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Up Cycle Tired Furniture with Paint & Colour-Don of all Trades

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Painting furniture is a great approach to make it more personal. If you are thinking about up-cycling your furniture,  this article from our latest DIY Weekend Projects with Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services will help explain how.

With regards to giving your home a face lift, the difference is all in the details. Painting tired furniture is one of the quickest and most cost effective  approaches to revive a room’s stylistic theme.

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This bedroom needed some TLC and we wanted to give it a new fresh cleaner look.  We had to first start by  decluttering, organizing  cleaning, prepping the walls and then painting the room.

Outdated window treatments were replaced along with the original large pine wood bed with with a newer sleeker basic iron headboard. New mattress and box spring were purchased as well.  The only original bedroom furniture left in this room was the was the dresser.

There was absolutely nothing wrong with this dresser except cosmetically,  it didn’t fit in with the planned updated decor and style  we wanted to achieve in this room.

We decided to up-cycle this dresser and give it a face-lift with some chalk paint. And let me tell you….ARE WE EVER GLAD WE DID!

Below are some before and after photos of this dresser up cycling project including steps, tips and our experiences completing it. We hope that this article  inspires you to create something new  and unique as a DIY project for your home.

Step 1-Surface Preparation-Before You Paint

  • Remove any removable elements like hardware, shelves, drawers.
  • Run your hand across the piece to find any rough patches that might need sanding (but you do NOT need to sand the entire piece when using Chalk Paint–even if it’s varnished!).
  • Fill any holes with wood glue.
  • Even if your furniture piece appears to be clean, it will still be covered in oils from hands.  So, make sure to give it a once over with some warm soapy water.  we just used a mild dish-soap, followed up with a final pass of clear water, so we didn’t leave behind any soapy residue.  Then, just allow ample dry time before applying your first coat of paint.
  • Edge off any sections that won’t be painted using painter’s tape (like the inside of drawers).
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Up Cycle Tired Furniture with Paint & Colour-Don of all Trades

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Step 2-Choosing Your Brand of  Decorative Chalk Paint

For this particular project, we purchased the Rust-Oleum Brand-Chalked Ultra Matt in Linen White. Ultra Matte Paint creates a matte finish that dries to a velvety smooth finish. It transforms and rejuvenates furniture and home décor, creating a unique one of a kind look.

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

Step 3-  Our Brush of Choice-The Nour Craft 1 ½ inch Premium Oval Brush

The 1.5 inch (37mm) Premium Oval Brush is a professional polyester brush for use with all paints and wax. This brush is ideal for spreading wax because of the density and firmness of the filaments and is best suited for application on medium-sized objects. In addition, the oval shape provides greater coverage.

 

Product Overview

  • Dyed, tipped and flagged polyester filaments
  • High density of filaments (increased paint pick-up & release)
  • Fine tips for smooth finish
  • Firm stiffness (excellent for wax application)
  • Oval Handle
  • Oval Brush

Good To Know Tip-How To Apply a Chalk Finish Paint

Practice painting a scrap board before tackling a project. When layering different paint colors for a distressed finish, apply a heavier base coat than top coat. Work quickly — chalk-finish paint dries fast  and immediately remove any particles in the wet paint.

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Good To Know Tip-When Chalk Paint Becomes Too Thick…

When applying the chalk paint, we found after time the paint got thick and we ran into problems with unevenness on how the paint laid down on the wood. This was a concern because this dresser got very streaked with brush lines and we were disappointed on how this project was turning out so far.
In this case we corrected this issue by using a damp sponge and carefully smoothed out the imperfections after a few hours.
We recommend separating a portion of the paint to be used and thinning the paint by simply adding a little water to it.
Note: When painting make sure room temperature is not to cold because it enhanced the streaking problem.
We then realized that it would most likely  take two to three coats of chalk paint to finish this job.
It’s a really good product if you know what to expect……like all good things in life it takes a little time and effort but in the end you will have a beautiful piece of
furniture.

