Tag Archives: Handyman

Thinking of Painting Your Home in Winter? – 4 Great Reasons Why You Should

 

Photo’s Provided by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

If you’re similar to numerous individuals, painting your home in winter sounds insane. In any case, did you realize that winter is a brilliant time to paint your home? Builders and property developers don’t sit tight for Spring time to hire a painter and nor should you.

Today’s modern paints will dry quickly and adhere well. Here are four awesome motivations to begin your work of art venture today.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Winter season interior painting makes great sense!

House painting in the midst of the colder months isn’t  a great deal of an issue.  Actually, professional  painters paint throughout the winter seasons  all the  time. Here are four reasons why you should also:

  1.  You won’t have issues with stickiness, which can occur in summer. A damp or humid situation will back off the dry time for paint. It additionally makes it physically all the more difficult in a hot situation.
  2. Tradesmen  may not be  as occupied and are frequently available  for winter work. Their schedules may be more open to a accommodate appointment bookings months in advance of the spring and summer seasons.
  3. There is a good possibility that you may be able to negotiate a better price for the project to be completed. Amid the off-season a Tradesman may bring down their costs in order to get your work.
  4. Painting now will maximize the value of your home, more so if you are  considering the thought of putting it on the market for sale in the spring.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

One final point, and for some people this is a BIG one,   painting your home in winter leaves the hotter months free. You’ll have the capacity to engage, have BBQ’s and completely utilize all aspects of your home in summer!

Have a question or need some assistance with your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or call us at 905-259-5249.

 

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.

Looking Back in 2017 Video

 

You May Also Like:

 

A Staircase that Makes a Statement

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. Learn more…

Exterior Painting-Getting Ready to List Your Home

If you are considering selling your home there are few  home improvement projects that have as great an impact as a new coat of exterior paint on your home.  Modifying or at the very  least,  refreshing the exterior paint on your home completely revitalize the look of your home and makes it more attractive to potential buyers. Learn more…

Tips on Painting the Inside  Your Home

Do it yourself interior painting is by far the most  affordable way to freshen up any  room in your home. The advantage of painting is that it’s not terribly  difficult and doesn’t require “military” training. All you need is  a little patience, practice, and some helpful advice.  Learn more…

Advertisements

Get Your Home Organized With These 4 Spring Cleaning Tips-Don of all Trades

 

It’s Time to Get Your Home Organized 

Spring is the time of year when everything in nature is changing and promising new life and new hope.  After the long, dark, winter months, spring is literally a breath of fresh air. It’s no wonder we get inspired to carry the freshness of this season into our homes. Spring cleaning is the perfect way to get organized and make your home as lovely as the season itself. Finding the right solution for organizing your home can make such a difference in the appearance and functionality of your home. Below are 4 organizing solutions that can help you clean, organize and rejuvenate you home.

SAY GOOD BYE TO CLUTTER

The decluttering process, for some people, can be on the most stressful first steps in the process organization because they are unsure of where to start and what to get rid of. RELAX AND BREATHE.  Just take it ONE ROOM at a time. There’s no need to worry about trying to get the entire house done it one day. It’s better to take your time and get it all done right then to rush through the process and to end up with unnecessary clutter in your home. This is one of the most important steps in getting organized because it will free up so much extra space in your home. So how do you decide of what to get rid of?  A good rule of thumb is to keep this in mind to go by is this :IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT AND YOU DON’T USE IT, THEN IT’S CLUTTER!  Don’t be afraid to get merciless with this process. The more you declutter the less you will have to clean and the more balanced both mentally and physically your life will be. Discarding and recycling unwanted items will give you so much more space to get neat and organized.

GET STORAGE SAVVY

One of the biggest reasons our homes get out of control with clutter is because we do not have designated places for all our items.  Giving your items a “home” is the best way to get organized and keep it that way. Choosing storage solutions like affordable plastic containers are fantastic because they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Wide flat containers are an excellent choice to be used for storing seasonal clothing under a bed. Stack containers in closets for storing shoes and accessories. Use smaller containers to organize the contents in drawers such as pens, note pads, small toys, etc.  Grab a few glass jars and chalk and you now have an adorable way to organize your kitchen pantry. Finally, use hooks wherever needed. Hooks are great in closets to house jewelry and are also perfect in laundry rooms for hanging brooms, mops and ironing boards.

