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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!

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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Affordable Home Improvement Tips

No matter how you look at it, making  home improvements is a costly endeavor.  The bottom line is when it comes to remodeling and renovating a home, homeowners are going to be spending thousands and thousands of dollars on contractors, specialists and more. The benefit of this is that you do make that money back in resale value although it can take some time to sell the home and get it suitable for new potential buyers.

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On a positive note, did you know that there are ways to improve your home  that do not require a home owner to spend thousands of dollars in initial investments or skilled labor that take a big Chunk of Change out of their wallet? Here are a few solutions that a you can do to improve their home for less than you might think.


Buying brand new appliances is a great investment for a home, but it can also cost quite a bit of money. If you’re looking to spend less but still tie the room together, why not consider a face-lift? New doors and face panels on appliances can get them to match, bring the room together in a stylish way, and save you big bucks on the technical appliances while still allowing for a great look in the room and a definite upgrade in the home’s design.


Energy efficient lighting fixtures and light bulbs are an affordable alternative that will go a long way in your home. Today, most homeowners are concerned about heating and electricity costs along with wanting to do their share to improve the impact on the environment.  Light fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR certification translate to quality, cutting edge design and the latest in efficient technology. ENERGY STAR Certified Fixtures: Use 90% less energy and produce about 70-90% less heat than traditional models using incandescent light bulbs. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy.


In lieu of doing a complete kitchen remodel, homeowners can get quite a bit of use out of working through new doors and cabinets. This simple fix alone can go a long way to making the kitchen seem like a completely new and different room  without spending the big bucks on an entire kitchen remodeling job.


One of the best low-cost ways to inexpensively dress up your home-especially for potential buyers-is to increase your home’s curb appeal in a resourceful way. Hiring a professional landscaper to come by and re-design your lawn, patio and trees will help your home look cleaner, look better and more sleek. The better your home looks on the curb, the better chance you have of improving it at a lower cost to you and selling it a higher value-and you didn’t have to do anything major to the home.


At the end of the day, there are ways to improve your home in a cheap and cost-efficient manner without breaking the bank. When you’re smart about where and how you improve your home, you may be surprised at how well you can sell it with minimal work being done, and your bank account and stress levels will thank you for it, too!


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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.

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Exterior Post Lanterns On A Budget

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Add a touch of sophistication and grandeur with a pair of outdoor post lights at an entrance of a home or driveway. Exterior post lanterns  not only make a bold statement, they also enhance the beauty of any residence while providing years of maintenance free illumination.

If you’re on  a budget (and who isn’t these days) you can easily do some minor upgrades to your current exterior lighting that won’t break the bank, are relatively easy DIY projects, give you a high-end look and save you money.

For this project, we replaced the original post lanterns with new Hampton Bay Exterior Post Lanterns that we found on sale at a local home supply store.

3 Philips Duramax Blunt Tip Clear 40 watt bulbs were installed into each of these exterior lanterns.

We kept the original 6 foot aluminum posts but painted them with Tremclad metal rust paint, in a black matte finish to match the finish on the lanterns. 2 Coats of paint were needed to cover the original white paint.

Project completion time from beginning to end took about 2.5 hours. Materials and supplies  to complete this project-$120.00.


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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.

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Thanking Business owner Pam Little, founder of Pam Little Accounting for her generosity to our Helping Hands Donation Program. Find out more at http://www.pamlittleaccounting.com.

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$1000 Bathroom Makeover

$1000 Bathroom Makeover

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Although a thousand dollars might not get you as far as some remodeling shows on television would have you believe, even this small amount can do a lot. This is especially true if your current space functions well-no loose parts or leaks-but is in need of a facelift. Here are some useful ideas to consider:

  • Keep your towels dry and toasty with a heated  towel bar. You can find some for $100 or less.
  • Upgrade your shower head to one with multiple settings, including a massage or pulsating setting.
  • Improve your lighting and ventilation with a combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled  when you get out of the shower.
  • Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilette paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves to your towels and toiletries.
  • Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter.
  • Add a new mirror and faucet. Consider keeping your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor.
  • Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.

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Is There Such A Thing As A “Complimentary Consultation?” And Does “Complimentary” Mean Free?


Free Complimentary Consultations-Advantages:

Providing a complimentary consultation is a huge advantage  not only to the company offering this service but to the client as well. In the industry of Home Improvement/Home Maintenance Services, complimentary consultations are viewed favorably by our customers.  In most cases the general public is always looking for a bargain and at the best price possible for any product or service offered. Satisfied clients with a particular service or product  will spread the word about the incredible value they received. This could result in an increase in sales for any company. By implementing an offer as simple as a complimentary consultation,  you could see a potential  increase in the number of  interested prospects  contacting Home Improvement/Maintenance Services in search of a good deal. This could be even more beneficial than positive word of mouth from satisfied clients.

