The Ferguson network of stores carries an extensive selection of equipment and supplies to overhaul or update automobiles, gardens, kitchens, baths, and patios. Beef up a bare tool belt with a Bostitch rip hammer ($25.99) or a 10-piece screwdriver set ($13.49). Spruce up drab rooms and lackluster family pets with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore paint or air out an arid space and improve Darth Vader impersonations with an oscillating desk fan ($17.99).
Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. These works are indisputable masterpieces, but prints and posters of them are ubiquitous enough to make them tiring. For decorative artist Alexis Carberry, one of the joys of her job is creating things that no one has ever seen before. “People can’t even fathom the things I can come up with for them.”
To create each singular masterpiece, Alexis kicks off projects with in-depth consultations. The client can present polished ideas or just a color scheme, theme, photos of the space, or a favorite Rorschach blot. In response, Alexis sketches several ideas until she and her client decide on the ideal design. Wielding high-density, fume-free acrylic paints, she then sets to work on walls, canvases, or furniture. Depending on the size, projects can take up to several weeks to complete; but if properly maintained, they can last a lifetime.
For more than 35 years, America's Star Window Washing’s crew of magicians has been making windows practically disappear. Customers can call upon the fully insured cleaning technicians to do simple home window washing or to bring along commercial height-ascension equipment to reach skyscraper windows or the bifocals of local Paul Bunyans. America's Star’s crews also tackle other household-maintenance projects, such as carpet and gutter cleaning, power washing, and house painting.
Inside Bee N? Crafty?s kid-friendly studio, shelves of unpainted items await the painterly inspiration of brush-wielding guests. The customizable collection includes decorative pieces, such as figurines and coin banks, as well as functional items, including mugs, bowls, and plates. When they aren?t adding life to these scores of ceramic pieces, guests can sharpen their creative instincts with beading projects, woodcrafts, and acrylic painting on canvas, or attend one of the monthly craft workshops. No matter the chosen medium, the studio accommodates both small groups and large parties, and welcomes guests to bring their own refreshments.
Tub Klass aims to save homeowners the cost of replacing a dingy or slightly damaged bathtub, instead refinishing the tub to restore it to its gleaming former glory. The company does this with its own products, which it created after extensive trial and error. So developed has Tub Klass's methods become that the company now teaches classes on bathroom refinishing. Its techs can tackle other tub-related projects, too, including liner removal, chip and crack repair, and stone-fleck refinishing.
For more than a century, Ring's End has put quality home improvement products in the hands of homeowners and contractors. A Stanley FatMax level ($30.99) ensures all paintings and ouija boards are hung correctly, and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Regal Classic paint ($40.19) creates a vibrant new hue on staid interior walls. Fiberon composite decking ($2.95+/ft.) helps to craft sturdy, colorful backyard-grilling platforms and arrives backed by a 20-year limited warranty. Handymen and women can keep tools easily accessible, organized, and ready to travel with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag ($144.99), which holds more than 100 hand tools and includes six zippered pockets to hide worksite snacks from Bob Vila.