Monthly Archives: November 2015

Home Improvement Tip

Wallpaper Removal

When taking on a project such as wallpaper removal, the first thing we think of is “What chemical can we use to make it easier to remove?” The simplest and safest way to remove wallpaper is vinager and hot water. It has been used longer than any chemical on the market. The hot water looses the wallpaper glue, while the vinegar helps dissolve it.


  1. If your wallpaper has a coated finish, pulling off the top coat is your first step or scoring the wallpaper will speed up the process. Specialty tools are sold in most hardware stores to help score the wallpaper.


2. Spray on and let sit for a few minutes.


3. Then scrape the paper off with your putty knife.


4. Ready for a new coat of paint.

Color Trends

Sherwin Williams 2016 Color of the Year


A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year. At a time of interconnected commotion and overstimulation, Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds. It is the true neutral to set the tone for 2016.

“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring white.”

Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing. Sherwin Williams

Artist Showcase

The Beauty Of Painted Stairs Around The World    
Abandoning the flat canvas of buildings, some street artists take to the stairs, transforming them into magnificent works of urban art. It doesn’t matter whether it’s with paint, plants, mosaics or wallpapers – the end goal is beauty, shared and enjoyed by all. This phenomenon is not a localized one and is happening all around the world. Here are 3 of the 20 – link to article.
Philadelpoa, USA
Philadelphia, USA
Seol, south Korea
Seoul, South Korea
Poznan, Poland
Poznan, Poland

Color Trends

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year
OC-117 Simply White; layered whites, diffused light… ambience, surrender to the complexity of white. As per Newton’s theory of color, white is not one color, rather, it is the product of all colors of the spectrum mixed together at once. Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is an off white. This off white is a warm, soft white with a touch of yellow, it is a great trim color. White is one of the most common colors in nature, the color of sunlight, snow, milk, chalk, limestone and other common minerals. In many cultures white represents or signifies purity, innocence, and light, and is the symbolic opposite of black, or darkness.