Do It Yourself Winter Projects

7 Do It Yourself Projects You’ll Want to Start This Winter

Do It Yourself Winter ProjectsHaving an occasional lazy day indoors is relaxing, but if you’re stuck inside because of the cold, why not be proactive? There are a variety of easy projects you can take on during the winter that you will appreciate thoroughly when springtime rolls around again… So, why not make the most of the next winter storm?

If you’re feeling the winter blues, here are 7 DIY home improvement projects to lift your spirits:

1) Painting

Did you know that cold weather is ideal for drying paint? The dryness of the winter months makes winter the perfect time to paint the interior, so crack a window, and start painting. Select a bold color and paint an accent wall in your living room. Or add dimension to your bedroom by painting the ceiling.

Backsplash project

 

2) Add a Backsplash to Your Kitchen

Backsplashes are important to adding personality to your kitchen. For a kitchen that needs some life, a flashy or textured tile can wake it up. For a kitchen that already has personality, a sleek, neutral tile can add unity to the room’s look.

 

3) Add More Lighting

What better way to brighten and warm your spirits in the winter than with new lights, lamps or ceiling fans. Not to mention it’s an easy and affordable way to update the style of any room.

LED-style lights, which come in contemporary and bold styles, also provide a money-saving option. Installing dimmers in areas like the family room or dining room saves money, while allowing homeowners to customize the ambiance.

 

Organize Closet4) Make Your Closet More Organized

Is organization on your list of resolutions? Kick off the year by tackling your closet.

If you create a place for everything, you’ll be a lot more likely to put things away. There are so many things you can do to customize a closet for your needs. You can install shelving, purchase a shoe rack, create drawers and dividers, and much more.

Remember, you’re only limited by your imagination.

 

5) Remodel Your Bathroom

There’s no better time than the winter to spicen up your boring bathroom. While replacing a faucet, tile, or repainting are relatively easy for the do-it-yourselfer, more ambitious jobs like replacing the tub or adding tile floor might be better left to a professional. While a complete remodel might be a bigger investment, it’s worth considering.

 

Reburbish Doors

6) Refurbish Your Doors

Interior doors can have a lot of visual impact on your home. The good news is you can virtually “replace” all of your doors without spending excessively.

You can easily refurbish your interior doors by painting them, changing the doorknobs, and even adding moulding.

 

7) Change Your Light Bulbs

You won’t regret replacing your bulbs with energy-efficient ones. It’s a great way to go green and save money. On average, an Energy Star qualified light bulb will save between $30 and $80 in electricity costs over its lifetime, so don’t let the upfront cost of these bulbs scare you away from making the purchase.

 

By focusing on the inside of your home while the weather is cold, you’ll have a lot more time to tackle the warm-weather stuff when spring rolls around. And, as you begin your project, stop by GNH Lumber for all the supplies you’ll need, including tips and guidance!

 

Sources: “5 Easy Home Improvement Projects & Upgrades For the Winter”, moneycrashers.com.

Maximize Kitchen Space

5 Ways to Maximize Kitchen Space During the Holidays

Maximize Kitchen Space

December is a busy month for the kitchen. Many of us spend our time planning and shopping for the holiday season, as well as welcoming family into our homes.

While it’s an enjoyable time, it can get quite chaotic, especially when you’re the one that’s preparing all the food.

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How to Choose Paint Colors for Your kitchen

What to Know When Choosing Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

How to Choose Paint Colors for Your kitchen For a quick and easy way to update the look of your kitchen, there’s no better solution than a coat of fresh paint on the walls.

Depending on your choice of color, new paint colors can make the small space feel larger, make a dramatic statement or create warmth and coziness.

When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green are at the top of our list for excellent paint color choices. Yellow is homey and cheerful while red is vibrant and intense—both are believed to stimulate the appetite. Yellow, however, will make a tiny kitchen feel larger, while red will make a large space feel more intimate. Blue, white, green and gray are all calming colors that can help you create a bright and inviting space.

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Choosing Gray Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

Gray is a neutral that’s been taking center stage lately in many homes. It often gets categorized as being too cold, but with the right shade, it can work wonders in a kitchen. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. It also works well as a countertop or cabinet color.

