EP188: Christmas Decorating Tips and Ideas!

SEGMENT 1: Defend Those Bulbs!

Dan A. talked about how he planted 200 tulip bulbs last weekend only to have the squirrels dig up every last one of those bulbs! If you’re in the same boat, here’s a product that has helped him immensely. And it’s not too late to apply it!

SEGMENTS 2 & 3: Christmas Decorating!

This year of all years it’s important to decorate your home! Hailey Johnson from Benjamin Moore  joins us to talk about  some crafty projects and great paint ideas that may get you inspired!

Also, she highlights some paint colors in the third segment. We present them below!

SEGMENT 4: RepcoLite Christmas Contest 2020

For the last 3 years, we’ve run a HUGE Christmas contest in December. 2020 is no different! The contest is running from now until December 19 when we’ll announce a winner on the radio show! 

Click the link below to enter! And don’t forget to come back daily for those free extra entries!

EP187: Car Storage Tips and Tricks

SEGMENT 1: The Perfect Bathroom Ceiling Paint

A great question came in from our online chat and it was this: What’s the best paint for my bathroom ceiling? Well, since the best ceiling paints are typical flat . . . and since the worst paint you can typically put in a bathroom is a flat . . . is there a good answer? Turns out, thanks to Benjamin Moore’s Aura Bath & Spa, there is! It’s not dead flat, but it’s a perfect bathroom paint in a matte finish. You can’t go wrong!

SEGMENT 2: Vehicle Storage Tips

If you put your vehicle away for the winter, or are planning on doing that soon, here are some ideas you’ll want to keep in mind!

SEGMENT 3: Wax-Free Friction Polish

After last week’s segment about clear wood coatings, we received a number of questions from wood shops wondering about friction polishes

Friction polishes are used by wood turners to apply a quick and easy seal-coat or finish to their turned pieces. But, typically, friction polishes contain wax. And that wax means that the friction polish itself (or maybe a shellac) is the only thing that can ever be used on the piece as a topcoat. And neither of those offer great durability.

SEGMENT 4: Holiday Get Together Ideas

Who knows what everyone is going to be doing to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s this year . . . but if you’re not doing as much “family gathering”, here are a few simple ideas to help make sure you can all still stay in touch!

Benjamin Moore’s New Color Portfolio App Is Like Having the Paint Store in Your Hand!

One of the positives we’ve seen in the midst of this pandemic scare is the amazing nature of technology. As a parent, I’ve done my fair share of griping about the silliness of TikTok videos or YouTube snippets that my kids incessantly play for me. And I’ve stood in the dining room, feeling like my grandfather with my thumbs looped through my (figurative) suspenders as I recounted to the them all the reasons they need to “check out” from technology and read a book or feel outdoor air. But then this pandemic and the subsequent “self-isolation” hits and out of the blue we suddenly find that the world is literally at our fingertips thanks to technology.

Businesses and organizations in West Michigan and around the world have opened up the treasure chest and we find ourselves able to watch symphonies, tour the world, listen to story time at Fredrik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park all without leaving our homes. We can view art from art museums, explore NASA’s collection of photos, and adventure through our nation’s national parks. All on our phones and iPads and laptops. It’s amazing! And thank goodness it’s there!

Benjamin Moore Colors go Digital!

Well, an interesting paint tool that came out a few months ago from Benjamin Moore does the same kind of thing by putting most of the Benjamin Moore color options in your hands! You can scroll through their colors and actually view them in digital fan decks. Better yet, you can snap a picture of a room in your home and then digitally apply any of the Benjamin Moore colors to your walls to get a sneak peak at how a given color might look!

If you find yourself stuck at home, self-quarantining, maybe download the app and start planing out your next paint project! It’s simple to use, remarkably accurate, and best of all, it’s free! Check out the links for Android and iOS down below. And also, check out the video!

And if you do find yourself at home and want to start a paint project, don’t forget that RepcoLite’s FREE Next Day Delivery Service goes perfectly with Benjamin Moore’s Color Portfolio App! Pick out your paint colors, place your order, and the next day, your paint and supplies are thoroughly disinfected and delivered to your doorstep! Click here for more informationNow Announcing Free Deliveries!, or click the “Ask us a Question” button on the right side of the page!

 

EP136: Episode Revisit

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This is actually a revisit of Episode 83 from last year. Sometimes we’re sad that certain segments or shows only play once so, from time to time, we like to bring them back to be enjoyed again!

Segments 1 & 2: Cleaning Carpets

Segments 3: Bold Colors

Segments 4: Dan’s Emporium of Audio Brilliance

 

 

EP135: ON THE ROAD! The Center Punch, Home Repair Services, and Fun Design!

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Segment 1: Automatic Center Punch

There are a lot of tools that get ZERO fanfare! They’re not flashy. They’re not fun and exciting. They’re not powered by huge motors or batteries. But they do their job in an unassuming manner and move on to the next project. One of those is an automatic center punch. It’s a simple tool that is designed to quickly and easily pop a small divot in a surface so you can drill holes without having the drill bit “walk away” from the spot you wanted to drill.

It looks like a steel pen and you just place the point on the exact spot you want the hole and push. It’s spring loaded and pops a small divot into the surface quickly and easily.

Segments 2 and 3: Home Repair Services

Being out and about in Grand Rapids, we were thrilled that Joel Ruiter was willing to meet with us on the spur of the moment! (Thanks, Joel!) Anyway, we sit down with Joel in the boardroom at HRS and discuss some of their upcoming endeavors.

Segment 4: Fun Design

Calling on Architects and Interior Designers is fun on a number of levels not least of which is having the opportunity to see the spaces in which they work! We stopped at one particular architectural firm that drove home the idea that fun design isn’t just for kids or homes! Fun design can be professional AND it can also create at atmosphere in your place of business that makes your employees eager to be there!

EP134: Jewelry Box Makeover, Service Professor History, All About Screws, and Hammertime!

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Segment 1: Jewelry Box Makeover

Paint is so remarkably transformative! With the right inspiration, your next project is just around the corner! We found the beautiful piece of furniture pictured below at an antique store. It was amazing, but WAY too expensive. Later we found a simple little jewelry box for $2. Much more in line with my pocket book! We snatched it up and with a little prep work, some taping, and some paint, we turned it into a miniature version of the furniture piece we loved so much. Whether or not the color and the piece is for you, the concept holds true for everyone: paint is incredibly transformative!

 

Segments 2: Service Professor History

Being a small business, we love to promote other small businesses! Service Professor has been featured on our show multiple times, but this time we sit down with President Brad Krause to talk about some history!

Segments 3 & 4: Screws and Hammertime

We dipped back into the archives for a couple of our favorite tool segments. Who’d have thought there’d be so much to learn about screws and hammers?