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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.

Fun Washer Crafts from Your Local Seattle Hardware Store!

Fun Washer Crafts from Your Local Seattle Hardware Store! Greenwood HardwareThe hardware store may seem an unlikely place to visit when you are on a mission to do some crafting, but think again! There are endless possibilities when you allow your creative muse to lead the way. It goes beyond the endless paint color combinations. One very inexpensive and versatile material you will find in the hardware store is a washer. The small metal discs are a blank canvas, ready for you to transform into something fun and exciting. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some fun ideas that involve washers and a little creativity. The kids will love these crafts as well!

Snowflake Coasters

This is a great project for the upcoming holiday season. Grab some washers in a variety of sizes, but all the same thickness. Arrange them in a cool, snowflake style pattern on a piece of wax paper or cardboard. Brush the design with clear, craft glue and let dry. For a little extra glitz, spray the coasters with a glitter spray paint. You could also transform your coasters into actual ornaments to hang on an outdoor or indoor tree.

Washer Necklaces

These are fun to make as inspirational jewelry. You can use paint or nail polish to personalize each washer with a name, a statement or even a date. Use leather string to hang the washers from. You can also make bracelets. This is a fun gift to give to a parent, with each child’s name and birthday written on a washer and threaded on the string.

Wind Chimes

If you love the tinkling sound of metal blowing in the wind, a washer wind chime is a fun way to personalize your deck or patio. You can use a large metal ring or a cool piece of driftwood as the center for your chime. Tie some fishing line around a washer (painted or plain) and then tie another washer a few inches down. Create several strands filled with washers and attach to the driftwood or whatever you have chosen as your center. Hang the chimes and enjoy the sound of your creativity!

Flower Necklace or Wall Decor

Use washers in a variety of sizes to make a pretty flower to hang on your wall or around your neck. Arrange your washers and paint with a glitter paint or another pretty color that suits your style. Use craft glue brushed over the design to hold it together. Flip the design over and apply another layer of glue. Allow to dry thoroughly and mount on a wall or attach to a chain to wear.

There are plenty of awesome designs you can make with those inexpensive washers found at the hardware store. You could even spell out words with washers and mount on your wall or put inside a frame. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up all the washers you need to create some spectacular designs. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Spooky Decor Made with Hardware Store Finds

Spooky Decor Made with Hardware Store Finds - Greenwood HardwareIt’s that time of year when we transition from bright and cheery flowers and décor to those of a much darker nature in time for the fall season. Halloween is around the corner and if you want to make your decorations stand apart from the rest, head to the hardware store. You’ll find some excellent materials and resources to make some unique decorations that will be unlike any other on the block. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some fun ideas for you to try!

Grommet Decorated Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins isn’t always the most fun job around. Things tend to get messy and getting the perfect silhouette can be a huge issue. Try decorating your pumpkins with grommets and aluminum wire found at the hardware store. The grommets can be painted black, pink, purple or whatever color you love. Gently pound the grommets into the pumpkin to create a nice pattern or scattered about. Use wire shaped with wire cutters to make swirls or even spell a word.

Spray painted Glitter Pumpkins and Squash

Add some serious sparkle to your front porch with some glitter spray paint. You can go with silver, gold or whatever color works for you. Change it up and add an assortment of colors to your arrangement. Yellow squash, pumpkins, and gourds can all be given the spray paint treatment for a quick and easy festive arrangement.

Chains

If you enjoy setting a spectacular scene, you can make some “chains” out of foam pipe insulation. This circular tube of foam is black and easily cut with a pair of scissors. Cut one-inch lengths from the foam. Then use the gap in each piece to interlock each piece to create a chain. Hang the foam chain over your door a make a ghost with an old white sheet for the chains to hang off.

Foam Insulation Sheets

Make your own cutouts with foam insulation sheets. These tend to come in a variety of sizes. You can make several decorations from a single sheet. Grab some spray paint and paint your decorations to complete the look. Ghosts, witches, pumpkins, tombstones or whatever your pleasure can all be easily crafted from the sheets.

These are inexpensive, fun ways for you to create your own holiday décor to suit your personal style. You’ll ensure your decorations are unlike anyone else in the neighborhood and you will save a bundle. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the supplies you need to create your spooky décor. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Stretching Your Pacific Northwest Flower Garden into Fall

Stretching Your Pacific Northwest Flower Garden into Fall - Greenwood HardwareAs the leaves start to change colors, you may be preparing to say goodbye to your beautiful flower beds. You don’t have to go into fall and winter with a cold, stark landscape. There are several plants that will provide a pop of color on a dreary fall day. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you get everything you need to transform your landscaping into a thing of beauty for the fall season.

