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.


  • Episode 224: Why are Barns Red?, Cramped Bathroom Makeover, Drywall Anchors, and Furniture Shopping 101

    07/08/2021 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Why are Barns Red? The red barn is an icon of rural America. But why red? We've got the answers... SEGMENT 2: Cramped Bathroom Makeover Interior designer Lauren Figueroa talks about how she took a dated, cramped bathroom and made it feel large and spacious without changing the square footage! (Check out Lauren's work here!) SEGMENT 3: Drywall Anchors Sure, when hanging objects on our walls, it's best to anchor them into studs. But, that's not always possible. In those situations, you may need to use a drywall anchor. However . . . there are a wide variety of them and some far outperform others. We've got the scoop! (Here's the video we referenced) SEGMENT 4: Furniture Shopping 101 Furniture is a major purchase and it's important to get it right. Today on the show, we discuss a number of things to consider before you hand over the money for that new couch!

  • Episode 223: Decluttering, the Mud Nook, Kitchen Cleaner Review, Painting Foundations

    31/07/2021 Duração: 39min (CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR FULL SHOWNOTES PAGE) Segment 1: Decluttering We all have cluttered spaces in our home. And yes, sometimes, we've spent a good number of months letting them get that way. But the good news is that decluttering is manageable! In this segment we talk about a few simple steps that will help you get started. Segment 2: The Mud Nook Many of us would love to have a huge mudroom . . . . Benches, ample storage for boots and coats . . . . But most of us just don't have the space. In this segment, we speak with (Michaela Noelle from Michaela Noelle Designs about a small mudroom "nook" she and her husband pulled together). Segment 3: Kitchen Cleaner Review We discuss 4 of the internet's most recommended kitchen cleaners and see how they perform. Also, we stumble into another cleaner that is basically a weapon of near

  • Episode 222: Color Consultations, Deck Transformations, and Pictures We Forget to Take

    24/07/2021 Duração: 39min

    Segment 1: Color Consultations We often mention that we have color consultants in our stores that are ready to help. However, some people may be left wondering what exactly a color consultation is or when they are helpful… so to give us some insight on the process we are joined by our Fulton St. Color Consultant Myra Maness. Segments 2 and 3: Deck Transformation Coating a deck is probably the most common exterior DIY project. Yet most of us are prone to avoiding the process because the prep work can take days. Luckily there is a way around this! We’ll tell you exactly how we made a deck look brand new in under 5 hours! Segment 4: The Pictures We Forget to Take Whether we like it or not most of us are attached to our phones, so why not put them to work? We discuss some of the smart ways to use your phone's camera as a tool during your next project.

  • Episode 221: Refrigerator Makeovers, The Ups and Downs and Window Treatments, and Home Foundation Concerns

    17/07/2021 Duração: 39min

    Segment 1: Refrigerator Paint Job We received a question from a listener wondering if it was possible to paint his refrigerator. Actually, it's a relatively simple project provided you follow a few basic steps! Segment 2: The Ins & Outs and Ups & Downs of Window Treatments! Judy Cissler from (Gotcha Covered of Grand Rapids) joins us in the studio to discuss window treatments. We talk about the terminology and how you can decide which ones are right for your home. Segment 3: Foundational Issues Zack Krieger from (Ayers Basement Systems) speaks with us about concerns regarding the foundations of our homes. He talks about some common problems and the solutions. And of course, he provides us with a number of things to look for so you can determine if your home's foundation needs a little expert help. Segment 4: Refrigerators Revisited To wrap up the show, we return full circle to refrigerators. In the opening segment we talk

  • Episode 220: Nagging Laundry Room Projects, 8 Key Design Elements for Kitchens, Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Kitchen

    10/07/2021 Duração: 39min

    Segment 1: Nagging Laundry Room Projects We talk about these things often, but that's because they're important AND easy to forget about! So today we cover a couple laundry room maintenance tasks that you should be accomplishing. Segments 2 and 3: 8 Details to Consider in Your Next Kitchen Update We chat with Interior Designer, Lauren Figueroa, about eight design details you may want to consider if you're looking at a kitchen update. Check out her blog post below: (8 Details to Consider In Your Next Kitchen Update ) Segment 4: Kitchen Updates on a Budget Not everyone is in a spot right now where a full kitchen update is possible. (I'm not!!) And so, for those of us in that situation, we thought we'd talk about the tremendous difference a simple kitchen cabinet repaint can make in your home!

