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Home Painting by Todd

Todd painting a home

ToddSummer and fall are excellent times in the Bay Area to undertake a home painting project. If your home is in need of a paint job, consider Todd, a proud member of our Repair Referral Service. Todd began painting over 35 years ago while in college at the University of Vermont. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in geology, he found himself in San Francisco, where he began working with a painting contractor restoring Victorians.
With an ability to finish difficult and daunting projects and a keen eye for detail, Todd earned a painter’s license and founded his own painting company in 1994. Todd’s philosophy for these last 22 years is based on providing a great product for a fair price. He understands the need for the right tools, the right paint, a great crew, and a clean, solid methodology. Todd knows that there is a big difference between “working harder and working smarter.”
Todd painting a home“Creating a great product in an efficient way,” Todd says, “involves building a solid foundation through great communication, thinking ahead, and completing a series of building blocks in a careful, efficient, and thorough manner.” All of Todd’s newly hired employees receive personal training and oversight in order to improve their skills and strengthen their contributions to the team effort. Todd hires and trains people who are able to think ahead, work conscientiously, and double-check their work at each phase, ending with great results.
One of the most common sayings in the painting industry goes: “Prep is everything.” On older homes, this often involves thorough removal of old, peeling paint before anything else happens. Fortunately, Todd is EPA-certified for lead paint removal and has decades of experience in keeping the work environment clean and safe. Once the paint has been removed, it’s time to apply wood hardeners or primers as needed, refasten any loose boards, replace any rotted trim, apply epoxy fillers, caulk, prime again, and then, finally, paint.
Todd works in both the City and the East Bay and can be reached through our Repair Referral Service at homerepair@colehardware.com or 415/753-2653 ext. 3.

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Amy Howard at Home® Hands-On Workshop

Amy Howard at Cole Hardware

Amy Howard at Cole Hardware

Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
All Cole Hardware Locations

We’ve been raving about this paint for its ease of use and ability to transform furniture or cabinetry without stripping, sanding, or priming. Here’s your chance to see for yourself at our hands-on demonstration! Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint™ is a water-based paint that adheres to most any surface. Paint directly on old wood finishes, concrete, iron, stone, Formica, and more. It dries to the flat, chalky finish that we covet on antique pieces found at a Paris flea market or our favorite second-hand shops. Wax and dusting powder finish off the furniture for an authentic vintage look.

We will go through the painting, waxing, and dusting processes, and all materials will be provided. The class is free, but please register so that we have enough materials and refreshments on hand. To register, visit colehardware.yapsody.com, e-mail service@colehardware.com, or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4.

We hope you join us for inspiration to take on a painting project at home!

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Our Online Urban Gift Registry

COLE HARDWARE is pleased to announce our new online Urban Gift Registry service. Traditionally, gift registries have been the domain of department and hopresentme stores; however, we get many requests for a more practical registry of tools, hardware, and garden supplies. Because many couples get married now at an older age than in generations past, they often are merging established households and may not need many housewares. And with a fixer-upper in San Francisco costing a pretty penny, many couples starting out just don’t have a big budget for remodeling after a hefty down payment. They may choose the do-it-yourself route to make their house a home, thus needing a sturdy drill or a gallon of premium Benjamin Moore® Aura® paint more than a formal set of china. Registries are also no longer just for weddings. They are now common for housewarmings, birthdays, and first apartments or even for recent high school graduates heading off to college. With the mild weather and casual lifestyle we enjoy in the Bay Area, it’s not unusual for couples to register for a deluxe Weber® grill or Big Green Egg® to entertain their guests year-round or for garden tools for their outdoor areas that need some help. A registry assists friends and family in choosing a thoughtful gift desired by the recipients and allows friends and family far and near to send a gift to a newlywed or new home owner and feel they are part of the celebration. Community Partners are also welcome to set up a registry for items that they are in need of for their operations.
To set up a registry online, just click on the registry link on our home page. You can also visit our store and handpick the items you would like in your registry. One of our registry attendants will scan the items you choose, and we will set up your registry so that your loved ones can order your gift online, order by phone, or purchase it in the store. We’ll keep track of what is purchased, too, so overlapping gifts are not a problem, and we will even deliver your gifts in the City for free. Our Urban Gift Registry is available for our tool, garden, and home departments—basically our entire store—whatever your occasion. To set up an appointment at one our stores or for any questions, simply e-mail service@ colehardware.com or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4.
— Rick Karp, President, aka Keeper of the Karma

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Meet Ricardo, Professional Painter

meettheauthorHow did COLE HARDWARE get so lucky to meet Ricardo, one of the top-notch painters in our Repair Referral Service? Ricardo was introduced to us by another of our fine tradespeople, and he’s quickly become part of the family. A member of our Repair Referral Service for about six months now, Ricardo has been generating nothing but compliments on his professionalism, fine work, and fair pricing. Ricardo has a unique background, coming to the United States from El Salvador. He has a long resume that precedes his paint contracting business, having been an airplane mechanic and earning his EMT certification. A member of two local unions, Ricardo has worked in some of the City’s residential skyscrapers. When considering all that’s needed to repair and maintain a home, a new paint job is often the first “go-to” project that is highly cost effective. Ricardo says, “When clients make a decision to paint the exterior or interior of their home, they should always choose a top-quality paint like Benjamin Moore,” which is, of course, sold at all four of our COLE HARDWpainterhouseARE stores. According to Ricardo, a paint job will hold up longer with a top-grade paint, thus adding to both the value and enjoyment of your home. Ricardo takes great pride in seeing his clients’ reactions to a completed paint job. He believes a new interior paint job can be a great mood elevator! If you aren’t sure of a color, Ricardo will help you select the ideal shade. Ricardo never schedules more than two jobs at the same time. This allows him to personally oversee all projects, keep overhead low, and pass the savings on to you. Ricardo has obtained EPA Lead-Safe certification, so he is knowledgeable about the rules and regulations regarding lead paint. Most houses built before 1978 have been painted with lead paint. Ricardo employs a technique for sanding and disposing of lead dust that keeps you and your family safe during the painting process. When Ricardo is not painting, he parents his two children and coaches professional soccer. If you would like to get a free estimate to paint your home or business, inside or out, contact Ricardo through our Repair Referral Service at 415/753-2653 ext. 3 or e-mail homerepair@cole hardware.com.

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