NEVER UNDERVALUE THE POWER OF A SHELF

Consider adding shelves as this is a great way to provide storage in just about any room. Consider the option of using decorative shelving with hooks and pegs in your kitchen for storing mugs, pots and pans or cooking utensils. Add some shelving to a living room to make extra space for books, pictures and other decorative items. And don’t forget that closets could always use a little more space for storage. By simply adding shelving to closets, there is now a designated space to make room for those bulky sweaters, bags, shoes and other personal items.

GLITZ UP THE GARAGE

At times we get so caught up in looking after organizing the inside of the home at we neglect the outside like the garage for example. The garage doesn’t have to be a designated space for parking only. Putting in the time and effort to organize your garage will open up so much great valuable space for storage. Utilize the same concept of organizing the inside of your home for your garage space as well.  Decluttering, using labeled containers, and adding hooks and shelving can turn a garage into a perfectly organized storage space.  Use hooks for hanging jackets, bags, and muddy boots.

It’s time to get organized and there is no better time than spring.  If you follow these helpful tips, your home will feel as fresh as this beautiful spring weather.  You will be ready to sit back, sip some lemonade, and enjoy the season.

 

Have a question or need some assistance with your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or call us at 905-259-5249.

Dannys Good logo

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.

 

 

You may also like:

 

Spring-Home-Maintenance-Tips-Inside and Out

Now that winter has come and gone and you’re like most of us who welcomes Spring with open arms, keep in mind that this is the perfect opportunity to consider getting your home ready for spring.

Enjoy some helpful tips below on how to get  your home ahead of the game as the warmer weather approaches.  Learn more…

 

 

 

 

Replacing Worn Weather Stripping  Around Doors

Drafts through your front doors don’t  seem as much of a problem in the summer months, but the truth is it can be.  If your weather strip allows a ¼” opening around a door, it’s like a hole in the wall that is 4” x 4”.  Drafts don’t seem as noticeable  the summer months  because the  air flows from cold to warm which is why it’s more noticeable in the winter season. Learn more…

Cleaning and Restoring a Weathered Deck

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.      Learn more…

 

 

Affordable Spring Handyman Package Specials

main

Spring has finally sprung and it’s the perfect time to repair, refresh and remodel with Don of All Trades Professional  Home Maintenance Services.  Choose any one of our affordable  Handyman Packages that fits your  needs and budget.

 

Have a question or would like to book a complimentary  consultation?  We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

Please call our office at (905)-259-5249 or send us an email at: info@donofalltrades.ca today!

Let’s get your To-Do-List  Done! 

 

Spring Flyer Photo Format Jpeg

Huge Shout Out going to Marta Raptis, founder of Kalina Naturals who’s business gave a Helping Hand Building- Trees of Hope. Thank you Kalina Naturals for your support benefiting Herizon House. Click photo below to find out how this business is making a difference in your community.

H-H Kalina Naturals

Thank you Ginette Vachon & Stephanie Atwood, founders of Tranquility Matters who’s business gave a Helping Hand- Building Trees of Hope benefiting Herizon House. Click photo below to find out how this business is making a difference in your community.

H-H Tranqulity Matters

cropped-don-of-all-trades-2013.jpg

Proud To Service Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin, Oshawa, Bowmanville,  Courtice,  and G.T.A.

For more information or to post a comment : please visit our links below:

Website – http://www.donofalltrades.ca/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/donofalltrades.info

Twitter – https://twitter.com/donofalltrade

Hardwood Flooring Specials On Now-Don Of All Trades

Special Offer

Hardwood Flooring Installation Services

with Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

 

Our Family Budget Room Package

Now Only $999.00!

Compare us to anyone! Find the floor you like and we will arrange for a professional in-home measure and estimate on the installation.

Why choose hardwood flooring?

Flooring upgrades including renovations are one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects you can do, notably when you upgrade to hardwood flooring. Learn more…

No hidden feeds. No high pressure sales.

You know exactly what you will pay and it will be a LOT LESS than what you would expect.

We will meet or exceed all work expectations!

Call 905-259-5249 to book your free in home quote today!

