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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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Why choose to have this service installed by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services?

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Nothing beautifies the look of a home instantaneously as new flooring. Employ the experts at Don of All Trades Installation Services to install your new floor and we’ll take care of every detail, from start to finish. Its worry-free renovating with results you expect.

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So you’ve decided to take on the latest project in your home, new flooring. Today, consumers have an endless supply of choices to pick from when it comes to flooring products. Hardwood flooring, Laminate, Carpet and Tile products exist for most any situation.

Each room of a home serves a different function, involves a certain traffic area and serves a different purpose.

Our Experienced Installers can assist you with choosing the right flooring for your needs from start to finish. We will remove your existing flooring and replace with a new flooring product with spectacular results.

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At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we offer a variety of installation services and repairs to help improve the style and value of your home while giving you peace of mind and freedom in life to get back to what matters most to you.

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Our Home Improvement Specialists can assist you with a variety of service options from complete remodeling to smaller repairs through our General Home Repairs Service. It’s time to get that To-Do-List done of home repairs you’ve been putting off for the longest time around you’re home. Contact us for a complimentary consultation today!

 

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

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

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

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Transformation

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

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Visual Appeal

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

 

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Longevity

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

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Value

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

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Durability

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

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Manageable Maintenance

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

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

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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.

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Exterior Painting-Getting Ready To List Your Home

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

It’s the first thing buyers notice when viewing a home and exterior paint also…

  • adds value
  • is attractive to a buyer
  • painting is a relatively inexpensive repair that goes a long way
  • fresh coat of paint goes a long way with buyers
  • paint and flooring are 2 areas that buyers highly evaluate when home shopping

 

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Fresh paint adds curb-appeal. Even if your home is well-taken care of,  chipped paint and a not so well-taken care of exterior could give potential buyers the illusion that the interior / structure is not well taken care of and scare people away.

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That being said, if you’re planning to put your house on the market in the near future, you’ll also want to consider which shades will attract the broadest range of buyers.

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You want a look that is warm and inviting.

 

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Our clients chose these exterior paint colours and what a difference it made. It gave their home a new look that is charming and inviting.

If you are interested in upgrading the look and value of your home in the Durham Region and greater Toronto area,  call Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services at 905-259-5249 today for more information and request a free on-site estimate.

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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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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.

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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.

 

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

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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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Hot Water Tank Preventative Maintenance Tips

Hot Water Tank Preventative Maintenance

Draining your water heater once a year removes sediment from the tank that can cause it to work harder and cost more to use. Most people have no idea that there water tank requires yearly maintenance up until they start having problems. Following these simple steps will ensure that your water tank will perform at optimum efficiency and give you years of problem free service.

Please note the following Cautions and Warnings listed below:

If you do not feel comfortable doing this work yourself, call a licensed plumber.

  • Be careful, as the water may be very hot.
  • Do not power on without filling with water completely. If you do, the heating element will be damaged.
  • Regular flushing will keep your heater free of debris, but most plumbers caution that if the valve hasn’t been opened in more than five years, it may be best not to attempt turning the handle as the valve may fail.
  • If you do not feel comfortable doing this work yourself, call a licensed plumber.
  • Be careful not to break the drain cock.
  • Note: Read the instructions on the tank for turning off the gas and or electricity. Don’t just do it unless you know what you are doing. 
  • Water in your hot water tank can scald you.
  • If you did not allow the water to cool, it will be extremely hot as it leaves the tank.

Step 1:

First, test the pressure-relief valve located on the top or side of the water heater. This valve opens automatically if the pressure inside the tank gets too high. (Excess pressure can actually cause the tank to explode.)

If the valve doesn’t release water when you lift the lever, replace the valve (sold at home centers and hardware stores). Replacement is simple; turn off the water, drain the tank, unscrew the discharge pipe and then unscrew the old valve.

Wrap the threads of the new valve with sealant tape and screw it in. If your valve is several years old and has never been tested, it might leak after you test it. In that case, replace the valve.

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Step 2:

Then turn off the power and/or gas to the water heater. Unplug your water heater from the power source. With a gas water heater, turn the gas control dial to “off.” If you have an electric heater, turn off the power at the main panel.

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Step 3:

Next, turn the cold water supply valve off that allows water to flow into the heater. This valve will be located on the top of the water tank. Then turn on the hot water at any faucet to release the pressure inside the heater’s tank. Leave the faucet on until you finish your work.

Cold Water Shut-Off Valve

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Step 4:

Hook up a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the heater and run it to a floor drain or you can use a bucket. Then open the drain valve where the hose is attached. Don’t worry about any gurgling or groaning noises coming from the heater, it’s just air entering the system as water drains out.

 

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Allow the water in the heater to drain out. This should take around 20 to 40 minutes depending on how small or large the hot water heater is. When the heater is empty, open the cold water valve for a few minutes to flush out the remaining sediment. Always let the water flow until you no longer see particles in the bucket.

Step 5:

Now that the tank is drained and cleaned of sediments disconnect your garden hose and close the drain valve. Close the pressure relief valve and open cold water valve. Allow the tank to fill back up. You will know when your tank is full when hot water starts to run at the faucet that was left open to purge air from the system. Don’t worry about any gurgling or groaning noises coming from the heater or the faucet it’s just air exiting the system as water tank becomes full. Once full shut the faucet.

Relight the pilot to the water heater if gas, and turn on. If electric, turn the breaker on to restore power to the water heater.

 

Do you have a question or need some assistance regarding your home improvements? Give us a call at 905-259-5249 or send us an email at: info@donofalltrades.ca. We’d love to hear from you!

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