Tag: Painting

A Little Gloss and Too Much Shine!

A Little Gloss and Too Much Shine!

I love summer, and am seriously enjoying it while it’s here! You’ve probably noticed fewer posts per week, and I just want to say, it’s all good! I’m taking this time to enjoy the sunshine, my friends and family, and all that summer brings our…

A Mini Porch Repair… Curb Appeal Love!

A Mini Porch Repair… Curb Appeal Love!

Not sure if you remember, but back when I shared our DIY BBQ Pad project I mentioned another project that was on our ‘to do’ list. A little porch repair… We had to wait out the weather (like 3 months worth of waiting!) before we could…

The Reach of Pinterest: Highschool Project Inspired by Mom’s Pin!

The Reach of Pinterest: Highschool Project Inspired by Mom’s Pin!

If you’re a Pinterest fan, then you know all about the pinning craze. And I bet you’ve been inspired to try an idea or two that you’ve pinned. But would you believe me if I told you Pinterest inspired my daughter’s History 12 project?

Here’s the pin that started it all.

Pinterest Inspiration - Cherry Blossom Art

Source: Pinterest

What dots would you connect between this and History 12? The dots of the cherry blossoms might be a clue 😉

Here’s a little photo journey of the work in progress.

Starting with the supplies.

Art Supplies for Cherry Blossom Painting

Drawing the branches in free-hand.

Branches drawn free-hand

And then painting over them with dark brown.

Freehand Cherry Blossom Branches

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Painting Cherry Blossom Branches

You can see the pink paint ready to go in the background.

But first, a little test-run in making the blossoms. We printed the Pinterest pic for some visual help.

Just to check the colour and technique.

A little more white was added to lighten the pink…

Creating Cherry Blossoms with Paint

And Kaleigh discovered that blotting the blossoms first was the way to go.

Then she set to work.

Creating Cherry Blossoms in Paint

Have you figured out the History connection yet?

Creating Painted Cherry Blossoms

If I mentioned a timeline, would that help?

Can you picture a timeline here?

This is how Kaleigh incorporated the cherry blossom tree into her History 12 final project.

Chinese Timeline 1911 to 1976

Photo by Kaleigh Duralia

Notice the blossoms have been finished with paint dabbed in the centres. And thankfully Kaleigh thought to take a final photograph, or I wouldn’t have the project reveal! I’m not sure what happened, but by the time the project was put together, I completely overlooked the last shot. Where was my head at?

Anyway, what do you think? From Pinterest inspiration to highschool project implementation! The reach of Pinterest just never ends!

Kaleigh has really enjoyed her History 12 class, in fact, has truly loved it. But she’s not a big fan of creative projects like this. Hard to tell from her focus in the photos, isn’t it? If you know Kaleigh, then you know that she’s actually very creative and has a great eye and attention for detail, but she’s just not into it. She likes to write, and if given a choice, would rather write an essay than create a visual with the content, so I’m pretty proud of what she’s done here!

Update: Kaleigh earned 23/25 on her project, with 5/5 for presentation! What do we think of Pinterest now? 😉

Have you caught the Pinterest bug? Where have you put your Pinterest inspiration into action?

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO STOP BY!

xo

Home… a special place that tells your story! 


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DIY: Giving Terracotta Pots A Second Life

DIY: Giving Terracotta Pots A Second Life

Last week I took a little gander at my random collection of plant pots, you know to start thinking about prettifying the yard a bit. I love terracotta pots, but mine have definitely seen better days. Like this one! This is the biggest one I…

What Colour Are Those Antique Windows?

What Colour Are Those Antique Windows?

Do you remember these antique windows I bought back in the summer? Well, my brother was over the other day and he asked if they were blue or gray. I’ve always looked at them as gray, but decided to get out my Benjamin Moore colour…

A Chandelier Makeover Lights Up Our Life ;-)

A Chandelier Makeover Lights Up Our Life ;-)

I’m not sure if it was the sunshine, or just the sheer determination to see this DIY project through to the end this weekend, but our ReStore chandelier is off the project ‘to do’ list! If you missed the ‘Before’ post, feel free to catch up on it here.

This is where we started. The chandelier exactly as we bought it from ReStore.