Step 5-Adding a Protective Top Coat

Since this piece was still being used as a dresser, we chose the Rust-oleum Brand Chalked Protective Top Coat  to add an extra protection against any possible spills or accidents.

Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat

Product Overview:

  • Adds a protective, sealed clear topcoat to any chalked surface
  • Ultra-matte, smooth finish enhances color and durability
  • Goes on in 1 to 2 coats with no need to reapply

We found that this product worked like it said it would. This is a good sealer for the chalked paint. We also wanted to mention that this product  does darken the colors a bit.  

Up Cycle Tired Furniture with Paint & Colour-Don of all Trades
Absolutely Love the new look this older dresser now gives in this bedroom!
Well this DIY up-cycling dresser project was a lot of fun and and a great learning experience to complete. Ok, so it 4 coats of chalk paint and a little bit of patience to achieve the look we wanted but we are so happy  we made the effort.  We absolutely love the results and the new fresh clean look it adds to this bedroom. Best of all-it was an affordable alternative!

Three More Reasons Why You Should Consider Up Cycling 

Number 1-Saves You Money

The number 1 reason for choosing  to upcycle furniture is clearly that it saves you money. We live in a throw- away generation whereby individuals rush to simply throw away undesirable things; the perfect opportunity to get your hands on something to give a makeover!

Number 2-Customize

Why purchase new when you can make something totally customized for your home? No one else will have the same and you can give your creative  imagination and energy a chance to run wild.

Number 3-Good for the Environment

It’s good for the environment –Instead of trashing unwanted pieces consider recycling them as something else and turning them into something you love is the way to go. Landfills are  wrecking havoc with our environment so next time you make a trip to dump, think “can I re-purpose this?”
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About Don D’Orazio

Founder of 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.”

 

Don Continues to Find Compassion Within Himself to Stay Attached to Values That are Linked to the Common Good

In 2013 Don and and his team created the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program benefiting worthwhile causes and creating partnerships within our communities in Durham Region. The Tree of Hope is a symbol of commitment, inspiration and community. Every year Don’s goal is to add new Helping Hands to the Tree of Hope and have it completed by December 31st from generous donations collected from clients, friends, family and local businesses in the community from our Donation Wish-List. Don believes it’s important to give back and not only volunteers his time, he also funds and hosts a number events throughout the year to help Do Good and Give Back.

Here’s an important life lesson: no matter how tough you think your life is there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are tougher than yours.

Our Memories of Giving Back in 2017

 

 

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Enhance Your Bathroom Experience-Don of all Trades

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Enhance Your Bathroom Experience-Don of all Trades

Free-standing shower enclosures take the shower out of your bathtub and give it its own place in your bathroom. These enclosures can help you transform your shower into a separate oasis or even eliminate the bathtub altogether to free up space. Free-standing shower enclosures can be placed almost anywhere in the bathroom, but choosing your shower requires careful consideration to ensure the best possible fit and performance.

Recently, our Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services team had the privilege of  replacing this older shower stand with an new updated modern model.

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Original Shower

Issue

Our client had referenced that they were not content with their current  shower stand in light of the fact that the entryway continued opening  whenever they would use it  alongside the reality they didn’t care for the yellowish shading and style.

Observation

When investigating the situation,  we found that the entryway was opening on the grounds that the shower base was not level.

Solution

Our customer chose to move forward  and update their bathroom with a more modern  stand shower model.

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Installation

The first step was to carefully dismantle and remove the the original  shower unit.

Next, a bottom row of tiles and an area of drywall was carefully removed,  replaced  with new drywall, original tiles and grout.

The new acrylic shower base was installed. New tracks were installed and screwed into the walls. The doors were hung and adjusted. All seams were caulked. A test was done to ensure there were no holes, leaks or any other issues.

