Spruce Up Your Yard for Summer

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No matter how much you love winter, spring, or fall, it seems like everyone lives for summer. The warm weather and the longer days provide the perfect excuse to throw a barbeque or just relax on the porch with a cold one. But nobody wants to spend that much time in a yard that looks shabby and scraggly. Here are some ideas for sprucing up your backyard in time for summer.

Paint the Fence

Is there anything as picturesque as a white picket fence? If it’s been a few years since you’ve even looked at your fence and the paint is peeling or looks dull – or maybe you just want a change – then it’s time to revitalize those slats with a fresh coat. White looks crisp and clean but bright blues or yellows can mimic the vibrancy of the season. You could even pick two or three colors to alternate for a bolder look!

Tip: Keep the dog inside the house until you’re done painting.

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Paint the Furniture

Relaxing on the patio after a long day or even longer week is one of the great treats of summer. With the amount of action outdoor furniture gets over the season it’s important to keep it from looking worn and uninviting. Repainting the deck chairs and picnic table is a simple way to make the entire backyard look brand new. Since summer is such a bright and outdoorsy season, aim for bold colors like cherry red or turquoise, or earthy colours like fern green or sand. Alternatively, leave the wood as is and buy some colorful seat cushions for extra comfort.

Tip: If you have the time, sand down the furniture before you get started: the smoother and more even the surface, the easier it is to paint and longer it will last.

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Grow Your Garden

Planting flowers along the fence, beside the edge of a pathway, or in pots around the patio can add the finishing touch to your property. Whether you want perennials or annuals, make sure you know what conditions each plant needs to grow.

Tip: With year after year of record temperatures, pick plants that don’t need too much water and can handle the heat: bluebeard shrubs, butter daisies, and lavender are all good options.

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Add Some Accents

Sometimes it’s the extras that really make a space feel like home. Umbrellas and awnings offer the perfect opportunity to add some pattern to the mix; painting birdhouses can be a fun family activity for any lazy afternoon; and mosquito-repellent candles are an ideal way to shed some light when the festivities last into the night.

Tip: Hummingbird feeders need to be cleaned every 3-4 days to prevent mold and build-up.

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Repaint the Exterior of Your Home

Summer is the perfect time for this. (Don’t worry, I know some people who can do it for you.)

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Rachel Morgan is a Communications Coordinator for WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. Rachel loves to spend her free time reading, listening to music, and enjoying the outdoors.

5 easy ways to give your space a fresh, new look

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For most, the thought of change elicits fear and anxiety  – whether it be knowing how to choose the right paint colour, or picking the right furniture that best compliments your space.  But not all changes have to be grand in order for them to make impact.  Making small changes to a few key pieces can transform the entire aesthetic of a room. Here are 5 ways to change up your space – without the commitment.

Paint key pieces

Whether it be the kitchen cabinets or a set of dining room chairs, changing the color of a few key pieces can change the entire feel of a room.  If you’re unsure of painting an entire room, try doing just the baseboards or crown mouldings to give it a little pop and a clean, linear finish. Painting a coffee table a bold hue can shift the focus of a space and is an easy alternative to freshen up existing furniture.

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Try your hand at removable wallpaper

Try a bold pattern for a statement wall, or a neutral tone for an entire room.  Removable wallpaper is safe and relatively easy to use and unlike conventional wallpaper, doesn’t leave a mess.  Simply measure the dimensions of your walls, peel the backing, and smooth on to the wall using your hand or a flat-surfaced tool.  The best part of removable wallpaper is just that – it peels off easily and leaves your walls intact.

Practice the art of Feng Shui

Re-arranging furniture and fixtures can significantly improve the functionality and comfort of a space. Create a thoughtful seating plan by placing pieces strategically to maximize flow, or take advantage of a blank wall by incorporating descending shelves to keep multiple rolling focal points.

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Change your light bulbs

Summer is approaching and the days are getting longer.  That doesn’t mean you can’t make use of your space at night.  Change your light bulbs to set the mood – if you’re using compact fluorescent bulbs, replace them with a set of incandescent ones to create a softer, calming environment.

Go utilitarian

What better way to change the aesthetic of a space than by removing clutter and any unnecessary decor. There are plenty of affordable storage solutions that can be either incorporated into your space, or put away out of sight to keep clutter at a minimum.

