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Labor Day Projects

A pink front door? Yup. Totally works.

Feels like you just finished spring cleaning huh?  Sure does. Nonetheless, fall and winter are perched on the edge of the breeze and ready to blow in. And so, we must heed our list for closing out the season. It’s a fine time to work on curb-appeal projects that increase your home value, such as exterior painting, landscaping or installing a new front door. We also encourage purging the stuff that didn’t get much use in the last six months. A sample to-do list:

1. Paint. Interior, exterior, the front door. A new wash of color can completely change the way you look at your home and feel inside it. We don’t recommend interior painting with the windows closed (unless you’re using a no-VOC paint like Mythic), so tackle room makeovers before the weather turns. Here are some fall colors we like (holy Tangerine Tango!). And remember, we can custom match paint at our stores.
2. Clean and caulk windows. We’re talking washing the inside andoutside of your windows. While you clean, look for cracks or any places that may need caulking. Sealing your windows (and doors) keeps your home warmer and your utility bill lower in the winter. Something else that helps with insulation: Blinds. If you’ve been thinking about installing window treatments, now is the time!
3. Scrub and seal your deck. Your deck takes a beating year-round from weather extremes. Scrub it down with deck cleaner to get rid of mold and then apply a stain or sealant to protect it from the elements during the upcoming months.
4. Clean out the clutter. Don’t save this project for once a year in the spring. Make “out with the old” a semi-annual mantra. There will be less to tackle and the task will go that much quicker. Donate unwanted items to charity or host a garage sale, and store out-of-season clothes in massive plastic tubs.
5. Seal the driveway. Cracks and holes in your driveway could get worse with winter weather. Seal or repair your driveway to prevent further damage.

Now, can we talk a hot minute about how awesome this Labor Day sale is? 20% off Clark+Kensington paint for starters…

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2010 Color Trends: Charcoal is the new black.

From Ace’s merchandising department:

Color for 2010 is sophisticated, organic, and contemporary yet comforting. According to World Global Style Network, the tinted, shadowy colors inspire a romantic mood with overtones of drama. Dense darks create mystery and a desire for hibernation.

Here is a recap of what to expect in the 2010 season:

  • Dark charcoal replaces true black.
  • Grays are tinted with blue, green and mauve for a new take on neutrals.
  • Greens turn more gray and to oceanic blue-greens. You will also see brighter spearmint greens.
  • Intense indigo-ink blue and gray-tinted blues are important.
  • Rich purples are tinted with gray or brighter blue. Dark mauves have an almost brown cast and pale tones are washed out or metallic-inspired.
  • True yellow is replaced with nature-inspired tones of corn and wheat. Browns and oranges are organic and earth-based.
  • Color-washed pales are pretty and clean with a hint of nostalgia.
  • Super-bright red with an orange cast is important, as are raspberry and watermelon.
  • Highlights of neon pink and bright lime are used across many palettes to add a modern aesthetic.
  • Another important trend is using bright colors on accent pieces like chairs and side tables.

Stay tuned for our painting DIY video with Kendra at Tenleytown Ace Hardware.

And, Action!

Our first DIY Video. It’s about using a power drill. You might think, “But why do I need to watch a video on something so simple?” To that, we say because while, yes, it is simple, why fumble around with reverse buttons and doohickeys when you can be done and sitting on your couch enjoying your picture-hanging handiwork or whatever? Plus Gina, our host, is so charming.