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Results

What a touch of elegance this newly installed Karina Sliding Door Rounded Shower Kit with Acrylic Base and Chrome finish adds to our client’s bathroom! This unit is the perfect solution for small spaces and did we mention it’s also easy to maintain?

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Sending out a thank you to our client who called our team at Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services to install this unit for them.

Have a question about your current home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! 

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We offer a wide range of home improvement services for your home including FREE ESTIMATES in Durham Region. Call 905-259-5249 or visit our website at: http://www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

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Mother’s Day Gifts Bags Brighten Holidays For Women In Shelters

Help us celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12, 2019 by donating items to put together into our 15 Gift Bags that will be donated to the women at Herizon House Women’s Shelter. A total of 15 Mother’s Day Gift Bags will be given away this year with the help of some wonderful angels who give from their heart.              Learn more

 

Repairing Your Entrance Way Stairs & Landing-Don of all Trades

Another  home improvement  project checked off the TO-DO-LIST with Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

It’s amazing how some paint has completely changed the look of this entrance way, stairs and landing area. The original railing was in need of repair.

A new stair newel post, new top rail and mounting hardware was installed.

Instead of replacing the stairs with new ones, broken steps were repaired, finished grade plywood was installed to eliminate creaking and to help add more strength to the steps.

Steps were painted with 2 coats of a charcoal shade and finished off with 2 coats of water based varnish satin coat with Serenity Brand Cottage Paint which was purchased at the Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Decor Centre.

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Repairing Your Entrance Way Stairs & Landing-Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Although making the decision of trying something completely different by painting these steps a dark color was a difficult one, this client was extremely pleased at how they came out.

Walls were patched and sanded. Even the front hallway closest got fresh coat of paint inside and out. Walls were painted in a shade of grey, all ceilings and trim were painted in a white.

All this area needs now is some personal touches like adding picture frames and new lighting fixtures to complete the look of this space.

Have a question about your improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Call us at 905-259-5249 or visit our website at: http://www.donofalltrades.ca to book your free in home consultation in Durham Region today.

Have a question about your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you!

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We offer a wide range of home improvement services for your home including FREE ESTIMATES in Durham Region. Call 905-259-5249 or visit our website at: www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

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Basement Painting Tips-Don of all Trades

Basement Painting Tips-Don of all Trades
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Painting your basement  can have a major effect on how the space looks and feels. It’s astonishing what a fresh coat of  paint can do when attempting to spruce up a room, and your basement no different.  Unfortunately,  bringing a basement to life  can be somewhat more difficult than other rooms in your home.

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Numerous basements are just utilized as storage areas, but wouldn’t it be wonderful  to use your space as a home office, a basement gym, or a room your whole family can enjoy?

Below are some photos of a recent basement project our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  completed along with our 6 painting tips that we hope will inspire  and help to make your basement a friendly and happy place.

Tip 1-  Use Lighter Paint Hues

This isn’t as complicated  as it sounds.  Locate the places that get a lot of natural or artificial light and paint these areas with lighter colours. The whole point  here is to focus on the areas that are already accepting light and keeping the lighter paint colours  out of the darker regions of your basement.

Tip 2- Use Rich Colours

Applying rich colours will help give your basement an “open” feel. Numerous homeowners aim to achieve this with light colours, for example, white or yellow, however using a richly saturated paint choice like a Benjamin Moore Interior Latex Pearl Base Paint in Whale Gray Colour code#  2134-40   can be more effective than choosing an poorly saturated yellow paint as an option.

Tip 3- Reduce the Number of Colours

Using  a large number of colours can overwhelm your room. Interior  designers suggest utilizing the 60-30-10 standard to shield your room from having an excessive number of colours.

  • 60% of the room should be the dominant color.
  • 30% should be the secondary color.
  • 10% should be used for accents.​

For this project we made it simple. 2 colours were chosen to paint this basement space. A Pearl base Whale Grey hue  for the walls and Semi Gloss White Interior paint for the ceilings and trim. White window treatments were used as accents to finish off this now organized, fresh and clean space.

