regular oil changes so as not to have to pay for a major engine overhaul.
Roof cleaning should be done once or twice a year depending of the location of the house, the number of the trees on the property and the distance of the trees to the house. We don’t recommend pressure washing the roof which is what so many companies choose to do. It is not good for the roof and can often damage it .

Moss grows fast on roofs and it will damage it if left there-especially on asphalt roofs which are common on the Peninsula. I have cleaned moss off of roofs and beneath the moss are holes in the shingles. Plan on scheduling a cleaning in the Fall and mid Spring are the times when the moss build up is the worst. I will never recommend pressure washing the roof. In the last few months we have cleaned shingle roofs and applied sealer and moss killer products after the clean up to save our customers money in the long run.

A Face Lift For Your Fence

March 29th, 2010

Was your fence once stunning—and now isn’t? Don’t worry—a dingy fence shouldn’t stress you out. Even if it’s caked with mud, has countless scratches, and the paint is washed out and peeling—there’s still something to be done. All you need to have is patience.

Select a bright and cheery color that matches your house and/or porch. If you have dried clods of dirt clinging to your fence, don’t be discouraged. You can pressure wash your fence with a power-washer, which will undoubtedly take off the grime. As for the scratches, if you paint it with a quality brand, such as Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams, most of the scratches won’t be visible.

Now for the paint—the most important part of the operation. Hire a professional or if you’re a handy person—do it yourself. Hopefully, you’d picked out a particular color paint (cream usually looks incredible.) Once painted, your old, dinged-up fence now looks brand-new.

Laminated flooring

March 29th, 2010

“Laminate flooring—for better or for worse?” You may ask yourself. In my opinion, laminate flooring can be a very good idea, depending on your situation. It looks authentic, but much more workable than real wood or carpeting.

For people with pets (particularly dogs) it is a must. Dogs can easily scratch hardwood flooring with their toenails. Dog booties may work for some go-with-the-flow kinds of canines, but as everyone knows, not all dogs like the confined feeling of little squishy shoes on their paws. Therefore, laminate is the best decision.
Hardwood flooring is beautiful—but quite expensive. It is easily scraped, ruined, or stained. For families with small children, hardwood flooring can be damaged.

Simple, Smart Solutions

February 11th, 2010

I was reading in a home-improvement magazine about the wonders of packaging peanuts. They may seem like pollution-causing, useless pieces of foam, but in fact, there are endless uses for them.

Not only can packaging peanuts help your home in various ways, they are no longer sitting in a deteriorating cardboard box in your attic. The most interesting use (in my opinion) was to use the peanuts as spacers for a picture frame. You cut a foam peanut in half and glue them to the back corners of wall mirrors and picture frames. What that does is prevent dings in walls, and paint-chipping.

If you need to keep the points of sharp tools, (such as awls) from getting banged up, consider sliding a packaging peanut over the top to stop future finger injuries from occurring. Just think—if you were rummaging through your toolbox and came across a sharp tip—ouch! With a peanut on the top, your fingers can come out of the toolbox unscathed.

Mold and Mildew in the bathroom

February 11th, 2010

This time of year has made me focus on bathrooms. To be more precise, mold and mildew in the bathroom. If you have mold growing inside of your shower or tub, don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of solutions. A good thing to prevent mold is to caulk all the crevices where the grout is missing. Also, be sure to turn on your fan to air out the bathroom after each bath or shower. Dampness and humidity causes mold and mildew.

If you use regular bar soap and have been finding film on the glass of your shower, try using an organic, (preferably cruelty-free for the animals’ sake) glycerin bar soap. For some reason, standard bar soap seems to contribute to filmy shower glass. I found that when I switched to glycerin soap, the film significantly reduced.