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

Photos courtesy of Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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.

Up Cycle Tired Furniture with Paint & Color-Don of all Trades
Photos courtesy Don of all Trade Professional Home Maintenance Services

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Outdated window treatments were replaced along with the original large pine wood bed with with a newer sleeker basic iron headboard.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).
Photos courtesy Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services
Up Cycle Tired Furniture with Paint & Colour-Don of all Trades

Photos courtesy http://www.donofalltrades.ca

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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Basement Painting Tips-Don of all Trades

Basement Painting Tips-Don of all Trades
Photos provided by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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.

Basement Painting Tips-Don of all Trades
Photos provided by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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.

Photos provided by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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.

Basement Painting Tips-Don of all Trades
Photos provided by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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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Looking for more  great home improvement tips & ideas? Check out more of our blogs below!

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NEWHelping Hands Building Trees of Hope Update!

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2018 Helping Hands Food Drive Benefiting Herizon House Women’s Shelter

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!

Read more about this special food drive  on our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Facebook Page!

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.

 

DIY Project-How To Create A Memory Wall-Don of all Trades

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There is nothing more exciting than transforming  a space in your home from plain old ordinary to something beautiful, unique and extraordinary.  If your walls could tell a story what would that story be? Below is a recent project Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  completed from start to finish. We have to say that  our team but most importantly our client,  loved the results!

We took this small plain hallway, landing and staircase to the next level by adding special personal touches and turned it into a Memory Wall that will be enjoyed for years to come.  We hope this project will give you some insight and inspiration if you are considering  DIY Memory Wall of your own in your home.

Good to know tip…

You have to start with a perfectly smooth surface to end up with perfectly painted walls or woodwork.

Step 1-Surface Preparation-Before You Paint
  • Remove any removable elements like railings, door handles, light fixtures, picture frames and so on.
  • Even if your steps, railings,  walls, ceilings, trim, doors and baseboards  appear to be clean, it will still be covered in dirt, grime and 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.
  • Have a good look at the conditions of your walls and ceilings to find any rough patches,  holes or damage  that might need re patching,  sanding and repair accordingly.
Step 2-Make Any Necessary Repairs 

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.

Good to know tip…

Are the walls in your home in need of a fresh coat but not sure what color to choose?   Talk  with the paint experts to find out what colors are trending in 2018.

Step 3 – Selecting the Right Paint and Varnish

The 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 #Cottagepaint which was purchased at the Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Decor Centre.

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.

Good to know tip…

Remember that stairways and halls must have good general lighting for safety. To prevent accidents, stairs should be lit from top to bottom with switches in both places. For safety in hallways, place lighting fixtures every 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3.0 m). Tie in the fixtures you choose by matching your foyer chandelier or pendant with close-to-ceiling fixtures for hallways and smaller chain hung fixtures for stairways.

Step  4 – Choosing Light Fixtures

The original outdated lighting was replaced with  more modern energy efficient  Hampton Bay 12 inch brushed nickel led flush-mount light fixtures.  These ceiling light fixtures are engineered to save you money, and they are designed to look great. This collection is a modern, elegant style featuring a brushed nickel finish and frosted glass shade that diffuses the light so that there are no shadows or dark spots. These ceiling lights are built with steel to look great and save you money for many years while blending nicely with the decor of your home.

Good to know…

Applying a wall decal can be a quick and easy way to add a new style to any room or space. 

Step  5 – Choosing The Right Words To Tell A Story

We did some research on line and found a great website that offered a huge variety of non-permanent  beautiful wall lettering  quotes that was delivered right to their door.  Measurements were made prior to making an order to ensure it would fit the space on the wall it was going to be applied to.   Our client chose the  MagicWall Family Memories Wall Lettering  in colour-black-48×13 inches (122 x 33 cm) size to help tell their family’s story.  This beautiful wall quote was super easy to apply and was applied to the right side of the wall above the hand railing.

Good to know…

One of the most common reasons people develop their photos in black and white today is because it lends a certain timeless quality to the images.

Step 6 –  Memories With Meaning

These photos helped tell the story of what is important to our client.  This special project was completed  to create a space to tell a story ranging from important moments from the the past to present.