Wrought Iron Candle-Socket Chandelier

Plans: to spray it out black.

And here’s a quick look at my trusty spray booth ready for the spraying action.

Spray Painting A Chandelier

Well, my semi-booth…

And in my eagerness to get started, I almost forgot to protect the candle sockets, but luckily remembered just in time.

I cut painters tape to fit inside the opening – that’s the green you see.

And finally got the first coat sprayed on.

I was trying to be light-handed with the paint, but some areas got a little extra love on this round.

I learned that I probably should put some sides on my booth in the future. I got away without sides in other projects, but… let’s just say hubs was very understanding with the spots that accidentally hit his car.

 

I know they’re a little hard to see here (they are, right?), and from my perspective that’s a good thing 😉 Whew, most of these have come off! He must really love me now 🙂

Especially since this next part was where he stepped in.

Down with the old… remember to switch the breaker off to the light’s power source before messing with the wiring!

The new hole drilled for the chandelier…

And a swag hook with a butterfly anchor installed.

This part always makes me nervous :-{

The new chandie had to be rewired with longer wire…

And a new black chain installed, too.

It all looks pretty messy, doesn’t it?

But then we finally got to test the new wiring out.

Breaker on, and…

It all works!

The final step, to decide how low to hang the chandelier, then cut the wiring and chain to the right length.

We went back and forth on the height. This space has a 9′ ceiling, so we started with 30″ above the table, but it felt a little too low to hubs, so we adjusted it to 32″. We don’t have a dimmer switch… yet, but that’s been added to the ‘to do’ list!

What do you think?

Now that we’re happy with the light fixture, we can shift our attention to the rest of the space! We actually have a larger farmhouse trestle table that hubby made. We want to swap it out with this one, but just need to give it a quick refinishing before we do.

Here’s a little re-run of the before and after:

Before

After

Before

After

And remember when I mentioned the clock was one of the reasons we wanted to paint the chandelier black?

Before

After

We think this chandelier is a better fit.

How about you?

It’s amazing what a difference a little tweak like this can make. And the process was fun as well. In the end making changes to your space that put a smile on your face are worth the effort involved… and especially when you can support a great cause like Habitat for Humanity in the process! This was a perfect way for us to end our weekend. I hope you had a good weekend, too!

I’ve linked this makeover in support of Habitat for Humanity’s 5th Annual ‘Before & After’.

Supporting Habitat for Humanity

Pop on over to OPC’s The Better Half, to see other supporters, too!

THANKS FOR READING!

xo

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Oops, I Did It Again!

Oops, I Did It Again!

Okay, I’ve been trying to tackle my project list instead of add to it, but this project is one that I’ve been dreaming of! And when the iron is hot… well, you know how it goes 😉 So… surprise, I’ve added another! When hubby and…

DIY: My Rub ‘N Buffed Frame for ‘Postmodernity’

DIY: My Rub ‘N Buffed Frame for ‘Postmodernity’

Some of you might remember waaaaay back in December that I was the lucky winner of Marcus Design’s giveaway, ‘Postmodernity’ by Nancy Marcus! If not, you can read about it here, or check out Marcus Design Inc on Etsy. Since then I have bought 2…

Giving Back by Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists & ReDesigners Group

Giving Back by Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists & ReDesigners Group

Have you heard of the Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists and ReDesigners group? Just think, VISSR!

VISSR is a group of business women on Southern Vancouver Island who meet once a month as colleagues and collaborative professionals. VISSR is a mix of home stagers, interior stylists and redesigners, and many offer a slice of all three services.

Recently VISSR initiated a volunteer redesign project for the Bridges for Women Society in Victoria.

Bridges for Women is a not-for-profit, charitable agency focussing on employment services for women with a background of abuse or trauma.

 Source: Bridges for Women Society

Bridges mission, taken directly from their website, is this:

Bridges is a gutsy, innovative community agency. Our employment training and supportive programs inspire women impacted by violence or abuse, to reclaim their lives and build economic security. Bridges draws on its extensive knowledge of the impacts of abuse on employability, to provide education, training and consulting to community agencies, employers, and government.

