A Quick Guide to Residential Exterior Styles

Redoing your house’s exterior is a big undertaking. However, it can also be a great opportunity to give your home a new look and an exciting new feel. If you’re planning to do some work in the future, here are some of the most popular residential styles today, and the characteristic elements that can help you make them a reality for your home.

Whether you’re just doing a touchup, or creating a whole new style for your home, keep powder coating in mind for your exteriors. Any aluminum or other metal used for siding, decorative elements, or fencing for the porch or garden can be coated with powder instead of paint in order to create more vivid colors, weatherproof finishing, and chip-proof exteriors. Continued

5 Everyday Things You Had No Idea Were Powder Coated

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There are a lot of everyday household products that you use that you probably assume are painted, when they’re actually powder coated. This just goes to show that powder coating has so many different uses, more than you would think. Here are five things you had no idea were powder coated.

Thumbtacks

These look painted, but that would be incredibly time consuming and tedious. Powder coating thumbtacks makes the job a lot easier, and the coating is much more durable than regular paint would be.

Microwaves

The reason the inside of microwaves are powder coated is because the polymers inside them don’t heat up, which means that it’s not unsafe to use, like paint would be. Powder coating is also non-toxic, meaning your food won’t be contaminated!

Cribs

Powder coating is totally kid and baby friendly, making it ideal for cribs, baby toys, strollers, and anything else that you use to interact with your child everyday. Babies love to chew on anything they can get their hands on, and paint would be highly unsafe if your child was to ingest it. Powder coating is so durable that even the sharpest of babies teeth won’t mark up the coating, meaning your baby stays safe!

Your Bathroom Scale

Anything that is going to be regularly withstanding weight needs to be durable. Especially something that’s going to spend it’s whole life on the floor of your bathroom. Bathroom scales get pushed around and kicked, as well as being stepped on often. A powder coat keeps your bathroom scale looking new long after you’ve purchased it, and keeps it from getting dinged and damaged from spending so much time on the floor.

Fire Extinguisher

Although we always hope there will never be reason to use our fire extinguishers, if the need ever arises, we need them to incredibly durable and heat resistant. Using anything else on the surface of your fire extinguisher would be useless, either melting or getting too heated up. A powder coating keeps your fire extinguisher harm free, so you don’t have anything extra to worry about.

These are only 5 of the many things you interact with on a daily basis that are powder coated, that you probably assumed were painted. Powder coating finish can improve almost any product, and is so many more places than you’d think. You probably have at least ten items in your home that are already powder coated!

Powder Coat Your Kitchen

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A lot of people think of powder coating, and think it only belongs outside. And while it’s true that there are a lot of purposes and uses for powder coating outside, this idea limits you on what you can do with your home! Many items in your house could benefit from a powder coating finish.

 

Transform the steel in your kitchen

 

To give your kitchen a really sleek look, powder coat steel countertops. Try a white powder coating next to your dark stained wood cabinets. Or powder coat your steel cabinets red to compliment your black marble countertops. If you have beautiful white granite countertops, consider getting stainless steel barstools, and powder coat them white to match your counters.

 

Powder Coating isn’t just for metal

 

You can apply a powder coat finish to wood as well. This opens up a world of possibilities in your kitchen. Painting your wooden cabinets is a time intensive product, and for the time that you have to put into it, the time it takes to wear off is disappointingly quick. Powder Coating is a much more durable alternative. Not only will your cabinets look stunning in whatever color you choose, but you can rest easy knowing that they will continue to look like new for a long time.

 

Reinvent your appliances

 

Despite your kitchen appliances looking shiny and modern when you purchased them years back, they’re starting to look a little dingy. Or perhaps you’ve never been able to invest in appliances that match. Your fridge is white, your microwave black, your dishwasher is somehow stained despite being stainless steel, and your oven range has chipped paint and looks unappealing. Powder coating is an easy solution to make all of your kitchen appliances match, no matter their age or manufacturer. This is especially true if you’ve always dreamed of having boldly colored appliances in your kitchen, like bright red or powder blue. It can be hard to find the appliances you want in the colors you dream of. Powder coating makes it more than simple to have the bold kitchen you’ve always wanted.

 

If you’re looking to start small, a great option is to powder coat all of the handles on your cabinets and drawers. This will make them durable and stain resistant, and your kitchen will be completely unique and customized, even with such a small upgrade.

 

There’s no reason not to bring powder coating into your home! It’s place is in the kitchen just as much as it is in your backyard.

Adding Pops of Color to Your Wedding Decor

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bright wedding flowersDo you want to have a wedding that is bright and full of color? Planning a DIY wedding gives you the opportunity to truly customize your decor and feature colors that fit your desired color palette. Here are some ways that you can add color to your wedding decor—in a way that fits your exact color palette. Continued

5 Easy Ways to Restore an Old Bike

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old vintage bikeVintage style bikes are always on-trend, and it isn’t too difficult to find a used bike that can become as good as new with just a few simple restoration techniques—just check a local thrift store, garage sale, or neighbor’s shed. Bike restoration is a highly complex field of its own, and there are entire books written about bike restoration; but even if you are not a bicycle expert, there are some simple things that you can do to make your old bike look like new. Here is a quick look at five simple bike restoration techniques for you to try on your old bike. Continued