Special moments of youth, dating, marriage,  birthdays, holidays, friends and family members, home, pets and children growing up.  A total of 40 photos were developed online through  Wal-Mart Photo Centre.  All photos were reprinted  in 8×10 sizes (at a very reasonable price) on the wal-mart photo centre website in black in white to keep the theme the same and to give them all a timeless quality to the images.

A total of 40  Nikolai 8 x 10″ Black photo frames were purchased on the Walmart.ca  website (again at a very reasonable price) and were conveniently shipped to our clients door within 4 days of ordering.  To help keep the damage to the walls to a minimum, Command Brand Damage-Free Picture Hanging Strips were used to hang all photos.  These strips were a perfect solution to prevent filling in 40 nail holes in the walls later on in the future.

These walls will be telling this client’s story for years to come and will be enjoyed by neighbors, friends and family members who come to visit. We are extremely pleased at the results,  the story and special meaning  this Memory Wall tells. It’s quite simply “Beautiful.”

 

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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 email infodonofalltrades@gmail.com. Visit our website at: http://www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

  About  Mr. 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

Don of all Trades Interior Painting Tips: Paint Like A Pro

 

There is no simpler or inexpensive way to dramatically change the look of a home than with a fresh coat of paint.

Anyone who has  done their own interior painting knows that it is not nearly as easy as it seems. From an uneven paint finish on the wall to drips on the floor, you need to avoid any number of pitfalls before your DIY paint project can be a success. Here are 2  Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance  Service’s  interior house painting tips and tricks to help you paint like a Pro and achieve a clean professional look.

 

Tip No. 1- Painting Interior Doors

Using a small roller to paint doors can greatly speed the process. Work quickly by rolling on the paint, then use a brush to smooth out the paint and fill in any spots missed by the roller.

 

Tip No. 2 -Painting Baseboards and Trim

A scarper or trim guard are handy tools that help in painting trims They make painting trims, baseboards, moldings and dividers a very easy task. You’ll be able to avoid dripping or running paint on another surface. They will prevent paint on the floors or the walls. They also give you a sharper and cleaner edge that looks professionally done.

 

Have a question about your painting project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Call 905-259-5249 or email infodonofalltrase@gmail.com and book your free in-home estimate in Durham Region Today.

Check out our blog for more great tips at: donofalltradesblog.wordpress.com or visit our website at www.donofalltrades.ca to find more information about our services.

 

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

Helping Hands-Building Trees Of Hope Project

 

Working Together to Make Our Communities Better!

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Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope

At Don Of All Trades, we believe it is important to give back to the community so we have created the Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope Campaign that benefits Herizon House.

By supporting organizations like Herizon House, we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community.

To find out more about Herizon House website please visit their website at: www.herizonhouse.com.

As a local business member and resident of Durham Region for over 20 years, we are trying to make a positive difference through our actions.

Don Of All Trades Helping Hands Tree Of Hope Photo

We have created our first Tree of Hope that is currently located in our office. Our goal is to fill our tree by December 31, 2015 with business cards from businesses in the General Toronto Area that donate items from the wish list provided below. We are committed to making our communities a better place for women and children.

Contributors to Tree Of Hope

In order to reach our goal, we are asking for brand new, unopened, still in the manufactures packaging items listed in the Donation Suggestion Wish List provided below.

 

H-H Kalina Naturals

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Marta Raptis Founder of Kalina Naturals for making a contribution to our Tree Of Hope.

H-H Tranqulity Matters

We asked and these two women donated. We want to thank founders Ginette Vachon & Stephanie Atwood Founders of Tranquilty Matters for making a contribution to our Tree Of Hope.

If you are interested in helping us reach our goal, we will keep you informed with regular updates on the progress of our project.

Please get in contact with Don Of All Trades Volunteer Coordinator, Yolanda D’Orazio for the Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope Campaign via email at: info@donofalltrades.ca if you are able to help.

We look forward to working with you and creating a stronger community in Durham Region.

