{wallcovering wednesday: when to go retro with wallpaper}

Retro is Relative

Your children might think of the 1990s as retro, while your grandmother is nostalgic for the 1930s. For you? Maybe the 1980s are more your style. So whether it’s the bold colors and psychedelic patterns of the 1970s, the delicate florals of the 1930s or tiny geometric designs of the 1950s you’re looking for, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

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{window treatment wednesday: window covering safety month}

Protect your Children from Window Cords

The statistics are frightening: since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

In an effort to keep young children safe, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the CPSC have teamed up to remind parents and caregivers that October is National Window Covering Safety Month. The campaign’s goal is to heighten awareness of the potential strangulation hazards window cords can pose to young children and toddlers.

In recent years, the window covering industry has redesigned its corded products and developed cord-safety standards. However, millions of older corded window coverings have not been retrofitted by consumers and many new parents are sometimes unaware of potential cord dangers.

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{elegant and affordable window treatments}

Tips for adding elegance without breaking the budget

Are you one of those people that shops for home furnishings and is somehow automatically pulled to the most beautiful items that also happen to have the biggest price tag? You’re not alone and unfortunately, so often elegance and affordability do not go hand in hand. This is the case for window treatments as well and finding elegant and affordable window treatments is a real challenge. We consulted Hirshfield’s Window Treatment manager, Shannon Scarrella, to get her tips for adding elegance to your window treatments without breaking the budget. Shannon says yes you can have elegance and affordability and shares a few tips:

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{friday finds: exterior painting tips for fall weather}

Goldsmith Painting

Goldsmith Painting

Things to know when painting in cool weather

Rather than endure the sweltering summer heat, many people prefer to take on exterior painting projects in cooler, more temperate fall weather. However, crisp mornings and warm afternoons often give way to cool evenings and when the thermometer drops, painters must take heed of special precautions. If you’re considering applying a new exterior paint color to your home this fall Hirshfield’s expert, Mark Masica, says the best time to paint is typically between 10:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. He also has recommends these exterior painting tips for fall weather:

50-degrees

Masica says, for best results you should not apply paint or stains in temperatures below 50-degrees. Not following these guidelines can cut years off the life of the paint job, before cracking and loss of adhesion set in. However, Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing has a complete line of premium 100% acrylic latex paints and primers that have been specially formulated to be used in temperatures as low as 35°F. Keep in mind, in ideal situations, the air and surface temperatures should not drop below 35° for 36 hours after application to allow proper drying and film formation.

Start on the sunny side of the house

In the hot and humid summer months, it’s common practice for painters to begin painting on the shady side of a house and working around the home to avoid the glare of the sun. In the fall, it’s the exact opposite. When possible start painting on the sunny side of the house and follow the sun around your home.

Be patient

Keep in mind that lower temperatures mean slower drying and longer curing times, which means be patient. Allow ample time between coats, generally 24-hours. Masica adds, “this is especially critical when you’re painting with darker colors, which have more colorant, or when applying a latex paint over an alkyd primer.”

Pay attention to the dew points

Here’s a thumbnail meteorology lesson, the dew point is the temperature at which moisture will condense on a surface. So, what does this mean for you painters? Paints, stains, or primers should not be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. Remember that all surfaces to be stained or painted need to be clean and dry. If dew forms on a painted surface that hasn’t had a chance cure properly, you may experience some water spotting or surfactant leaching problems, especially in darker colors.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

 

{window treatment wednesday: picking the right window treatment}

Shop at Home to find the Right Window Treatment

In the store or on the pages of a magazine they seem so perfect, so beautiful and ridiculously simple to install and yet like so many things, do-it-yourself window treatments are not always what they seem. There are so many variables to consider when selecting window treatments and there is no manual that tells you how to pick the right window treatment for your room. In the absence of professional advice, we increase our probability of selecting the wrong blind, installing it and then living with these window treatments, convincing ourselves each day that they’re not as ugly as we think!

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{wallpaper solutions for your home}

Wallcovering Wednesday: Fabric-Backed Vinyl Wallpaper

Fabric backed vinyl wallpaper is a great solution to many common wallcovering problems. This wallpaper has durable fabric backing and a vinyl surface, which makes it almost invincible. They’re a superhero against dings, scratching, stains and standard wear and tear without being damaged. The benefits of fabric-backed vinyl are virtually endless. They come in many different textures that are just not achievable with paint, they can be easily cleaned with water, soap and even most household cleaning agents without ruining the wallpaper. If your home has wall damage, this wallcovering is great at covering up imperfections.

Fabric-Backed Vinyl

Thibaut’s best-selling fabric-backed vinyl is Bankun Raffia. It adds natural flare to a room in a wide variety of agreeable shades.

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{how to choose a paintbrush}

Friday Finds: What Paint Brush is Right for You?

Don’t suffer through beginner’s errors when it comes to painting; make an educated choice with your paint brush. You may not think about your paint brush as much as your paint color, but Roseville Sales Associate at Hirshfield’s, James Stoffel, believes you really should. So, what brush should you be using? It all depends on the project you’re going to tackle.

Exterior Painting Projects

Generally exterior paints are latex or acrylic based. An extra firm brush with man-made bristles will work the best. Stoffel explains that without a synthetic brush,“when it’s warm and humid the bristles will start to get soft and not follow your direction.” The cleaner line of a firm man-made brush will give you more control.

Detail Painting

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