  • Episode 219: The "Old Glory" Story, Flag Etiquette, Styling Shelves the Easy Way, and Finding a Contractor

    03/07/2021 Duração: 39min

    Segment 1: The "Old Glory" Story Dan recounts the dramatic tale of how the flag won the nickname "Old Glory". Segment 2: Flag Etiquette There are rules when it comes to proudly displaying the old "Stars and Stripes". And we're going to bet that a number of you are breaking at least one or two of them! We talk about the proper way to respectfully display the American Flag and we talk about the rituals that make up the "retirement" ceremony of a flag when it reaches that age! Segment 3: Styling Shelves the Easy Way (Interior Designer, Michaela Noelle), joins us to talk some key mistakes to avoid when styling shelves. She also walks us through her 4-step process to beautiful built-ins! (4 Steps to Style Your Bookshelves by Michaela Noelle Designs) Segment 4: Finding a Contractor Contractors are crazy busy right now! We talk with RepcoLite's sales manager, Ryan Mullen about the best

  • Episode 218: Recycling the Right Way, Common Questions, and Beautiful Lawns All Summer Long

    27/06/2021 Duração: 38min

    Segment 1: Recycling the Right Way Are you a contaminator or are you shutting down recycling plants?? There are big stakes when it comes to what we put in our recycling bins. Learn how to avoid the most common recycling mistakes! (Kent County Accepted Materials) (Recycling 101) (Grocery Bag Recycling) Segment 2 & 3: Meeting the Man Behind the Chat Peter Ogle from our online chat joins us in the studio! Peter has been manning our online chat from 8am - 9pm M-F to make sure your questions can always be answered. Today we go over some of the most common questions. Segment 4: Beautiful Lawns All Summer Long Dan inherited a flawless lawn when he bought his house and it's been stressful knowing how to keep it looking great. We have tips to take the guesswork out of having a healthy, beautiful lawn this summer. https://www

  • Episode 217: A Father’s Day Story, Ladder History, The Best Tape, Saving Your Carpet

    23/06/2021 Duração: 39min

    Segment 1: Happy Fathers Day! Dan recounts some of his favorite childhood memories of his Dad and the lessons that come along with them. Segment 2: The Unexpected History of Ladders There are a lot of everyday tools and objects that we take for granted. We never stop to think where it all began...In the case of the Ladder its story begins in Spain, as cave paintings, that date back to 10,000 BC! We dig into the innovations as well as the 40 years of bad luck! (Fun Superstitious Fixes from History) Segment 3: Is Painter's Tape worth it? Taping is our least favorite part of the paint job and most masking tapes will still allow paint to bleed through. Leaving you to wonder; is it really worth it? We put 7 painters tapes to the test to find out! (Check Out Our Test Board for Some Razor Sharp Results!)

  • Episode 216: Easy Inspiration in a Snap, EGO Battery-Powered Tools, Repelling Mosquitoes, Fixing Those Fences

    15/06/2021 Duração: 38min

    SEGMENT 1: COLOR CAPTURE Last week we talked about finding color inspiration in unexpected places. Now we highlight a tool that can turn your inspirational photos into a color palette of Benjamin Moore colors. You won't believe how fun and easy it is to match the colors you are inspired by. What is this magic tool? Tune to find out!  SEGMENT 2: EGO BATTERY POWERED YARD EQUIPMENT Dan recently purchased new lawn equipment when he saw a deal for EGO battery powered, string trimmer, blower and Hedge trimmer. In the past he preferred gas or electric so he was interested in putting these battery powered tools to the test! The reviews are in... SEGMENT 3: MOSQUITO WARS  We see a lot of articles claiming that planting things such as lavender, citronela, lemongrass and Rosemary will keep mosquitos at bay...However, there is more to the story. We have put together a system that combines natural ways of taking your yard back from Mosquitos. (Homemade Insect

  • Episode 215: Finding Color Inspiration, Egress Windows, Fixing Those Fences!

    05/06/2021 Duração: 39min

    Segment 1 -- Welsummer Hailey launches the new Instagram Color Palette for June and discusses the inspiration behind it: a previous customer who chose her entire color scheme for her home based on the varied colors of eggs in her chicken coop! In the segment, we discuss the importance of looking everywhere for inspiration when it comes to paint colors. Segments 2 & 3 -- Egress Windows with Ayers Basement Systems We are joined by Zach Kreiger from Ayers Basement to discuss the value of Egress Windows. Zach runs through everything we should be considering if we are debating installing an egress window. Segment 4 -- The Ugly Side of Fences In this segment we address old, grayed, and weathered fences. They can detract from the look of your property and there really are some great stain and sealer options out there that will help you improve their appearance. Also, even if the wood is cedar or pressure treated pine, a sealer or stain will protect it and help it last much longer!