Before you select a color, think about how it will work with your cabinets. White cabinets will look great with almost any color, but wood tones will harmonize differently with each paint color. An easy way to see if your colors will complement each other is to paint one section of wall beside a cabinet before committing to the whole room.

If you plan on getting new cabinets, pick your cabinet color first and then the kitchen paint colors second, since the cabinets Choosing Bright Paint Colors for Your Kitchenwill dictate the design of the room. Neutral walls work better with very colorful cabinets. So, if you want to go crazy with your kitchen paint colors, try opting for white cabinets instead.

Countertops are also important to consider when selecting paint colors. If you have a neutral-colored countertop or plan to install one, you’ll have more flexibility with the paint colors you can use. But if you plan to use a countertop that has a lot of colorful detail in it, you might want to keep your walls more neutral so the two don’t clash.

Even the appliances you have in your kitchen can play a role in picking a paint color. By considering your cabinets, countertops and appliances when creating a color scheme, you’re more likely to select a color that will work for the entire room.

Choosing Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

The resale value of your home is another important consideration when selecting paint colors for your kitchen. While you might be drawn to a very bold shade, future buyers might not find it so appealing. If you plan on selling your home someday, it’s smarter to opt for a toned-down color scheme.

If you have questions about your kitchen painting project, stop in to your local GNH Lumber for tips, guidance and expert advice!

 

Sources: “Best Colors to Paint a Kitchen” and “What Colors to Paint a Kitchen,” HGTV.com

How to Pick House Paint Colors

How to Pick House Paint Colors for Curb Appeal

How to Pick House Paint Colors Whether your home is brand new or in need of an update, the best way to make it stand out on the curb is with a beautiful coat of exterior paint. While this might sound like an opportunity to go crazy expressing yourself with bright and busy colors, there are many things to consider before choosing a color scheme for your house:

  • Do you intend to resell your home in a few years?
  • How will the color scheme work with your gardens and landscaping?
  • Does your house have wood or vinyl siding?
  • Are there pre-existing colored materials, like brick, stone or stucco, to complement with your palette?
  • What is your region or climate? What are your neighborhood trends?

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If you’re planning to sell your home in the future, sticking to a more neutral color scheme is a good resale strategy. Keep in mind that tried and true combinations are always a great choice.

Five of the most popular house colors are:

  • White/Off-white
  • Tan
  • Gray
  • Yellow
  • Blue

house-paint-colors2These are time-tested hues that work well against green lawns and gardens, and complement reddish brick fireplaces and roofs. You can add more impact by using darker or lighter variations of the main house color to accent things like window frames, shutters and trim.

If your plan is to keep your home for generations to come, or you want to make it stand out from the rest in the neighborhood, there are ways to successfully add vibrant colors without losing curb appeal.

  • Consider using that daring red paint on your front door in order to easily direct visitors to your doorsill.
  • Or add bright yellow shutters against a pale blue house to create nice visual contrast.
  • Sometimes highlighting an architectural element like an archway or chimney with a bold color can have a whimsical result.

If you’re working with natural wood stains, you can choose to highlight the natural warmth by adding cool-hued accents. Very large homes appear less sprawling with a bright white coat of paint accented with primary colors. Smaller homes are more forgiving with a vibrant color palette, especially when the roof and trim are neutral toned. Using pastel versions of a bright color is a great way to add uniqueness and charm without creating disharmony with the environment.

Whatever color scheme you choose, make sure to follow general rules for color harmonies, so your hues won’t compete or clash.

house-paint-paletteNot sure what your final color scheme will look like? Looking for a way to test out some wild ideas? Check out this great tool from Benjamin Moore! Paint your home online and see how colors will look before making a purchase with the Personal Color Viewer virtual paint color visualization tool.

How does it work? Simply choose a home exterior that is similar to yours (or upload a photo) and have fun experimenting with all kinds of color schemes for body, trim, shutters and door. The best part is, when you’re done, you’ll have a list of Benjamin Moore paint colors to bring in to GNH Lumber for your new home exterior color scheme.

So, explore your color options and get creative with the possibilities! Your home’s exterior color scheme will greet you every time you turn into your driveway. So, make choices that will enhance your home’s appearance for years to come… And don’t forget to have fun!