Free Complimentary Consultations-Disadvantages:

The advantages of providing free consultations must be weighed against the disadvantages. First, the potential client seeking a complimentary consultation may be Renovation or Home Improvement shopping—contacting many  contractors and meeting with them to determine who would be the best fit or perhaps the “cheapest”. Even if the contractor devotes substantial time to the complimentary consultation and answers all of the potential client’s questions, the potential client might still comment along the lines of, “I need to think about it, I have 2 more contractors coming to give an estimate—I’ll contact you at a later date.” Beware. Potential clients who look for the “cheapest” quote  may in fact not be getting the best deal in the end.  In these cases, the  contractor will not recoup the lost income for time spent during the free consultation.


Remember, the commodity that contractors  sell is experience and knowledge—their opinion and expertise regarding a client’s project. Contractors  who offer complimentary consultations are giving away their commodity to that potential client.

And even if the complimentary  consultation does result in a new client, it might not be the type of client that the contractor wants. All Home Improvement and Home Maintenance Organizations want their companies to succeed  and make a profit. If a client contacts a contractor  based on the complimentary consultation, will the client be willing to pay for the contractors future work and time? And if the client is willing to pay for the initial retainer fee, will the client pay fees exceeding that retainer? These questions are difficult to answer—but contractors need to consider them all the same.

5 Tips And Tricks Anyone Can Use Around The House

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

Vinegar For Removing Paint on Nylon Brushes

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

Lemons For Removing Mold

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

How To Protect Your Fingers While Hammering A Nail 

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

Using Caulk On Baseboard

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

Keeping The Mess To A Minimum When Drilling

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

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Interior Lighting Tips

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Having some problems seeing the light? Here’s a quick lesson in fixtures, kinds of bulbs and lamps that will help shed some light!

 Ask yourself this question? “What Kind of Lighting Does Each Room Require?”

RULE #1.   You should have a mix of light sources at different levels to create a flattering ambience.

Rule   #2.  You will need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space (reading, cooking, dressing)

Here tips for 5 key spots to keep in mind to help you get the perfect look for every room in your home.

The Living Room

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Light three of the four corners, focusing one of those lights on an object (art, a beautiful plant, a striking chair). Use a combination of table lamps and floor lamps, some with a downward glow and some that shine upward. Allow for reading in as many seats as possible with down-glowing lamps on three-way switches. If you have an overhead fixture, put it on a dimmer

The Dining Room

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To get the attention of drawing  people into the dining area,  focus on making the table the brightest spot in the room. Using a chandelier or a pendant above the table, limiting the total wattage to 100 are just a few great choices.  For other areas in the room, indirect lighting is best choice as it’s relaxing and flattering.  Giving the  space a subtle glow with a pair of small table lamps on a sideboard or matching sconces on the wall above.  Try using battery-powered votive inside a glass-front china cabinet is  a nice touch.

The Kitchen

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Focus on overhead lighting  connected to a dimmer that you can crank up when cooking, and add lower sources to illuminate work surfaces. Use pendants, under-cabinet lights. ).

The Bedroom

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To achieve an  cozy atmosphere, place scones or reading lamps by the bed keeping them  in positions pointed directly at the bed. For recessed or track fixtures try angling  them away from the bed and more toward the dressing area. Small intimate tinted lamps on low-wattage bulbs to mimic candle light is a great option for low tables in the room.

The Bathroom

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The best choice for applying makeup is sidelights, such as a pair of sconces flanking the mirror. An overhead light helps fill in any shadows on your face and also fully illuminates the room (important when cleaning). In a large space, you might also want a light directly over the shower.


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Holiday Lighting Tips

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Weather you choose to decorate your home  for the holiday season with indoor or outdoor lighting or both,  please remember to put SAFETY FIRST.

A suggestion to save some energy $$$ on your “HOLIDAY” electric bill this year, consider using less lights when decorating your home.

Inspection of all lights and extension cords BEFORE, creating a BRILLIANT MASTER SHOW PIECE LIGHTING SHOW for the family and neighbours to enjoy this year, will not only save you the hassle of replacing any damaged bulbs or  extension cords, it’s putting safety first.

Choose decorating lighting that is marked by a recognized certification agency or regulatory body such as CSA or ULC.

Indoor and Outdoor lights sold in Canada are clearly marked for what their intended uses are. Follow electrical product ratings for either indoor or outdoor use and wattage. Always practise caution and safety.

Always read and follow the manufacturers instructions and guidelines for stringing light sets together. As a general rule, string no more than three standard size sets of lights together.

WARNING!!!  Never overload any extension cords  or electrical receptacles.

Practice Safety! Always unplug all  holiday lighting when you go to bed or leave your home.

Consider purchasing and using automatic lighting timers for both indoor and outdoor to ensure your lights are not left on.

As a safety precaution, electrical cords should never be run through windows, door openings or under carpeting. Roll up excess electrical cords and keep safely away from high traffic areas and pets. Secure cords to prevent them from being pulled or tripped over and NEVER USE A STAPLER to secure them.

WARNING!!!  Extension cords should never kept plugged in when not it use.

Before replacing a light bulb, confirm with the manufacturer that the replacement bulb is equal or of lesser wattage.

Remember to ALWAYS PRACTISE SAFETY FIRST and you and your loved ones will enjoy another Wonderful Holiday together this year.

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