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Tip 4- Add Extra Lighting

Light helps give the illusion that a room is bigger (and much cleaner) than the actual space. You can easily create this effect  by incorporating a table or floor lamp.  Track lighting or lights suspended from your ceilings can also be a simple and affordable  approach to include extra lighting.

Installing recessed lighting can involve more work and more expensive as an option however,  it adds a updated modern look and feel to a room.

A basic and affordable solution to expand the light in your basement space is through the use of mirrors.  Mirrors help “ricochet” the light around the room and give the illusion the space is larger.

For this basement painting project, the home owner decided to keep all  original light fixtures and pot lights but decided to replace existing light bulbs  with Ecosmart 60W  Soft White  LED Light BulbsThe EcoSmart A19 8.5-Watt LED Light Bulb can be used to replace a traditional 60W incandescent A19 light bulb. This LED light bulb has an output of 800 Lumens and can last up to 10,000 hours, saving you up to $56.65 per bulb over the bulb’s life. The bulb is designed for indoor use and features an A-line shape and medium base. EcoSmart A19 bulbs are perfect for your living room, bedroom, kitchen or any place in your home where you would use a standard incandescent light bulb. These bulbs give off a lot of light and were the perfect solution to  brighten up this basement.

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Tip 5- Select A Glossy Finish

Because basements have a tendency to be damp, glossy finishes are an excellent paint choice and more suited to resist stains and moisture.  Remember to make sure your walls are smooth and clean before you apply the paint as glossier finishes tend to show imperfects more than other paint finishes.

Tip 6- Use Concrete Paint on Concrete Walls

Using concrete paint is a little different than regular wall paint because it generally requires more paint to cover the surface. When painting concrete surfaces keep in mind that it can take over a week to finish the job however, your concrete walls will be protected with the proper finish.

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Have a question about your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Call to book your complimentary in-home estimate at: 905-259-5249 or visit our newly renovated website at www.donofalltrades.ca today!

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NEWHelping Hands Building Trees of Hope Update!

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Sending out a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made a contribution to our Helping Hands Food Drive in support of Herizon House Women’s Shelter. We collected 301 non perishable food items, 2 grocery store gift cards, 6 books and 8 toiletries items that were all donated to the women’s shelter. We would also like to thank everyone for adding their Helping Hand to our Tree of Hope! We look forward to doing more and giving back to help our communities in 2019!

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Find our current events, updates, photos and information on how we are working together to make our community better! This is a special place so be sure to visit often.

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.

 

New Year’s Resolution- Getting Your Basement Organized

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Utilizing your basement as a storage area can be difficult as the space can quickly become cluttered and unorganized. You can make storage more efficient by creating an organized system for your items. While plastic storage bins are great for holding your stuff, when they pile up, it becomes difficult to get to the bottom bin without moving the rest in the stack. To solve this problem, create a storage organizer that will give easy access to all of them.

If your basement is on your list of New Years Resolutions here’s a recent project Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services completed to help tackle these home owners issues by creating more storage space.

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These homeowners had a bit of a challenge searching for a shelving unit that would fit their older home’s basement low ceilings. After doing some research on-line they found an IkeaHejne 4 section shelving unit that was a perfect solution to their needs and within their budget. Modifications were made with the shelving in order to house larger items that did not fit with the original design. The next issue was how to come up with a solution to enclose this piece so that our clients wouldn’t actually see what was inside and to give it more character. Shower Curtains, Venetian Blinds and Curtain Panels with Grommets were just some of the idea options our clients offered.

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Our team asked if they would consider closing this shelving off with doors. They loved the idea and we moved forward with the project. We came up with a plan to design doors made from finished grade plywood and completing the look by adding cabinet door hinges and contemporary metal handle hardware. The results were fantastic!

