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Paint Recycling & Disposal

As summer approaches, it seems like painting projects begin with a fury. And as you add more paint to your collection, it becomes essential to get a handle on the extra paint you are done with or won’t use again. Here are 4 keys for storage and disposal that will help you: Don’t throw away...
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Did You Know a Paint Brush can Last 30 years?

When we asked Jon Lovejoy, of Edina Hirshfields for some advice on painting and brush storage he shared some great tips. Jon has worked at Hirshfields for 33 years, and just a few years ago threw away a brush he bought shortly after he began working at the company. He estimated owning and using it...
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Time to Paint Those Plastic Shutters?

Shutters can add character, charm and overall curb appeal to any house. But after a hard winter, those quaint shutters may be in need of a little TLC. Or maybe you are just ready to update the look of your shutters by changing up the color. Either way, all it really takes is a fresh...
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Beyond Beige – Choosing the Right Exterior Paint Color – Part 3

Choosing exterior paint colors doesn’t have to be rocket science.  Our expert Mark Masica of the Edina Hirshfields teaches us some new things about color that will help you the next time you’re up to your ears in paint chips. Use the LRV (light reflective value) rating of a color. LRV is sometimes found on...
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Updating your Home for Sale

I have bought and sold many homes over the years – all without a professional stager and most without a real estate agent!  Whether that was purely genius or just insane, I’ll never tell, but I have learned a few things along the way. But in order to sell your house, you can help yourself...
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Trade Secrets: Invest in Your Home

    Painting is more than simply splashing colors on your wall – it’s an investment in your home.  Here are some tips from Mark Masica, Color Services Manager, on how to make your investment last: Invest in high-quality paint and equipment: As with most things, you get what you pay for.  Splurge on paint...
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A Good Paintbrush Can Save a Project – and Your Sanity

Why do some home decorating projects conjure up such dread? Maybe it’s because we approach these projects incorrectly. We spend all this time choosing the right hue of paint, wondering if it will change once it’s on the wall. When we finally settle on the desired color, we grab a paint brush and some tape...
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How Much Scraping and Sanding is Really Necessary?

As a morning runner I spend a lot of time looking at houses and exterior paint and there is a home on my route that has had ladders outside for the last year. The owner is an acquaintance whom I know through my kids’ sports. When he began the project a year ago he had...
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Exterior Painting Expertise

Now that summer is in full swing in the Midwest, it’s time to start tackling your home maintenance projects. After a harsh winter, like the one this past year, your home’s exterior may be in rough shape — and even if it’s not, it might be time for a change of color. Painting is the...
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