{bachman’s spring ideas house 2017}

Bachman's Spring Ideas House 2017

Photo credit MSP Magazine

Urban Farmhouse

Each year the Bachman’s Spring Ideas House marks the end of winter and welcomes  a season of warmer weather and beautiful spring colors.

The theme for the 2017 Spring Ideas House is Urban Farmhouse. This transformation from season to season takes place in the historic Bachman family home on Lyndale Avenue. Truly an urban farmhouse.

A neutral background palette allows the colorful spring florals and accessories to be  focal points throughout the home. If you’ve never been to an Ideas House the design team does an amazing job creating charming vignettes with new items, up cycled pieces, and vintage pieces.

Look for these key trends for 2017:

  • Fresh contemporary meets vintage permanence
  • Shades of grey against farm fresh white to create warm contrast
  • Floral Patterns and Ditsy Prints add dimension to our simple farmhouse decor
  • Galvanized metal and reclaimed wood used for accent and function
  • Botanical greens from dominant fiddle leaf figs to refined ferns

Barn door Bachman's

Photo credit MSP Magazine

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{NuWallpaper by Brewster Home Fashions}

NuWallpaper

Playroom goals from @terrimchugh

Peel and Stick Wallpaper

NuWallpaper is the latest innovation in wall decor. This peel and stick wallpaper collection has all of the beauty of modern wallpaper styles while being easier than ever to apply and remove.  NuWallpaper goes up in minutes and comes down in seconds!

Printed on a premium substrate that is completely removable and will not damage walls, this new peel and stick solution saves you both the time and money of ordinary wallpaper. Simply peel and stick on any smooth, flat surface.  You might recognize some of the patterns from traditional wallpaper books. Read the rest of this entry »

{magnolia home wallcovering}

magnolia home wallpaper

It was only a matter of time, right? Joanna Gaines has partnered with York Wallcovering for her first wallcovering collection aptly named  Magnolia Home.  This new wallpaper collection offers 16 signature designs in multiple colorways, with the core of the collection in neutral, black, and white

The designs and colors in this collection reflect Joanna’s very approachable style to decorating that we see on her TV show Fixer Upper. Patterns include shiplap, blueprints, quiet polka dots, vintage farm toile, botanicals, 1930s newsprint and a watercolor buffalo check.

An added bonus for consumers is that her wallpapers are backed with York’s Sure Strip® technology making for easier installation and easier removal.

Skinnylap wallpaper

Skinnylap – not to be confused with shiplap!

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{friday finds: creating aged gray wood}

 

Cottage paint Hirshfield's

This is it. These are the only supplies you’ll need to start and finish this DIY project.

Are you a fan of the look and feel of rustic well worn barn wood? Beth (Hirshfield’s Woodbury) shares her quick and ridiculously easy tutorial on how to age wood using Cottage Paint products.

Here are directions for creating gray barn wood from new pine boards.

Quickly sand the wood with 60 grit sandpaper. Distress your boards and dust.

Cut one of Hirshfield’s yellow cellulose sponges into 10 pieces (so it’s a nice size to fit in your hand). Get it wet and wring it out so it’s pretty damp. With the sponge, pick up a little Cottage Paint in Antique White, and wash the board so you can still see the grain. Allow the board to dry at least an hour.

Using another damp sponge* piece, pick up some Cottage Paint Asphaltum Glaze and wash it over the paint.

If your project needs additional protection, Cottage Paint Flat Varnish works great.

Hirshfield’s Credit Manager shares this tip: If this finish is too dark, use the same procedure except after the white dries, lightly dry brush on Cottage Paint Shadow for a nice antique look.  Ben did an entire wall with his method and it turned out great.
Cottage paint display

Check out the back of Roseville’s Cottage Paint display – Do you see the “weathered” boards in different colors? The possibilities are endless using the Cottage Paints and glazes.

 

Cottage Paint on oak.

Oak sample showing the different steps.

How’s that for an easy-peasy DIY? Beth, and all her Cottage Paint skills, works her magic at Hirshfield’s Woodbury.

*wash out your sponges, as they’re reusable

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.

{homemade Christmas ornaments}

‘Tis the season for skiing, sledding, and holiday decorating. The snow came a bit later than usual this year, but Christmas is on the same schedule. So, whether you delayed decorating your home until it really felt like the season — or would like to add some fun decorations to a job you’ve already done — here are some of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments.

Stamped Burlap Ornaments

Credit: Bliss Bloom Blog

Credit: Bliss Bloom Blog

Have a burlap bag? Know how to use an ink stamp kit? You’re well on your way to creating some natural, organic looking ornaments. As an added bonus, the burlap is wrapped around foam balls. No glass, so this DIY project from the Bliss Bloom Blog is ideal for small kids.

Plain Glass Ornaments Brought to Life

Credit: The Sweetest Occasion

Credit: The Sweetest Occasion

DIY doesn’t have to be dull. Plain glass ornaments can become ornate pieces of art with The Sweetest Occasion’s project. The keys are a colorful coat of paint swirled around the inside of the glass and a dramatic touch of gold leaf applied to the outside. Read the rest of this entry »

{fall painting tips: when is it too cold to paint?}

man with paintbrush painting wooden house exterior

 

There’s a chill in the air and a few leaves are already falling. It’s autumn in the Midwest, meaning time to pick vegetables from the garden, visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch, and enjoy the fall colors.

But it’s also time to check your to-do list and finish up the projects you skipped during the summer. It’s not too late to paint your front door, exterior walls, or outdoor trim, but the clock is ticking.

Fall is a great time to paint your home. After all, you don’t have to fight the summer heat. But you should follow these rules:

  • 4290_130Most exterior paints and stains should not be applied in temperatures lower than 50° F. However, Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing has a line of premium 100% acrylic latex paints and primers that have been specially formulated to be used in temperatures as low as 35°F.
  • Temperatures should not drop below 35° for 36 hours after application to allow proper drying and film formation.

Here are some other tips to make your fall painting project successful:

  • The best hours to paint in the fall are between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • During this summer’s heatwave, we advised painting in the shade. In the fall months, paint your way around the house in the other direction. Follow the sun to speed up drying times.
  • Paint dries more slowly in lower temps, so if you need a second coat, wait at least 24 hours to let the first coat fully dry.
  • Watch those dew points! Paints, stains, or primers should not be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. (The dew point is the temperature at which moisture will condense on a surface).
  • Check the wind speeds. During the summer, a nice breeze is harmless. Now, even a 10 mph wind can fling falling leaves onto your wet paint! So be careful!

If you have any more painting questions, or need help choosing the perfect fall color, visit our experts in the paint department at your local Hirshfield’s location in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, or North Dakota.

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.

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{inside the bachman’s 2016 fall ideas house}

 

The 2016 Bachman’s Fall Ideas House has so much to see, we needed two blogs to do it justice. Last week, we toured the new Bar Shed. This week, we go inside.

tablescape_Bachman's

The theme of this year’s Fall Ideas House is “Warm Days, Cool Nights,” featuring a mix of terracotta hues, shades of blue, cozy textures, and natural elements. You’ll see mixed metals with green plants and lush florals, with Hirshfield’s paints on all of the walls. Here are some of the highlights.

Living Room

The living room has enough ideas to fill the house, from the metallic leaves above the mantel to the autumn scene filling the fireplace down below. Read the rest of this entry »

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