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Creating these small changes can instantly change the look and feel of your space and if you’re not feeling it – no problem!  These small changes leave plenty of opportunity for you to change your mind.

Sayaka Endo is the AR Support at O2E Brands, parent company to WOW 1 DAY PAINTING,  1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me.

Paint inspiration from around the globe

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When it comes to the look and feel of your home – the possibilities are as endless as the inspiration you choose to draw from. Do you have a favorite travel spot or a place that you’ve seen on postcards that you dream of escaping to? With the right choice of color palette you can transform your space into its own enviable destination.

Here are some of our travel inspired favorites and how they can set the foundation in transforming your space.

Caribbean Cues

Living below the equator isn’t the only way to enjoy tranquility year round. For those of you who can’t get enough of the Caribbean’s blue and turquoise waters and golden sun rays, splash your walls with these beautiful hues.

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Choose from an array of warm, sunny yellows to create an uplifting space that is both happy and serene. Or, select vivid teals and ocean turquoises to create a space that calms and soothes just like the water-lapping waves.

Scandinavian simplicity

Choose from the cool side of the color wheel to create a Scandinavian feel in your home. Although IKEA has had its influence the last century through minimalist designs in crisp whites and natural wood hues, the Scandinavian look and feel dates back to days before furniture that could be put together with an Allen key.  

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Crisp whites, greys and icy blues all give a nod the region’s historical landscape of fjords, vast lakes and snowy mountain tops make the perfect backdrop for your version of Scandinavian simplicity.

Asian accents

There are many cultures around the world that celebrate red as the color of good fortune and happiness. In many Asian countries shades of red have a strong legacy that live on through local architecture, art, clothing and traditions.

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Choosing deep, strong red colors are a way to bring this history and culture to your own home regardless of its physical location. If you’re feeling bold, you can paint an entire room in a symbolic red or create an accent wall to bring a dose of good fortune into your home. The celebrations await.

Wherever your travels may take you, be sure to snap a photo to bring the inspiration home

Renee Janzen is the Marketing Manager for WOW 1 DAY PAINTING’s sister company 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Fueled by a passion for people, creativity and productivity, she is a marketer by trade, event planner by nature, and excitable traveler and photographer on the weekends. Connect with Renee on Twitter.

Fun With Wall Decals

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You finished painting your walls, and now you have a clean canvas waiting for decoration. From paintings, to nicely framed photos, to your favorite decor pieces – your options are plentiful. But one of the easiest and most fun ways to decorate your freshly painted wall is with decals.

It’s so easy because you can actually create complex, high-impact designs that are removable and reusable, all in a very short time. A good quality wall decal is more than just a sticker – it can be easily removed from the wall without ripping the paint off or leaving any damage. Don’t like it on the wall by your sofa? Move it by the shelf in the corner. Think that flower looks good in the bedroom but you also need a color accent for the living room? Remove and reuse!

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Wall decals are also excellent decorating ideas when you are renting a place that you are not allowed to modify, and also the next best thing after wall paper – if you’re into that! A decal is a versatile decor accessory that can be tailored to suit any area, whether your wall is drywall, tiles, wooden or plastic panels..

Even better? There is a wide variety of decals that you can choose from to complement your paint color, room layout and the interior design theme. They come in different shapes, sizes and themes, and, if you can afford to spend more, they can even be customized to your own design. Choose from graphic decals, calligraphy, quotes, nature, animals, hobby themes like sports and music, landscapes, and nursery themes. Your options are many and varied!

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To apply, simply peel the decal off the sheet that it’s attached to and position where needed. Apply pressure from top to bottom, flattening the decal on the wall. If you plan a more complex composition, use a pencil to mark the important spots where the decals should go. Measure the work area before to make sure the design fits properly. Use scissors to cut any parts of the decal you don’t want – just make sure you don’t compromise the design!

