EP161: Job Openings, Gods in Color, Roof Maintenance, Patching Holes

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Segment 1: Job Openings

We're looking to fill some positions! If you enjoy working with people, learning new skills, and are looking for a challenge, send your resumes to jobs@repcolite.com!

Segment2: Gods in Color

If we were to call to mind an image of Ancient Rome or Greece, there's a good chance that, regardless of what scenes we imagine, they'd probably be dotted with white, marble statues. Unless you've studied the topic, there's very little likelihood that you would imagine those statues as brightly (even garishly) painted. And yet, that's exactly how they looked in ancient times!

Sometimes we find new information that completely turns our old understandings on their heads. Here's one such topic, perhaps!And in the course of the segment, we reference a great website. You can check it out here:

Segment 3: Roof Maintenance

Matt Williams and Jake Harmon from Sherriff-Goslin Roofing join  us to talk about how  we can determine the condition of our roof as well as a number of things we can do to increase its lifespan!

Segment 4: Patching Holes!

Nothing screams "exciting" quite like  a topic called "Patching Holes." But, regardless of its "fun-factor", patching holes is a common project around the home. Today we go over the different products you'll want as well as some methods to get the best results!

We've got some of the products we talked about below if you're interested! And also, further below we have a video that represents the process we spoke about regarding fixing larger holes. Check it out!

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EP158: Notre Dame Update, Painting the Ceiling, and Stripping Grandma’s Wallpaper

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Segments 1 and 2: An Update on Notre Dame

It's hard to believe it's been a year since the tragic fire at Notre Dame. Here's a quick update in case you've wondered how things are progressing!

Segment 3: Don't Forget the Ceiling

With all the room repainting that's going on now, it's easy to forget about the ceiling. But a new coat of paint up there will definitely improve the look and feel of the finished room. And, if you're feeling a little bold, why not try a color?

CEILINGS THAT WILL INSPIRE!

Segment 4: Wallpaper Stripping Pitfalls

Many people right now are stripping wallpaper and getting ready to repaint those walls. If you're one of those folks, here's how you can avoid a messy mistake!

 

 

EP157: Wall Decor Ideas and Questions from the Web

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Segments 1 and 2: Wall Decor Ideas for Now (and Later)

If you're trapped in the house right now, there are still some great, creative things you can do to add some fun, color, and texture to your walls using items you probably have sitting at home right this moment! Also, in Segment 2, we tackle a few more projects that are perfect for when we can finally get out and about!

Segment 3 and 4: Paint Questions from the Web

With everyone stuck at home, we're getting TONS of questions about paint projects. So we pick a few of the best ones!

 

EP156: The Story Behind the Closet (and More), Isaac Newton’s Year of Quarantine, Peel and Stick Wallpaper Projects

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Segments 1 and 2: The Story of the Closet (and more)

Who knew that certain extremely common elements in our homes came about because people were concerned about sanitation, cleanliness, and avoiding deadly germs? Who knew? Betsy. And she digs into all of it in these two segments.

Segment 3: Isaac Newton's "Year" of Quarantine

Being in self-isolation ourselves, it's possible we can draw some inspiration from people in the past who've lived through similar experiences. Well, one such person who's been all over the internet recently is Isaac Newton. There are tons of stories talking about Newton's "Miracle Year" or his "Year of Wonders" where he basically dreamed up every major idea he ever had while in quarantine from the Great Plague in 1665.

Well.... It's a great story. But the truth is a little different than some of the accounts we've all been reading. Check it out!

Segments 4: Peel and Stick Wallpaper

One of our favorite advancements in the world of home decorating is Peel and Stick wallpaper. It may sound like a gimmick or like a weird, unworkable, and ridiculous product, but it's absolutely as cool as you might be able to imagine if you try very hard! It is unique, versatile, priced well, and so easy to work with!  Betsy has a few ideas about how you can incorporate it inn your home. And we've got a few pictures just to show you some of the (many) patterns available!

EP151: OnFloor Machine, Buckingham Palace Wallpaper Preservation, and Home Show Preview

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Segment 1: OnFloor Machine

We’ll give you the scoop on a machine we rent that will have your deck looking like new in now time! And it’s so easy to use, you can control it with just one hand!

Segments 2 & 3: Buckingham Palace Wallpaper Preservation

Betsy missed her calling when it came to this! Buckingham Palace is currently undergoing a HUGE renovation and update. All of the treasures are being moved out. And even the historic wallpaper is being painstakingly taken down and restored.

Segment 4: Home Show Preview

We taking you on an audio walking tour of the 41st Annual West Michigan Home and Garden Show. We talk about some of our favorite displays and tell you the booths not to miss!

EP122: Natural Weed Killer, Deck Stains, and the Hackley & Hume Homes

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Segment 1: Natural Weed Killer

Betsy is always on the hunt for ways to take care of garden problems without resorting to chemicals. We all know they work great, but then we have to be careful with pets and kids.

The good news is that there are recipes for natural weed killer and pest repellants that actually work. Betsy tried them and they worked great…at least for what she did!

Weed Killer

  • 1 gallon vinegar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp dish soap

Mix all in a pump up garden sprayer and go to town!

The weed problem before……

The weed problem less than 12 hours later!!

Natural Garden Pest Repellant

  • Garlic (I had 5 cloves left from dinner), diced
  • An onion, diced
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Boiling water (I used about 4-6 cups)
  • Dish soap

Put first 3 ingredients in a large bowl or saucepan and pour in boiling water. Cover with tinfoil (if you skip this, you’ll be sad. And don’t invite the neighbors over while you’re doing this. The smell travels). Let sit until completely cool. Strain and pour into spray bottle and and add a little bit of dish soap. This is very unscientific. The dish soap helps the mixture stick to the leaves. Spray the plants that are being eaten. I used it on bean plants that bug were chewing all the leaves from. It worked great for that!

Segment 2: Deck Stains

OK, so we know there can be confusion when it comes to choosing deck stains. A solid color deck stain is commonly mistaken for a paint. And is a semi-transparent really better than a transparent or toner deck stain? We’re walking you through the maze of deck stains.

Segments 3 & 4: Hackley & Hume Homes

The last time we talked about the Hackley & Hume Homes, Dan and Betsy did their best to describe the homes and a bit of their history. Now it’s time to get the real history scoop, why the homes are important and some of the programs for the rest of the year. To do this, we’ve invited Erin Schmitz, Program Manager, and Aaron Mace, Assistant Program Manager, from Hackley & Hume to give us all the details. For details on upcoming programs, times, and costs, visit their website.