How to Transform and Update Your Red Brick Fireplace

How to Transform and Update Your Red Brick Fireplace - Greenwood HardwareThat red brick fireplace in your home is supposed to be a focal point of the room. Back when red bricks were cool and attractive, those fireplaces were beautiful centerpieces in a room that you could be proud of! As styles have changed and trends have evolved, those red bricks might be a bit dated. If you are planning to sell your home or if you want to give your room a facelift, it is easy to copy the ideas you have seen on the many home improvement shows. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you pick up what you need to make the transformation from dated to dazzling.

You will want to pick up a brush and painting cloth, TSP cleaning solution or something similar to remove soot and dirt from the bricks, tape and a flat paint in a color of your choosing. Grays and whites are very trendy right now. The lighter colors tend to make your space feel bigger and more open.

Use a rag and your chosen cleaning solution to thoroughly wash all the bricks. Pay special attention to the area around the fireplace opening where soot tends to be the most prevalent. Allow the bricks to dry. Tape off the area around the walls, the glass on the fireplace and the mantle if it will be painted a different color.

Now, to “whitewash” the bricks, you will need to mix your latex paint with a little water to thin it out. For a lighter color, add more water. You can make the color darker if it dries too light for your taste. Use a spray bottle filled with water and dampen a section of bricks. Dip painting cloth into the watered-down paint and spread over the damp bricks. Push the cloth in the spaces between the bricks to get a nice uniform look. You can also use a paint brush to get those tiny crevices.

Allow to dry overnight. If you want a darker white or gray, repeat the steps but don’t add as much water to the paint.

That’s it! You can transform your dated red bricks in a single weekend. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up what you need to make your fireplace look new again. Stop on in, or contact us today.

Fall Window Cleaning Tips for your Pacific Northwest Home

Fall Window Cleaning Tips for your Pacific Northwest Home - Greenwood HardwareNow that the days filled with summer sun beating down on the windows is behind us, it is time to pull out the window washing materials and give the windows around the house a good cleaning. You will appreciate the clean, streak-free windows when those rare occasions when the sun is shining high in the sky on a cool fall day. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can get you set up to give all the windows in your home a cleaning that will look like it was done by a professional.

Wait for the Right Day

Obviously, you don’t want to wash the windows on a rainy day. You will only end up frustrated. However, a nice overcast day is the perfect time. This way the sun doesn’t dry your window cleaning solution too fast, and it won’t streak.

The Right Stuff

Window washing is more than a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex. You want to invest in a good squeegee, a window washing solution, a bucket and a strip washer. Think of a gas station window washing set up.

Remove the Screens

You can’t get away with doing one side. Take off the screens to allow full access to your windows. You will appreciate the extra effort the first day the sun pours through. Give the screens a good spray down with the house. If they are especially dirty, use a degreasing solution to get rid of the grime.

Horizontal Stripes

Dip your strip washer into your bucket of soapy water and make horizontal stripes across the window, overlapping a couple of inches. Grab your squeegee and hold it at a 30-degree angle. Wipe in the same order you put the soap on. Use a towel to wipe off the soap before doing the next row.

Microfiber is the Trick

Once you are finished washing, take a microfiber cloth and wipe down the entire window to remove streaks. If you want to be extra detailed, use a buffer tool to get every last streak.

Once you have done the outside, make sure you wash the inside. The finished product is going to look great, and you will appreciate every ounce of effort it took. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up the supplies you need to get your windows winter ready. Stop on in, or contact us today.

Five Tips to Update your Dining Room

Five Tips to Update your Dining Room - Greenwood HardwareAs we move our entertaining back indoors for the fall and winter seasons, it is a terrific time to revamp your dining room! With summer officially at an end, dinnertime festivities typically end up with everyone gathered inside where it is a bit more comfortable. You can get your dining space ready for fall entertaining with these handy tips provided by your friends at Greenwood Hardware.

Repaint the Chairs

Depending on the style of chairs you have, you can go with the easy spray paint option, or if your chairs are straight back with no spindles, you can use a brush. Gel stains are very popular right now, and those can be applied with an old rag or some cheesecloth. No matter what you choose, you will love the fresh look a paint job gives your tired, old chairs. Have fun and go with bold colors are check out some of the fun gel stains that are easy to apply to any surface.

Slip Covers

If you have padded chairs, adding new slipcovers is a great way to hide stains while giving your dining area a very modern feel. This is a quick and easy way to change up the color scheme without buying new furniture.

Stencil the Walls

If you can’t afford high-end wallpaper or you don’t want to deal with the mess, you can use stencils and a small can of paint to add a splash of color and elegance to your space. Chalk paint is very popular right now and will cover almost any surface. You can add a design to your kitchen table that matches the design on your walls. Try contrasting colors for a bold look or keep it warm with browns, beiges, and maybe even a touch of gray.

Have Fun with Burlap

Burlap is another look that never goes out of style and complements a variety of themes. You can make vases with 4-inch round PVC pipe, wrapped with burlap to put in the center of your table. Add a few washers for that shine factor.

Serving Tray

Pick up a piece of wood in a size suitable for your serving tray needs. Stain it, paint it or leave it as is. Use two cabinet door pulls fastened at each end as the handles. This is a fun way to get the perfect tray for you, and the best part is you can customize it to your décor.

Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up the items you need to transform and update your dining room. Let your imagination run wild and have some fun! Stop on in, or contact us today.