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If this solution is something you’d like to try, here’s what a decal can do for you:

  1. Liven up a room with no decor while keeping it minimalist.Don’t like too much decor? A simple decal design can perk up the room, without a long term commitment.
  2. Save some money on home decor.When you don’t have a large budget for various decor pieces, decals are a low-cost decor solution for any room.
  3. Create a feature for your interiors. Choose patterns, mix and match.
  4. Bring more color on a dull wall. When your wall paint color is not to your liking and you are not able to change it, add an invigorating splash of color with a decal.
  5. Express yourself. Your passions and hobbies, your favorite quotes and symbols are all great ways to decorate a room so that it reflects your personality.
  6. Redecorate on a whim. Feel like changing your design settings often, or are you getting bored easily? Move decals around or switch them up for a makeover without the cost of new furniture and decor.
  7. Save time. You won’t spend much time adding the decals, and it’s all hassle free!
  8. Enhance a painting job. Love the color of a room, and you want to enhance it? Find the right accent in a graphic decal.
  9. Complement decor. You have it all, your favorite themes and accents, but a decal can complete the theme of the room.  
  10. You can virtually have any design on your wall – without having to paint it and without needing professional help.

Words and Quotes Decals

Decals allow you to be as creative as you want while decorating your interiors. Whether you prefer minimalist room designs, or want to dress up all your walls, you can make use of the available designs on the market and create the space you love. The best part – if you don’t like the result, you can quickly remove everything and start from scratch, without any hassle and at no extra cost.

 

Anca Apostu is an email marketing specialist with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. When she’s not creating email campaigns, she can be found in one of three places: at home, playing piano, catching up on soccer games or reading about music; at a concert; or out for a walk in the woods.  You can also find her on LinkedIn.

Welcome WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Edmonton!

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We are so excited to welcome two of our newest Franchise Partners: Priya Chellasamy and Ajay Achuthan!

Residents and business owners in the city of Edmonton can expect to see their clean, shiny vans and friendly, uniformed painters as these two hit the ground running with their residential and commercial painting franchise.

We had a chance to sit down and chat with Priya to find out what made them say WOW! to WOW 1 DAY PAINTING.

Why we chose WOW 1 DAY PAINTING

As technology entrepreneurs, we launched 2 startups focusing on IT services and product-based businesses in the last 8 years and soon realized our comfort level in the technology domain was also restricting us from exploring other opportunities around us. In 2014, we decided to push the boundaries of our comfort zone and do something different – something we wouldn’t normally do! One thing was clear from Day 1, we needed to partner with a company who has proven track record. We stumbled onto Brian Scudamore’s passionate video on O2E Brands and his new franchise WOW 1 DAY PAINTING – and the rest is history!

Our background prior to WOW

Ajay and I are technologists and engineers by profession. We started our journey in India, experienced the busy worlds of New York and California, before settling down in Edmonton, Alberta for a quieter and more balanced work-life.

Our passions outside of work

Family! I know it’s a cliche but every decision revolves around our 3 beautiful kids – Maya (9), Manu (6) and Max (our 4-year-old Wheaton Terrier). Snow, rain or shine, on weekends, you will find us in one of the river valley trails, off-leash parks or relaxing at our neighborhood Starbucks! Not to mention, Jasper National park is our backyard – unplanned weekend family getaways are the best!

Community Involvement

We volunteer at the Edmonton Food Bank regularly. It gives us immense gratitude and an opportunity to teach our kids the values of kindness and empathy.  

What we look forward to most

Our story is very similar to millions of other immigrants who call Canada “Home”. As a newly married couple, we moved to Edmonton in 2005 and, reflecting back on the last 11 years, we have nothing but extreme gratitude. Now, it’s our turn to give back. WOW 1 DAY PAINTING  will connect us closer to our community and help us empower hard working, passionate people to grow and succeed with us.  

Fun facts about us

Ajay is from Kerala, Southwest state, and I am from Tamilnadu, Southeast state in India. We speak 2 different languages and come from 2 different traditions and cultures. It took us 5 years of campaigning to get our family members lined up for the wedding.

Why we love Edmonton

When you hear “Edmonton”, the words that resonate are extreme cold, dry prairie, hot summers – all things that make us Compassionate, Generous and Resilient People! Our neighbors are our friends, and guess what? We barbeque year-round. Weather does not bother us at all!

We’re so excited to welcome Priya and Ajay to the WOW 1 DAY PAINTING family! Connect with them on their local WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Edmonton page here.

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