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By adding custom-built doors, we have now created the perfect storage organizer unit by closing off these open shelves so that these home owners don’t have to live with the cluttered look.

Have a question about your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Call to book your complimentary in-home estimate at: 905-259-5249 or visit our newly renovated website at www.donofalltrades.ca today!

We offer a wide range of home improvement services for your home including FREE ESTIMATES in Durham Region. Call 905-259-5249 or visit our website at:  www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

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.

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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Welcome to Cottage Paint Serenity

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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.

 

 

Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event-Don Of All Trades

Throughout the year, Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services held a number of charitable events in Durham Region benefiting Herizon House, 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.

We were delighted to invite our friends, family members and women in businesses to our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event held on November 14 hosted by Women's Helping Hands Lunch-Don of All Trades  Yolanda D’Orazio, Volunteer Coordinator of the Don Of All Trades Helping Hands Building Tree’s of Hope Program. This was a charming and super delicious way to spend an afternoon and help the community.  Our Goal was to  drop off 30 donated items to ensure every women and child received  something special this Christmas from the community.

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Our lovely  Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea table setting.

 

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We wanted to start off by thanking Carmela and Angela, two very special and dear friends who volunteered their time including donating their special flavoured teas,  china, food and for beautifully setting up the table arrangements for our special Helping Hands Women’s High Tea Event.

 

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Our Menu

Savory

We started things off with a variety of dainty finger sandwiches. Of course, high tea wouldn’t be complete without the traditional scones with clotted cream and preserves!

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Sweets

An assortment of mini butter tarts, mini cupcakes, cakes and cookies including the classic Dutch Butter Cookies and so much  more were beautifully displayed on our tables!

There was  no charge for this event but we asked  each guest to donate gifts for the women and children who are staying in the shelter and help  make this Christmas a little better for them.

Womens Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades 

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What an incredible experience spending a few hours together, enjoying company, delicious teas,  sweet and savory treats and helping women and children fleeing from violence have a special Christmas this year.

Womens Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades

Our prize table was filled with a variety of prizes donated by friends, family and local businesses from all over Durham Region. Tickets were sold at this event in order to raise funds and 100% of the proceeds went to  benefiting Herizon House.

 

Womens Helping Hands Charity High Tea
Sending out a special thank you to Don from Don Of All Trades who donated this 11 piece kitchen gift basket as a prize to help raise funds at our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea event. It took 2 people to carry this one out to the car!

 

Womens Helping Hands Charity High Tea- Don Of All Trades
I just picked up my Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Tote that someone is going to go home with on November 14nth!- So exciting!!! Our Helping Hands Trees of Hope represents commitment, inspiration and community. Every hand on this tree represents Everyone (our clients, local businesses, friends and family members) who have donated and continue to contribute items to our Helping Hands Building Tree of Hope Project benefiting the women and children staying at Herizon House. We are working hard to reach our goal of completing our first actual Built Helping Hands Tree with Helping Hands by December 2016! I am pleased and very proud to announce that I am donating this very special tote as another addition to our raffle prize table! I hope which ever lucky lady wins this tote shares our story and knows that so many good people have contributed to this tree benefiting Herizon House.

 

Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea- Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Tote! It’s a symbol of everyone today and past and the future who have made a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program benefiting Herizon House. I’m so proud and so happy to have donated it to some truly inspirational women.

 

Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea- Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations to Michelle Medeiros who was the winner of Lina Cully’s Manicure and Pedicure Gift Certificate.
Womens Helping Hands Charity High Tea - Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations to Natasha Tarrant who won the Dog Pet Gift Basket donated by Sandra Howlett owner of Apple Melon Designs! Grif is going to love it!!!
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Brenda Baird who won baby outfit #3 donated by Marg Stevens. Brenda was VERY happy!
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea- Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Carmela D’Alessandro who won baby outfit #2 donated by Marg Stevens.
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Michelina who won Jessica Spear’s Avon Independent Sales Representative , donated Avon basket!
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations to Angela Gazze who won the Candle Warmer Set donated by Yolanda D’Orazio.
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Amber Pendant donated by Cat Kay owner of the The Secret Lotus!
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event- Don Of All Trades
Just wanted to mention that Carmela D’Alessandro was the prize winner of the Godiva Chocolate Gift set donated by Rhonda Lee Axhorn from Island Heritage Realty. Thank you Rhonda for donating this prize!
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Natasha Tarrant who won baby outfit #1 donated my Marg Stevens!
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations to the beautiful Rhonda Lee Axhorn who won the Cat Pet Gift Basket donated by Sandra Howlett owner of Apple Melon Designs. Your cat is going to LOVE IT!
Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Katrina Anne Dafoe who won the 11 Piece Kitchen Set Gift Basket donated by Don of All Trades. I was glad to give you a hand carry it off to the car. We hope you enjoy it!

 

Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea-Don Of All Trades
Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Cottage Paint Gift Bag donated by store owner Cindy Hewitt.

 

Prize Winner! Congratulations to me( Yolanda D'Orazio) who won the Snow Flake Painting donated and created by Michelle Medeiros from House Dreamer.
Prize Winner! Congratulations to me( Yolanda D’Orazio) who won the Snow Flake Painting donated and created by Michelle Medeiros from House Dreamer.

 

Women's Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event-Don Of All Trades
Everyone who attended our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event went home with a swag bag filled with lots of goodies including a special gift donated by our team here at Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

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Our November Helping Hands Women’s Charity High Tea was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!!

Look what we all did to make some very special women and children and staying at Herizon House a little extra special this Christmas!

So here’s what we collected at this month’s Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea benefiting Herizon House:
– Body benefits foot bath with heat and vibration
– 2 women’s scarves
– 1 bag od gently used women’s clothing
– 2 Big Kids Christmas Bags stuffed with toys, pillows and Dolls and accessories, gloves, hats and construction set for boys and puzzles.
– Spring Cherry Blossom Skin nourish body cream
-St Yves pink lemon & mandarin body wash
– Spring Blossom Skin Silkening Bubble bath
– 5 scarves
– Total Relaxation lit-10 piece set
-shea butter beauty bars
– 1 Dove Set
– bottles of Finesse conditioner
-silkening body splash
-fragrance mist
Fisher Price Mega Blocks First Builders Set
-18 writing journals!!!!!
-1- 3 piece bath & body works body wash gift set
– 1- 3 piece Avon bath and body set
– 1 set of Candid Cologne Spray and shimmering body powder
–1 set of Minions Bubble bath
–fruit & passion hand soap & hand cream set
– Kirkland pre moistened towlettes
-Neutrogena all in 1 make up remover wipes
-2 bath and body works hand soaps
– Biocollasis Complex Day serum
– compact make up
-mineralized  skin finish compact
-Estee Lauder lip pencil
-Rimmell Match Perfection Foundation
-Nivea gentle eye makeup remover
-Marykay women’s hydrating skin finisher

and……..

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 we raised $185 from the raffle prize tickets!!!!

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On behalf of Don and I, we thank you so much. We look forward to doing all of this again and more in 2016 and I hope you will join us! Thank you and God bless you all!

Special Thank You to the following Local Business Owners who donated gifts for our prize table at this event:

Jessica Spear – Avon Independent Sales Representative

Michelle Medeiros – House Dreamer

Rhonda Lee Axhorn – SRES Realtor Island Heritage Reality

Don D’Orazio – Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Cindy Hewitt- Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Decor Centre

Cat Kay-The Secret Lotus

Sandra Howlett- Apple Melon Designs

Katrina Dafoe- Origami Owl By Katrina  Independent Designer

Linda Cully- Linda’s Esthetics

 

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Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope-Don Of All Trades

 

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.

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we’re so much more that just a great  home improvement company. Visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more about our services and how we can help you with all your home repairs today!