Donation Suggested Wish List

Linens

 Single bed fitted, flat sheets  Pillows
 Comforters and blankets  Bath mats
 Bath and hand towels  Facecloths
 Window Curtains  Shower curtains

Toiletries

 Shampoo/Conditioner  Antiperspirant
 Hair Brushes/Combs  Body Wash/Lotion

Clothing Items

 Ladies running shoes and seasonal footwear  New undergarments and bras
 Children’s seasonal footwear  Children’s seasonal clothing
 Socks  Totes and handbags

Kitchen Items

 Small Kitchen Appliances (i.e.: toasters, kettles, coffee makers, small microwaves, crockpots, etc.)  Cups, glasses
 Dishes  Cutlery and Serving Utensils
 Dish Detergents  Pots and Pans

Non Perishable Food Items

(All Food Donations Welcome, Including 🙂

 Peanut Butter  Canned soups and vegetables
 Jam  Coffee
 Pancake mix and syrup  Cooking oil and spices
 Pasta Sauce  Pasta, noodles and rice
 Crackers, nut-free granola bars, school snacks  Juice Boxes

Additional Items

Gift Cards and certificates for restaurant’s, etc.

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2014 Recap of Local Business Events In Durham

 

What a busy and exciting year 2014 has been  for our team here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services!  We are proud to say that although our company has been busy catering to our clients and their home improvements, we still managed to set time aside to participate and attend important events that went  on in our communities.  Below, is a recap of the 2014 Local Businesses Events In Durham that we were invited to and happy to attend. Just another great example of how Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services supports other local businesses in the Durham.

 

March 5, 2014

2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show

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Our Team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services had a blast at the 2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was an exciting event we participated in and although it was a long tiring day, it was so worth it to be involved alongside other fantastic local businesses in the Durham Region.  We were featured in Snap Magazine-Ajax Edition! How exciting is that! Click the link  to read all about it below.

2014 Local Biz Expo & Trade Show

March 8, 2014

Celebrating International Women’s  on Day March 8, 2014 with Staples Canada

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Staples Canada was celebrating International Women’s Day at their store locations. Not only where the Staples locations offering great discounts, door crasher specials and free refreshments in store, they were offering networking opportunities for entrepreneur’s!  We quickly jumped at the opportunity to meet these incredible business women and found out more about their services and their business. Kudos to Staples on showing their support to local businesses in their community! These type of events are very important to all  entrepreneurs. Even more of a reason to shop at Staples!

Staples Celebrates International Women’s Day On March 8th With Discounts + Goodies

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Our Team at Don Of All Trades  wants to thank 2 special women in businesses. I entered my name for a draw and to my surprise I won their prize! My favorite piece? The novel by: Living Underground. Thank you Ruth Walker and Gwynn Scheltema from Writescape. Offering writers workshops, retreats and inspiration…escape to write with Writescape. Check out their website www.writescape.ca

 March 2, 2014

Skin Cellutions Advanced Skincare & Laser Centre Grand Opening

We showed our support by attending this truly special Grand Opening for entrepreneur Marilyn Nickerson owner of Skin Cellutions and what a fantastic event . From free reiki demos, prize giveaways, special grand opening discounts, food and beverages and the fun and interactive Spin the Wheel to win game. My favorite moment was when Marilyn gave a wonderful speech that personally touched my heart.  A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor John Henry was held along with  other local businesses owners who also attended.  We wish Skin Cellutions much success! Want to find out more about SkinCellutions and their products and services? Visit www.skincellutions.ca.

Now Located at 1626 Brock St South, Whitby within PinUps & Pompadours!

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March 27, 2014
Carberry DIY Demo Series
 The Carberry Soap Company is one of Durham Region’s best kept secrets.  Located at 629 Liverpool Road, Pickering, Ontario.  Yes even  Don from Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services attended the DIY Demo Series. Being the only male for this particular event didn’t stop Don from learning how to hand-made soap with store owner Margo Stinson.
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Sue Pitchforth, owner and principal decorator of  Décor Therapy Plus  offered tips, ideas and advice on Dollar Store Decorating & Entertaining for Spring that fits anyone’s budget.  A big thank you to Carberry Soap Company owner  Margo Stinson  for an incredible evening of learning! We are DEFINATLEY coming back!
 
