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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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Founder Mr. Donato D’Orazio

Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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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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.

 

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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…

 

 

Beautiful Glass Subway Tile Installation-Don of all Trades

 

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Subway tiles are a popular choice of wall décor for modern kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, or any other indoor or outdoor space.  Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed the look of this brand new kitchen by installing   glass subway tile back splash with spectacular results! Using subway tiles in your kitchen may add a traditional feel to a place, but their look certainly never gets old.

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Love the classic look of subway tile, but want to try something a bit different in your kitchen? Consider this glass subway tile product that our client’s chose in their kitchen project below.

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Product Description

Series – Bliss Elements 2×6 Mesh Mount Glass Subway Tile

Color – Mist

Size – 2×6 Glass Subway (12×12 Mesh Mount Mosaic)

Type – Glass Tile (Glossy)

No Minimum

Application – Walls

1 Sheet = 1 Square Foot

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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.

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.

6 Reason Why You Should Install 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.

Many Durham Region and Greater Toronto area homeowners have transformed their homes with hardwood flooring specifically because of its benefits.

Consider these 6 reasons to install hardwood floors in your home in the Durham Region area and then call Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services at (905)- 259-5249 to request a complimentary on-site estimate.

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Transformation

Hardwood flooring can transform your ordinary everyday space into a living space-a special room where you can truly enjoy spending your time in.

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Visual Appeal

Hardwood flooring provides an ageless look to any Durham Region home. Its is conveniently available in a multitude of styles and colours that you can easily customize your hardwood floor to compliment the existing features in your home.

 

Monticello Brand Solid Oak Flooring

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Longevity

With correct installation and maintenance, hardwood flooring will quite possibly last the life of your Durham Region home. Contact Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services for an occasional hardwood floor refinishing and enjoy your floor for many years to come.

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Value

Hardwood flooring is one of the most-cost-effective materials you can use to upgrade your home in Durham Region. Installing wood floors immediately adds value to your home and the low maintenance qualities of hardwood flooring saves you money year after year.

Monticello Brand Solid Oak Flooring

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Durability

Hardwood flooring is naturally strong and resilient, providing your Durham Region area home with a surface that is less vulnerable to scratches, dents and other imperfections.

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Manageable Maintenance

Choosing hardwood flooring makes keeping a polished, clean floor in your Durham Region home, simple. The low-maintenance qualities of hardwood flooring enables you to enjoy a beautiful floor with very little effort.

 Monticello Brand Solid Oak Flooring

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If you are interested in upgrading the look and value of your home in the Durham Region and Greater Toronto area, with hardwood flooring, contact Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services today at (905)- 259-5249 for more information and request a complimentary on-site estimate.

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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.

Senior Home Safety Check List

Home accidents are a major source of injuries and can even cause death. The elderly are especially vulnerable to serious injuries from home accidents. Older bones are often less dense, more brittle and break more easily. A simple fall can become a serious, disabling injury that limits independence.

The following Senior Home Safety Check List  will help you evaluate the safety of your home and habits. Go through your home and check off those items or behaviors that apply to you. If there are some items that you do not check, then your home is not as safe as it could be. By improving those items, you can make your home a safer and more comfortable place to live.

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Useful Senior Home Safety Check List  

 

Outdoors

  • Is there adequate lighting  at the entrances to your home?
  • Check to the conditions of  your outdoor stairs, pathways or decks having railings.
  • Are your front steps and walkways  in good repair and free of clutter, snow or leaves?
  • Do the doors ways of your balcony or  deck have a low sill or threshold?
  • Can you reach the mailbox easily and safely?
  • Is the number of your home clearly visible from the street and well-lit at night?

Tip:  If you live in a rural area where you do not have a visible house number, consider putting your name on your mailbox and keep at clear description of directions to your home next to each phone in your home.

 

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Indoors

  • Are all the rooms and hallways in your home well-lit?
  • Are all throw rugs and scatter mats secured in place to keep them from slipping?
  • Are your high traffic areas clear of clutter and obstacles (tops of stairs)?
  • If you use floor wax, do you use the non-skid kind?
  • Do you have a first aid kit and know where it is located in your home?
  • Do you have a list of emergency numbers next to all telephones in your home?

Tip: Have a seating structure installed at the entrance of your home in order to assist with the removal or putting on your shoes or boots.

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Stairways & Hallways

  • Are your stairs well-lit and do they have light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs?
  • Are your stairs in  free from clutter and in good repair?
  • Do the steps have a non-skid surface?
  • Are there solid handrails installed to provide added support on both sides of the stairway?

Tip: Always remember to take your time going up and down the stairs. Never Rush. To assist in the prevention of a misstep, a strip of contrast colour can be added on the edge of each step.

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Fire &  Hazardous Materials

  • Are there  smoke alarms on every floor of the home?
  • Do you test your smoke alarms every six months?
  • Have you developed an escape route and safety  plan in case of a fire?
  • Is there a carbon monoxide detector in your home?
  • Are all  flammable and hazardous materials properly stored and clearly labelled?
  • Are there safety certified power bars being to prevent overloading electrical outlets?
  • If you live in an older home, have you or an electrician inspected your wiring, fuse box, electrical cords and appliances for safety?

