Staircase Makeover-Don Of All Trades

A Staircase That Makes A Statement

Staircase Makeover-Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

At Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we are always contacted by clients to assist them with unique and special projects around their home.  This striking  staircase  will certainly make an unforgettable statement when family and friends come to celebrate  over the Christmas Holidays.

In many houses, the staircase is the first architectural element of the home’s interior that guests see, so homeowners want it to be appealing.

A banister handrail on a staircase gets touched a lot. As people walk up and down the stairs, they often grasp the handrail whether they need to or not. The handrail can give you a sense of security as you move along the stairway, but over time, the oils from your skin can damage the paint, and the simple act of sliding your hand along the handrail can wear away the paint. Painting the banister handrail can return it to its original state.

Simple fact is, you can’t have a two-story home without a staircase. However, the fact that your staircase needs to be redecorated every once in a while is often overlooked. A decorated and refinished staircase can offer a complete change without even doing that much. We can’t forget the wear and tear, that no matter what, will happen to our beautiful stairs over time. So it’s crucial to give them a little face lift from time to time. Also, a redecorated staircases can command attention and thus become the focal point of your foyer or hallway.

General Repair might include just simply refinishing your wooden stairs for a new look. Or, perhaps all you need is fresh carpet for your carpeted staircase, and of course you could always change your carpet staircase to a wooden one as well. But if you are looking to do a little more, we have a few tips and ideas for you.

 

Always Do Your Research

We made a trip to our local Whitby Shores  Décor  Centre and got assistance from the  Benjamin Moore  Colour Consultant team. They gave expert advice on the type of paint to choose for this particular project with results our client were looking for. We chose the Benjamin Moore  Cloud White for the balusters. The  colour of choice for the Banister/Handrail was to be painted in  Espresso with a finishing coat of Satin Varnish Clear Coat.  View our slide show below to see the before and after photos.

 

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Save Time With One Step Painting Process

 

No Priming. No Sanding. No Top Coat required. Low V.O.C.. Used for a non-distressed application. Simply prep and paint.

Cottage Paint’s new mineral paint that is reinforced with acrylic and urethane for a very durable finish that offers great adhesion to glossy surfaces. More than just a furniture paint. It can be used inside and out to paint walls, trim and doors. Available in the 50 Shades of Cottage paint. Note: Surfaces must be clean, sealed and sound.

Scope of the Work

 

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Our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services spent most of our first day prepping the staircase for the painting process.

If you are planning a DIY project for your own staircase, please remember to have patience. This project was very labour intensive and a second set of hands and eyes will help  go a long way in the painting process.

Our client was extremely pleased at the  transformation of this staircase and that it was completed just in time for the Christmas Holidays!

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All  113 Balusters, 5 Newel PostsString and all Facia were given 3 generous coats of Cloud White Shade Cottage Paint to ensure maximum coverage.

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All 38 feet of Handrail and Banisters were painted in the Espresso shade of Cottage Paint. Followed by 3 coats of Satin Varnish Clear Coat  and reassembled  to  give this winding staircase a beautiful rich sheen.

 

View Our Slide Show of Before and After Photos

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Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope benefiting Herizon House

Visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out how you can help!
Visit http://www.donofalltrades.ca to find out how you can help!

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.

 

 

Kudos to everyone who helped out and showed their support at our Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser on Saturday November 26, 2016.

2016 Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser. On left Don DOrazio, Founder of Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services and Yolanda DOrazio Volunteer Coordinator of the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.

What an incredible day!

Kudos to everyone who helped out and showed their support at our Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser at the Hope 4 Her Gift Show on Saturday November 26, 2016.

After weeks of baking, planning and organizing to be part of this very special day, our team  at Don of All Trades is proud to announce that our  tables raised $713 that was donated to Herizon House Women’s Shelter.   

 We also wanted to send out a HUGE Thank-You to everyone who bought cookies before the event!

What an incredible and humbling experience to help give back to our community. This was a lot of work but it was so worth it!

Looking forward to doing  it all again, in 2017. Thank you and Happy Holidays from our team at Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

Look at what we baked!

View photos of our event!

