The Painting Process

The Painting Process

After years of renting, you finally say good bye to the landlords’ domination over your home décor.  In your hand you finally hold the key to your own home.

The excitement is oozing through your pores.

Just think, now you can hang things anywhere that you want!  No more waiting for approval on what you might be allowed to paint. Now you get to choose your own colour scheme.

Then … the reality comes crashing down when you realize that you know nothing about the process of painting or how to choose colours!

There is excellent advice in a book called ‘Seven Layers of Design’ by Christopher Lowell. He outlines many things, but important to you right now is … how to pick colours that will complement each other and be perfect for the natural lighting that is in your home.

One thing for certain is that you need good advice, because painting makes a difference.  That can be either very good … or very bad depending on your choices.  It takes time and effort and should not be rushed or you will need to do it all over again sooner than you think.

Get a good primer. Then, apply three coats of paint to give deep rich warmth to any room. Be sure to clean the walls first, especially if the previous owner smoked.

Buy good quality paint. Skimping may seem like an economical idea … but it is not! It may be more expensive at first but the results are truly worth it. Stores that specialize in paint supplies can help with finding the correct tools for the job. They also offer little time-saving tricks if you ask.

Where to Buy Paint in Fort Erie, Ontario:

Fort Erie Paints
Address401b Garrison Rd, Fort Erie, ON L2A 1N3

Phone(905) 991-8181
Colour & Design Center
Address: 1233 Garrison Rd, Fort Erie, ON 

Phone(905) 871-5061

Oh, if you choose to hang pictures, paintings, wall art of any kind, get Command Hangers.  They really work well and they save filling in holes everywhere if you change your mind about where things belong.

Embarking on the fun of home ownership is a great adventure.

Go slowly. Love the process. It is a lifelong evolution.

It’s Moving Day… What to Expect?

Moving Day

A few weeks before the move, you donned your ‘octopus uniform’ and began the enormous task of getting all of the preparatory jobs done.

The family’s belongings have been edited down, donated or packed, labeled and sorted into boxes that have been designated for each room. The post office has been notified and forwarding address cards have been sent.

Canada Post: Fort Erie Location
55 Jarvis Street
Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 2S0
Telephone: 1-866-607-6301

Newspapers have been cancelled. Service companies, gas, electric, cable, phone, internet, has been notified concerning both places.

Town of Fort Erie: 905-871-1600

Canadian Niagara Power: 905-871-0330

Enbridge: 905-688-9133

Cogeco Cable Services: 1-800-267-9000

So, what is on the menu for the helpers and the family once you arrive at your destination? They will be tired, possibly cranky and definitely hungry. The children have been registered at their new schools.  (For schools in Fort Erie, check out https://www.forterie.ca/pages/EducationandLearning). 

The moving company, or rental van with helpers and equipment have been settled.

Some moving companies:

2 Men & A Truck: 905-641-2636

Bird’s Moving: 905-682-2646

Harvey Moving: 905-688-2125

 Arrangements have been planned to safely contain the animals until settled in your new accommodations. The former house has been scrubbed so that your reputation will not be tarnished and now it is time to climb into this new adventure.

Before anything is unpacked it is a good idea to have previously researched the local take-out/delivery restaurants. Workers are more cheerful when they are appreciated and their bodies are fed.

When it comes to your Fort Erie dining options, make sure to check out:

http://www.forteriecanada.com/tourism/dining.shtml

Once the first half of the job is done, make beds and relax with the family and friends.

Tomorrow will bring the rest of the story.