EP180: Home Offices That Inspire!

SEGMENT 1: Japanese Pull Saws

If you’re a woodworker (or even a hobbyist), you’ve got to check out these Japanese pull saws. They may take a little getting used to, but once you do, they will cut down the effort and frustration you normally have when using a hand saw! They are almost effortless. A elegant saw for a more civilized age….

SEGMENT 2: Appliance Shopping Tips

Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to buy items online. And sometimes, you can really get burned if you don’t check out an item first hand!

SEGMENTS 3 & 4: Home Offices That Inspire

So many of us are working from home these days. It’s time to take that temporary, makeshift space and turn it into a productive home office! We’ve got some ideas to help you get there!

EP179: Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

SEGMENT 1: Paint Tips from a Pro

Painting professional Paul Van Heest sits down with us to talk about products and some tips and tricks to getting great results on every project. 

SEGMENT 2: Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Avoid!

When you tackle a kitchen remodel, there’s a lot on the line! The expenses add up quickly and the last thing you want to do is make a few common mistakes that will mar your end results. Today we talk about a few mistakes you’ll want to be sure to avoid.

SEGMENTS 3 & 4: DIYing with Mike and Lisa Klenk

We meet a lot of people in the course of our work. And every now and then, we talk to someone in the middle of a project that blows us away. This is one of those times!

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night (Morning)

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning

Gonna listen to the RepcoLite

Radio Show

On Saturday morning, Saturday morning

Gonna listen to the wisdom

As it starts to flow

On Saturday morning, Saturday morning

I-I-I just can’t wait

Dan and Betsy are at the plate . . . 

At the RepcoLite Home Improvement

Radio show

I gotta go

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning

Gonna crank it up, listen up

Learn it all, have a ball,

Saturday morning,

Saturday morning

It’s just a Saturday morning

It’s just a Saturday morning

It’s just a Saturday morning

It’s just a Saturday morning

(Rinse and Repeat)



EP107: 10 Cleaning Habits, Sara & Sun Pen, and Tulip Time


Segment 1: 10 Things People With Clean Houses Always Do

We recently came across an article from HGTV called “10 Things People With Clean Houses Always Do.” Some of these are things you may already do, but some of them may be things that have never crossed your mind. We were only able to cover a few but you can find the entire list here!

Segments 2 & 3: Sara and Sun Pen

Blogger Sara Pen and her husband, Sun, are getting ready to tackle an exterior repaint project. They have a number of different, very dated, substrates to cover. They stopped by so we could answer all of their burning questions before they start the project.

You can follow their journey on Sara’s blog or follow Sara on Instagram: saraowenpen.

Segment 4: Tulip Time

Spring must be here because Tulip Time is just around the corner! Tulip Time Executive Director, Gwen Auwerda, stops in two give us a brief history of Tulip Time and to tell us what’s in store for this year’s 90th anniversary. Check the website for more information.

EP104: Decorating a Nursery With A Blogger and Ride2Decide With Service Professor


Segment 1 & 2: Decorating a Baby Nursery

Recently, we had a blogger get in touch with us. Her name is Sara Pen and she’s recently been in one of our stores as she tackles major changes to her home. She just finished her nursery and it is absolutely amazing! Sara has agreed to let us tag along for the rest of her home projects but first, let’s get to know this DIY wonder.

If you would like to follow Sara’s journey, you can check out her blog or follow her on Instagram: saraowenpen.

Segment 3 & 4: Ride2Decide

If you’ve been paying attention to the new lately, you may have seen people like Mike Row encouraging kids to go into the trades. You may also noticed or heard that there is a major shortage of skilled labor in areas like plumbing, electrical, HVAC, construction, etc. And, let’s face it, not every kid is meant to go to college. Some would rather get straight to work.

We recently had a discussion with Service Professor President, Brad Krause, about the lack of help in these fields. That’s why Brad has started a program called Ride2Decide. This program will allow kids to try out a day in one of the Service Professor trades. It’s a very cool program and one we encourage high school kids to check out. You can email Service Professor at ride2decide@serviceprofessor.com for more information, or check out their Facebook page.

Color Me Home Episode 12: The Keys to a Happier Laundry Room

Did you know that on average, a mom can spend up to 5 months of her life doing laundry per child! On today’s episode, Betsy and Dan talk about how the right color–used in the right spots–can help you make your laundry room a better–possibly even happier–place to be.

Check out all the laundry room ideas we discussed on the episode!