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Welcoming our latest 2016 Helping Hands donators!

 

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Very Special Thank-You Going to the following local businesses and friends who donated prizes to help raise money to donate :

Michelle Medeiros– http://www.hdreamer.com/

Stephanie Atwood– http://www.tranquilitymatters.ca/

Drew & Anna Stevens–  https://peppernorth.com/

Pam Little– http://www.pamlittleaccounting.com/

Sandra Howlett–  http://www.applemelondesigns.com/

Jacquelynn Joan Tanner http://www.jacquelynntanner.com/

Cindy Toth Hewitthttp://www.whitbyshorespaint.com/

Rhonda Lee Axhornhttp://selectproperty.ca/

Lisa Day- https://lisa-a-day.scentsy.ca/

Shannon Sheppardhttp://www.advanced-hearing.ca/

Karen McIsaac-Duguay,  Country Style at 932 Brock St North, Whitby for letting us put up a poster of the Hope 4 Her Gift Show

Our very good friend Marg Stevens

Thank-You Lisa!

Sending out a SHOUT OUT to the true Community Events Coordinator Lisa Smith and the host for Hope 4 Her Hand Made and Local Gift Show that was held on  Saturday, November 26 benefiting Herizon House Women’s Shelter. Thank you for letting Don of All Trades and our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program participate in this amazing event once again for all the  good work you all do!

A Very Special Place

 

Thank you for letting Don Of All Trades be part of your special event!
Thank you for letting Don Of All Trades be part of your special event!

Important information about Herizon House and what important services they provide to our community.

Herizon House is a 30 Bed Emergency Shelter serving women and their children fleeing abuse and violence.
They provide:

-Emergency Shelter
-Crisis counselling for abused women
-24 hour crisis phone counselling for abused women
-Housing and legal support
-Referrals and community advocacy
-A safe and non- judgmental environment for women leaving abusive relationships and wishing to live independently of their abusers.

Women in crisis can find support 24 hours a day by calling 1-866-Herizon (1-866-437-4066).

Our Mission:
We provide a place of Safety, Support and Empowerment for abused women and their children. We are committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence in the community.

Remember, Every woman has the Right to Live a Life Free from Abuse.

Learn more at herizonhouse.com.

 

Join Us! Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser November 26-Don of All Trades

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IT’S DON OF ALL TRADES LAST FUNDRAISING EVENT OF THE YEAR!

 

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is proud to announce that our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope will once again be a vendor at this years Hope 4 Her Handmade and Local Gift Show in support of Herizon House. It’s our last fundraising event of the year and we want to end 2016 with Bang to help raise money benefiting Herizon House Women’s Shelter!

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BE SURE TO DROP BY OUR HELPING HANDS CHRISTMAS GOODIE TABLES FOR FREE SAMPLES OF OUR HOME MADE BAKED COOKIES!
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
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Our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope will be offering a variety of baked Christmas Cookies for sale just in time for the holidays! 100% of the money raised from our tables will be donated to Herizon House.
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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY DONATING A HELPING HAND TO BUILD OUR TREES OF HOPE!

Everyone who purchases any of the items at our tables will also donate a Helping Hand that will be added to our second Tree of Hope which we hope to complete by December 31, 2016.

WELCOME TO OUR CHRISTMAS COOKIES!

Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Collections & Pricing include:

Large Tray 6 Dozen- $36 each
Large Tray 6 Dozen- $36 each
OUR LARGE HOLIDAY TRAY

Includes-6 Dozen Cookies-$36 each

12-Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
12-Gingerbreadmen Cookies
12-Traditional British Style Shortbread Cookies
12-Jam Thumbprint Cookies
12-Sugar Cookies
12- Butter Spritz Cookies

Medium Box- 5 Dozen- $30.00 each
Medium Box- 5 Dozen- $30.00 each
OUR MEDIUM HOLIDAY BOX

Includes  5 Dozen Cookies- $30.00 each

12-Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
12-Gingerbreadmen Cookies
12-Traditional British Style Shortbread Cookies
12-Jam Thumbprint Cookies
12-Sugar Cookies

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Our 1 DOZEN  COOKIE BAGS

Includes 1 Dozen Assorted-$6.00 each

-Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
-Gingerbread men Cookies
-Traditional British Style Shortbread Cookies
-Jam Thumbprint Cookies
-Sugar Cookies
– Butter Spritz Cookies

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Individual decorated Gingerbread Men & Gingerbread Women cookies $3.00 each.
METHOD OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED-CASH ONLY
SPECIAL OFFERS

Spend $30 or more and get a FREE SWAG BAG (we have a limited quantity of 20 swag bags only) and 1 free ticket to enter into our prize draws!