  1. Paper Bush is a gorgeous hardy shrub that will provide your landscaping with a stunning addition all year round. In the winter, the pretty white and silver flowers cling to the bare branches, creating a spectacular scene.
  2. Snow Drops are pretty white flowers that hover close to the ground. These plants will bloom in late winter and early spring. The bulbs need to be put into the ground in the early fall. It is best to keep them in a place where they can ride out the hot summer with plenty of shade.
  3. The Burning Bush is a very common addition to many Pacific Northwest gardens. The bright, red and orange foliage in the fall is beautiful. The bushes can grow quite large and fill a normally bleak spot in the landscaping.
  4. Beautyberry is a unique shrub that will leave you in awe. Once the leaves drop off in the early fall, you will be left with stunning clusters of bluish purple berries. This is a stark contrast from the reds and yellows that are sure to be filling your yard.
  5. Japanese Blood Grass adds a deep burgundy color to your flower beds. In the late summer, small white flowers appear as the fall transformation begins. The grass can reach about eighteen inches tall.

Don’t let the fall days steal the color from your landscaping. Check out some of these bulbs, shrubs, and plants and add them to your yard now. You will find all the tools you need for planting your fall garden at Greenwood Hardware. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Start Your Fall Preparations By Installing a Door Sweep

Start Your Fall Preparations By Installing a Door Sweep - Greenwood HardwareIt may seem like you were just getting into the swing of summer and now it is time to start preparing for fall. The chilly wind is just around the corner! You can save money on your electric bill this winter by installing a door sweep. In fact, the door sweep will come in handy all year round. It keeps the cold air out in the winter and the hot air out in the summer while keeping the air inside your home—in! Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you find what you need to install your door sweep.

Installing a door sweep is fairly easy. You will need a few tools:

  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Tin snips or hacksaw
  • Drill

You may need more tools depending on the type of door sweep you buy and whether you need to remove an old, damaged door sweep.

Measure the width of your door before you buy your sweep. You don’t want a door sweep that is too small. If it is too big, that is okay. You will be cutting it to size. If you already have your door sweep, measure the width of the bottom of the door and then use your tape measure to mark the distance on the sweep. Cut the sweep with the tin snips or saw.

Line the sweep up against the bottom of the door, so the nylon brushes or the rubber strip is barely touching the floor. If the sweep is too low, it will be difficult to open and close the door. If it is too high, it will be ineffective.

Use a drill to attach the sweep on the inside of your door. Open and close the door a few times to make sure it isn’t too low.

That is all you need to do! It is a very simple task that only takes a few moments, but can save you a great deal of energy all year round. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up what you need to make your home a little more energy efficient before the winter weather sets in. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Tidying Your Garage Before Fall

Tidying Your Garage Before Fall - Greenwood HardwareIt is the perfect time of year to take care of cleaning and organizing the garage. It won’t be long before you are bringing in the outdoor furniture and toys to prepare for winter (that’s okay, you don’t have to think about that right now). Right now is the time to get your garage ready to house those outdoor toys, garden supplies and maybe even save enough space for your car! Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some great ideas to help you get the dreaded task of garage organization done in a jiffy.

Peg Boards

Peg boards in the garage are very common, but you can make sure everyone in your house is on the same page by using some stencils or freehand painting the outline of the various tools that are to be stored on the boards. This is a fun way to add color to the garage and can go a long way to keeping it organized. You will never have to wonder where the hammer is again.

Sliding Walls

This is a project that will take a little more time, but it is a fantastic way to conceal your valuable tools and gear while leaving your garage appearing much cleaner and organized. You can use those all pallets you have been collecting. Use a saw to cut the planks from the pallets. Create a frame with 2x4s at the desired height of your sliding wall. Nail the planks horizontally to create a wall. Purchase rail hanger hardware to hang the walls from the ceiling in your garage. You can also use sheets of plywood for a quicker project. Paint the wood or leave as is.

Large Hooks

Those bike hooks aren’t just for bikes. Use two or three lined up on a wall to store that patio umbrella, shovels and other long items that would normally get propped up in a corner somewhere. This keeps them off the ground, but still easily reached when you need them.

