{fourth of july paint sale}

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Celebrate more colors than just red, white, and blue this Fourth of July weekend!  If your long weekend includes painting projects take advantage of our paint sale.

These Hirshfield’s stores open July 4, 2014 from 8am-4pm Apple Valley, Baxter, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Edina, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Monticello, Rochester, Roseville, St. Cloud, Shakopee, Uptown, Wayzata, West St. Paul, and Woodbury.

 Give the paint manufactured in Minneapolis a try! Here are customers’ comments on Hirshfield’s Platinum Ceramic paint:

Hello – I want to commend you on your Platinum Ceramic paint.  I am the worst painter in the world and it’s something I dread doing.  However, I recently decided to repaint a bedroom in my home and I used Hirshfield’s Platinum Ceramic paint. I was amazed at how great it was to work with.  No spatter, dried evenly, easy to cut in with, and on and on.  I have never used such a great paint. I may even live to paint another room or two!  Thanks very much for the great product.

Nancy from St. Paul

My husband and I just finished painting our entryway with your Premium Ceramic Eggshell paint. I wasn’t sure at first because I’d used something “advanced” and “new” from a different paint store and it was very unforgiving. However, I couldn’t be happier with the paint we just used. Yes, it was roughly the consistency of cake batter which was somewhat disconcerting at first but the coverage was amazing and the roller splatter was much less than the average paint. Plus, clean-up was much faster than usual – there was almost no bleeding under the tape. I will definitely use this paint again!

Posted on Hirshfield’s Facebook from satisfied customer R.C.W.

Satisfied customers are our best advertising. Consider Hirshfield’s Paints for your next painting project.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

 

 

{tips for selling your home}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Strategies for Selling Your Home

The housing market is heating up and more homeowners are thinking of moving. When it’s time to sell, there certain strategies you can take when it comes to your window treatments to optimize views and give your home a finished, fresh look.

Shannon Scarrella, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home, says that realtors may recommend that blinds be raised all the way up and out of the way on the sides of the home where the view is best. “I admit that I’m not a big fan of this look, especially when it comes to aluminum blinds or wood blinds,” she says. “The look isn’t as clean when they’re raised. I would be more apt to leave them down but keep the louvers tilted open, especially if it’s a wood blind.”

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{world cup colors}

Brazilian Color Inspiration

There’s currently a lot of attention on Brazil, with the World Cup in full swing and the 2016 Summer Olympics on deck. Whether or not you’re a soccer fan, if you like things with a tropical flair, Brazilian colors might inspire you to add pizzazz to your home.

This entrance has a great feel with an accent wall in mango.

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{friday finds: keeping the neighborhood colorful}

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UofM’s Bee Squad checking on the health of the hive. Do you see Carrie’s (H’s Lakeville) cute bee stencil on the boxes she painted up for the bees?

Keeping the Neighborhood Colorful

This Spring, Bud and Hans Hirshfield teamed up with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab and introduced two honeybee colonies to the environs just outside of downtown Minneapolis.  The Hirshfield’s Hives are managed by the UofM’s Bee Squad as part of their program helping promote the health of bee pollinators.  Beekeeping is no longer only a rural pastime.  Honeybees can be kept in a variety of places – from back yards to balconies to rooftops.  And yes, honeybees can live and thrive within city limits.

Starting with two boxes, the Hirshfield’s hives are growing. In just a month, we’ve had to add additional hive boxes to make room for the new pollinators. Hirshfield’s enlisted the able assistance of nearby Bryn Mawr Elementary School art class who put their talents to work painting the new hives.  In return, those bees are visiting flower and vegetable gardens in the Bryn Mawr backyards.

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The Queen is a tad larger than the other bees.

Name the Queen Bee Contest

Hirshfield’s will be asking our friends and customers to help us name our two Queen Bees.  Watch for details coming soon on Facebook and Color Club blog.

Until then, join us in marveling the fascinating work honeybees and other pollinators perform so tirelessly. We owe them so much.

And for our other furry and feathered friends. . .

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New patients today total 37 as of 6 p.m. and yesterday WRCMN took in 50+ new admits!

They Need Your Help.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville is one of the nation’s busiest wildlife hospitals.  They are in need of volunteers.  WRCMN is looking for adults to help raise orphaned and injured baby birds in their Avian Nursery.

The commitment is a weekly four-hour shift from now through September.

Care involves hand-feeding baby birds, providing fresh food and water to older birds, doing laundry and dishes and making sure the birds have a clean, healthy environment in which to thrive.

WRCMN’s biggest need is on weekday mornings/afternoons and weekend nights but other shifts may be available.

Without hundreds of volunteers, we would not be able to care for more than 8,500 animals every year. You can make a difference in the life of a wild animal!

Visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota at this link to find our how you can help.

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{tips for painting exterior wood trim}

Paint Your Exterior Trim – the Right Way

In these crazy Minnesota seasons, the do-it-yourself homeowner knows that painting an exterior can be tricky. Let’s face it – we don’t want to tackle this project again until we get truly sick of the color. The majority of your home’s exterior trim is wood, which expands and contracts with temperature extremes and retains moisture once the paint film is broken. Unfortunately, this may cause your exterior paint to peel. Hirshfield’s experts Ron Clarin and Mike Adochio from West St. Paul give some stellar tips to make sure you have the least amount of maintenance as possible.Exterior Paint Peeling

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{window treatments for the lake}

Window Treatments with a View

There’s something about a lake view that’s good for the soul. Those peaceful mornings where the water is like glass. Hearing the call of a loon or the splash of a fish. Soaking in nature’s beauty.

When you’re lucky enough to have a lake view, you want to make the most of it. But you also want to have insulation in the winter or perhaps privacy from neighbors next door. How can you balance all of these factors? Diane Larson, is a window coverings expert from Hirshfield’s Baxter, and she says there are a number of products that will work for a lake home.

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{patterns in small spaces}

Friday Finds: How to Play with Patterns in Small Spaces

It might seem counterintuitive—but if you have a small space, pattern can actually make it come alive and seem bigger, not smaller and cluttered as you might expect. Using patterns in small spaces can offer you a chance to show your personality and take risks. Since it’s a small space, it’s less of an investment in time and materials.

Let’s take a look at how you can play with patterns in small spaces to add pizzazz to your home.

  • Incorporate wall coverings.

Today’s wall coverings are nothing like the wallpaper from back in the day. New versions are like pieces of art with amazing colors and design. You can use wall coverings with bold patterns on an accent wall to give a small space an artistic feel or unexpected feel of luxury.

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