 

ENTER YOUR CHANCE TO WIN COOL PRIZES FROM OUR PRIZE TABLES!

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TICKET PRICES

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1 for $5 OR 3 for $10 OR spend $30 or more on any of our Christmas Cookies at our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Tables, and get 1 FREE TICKET for a chance to win some amazing prizes.

PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE POSTED ON NOVEMBER  29 ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE SO REMEMBER TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

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Winner will be posted on our Don Of All Trades face book page on November 29, so if you haven’t already liked our page here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/donofalltrades.info/

Remember, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Herizon House Women’s Shelter.

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This is a great way to shop for that special gift for the holidays, save time on your holiday baking, support local businesses and give back to the community!

More Event Details

Event Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Event Time: 10am-3pm
Event Location: Christian life Centre, 1030 Ravenscroft Rd.-Ajax in support of Herizon House.

Questions? Check out our Community Event Page on our website at www.donofalltrades.ca.

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From Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services!

 

Check out our Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Video Below

 

2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity BBQ

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2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque  

Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services held its second  annual Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque in aid of Herizon House Women’s Shelter-a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides a place of safety where women and children will feel accepted, supported and empowered as they move towards living their lives free of violence in Durham Region. By supporting organizations like Herizon House, we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community .

As with all of our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope charity  events we host, there was no charge to attend  however we did ask for our guests to donate non-perishable food items from our wish list to be used by the women and their children staying at the shelter and for their out reach program.

On Saturday, June 25th, we were  once again delighted to invite our friends. family and local businesses owners around for this Helping Hands Women’s  Charity Barbeque event, as it made for a fun and inspirational afternoon and helped the community.

Our Second Helping Hands Tree of Hope

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“Sending out a special thank you to everyone who attended our Don of All Trades 2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque Event! Every one contributed a Helping Hand on our second Tree of Hope!”

Yolanda D’Orazio

So What Was On the Menu?

 

Photos courtesy Don of All Trades

We offered our guests a variety of barbecued meats such as home-made Italian sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, a variety of home-made salads, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and a very special Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope cake!

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Photos courtesy Don of All Trades

 

2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque

Thank you Mother Nature for giving us  beautiful sunshine and warm weather this year at our second annual Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque benefiting Herizon House! We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather on Saturday June 25, 2016.

Photos of how our wonderful day unfolded and the wonderful people  who helped Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services make a difference in the community below.

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Support Local Business

At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we always extend an invite to local businesses to showcase their wonderful products and services. Thank you Stephanie Atwood owner of Tranquility Matters for setting up your display and for attending our 2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity  Barbeque in aid of Herizon House.

Swag Bags

Swag Bags filled with lots of neat items and goodies given to everyone who joined our 2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque Event including special swag bags for the kids. Thank you to everyone who donated some very unique and beautiful items!

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108 Non Perishable Food Items Donated!

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I want to start off by saying THANK YOU once again!

Here’s what non perishable food items were collected at our Helping Hands Women’s BBQ benefiting Herizon House Woman’s Shelter. Check out the long list of what you all donated! Wow!

