Why Shop at Your Local Hardware Store Over the Big Box Stores

Why Shop at Your Local Hardware Store Over the Big Box Stores - Greenwood Hardware

Your community is important to you. It is where you have made your home and where you spend time hanging out with friends, neighbors and likely family. In fact, your community is like your second family. It feels good to walk into a store and have people you know offer you a friendly smile or to ask about your children, your parents or how you are doing in general. We are social creatures and we need that sense of belonging. Small local shops are typically run by people who have lived in the community for years. They work in the community, they shop in the community and they give back to the community in a variety of ways. The people in your local hardware store know who you are and if you have been in the area for some time, they might even remember you when you were younger!

When you shop at your local hardware store, like Greenwood Hardware, that feeling of comfort and security is there. You know when you walk into the store that you are going to find somebody who knows a little something about your past projects, your skill set and how to best help you find what it is you need. When you walk into a big box store, you are just another random customer. The large stores focus on volume and see so many people on a given day it is almost impossible to keep names and faces straight, much less recognize anyone if they visit more than once. Instead of walking in and being greeted warmly, then directed to the plumbing supplies you need, in a big box store you may wander aimlessly for a few minutes, staring upwards looking for the sign to point you in the right direction. The massive aisles can be overwhelming. Where do you even begin? Is there an employee around to help you?

It isn’t just about the way you feel when you shop local. It is about what you are doing for your community! By supporting your local businesses, you are ensuring your neighbors and community members have a job. Taxes paid by your local businesses are used to make your streets better, your schools better and support your local services. Nicer looking streets and less traffic make for a more enjoyable shopping experience. Also, you can feel good taking your children into your local store – it creates a sense of community that will never be found when you traverse the long, endless aisles of the big box stores.

The next time you need a little something to take care of a job around the house, head to your local hardware store instead of driving across town to the big box store. The few cents you save isn’t worth your time or the gas you will use getting there. You can feel comfortable shopping Greenwood Hardware—your local hardware store that has been a part of the neighborhood for more than 50 years. And if you need something that’s not in stock, we can order it for you! Come on in, or contact us today.

5 Quick and Easy Weekend Kitchen Upgrades

5 Quick and Easy Weekend Kitchen Upgrades - Greenwood Hardware

Spring and summer give us a renewed energy to take care of some of the little things around the house that we have been thinking about all winter. One of the most important rooms in your house is the kitchen – you are likely in it every day! It is a place for in-depth conversations over a delicious meal and a place to gather your wits first thing in the morning as you sip your morning coffee. Your kitchen deserves a little pick-me-up now and again and this summer is the perfect time to do just that. These are a few things you can do to revitalize your kitchen space, and of course you can find everything you need at Greenwood Hardware.

1.  Get rid of your dark, old-fashioned cupboards and opt for shelving or open-faced cupboards. This gives the room a more open feel. Your kitchen will look modern, stylish and very airy! Go with light-colored woods and stains to really brighten up the kitchen area. Use stylish shelf brackets to add a little flair to your shelving. Position the bottom shelf about 18 inches above the counter top. You can opt to go 2 or 3 shelves high depending on your need.

2.  Revamp your existing cupboards and drawers with new hardware. Decorative drawer pulls and cupboard handles can give your kitchen an entirely new look with just a few screws. This is an easy task that will not take very long at all. Visit your local hardware store to see the variety of available styles. Choose a style that coordinates with your kitchen’s overall style and color. You will want to do all of the cupboards and drawers to give the room a more uniform look.

3.  Jazz up your ceiling by giving it a unique texture and color that really makes the room pop. Check out some of the texturing tools available at your hardware store. Add funky swirls or an ornate, antique tin style. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the standard white ceiling. Go bold and try a bright blue or a subtle sea green.

4.  Splash a new coat of paint on the walls that really adds character to the room. Sunny yellow is fine, but traditional. Try some of the new color combinations that are becoming quite trendy. Blues, greens and fiery yellows are all exciting and add a unique character to your kitchen. Try clashing, vibrant colors on your walls. This isn’t for everybody, but if you have eccentric tastes, this is right up your alley. Don’t automatically snub your nose. Once the paint is on the walls and cupboards and you have coordinated your countertop items, you will be pleasantly surprised at how gorgeous clashing colors can truly be.

5.  Get organized with shelf organizers that can be used in the pantry and your cupboards. You can save a great deal of space by keeping your food supplies neat and tidy. Try shelves that mount on the inside of your cupboard doors for quick and easy access for the ingredients you use most often. Use wire shelves inside the pantry to create more space for the small jars, cans and spices. Try adding a can holder to keep your cans of veggies and sauces from toppling out onto your toes while searching for what you need.

These are all projects you can do on a weekend. They are fairly simple and only require a few supplies. You can find everything you need at your local Greenwood Hardware. Feel free to ask us about color combinations for your kitchen and which paint would be best for the kitchen walls and ceiling. If you have any questions along the way, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us today. Have fun and enjoy your new kitchen!