April 11, 2014
First Annual Pickering Wing Fest
  
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Had a blast at the 1st Annual Pickering Rotary Wing Festival. Great to See some new and old faces! This place had an amazing ribbon cutting ceremony and the food was TO DIE FOR!!! Not to mention it was a full house! Wow! Did I mention Spider Jones host on AM640 was also present for this event?
I believe this was a huge success!!!
April 26, 2014
Grand Opening of Whole body and Mind Family Health and Wellness Centre
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Don Of All Trades got to the Grand Opening just in time to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony from Mayor Steve Parish to celebrate owner Michelle Berentschot  of Whole Body and Mind Family Health and Wellness Centre ceremony today! Another fantastic local business in the Durham Region! Congratulations on your grand opening!
  July 08, 2014
Celebrating with Cupcake Junkie and their Grand Opening
So glad we were able to make it to Cupcake Junkie Bakery & Cafe’s grand opening. It was a day of celebrations and congratulations to owner Jessica Kula Trinier  and the Cupcake Junkie Bakery & Café  team! Located at 404 Brock St. South in Whitby,  local residence enjoyed the complimentary coffee, cake and specials.  Specialty cakes, coffee, teas, cupcakes, sandwiches and wraps are just a few of the delicious items available at this location.
Want to find out more? Check out www.cupcakejunkiecafe.ca.
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September 2, 2014
Durham Home & Small Business Association 20th Anniversary
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Don Of All Trades attended the celebrations event for Durham Home & Small Business Association 20th Anniversary last night at the Abilities Centre. The Durham Home &  Small Business Association  hosts affordable monthly meetings that provide an excellent opportunity to network with local small businesses and so much more.    A thank you goes out to  President Stefan Hettich for the invite.  Guest speaker Kerri King of Durham Region Tourism gave a glorious presentation on ” How to Take You Community Event to the Next Level.” Great turn out, food and networking!

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Pam Little, CGA from Pam Little Accounting, Don D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades Home Maintenance Services and Kellie Doiron from Zip Dandy were just a few of the many that attended last night’s Durham Home & Small Business Association’s 20 th Anniversary.
September 9, 2014
2014 Business Expo
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Our team at Don Of All Trades had a fantastic opportunity to connect and network with other local business in Durham Region at the 2014 Business Expo held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was quite an interesting and exciting evening to be able to browse the exhibitors booths and find out what these business, services and products were all about.
September 13, 2014
 Brooklin Harvest Festival
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So what is the Brooklin Harvest Festival About?
Great event going on this weekend for the entire family to enjoy. Browse the Harvest Marketplace overflowing with fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. Children can participate in crafts, games, and interactive activities. Step back in time and enjoy a horse and wagon ride and entertainment throughout the day. Stroll through the Downtown shops for unique gifts and sidewalk sales. For more information visit: http://www.whitby.ca/en/residents/brooklinharvestfestival.asp
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First time attending the Brooklin Harvest Festival.
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fresh local produce and baked goods :). What a great event  for the entire family! Lots of activities and local businesses in the community. Will definitely be returning next year!
 October 22, 2014
Third Annual  Purplicious Event
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Last night’s Third annual Purplicious Event Taste the Fares Of Durham was an incredible event for such a great cause! Raising awareness and funds to ensure that Epilepsy Durham Region will continue to impact the quality of life for those living with epilepsy. A big thank you to Jacqueline Bos and all of those who participated including restaurant’s Jack Astor’s, Boston Pizza, Lone Star and Trinity Irish Pub. It was nice to see Jacqueline Bos, Howard Haslett from Legal Shield, Yolanda D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades and of  course  Rhonda Lee   Axhorn  SRES Sales Representative from Island Heritage Realty Inc. Of course it was great to see everyone else that showed their support as well.
October 25, 2014
Learning Disabilities Awareness Day
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I was very happy that I attended the Learning Disabilities Awareness Day yesterday. Thank you for the invite Shannon Sheppard and to The Learning Disabilities Association Of Durham Region for holding such a great event! The presentation by: Dr. Joan Flood about ADHD was TRULY informative and educational. Loved it! Learned so much about something I’ve heard about but never really knew much about.
October 25, 2014
Mango Reclaimed 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
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We had an opportunity to attend  Mango Reclaimed 1 year anniversary celebration.  Owner Melanie Curley studio is incredible!  This studio is located at 2001 Thickson Road South, Studio 18 in Whitby. So many beautiful pieces of  vintage furniture, milk paints, chalk paints and more! Free demonstrations were held, tasty treats and great deals were available to all who attended.   Would definitely recommend anyone dropping by to see what Mango Reclaimed has to offer. Wishing you many, many  more years of success Melanie! Happy Anniversary!