-12 cans of Kraft Mac & cheese
-7 packages of pasta
-6 cans of tomato sauce
-2 boxes of Cheerios
-5 cans of peas
-2 cans of sliced beets
-4 cans of beans
-2 cans of lentils
-1 can of baked beans
-6 cans of corn
-2 cans sliced white potatoes
-6 cans of tuna
-1 can of salmon
-4 containers of tea
-1 bottle of mustard
-2 boxes of pancake mix
-2 bottles of pancake syrup
-5 jars of peanut butter
-3 bottles of jam
-4 boxes of Jello
-5 boxes of crackers
-6 boxes of Juice boxes/packs
-2 boxes of pasta salad kits
-2 boxes of scalloped potatoes
-2 bottles of salad dressing
-3 boxes of cookies
-3 boxes of granola bars
-1 box pop tarts
-1 pack of skittles
-3 packages of bisquick mix
-1 Almond beverage
-1 Uncle Ben’s Fast N Fancy Flavoured Rice
-1 Laundry Basket

Also, thanking Claudia who was the winner of the $25 Metro Gift Card at our Prize Raffle and who donated it to Herizon House.

A Very Special Thank You

We are very proud of our  nieces Alessia and Olivia for their hard work. They made our food donation drop off bin so beautiful, meaningful and special! Love them to pieces!

Donated Prizes for Our Prize Table Raffles!

 

This event offered a raffle prize table filled a variety of donated prizes from friends, family and local businesses in the community. Tickets were purchased at this event and the lucky winners were announced towards the end of the event. We raised $179.25 plus the donated non perishable food items that were all donated to Herizon House women’s shelter!

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Photos courtesy Don of All Trades

 

We would like to send out a special thank you to the following local businesses, friends and family in the  community to donated prize items to help make this event such a HUGE success:

 

 

Congratulations to Our Prize Winners!

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Photos courtesy Don of All Trades
We Raised $179.25 in Cash Donations from our Prize Table!
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Kind Words from Herizon House

 

2016 Helping Hands Women's Charity BBQ-Don of all Trades  On behalf of Herizon House, I would like to extend our thanks once again to Yolanda and Don of All Trades for hosting this charity BBQ! The Helping Hands project has already benefited abused women and their children so much! Our gratitude is extended to all of those who donated, attended, and in every way supported this event, and especially to the organizers and helpers. It is because of community members like ALL of you that we can continue our programs at Herizon House.  Thank you from our hearts!!!

 

 

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

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.

 

 

 

A Special Project for Bark in the Park 2016-Don of All Trades

 

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Earlier this year our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, was contacted by a friend and local business owner Sandra Howlett  of Apple Melon Designs. Sandra needed some  help to create a special dog house to be used  as part of a fun game at her second annual Bark in the Park Event, a festival celebrating pets and the people who love them.

 

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Sandra sent us the information and design ideas including  measurements.

Our team members  at Don of All Trades were not only honoured to be included to participate in this special project, we were also very excited to be part of such a great cause!

Our very special dog house is now completed and will be holding   something very special inside at the Bark in the Park Event Bowmanville 2016 on Saturday August 27 & Sunday August 28th, 2016.  We can’t wait to see the end results once Sandra adds her finishing design touches!

 

 What we used to complete this dog house project below.
 Materials List:
  • 4 White knotted Pine 16X7 inch boards
  • 4  Pine knobs for legs
  • 2 Spring Hinge for door
  • 1 Everbilt Brass Laiton Latch for door lock
  • Continuous Hinge  screws
  • 1 bottle of Le Page wood glue
  • Dowle and wood screws

Total labour hours: 8

We  wanted to thank Sandra Howlett, owner of Apple Melon Designs for letting us be part of such a special event and for her kind words below!

Kind words from Sandra Howlett

Bark in the Park 2016 Bowmanville-Don Of All TradesI can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are to give you a sneak preview of a super fun game that will be at BARK in the PARK….

When it’s painted it will be amazing!

We wouldn’t have this fun game without the talents of our amazing sponsor Don Of All Trades’ Danny D’Orazio…..he has graciously donated the materials and his time so we can bring you this game.

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Thank You!

Join us at Bark in the Park Bowmanville 2016!
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A Festival Celebrating Pets and the People Who Love Them!
Saturday August 27 & Sunday August 28th, 2016
10 am to 4 pm each day
Garnet B Rickard Rec Complex
2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K2
100 Vendors & Rescues
5,000+ expected to attend
Bring your Dog(s)!

