How to Update Your Seattle Kitchen Cabinets

How to Update Your Seattle Kitchen Cabinets - Greenwood HardwareThe winter weather tends to drive you indoors and can result in a nasty bout of cabin fever after the holidays. If you are itching to be productive and change the way your home looks, a quick kitchen face lift can be achieved in a single weekend by revamping the cabinets. It will keep you busy and make it fun and exciting to stay inside! Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you pick out the tools you need to make your cabinet project a success.

If you have wood cabinets, a new coat of paint or a fresh stain can make a world of difference. Go for bold or go for a pretty pastel that will make your space look brighter and bigger. It is a good idea to use a sander to remove the old paint or stain. Use a cloth to remove all the dust and then add your new paint or stain. A second layer can typically be added after about four hours.

Changing out the cabinet hardware is another quick and easy way to give the kitchen a new look. Matching the cabinet and drawer pulls to your appliances is an excellent way to add accents or go bold with a bright color.

Adding some molding to flat cabinets can help jazz up the place as well. Paint the molding in a contrasting color to make it really stand out or all the same color to create a Shaker style cabinet look without replacing your cabinets.

Spend some time picking the right paint color or wood stain. It is always a good idea to test the colors with small squares to see if you like the look. Once you have decided, head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up everything you need. Come on in, or contact us today.

Dazzling Framing Ideas To Spruce Up Your Seattle Home

Dazzling Framing Ideas To Spruce Up Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareIt is a common practice to hang pictures of people you love in your home. With a camera always in your hand via a smartphone, you can get some pretty awesome and very candid pictures that truly capture a moment. Printing these pictures and hanging them around your home is one way to keep those memories near and dear. Sometimes, a boring picture frame just doesn’t do a photo justice! If you want to make your pictures pop or get a little more creative in how you display those pictures, here are some ideas. You will find what you need to dazzle your frames at Greenwood Hardware.

Trellis Picture Hanger

A trellis that is typically used in the garden can be transformed into a unique way of displaying your pictures. All you need is a trellis, a small can of your favorite paint color and a couple of nails to hang your trellis. Paint the trellis and add small clips (binder clips, clothespin or actual picture clips) to the center of each square. Hang your pictures and change them out as you see fit.

Chicken Wire

You can use an old picture frame or build a new one from some small 1×1 pieces of wood. Stretch chicken wire across the back of the frame and use a staple gun to attach the wire to the wood. Clothespins can be used to hang pictures inside the frame to create a collage. Paint the clothespins to add a little color to the frame if you like.

Yarn Frames

Take a boring old picture frame and wrap yarn around the frame. Use colors that complement the picture you have in mind to bring out the colors in the picture. You can make stripes with the yarn to add some flair the frame.

Nature Inspired

If your favorite picture was taken at the beach, use a glue gun to attach some shells, tiny chunks of driftwood or some pretty rocks you may have picked up while you were there. Use items you would find in the environment where the picture was taken to make it more lifelike.

No matter what you choose, have fun and let your creativity flow. Even painting a boring brown frame a brilliant color that contrasts the colors in the room will help liven things up. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the paint, brushes and any other items you need to make your picture frames dazzle. Come on in, or contact us today.

Laundry Room Makeover Tips for Your Seattle Home

Laundry Room Makeover Tips for Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareWith the winter weather keeping everybody indoors, cabin fever is rampant among us! This is the time you start to notice all the little things about your house that make you a little crazy. You begin to get a little stir crazy and want to change things up. The one room in the house that is most often ignored is the laundry room. It tends to be a place where lonely single socks go to die, and clothes that are too small, damaged or just unwanted tend to gather. Other things get stashed in the laundry room as well. Out of sight, out of mind, until you are looking at it every day. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has tips to help you give your laundry room an inexpensive makeover.

Paint

Boring white walls may seem functional, but they don’t add anything to the room. Picking a light shade of yellow, green or blue is a great way to make the room look bigger and feel fresher. Pastels are perfect for opening up a space, especially if there is no natural light. Go with bold contrast colors on the trim to really make it pop.

Organize

An organized laundry room is always going to be a welcome sight. Consider adding shelving. Open-faced shelving tends to make the room look a little brighter and bigger, but you must keep it organized! Hanging small baskets over the washer or dryer to stash cleaning supplies is another easy way to tidy things up. Get rid of the clutter. Those single socks need to find another use or be tossed.

Brighten

A laundry can be very dingy if you don’t have any natural light. Considering replacing your old fixture with a nice LED track lighting system. These are so much more energy efficient and brighter. The LEDs tend to give a white light versus that yellow glow that can make a room look dark. If you do have a window, clean it. This one little task can make a huge difference. If you don’t need window coverings, remove them. This will make the room appear larger as well as make it brighter by not muting or filtering the light.

Make your laundry room a priority! Head to Greenwood Hardware and pick up what you need to make your laundry room a fun place to be. Home improvement projects are a great way to stay busy and spend time with family. Come on in, or contact us today.

Five Tips to Organize Your Seattle Garage

Five Tips to Organize Your Seattle Garage - Greenwood HardwareThroughout the year, it is normal for the extra stuff to get stashed out of sight. Maybe you were in a rush to get the holiday décor down and didn’t have the time to put it all away in a neat and organized fashion. If your garage has become a bit of an eyesore or a catch-all for the things you don’t use regularly, but still need around, you need to organize. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some tips to help you take back your garage.

Go Up

One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to shelving is they keep it at just one or two levels. You can go all the way up the wall. Wire shelving units are perfect for putting in the garage. They can be adjusted to your desired spacing and height. The clean look of the wire makes it easy for you to see everything.

Tool Holders

These handy devices are often overlooked when it comes time to organize a space. Mount as many as you need to hang all your garden tools, brooms, mops and so on. This way you can find just what you need and you know they have a secure place to store.

Cabinets

Garage cabinets are great for stashing items you would rather not be seen all the time. You don’t have to stick with boring white cabinets. You can paint them a vivid color to give your garage space some character.

Labels

Labels will be your best friend, especially when you have a busy family! Labels can be drawn on cabinet doors or make cool signs with the kids one weekend to hang on the shelves. For families with little kids, pictures cut from magazines and then glued to the signs ensure they know right where to put their toys when they are done.

Large Hooks

These are great for hanging extension cords, bikes, and even hoses. They will help keep things off the ground, leaving plenty of floor space for your car. Yes! You can actually park your car in your garage once you have it neat and tidy.

Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the organizational tools you need to get your garage back in shape. Have fun and don’t let the utilitarian space be just another garage. Add your personal touch, and you will be more inclined to keep it organized. Come on in, or contact us today.