Restoring Bathroom Vanities and Bathtubs

Let’s take a look at a few ideas of how to do some restoring bathroom vanities and bathtubs.  Check out my video below:

Restoring Bathroom Vanities and Bathtubs

You don’t have to break the bank when remodeling.  Let’s go over a few ideas to restore certain parts of your bathroom to make it updated, with a cost-effective method in mind.

  • Painting – This is a great cost-effective solution instead of installing a new vanity.  If your old vanity is in decent shape but is outdated, then paint.  This is the most cost-effective way to update your bathroom.  [ video link:  2:10.0 ]
  • Hinges & Door Handles – If your cabinets are in good shape or you just painted them, install new hinges and door handles.  This is a great way to update the look in your bathroom, believe it or not! [ video link:  4:45.0 ]
  • Cabinet Refacing – Paint the “skeleton”/frame of the cabinet, and then have brand new doors installed. [ video link:  5:25.0 ]
  • Reface the bathtub.  This is a great solution to do if you are going to move in the next 2-4 years or if you don’t use the bathtub that much at all. [ video link:  8:32.0 ]

If you need an estimate on updating your bathroom, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Best Home Remodeling to Increase Home Value

What are some of the best home remodeling to increase home value?  Watch Mark’s video below for his short list of ways to boost your home’s value!

Best Home Remodeling to Increase Home Value

Let’s go over this short list of ways to boost your home’s value without breaking the bank. Some projects are less expensive than others.  While others you might spend a bit more, but is sure worth the investment.  Let’s take a look:

Front Door – You can go two ways with this.  You can either repaint or restain your front door.  If the door is in bad shape, then having a new front door and storm door installed is an excellent investment. [ video link:  0:20.0 ]

Kitchen Upgrade – I am not talking about a full remodel, but upgrading some of your selections.  You can do your kitchen over a 1-2 year period of time, as your budget allows.  [ video link:  0:39.0 ]

Additional Basement Bedroom – This is super cost effective.  It is also great because it is adding living space to your home, which is great for the future resale value.  [ video link:  1:02.0 ]

Deck & Patio Area – Most people are updating their deck and patio areas with outdoor cooking spaces with granite countertops, outdoor appliances, and wet bars.  [ video link:  1:17.0 ]

Garage Upgrades – This can be a great way to repurpose your old kitchen cabinets if you are remodeling your kitchen.  Take the old kitchen cabinets and have some of them installed in the garage.  Then, you can either repurpose or get a new countertop for the garage.  Another way is to have an epoxy floor put in.  This is a definite resale value booster but tends to be on the higher side. [ video link:  :34.0 ]

LED Lighting – you can have your current lights get switched out with LED lights throughout.  That is the least way to go.  If you want a larger investment, you can install LED can lights.  This is an amazing look!  

Give me a call if you need any help upgrading your home.  My team and I have been serving the Plainfield, St Charles, Naperville, Joliet, Shorewood, Warrenville, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Best Interior Painting Products | Secrets of Pro Painters

Want the full list of the best interior painting products for your DIY projects?  Watch my video below for the list of my go-to Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore products to use.

Best Interior Paint Products

Let’s get right down to business and give you the full list of my best interior paint products I use on most of my projects over the past 30 years.

  • Garz Primer – This is a great primer for grease stains, applying over bare drywall, and after you’ve removed wallpaper  [ video link:  2:02.1 ]
  • Sherwin Williams Extreme Bonding Primer – same as the list above, great for getting paint to really adhere [ video link:  3:03.0 ]
  • Sherwin Williams CHB flat latex paint – This is great for ceiling and closet painting.  But not a washable product.  Covers well and levels well.  Note, you will need a 2-coat application.   [ video link:  4:28.0 ]
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Select paint –   I like the matte and eggshell finish.  Use eggshell for bathrooms, kitchens, high traffic areas.  This paint levels really well dries down perfectly.  Great wall paint.  [ video link:  6:08.0 ]
  • Sherwin Williams Duration Home paint – I love the matte finish.  This paint wears well and levels well.  It also washes up great. I love it.  It gives you a flat look but at the same time has a bit of sheen. Great wall paint. [ video link:  7:38.0 ]
  • Sherwin Williams Pro Classic paint  – This is a great trim paint.  I don’t like a lot of sheen on trim work, so I go with a satin finish.  This paint levels well.  Note:  make sure you don’t put it on too heavy.  [ video link:  9:30.0 ]
  • Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo paint – this paint brushes on well.  It is a water-based product.  It is great for brush-and-roller.  This paint wears well and levels nice.  It looks beautiful if you need to do a spray application.   [ video link:  10:28.0 ]