Keep it Together

One of the most important rules of organizing is to keep like items together. Keep all your holiday decorations, tools or outdoor toys in one area. This will save you time when you are looking for a particular item. Use large totes and plenty of shelving with labels to make it even better.

Cleaning and organizing your garage is certainly a task that will require a little hard work, and you will have to commit to lightening the load, but once you do, you will be amazed at how good it feels. You won’t be embarrassed to open the garage door when the neighbors are out and about. Head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up everything you need to make your garage neat and tidy again. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Preparing for Fall Cleanup in the Pacific Northwest

Preparing for Fall Cleanup in the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareAs we head into autumn, it is time to start thinking about the chores that will be occupying our weekends over the next month or so. There are some things you will want to do to give your yard a healthy boost before it goes dormant. This ensures next spring your lawn, trees and bushes are in good health and ready to bounce back to all their glory. There are a few things you will want to pick up at Greenwood Hardware to get ready for your fall cleanups.

  1. You will want a leaf rake or a leaf blower. You can find electric or gas-powered leaf blowers that make cleaning up the leaves a breeze. If you have a garden, use those leaves as mulch. Spread the leaves over your tilled garden beds and spread under fruit trees and bushes. The leaves will break down and feed the soil, giving your soil a healthy boost for spring planting.
  2. Heavy-duty leaf bags or outdoor garbage bags are a must. This allows you to dispose of the trimming, clippings and general yard trash that tends to accumulate over the summer. Follow proper disposal protocols.
  3. Plant bulbs in those bare flower beds to ensure you have a lovely display of color in the spring. Crocus, tulips, and daffodils all need to get in the ground now to ensure they are ready for spring blooming. This is also a great time to divide bulbs like irises.
  4. As your lawn prepares to go dormant, spreading a weed and feed-type fertilizer is a good idea. This will help take care of some of those broadleaf weeds that have been a pest all summer while giving your grass a last dose of nutrition.
  5. Cut those limbs that could come down under a heavy snowfall or ice storm. If the limbs you need to trim are bigger than six inches around, you will want to use a chainsaw. Pruning your trees now, before they snap in the winter cold, will save on spring cleanup as well.

Fall cleanup is a great way to enjoy the cool, comfortable air before the rains and bitter cold blow in. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the tools, bulbs, and fertilizer you need to give your lawn and landscaping a proper send off. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Fun Outdoor Lighting Projects for your Seattle Home

Fun Outdoor Lighting Projects for your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareOutdoor lighting is a must, but the standard solar lights in the ground can be a little mundane. If you want to add a unique flair to your front pathway or your deck area, here are some fun ideas. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you find exactly what you need to dress up your outdoor area with lights that will carry on through the end of summer and into the brisk fall season.

Screen Lights

These are super easy light projects that are unique and look great in the day or at night. You will want some quart size Mason jars, screening material from your hardware store, scissors and small LED battery-powered candles. A bit of glue would also be helpful. Some pretty ribbon or string will be needed as well.

Cut your screen into squares that are large enough to wrap around your jars with extra length sticking up on top. Glue your candles into the inside center of the jar. Wrap the screen around your jar, making sure the bottom is flat, so the jar can stand alone. Tie the string or ribbon around the head of the jar to secure it.

Coffee Can Lights

Don’t throw away those old coffee cans! Ask your neighbors and friends if you can have their old Maxwell cans and transform them into pretty garden lights. You can also use soup cans. You will need the cans, a variety of spray paint colors, a hammer and nail and some LED candle lights. Wire can be used to hang the lights if desired.

Remove any paper labels from your cans and wash inside and out. Use the hammer and nail to drive holes into the can. You can use cookie cutters to make pretty shapes or free hand it and make your own design. Spray the can with your chosen color of paint. Place the candle inside the can, and you have a pretty garden light.

Log Lights

Grab some of those solar lights you stick in the ground and a couple of logs from the stack of firewood. You can add some pretty ribbon, old rope or any other accessories to decorate your logs to give them added character. A good, strong glue is needed to adhere the base of the lamp to the log.

Attach the top portion of the solar light to the top of your log. Decorate the log and stand it on your deck or front way. Several logs in varying heights placed together is a beautiful arrangement that will serve as decoration and lighting.

Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the paint and other supplies you need to add your own creative touch to your outdoor lighting. Stop on in, or contact us today!