Tips & Trends

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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Fire Prevention Week

Tips for Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention WeekIs your smoke alarm working and up to date? Did you know that smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years? Don’t Wait: Check the Date!

This year, Fire Prevention Week is getting the word out about the importance of changing your smoke alarms. According to NFPA.org (the National Fire Protection Association), 3 out of 5 fire fatalities in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. NFPA recommends replacing smoke alarms after 10 years because that is typically the life expectancy of the devices; beyond that, the sensors in smoke alarms can begin to lose their sensitivity.

It’s easy to check the date on your smoke alarm. Here’s how:

  1. Look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm.
  2. The alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date!

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8 Ways to Bring Your Kitchen Cabinets to Life

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Is your kitchen bland and uninspired? Do you want to update the look of your kitchen quickly and without a major renovation?

Well, you’re in luck! There are a variety of simple ways to improve the look and feel of any kitchen space without breaking the bank with a full redesign. Choose from one or several of the methods below, to create a unique space that’s functional — and beautiful.

Here are a few suggestions to help you bring your kitchen cabinets to life!

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How to Apply Chalkboard Paint: A Rookie Guide

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Chalkboard paint is gaining popularity due to its eccentric yet practical traits.  Who doesn’t love the idea of writing a quick note on the walls without ruining them?  Kids love it because they can go crazy drawing and doodling indoors, and adults love it because it helps them create and revise lists the easy way, or better manage household chores. It’s fun, original, and overall a cool concept! Which is why homeowners are using this paint everywhere from bedrooms to playrooms, and from offices to kitchens.

Are you a chalkboard paint rookie? Don’t worry! It’s easy to apply. The process for applying chalk paint is similar to that of regular wall paint – with a few key differences. It’s important to apply this specialized paint correctly so that it will function as a durable writing surface for years to come.

So, are you ready to get started on your custom-made chalkboard?

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Transform Any Room with A Painted Ceiling

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Flip through any home décor magazine and you’ll notice that the ceilings are almost always painted – and, more often than not, in bright, bold colors.

Designers never omit the ceiling when designing the color scheme of a space.  After all, the ceiling is the largest area of uninterrupted surface in a room. Therefore, the color you choose for a ceiling will dramatically impact the room’s overall effect.

Not sure what color to choose? Here are some tips on how to transform your room with a painted ceiling:

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How to Choose Paint Trim

How to Choose a Paint Finish

How to Choose Paint Trim
Picking just the right paint for your interior painting project involves more than just color selection – you also need to determine the right paint finish. Didn’t even think about finish, did you? That’s ok! A lot of people overlook the importance of paint finish, and underestimate the role it plays in the overall appearance of your newly-painted room.

Choosing the right finish for your interior project will depend on the look, durability, and ambiance you want to achieve. Understanding the basic differences between paint finishes will help guide your selection process.

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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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Kitchen Painting Made Easy: 7 Easy Steps

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If the idea of painting your kitchen sounds intimidating to you, then read on! Refreshing your kitchen with a beautiful coat of paint is much easier than you think – and fun, too! The truth is, you really can save the cost of hiring a professional painter while achieving the same great results. Here’s how:

Follow these 7 easy steps to get your kitchen looking fresh and new without breaking the bank!

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Canning Tips

Step-by-Step Canning Tips

Canning TipsCanning fruits, vegetables, sauces and preserves may appear difficult at first, but once you become familiar with a few basic techniques and precautions, you’ll find it quite simple, and enjoyable. Here are a few basic canning tips to keep in mind.

Canning success comes from always remembering two general rules:

  1. Use the best produce you can find, and;
  2. Make sure your jars are properly sterilized and sealed.

Windham Facility Re-Locating to Higher Ground

windham-location-2016-newGNH Lumber has been committed to serving the community and the needs of its residents and contractors in Windham for over 50 years. We will continue to value and support our mountain-top community. So, in order to protect surrounding businesses and homes from flooding along the Batavia Kill, we are actively exploring opportunities to re-locate our Main Street facility to higher ground.

Historically GNH has suffered major loses at its Windham facility following each flooding episode – the most significant of which was in 2011 following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irene. During that event, the store took on in excess of 5 ½ feet of floodwater, decimating inventory and shutting down the location for several weeks.