Repcolite Home Improvement Show



A Home Improvement Show all about paint, roofing, concrete lifting, plumbing and anything else you can think of! Sponsored by Benjamin Moore Paints.


  • Fourth of July Fun Facts, Real Estate Bubble Worries?, and Creating a Front Porch Oasis

    02/07/2022 Duração: 55min

    On Today's EpisodeIt's the Fourth of July Weekend and so we're looking at a couple things that are uniquely American! We'll be digging into some fun facts about the 4th as well as an architectural element of our homes that is distinctly American--the front porch. Do you have one? Do you use it? Whatever situation you're in, we've got some creative solutions so you can get out there and enjoy your summer. We'll also be talking with realtors Sue Prins and Ginger Herman about the current state of the real estate market. Do we need to be worried about another housing market crash like 2008? Sue and Ginger have some positive (and calming) news.... 4th of July Fun Facts! [00:00 - 09:43]There's a lot we know about the Fourth of July. BUT, even more importantly, there's a lot of fun/cool stuff we don't! For example: did you know that a teenager designed the current American flag in 1958? Yep . . . he made room and added a couple stars . . . and there you go: history was made!

  • The BEST Father's Day Gifts, How to Become Handy, and The Curb Appeal Checklist

    18/06/2022 Duração: 39min

    On Today's EpisodeWith Father's Day only a day away, it's crunch time if you're looking for gifts. And so we decided to pool our knowledge and resources and provide you with a list of never-fail Father's Day gifts you'll be able to pick up today! We'll also be talking about what it takes to be "handy". A lot of us tell ourselves (and others) that we're all thumbs. That we're not mechanical. All of that. We don't believe you! You're handy. You just don't know it.... Finally, we walk you through a quick curb appeal checklist. These are some key areas of our home that are often overlooked. How does your home measure up? Tune in to find out! Last Minute Father's Day Gifts [00:00 - 18:58]With only 1 shopping day left until Father's Day 2022, we decided to put our brains to work to come up with the best, easily-attainable, Father's Day gifts for any budget! Joining us is RepcoLite's own Ryan Mullen, a new father for the third time! The Money Bags Category Local Craft Beer or Liquor (Ryan's Idea) An Experience for

  • Episode 264: The Butter Zone, Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper Recant, Ego Lawn Equipment Revisited, the Saugatuck Antique Pavilion

    11/06/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: The Butter Zone Two things are accomplished--sort of--in this segment! First, if you had grubs on your yard last fall, NOW's the time to treat for them. Secondly . . . Dan has a new refrigerator and it doesn't seem to be functioning correctly. So . . . he's placed a thermometer inside. This is both a great idea and a terrible idea. We'll tell you why! SEGMENT 2: Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper Recant Several weeks ago, we recommended that you DO NOT use Peel-n-Stick wallpaper on a full room installation. We based that conclusion on a personal experience. However, a few weeks later, we had another personal experience and now, we've changed our minds dramatically. REPCOLITE LOCATIONS THAT CARRY WALLPAPER BOOKS 17th Street RepcoLite in Holland Lakewood Blvd. RepcoLite in Holland Byron Center RepcoLite Plainfield Ave RepcoLite in Grand Rapids Fulton Street RepcoLite in Grand Rapids Kalamazoo RepcoLite (Find ALL of our locations here!) SEGMENT 3: EGO Yar

  • Episode 263: Down the Rabbit Hole

    04/06/2022 Duração: 39min

    Today's show is basically the presentation we gave on June 1 and 2 at the Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville. It's a yearly event that RepcoLite hosts and Hailey and I called this one: Down the Rabbit Hole SEGMENT 1: Meet Our Guides In this first segment, we introduce you to the topic and also to our guides: Elizabeth Gilbert Frank Gehry David Lynch SEGMENT 2: Recognizing Fear One of the key requirements to living creatively is learning to recognize fear. SEGMENT 3: Being Curious Another key trait of creative people is that they are constantly curious! Get out there, ask questions, stop "knowing" so much and be a detective! SEGMENT 4: Taking Time to Daydream A third train of creative people is that they take time to daydream . . . to let their mind rest . . . or to "play and experiment with reality."