Common FAQs About Composting

Common FAQs About Composting - Greenwood Hardware

Composting is an excellent way to recycle and feed the soil to help your plants, trees and flowers grow. More and more people are recognizing the benefits to composting and are making it a habit to add compost around their landscaping. You may have heard all about compost, but are still a little skeptical or maybe you just have some questions. At Greenwood Hardware, you will find the answers to your composting needs as well as any equipment or tools you need to do your own composting.

How Long Does it Take Refuse to Break Down and Become Compost?

The time will vary depending on the material in the bin, heat, aeration and the moisture of your compost pile. Expect to wait anywhere from two to six months to use your compost heap.

Do Compost Piles Smell Bad?

Generally they do not smell bad. When refuse is first added to the pile, there may be a slight odor, but it doesn’t smell like a landfill. There is an earthy smell that tells you things are progressing as they should. If smell is an issue, consider using one of the closed compost bins.

What Can I Use my Compost On?

Compost is an excellent additive to the soil. The nutrients will feed the roots of plants, trees and flowers in the soil. You can also use it as a mulch to keep the ground moist. Compost isn’t a fertilizer per se, but it does help add nutrients to the soil.

Do I Need to add Lime or other Items to the Compost Pile?

You do not need to add anything to your compost. Let nature take its course. Adding things like lime may ultimately throw off the pH of the pile and you could be creating compost that has little value or too strong.

Why Turn the Compost Heap?

In order for the materials in the heap to break down, they need plenty of heat, air and moisture. By regularly turning the heap, you are making sure the breakdown of the material is happening evenly. The stuff in the middle of the bin needs air in order to keep from rotting.

What Can I Compost?

You can compost nearly anything from your kitchen or yard. Avoid adding weeds to your compost pile. There are a handful of food items that should never be added; meat, bones, materials that contain chemicals and fecal matter from cats or dogs.

How Do I Know When my Compost is Ready?

One of the key signs to look for is the overall look of your compost. If you cannot recognize the materials because they have broken down, your compost is ready. If you can identify a few things, that is okay too. Mix the compost into the ground and it will continue to break down while feeding the soil. Compost that is ready to spread will often resemble dark dirt. It will be crumbly and will have an earthy smell. If you see a few chunky pieces or sticks, pull them out and toss them back into the bin for the next round.

These are some of the most common questions people have when it comes to getting started with composting. There is no exact science to composting. It really is tossing what we would normally see as garbage into a big pile and letting nature take its course. If you are not ready to make your own compost or simply don’t have the time or inclination, you can still take advantage of the natural soil additive by buying bags of compost. Greenwood Hardware has exactly what you need, whether you decide to compost on your own or purchase your compost by the bag! And if you have any questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us today!

How to Go Green Around the House

How to Go Green Around the House

It is hard to go anywhere without hearing about the strain on our natural resources or the landfills that are overflowing. There is a major push to go green, and here at Greenwood Hardware we strongly support it! Going green means conserving natural resources as much as possible and learning how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Don’t panic! If you are unfamiliar with going green, you are probably wondering where you would even start. Fortunately, you can find everything you need to get started at Greenwood Hardware.

Leaky Faucets

That dripping faucet in the bathroom is more than just a nuisance. Days and weeks of a constantly dripping faucet adds up. You can save money on your water bill while preserving natural resources by fixing the faucet. It is pretty easy to do and usually only requires a simple washer replacement. You can find replacement washers at the hardware store.

Seal Doors and Windows

The quarter inch or smaller space around your doors and windows is costing you money on your heating and cooling bills. More energy used translates to more of a drain on natural resources. You can install rubber insulation strips around your doors and windows can stop the leaks. In the summer, the cool air you are paying for is leaking outside. In the winter, the cool air is seeping through and making it difficult for to keep your home warm. Caulking is another option and is quick and easy to do.

Electric Mowers

Keeping your lawn healthy requires regular maintenance and cutting. You can save money on your weekly lawn mowing duties by investing in a cordless electric mower. There are electric cars so it only makes sense we would have electric mowers. They are nearly identical to their gas counterparts, but are much more cost friendly as well as environmentally friendly.  And if you want the added benefit of getting a workout in while mowing, move to a hand push mower!

CFLs

A quick way to save anywhere from $15 to $50 a month on your electric bill is by replacing your old, outdated incandescent light bulbs with CFLs. The bulbs may cost a bit more up front, but they last 10 times longer and use about a quarter of the electricity of the old bulbs.

Energy Efficient Hot Water Heaters

Hot water heaters account for a large portion of your electric bill, which burns up natural resources. By investing in a new hot water heater that operates at top performance you can save yourself a great deal of money. Look into putting an insulating “jacket” on your water heater to help preserve the heat generated.

Green Cleaning Products

A quick and easy way to go green is by giving up those harsh cleaners that are toxic to you and the environment. There are plenty of products that are just as effective as your old favorite cleaning agent, but they don’t have all the toxic chemicals that are bad for the environment. Chemicals can damage plumbing fixtures and sewer systems.

These are just a few things you can do start the transition of going green in your home. As you can see, these are relatively simple fixes and won’t require you to change your lifestyle. You can find everything you need at Greenwood Hardware. And if you have questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online. Get started on greening-up your home today!