C & D Hardware, a member of the Houston Heights community since 1951, equips home improvers and to-do listers with provisions for projects large and small. Conquer domestic disrepair with supplies spanning 26 different categories, from lawn and garden wares and paint gear to a vast reservoir of plumbing equipment and special gifts. Purify your home's lungs with air-conditioning filters ($1.39–$27.99), or whittle a moving box into a mini cardboard replica of the Taj Mahal with a box knife ($0.59–$11.89). Metal garden bugs ($18.49–$79.99) spruce up lackluster lawns, while patio chairs ($25.99–$149.99) provide an ideal perch for competitive lounging. The helpful cast of C & D employees assists customers with an array of services, including rekeying locks, computer color matching, and blade sharpening.
Roof Toppers provides fully insured roofing and general-repair needs to creaking, leaking homes. Soothe cranky walls in need of fresh paint with the soft, even brushstrokes of an experienced handyman. Basic carpentry and furniture-assembly services erase evidence of late-night base-jumping practice, and new caulking and grout inspire bathrooms and kitchens to shine. Roof Toppers' intrepid fix-it pros extend their know-how to the skies with tree trimming, perfect for aging arbors yearning for the shapely sapling physiques of their youth. Handymen can also mount flat-screen TVs, pressure-wash home exteriors, and clean foul-mouthed gutters with a heavy-duty ladder, trowel, and therapist specializing in anger management.
Painting with a Twist adultizes the group art class by pairing expert instruction with the option to sip libations and socialize with other classmates. Check the schedule online to view available classes. Each two- or three-hour session will teach you step-by-step how to replicate the featured design (upcoming classes capture everything from flowers to crawfish, cafés, and the rugged masculinity of Burton Gilliam). Canvas, paints, and brushes are all provided, along with a handy stock of wine cups and openers to promote the creative flow. Upon the conclusion of your BYOB painting class, you'll have a 16”x20” painting to hang proudly atop your mantle.