Terrific Spray Paint Projects for Your Seattle Home

Terrific Spray Paint Projects for Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareYou may not be an artist in the typical sense of the word, but you probably still have a bit of creativity in you that longs to come out now and again. Our homes are our castles. We like to decorate them with things that reflect our personality and are appealing to us. For many, that means standing out and looking a little different. Unique pieces are pretty hard to come by. You have to make them unique. A couple of cans of spray paint can help you transform just about anything in your home to suit your individual tastes and styles. Our folks at Greenwood Hardware can help you tap into that creative side.

Frames

Okay, boring wooden picture frames are a dime a dozen—literally. Head to the thrift shop or look around your local Buy Nothing group and pick up some frames—they don’t even need to have glass. Then head in to see us at Greenwood Hardware and grab some paint that speaks to you. It can be bright, metallic or pastel. Paint the frame all one color or go for the ombre look with a lighter shade on top, fading into a darker color on the bottom. Use the frame for a picture or just as a decorative piece on a blank wall.

Lampshades

A boring lampshade in the standard white or another solid color can be given a quick makeover. Paint it hot pink, yellow or any color that matches the room. Go for a stark contrast to make it stand out. You can get creative and use some tape to create designs, like zig-zags, lines or even a letter. Spray your shade, remove the tape and you have a really unique piece.

Patio Furniture

Don’t be afraid to get a jump start on your patio freshening up. Grab some paint and add fresh color to your wood or metal patio furniture. You can go quirky or classic, whatever appeals to you.

Faucets

Are you loving the latest trend in faucets? Brushed nickel and stainless steel are all very popular these days, but if you aren’t willing to shell out the cash to invest in a new one, you could just buy a can of paint. Yep, paint your faucet to give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look for just a couple of dollars.

Flower Pots

Are you tired of the boring look of terra cotta? Go bold and paint the pots you put on your patio or in your windowsill a cool new shade. You can use that tape to create some pretty cool designs here as well.

Spray painting is an inexpensive way to give your home a makeover. Head into Greenwood Hardware and check out the selection of paint colors and let your imagination run wild. One of the biggest benefits to spray painting a piece is the ease in which you can change the color if it isn’t exactly what you had in mind. Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Start Seeds Indoors for your Seattle Garden

Seed Starting Indoors for your Pacific Northwest Garden - Greenwood HardwareIt is that time of year and gardeners all around the Pacific Northwest are already thinking about what they will grow in their vegetable garden this year. Now is the time to get those seeds started to make sure your veggies have plenty of time to grow and ripen before fall rolls in. You will find everything you need to get a jump on your spring planting at Greenwood Hardware.

Some vegetables require a longer growing season than the mild Pacific Northwest climate can provide, which is why starting early and taking advantage of every warm summer day is crucial to a successful harvest. Some of the seeds you will want to start now indoors, so they are ready to go in the garden in early June are as follows.

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Melons
  • Pumpkins
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Onions

You will need to pick up some supplies to get your vegetable garden off to a great start.

  • Seeds
  • Seed starting soil (this is different than potting soil)
  • Seed trays (you can also use small pots)
  • Plant markers and a waterproof pen to mark each of the seed pots
  • Grow light—this is an excellent tool, especially for the cloudy spring weather
  • Heated seed mats—not absolutely necessary, but can improve germination and speed up germination times
  • Spray bottle for gently dampening the soil

Once you have your supplies, you are ready to plant your seeds. Place the seed trays in a sunny window or a greenhouse. Small greenhouses that fit on your deck or patio are perfect. These are inexpensive and can be used every year.

Keep the seeds moist throughout the germination period. You may need to transplant your seedlings to larger pots if the weather isn’t quite ready for your plants to be put in the garden. Container gardening is also an excellent option and allows you to grow vegetables right on your back patio. You can move the plants indoors when temperatures are going to be cool to protect the plants.

Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up everything you need to get your vegetable garden off on the right foot this year! Come on in, or contact us today.

Summer Flower Bulbs to Plant in your Seattle Yard Now

Summer Flower Bulbs to Plant in your Seattle Yard Now - Greenwood HardwareYou know spring is around the corner and the pull to check your flower buds for the rising signs of tulips and daffodils is strong! If you love the gorgeous blooms of bulb flowers, you will want to see them throughout the late spring and into summer. Spring isn’t the only time you can enjoy the beautiful sights and scents of large flowers that create some of the most spectacular gardens. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has what you need to extend your flower garden into the summer.

Now is the time to plant those bulbs that will bloom in the summer.

Gladiolas

These statuesque flowers create a lot of color with the multiple blooms that open on the top of the tall plant. The flowers are large and great for fresh bouquets on your patio table. They need to be planted now in order to see them in the summer. They are a very shallow bulb, and you can plant a lot in a small space. Try planting a few bulbs every week to stagger the blooming. There are a large variety of bold colors to choose from.

Dahlias

Dahlias are a gardening favorite because you get the most bang for your buck. They are prolific producers that bloom towards the end of summer. They help extend the flower season with a variety of bold colors like purple and red or go for softer shades like yellow and pink. You can’t go wrong with dahlias, but they need to go in the ground now. They are also an excellent choice for containers on the patio.