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It was nice to catch up with Marta Raptis owner of Kalina Naturals at Mango Reclaimed 1 Year Anniversary yesterday. My wife was very happy to purchase some more of Marta’s incredible soaps . Did we mention that Kalina Naturals produces 100% natural, pure and luxurious, handmade soap and body care products? Visit www.kalinanaturals.com to find out more!

 November 16, 2014

iDaybreak Grill Celebrates It’s Grand Opening

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Located at 279 Kingston Road, Ajax, this iDaybreak Grill restaurant has a lot of delicious menu choices that will satisfy every member of your family. On this day we ordered the sample breakfast. Let me tell you that sample was a HUGE portion of bacon, eggs, and home fries.  Our waitress was fantastic! We arrived at 10am  we were fortunate enough to find a seat as it was definitely a full house with local residences that were excited to try the food as much as we were. SnapdAjax  and the Mayor Steve Parish of Ajax attended as they all celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. To all the staff and owner of iDaybreak Grill, we thank you for your excellent food and service. Congratulations on your Grand Opening and we will be  definitely be coming back!

An event, grand opening, anniversary or re-opening is an important scope for all small businesses. It’s the perfect opportunity to have some fun and get involved with your community. For many small businesses, these events are a critical part of their long-term success. They also encourage consumers to “Shop Local” and support small businesses in their  communities. 

For locals who live in these communities, these events are an ideal moment to drop in with friends and family members to find out who these new businesses are, where they are located,  what  products or services they have to offer and to show your support as a consumer.

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Handyman For Your Home Improvements

 

 

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Hiring A Handyman

Not all home repair jobs need the assistance of a general contractor or specialised service provider. A handyman may be employed for a wide range of small home improvement projects. This subsequent article explains how a handyman can fix your to-do-list while saving time and cash along the way.

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So What Is A Handyman?

handyman  is someone who will perform a good assortment of small tasks and odd jobs. Handymen may be found in communities all over the planet, offering affordable services from gardening  to home repair for their clients.

It’s typically straight forward  to search out a handyman; several advertise in phone books and with fliers around city, and it’s also possible to trace one down through word of mouth recommendations.  Some clients become quite attached to their handyman, since an honest one may be exhausting to search out.

A handyman or home improvement company, usually charges the client by the hour plus material prices, despite the task at hand.

Many home owners can produce an inventory list of repairs and hire a handyman to complete the list during a single visit.

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Do I Hire A Handyman Or A Contractor?

The scope of the work and skill level of their trades  needed to complete it ought to confirm whether or not you hire a handyman or contractor.

When making an attempt to work out who is the right choice to hire for your specific job, contemplate the task. If it’s a specialised trade, make sure you hire that tradespersons such as a plumber or electrician, as an example. If it’s very little things that you are capable of doing  yourself, a handyman is possibly the right choice  to go with.

A handyman isn’t the most effective choice for an outsized or difficult project that would take an extended period of time to complete and need the assistance of multiple staff. A contractor or specialist ought to be used for remodeling work,  area additions, projects that need industrial equipment or licensed professionals like electricians.

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Handyman

You’ve got an ever-increasing  list of home enhancements like changing out a toilet regulator,  missing shingles on the roof and painting a room wall. You could hire plumber, roofer and painter that  could  have conflicting schedules of handiness and their own service charges. Or  you could hire  a handyman to complete all 3 projects in 1 day  for one hourly rate.

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 Save Money. A homeowner will save cash on home improvement projects by hiring a handyman as a result of it eliminates the requirement for multiple service suppliers and contractors. Several handymen charge by the hour therefore a homeowner solely pays for one employee  that will complete a good vary of projects . A service fee from a roofer or plumber to come to your home may equal or perhaps surpass the value to hire a handyman for a couple of hours.