  • The Thrilling (Depressing) News Article about Laundry! (0:48)
  • The Importance of Color in Decorating (4:00)
  • A Brief Overview of the Psychology of Color (4:24)
  • Choose Color Based on Your Goals for the Room: (6:17)
  • Great Colors for Laundry Rooms (6:50)
  • How To Bring Color Into Your Room
    • Put the Color on the Walls (7:30)
      • Tips for Working With Yellow in Your Decorating: (9:32)
    • Put the Color on the Cabinets (12:11)
    • Bring in Unexpected “Pops” of Color (16:22)

Betsy’s Color Recommendations

As we mentioned in the episode, Betsy pulled some Benjamin Moore colors that she thinks would be perfect in a laundry room. We’ve included each color with a combination of other colors recommended by Benjamin Moore. Use these for inspiration for your laundry room. And be sure, as Betsy mentioned in the episode, to come and see the colors in person–the actual chip will probably look quite a bit different from the color you see on the screen!

Dress for Success: 3 Tips for Your Next Paint Job!

bigstock-Man-s-Legs-83108792_webA number of years ago, in the middle of the night, we heard something that sounded like gunshots outside our window. Well, needless to say, the second I heard the “shots”, I hopped out of bed, ready for action. Fight or flight, right?

Anyway, I was standing there, running through all the potential scenarios in my head when I looked down and realized I was in my underpants.

Well, this wouldn’t do.

See, in all of the scenarios I’d imagined–fighting off burglars, bustling my family to safety amidst a hail of gunfire–in none of them was I dressed in my underpants.

And so I went straight to my dresser and started rummaging around for my jeans.

“What are you doing?” My wife’s whispered voice cut through the darkness.

I could see her sitting in the bed, staring at me. “I’m looking for my jeans.” Duh. I closed the drawer I’d just searched and opened the next one down.

“Why?” her whisper was sharp and cutting, laced with anxiety and a little bit of fear. Gunshots, you know.

“Because I’m in my underpants,” I said without turning around. Time was of the essence. “Do you have any idea where that one faded pair with the hole in the knee is?”

There was a sudden thud on the floor next to me and she said, “There! There’s the pair that was sitting on the nightstand.” Her words were tense, strained.

I picked them up, but they were my fancy jeans. They were stiff and a little uncomfortable. And, like I said, a little too fancy.

“Nah. I want my faded pair.”

There was silence for a second and then her whispers filled the void: “Seriously? You need a specific pair of jeans to go fight off a burglar?”

I just shook my head. She didn’t get it. But everyone knows you can’t fight off a burglar in fancy pants or underpants. You need action pants. It’s really not that complicated.

And that’s when I found them. Relief washed over me. I yanked them out of the drawer and stepped into them, instantly feeling cooler and much more ready for whatever was happening.

Ten minutes later, it was clear that there was no burglar lurking. Nobody shooting. It was just fireworks. It was honestly a bit of a let down.

As I pulled off my action pants and placed them back in my dresser, it hit me that there was a paint point in all of this. I just never knew what it was until now.

See, I’ve been discussing a number of painting tips for the Do-It-Yourselfer on our daily little radio blurbs. (You can click here to listen!) And one of the recommendations I’m making is to dress for the part whenever you paint.

Here’s what I mean:

1. Wear old clothes.

This is a no-brainer. I get that. And yet . . . it happens all the time. We tackle a small project thinking we’ll just be careful. 10 minutes later, we’re standing at the sink doing everything we can to rinse blue paint out of a nice shirt. Or a good pair of shorts. I’ve personally done this countless times and have resigned countless clothing items to the “can’t-wear-that-to-Church-again” bins. Instead of accidentally damaging good, expensive clothing, take the extra few minutes–even if the project is a quick one–to throw on some old clothes.

2. Wear the Right Clothes.

OK. The first recommendation was about wearing old clothes. What I’m talking about here revolves around wearing the right ones. And what I specifically mean is this: pick up a pair of painter’s pants or painter’s shorts at a RepcoLite, Port City Paints, or Snyder Paints store. These things come with extra pockets for putty knives, screwdrivers, brushes and other tools you’ll need when you’re working. If you’ve ever worked through a paint project and spent a fair amount of time running around trying to remember where you set your putty knife down or left your screwdriver, then check these out. They’re not very expensive and they’re definitely worth it if you tackle more than 1 or 2 painting projects in a year.

3. Dress your room appropriately.

Finally, the last tip that’s even remotely connected to my jeans story is this one: dress the room appropriately. And what I mean by this is simple: purchase some dropcloths and use them! Cover your furniture, cover your floors, protect your decor. Sure, it takes a few extra minutes, but the minute that first drip falls from your brush and lands on a plastic sheet instead of your couch, you’ll realize how smart you were!

And there you go. 3 Tips to help you dress for success on your next paint job! Give them a try! And if you have any other great ideas, leave them in the combox!