Tip: Remember to check your smoke detectors twice a year.

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Bathrooms

  • Do you test the water temperature before you get into the bathtub or shower?
  • Is your hot water temperature set to recommended temperature?
  • Do you have non-slip surface products in the tub or shower?
  • Do bath mats next to the tub or shower have rubberized backing or are they secured in place to keep them from slipping?
  • Do you have a night-light set up in the bathroom?
  • Does your bathroom door lock equip with an emergency release?
  • Do you have grab bars that have been properly placed and well anchored to the wall in the bath tub or shower installed?
  • If  you any trouble getting on and off the toilet, do you have a raised toilet seat and a grab bar that is well anchored installed?
  •  If it is difficult for you to take a shower standing up, have you considered a bath seat?

TipSome tile and bathroom  cleaning products actually increase the slipperiness of a  surfaces. Always keep  this in mind when using such products.   

 

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Kitchen

  • Are your pots and pans, canned goods and staple foods stored in an easy to reach location-between knee and shoulder heights?
  • Are heavy items stored properly in the lower cupboards and light items in the higher cupboards?
  • Do you have s stable step stool (with a safety rail) for reaching high places?
  • Are the “off” and “on” positions on the  stove clearly marked?
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, mounted on the wall away from the stove that is available to use in case of an emergency?
  • Do you do regular checks to make sure your fire extinguisher is in good working order?

Tips: Use heat-resistant oven mitts as they provide a better grip on hot containers and give better protection against splatter and spills.

 

 

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Bedrooms

  • Is there a light switch installed  near the entrance to your bedroom?
  • Do you keep night lights or other sources of light on in case you get up in the middle of the night?
  • Do you have a lamp or a light switch installed near your bed?
  • Is there a clear path from your bed to the bathroom?
  • Do you have a phone and a list of emergency phone numbers located next to  your bed?

Tip: Install short bed rails to assist yourself when getting in and out of bed.

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Garages, Basements & Workrooms

  • Is your workroom and laundry room equipped with enough lighting?
  • Do you have a telephone in the basement and a list of emergency numbers?
  • Do you keep floors and benches clean to reduce fire and tripping hazards?
  • Are all your tools and services equipment in good condition including the safety locks in the “on” position?
  • Is your work area well ventilated, summer and winter?
  • Are heavy items on lower shelves or in bottom cupboards?
  • Do you use a ladder or a stable stool (with a safety rail) for reaching high places?
  • Are all chemicals, such as bleach, cleaners and paint thinners, clearly identified?
  • Are flammable materials stored as indicated by the directions on the label away from sources of heat and flame?
  • If you have a gas barbecue, is your propane tank stored outside of the house?

 

 If you are a senior or have a senior parent looking for  assistance in the Durham Region, please call our office at

905-259-5249 to speak with a professional home improvement specialist.  

 

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Tips On Sealing Natural Slate Tile Flooring

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I have included some information for my readers who are planning on sealing their Natural Stone Flooring. These photos are  the end result of a project I completed recently.  I am very pleased at the outcome. These floors look FANTASTIC!

Buy a penetrating sealer specifically designed for natural stones with silicon content. This type of sealer penetrates the stones’ pores for firm adhesion and closes the pores with its silicon formulation. If the tile grout is unsealed, it will be practical to purchase a 2-in-1 sealer that seals both the tiles and the grout.

You may choose either the spray-on or the brush-on type. The brush-on type can be applied with paint or roller brush. This type of sealant is cheaper as compared to the spray-on type. The latter, however, provides convenience in application, since you only have to spray it on the tiles’ surface.

Slate typically comes from Brazil, Vermont, China and India. The Brazilian and Vermont slates tend to have a low absorption rate, while Indian and Chinese have variable absorption rates. The softer slates need more attention with sealants before and after installation than do the harder slate tiles. Slate is a metamorphic rock, starting as a sedimentary rock and with pressure and temperature over time became slate. Because it has some porosity, you may want to seal it to keep it from staining.

The preparation needed before sealing your slate floor tiles is to clean all slate surfaces, and let them dry thoroughly before applying one coat of the penetrating tile sealer. There are surface, or topical, sealers, but the penetrating sealer gives your stone tile better protection, and looks better longer. Apply the sealer in a thin coat, following the grain of the slate and let it dry for at least two hours and reapply (your specific product will tell you how long between coats to let it dry).

After you have applied your coat of penetrating slate tile sealant, let cure for at least 24 hours before walking on the floor. The longer you can let it cure before walking on it, the better protection you will have, and the longer the finish will last.

Maintaining your slate floor is easy. Just clean it with mild soap and water, and dry mop or vacuum in between washings. If you are accustomed to waxing floors, you are in for a treat because wax isn’t necessary on slate. Wax won’t hurt the slate, but will obscure it’s natural beauty, turn the tiles a darker shade, and may yellow the grout; all good reasons to not wax your floor.

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