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How to lighten a basement that doesn't have windows

Basements: 17 Ways to Lighten and Brighten a Basement, even if you don’t have Windows

Most basements are notoriously on the darker side, so most homeowners are looking for solutions to lighten up the space – both to make it more inviting and also to make it look larger.  Most basements are below the ground or partially below grade so the limited natural light makes things extra challenging.  So I’ve …

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Oil vs water based polyurethane: Which is better for refinishing hardwood floors?

Which type of polyurethane is better for refinishing hardwood floors – oil-based or water-based polyurethane? We offer both options, but I usually recommend oil based polyurethane over water based for dark floors because: 1. It looks better 2. It lasts longer 3. It costs less. So, it seems like a no brainer, right? Well, usually …

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9 amazing warm grays and greiges from Sherwin Williams

9 Amazing Warm Gray Paint Shades from Sherwin Williams

What are the best warm grays and greiges when it comes to paint colors? Gray is currently the most popular paint color.  It’s soft, stylish and neutral…the perfect combo.  Gray also works so well with dark hardwood floors (the most popular) as well as light hardwood floor.  It just seems to work everywhere. But, many …

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Real hardwood vs porcelain tile wood look

Hardwood flooring vs Tile Planks that look like hardwood. Pros and Cons.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hardwood floors vs Tile Planks that look like wood?   I get a lot of calls and comments on my blog asking me whether I think hardwood floors or porcelain planks (that look like wood) are better? It’s a challenging question to answer both because “it depends” and …

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11 Awesome Cool Gray Paint Shades from Sherwin Williams

11 Awesome Cool Gray Paint Shades from Sherwin Williams

What are the best cool grays for painting walls? When it comes to painting, gray is by far the most popular paint color – whether it’s for walls or cabinets. It adds depth and dimension to room (especially when compared to white).  It’s stylish, soft and neutral…the perfect combo.   Gray works so well with …

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Gray blended hardwood flooring stains by Duraseal

New Gray Blended Hardwood Stains by Duraseal

Modern gray, greige and brown-gray stain shades for hardwood flooring Over the last 7 years, gray hardwood has become super stylish and continues to grow faster and faster.  We’ve been getting more and more requests to stain hardwood floors gray.  Some prefer lighter, some prefer darker and some prefer somewhere in between. We’ve usually customized …

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