If you need any help or need an estimate for your interior painting projects, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the Plainfield, Naperville, St Charles, Warrenville, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Preparing for Professional Painters

It should only take you one to two hours preparing for professional painters.  it just depends on how much you have in your room, and where you will be storing these items for the duration of the project.  Watch the video below:

Preparing for Professional Painters

Let’s go over the quick list of what you need to do to get ready for the painters when doing interior painting projects:

  • Blinds & Window Treatments – Take both of these down and move them out of the room.  Make sure you mark them so you know what window they are to re-installed.  TIP:  This is a great time to clean the blinds and window treatments or send them off to the dry cleaners. [ video link:  0:19.0 ]
  • Electronics – Remove all electronics from the room.  Electronics do not do well with dust, so get the TV, computers, and printers out the room, and cover them up.  [ video link:  0:28.1 ]
  • Pictures – If you want holes filled, take out the picture hooks.  If you are planning on leaving artwork in the same area, then leave picture hooks up.  [ video link:  0:40.0 ]
  • Pets – Arrange for pets to be safely placed in another room or another floor.  TIP:  This is a great time to have the dog or cat go to the groomers or vet for a visit. [ video link:  1:19.0 ]

If you need any help or need an estimate for your home to have some interior painting work, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the Joliet, Shorewood, Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, Warrenville, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Different Types of Decking Material

Let’s go over the different types of decking material, the costs, maintenance schedule, benefits, and drawbacks.  Check out my video below:  

Different Types of Decking Material

Let’s go over the 4 different types of decking material that are being installed in the midwest area of the United States:

  • Pressure Treated – Wolmanized Lumber – This is the most cost-effective material on this list [ video link: 1:59.0 ]
  • Cedar or Redwood Lumber – Cedar looks beautiful with natural, transparent stain;  The maintenance is every  2-3 years [ video link:  5:54.0 ]
  • Ipe Decking –  Ipe decking is a very dense piece of wood and pretty expensive.  Benefits are the lower maintenance schedule. [ video link:  9:32.1 ]
  • Composite Decking Material – Although it is not maintenance free, it requires minimum maintenance;  It is very expensive but becoming very popular due to the low maintenance schedule. [ video link:  14:57.2 ]

Check out the links to each section above to hear all the benefits, costs and maintenance schedule.

Give me a call if you’d like an estimate to replace any rotten decking boards.  We are one of the few contractors in the Chicago area that can replace rotten deck boards and stain them at the same time.  My team and I have been serving the Plainfield, Naperville, St. Charles, Warrenville, Shorewood, Joliet, and Chicago area for 30+ years.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my video on Different Types of Decking Material.

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Best Interior Paint Roller Covers

Want to have the secret list of the best interior paint roller covers to use when doing interior painting projects?  If so, watch the video below!

Best Interior Paint Roller Covers

Let’s briefly go down the list of what are the best interior paint roller covers to use for different projects.  NOTE: Mark even gives you an added bonus for the best exterior roller to use too:

  • Ceiling & Walls – use a lamb’s wool.  
  • Doors & Trim – use a lamb’s wool, soft woven [ Video link: 0:36.3 ]
  • Various Interior Sizes – They range from 4″ – 24″.  Pick a size that fits the project you are doing and what your wrist and hands can actually comfortably handle  [ Video link: 0:57.9 ]
  • Exterior Cover – BONUS – Mark gives you his exterior cover recommendation [ Video link:  1:19.3 ]
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas – Use a Whizz roller.  This is small like the size of a hotdog and good for behind toilets or behind appliances.  This is also good to use if you cannot handle the weight of a larger roller cover.  [Video link:  1:50.2 ]

Give me a call if you have any questions or if you’d like an estimate for interior painting.  My team and I have been serving the Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, Warrenville, Shorewood, Joliet, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Custom Shower Seat and Grab Bars

What are the two must-haves that everyone is installing in their bathrooms when remodeling:  custom shower seat and grab bars!  Let’s watch the video below:

Custom Shower Seat and Grab Bars

Custom shower seat and grab bars are the two remodeling requests we get for most of our customers.  Most are getting rid of that useless jet tub and installing larger showers.  When you have a larger shower, you can now add in a customer shower seat and grab bars.  Why are they so important?