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 Lower Rates. Hiring a Handyman additionally prevents waste and overcharging, because the handyman will charge you for hours worked. A contractor or specialist’s price may include taking into  consideration the amount of  time it’ll take to  complete the job. Handymen are able to keep their rates low as a result of they do not need to pay extra employees and have lower overhead prices than contractors or massive corporations.

Variety of Skills.  Many homeowners consider the idea of a  handyman once they have  repairs, however do not know who to contact.  Handymen are better-known to try a variety of work  from assembling outdoor sheds and gas grills to hanging Christmas  lights and decorations.

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Hiring a handyman to complete your “To Do List” type of home repair work is a good option and the following projects below are ideal for most handymen.

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Minor Plumbing Work

Many handymen are capable of finishing minor plumbing work,  putting in new fixtures or repairing a leaky faucet. However, more advanced assignments or jobs that need plumbing to be relocated inside the house should to be left to an authorised and licensed plumber.

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Caulking And Weatherproofing

Adding a recent application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding could be a good way to boost energy capacity and lower utility prices.

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Patios, Decks and Porches

Over time, weather will take its toll on wood decks, patios and porches. A repairman will replace broken boards, apply an end or sealing material and create general enhancements or repairs to upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and look.

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Maintenance and Gutter Cleaning

Although it’s an easy enough task, cleaning up gutters is messy and involves ascension on the roof. Avoid the chance of injury by hiring knowledgeable repairman with the correct tools and skill for the task. A repairman may also install gutter guards to forestall seasonal preventive .

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Home Exterior Repairs

If you’ve got minor damage to your home’s exterior, like a loose piece of siding or a missing shingle, hiring a handyman to repair those things could  be a more cost-effective than hiring a specialist.

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Interior And Exterior Painting And Repairs

A handyman can be employed to repaint a wall or garage door, touch-up trim and scoff marks and repair little holes with compound. Remember, a handyman usually charges by the hour, thus larger jobs are typically better suited for an expert painting crew.

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Installing Light Fixtures, Pictures, Mirrors And Window Treatments

These small tasks can  simply be accomplished by a home-owner, however by hiring a handyman with the proper tools and skill will give you peace of mind that these wall-mounted objects  are safely and properly installed without damage.

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Useful Hiring Tips

Check out some of these tips below BEFORE you hire someone to do your project:

1- Google Search.  Look up a variety of Handyman Services and Contractors in your area on the internet and popular social media sites like face book, twitter and pintrest.

2- Questions & Concerns.  Ask lots of question! There’s no such thing as a “bad” question. The more you ask, the better!

3-  Quotes & Estimates. Ask for quotes, the more the better but be leery, sometimes “cheapest” doesn’t always mean better.

4- Are they legit?  Find out if the company is legitimate. Are they a  registered company?

5-Are they insured?  Does this company have insurance? Find out. Again, ask the question.

6- Ask to see their work. Ask for a portfolio to show you some of their work. In this particular industry, photo’s tell the truth. This is what they have to offer as a source to prove what kind of projects they have done. Ask   for   before and after pictures.  Anyone can copy a photo off the internet but is their work legitimate?

7- Ask for testimonials. Previous satisfied clients will have no issues giving a positive testimonial of their own completed projects. Why would they? They will want to share this information and let others know what a great job this company has done and would definitely recommend them. Of Course, testimonials will also warn other potential clients “not” to use their services either from their own bad experiences. So either way, you can get some piece of mind.

8- Look at company websites. See their work. A lot of them are on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Word Press, exc.  You can get a sense of who they are, what they do, latest specials and events, how they connect with their clients and how these companies are involved in your community!

9- First Impressions.   Company representatives are an example of their work and the company they own or work for. Representatives that come to your home for a quote, should be experienced, organized  knowledgeable in the field of the business, polite, well-groomed,  answer your questions and concerns and make you feel confident and comfortable.  Trust your instincts. They’re always right.

10- References. Ask your handyman about his work experience, and his former clients. If he has a successful business doing odd jobs, he’ll most likely have a list of clients. You should call at least a few of these clients to get a good sense of his work ethic and the quality of his work.

 

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