  • Episode 261: The Field Guide, Aura Reformulated, and a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

    21/05/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: The Field Guide It's a simple thing . . . but it can bring about a lot of fun for the whole family. Pick up a field guide--for birds, wildflowers, trees, whatever--and turn your outdoor time into a great family scavenger hunt of sorts! SEGMENT 2: Aura Reformulated Benjamin Moore's Aura is the best paint they've ever made. AND, it just got better! We sit down with Benjamin Moore's Kevin Hermann to talk about what improvements have been made and what you can expect from this premium product moving forward. SEGMENTS 3 and 4: A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole RepcoLite and Benjamin Moore are hosting "Down the Rabbit Hole" coming up on June 1. It's a deep dive into some creative pioneers and we'll talk about what it is they do that helps them continually find new ideas. In these segments, we talk specifically about what Hailey and Dan each have personally learned in the process of preparing the event. You can learn more about Down the Rabbit Hole here!

  • Episode 260: Ticks, Common Paint Questions, and a Journey Down the Rabbit Hole

    07/05/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: TICKS It's already tick season! They're gross and their annoying and dangerous . . . but you can avoid them. As long as you've got the right info! SEGMENTS 2 and 3: Common Paint Questions At we have a chat function--like most websites. However, ours is manned entirely by one guy who's always ready with an answer! Peter Ogle runs the chat from 8 AM to 9 PM every weekday and he will go to ridiculous lengths to help customers get the answers they need. Today we talk with Peter about a few of the most common questions he gets. And, he regals us with a story of his most epic chat. SEGMENT 4: Down the Rabbit Hole Coming up on June 1, RepcoLite is hosting our premier yearly event: Down the Rabbit Hole: Finding, and being found by, the next new idea. It's all about creativity and learning how to reignite and recharge your own! And, it's also about free wine and desserts! If you're in the area and would like to join us,

  • Episode 259: 8 Steps to Staying on Budget for your Next Project!

    30/04/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Stain or Paint? We received a great question from a listener regarding some cedar columns outside his home. They're bare wood and he wants them white . . . what's the process, and what products should he be using: Solid Color Stain or Paint? SEGMENTS 2 & 3: 8 Steps to Staying on Budget for Your Next Project (Andy Yates from Andy Yates Design) joins us to discuss 8 ways to stay on budget. With supply shortages and rising prices, this is critical info if you're starting, or thinking about starting, a home renovation or a new build! SEGMENT 4: Hailey's New Best Friend, Lomi Hailey has replaced her inner circle of friends with a new favorite: an appliance named Lomi. Lomi is a countertop composter . . . and Hailey adores it.{sourceid}&nb_li_ms=&n

  • Episode 258: Peeling Paint and Buzzing Bees

    23/04/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Lead Paint Dilemma Hailey's older home has some peeling paint and is in need of some work. However . . . the whole project took a turn when she discovered that the existing paint is lead based. We discuss what the project looks like now and all the things you need to know if you're in the same situation. SEGMENTS 2 and 3: Beekeeping 101 Recently Hailey started considering a new hobby: beekeeping! To get her feet underneath her she attended a meeting hosted by (the Grand Rapids Bee Club) and was blown away by all the info presented. SEGMENT 4: Steel Door Facelift A listener posted a question regarding her front door--a steel door with badly peeling paint. She wanted to know what she needs to do to get it looking great again! It's a terrific project with a big payoff and we cover all the bases....

  • Episode 257: The Glass-Cleaning Miracle, Bookshop Magic, and The Mural Cover-up

    16/04/2022 Duração: 39min

    Segment 1: The Glass-Cleaning Miracle Last weekend, Dan stumbled into a streak-free solution to cleaning windows. It's ridiculously simple and chemical free. Basically, you just need water and these special, microfiber rags (link below). The best news? The system really works! (MicroFiber Glass Cleaning Rags) Segments 2 and 3: Bookshop Magic From time to time, we highlight what we call "Gems of West Michigan"--businesses we want more and more people to know about because we think they're amazing. Wel

  • Episode 256: Reviving Your Hardwood Floors

    09/04/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Chicken Trouble! The chickens across the street from Hailey got out the other day. At first, it was cute. But then, she found that they had The Hunger. Before she really knew what was happening, they were running around, eating road kill, and . . . Well, she'll tell the story. We also highlight the Wooster Sherlock 9" Roller Frame which is on sale through April. SEGMENT 2: Good Earth Tree Care (Brett Nelson from Good Earth Tree Care) joins us to talk about rock climbing, pruning, tree removal, and a wide variety of ways to tell if a tree or branch is unhealthy. SEGMENT 3: Luxury Vinyl Plank (Nick Sargent from Johnson Carpet One in Grandville) joins us to talk about one of the most popular and versatile flooring products out there. SEGMENT 4: Reviving Old Hardwood Floors Luxury Vinyl Plank is a beautiful option for many of us, but there's stil

  • Episode 255: Budget-Friendly Ways to Transition Your Decor from Winter to Spring and more!

