So I revealed my happy little “woodland creatures, modern nursery“, this week! Did you see it? We’ve been enjoying it around here, but there were a few of the nursery details, that I couldn’t get to the first time around… like this light. It started out as a dreaded “boob” light. Urgh. Then, got a little upgrade with this drum shade. That, was pretty good…
But, then, once I started working on the nursery and noticed I was going in the high-contrast direction, with hits of black… I thought… that chrome finish, just won’t do. So another update it is!
Yep, it’s official. I have a problem. A problem turning down the zig-zaggy goodness of a chevron stripe. Proven here, and here.
I also love when the Kiddo’s toys are organized. So, I was so happy when I found these storage cubes to help us do a little more stashing and hiding under the TV, but… you’re going down, plain, green, boxes.
When I found these boxes, I said, “Yay, they’re the right size!”
And, then I said, ” Boo… too bad they’re green.”
Time to get around to fixing that.
First, I prepped with a nice bright yellow (perfect for the living room). I used Krylon Fusion, and as promised, it worked great on plastic.
Then, the fun part. Planning the chevron pattern. My first shot at it was freehand. So was shot #2, it was not working… Because of the uneven front surface, it ended up looking wonky. I needed to get a chevron “peak” in the centre.
Now, it’s finally getting there. The trick was to decide where I wanted the peaks placed, and work out from there. I began in the bottom left corner and worked up.
Once I figured the first row out, it went fairly easily from here. It should end up looking a little like a pie crust. Then I took an exact-o knife to exclude the unwanted pieces of tape.
The pattern starts to emerge! This is the second-most-fun part.
Now, it’s time for paint job #2. A simple greige colour, until the exterior has noooo mooooore greeeeen!
Now, to wait for it all to dry (that was the hardest part), but before long it’s time to peel your tape people. THIS IS THE MOST-FUN-PART! Yipee!
The Kiddo looked a little confused as I exclaimed “Weeee!” when the tape was completely removed. I usually reserve my “Wee’s” when twirling in circles with the Kiddo, or driving over a bumpy road with her — which most times gets a pretty big smile out of her. But, you understand where I’m coming from, don’t you?
Time to slip back into your cubbies my pretties…
All ready to hide the Kiddo’s toys. Pretty and organized, what’s not to love?
Paint is a wonderful thing. Can’t find exactly what you need? Customize it until you get it! In one afternoon, we got from function to beauty AND purpose.
Finally cleaned up the desk in our dining room… ahhhhhh…
It started out something like this (this, would be the “Keeping it Real” part of the post) …
OY! This was the dumping ground for all the things we’ve been needing, and using the first couple weeks in the new digs. And, all the things we had no idea what to do with yet. But, the fog is clearing, so I was ready to tackle this little corner.
This meant I needed to find a home for all of this:
Dang! At first I thought it would take forever. But, I made a little plan, got it down on paper, and it ended up making a lot of sense.
After about an hour and a half, it was looking pretty good.
There was even time to add a bit of paper to the backs of the open shelving. Measure twice, cut once people! (Remember the Ribba).
This got me inspired. Now that everything was cleared up and looking tidy, I thought, this wall would actually be a pretty great spot for a paint stencil or wallpaper.
Plus, for the last few days, I’ve been pretty convinced I would like to go glossy black for these cabinets. It would help break up the connection to the kitchen cabinets across the room.
So I played around a little bit and (forgive my quick photoshopping), came up with this…
Never mind the ghost chair. But you get the idea, ya?
I also LOVE the combination of yellow and grey. Remember this? And, this?
So I started collecting a few wallpaper ideas. Graphic and modern? Soft and a little traditional? Geometric and a bit retro? Hmmm… this could be fun!
Interested in any of these papers? Here’s the links:
With a floorplan like this, you can’t re-vamp one area without it spilling out into the rest of the room.
In the on-going attempts to get the home gym in order, this sofa is the first “victim” to conform to the new plan. Sorry little guy, colour palette is changing… time to get with the times. Here is the before:
I found a handy Mainstays slip cover for my base, at a good price at Wal-Mart:
I made an envelope style slip cover for each cushion. It makes them easy to care for, and if the cushions last longer than the couch itself, I can easily remove them to reuse elsewhere, maybe with a button enclosure.
I started by cutting my front piece to size, budgeting for seam allowance.
Then measuring my two back pieces. I chose to do about 2/3 to 1/3 proportion for the 2 pieces, (it makes it easier to stuff with a large cushion), making sure to leave enough fabric for a hem and to overlap each other.
I first hemmed my two back pieces where the slip cover opening will be. Then positioned them on top of the front piece, right side to right side. Now all that’s left is to attach all 3 pieces together by sewing around all 4 outer edges of the cushion slip cover. Here it is with the edges sewn:
Flip it right side out, and it should look something like this:
Pop your cushion inside:
And, Ta-Da!! From the front, you’ll never know there is a slit opening in the back!
Now, (in my case), only 5 more cushions to go… Here’s how it all came out:
See the beginnings of the home gym hiding back there? Can’t wait to throw up some paint! Stay tuned for more progress!!
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Choices! Choices! Choices! Yes, once again the home gym is on my mind. So, the dividers are up, and the fabric choices have been made. So what is the right direction with paint? I spent some time staring at these options for a while, trying to figure out just that…
Phew! I think I’ve got it narrowed down a little bit. Exactly where and how I want to use the paint is up in the air, but this should be fun!
