Portland Fall Home & Garden Show

Parr Will Be Serving Up Style at the Home Show

The Portland Fall Home and Garden Show will take place October 2-5, 2014 at the Portland Expo Center. Come see us at the Serving Up Style exhibit. General admission is $10 (free for children 12 and under). However, you can print the coupon below for $2 off. The coupon is good only for Thursday and Friday. Admission does not include parking, but parking is free after 4pm on Thursday and Friday.

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2014 Street of Dreams | Happy Valley, Oregon

Win Tickets to the Street of Dreams

The 2014 Street of Dreams will open this Saturday (July 26th) in Happy Valley, Oregon. This year’s event features five gorgeous homes. Each home is unique, from traditional, to craftsman, to Mediterranean and Asian inspired. The home prices range from $850,000 to $1.5 million. The event is open daily from 10am to 9pm (tickets sold until 7:30 pm). The last day of the show is Sunday, August 24th. Admission to the Street of Dreams is $15 for adults. It’s free for children ten and under. Head over to our Street of Dreams contest page to enter to win tickets to attend the event.

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Parr Lumber book drive for the Children's Book Bank

Parr Lumber is Hosting a Book Drive

A child from a low-income family enters first grade with an average of only 25 hours of one-to-one picture book reading. Compare this with 1,000 to 1,700 hours for a child from a typical middle-class home. That’s why from now until August 30th, Parr Lumber is collecting used and new books at our Portland metro area stores (see list below). The books will be given to the Children’s Book Bank. The donated books will then be distributed to children whom normally cannot afford books.

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How to Build a Garden Work Bench with Fencing Boards | Parr Lumber

How to Build a Garden Work Bench with Fencing Boards

We have a fun project today for those of you who love to work with potted plants. Amber, our manager in Albany, is going to explain how to build a garden work bench using fencing boards. This is an easy-to-do project that only takes about 20 minutes. The tools you will need are: drill, tape measure, saw (circular or miter), square and brush. Below are the list of materials and cut list:

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Deck prep products | Parr Lumber

How to Refinish Your Deck

The summer is nearly here and it’s time to refinish the deck to have it ready for the upcoming evenings of outdoor entertaining. The key for your wood deck is to do the correct preparation before you start. If you have an older wood deck, it probably looks pretty dull and grey. To get it back to its correct color, you will need to clean and brighten it first. If you put the new stain on an old, unclean board it will look splotchy and uneven. The good news is that you can clean and brighten your deck in just one day.

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Cinder Block Garden Bench | Parr Lumber

How to Build a Cinder Block Garden Bench

There is nothing like sitting in the garden during the summer and enjoying all the plants and wildlife around you. The problem is finding a nice and inexpensive bench to sit on when you are out in the garden. Have you ever consider building your own? Amber, the manager at our Albany yard, has a great idea that she decided to share with us. This one was pretty easy to build and it was cheap too. All you need are some cinder blocks, some 4×4’s, a little paint, some adhesive and some cushions.

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