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painting garage floor

Transform a Damp Garage to a Creative Studio

  Recently, I spent a few days in an artist friend’s cold and damp garage fresheningcontinue reading

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10 essential tools for common home repair tasks

10 Essential Tools for Quick Home Repair Results

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Recent Projects

Handy Gal Tools replaces old handrail brackets

Replacing a wobbly handrail is easy and offers peace of mind.

finished dresser with original pulls

A quick bedroom furniture update with paint can brighten any room.

Ikea Hemnes Bath Storage

My senior clients need accessible storage that is easily reached.

Handy Gal Tools tiles a backsplash

Tiling a backsplash can have such a dramatic effect on your kitchen design.

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“Laurie has done several small jobs for me and I couldn’t be more delighted with her work.  She provides a much-needed service for those of us who continue to live on our own but sometimes need a helping hand.” – Audrey K. 89

“When it came to doing some painting in my bedroom I knew I wanted Laurie McLean to do it for me. As I’m in the business of home staging, I have lots of resources of painters to choose from. I chose Laurie.” – Dana Smithers, PRES Staging Design & Resource Centre

“Both my parents (93 & 87) live in a care facility for the past 2 years. Despite receiving excellent care from the staff, I felt as if I was drowning in a sea of “to-do’s”…Laurie has been a life saver.” – Candace L.

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