In the meantime, let’s ditch some of that “movie room” vibe outta my home gym! Bye-bye media shelving… and bye-bye movie screen…
Time to fill nail holes and prepare for paint!! Lighten and brighten will be the name of the game!
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After the snow disappeared in Spring, and the grass wasn’t quite green yet, I had to wonder, will the garden actually come back to life? Because, it sure doesn’t look like much right now. Hmmm…
Well, behold the power of nature! Bigger and better than last year, and going strong!
Let this be proof to all of you out there that are intimidated by a garden. Because believe me, if I can help make this happen, so can you! Last time I looked, my green thumb was black. So get out there! Get your hands on some perennials and watch your little piece of paradise improve and grow and flourish a little more each year. What a great place to wander around with my morning coffee. A great way to start the day!
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Remember that little home gym tease last week? Well, its got a long way to go, but one task is officially off the “to do list”. So just what was all of that fabric for? Custom room dividers! Here’s how it all went down:
Most of my time was actually research (to DIY or not to DIY)… I settled on using 2 large artists canvases suspended from the ceiling, clad in that beautiful trellis fabric.
The canvases are 30″ x 60″ in size.
Some of the tools you should keep handy for this project are: A drill, and suitable drill bit, pencil, ruler or measuring tape, screw anchors, hammer, staple gun and staples, safety glasses, of course your fabric of choice.
The hardware I used included:
Tape (but you could use ribbon, or your choice of decorative edge).
I started by cutting 4 pieces of fabric to size. Making sure to leave plenty of overhang to staple to the edges of the canvas. I needed four pieces because, as this is a room divider, I wanted both sides to be identical and equally attractive.
The goal is to keep all staples to the outer edges of the canvas, they will later be concealed with the tape or option of your choice.
Next… staple away my friends! This would be a good time to throw on your safety glasses. You don’t want one of those staples pinging back at’cha! If you’ve never stretched fabric before, be sure to start in the centre of one side, stretch and staple directly across on the opposite side. Repeat with the remaining 2 edges, and work your way around the canvas staple by staple, pulling the fabric taut each time. Create a tidy corner and staple down. Repeat steps on the other side of the canvas.
Now its time to cover those staples. I actually was pretty happy with this “hurricane tape”, as it had a monotone checkered pattern and a lot of sheen. It gives the impression of ribbon, without messing around with double sided tape or hot glue.
*NOTE: Pre-drill holes in both the ceiling, and the canvas, and test out how your divider hangs, before stretching the fabric. Use anchors in the ceiling when necessary. After I stretched my fabric, I used a magic marker to dot on the fabric where my pre-drilled holes were. You can use the same drill bit to pierce the fabric and taped edge.
Now, just add your screw hooks! One set on each canvas, and one set to match in the ceiling. Connect the two with your adjustable connectors, set to your desired height, and you’re done!
As you can see, our little home gym has a ways to go… but these dividers have allowed us so many more options in furniture placement in the rest of the basement. We have a finished “L” shape, and the home gym is at the base of that L, with a fireplace directly across from it. Now, with these dividers, we’ll be able to put a sofa with its back to the gym. Phew!
Costs involved in this project:
2 Canvases: $100
So, all in, this project ended up around $170 for 2 large room dividers. And, we have some bonus material left over! Maybe we’ll have some throw cushions in our future…
Yippee! Step one complete! Stay tuned for more on this on-going project!
Okay, okay… so the laundry room is not the most important room in the house. But, if you’re a laundry nerd like me (ie: you enjoy folding a warm fluffy towel to even perfection), you’ll appreciate this one. No one says it can’t be pretty where the work is done. But before we get to that, let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with…
Alright. It’s functional. The equipment is there. It’s organized, but far from pretty. Time for a Laundry Room – Before and After!
I think a patterned wall is in order. I start by drawing out a stencil onto some acetate paper and cutting the pattern out with a blade. This will be nice and strong to handle repetitive uses over the entire wall.
NOTE: Keep a level handy to make sure you’re not veering off course. An easy symmetrical design like this one makes it easy to keep ‘er steady. I did my second coat by hand to paint over the gaps left by the tabs holding on the centre portion of the stencil, and to smooth over any small mistakes.
Here’s how she turned out.
A coordinating chair adds some function –– it’s handy for holding some freshly folded laundry, or yourself if you’re gonna be stuck in there a while!
Luckily our laundry room shares a wall with our living room, (which is also in the process of a renovation –– stay tuned!) so we took this opportunity to wire all components necessary for the TV into the laundry room. This great new racking system from Rubbermaid has a shelving unit (pictured here), which we decided to house all of our said components. Add a radio frequency remote (the signals fly through walls), and you’re golden!
Home Sense came through with some great storage baskets.
A simple addition of some accent paint, the same colour used for our patterned wall, adds some cohesion to the room.
A few finishing touches –– a very reasonably priced bamboo mat from Superstore, new ironing board cover from Walmart (maybe $10), and a mirror I already had in storage got a fresh coordinating coat of paint, and we’re done. Organized and lovely. A perfect combination.
Do you have a project you’re proud of? A fantastic idea? Or, source of great inspiration? Email me, I’d love to share it, and get inspired from it!