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DIY! Make a Quick and Easy Message Board

DIY! Make a Quick and Easy Message Board - Greenwood HardwareWith many families being pulled in many different directions, it is hard to stay organized and on top of things. Leaving special messages written in your handwriting is a great way to keep the family informed as well as convey messages and reminders. A chalkboard message board is a great project to do with your whole family. You can personalize it and make it match the décor in your home. You can find the supplies you need to make your message board at Greenwood Hardware.

Supplies

The materials will depend on the size of the board you plan on making. You can use an old (or new) picture frame if you are so inclined. If you want to build your own frame, you will need to pick up some wood. You could also use molding that would typically go around a door or window. You will also need; nails/screws, paint for the frame and chalkboard paint. MDF backing or a piece of plywood will be needed for the actual chalkboard.

Making the Frame

If you are building your wood frame, you will need to cut the pieces to size. You can make a square or a rectangle. Use screws or nails to hold your wood sides together. If you are using molding, it is a better idea to use a wood glue due to the thinness of the wood. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Use the chalkboard paint to cover the MDF backing. Follow manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to how many coats to apply and how long the board needs to dry.

Use paint or stain to color your wood frame in a color of your choosing. Glue various items to the frame to make it a little more personalized.

Use small finishing nails to attach the painted MDF board to the back of your frame.

Attach one or two picture hanger hooks to the back of the MDF board for hanging.

That’s it! Making a message board is a quick and easy project you can do this weekend. You can make several to hang around the house, on the back of a bedroom door or in the garage. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the supplies you need to create a fun messaging system for your family. Come on in, or contact us today.

Winter Safety and Readiness Checklist for the Pacific Northwest

Winter Safety and Readiness Checklist for the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareWe just never know what kind of winter is coming our way. Your best option is to expect the worst and prepare for it. If it turns out it isn’t so bad, great! But, if it does get dicey, you can take comfort knowing you and your home are well-prepared. You don’t want to be one of the many people scrambling to find supplies in the middle of a storm when everything is sold out. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you find what you need to get ready.

Supplies

  • Have a good snow shovel on hand. There are several kinds to choose from. It doesn’t hurt to have one of each! A curved shovel is great for clearing a pathway by pushing. The flat is great for digging out—watch your back. Metal shovels are a little heavier but can be far more durable.
  • Ice melt for those slippery walkways. A non-toxic is best. Better yet, look for some rock salt. If you have pets, never use ice melt that is packed with chemicals. You can track it on your carpet, the pets walk on it with their feet and then lick their feet.
  • A snow blower is a lovely tool to have and can save you the backbreaking work of shoveling. You can choose from gas or electric, depending on what your needs are.
  • A roof rake is only necessary if you live in an area where heavy snow is a possibility, and your roof is not sloped enough for the snow to slide off.

Along with those basic supplies, you will also want to have a few other things on hand, just in case Mother Nature gets a little wild and delivers a winter storm that interrupts life as we know it.

  • Non-perishable foods, like canned goods. Just in case the power does go out.
  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should have fresh batteries, especially if you will be using a fireplace or wood stove to heat your home.
  • Limb cutters may be necessary to trim trees that are heavy with ice or snow and threatening to fall on a walkway or your house. This should technically be done before a storm hits.
  • Backup battery chargers for your cell phone.
  • A generator is always nice to have just in case the power goes out.

Getting ready for winter is something that is best done early on. Don’t wait until the last minute! Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up your supplies and ride out the rest of winter knowing you are ready. Come on in, or contact us today.

Storage Tips for After the Holidays

Storage Tips for After the Holidays - Greenwood HardwareNow is a great time to spend some time indoors organizing all the stuff we tend to accumulate, especially after the holidays. If you spent a little too much time hunting down extension cords, untangling lights and searching through bins looking for decorations, you need some help organizing. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has just what you need to turn that messy garage, attic or storage closet into one that is neat and tidy.

  • Plastic storage totes are awesome! You can organize your stuff by season or activity. Use a big permanent marker or invest in a label maker and label each tote. Slide the tote onto a shelf with the label facing you. You can also stack these totes if the items are not too heavy.
  • Peg boards are perfect for attaching hangers that hold your tools and thing like extension cords. Use labels to identify where an item should be placed or have some fun and paint the outline of the tool.
  • Buy sturdy shelving systems for the garage or attic to keep things off the ground and being tossed into a pile. Shelves make a huge difference in making a space appear bigger and more organized.
  • Use those walls! Hooks and floating shelves are a great way to store things off the ground and out of the way. Things like rakes, brooms and even bikes can be hung on a wall to save floor space.
  • A trash can or old barrel can be used to store all those yard tools in one place. Shovels, rakes and so on call all be stored, handle side down so you can see each tool. It keeps them in one spot and out of the way.
  • Holiday storage containers designed for your wreaths, ornaments and wrapping paper are very handy to have and can keep your decorations in great shape without fear of being smashed.

The most important key to getting organized is clearing out the clutter. Get rid of things that are broken and unfixable, as well as anything unusable or simply no longer needed around the house. Then head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up what you need to tidy up your home. Come on in, or contact us today.

Gutter Cleaning and Care in the Pacific Northwest

Gutter Cleaning and Care in the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareIf you have recently spent any time cleaning out your gutters to get ready for the wet weather ahead, you may be looking for a way out of the tedious task. We all know the importance of keeping the gutters clean and in good shape, but we don’t always appreciate the effort it takes or the money it costs to hire a professional to take care of the job for you. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has a few options for you to consider that can cut down on the gutter cleaning work.

Micro Mesh

This is a quick fix that can be attached over the top of a gutter to keep out leaves as well as fine particles. This can prevent clogging from mud as well as large pieces of debris. The mesh is attached by mounting the edges to the gutter. This is one of the most affordable solutions available currently.