 

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 Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was extremely proud to be invited to participate as a  vendor at this years Hope 4 Her Handmade and Local Gift Show in support of Herizon House. This event was held on Saturday April 30th in Ajax and was sponsored by Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery.

 

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We are very excited and proud to share that our hard work and efforts definitely paid off  at the Hope 4 Her Handmade and Local Gift Show benefiting Herizon House . Our Helping Hands Spring Plant and Bake Sale Tables generated over $500 including donated items through our drop box and we collected over 31 Helping Hands to help complete our second Helping Hands Tree of Hope!!! Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts especially to Angela and Carmela  who helped through volunteering and donating baked goods. We appreciate it so much. Don of All Trades wants to continue to support our communities by helping to give back. Stay tuned for more events coming soon!

Read All About How We Did It!
Planning Ahead

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April 4, 2016

I spent this past Saturday together with my good friends Carm and Angela coming up with some fantastic ideas for our Helping Hands Spring Plant and Bake Sale Table at the Hope 4 Her Handmade and Local Gift Show. We were sure guests were going to LOVE what we were offering to sell. The best part of all..100% of all money raised from purchased plants and baked goods our tables were to be donated to Herizon House and  everyone one who bought our items would automatically donate a Helping Hand to help complete our second Tree of Hope! We were all excited and looking forward to this event!

Getting The Word Out

March 25, 2016

Hope 4 Her Flyers
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So what was I doing on  a  sunny but a little chilly Sunday on March 25th?   I was out and about putting up these Hope 4 Her Event flyers benefiting Herizon House around Durham. I was also out looking for any  local businesses with  storefronts that would  like to help  by placing one of these Hope 4 Her flyers on their shop window. I wanted to help spread the word and make this event even more successful this year. 

Hope 4 Her Flyers
Hope 4 Her Flyers

I just wanted to take a moment and thank Karen McIsaac-Duguay, Manager of the Country Style located inside the Esso station at Brock and Manning, for showing their support helping us promote the Hope 4 Event poster at their location. Thank you!

Let Baking Festivities Begin!

April 23-29, 2016

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Just a sneak peek of some of the amazing treats that were created  and were all donated by our good friends Carmela and AngelaChocolate Dipped Pretzels, Candy kabobs, Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows and Chocolate Fudge Cookies, Skor, Cranberry and Oatmeal Raisin, Cookies and more! They were  beautiful, delicious and so professionally made with so much love!

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Yolanda donated baked  Chocolate Biscotti, M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies, Old Fashioned Sour Cream Glazed Donuts, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Carrot Cake, and Glazed Lemon Loaf. These items and more were available for sale at our Helping Hands table on Saturday April 30 at the Hope 4 Her Event. Let me tell you,  they didn’t  last long! Every purchase made at our Helping Hands Spring Plant and Bake Sale Tables was  donated to benefit Herizon House, and every purchase  automatically donated a Helping Hand to Build our second Tree Of Hope.
This was  a great way to shop and give back to the community!

Businesses Who Donated

Helping Hands Spring Plant & Bake Sale

We are sending out a shout out to two  local businesses who donated baked items to help raise funds at our Helping Hands Spring Plant and Bake Sale Tables. Thank you Pam Little from Pam Little Accounting for donating your gluten-free muffins they were delicious! Also thank you going out to Jessica Kula- Trinier, owner of Cupcake Junkie Bakery and Café for donating cupcakes. They sold were a huge hit and sold out quickly.

Our Pretty Plants Arrived!

April 28, 2016

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We offered a variety of beautiful potted plants such as Gerberas, Mini Roses and Cut Tulips at the Hope 4 Her Hand Made and Local Gift Show just in time for Mother’s Day! Everyone who made a purchase at our tables not only made a donation to benefit Herizon House, they also automatically donated a Helping Hand to Build our second Tree of Hope. Sending out a thank you to Don D’Orazio owner of Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services who donated all of these plants to help raise funds to donate to this wonderful organization.

Hope 4 Her Event Day!

