Decorating for the Holidays in the Pacific Northwest

Decorating for the Holidays in the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareThe Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to be during the holidays. The abundance of pine trees and other evergreens makes it easy to transform your yard into a winter wonderland with just a few simple additions. If you are the kind of person who likes to go all out on holiday decorating, you will be happy to know you will find just what you need to complete your project at Greenwood Hardware.

You are going to need plenty of extension cords to plug in the lights and other electric décor you plan on putting out. It is important you use the right cords for the job. The round (usually orange) cords are appropriate for outdoors. You will find a variety of lengths available for indoor and outdoor cords, so you don’t have to string more than one cord together.

Have some fun using what is naturally available in the environment. All those pine cones that are laying about can be transformed into beautiful holiday decorations. Pick up a can of glitter spray pain in gold or silver and paint your pine cones. Create a beautiful centerpiece with your glitter cones.

Grab a handsaw and cut off a branch from an evergreen or pine tree. Use the greenery and some wire to make your own wreath. Decorate with pine cones or pretty ornaments you either make or buy.

Don’t toss the twigs lying about in the yard! Grab them, spray paint them red and add a layer of glitter paint over the top and arrange them in a vase. Add some green, gold and silver sticks as well for a very festive centerpiece.

If space is an issue in your home and you can’t quite find the room to put up a tree, make a tree on the wall with some willow branches. It’s a great time to do some pruning. Use the twigs to make a ladder of sorts in a triangle shape. Use some twine to connect the corners and nails to hang the branches. Add some lights, garland and a few ornaments, and you have a gorgeous tree without losing any space!

When you head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up your paint, wire and extension cords, don’t forget to get wire cutters. Spend some time browsing and let your imagination wander! You are sure to come up with more creative ways to make your home festive, inside and out. Come on in, or contact us today.

Readying the Windows in Your Seattle Home for Winter

Readying the Windows in Your Seattle Home for Winter - Greenwood HardwareWinter is blowing in fast this year, and you have probably already felt those cold drafts wafting in around the doors and windows. Now is the time to prepare your home for winter and block those cold drafts that are running up your electric bill. You will feel warmer, and your electric bill won’t feel the pain of those drafty windows. You can head out this weekend or drop by after work and visit your friendly Greenwood Hardware store to pick up the supplies you need to seal up your house.

You have a few different options depending on where the drafts are, and what your preferences are.

Rope Caulk

Rope caulk is a quick and easy fix for a small gap around a window or door that doesn’t seal tight. It is easily applied by peeling and sticking. The strips provide just enough blockage to keep the cold drafts out. They are incredibly inexpensive.

Removable Caulk

Removable caulk is the go-to solution for windows that have cracks around the seals or time has left the windows a little loose. The caulk is easy to apply, clear and can be removed when it comes time to replace the window. You can use the caulk to seal windows closed if needed and easily remove in the spring when you are ready for the fresh air.

Foam Backer Rods

These are a little different than what you may have seen before, but they are very effective. Foam backer rods are a little squishy and are sold in a variety of sizes. They are not self-sticking, but you won’t need any adhesive. Simply push the rods into holes and gaps, and they stay put. This is perfect for door jams that are not sealing tight.

Spray Foam

Spray foam is an option for large gaps bigger than an inch or in areas where the above options simply won’t work. This may be in places like the basement or laundry room around the vents. The foam can get a little messy, so make sure you have gloves and can quickly clean up any messes. The foam spreads out quite a bit. A little goes a long way!

Head to Greenwood Hardware today and get an idea about the different insulation choices available to seal up those minor cracks and crevices. It is well worth the small investment and you will appreciate the effort when that first north wind blows through. Come on in, or contact us today.