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Hi there! Welcome to my blog. I'm glad you're here! My name is Alyssa and my passion for DIY and crafting started when I got my first job working at a small hardware store. I worked full time, while also going to school full time and I was eventually promoted to the paint department manager which I ran for about 4 years. Now, almost a decade later, I’ve learned a lot about different techniques, products and design. I started this blog as a way to inspire and share the things that I’ve learned with others!

General Finishes Gel Stain: Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

General Finishes Gel Stain: Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Are you thinking about refinishing your kitchen cabinets, but don’t want to spend the time stripping and sanding the old finish off? I have the perfect solution! General Finishes Gel Stain can give your kitchen cabinets a fresh look. Oh, and make sure to follow us on Pinterest! …

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A Complete Buyer’s Guide To: Types of Paint

A Complete Buyer’s Guide to Types of Paint Walk into any hardware store, and you’ll be overwhelmed with the number of options in the paint department. There are many different types of paint. Today’s paint options consist of oil bases, water bases, and oil-modified bases. In addition, paint sheen is an important factor to consider …

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Safe Green Cleaning Recipes

Safe Green Cleaning Recipes Most cleaning products contain various chemical ingredients such as detergents, disinfectants, surfactants, solvents, corrosion inhibitors, fragrances, and preservatives. Some of these chemicals are classified as corrosives, irritants, sensitizers, carcinogens, or neurotoxic agents. These can be harmful to your health and the environment. Cleaning manufactures are required by the EPA to list …

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Battle of the Brushes: Purdy vs. Wooster

BATTLE OF THE BRUSHES: PURDY VS. WOOSTER DOES THE BRUSH QUALITY REALLY MATTER? Yes. Brush quality definitely matters. As a former Paint Department Manager, I feel responsible for recommending products that work as good as the company claims. If you’ve ever stood in front of the paint brush section trying to figure out which brush would …

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Benjamin Moore Neutral Color Schemes

Benjamin Moore Neutral Colors & Color Schemes Benjamin Moore neutral colors are timeless. They’re an atmospheric and inciting choice- subtle, nuanced colors for any time and every space. Home-buyers are continuing to express that gray colors are their preferred interior paint color. Gray walls present a modern atmosphere, with a fresh and familiar feel. It also …

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How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?

How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter? What exactly is a furnace filter? Furnace filters have multiple purposes. They protect the furnace and clean the air circulating through the house which contributes to good health and well-being. Yes, your furnace filter keeps your home safe by blocking household pollutants! That’s why it’s important to …

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