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DIY Weekend Projects-Turning Something Old Into Something New-Don of all Trades

 

Regardless of how much we love our furniture, a few pieces tend to begin going into disrepair sooner than others. In other cases, we may go gaga over a new piece of furniture item that will come to replace an older unit in our homes. Whatever the case might be, furniture pieces tend to travel every which way inside numerous homes.

It’s actually sad to discard good quality  furniture that way, yet these pieces  regularly take up excessive amounts of  room when they are no longer useful in our homes. If your furniture is sturdy and still  fully functional, you could sell it to a new home. Unfortunately, a significant number of these house hold items  simply wind up on the curb for garbage day.

Before you toss out your next piece of furniture item, consider  these fantastic DIY ventures that particularly re-purpose old furniture pieces. You’ll wish that you had spared a portion of those things from your old collection. Below are two  weekend DIY projects that we recently completed by up-cycling old pieces we already had around the house to look new again.

Pillar Accent Table Weekend Project No.1

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Our family has had this piece for over 17 years. We actually purchased this pillar at a home and garden center in the damaged section of the store.  Got a great deal on it and brought it home. This pillar was used as a decorative decor  piece in our home for years. It held a beautiful blue glass vase with an arrangement of large silk sunflowers in it and was showcased in our living room until it ended up in our basement along with our many other collections of pieces that we just didn’t use anymore.  My wife had a hard time deciding on whether to sell it or hold on to it for future use.  During this years HUGE spring cleaning and de-cluttering process, we decided to keep this piece by repairing, up-cycle and giving this piece a new function  and home in the house.  And we’re sure glad we did!

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Repairs were made to rebuild a damaged corner.

Our Choice of Paint

     

We had left over paint from a previous project with great results and decided to use it again on this particular project.   Chalked Ultra Matte Paint creates a matte finish that dries to a velvety smooth finish. It transforms and rejuvenates furniture and home decor, creating a unique one of a kind look.

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Why Paint with Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White?

  • Easy to us e – No prepping or priming required
  • Use on wood, metal, ceramic, canvas and more
  • Water based for easy clean up

Three great reasons why we chose this paint to get this DIY weekend project done.

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A beautiful custom fit piece of glass was cut and purchased to add more area space to the top of the pillar along with helping to give this piece a new unique one of a kind look and to fit into the new chosen space.

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Inexpensive self adhesive Non-Slip Stoppers were attached to the top of the pillar to help prevent the glass from slipping.

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And voila! Our New Pillar Accent Table is done.  Love the new fresh clean look, new function and home where we can enjoy it for many more years to come!

Seashell Accent Mirror Weekend Project No.2

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Now this was a fun project to complete. We had an old mirror hanging around and decided to give it a new look that would compliment along side  with our new pillar accent table.

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We covered the mirror glass in order to protect  it with the help of painters tape and some paper. Glue and sand was added to the mirror first to help tie it in with the seashells.

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Once dried, we created a pattern of shells around the mirror to figure out where which shells were going to be placed.

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Many, many seashells and lots of  glue sticks later along with a lot of patience, our seashell accent mirror was finally completed. It was placed above the new pillar accent table in the tiny front foyer area. Love the new look of this small space and being able to turn something old and turning it into something new again.

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Old furniture can be an eye sore, but for the crafty, old furniture items are an opportunity to transform the old into something new and delightful. Whether you just want to dress up an old piece or create something entirely new from its parts, just remember that with a little bit of motivation, hard work and imagination, the possibilities are endless.

 

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More About Don of all Trades 

                    

Founder Mr. Donato D’Orazio

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Donato has over 20 plus years of experience. His company has completed various projects for many clients. Donato’s philosophy is to always treat “YOUR HOME AS IF IT WERE HIS OWN”. His goal is to provide quality service at affordable prices without compromising the finished product.

Donato always ensures all his projects are completed with the highest standard of quality and craftsman ship. He also takes pride in knowing that he can take your ideas and turn them into reality….. Giving you the home you’ve always dreamed of having.
Donato D’Orazio, owner and founder of Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, classifies his vision for home renovation projects with three important goals.

1. To come in on budget
2. To complete the project on-time.
3. To make the customer’s experience as stress-free as possible

It is these three goals that form the foundation for the Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services business model, which is unique from the way that other home improvement companies operate. Our clients have told us the benefits they’ve seen from our business model.

Don’s Motto

“Start living better and get peace of mind and the freedom in life to get back to the important things that matters most to you.”

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Less Is More-Get Rid of Your Clutter and Live Better with Don of all Trades

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It’s a reality that a lot of us don’t want to admit but I truly believe that we have become a culture drowning on our own possessions. We are quick to take in more and more  (holiday, birthday, sales needs), but we  keep putting off  the time  and energy needed  to get rid of it.