As VISSR members, we volunteered our professional skills to redesign two classrooms along with support from our clients and local businesses who donated materials and/or trade labour. We had a narrow budget to work with, which had to stretch far… Without the unified support of VISSR members, our clients, and participating local businesses, the scope of these classroom transformations would not have been possible.

Imagine taking a classroom setting from this…

BEFORE

Photo: Diana Zinck

to this…

INSTALLATION DAY

Photo: SZInteriors

to THIS!

 AFTER

Photo: Diana Zinck

From this…

BEFORE

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to this…

INSTALLATION DAY

Photo: SZInteriors

to THIS!

AFTER

Photo: Diana Zinck

And from this…

BEFORE

Photo: Diana Zinck

to this…

INSTALLATION DAY

Photo: SZInteriors

to THIS!

AFTER

Photo: Diana Zinck

And all on a dime.

What went into the redesign?

  1. Two new paint colours
  2. A chair rail around the whole room
  3. Custom made bulletin boards
  4. White board paint (dry erase) painted directly on the wall to replace wall-mounted white board
  5. Oak cabinet, baskets and decorative boxes for organization and storage
  6. Artwork and incidentals
  7. A folding screen room divider in place of empty storage lockers acting as room dividers
  8. Privacy film over the windows
  9. And of course, volunteer time and energy

Here’s a closer look…

The custom bulletin boards were a huge part of this redesign. Collages made by the students are a significant component of the Bridges program, and displaying them is equally important.

So the collages (blurred for confidentiality) went from being displayed like this…

 Photo: SZInteriors

To this…

Photo: Pauline Dueck

On walls like this!

Photo: Diana Zinck

The frames are painted in the same blue as the Bridges for Women Society’s branded blue! All have been prehung so they’re ready to feature each collage as a presented work of art.

The bulletin boards were definitely the pride of this project with their functional form underscoring the significance of their presence!

The wall of windows was another key consideration. Obtaining privacy without the loss of natural light was the hope, and to accomplish this, opaque film for the windows was the solution. But our budget was the obstacle! And thankfully, in the end donations came through.

 This is a closer look at the windows before the privacy film was installed.

Photo: SZInteriors

The existing blinds provided the privacy function, but with them closed, the natural light was lost. And even with them tilted open, the light was still filtered out a lot, leaving the overhead fluorescents in charge!

Here’s a look at the windows AFTER the privacy film was installed.

Photo: SZInteriors

There was no leftover film to spare, and even the little scrap pieces didn’t go to waste. The birds were drawn free-hand and made with the leftover pieces!

And here, some (but not all) of the VISSR members who came together, and brought this vision to reality.

Photo: Pauline Dueck

(Back Row, L to R): Michaela Starling, Carell-Ayne Whalen, Diana Zinck, Tracey Jones, Josée Lalonde

(Front Row, L to R): [Me], Stacey Kaminiski, Pauline Dueck

For a list of all VISSR members, click here.

Bridges for Women…

Photo: SZInteriors

Break the cycle. Build the future.

Photo: Pauline Dueck

Thank you so much to Bridges for Women Society for the opportunity to give back by doing what we do best!

And a heartfelt thank you to these local business for their invaluable support. Without you these transformations just wouldn’t have been possible:

You made it possible for us to change up this space…

 Photo: Diana Zinck

To look like this!

Photo: Diana Zinck

And the second classroom to look like this…

Photo: Diana Zinck

And this!!!

Photo: Diana Zinck

And thank you to SHAW TV Daily for the coverage! For those of you who missed the news clip, click here to view. It only takes a few minutes to watch!

To see more photos of the project you can visit our VISSR site here, and The Stage Coach here.

Have you pitched in on a project lately? I’d love to hear about it!

It’s always so gratifying to lend a hand, and I really enjoyed being a part of this project. I hope you enjoyed this overview and got to feel for a moment how incredible it was to be able to give back in this way.

 Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise indicated. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

 

Winter Pinterest Challenge: Light Please, Capiz

Winter Pinterest Challenge: Light Please, Capiz

Yup, it’s that time again! The Winter Pinterest Challenge is up, and today is the big reveal day. I can’t wait to see all the projects that everyone did. After participating in the Summer Pinterest and Fall Pinterest Challenges, I was eagerly awaiting the Winter Challenge,…