    02/04/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: How to Complete Your Spring To-Do List We all mean well! But sometimes life just gets the best of us and we don't wrap up our projects as quickly as we wish. Today we talk about a simple method that will help you get the most important jobs cross off that to-do list! SEGMENT 2: State of the Real Estate Market, Revisited Last week, (Sue Prins and Ginger Herman) were in the studio talking about what it looks like out there for people trying to buy a home. However, there was one thing Sue wished she had clarified. Well, she's back this week to dot those "i's" and cross those "t's"! SEGMENT 3: Budget-Friendy Ways to Transition Your Decor from Winter to Spring Andy Yates from (Andy Yates Design) joins us and dishes out a number of designer tricks to easily move our homes from the cozy feel we created for winter into a more open and airy aesthetic as we head into Spring. SEGMENT 4: Compost Tea If you're composting, here's a tea mixture that you may b

  • Episode 254: Paint Cleanup, the State of the Real Estate Market, Paint Superheroes

    26/03/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Paint Clean Up Spring's here and, for many of us that means Spring Cleaning . . . . So, with that in mind, we talk about some proper ways to dispose of paint tools and also answer one of the the most common questions we receive: "Do you dispose of unwanted latex paint?" The answer is "Yes!" and we've got all the details on this segment. SEGMENTS 2 and 3: The State of Real Estate The Real Estate market is still crazy! Maybe even crazier than it was a year ago. To get the scoop on what it looks like out there, we sit down with (Sue Prins and Ginger Herman from Sue Prins Group Five Star Real Estate). SEGMENT 4: Paint Superheroes The supply chain is causing all kinds of shortages world wide. And, of course, this even trickles down to paint. For years now, we've spent many segments lauding all the positives of Paint Superheroes like Scuff-X and Advance from Benjamin Moore. BUT, as the ability to get those products becomes tougher, it's important to point out that there are TON

  • Episode 253: Where's the Paint?, Carpet Trends 2022, Picture Rails, Avoiding Finish Regret

    19/03/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Where's the Paint? We sit down with Kevin Hermann from Benjamin Moore to talk about the state of the paint industry. Paint companies world-wide are struggling to some extent, to get the raw ingredients necessary to make paint. What's going on? How are things looking? And when's it going to get better? SEGMENT 2: Carpet Trends 2022 In this segment, Nick Sargent from Johnson Carpet One in Grandville joins us to talk about what 2022 will bring in terms of carpet styles. SEGMENT 3: Picture Rails Dan hung some art in his living room and couldn't, for the life of him, get the pieces in the right spot. So he kept adjusting and moving them and pounding new holes in the wall. In the end, his plaster walls looked like they were they scene for a mob hit. That led him into a long internet search and he ran into an old design concept that might be worth a new look: Picture Rails. SEGMENT 4: Avoiding Finish Regret There are a LOT of paint finishes out there. And finding the right one for your project isn't alwa

  • Episode 252: Harald Bluetooth, Part 1; Design Trends 2022 with Andy Yates; Harald Bluetooth, Part 2

    12/03/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Harald Bluetooth, Part 1 Most of us don't think twice about the technology behind some of the items we use everyday. And if we do, chances are we certainly don't think about how that technology got its name or its logo. Well, today, we look at the surprisingly old (and fun) origins of the Bluetooth name and logo. This segment is part 1. SEGMENTS 2 & 3: Harald Bluetooth, Part 1 We sit down with Andy Yates from Andy Yates Design to discuss the design trends of 2022 and what that means for all of us. If you're interested in contacting Andy, his info is below! (Learn more about Andy Yates Design) SEGMENT4: Harald Bluetooth, Part 2 We finish up the Bluetooth story and talk about how you can win a

  • Episode 251: The Power of Pickles, Skip's Painting: An Origin Story, & the Best Paint We've Ever Used: Optima

