Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dining room update

So this is my dining room which is right off from the kitchen and is open concept to the living room. I was just feeling like the two spaces were not meeting together well. We were getting a little bit more younger in the living room and older in the dining room, does that make sense?
So I needed to do something to make this space feel more modern, now we are doing this in steps. First things first I am going to paint my dining room!

This is the living room, that chair does not fit in the space. I really wish it was black but you try telling my husband it has to go!

So this is my table top, it was really damaged in some spots and needed some help.

Since there was some sort of finish that was not coming off easily with sanding I knew I had to prime it. So I put two coats of primer on the table.

So first I painted the table in a "soft black" but once it dried it looked grey or navy blue. Not the look I am going for. So then I went back and got a colour called Black Onyx, and it did the trick!
So then about that light fixture. Don't get me wrong I do like the light but i really did not like the one i had in my foyer. It was way to dated.

So the plan was to get a new fixture for the dining room and move the fixture that was in the dining room into the foyer.
I love my new light fixture! It works really well with the contemporary and modern.

So once the table was done I realized that my grandmothers china cabinet isn't really going with the overall feel of the room. So I am considering moving it into another room and making it into a book shelf. Don't tell Grandma ;)
Also I am going to paint the table behind the sofa (to the right of the picture) black as well.
So the plan now is to find an area rug first! Find something with white, creams, and black to tie everything together.
Then I am going to match the rug to some fabric to re cover the chairs.
Once that is done i am going to go on the hunt for a buffet/sideboard. I am thinking it will go on the wall that the china cabinet is on now. It will need to be very long and not too wide. Then I will either paint it black or white.
Also I am pretty sure I will be painting my entire upstairs a darker grey...
Stay tuned to see what madness I get into next!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Spare Room Closet Makeover

So we have a very small "bedroom" in our house and it had a twin bed in it and a desk. Everything was feeling very cramped. I really wanted to make the room feel as big as it possibly could. The desk I have had for at least 4 years and it just isn't working anymore the drawers were very hard to open and it just doesn't fit the space. So I cleaned out the closet and I could NOT make myself take a picture of the before, it was just to crazy in there.
But this is a picture of the mayhem, literally. So my plan was to make an office out of the closet. I needed a shelf and something to use for a top of a desk. But as I don't work at home or spend time at a desk I decided that I really didn't need a work area like a desk. So I just decided to make it for storage with a drawer bin and a filing cabinet and some shelves.
First things first, green closet sorry you gotta go. I used some paint that I had from my hallway downstairs to save on cost. It's a little darker than the room colour but I feel it works really nice. Then I painted the top in a soft white.

I recovered the old shelf in a black, white, and cream drawer liner 
I found at the Dollarama.

Then I bought a shelf from Home Depot, I think it was like $16.97. Then I picked up two decorative brackets for $8.99 each.

 I also got 3 jars with stainless steel lids to put things like scissors, pens, erasers in.
When all was done I have much more room in my tiny room and also I get to just close the door on all my bills! Win win

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Stairs Uplift

So these were my stairs....we have a "raised bungalow" house. Which really means that when you come into our front door of our house you are greeted with some stairs going up and some going down. Which would be fine but we had this ugly blue carpet which is stinky and dirty. Enough said the carpet has to go!
The only problem was is we didn't really know what was underneath. We were praying for hardwood but in a 15ish year old house like ours it was very doubtful.
Moment of truth what is it going to be? Thank God I have my coffee to get me through this one!

So it could have been a lot worse. We have this wood which was stamped grade D, which is not a fail! We went back and forth on what we were going to do, we finally decided to TRY and stain this not so pretty wood and see what it looks like. But first thing  all the carpet, staples, glue, and nails has to go.

So once the stairs were clean they don't look all that bad. We had to sand it a lot, used 60 grit all the way to 120. Then we cleaned it up really well by vacuuming all the dirt and dust away.
NOW the moment of truth, will the stain work? The answer is YES! This is our first coat of stain on the stairs. The reason we did the stain first is because it ends up getting everywhere! No matter how hard you try you get speckles all over the place. So a good thing to remember is messiest painting first.
This was the stain we choose which matched our other floor in our house very well.
This is what the stair looked like after just one coat of stain and about two coats of a clear protective layer.
So we painted all the risers and the sides white, this is just the prime and our first coat. The most important thing I can tell you is take your time and tape off really well. If you rush this job you will no doubt regret it once it dries and you pull the tape off. For best results use a hair dryer to warm the tape while you pull it off. It's kind of  hard to believe that what was under our stairs could turn into this! It looks amazing already!

So this is the paint we decided to use on the back or risers of the stairs due to the fact that it is super durable and will hopefully hold up well to all the wear and tear these stairs will be put through.

And this is it ladies and gentlemen. It took us 1 1/2 days to finish from top to bottom. We are more than happy and it not only looks good but the house feels cleaner without the carpet :)
So the grand total of this project was $84.97! I cant beleive it myself! Best money I have spent in a long time!
That total includes stain, sealer, paint brushes, paint.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Closet Face Lift

Have I ever told you that my favorite pattern is Chevron. It is so perfect, it is modern but also can be contemporary when used with the right colours. I like to think our bedroom is a little modern/contemporary. Modern in the sense of the colours but contemporary in the sense of pattern and we have no straight hard lines in our room. So I wanted to do something in our poor little closet, for some reason when we paint a bedroom we usually don't paint the closet! I have no idea why we don't do it. I guess it is a lot of work taking all your clothes out but anyways I have had enough of the ugly blue in our closet. So I definitely wanted to do something different, I mean where is the fun in just painting it grey?
 So I thought I will do chevron in white and grey! Yes it was a brilliant idea and may or may not have seen it recently on Pinterest! Anyways I did NOT think it was going to be tough at all, I figured i only needed about 3 hours for the taping and the painting. Well reality sunk in and I was at it for about 6-8 hours!! YIKES!
 Its a lot more work than you think and all your calculations have to be perfect or it won't look good. So this is what you have to do. You have to measure your wall you are doing length wise. Then whatever that number is you need to divide it by how many chevrons you want. For example my closet was 41 inches wide and I wanted 5 chevrons 41 divided by 5 = 8.2 inches.
So start at the top of your wall and make a mark at the 8.2 inches. Then from that mark make another mark 8.2 inches and so on until you have all your marks across your wall.
Then measure 8.2 inches down the wall make a mark go across and make a mark at 4.1 inches across then continue from that point going back to 8.2 across the wall. Then use the tape to connect the two dots and continue down connecting the dots from the up down down up. Until your wall looks like this. You need to cut the tape at the point of each chevron with a exacto knife (which is a pain in the you know what!) Everything that is covered in green tape is going to be grey. Everything in grey is going to be white. 
Overall it was a lot of work but it does go well with the room and such a small little space can have a huge impact. I love it!