The Amazing Work of the Ikea Hackers

As hands-on, creative people, we love Ikea Hackers – a blog dedicated to customizing and making the most of the “Build-it-Yourself” furniture.

Ikea hackers use a shoe rack to hang a flat screen TV.

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Ikea Hackers turn bookshelves into a fab bar.

Have you been inspired by Ikea Hackers but don’t have the skills to pull off the “hack” yourself? Give us a call at 416-520-1161 to discuss the project, or just use our super-simple online “book-a-handyman” form.

Odd Job’s Out-Of-This-World Wallpaper Murals

One of our corporate clients wanted to create a more engaging atmosphere for their employees, and they knew exactly who to call. Our team had done work for these folks before, and they had learned through experience how important quality, efficiency, honesty and above all, creativity is to us.

We added photo murals to two office walls, one featuring Star Wars, and the other, Star Trek. Pretty cool, eh? 

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May the Force be with these clients and their cool new space.

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Boldly go where few offices have gone before… a photo mural!

What a Tiled Backsplash did for this Kitchen

Our client had just moved in and wanted to do a few upgrades to her kitchen. We tiled the backsplash. What do you think?

 

Before and After: Basement Stairs

The basement stairwell of this house had seen better days, and it was time to patch up some holes, add a railing and give the steps a rich new finish.

Before: Patching Staircase Walls

Our first job was to repair and paint the stairway. There was a lot of damage to smooth out in the stairwell to get ready for painting.

With the wall fixed up, a railing was installed for added safety.

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You should always have a handrail in your stairwell, so we’ve installed one here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Staining the Stairs

Finally, we taped up all the walls to protect our hard work, and gave the steps a rich new finish.

Like the result? Check out what we were able to do for another homeowner’s stairwell with some paint and a carpet runner, and don’t forget to take a look at our service list for halls and stairways if you’d like to know what we’ll do for your stairwell!

Installing Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, right? And all it took to give this house an awesome facelift was a new door and a fresh coat of paint!

The old door was muted and drafty – it had to go. The home owners wanted us to repaint the stairs as well – this colour draws too much attention.

Before: Worn door and porch

This old door will come out, and the steps will no longer be the focal point.

With a draft-stopping new door in place and the steps painted out in beige, this house looks 20 years younger, don’t you think?

After: New Door

Browse through more exterior home projects in our gallery, or if you are a Real Estate agent looking an occasional handyman to work with your home owners, give us a call at 416-520-1161.

Halls and Stairways – Service List

The hallways and staircases are the arteries of your home – high traffic areas that must be safe for everyone to use, as well as prime real estate for showing off a collection of photos or creating built in storage.

Odd Job can help:

  • Hang Pictures and Art
  • Lay carpet runner in halls or on stairs
  • Refinish the stairs or hallway floors
  • Install or replace banisters and railings
  • Paint the walls of the halls or stairways
  • Install pet or baby gates
  • Add built-in storage under staircases or on large landings.

Before and After: Carpeted Stair Runner

Wooden floors are beautiful, but wooden stairs can be slippery and dangerous. Adding a carpet runner is an easy way to add comfort and safety to your home.

First, we’ll sand down the steps so they can be primed and painted.

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Plain wooden stairs, ready for a makeover.

Now, this plush carpet runner will ensure that these stairs are safer and nicer on the feet, and the new paint job will ensure it stays beautiful for a long time!

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After: Painted and Carpet Installed

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Instead of steep and slippery, it’s the comfort of carpet.

Here are some other examples of what Odd Job has done for our clients’ halls, stairways and landings. Be sure to check out our service list for hallways and stairs, and remember, it only takes a minute to book an Odd Job handyman!

Backyard Clubhouse – Handyman Style

Backyard Clubhouse: Handyman Style

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A backyard clubhouse isn’t nearly as cool as it should be when the roof is leaking.

The Smitherson family learned this the hard way when their daughter Nancy began complaining about the conditions in her outdoor hideaway. She and her friends were being rudely interrupted by spring showers.

Upon our arrival, we immediately knew what to do. We removed the worn cedar shingles and gave the roof a full update. Rain will no longer interrupt the tea parties at this clubhouse!

We offer a wide range of exterior home improvement services. Whether you need a backyard clubhouse or a shed, gazebo or even a playground,  Give us a call at (416) 520-1161 or book our team online.

Before and After: Repairing Drywall in a Flooded Basement

Basement flooding not only ruins whatever belongings you might have stored downstairs, but it also can cause rot and decay in the drywall, insulation and wood that make up the walls. That’s what we found inside the walls at this house when we came to replace the drywall of a guest bedroom.

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Gutting the mould and rot from the basement bedroom walls.

Fully Insulated Walls

The walls have been repair, insulated, and taped back up. Ready for drywalling.

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Floor cleaned up and good as new.

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The seam is invisible where we repaired the lower half of these walls. Painted and trimmed out.

Check out more photos of our basement adventures, and take a look at our service list for basements and garages. Fill out our online “book-a-handyman” form and we will help you with all of your downstairs projects.

Before and After: Adding Mosaic Tiles in the Kitchen

The property owner at the Egencia Agency was so impressed with the work we did, they called us back to do some tiling at an adjacent residential property.

In the kitchen, they wanted to add some drama to this small space by tiling it. Here we are preparing the space.

Preparing to Tile Wall

The soon-to-be feature wall in the Kitchen.

We installed a mosaic feature wall made up of glass, ceramic and marble tiles.

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After: The finished feature wall

A border of the same tiled mosaic was added to the rest of the kitchen to tie it in.

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Tiled Border in the Kitchen.

Check out some of our past kitchen projects and read our service list for kitchens. If we can help you, then take a minute or two to fill out our online “book-a-handyman” form and our team will be mobilized to transform your kitchen!