  • Episode 214: Memorial Day, Vinyl Siding Maintenance, and Spalling Concrete

    29/05/2021 Duração: 39min

    SEGMENT 1: Memorial Day  Dan flies solo and shares stories of families with fallen heroes. As we enjoy the festivities this weekend, let’s take pause to remember what Memorial Day represents. (A Simple Day by Yolanda Acevedo) (Stories of Those We Lost) SEGMENTS 2 & 3: Maintenance Free? The maintenance-free promises of vinyl siding often come up short. Even vinyl needs regular maintenance such as cleaning and inspection. We talk about how to catch the problems your siding might be hiding and answer the age old question...can you paint it? SEGMENT 4: Here Comes the Judge  Tick magnet, Dan, is ditching the trails for neighborhood sidewalks... and what kind of Home Improvement Show would this be if he didn’t spend those walks noticing...and perhaps, judging the homes he passes? Luckily we have the solution to a common problem he is seeing.  

  • Episode 213: To Paint or Not to Paint

    22/05/2021 Duração: 39min

    Segment 1: Tick Explosion Tick populations are exploding in Michigan! Warmer winters and bird migration have contributed to a rise in the tick population in west Michigan. We talk about a few simple ways to help protect your whole family this summer. (More info on avoiding ticks!) Segment 2-3 : Where Do You Stop? Is painted trim right for you? We weigh the pros and cons of painting your trim and explain how to tackle this project yourself. We also discuss the growing trend of painting the trim colors other than white! The sky's the limit for color but if you aren't painting all the trim where do you start and stop? Tune in for an easy rule of thumb. (Where to stop when changing colors) Segment 4: Junk Royalty  Dan is clearing out the barn! We know he’s not the only one with junk to get rid of

  • Episode 212: Black Gold

    15/05/2021 Duração: 39min

    On this episode: Composting is a great way to cut down on the amount of trash filling your garbage can . . . . We talk about the how-to's and even jump into a little science to make sure you're off on the right foot. Supply chain shortages are impacting many industries right now. We discuss the problem and the outlook with Brad Krause, president of Service Professor. There are small projects that can improve the curb appeal of your home. We dig into a few of them and discuss a number of considerations when choosing color!

  • Episode 211: The World in Blue and White

    08/05/2021 Duração: 39min

    On this episode: We speak with Michaela from Michaela Noelle Designs about her latest project. White's white, right? Nope! We discuss undertones in paint colors and how to train your eye to see them! RepcoLite's president, Dan Altena discusses a couple cutting edge products that recently hit the shelves. Dan and Hailey give 12-Stars and 4 Thumbs-up to another Gem of West Michigan. Maybe it's time for a road trip!

  • Episode 210: An Unlikely Hero

    01/05/2021 Duração: 39min

    On this episode: Tulips are a big deal here in Holland, Michigan, but do you know where they came from originally? Or that they were eaten during WWII? Or that they helped a Dr. solve a medical mystery? We interview Kelly Karp from Landscape Design Services about making our outdoor living spaces amazing! Responsibly dealing with unwanted latex and oil-based paint.

  • Episode 209: Wainscoting . . . the Gateway Project

    24/04/2021 Duração: 40min

    On this episode: When it comes to DIY skills . . . we all have to start somewhere! Installing wainscoting is a popular weekend project. Is it right for you? Sick of mosquitos? Mosquito Shield might be the answer you've been looking for....

  • Episode 208: A Little Ghosting Problem...

    17/04/2021 Duração: 39min

    On this episode: Digging in the dirt actually does reduce stress! We interview Jason Slenk from Overisel Lumber regarding some of the different types of wood available when building a deck. A deep dive into CLR: Brilliant Bath -- one of our favorite bathroom cleaners! Ghosting . . . thermal tracking . . . it goes by a number of different names. We'll tell you what it is and how to fix it if you have it!

  • Episode 207: Breaking the Rules with Libraries and Rugs

    10/04/2021 Duração: 39min

    On this episode: Creating a Personal Library Using Area Rugs to Define a Space with Johnson Carpet One Another Gem in West Michigan: Heritage Architectural Salvage and Supply!

  • Episode 206: Recharge, Refresh, and Relax!

    03/04/2021 Duração: 39min

    On this episode: Introducing RepcoLite's April Color Palette: Recharge Keeping our Basements Dry with Ayers Basement Systems Which Deck Product is Right for You?

  • From "Woe" to "Woah!"

    27/03/2021 Duração: 39min

    On this episode: Avoiding pitfalls when choosing colors for your next paint project The great power washer debate: Gas or Electric? Seller's Paradise: what do you need to do to your home if you're getting ready to put it on the market?

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