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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dresser makeover

Well after our little hiatus we are back and although we haven't been posting we have certainly had our fair share of projects.  I am hoping that I can remember them all so that I can share what's been going on at our house.
This fall found us at an almost empty nest stage with only our middle son at home, and he comes and goes, so a lot of time it is just the two of us.  So, more time for diy's.
After Jordan left for school I decided it was time to redo his bedroom.  It had been painted grey with black stripes for his older brother, and it was desperately in need of a remake.  We painted the walls Benjamin Moore, Silver Fox and then it was time to do something with this dresser that was stuck in the 80's.

I used some leftover paint from the walls of the spare room, Benjamin Moore, Muslin, added a  little white grout, to make my own chalk paint, and refreshed this ugly old chest of drawers that I bought for $20 years ago. It was time for a facelift.  
 Originally  I thought that the TV might fit into the space when I removed the doors,  and the top, red velvet lined drawer, but it was just a little too tall. I decided to leave the top the original stained wood, and I am pleased with the overall look.  A little bit of sanding to distress and this piece was almost done.
(I  just noticed the state of this room when I took the before picture. Boys!)

I debated about the hardware for several weeks, but a trip to Lee Valley Tools and we were good to go.  I decided that the dresser could use some femininity so I chose the glass knobs for the upper drawer ( it is all one, but looks like 3) and then  did a hammered finished handle for the bottom two.

This room is very tiny.  That is the extent of the wall space at the head of the bed.  We took the closet door off years ago, and I made a fun patterned curtain instead.  Luckily it is deep and holds a multitude of items.

That is an original piece of art (and I use that term lightly) on the wall above the bed.   Stay tuned for another post.  You won't believe how I created it and you can do it too.  See you soon.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hallway Goals

This was by far my most favourite thing I had done in this house! I knew the second I saw that hallway that I wanted stripes. This project did take some time but it was more than worth it! 

Remember when I said that the house was painted all a yellow cream... well here it is again, not only the walls but also the trim and ceiling! Best part was painting everything white and not having to worry about trim or ceilings.

Once everything was painted a fresh white it was time to get started. This hallway had been on my mind for a while, it needed to come out. I had an idea of generally how thick I wanted the stripes to be. First I measured the wall starting just above baseboard trim which was 92 inches 
I ended up doing the stripes 9" each. 
92 divided by 9= 10.66
There were going to be just over 10 and a half stripes in total. Try and stick with even numbers so you have the same amount of stripes for each colour. 

This is by far the hardest and worst part of this project; the measuring and taping.
I did not use  a chalk line or laser to do my lines. I did it the good old fashioned way with a yard stick and a pencil. Why?  Because I don't have a laser and I didn't want to use the chalk in case it affected the paint.
Now this house wasn't even close to being level. There were so many times that I wasn't convinced this would work. The key is to put a mark on the wall at 9"above the baseboard. Then with a level on the top of the meter stick draw a straight line. TRUST the level and not the floor or ceiling. 
Once your lines are on the wall its time to tape. This is another crucial part, the tape has to be perfect. 
Make sure you write on the tape with an arrow telling you which colour to paint on each side of the tape. (Grey>    <White) That way you wont accidentally paint the wrong stripe.

Once you have the tape on the wall go over it with your hands several times and make sure it is secure to the wall and there are no air bubbles. Then you can start painting with a dry brush over the tape, insuring you wont have any surprises when you pull off the tape. Two coats and some minor touch ups were needed.

The paint I used for the grey was Universal Grey by CIL. This is a true grey colour and it turned out absolutely amazing!

I was on the hunt for two things in this hallway, a mirror and a map. I got this map that has amazing colours in it from a antique mall for $24.99 before I even bought the house. The mirror is from Target and was $29.99.  Light fixture from Ikea for $59.99.

I love the stripes, but I would like your opinion.  Let me know what you think of the finished project.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Nautical Living Room Before and After

Hey guys we are back... again! We have missed you and we are sorry! We promise we will be better this time! 

I am going to start off with posting my previous house, the lake house. I call it lake house but it wasn't on the water, it was steps from beaches, marinas, and parks it was impossible not to be inspired by my surroundings. Thats why I refer to it as a cottage or lake house!I loved the area, it was relaxing and beautiful. The neighbours were pretty amazing, which was a big bonus! I loved living there and still miss it! 
The previous owners had lived there for 60 years and had done very little all. It was dark, dirty, and in need of lots of love. I wanted to go nautical without being over the top, the house is very small so I tried to kept things simple.



Taking down the valance over the window adding Crisp white curtain from Ikea. Painting all the trim and wainscotting bright white paint from Home Depot. I used Zinseer BIN Primer first which covered the lacquered wainscotting very well. The light blue grey walls keeps this space light and airy. 

**Also spot the new door it was free I might add! I will post about that adventure another time! Oh and the coffee table I made that also! We have so much to catch up on.

The mirror and the bookshelf are also from Ikea

This little lake house stole my heart. So happy with how it turned out and how easy it was to do! Keep checking in for lots more to come of before and afters of each room!

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