(Valid for up to 200 square feet – Materials not included – Taxes are extra – Not valid with any other specials)

To see examples of our flooring work, and many other projects, visit our web-site at www.donofalltrades.ca.

BONUS OFFER!

Free installation of baseboard ($150 value) when you make a donation of $40.00 or more to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program.

100% of the proceeds go to benefiting abused woman and children from domestic violence at Herizon House.

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

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

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.

 

Have a question about your current flooring or any other home repair? Leave a comment below.

 

Subscribe to our You Tube Channel to view more of our latest projects.

You may also like

 

                               Working Together to Make  Our Communities Better!

Helping Hands Buidling Trees Of Hope

Helping Hands Donation Program

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services believes it is important to give back to the community so we have created the Helping Hands Donation Program that benefits women and children at a local women’s shelter as well as YOU!  Learn more…

 

View Some of our Helping Hands donators!

visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out how you can help.
Another Helping Hand on our Tree of Hope. It’s because of people like Natasha & Aaron who made a donation at our Charity barbeque for Hope benefiting Herizon House.

Building Trees Of Hope Visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find more information on how you can help.

Special Offers on Backsplash Installation Services-Don Of All Trades

Special Offer

Back Splash  Installation Services

with Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass and Natural Stone Tile Backsplash Installation Special starting at $499.00 up to 35sq ft.

Tips on Choosing The Right Backsplash

When remodelling a kitchen consider a back splash as part of your upgrades. Back splashes are a durable wall covering that protects your walls from water resulting in stains and molds. A kitchen is a high traffic area where most food preparation is made and is most likely come into contact with water and greasy foods spatters. Back splashes not only serve as protective barrier from these elements, back splashes also play an important role in the kitchen’s décor by harmonizing the various elements of design. Modern back splashes are an important link that completes a bigger picture and the over all look with your choice of kitchen counter top finish, your kitchen floor product choice and all other finishes. All these elements tie into the overall design compositions that “Screams” beautiful! With the right look and results, your kitchen could quite possibly become one of your favorite rooms in the house!  Learn more…

No hidden fees. No high pressure sales. You know exactly what you will pay and it will be a LOTS LESS than what you would expect. We will meet or exceed all work expectations! Call our office at: 905-259-5249 to book your free in home quote today!

To see samples of our backsplash and tiling work and many other projects, visit our website at www.donofalltrades.ca.

BONUS OFFER!

Free installation of new light switches and receptacles on backsplash wall ($150 value) when you make a donation of $40.00 or more to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program. 100% of the proceeds go to benefiting abused women and children from domestic violence through the wonderful efforts of Herizon House.

(Materials + Taxes not included – Not valid with any other specials)

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

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

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

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.

Have a question about your kitchen backsplash or any other home repair? Leave a comment below.

Subscribe to our You Tube Channel to view more of our latest projects.

You may also like

                               Working Together to Make  Our Communities Better!

Helping Hands Buidling Trees Of Hope

Helping Hands Donation Program

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services believes it is important to give back to the community so we have created the Helping Hands Donation Program that benefits women and children at a local women’s shelter as well as YOU!  Learn more…

View Some of our Helping Hands donators!

visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out how you can help.

Another Helping Hand on our Tree of Hope. It’s because of people like Natasha & Aaron who made a donation at our Charity barbecue for Hope benefiting Herizon House.

Building Trees Of Hope Visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find more information on how you can help.

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.

 

apple melon designs

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.

https://m.facebook.com/donofalltrades.info/
Thank You!

Join us at Bark in the Park Bowmanville 2016!
Bark in the Park Bowmanville 2016-Don Of All Trades
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)!

 

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.

 

cleaning

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.

 

Question about your deck project? Get in touch with us!

Click On Our Logo Below To Find Out More About Our Services

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

You may also like:

Flagstone Step Repair
Flagstone Step Repair
front post porch removal 8 pickmonkey
Front Porch Post Replacement
New Look For An Old Porch
New Look For An Old Porch
Front Walkway Rebuild
Front Walkway Rebuild

 

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

 

 

Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope-Don Of All Trades

 

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.

 

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance ServicesDon of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is so much more than a great improvement company. We’re helping people live better. Once customer at a time.

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