Calla Lilies

These are sought after for a reason. They are just gorgeous and look great in containers or along flower garden edges. They are shorter than the gladiolas and can be used to really make a flower garden pop. Add in some natural grasses or other lush green foliage to give them a nice backdrop. There are a number of varieties and colors to choose from that are sure to complement your landscaping.

Begonias

These small flowers may not have size on their side, but they are big producers and the colors are stunning. Begonias are perfect for planting in containers. You can put them in your flower beds as well. They will come back every year and provide a burst of color mid to late summer. Unlike their one-hit-wonder counterparts, begonias have a long blooming period with new blooms opening every day.

If you are ready to get started on your flower gardening, head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up everything you need, including your new bulbs. Have fun and pick colors that contrast for a really eye-popping design! Come on in, or contact us today.

Creative Craft Storage Ideas for Your Home

Creative Craft Storage Ideas for Your Home - Greenwood HardwareAs we ride out another round of drizzly winter, you may be looking for ways to spruce up around the house. The cabin fever can be strong with spring so close, yet so far! Organizing your home is one way to pass the time and make it a little easier to spend a lot of time indoors. Our folks at Greenwood Hardware have some great ideas for you to organize your craft space with things you find at the store.

Peg Boards

These are perfect for hanging scissors, rulers and a variety of other tools. You can also attach hanging files to the peg board to keep all those little tools at hand. Have fun and trace an outline of each of your scissors on the peg board, so you know right where they go. Fun paper bags can be decorated and hung from hooks on the pegboard as well.

Garbage Cans

Yes, a garbage can is an obvious addition, but a wire or mesh garbage can is the perfect way to keep wrapping paper and rolls of cardboard paper in one place. You can grab a can of spray paint and paint the wire garbage can a fun color to really personalize your space. This makes it easy for you to see exactly what you need while keeping things tidy.

PVC Pipe

Okay, this can go in so many different directions! Grab some 4-inch round PVC pipe. You can cut it with a hacksaw to the size you want or buy individual coupling pieces. You can make pen and pencil holders by adding a piece of cardboard to the bottom. Paint or bedazzle your pen holders as you wish. These are also great for holding paintbrushes. You can grab some glue designed for use with piping. Stack your pipe pieces in any style you want and glue them together at the places they connect. You can create a cool triangle storage unit or any other shape you love—even a star.

Dowel Ribbon Holder

You can make a handy ribbon, thread or yarn holder by gluing wood dowels to a piece of wood. Mount the wood on the wall or have it set up on your desk. Paint each dowel a funky color if you like. You can have as many as you need. The dowels are easily cut with a small saw.

Organizing your craft room will give you a way to express your creativity while getting your supplies all in order. You will feel inspired to start crafting away. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up what you need. Come on in, or contact us today.

Six Steps to a Great Lawn

Six Steps to a Great Lawn If you are hoping to be the envy of the neighborhood this year and have the best-looking lawn on your block, you need to know how to get there. It isn’t as hard as you may think! The process is fairly straightforward, and once you have taken care of the early spring tasks, it will all be just regular maintenance throughout the summer. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has everything you need to make your lawn great.

The following six steps will get you off to the start you need to enjoy a lush, green lawn this summer.

  1. Aerate the area. This is usually done with a machine that you will essentially roll over the lawn. It will make little holes in the lawn that may not look pretty immediately after, but the holes will quickly heal and your lawn will be healthier for it. The holes allow the nutrients and water to reach the roots in the lawn, resulting in healthier grass.
  2. Fertilize your lawn in the spring. G & B Organics Fertilizer is an excellent option and safe to use on your lawn. The organic materials in the fertilizer are exactly what your Seattle lawn needs to thrive, and you won’t have to worry about burning the grass with harsh chemicals.
  3. Adding lime to the soil will help raise the pH of the soil. This is often the main problem in lawns that are struggling! You can do a quick soil test to confirm. Adding lime can transform a struggling lawn into one that is lush and green.
  4. Adding compost or new top soil in areas that need it can help fix dead patches in the lawn. You will want to remove any of the old grass, digging down enough to remove the roots. Add a little top soil and compost and add new seed. If you are adding top soil or compost to an existing lawn, make sure it is a light layer that won’t suffocate the grass underneath.
  5. Reseeding is only necessary if the lawn is patchy. In early spring, your lawn may look a little sparse, but with aeration and fertilizing, it will typically fill in. If you are concerned your lawn will be a little on the thin side, put down some seed in the early spring. This will give it the chance to be established by summer.
  6. Watering your lawn will be essential to keeping it green all summer. How much water your grass needs will depend on how much sun it gets and how warm it is. Typically, you can set a watering schedule for about 20 minutes three times a week. Adjust as needed.

Your lawn is a source of pride, and you will love pulling up to your home every day. Walking through lush grass with your bare feet is something to treasure! Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up what you need to make your lawn beautiful this summer. Come on in, or contact us today.