  • Custom Shower Seat – If you need to have surgery, you will be so grateful to have a secure shower bench to sit down on.  Don’t wait until you need the surgery like I did.  I appreciated the medical plastic seat my wife purchased at Walgreens, but I did not feel secure at all.  Here is video link to this topic:  3:42.0 [ built-in shower bench, custom shower seat ]
  • Safety Grab Bars – Ok, let me just address the elephant in the room.  Most of us think that only elderly people need grab bars.  Most think if you have them installed in your bathroom that means you are aging.  Get over it!  When I broke my ankle and my wife needed surgery on her knee for a torn MCL, we both wished we had grab bars.  You will appreciate having that grab bar next to the custom seat bench to help you get up and down without slipping.  Here is video link to this topic:  5:11.1 [ grab bars for safety ]

Heated Custom Shower Seat

If you are going to go to the extent of having a custom shower seat installed, I’d suggest you consider having a heater installed too so that the shower bench is warm and comfortable when you sit down.  Trust me!  Here is video link to this topic:  4:43.3 [ heated bench seat ]

Long Shower Wand 

If you are installing a shower seat, you need to install a long shower wand.  The reason is that you will want to be able to sit on that bench and use the long shower wand to reach across the shower over to you.  The point of the bench seat is to be able to sit down when showering.  Here is video link to this topic:  6:31.1 [ shower wands and shower heads ]

Give me a call if you need an estimate for your master bathroom, hall bathroom, or powder room.  Let’s get your shower ready and safe.  My team and I have been serving the Naperville, Plainfield, Warrenville, St. Charles, Shorewood, Joliet, and all of Chicago are for 30+ years.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my video on Custom Shower Seat and Grab Bars.  

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Priming Walls Before Painting

Why do you need priming walls before painting?  Mark’s video below gives you 4 reasons you need to do this step when painting:  Watch video below:

Priming Walls Before Painting

What are the four main reasons you should be priming walls before painting?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Removing Wallpaper – when you remove wallpaper, there will always be some sort of wallpaper paste residue.  You can clean the walls super clean, but you should prime the walls with a product called Gardz.   It is great to use to get the walls primed before painting.  Otherwise, you will have bubbling and peeling.  Here is a video link to my YouTube video:  0:42.0 [wallpaper paste priming with Gardz]
  2. Bare Drywall – If you have done a room addition or installed some new bare drywall, let’s say there was a hole in your wall, then that bare drywall will need priming.  Here is a video link to my YouTube video:  1:06.3 [bare drywall priming]
  3. Lighter Color to Darker Color – If you want to change up the color in your room and go from a lighter color to a darker color you will need to prime.  Priming here is necessary to make sure the coverage works.  Quick tip:  tint the primer close to your new wall paint color to get maximum coverage.  here is a video link to my YouTube video:  1:32.3 [going from lighter color to darker color paint]
  4. Grease Stains – if you want to cover up grease stains, priming walls before painting is necessary so that it doesn’t bleed through the paint.  Here is a video link to my YouTube video:  1:43.8 [covering up grease stains, what to use]

If you need any help with priming your walls before painting or interior painting, give me a call for a free estimate.  My team and I have been serving the Naperville, Plainfield, Shorewood, Joliet, St. Charles, Warrenville, and call of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Kitchen Island End Caps Options

Adding something to the end of your island is a way to make your kitchen really stand out from all the others around.  Let’s look at kitchen island end caps options in the video below:

Kitchen Island End Caps Options

There are some really cool things you at add to either end of your island in your kitchen.  These are called “end caps” to your island.

If the end cap is near your stove, then consider adding in a display rack for your favorite platters or even a spice rack you can have instant access to.  Also, this is a convenient place to display your favorite cookbooks too.

If the end cap you want to add is near your family room, a sophisticated but useful idea is adding in a wine rack.  

Also, we can’t forget about the pets.  Pets are being incorporated into many kitchen remodeling projects.  At the end cap, have their food and water station set up.  That way, the whole family can eat at the same time.

Give me a call if you’d like an estimate to get your kitchen remodeling project.  We’ve been serving the Elmhurst, Lisle, Naperville, Burr Ridge, Plainfield, Downers Grove, Lincoln Park, and all Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Deck Stripping – Why Should You Strip Your Deck Stain?

There are several reasons you might want to consider deck stripping.  Let’s go watch the video below first:

Deck Stripping Reasons

Deck stripping is a major process.  And honestly, should be done only by a professional deck contractor. Ultimately, if you hate the current color, then you might want to have your deck get stripped down.  Sometimes, going to a lighter colors will make all the difference.

If your current deck product is failing by excessive peeling, then it’s time to get a good deck stripping done by a contractor.

Also, if you want to go back to a natural tone, then getting your deck stripped down is the answer.

Give me a call if you’d like an estimate to get your deck stripped.  Or at least so you can enjoy your deck all summer long.  We’ve been serving the Elmhurst, Lisle, Naperville, Burr Ridge, Plainfield, Downers Grove, Lincoln Park, and all Chicago area for 30+ years.

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