EP116: Paint Organization, WalVac Vacuum System, Replacement Windows, Color Kryptonite


Segment 1: Paint Organization

We open the show talking about some crocheted water balloons Betsy has been working on for an upcoming golf outing. They’re very easy and quick to make. Check out the pattern and get some use out of these re-useable balloons.

This segment REALLY isn’t about water balloons, but how to organize your paint so the next time you touch-up or repaint, it doesn’t turn out to be the wrong color. All you need are some index cards and an index card file box!


Segments 2: WalVac Vacuum System

Who doesn’t love a clean house? But who likes lugging a vacuum around; especially on steps? Lucky for us, there’s a solution! WalVac vacuum systems are the perfect way to make cleaning a whole lot easier!

Segment 3: Replacement Windows

The term “replacement window” strikes fear in many of us. There are literally thousands of options and we often envision a salesman coming and randomly knocking on our door. But it doesn’t have to be like that. George Clark from WMGB Home Improvement walks us through some basics of replacement windows and sets our minds at ease. There are people out there who can help us make sense of it all. George is one of those people!

Segment 4: Color Is My Kryptonite!

We hear about how people struggle with color a lot in our stores. And people think that’s bad. They feel that choosing a color shouldn’t be hard. But you’re not alone! Caroline Dwan, Field Marketing Manager for Benjamin Moore, talks about her OWN struggles with choosing color. People think that because she works for a paint company, she MUST be good at it. But as Caroline explains, color is her kryptonite. Sounds like the beginning of a super hero movie…..

EP102: Journey to 17th Street, Dealing With Bats, and Color Muse!

Segment 1: Journey to 17th Street

We think each of our stores has something that makes them unique. Each one has something that sets them apart from other paint stores, so we’ve decided to give each of them a turn in the spotlight throughout the year. And the logical place to start is with our “factory store.” The original RepcoLite. They not only have a great store staff, but a chemical lab, a process stain matching lab, and, of course, the plant where RepcoLite paints are actually made and canned. It’s a very cool place worth checking out!

Segments 2 & 3: Dealing with Bats

According to the calendar, spring is officially here and that means bats are waking up from a winter of napping. This is the time of year companies like Rose Pest Solutions begin getting phone calls regarding bats in homes and businesses.

Because of this, we’re sitting down with Rose Pest Solutions’ District Manager, David Popp, and Regional Technical Manager, Dale Hodgson, who is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional. Dale is one of only 25 people in the entire country to have this credential! We are thrilled that he drove all the way from Ohio to come and tell us everything we need to know about bats.

Segment 4: Get Yourself a Color Muse

Sometimes we get excited about technology. And this is one of those times. We found one of the coolest gadgets for anyone choosing a paint color. Color Muse is a tiny version of the color matching computers we have in our stores. The best part is, it’s inexpensive and fits in your pocket or purse. And for only $60, how can you go wrong?

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EP84: Lamp Stripping Lessons, Thanksgiving Prep 101, Drywall Tools, and Common Color, Unusual Color Combos

Today, we’re going to kick off the show by talking about a project that Betsy has been working furiously on (since she procrastinated) and some of the lessons she learned. And while you may not being doing the same project, the lessons are universal.

We’re also going to walk you through some Thanksgiving prep. And yes, you can find some of these things on the internet, but we’re putting our very unique Home Improvement Show spin on it!

If you have a drywall project coming up, Segment 3 is just for you! The WallDoctor, Jason Austin, drops by to give us the low down on his favorite drywall tools.

And finally, we explore some very unusual color combinations with a very common and popular color leading the way. If you’d like to see some of the things that inspired us, check out our Pinterest board!

Uncommon Color Combinations


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Must-Have Drywall Tools

Jason Austin gave us a list of drywall tools. Just click this link and check it out in PDF form!

EP21 – August 26, 2017: Tankless Water Heaters, Back-to-School Safety, and Unique Kitchen Decor Updates


We’ve all flipped through magazines and seen amazing kitchens. We dream of something similar in our homes. Then we stop to realize the cost that could be incurred with something like that. But don’t worry! We’ve got some budget-friendly kitchen decor ideas that will let you have an enviable kitchen this weekend!

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Show notes for episode 021:

Have you ever considered a tankless water heater? Do you want hot water that never runs out? Mark DeVisser from The Plumber is Here!, joins us in the studio to tell us everything we need to know before we buy one. Mark also has more in-depth information about tankless water systems on his website.

It seems a little out of the ordinary for a Home Improvement Show to talk about back-to-school safety. But we believe that no home improvement is worth it if your family isn't there to share it with you. So we are making it our mission to help you with home improvements AND keep your family safe.

Tom DeGraaf, Principal at Lincoln Elementary School, and Dave Meeuwsen, Director of Transportation for Zeeland Public Schools, join us in the studio to give us an idea of what we can do to keep our kids safe as they head back to school.

Kitchen updates can cost thousands of dollars! It's our goal to help give your kitchen a boost, without breaking the bank. We've got some unique kitchen decor updates that will have all the neighbors talking when they stop by for coffee.

To help get your creative juices flowing, we've got two Pinterest boards you are going to want to check out!

Our Favorite Kitchen Island Inspirations!

Inspired Ways to Use Color In Your Kitchen!