Foam Fillers

These are exactly like they sound. The foam V-shaped inserts fit inside the gutter, keeping anything solid out, but allowing rain to flow through the porous material. The rain will flow towards the downspout without anything getting in the way. Some brands will carry warranties, which makes them a great long-term choice. However, the foam can be a bit expensive.

Curved Mesh

This is similar to the micro mesh, but it is a little sturdier. In the Pacific Northwest, it is a smart decision to be ready for those heavy downpours with this sturdy mesh. There are several brands and styles to choose from. Some snap on, others slide over the top, and others you can permanently attach. The cost is comparable to the foam fillers.

Don’t spend the winter and spring months cleaning out your gutters or dealing with broken gutters or overflowing gutters! Install one of these gutter options to make your life a little easier. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the supplies you need to fix up your gutters. Come on in, or contact us today.

 

Holiday Lighting Tips For Your Seattle Home

Holiday Lighting Tips For Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareIt’s that time of year where you can try and outshine your neighbors with the best display of lights in the neighborhood. It’s fun to decorate the yard and house with lights that catch the eye and make you feel a little more festive. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some tips to help you create the most eye-catching light display that will impress your neighbors and make you proud.

  1. Make a plan for your lights. This will ensure you have enough lights for the job. Decide if there is a color or theme you want to go with. Do some measuring and determine how many feet of lights you will need.
  2. Decide how many lights you want in a section. Are you going for simplistic and creating nice, clean lines or do you want to dazzle? The standard rule is 100 lights for every 1.5 feet of tree. If you are decorating shrubs, you can follow that rule or double it if you want a bright display.
  3. Consider using LED lights for a bright display that is going to cost you far less than the standard light strands.
  4. Check your lights before you hang them! There is nothing worse than going through the hard work of wrapping a tree with lights or hanging them along your roof line only to discover the lights don’t all work.
  5. It is fairly easy to replace burnt out bulbs. Make sure you take a light from the strand with you when you go buy replacement bulbs. There are many different styles. It is often best to get bulbs that can slide into a socket.
  6. Never use light strands that are frayed or have exposed wires.
  7. Buy clips and hangers that make it a breeze to attach lights to gutters and fences.
  8. Do not connect more than three strands of lights together. You will overload your circuit and risk damaging your lights, leaving dark spots in your display.
  9. Only use extension cords outside that are manufactured with that purpose in mind. These are typically round cords.
  10. Consider using a timer to turn your lights off and on at a designated time, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn them off when you go to bed.

Have fun decorating this holiday season and make sure to complement your neighbors! Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the things you need to make your holiday light display a hit. Come on in, or contact us today.

 

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.

All About Leaf Cleanup for Your Pacific Northwest Lawn

All About Leaf Cleanup for Your Pacific Northwest LawnRaking leaves is a chore that has been passed down through the generations. While the thought of diving into a pile of freshly raked leaves will always attract the young and old, it is important those leaves get picked up and moved off your lawn. It isn’t all about making your lawn look better, although, a clean yard is certainly a huge reason for raking those leaves, there are a few other reasons. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has the tools you need to clean up your fall yard.

Reasons to remove those leaves are as follows:

  1. Leaves that sit on the lawn all winter create a thick blanket! Unfortunately, the blanket of leaves can kill the grass below. It is essentially the same as leaving an actual blanket or piece of wood on the lawn for a long period of time. With that said, you can run a mulcher or mow through your leaf pile and allow the small pieces of leaves to sit on your lawn to provide a nice organic feed.
  2. If a thick pile of leaves is left on the lawn and there is snow on top of those leaves (especially in shady areas) in the spring, when new grass blades should be erupting, they could be smothered.
  3. Leaves are an organic mulch, but too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Leaves invite beneficial bugs as well as pests that can damage the roots of your lawn and leave unsightly brown patches.
  4. Northwest lawns are typically made up of “cool weather” grasses, which gain their strength in the fall. If the grass cannot get sunlight to replenish the nutrients in the roots, your lawn will be much weaker and susceptible to disease in the spring.

After you have had your fun in the leaves, it is time to get busy and move them to a compost pile or as a garden cover. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the tools you need to clean those leaves off your lawn. Come on in, or contact us today.

Saying Goodbye to a Nearby Neighborhood Staple — Crown Hill Hardware

Saying Goodbye to a Nearby Neighborhood Staple — Crown Hill Hardware - Greenwood HardwareA successful neighborhood hardware store is one that stocks items that are going to be useful to the folks living in that particular area. When you don’t want to drive out of your way to get what you need and prefer to shop local and support your local businesses, your friendly neighborhood store, like Greenwood Hardware, is an option. It is with great sadness we are saying goodbye to one of our fellow neighborhood hardware stores.

Crown Hill Hardware has been a staple in the community for more than a hundred years. Due to a death in the family, the store will be closing its doors for good, which will leave a huge hole in the neighborhood. The store was known for its knowledgeable staff and willingness to help you find what you were looking for. Whenever someone in the community needed screening material, they knew they could rely on Crown Hill hardware store to have everything they needed to fix up their old, tattered and battered screens without having to head out to a big box store and getting lost in a sea of everything. Mr. Palmer’s store was always very helpful at taking care of the window screens for their customers as well. You could walk in with a worn screen and leave with one that looked like new for a fraction of the cost.

Our neighbors will certainly be sad to see a staple in the community shut down, but you can still find the hardware items you need just down the road. Greenwood Hardware is a friendly neighborhood store as well and caters to our local neighborhood by stocking things that are actually useful and needed on a daily basis, including window screens so you can enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather. Stop by and see what the store has to offer and introduce yourself to our friendly staff. Come on in, or contact us today.

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.