Getting Our Tables Set Up

April 30, 2016

We arrived the Christian Life Centre in Ajax at 930am to set up our Helping Hands Spring Plant and Bake Sale tables. Doors opened at 10am. I cannot believe we used a total of Three Tables to showcase all of our products to help raise funds to benefit the women and children at Herizon House. It was truly an incredible and humbling experience to meet so many beautiful people in the community who showed their support. Thank you to everyone who helped out by purchasing items from our tables, helping Herizon House and donating a Helping Hand to Build Trees of Hope! We look forward to doing it again next year.

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We were easily spotted at this years Hope 4 Her Handmade and Local Gift Show on April 30th wearing our new Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope-T-shirts! It was truly an incredible event benefiting an amazing place-Herizon House.

Friends and Family Who Dropped By to Show Their Support!

Thank you Carmela, Angela, my brother Remo and my niece Olivia, Rhonda Lee Axhorn, George Zois, Jeffrey Livingston, Christina and Fran, Stephanie Atwood, Shannon Sheppard, Diane Sokoloski, Pam Little, Katrina Anne Dafoe and Marg Stevens for showing your support, dropping by our tables, donating items into our drop off bin and for your help by making a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project at the Hope 4 Her Hand Made and Local Gift Show benefiting Herizon House! You all helped make it a Huge Success!

Welcoming Our  New Additions To Our Helping Hands Trees of Hope!

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Everyone who purchased any of the items at our tables,  also donated a Helping Hand that will be added to our second Tree of Hope which we hope to complete by December 31, 2016.

We Have Been Snapd Ajax April 30, 2016 Edition

Photo by www.edelinephotography.com
Photo by http://www.edelinephotography.com

Thank you Snapd Ajax for visiting our Helping Hands Spring Plant & Bake Sale Tables and taking this great photo of Carmela, Yolanda and Angela on April 30th, 2016 at the Hope 4 Her Handmade and Local Gift Show benefiting Herizon House. Read more about this great event including many other fantastic vendors who participated by visiting  this article below.

We snapd Herizon House’s 2nd Annual Hope 4 Her show. Proceeds will assist in various programs & raise awareness. Find out more info at SnapdAjax Facebook Page.

Mother’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway!

This gift basket valued at $140,  was generously donated by Don D’Orazio, owner of Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services and tickets were sold for a chance to win it  on Saturday April 30 at the Hope 4 Her Event. All proceeds from the tickets were donated to Herizon House.

Helping Hands Spring Plant & Bake Sale 2016-Don Of All TradesWe Have A Prize Winner!

May 2, 2016

Congratulations going out to Jeff, the winner of the Mother’s Day Gift Basket! We hope that your mom enjoys it! And thank you to everyone who participated in the draw.

Special Thank You Going Out To Herizon House

We wanted to send out a very special thank you to everyone at Herizon House who gave us so much assistance and accommodating our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Team  at this years Hope 4 Her Handmade and Local Gift Show. It was a lot of hard work but it was an extremely fun day for such a wonderful cause. We hope to be part of this incredible event next year!

More About Herizon House

Herizon House is an Emergency Shelter serving women and their children fleeing abuse and violence.
They provide:

-Emergency Shelter
-Crisis counselling for abused women
-24 hour crisis phone counselling for abused women
-Housing and legal support
-Referrals and community advocacy
-A safe and non- judgmental environment for women leaving abusive relationships and wishing to live independently of their abusers.

Women in crisis can find support 24 hours a day by calling 1-866-Herizon (1-866-437-4066).

Our Mission:
We provide a place of Safety, Support and Empowerment for abused women and their children. We are committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence in the community.

Remember, Every woman has the Right to Live a Life Free from Abuse.

Learn more at herizonhouse.com.

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

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

 

Cleaning and Restoring a Weathered Deck-Don of All Trades

This weathered deck got a transformation into a beautiful and inviting living space again with some advanced preparation, repair work and an application of good quality deck stain to block the sun’s harmful rays and to protect the wood. Completing this deck with a professional finish. For this project we used a solid stain to hide any mismatching boards and  any imperfections.

Clean & Restore a Weathered Deck-Don Of All Trades
Cleaning and staining a weathered deck extends its life.