    05/03/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: The Power of Pickles Pickles and pickle juice may have some remarkable health benefits! (Here are just a few!) SEGMENTS 2 and 3: Skip's Painting--An Origin Story We sit down with Dan Schipper from Skip's Painting to talk about Aura Bath and Spa and Scuff-X from Benjamin Moore. However, along the way we end up the importance of finding satisfaction in the work we do.... SEGMENT 4: Our NEW Favorite Paint! We knew RepcoLite's new OPTIMA was a tremendous wall paint, but we had no idea how remarkable it really is! Hailey put it to the test on a tough project in her dining room and was stunned at the workability, hide, and coverage it offered as she went from white walls, to a deep blue. (Check out Optima here!)

  • Episode 250: Painting the Ceiling Like the Pros, Garage Heaters, Zombie-Defying Paint Kits

    26/02/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Painting the Ceiling Like the Pros Kevin Hermann from Benjamin Moore sits down with us to talk about how the pros paint ceilings! Use a ceiling paint -- not just a flat wall paint! Brush Cut the ENTIRE ceiling in first Keep a wet edge when rolling and work across the ceiling in 4' x 4' squares When you apply your second coat, roll the paint in the other direction (if you go East-West for the first coat, go North-South for the second) Don't overapply your paint Turn the heat down a little before you start! Some products to consider: RepcoLite's Elements Ceiling Paint Benjamin Moore's Super Hide Zero Benjamin Moore's Premium Ceiling Paint (great when you are painting with a color on your ceiling). SEGMENTS 2 and 3: Garage Heaters Hailey has big plans to turn her garage into an art studio. Thing is . . . we live in Michigan. And that means she has to find a way to heat it in the winter and cool it in the summer. Here are some of the heaters/air conditioners she's found that might work... SEGMENT 4:

  • Episode 249: Ironing Wood, Home Gym Colors, Caulk 101, Dual Flush Toilets

    19/02/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Ironing Wood Sure, it's an old trick . . . but we've never tried it before. This week we try to remove dents and dings from unfinished wood with water and an iron. And the results were amazing! SEGMENT 2: Home Gym Colors Last week we talked about creating a home gym. This week, we dig into some colors you may want to consider. SEGMENT 3: Caulk 101 In the paint world, caulk is probably one of the least flashy topics! And yet, when it's done right, your project will look amazing. When it's done poorly (or not done at all) . . . well, the results suffer. SEGMENT 4: Dual Flush Toilets We received a question about Dual Flush Toilets and conversion kits. Are they worth it? Well, to get the answer, we contacted (the experts at Service Professor) and (Mark DeVisser from Great Lakes Plumbing.)

  • Episode 248: A Skunky Valentine, No More Scary Basements, Home Gym Flooring Options

    12/02/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: A Skunky Valentine What do you do when your dog is sprayed by a skunk? Break out the tomato juice? Toss her in the bathtub? Actually, the right answer involves baking soda, peroxide, and a little dishsoap--just don't leave it on the fur too long, since peroxide could bleach it! (Here's the article we reference along with a tried and true recipe for de-skunkification.) In this same skunk segment, we "about-face" and transition to some Valentine's Day Trivia. Do you know why women of the middle ages ate hedgehogs? Check out the segment to find out! SEGMENTS 2 and 3: No More Scary Basements Basements often feel uninviting. (And that's putting it mildly). However with a little bit of work and some paint, you can take that old, block wall "dungeon", and brighten it up significantly. We talk about everything you'll need to know to get the project underway. SEGMENT 4: Home Gym Flooring Options In this segment, we sit down with Nick Sargent from

  • Episode 247: The Art of Purging (the Home!), Primers 101 with Dean Veltman

    29/01/2022 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENTS 1 and 2: The Art of Purging (the Home) Getting our homes decluttered and organized isn't always easy. It takes work--physical and emotional! On the show today we talk about some of the reasons we all hang onto far too much stuff . . . and better, we discuss some positive steps to help you start the purge! SEGMENTS 3 and 4: Primers 101 with Dean Veltman We've all heard about Paint and Primer all-in-one products. Today, we sit down with professional contractor, Dean Veltman from Veltman Painting, to discuss his thoughts on those products. From there, we walk through some of his favorite primers for tough situations.

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