As a result, we fill our homes up with more and more “stuff”.  So in order to try and manage these possessions, we have convinced ourselves into believing the best solution is to seek out organization tools to manage all of it.

So what do we do?  We go out and buy bigger containers or look up on line for more efficient organizational tips and tricks. When it comes down to it, organizing our possessions is just  simply  a temporary solution that  in a nutshell is an action that must be repeated over and over again with time.

A simple way to define organizing? It’s  the act of rearranging.  Let’s face it, we are always on the look out  to find more storage solutions to organize our “stuff”. I know I don’t have time to constantly go out and find new storage solutions. Do you? Additionally, organizing our “stuff” (without removing it) has some other major consequences that are rarely considered:

  • It doesn’t benefit anyone else.  The possession we don’t use just sit on shelves in our attics, garages and basements…even when we know that some of our closest friends and family members could desperately use them.
  • It’s not a solution to our debt problemsWe often don’t want to admit to anyone else or ourselves for that matter that there us an underlying issue that we just buy too much stuff. It doesn’t help when we go out of our way to purchase containers, rent storage units, or even buy a larger home to house it all in when it comes to rearranging out processions.
  • It doesn’t change our desire for more.  All that hard work and effort we put forth by organizing our things into plastic bins, boxes and closets doesn’t change the mindset we have and the desire to purchase more things.
  • It stops us from evaluating our livesWhile the act of rearranging our stuff might cause us to look at each of our possessions, it doesn’t make us stop and truly evaluate them-even more so if we are just placing them into boxes and closing the lids. However, when we consider removing possessions from our home, things start to get a little more serious as the questions of passion, value and what’s truly more important to us start to run through our minds.
  • It doesn’t help clear the path to moving  forward. We all know the “good” feeling both  physically and mentally we get  when we spend weeks organizing rooms in our homes. When you finally take a step back and look at how the room as been cleared and appears to look larger and more clutter free and all your processions now have a  dedicated spot to be stored in. Looks great right? But for how long?   How long before we have to do it all over again?  We make up excuses to keep our processions like- “our house is too small”, or “we don’t make enough money” and “we still can’t find enough time in the day.” Sound familiar? We may have rearranged our stuff…but not the path to move forward in our lives.

Less Is More-Get Rid of Your Clutter and Live Better!

The beneficial part  about the act of physically removing pocessions from our homes helps accomplish us to clear our minds, move forward and just live happier and a healthier life. And the best part of all is that it’s a permanent solution!

On the other hand, the act of removing possessions from our home accomplishes many of those purposes. It is not a temporary solution that must be repeated. It is an action of permanence—once an item has been removed, it is removed completely. Whether we re-sell our possessions, donate them to charity, or give them to a friend, they are immediately put to use by those who need them.

When moving forward with the process of  removing our possessions, it also begins to turn back our desire for more as we find happiness, freedom and an abundance of owning less. And when we remove ourselves from the all-consuming desire to  own more, this enables the opportunity for significant life changes to take place.

As  you move forward to get your home and life organized, challenge yourself to remove the unneeded items in your home.  Rid yourself of the extra weight in a permanent matter.  Carry a garbage bag from room-to-room. See how big of a donation pile you can make. Or help eliminate some-if not all- debt by selling them. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter so much how you remove them, as long as you do.  It’s so much better to de-own than declutter. 

To make a significant change in slowing down the accumulation of things in our homes, we really have to be honest with ourselves and change our mindsets and evaluating our purchases differently. Always keeping in mind that your purchase cost will go  far more than the price on the tag. Each one will also require time, energy and an effort once they enter your home. Before making a purchase, begin asking yourself the following questions below.

  • Is this an item that is really needed?
  • Am I buying this item for the right reasons?
  • Is this new possession going to add more extra work to my life?
  • Is there a place to store this item once I bring it home?

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Don Of All Trades is Giving Back to the Community

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project!

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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Don of all Trades Interior Painting Tips: Paint Like A Pro

 

There is no simpler or inexpensive way to dramatically change the look of a home than with a fresh coat of paint.

Anyone who has  done their own interior painting knows that it is not nearly as easy as it seems. From an uneven paint finish on the wall to drips on the floor, you need to avoid any number of pitfalls before your DIY paint project can be a success. Here are 2  Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance  Service’s  interior house painting tips and tricks to help you paint like a Pro and achieve a clean professional look.

 

Tip No. 1- Painting Interior Doors

Using a small roller to paint doors can greatly speed the process. Work quickly by rolling on the paint, then use a brush to smooth out the paint and fill in any spots missed by the roller.

 

Tip No. 2 -Painting Baseboards and Trim

A scarper or trim guard are handy tools that help in painting trims They make painting trims, baseboards, moldings and dividers a very easy task. You’ll be able to avoid dripping or running paint on another surface. They will prevent paint on the floors or the walls. They also give you a sharper and cleaner edge that looks professionally done.