Preparing and Cleaning the Deck

 

Step 1

Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services started off this project by removing all furniture, plants and grills. The deck was swept clean and surrounding plants and shrubs located around the perimeter were covered with plastic.

Step 2

An inspection of the condition of the deck was done looking for any loose, split, popping nails and rotting boards  to be replaced. For areas with splintering, 80 grit sandpaper would be used to sand any rough areas of the wood.

Step 3

A power washer was used to help remove any loose flaking stain, dirt and debris.

Step 4

We visited our local Whitby Shores Benjamin Moore Store and purchased the Benjamin Moore REMOVE (315) wood cleaner and followed the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct cleaner to water ratio. REMOVE was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck.

Cleaning & Restoring a Weathered Deck-Don Of All Trades

Product Features Include:

-Removes both latex and oil stains

-Fast acting formula

-Removes clear finishes through SOLID COLOUR STAINS

-Concentrated Formula

-Clean up soap  and water

-Recommended Exterior

 Step 5

The second phase of  preparing this deck was applying  another product called Benjamin Moore Restore.  This product helps to restore old weathered wood. It’s a bleach flee formula and is gentle to wood and the environment. Restore also helps bring back the natural grain in the wood and helps the wood accept the new stain.  Restore  was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck. We allowed some time for the deck to dry out before the staining process.

Good To Know:

Be prepared to spend most of your  day completing this process depending on the size of your deck. This deck was approximately 350 square feet and this project took  approximately 9 hours to complete.

 

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Product Features Include:

-Restores old weathered wood

-Bleach-Free formula is gentle to wood and environment

-Not intended for removing old finishes. Use Benjamin Moore REMOVE Finish Remover (315) to remove old finishes

-For restoring severely weathered wood

-Ideal for removing moderate to severe mold and mildew

-Concentrated formula

-Clean up- soap and water

-Recommended-Exterior

 

Visit our website at http://www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more information about or services or to book a complimentary in-home estimate today!

Applying the Stain

Good To Know

If you have near by  plants and shrubs around your deck, Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recommends to cover  them with plastic in order to protect them from any splattering or dripping stain.  Once the staining is completed, remove the plastic from the plants and shrubs.

Cleaning and Restoring a Weathered Deck-Don Of All Trades

 Our client’s choice of stain to be applied on this deck was the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Exterior Stain Brand Natural Cedar Tone Solid Stain.  Solid stain was used for this rather than the semi-solid due to the fact that this deck had been stained 3 times in the past with a solid stain.  2 Gallons were used to complete this 1 coat project.  Recommended curing time: Let the stain cure for at-least 1 week but light traffic only after 2 days.

Our experience applying the Arborcoat Exterior Waterborne Exterior Stain was that this product had a much better finish on the floor planks, the tack  up time was nice with a quick flash drying time and laid down very nicely. The end results were fantastic and our clients was extremely pleased at the results.

So what is the difference between  Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solids and Solid Stains?

Semi-Transparent— Lightly pigmented, these stains impart more color the surface than wood toner stains, while still letting the wood grain to be seen.

Semi-Solids—Semi-solid/semi-opaque finish masks most of the wood grain, but allows some of the wood texture to be seen.

Solids— Choose these stains if you want a rich, vibrant opaque finish that completely hides the wood grain while allowing very little of the wood texture to show through.

 

More Handy Tips:
  • Deck cleaner solution and deck restore products are very corrosive and be mindful of any splashes against your home as it may cause damage including to  any surrounding plants. Would recommend doing this project in the early spring, before the plants come up.
  • Avoid staining the deck in direct sunlight. The stain will dry too quickly and the decking boards will not have time to absorb the stain.
  • Use a long-handled scrub brush to help scrub the deck with solution.
  • Pay close attention to the weather for the week.
  • Wear safety glasses, rubber gloves, close-toed shoes and protective clothing.
  • Stir the stain thoroughly. Avoid shaking the container because bubbles will develop and it will be hard to get a smooth finish. Pour the stain into a paint tray.

 

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We have new 2016 Helping Hands additions for the month of April to go on our second Tree of Hope!

 

 

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

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

 

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We’re Giving Back to the Community in a BIG WAY!

 

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