 

How to Paint Trim

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Thinking of ways to brighten up a space without breaking the bank? Painting the trim around windows, doorways and baseboards is a quick way to brighten up the appearance of any room in your home. Painted trim not only completes the design scheme of any room, it also protects mouldings and transitions from everyday wear and tear.

Never painted trim before? Don’t worry! It’s easy to paint the trim in your home as well as any professional painter. It may require a little time and patience at first, but the end result is very satisfying, and well worth the effort!

The process of painting trim is broken down into two parts: preparing the surface, and applying the paint.

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Improve Your Curb Appeal with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding

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LP Trim & FaciaAll LP SmartSide products feature their innovative, four component SmartGuard® manufacturing process for strength and to resist fungal decay and termites.

LP® SmartSide® Trim & Fascia are the perfect accent to any substrate. Uniform in density and consistency, they’re made with our proprietary SmartGuard® manufacturing process to protect against fungal decay and termites, and are backed by a 5/50-Year Limited Warranty.

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2017 Color Trends

Grey is the New Black: Color Trends for 2017

2017 Color Trends

We don’t usually like to play favorites when it comes to color trends, but in this case, we can’t resist! 2017 is quick approaching, and that means that it’s time to forecast the newest color trends for the year.

If you’re new to color selection, there are a few things professionals take into consideration when deciding on a palette. Color forecasters draw information from the fashion runways, auto manufacturers and the housewares industry. They also consider what’s going on culturally and how this impacts our national mood. We’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing the most interesting and trendy colors for 2017 so you can relax and imagine the possibilities.

So, without further ado, here are a few paint color trends for 2017.

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Ben Moore’s Color of the Year: Shadow

Shadow 2117-30 is Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2017. It’s both allusive and enigmatic, making it a master of ambiance. This color can help highlight bright kitchen cabinets or countertops. Emotional connections with this color evoke nostalgic memories of light on space and color.

“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.”

—Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director

 

A Few More Color Trends to Watch in 2017:

More 2017 Color Trends

Choosing a Color

No matter what home improvement project you’re working on, whether it’s a remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, or freshening up the walls on other rooms in your home, color selection makes a huge impact on the feel and atmosphere of the space.

If you’re wondering how to best coordinate colors for your project, try using Benjamin Moore’s helpful color finder tool. You can choose a palette by color family, collection, or search for your color by name or number. You can also use their handy Color a Room tool to virtually paint a room color-by-color in order to discover just the right combination for you! Or take advantage of their paint calculator to find out exactly how much paint you’ll need to complete your project.

You want to love the colors that surround you. So, when imagining (or reimagining) a room, remember the influence color will have on the mood of the space. The effect may be subtle or dramatic. It can encourage tranquility or boost energy, even make you feel optimistic or more introspective.

 

The Basics

To begin to understand color’s emotional impact, start with these color groups:

  • Pales – Their light, airy qualities make pale hues feel uplifting.
  • Neutrals – It’s no surprise that earthy, nuanced colors keep you grounded.
  • Whites – Pure and pristine, these timeless colors offer a blank canvas to express your style.
  • Deeps – Bring drama to a room with colors that are rich and mysterious.

Present Tints

Pale colors like dusty lavender, ballet pink and sky blue are comfortable and easy to live with. They feel positive and encourage expression, while enhancing other colors.

Pale Color trends

Be Dramatic

Violet, onyx, sapphire and ruby—even the names evoke something dramatic. Deep colors dissolve boundaries and create depth. They are the opposite of understatement and can fill a room with energy, creativity and confidence.

 

Shifting to Neutral

Neutrals go beyond gray and brown into earthy hues like slate, clay, sand and ochre. Colors in this family can be warm or cool, but are always reliable and levelheaded. And because they transition beautiful with shifting light, they’re a good choice for rooms used throughout the day.

Neutral Color Trends

Versatile White

Whites can easily feel contemporary, classic or anywhere in between. It’s an honest, harmonious family of colors and a great place to start, as they complement any style. You might call it a perfect backdrop for the life happening around it.

 

Sources: Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2017: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-collections/color-trends-2017; Psychology of Color: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/understanding-color/psychology-of-color