 

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Don Of All Trades is Giving Back to the Community

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project!

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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Hot Water Tank Preventative Maintenance Tips

Hot Water Tank Preventative Maintenance

Draining your water heater once a year removes sediment from the tank that can cause it to work harder and cost more to use. Most people have no idea that there water tank requires yearly maintenance up until they start having problems. Following these simple steps will ensure that your water tank will perform at optimum efficiency and give you years of problem free service.

Please note the following Cautions and Warnings listed below:

If you do not feel comfortable doing this work yourself, call a licensed plumber.

  • Be careful, as the water may be very hot.
  • Do not power on without filling with water completely. If you do, the heating element will be damaged.
  • Regular flushing will keep your heater free of debris, but most plumbers caution that if the valve hasn’t been opened in more than five years, it may be best not to attempt turning the handle as the valve may fail.
  • If you do not feel comfortable doing this work yourself, call a licensed plumber.
  • Be careful not to break the drain cock.
  • Note: Read the instructions on the tank for turning off the gas and or electricity. Don’t just do it unless you know what you are doing. 
  • Water in your hot water tank can scald you.
  • If you did not allow the water to cool, it will be extremely hot as it leaves the tank.

Step 1:

First, test the pressure-relief valve located on the top or side of the water heater. This valve opens automatically if the pressure inside the tank gets too high. (Excess pressure can actually cause the tank to explode.)

If the valve doesn’t release water when you lift the lever, replace the valve (sold at home centers and hardware stores). Replacement is simple; turn off the water, drain the tank, unscrew the discharge pipe and then unscrew the old valve.

Wrap the threads of the new valve with sealant tape and screw it in. If your valve is several years old and has never been tested, it might leak after you test it. In that case, replace the valve.

Pressure-Relief Valve

pressure relief valve

 

Step 2:

Then turn off the power and/or gas to the water heater. Unplug your water heater from the power source. With a gas water heater, turn the gas control dial to “off.” If you have an electric heater, turn off the power at the main panel.

Gas Control Dial

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Step 3:

Next, turn the cold water supply valve off that allows water to flow into the heater. This valve will be located on the top of the water tank. Then turn on the hot water at any faucet to release the pressure inside the heater’s tank. Leave the faucet on until you finish your work.

Cold Water Shut-Off Valve

coldwater shut off valve

Step 4:

Hook up a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the heater and run it to a floor drain or you can use a bucket. Then open the drain valve where the hose is attached. Don’t worry about any gurgling or groaning noises coming from the heater, it’s just air entering the system as water drains out.

 

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Allow the water in the heater to drain out. This should take around 20 to 40 minutes depending on how small or large the hot water heater is. When the heater is empty, open the cold water valve for a few minutes to flush out the remaining sediment. Always let the water flow until you no longer see particles in the bucket.

Step 5:

Now that the tank is drained and cleaned of sediments disconnect your garden hose and close the drain valve. Close the pressure relief valve and open cold water valve. Allow the tank to fill back up. You will know when your tank is full when hot water starts to run at the faucet that was left open to purge air from the system. Don’t worry about any gurgling or groaning noises coming from the heater or the faucet it’s just air exiting the system as water tank becomes full. Once full shut the faucet.

Relight the pilot to the water heater if gas, and turn on. If electric, turn the breaker on to restore power to the water heater.

 

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5 Tips And Tricks Anyone Can Use Around The House

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Here’s some great tips and tricks you can use almost anywhere around the home and some of them may surprise you!

Vinegar For Removing Paint on Nylon Brushes

1- Soak gunked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30 minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed, then rinse and let dry—good as new.

Lemons For Removing Mold

2-  Take  a lemon wedge, rub it in the corner where tile meets the porcelain tub, and run it up and down over the caulking. Let it sit about 15 minutes, checking it about halfway through (at which time you can reapply). Rinse the tub then clean it as usual. 

How To Protect Your Fingers While Hammering A Nail 

3- Hardware and hair products can live in harmony and come to your rescue when you least expect it. For example, when it comes to keeping a nail steady on the wall, sometimes, especially if you are driving it from an awkward position, there’s nothing better than to hold it steady with a wide-tooth comb.

Using Caulk On Baseboard

4- Always have a bucket of water with a rag in it. Cut the tip at an angle as small as you can and still fill the joint. Wet your finger and press as you run your finger down. Do a small section at a time maybe 4-6″ and wipe your finger on the
rag. Trick is to use only as much caulk as needed. When the correct amount if applied your finger will just flatten the caulk and not remove much. It takes time to master but worth it in the end. If you have white baseboard and white
walls there is no need to paint. If your walls are dark you may need to paint. The wet rag and wet finger are key. Along with not too much caulk.

Keeping The Mess To A Minimum When Drilling

5- Fold a Post It- Note to catch dust when drilling. The Post It-Note holds the dust!

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