One of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint has been sprucing up interiors and exteriors since 1945. The company has evolved over the years to keep up with the latest advancements in painting technology. Among the multi-hued fruits of this evolution are weather-ready exterior paints, whose modern formulas scoff at the elements and prove ideal for realistic yet unflattering outdoor murals of the neighbors. With more than 1,600 shades to choose from, painters will find it nearly impossible to settle, like a bowl of jello during an earthquake. Luckily, customers can take advantage of the handy virtual decorator to narrow their choices and forecast what color schemes should be applied to which room, such as aquamarine themes for the exotic-fish room, bright primary colors for the inflatable fire escape, and a variety of yellows for a basement filled with antique butter churns.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Keystone Windows & Doors' entry artisans outfit homes with high-quality, name brand, and customized windows and doors. Keystone offers free estimates and consultations for all design projects and promises a lifetime warranty on all labor. Apply $600 toward any window order of 10 or more windows (total of 200 square feet or more) or a fiberglass-door system outfitted with french ($4,500) or french-rail patio doors ($4,500). A six-panel double-entry door system with new hardware, including a deadbolt ($3,500), can fortify homes, and new vinyl, fiberglass, or wood bay windows give couches a clear view of the neighbors next door ($7,500).
Seattle Design Solutions' draperies, shades, and blinds define the mood of an interior space by modulating natural-light exposure and defending privacy. Make an appointment for a free in-home consultation, and interior designers will present eyes with 10 different varieties of window coverings, including full-coverage India Silk vignette roman shades by Hunter Douglas ($435) and translucent SheerWeave 5000 roller shades ($227) that let in sunlight but leave little of the outside landscape to the imagination, interfering with a resident's ability to pretend they're living on Mars. Create dramatic shadows with 2-inch slats of rustic Graber wood blinds ($140) or modern metal blinds ($97) to aid and abet fantasies of living in a 1930s noir film. (All prices are based on a 36"x48" window.)
Since its founding in 1978, the international quick-lube franchise Grease Monkey has maintained its focus on speedy treatments and a detail-oriented approach to auto care. Shop technicians tune up rides with services such as air-conditioning repair, air-filter replacement, and fuel- and emissions-system cleaning. Grease Monkey's signature service, though, is its full-service oil change. After replacing a vehicle's lubricant with GF-5 or re-refined motor oil, technicians perform an entire review of its maintenance needs, referencing the owner's manual and the wise hermit living in the trunk.
All aspiring Bob Vilas know that home renovation is difficult without a Hammer of Ruin and 30 kilometers of duct tape. Today’s Groupon gets you $10 for $20 worth of products from City Hardware. Build a new tree house, a guest room, or a life-size replica of Thunderdome. Locally owned and operated by Marc Gimbel in the South Lake Union area, City Hardware is a neighborhood hardware store with an extensive selection, including products from Benjamin Moore Paints and Míele vacuums.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.