Tag: Painting

Side Table Redo… What to Do?

Side Table Redo… What to Do?

I picked up a great little side table the other day, and plan to give it a makeover. SZInteriors Photo But what to do? Love this vintage 1920s table. Source: 1st Dibs The distressing you see is actually the original paint starting to chip and…

Bookcase Reveal: Painted, Papered & Styled

Bookcase Reveal: Painted, Papered & Styled

Well, the bookcase is finally complete. In place and styled with pieces I have on hand. And it became pretty clear to me that I need a few different tchotchkes! But I’m not sure how I feel about that. As I slid my books into…

Inspiration for a Bookcase Makeover…

Inspiration for a Bookcase Makeover…

Do you remember the bookcase I was painting a week ago?

Well, it all began here.

A boring pine bookcase caught up in yesterday’s look.

And so I decided to give it a makeover.

I used paint that was on hand, which you might remember from herehere, and here.

But I had inspiration to use this colour, other than the fact I had leftover paint to use up! When you piece the inspiration together you can see how the paint colour was a good fit. Besides, turquoise just makes me feel happy, so using it on an office piece makes sense to me!

Here’s a story board of the other pieces involved.

  • Fabric:  used on my bulletin board makeover (here)…
    • Do you remember that it’s hanging right outside the office door?
  • Ocean print:  we bought this print for the office in our last home…
    • And I bet you know by now, the ocean is my favorite place to be.
  • Sand dollar print, ‘Seashore’ by Sarah at Wooden Spoons Edition
    • My first win ever in a giveaway, and it couldn’t be more perfect. Sand dollars remind me of my life growing up on the Charlottes.
  • Woman and telephones print, ‘Postmodernity’ by Nancy Marcus of Marcus Design Inc. on Etsy…
    • My lucky win in another giveaway this past Christmas, and from a very special dlbWEST blogging friend! Don’t you think this is the perfect print to prettify an office space?
  • ‘Thank You’ card:  given to me by my friends, Chris & Leigh Davies of Mid-Island Ink Depot, also clients for a lighting redesign I helped them with…
    • I loved this card when I received it last year, and so it became the inspiration for the wallpaper I picked out.

I found the wallpaper at Home Depot, and it was exactly what I was looking for!

Here’s the bookcase after it was painted.

Now that the paint has dried, we’re ready for the wallpaper application.

And that’s a whole other story, but here’s a sneak peak!

What do you think so far?

For the fully styled bookcase reveal, click here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

All photos by Sheila Zeller

Pining for a Change!

Pining for a Change!

It feels like forever since I’ve been able to tackle a project, and my DIY list is getting kinda long! I’ve been working away at the office, you know, trying to purge it and bring some pretty into the space. But then my days got lassoed away…

Annie Sloan Follow-Up: Mini Take-Home Project

Annie Sloan Follow-Up: Mini Take-Home Project

Remember my mini project from the Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop the other day? The one I couldn’t quite finish because the paint hadn’t fully dried? If you missed that post you can read about it here. Anyway, I was given a faux wood tray made…

Scuffing About With Annie Sloan

Scuffing About With Annie Sloan

Yesterday was a day I’ve been looking forward to since last year. Okay, since the beginning of December… but that’s last year, right?

Yesterday I attended a workshop where I finally got to hang out with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint… for a whole afternoon!

Do you remember my little mention of Annie’s paint here? Well I  have been dying to try it ever since. I mean, who can resist no sanding,  no priming, and getting by with one coat?

And look at all the colours we got to play with.

So hard to choose. Did you know the paints can be combined to create a palette of over 55 colours?

These are the colours I chose to work with…

Paint Colours: Source 

There’s also a clear wax and a dark wax that you can use to create different effects.

Soft Wax Brush & Can: Source / Wax Images: Source

We worked with pieces of moulding to practice layering paint colours, and trying different distressing and waxing techniques.

Here is what I did.

Based on the colours I chose to work with, can you guess what I did?

This one is my favorite.

Believe it or not, this is Paris Grey with clear and dark wax, and no distressing. It looks a little darker here than it actually is. But isn’t it amazing how the dark wax changes the colour?

I was trying out Paris Grey for a reason. You see, I have a project in mind that I think this colour might be perfect for. Do you remember these windows? I wrote about them here.

Well I’m thinking of painting out a piece to go with the windows.

Here’s a little glimpse of what I have in mind.

The moulding colour and finish shows truer in this picture. What do you think? I don’t think it’ll be too matchy-matchy in the end, because of the dark wax.

We also did a mini take-home project in the workshop, which I have to finish now that the paint is dry on mine. But you’ll get to see that in another post once I’ve got it done!

So in spite of what I’ve heard about how easy Annie Sloan chalk paint is to work with, I’m still glad I took this workshop instructed by Debra Boeyenga, owner of A French Touch. I learned so many tips and techniques that will make my life easier, and I’m sure my paint and wax will go a lot farther as a result!

So far I have only bought the clear wax, but once I decide on what project to tackle in which colour, the paint and dark wax will be next! And naturally that means the painting tools, too!

Do you have any projects you’re thinking of painting with Annie Sloan chalk paint? Any that you’ve already done? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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Want A Critique of Your Blog?

Want A Critique of Your Blog?

Want some feedback on your blog? As in maybe there’s a lot to like about it, and maybe there are some areas that could use improvement, but you’re just not in the ‘know’ either way! Heather from Inspire Me Heather is hosting an ingenious ‘link up’…

Blogging Just Keeps on Giving!

Blogging Just Keeps on Giving!

From everything I’ve been reading, I know I’m not alone when I say I’m feeling so grateful and lucky for the good things that came my way in 2011. Who knew the life of a blogger could be so rich and rewarding? And I mean…

Happy New Year… With A Little Gold!

Happy New Year… With A Little Gold!

Happy New Year! I’ve been enjoying my little break, but missing all of you, and I’m super excited to be back!

And so I wanted to get back at it and start 2012 off just right by revealing the mysterious project I was working on for Kaleigh (mentioned here), and the vintage item I picked up for her for Christmas (mentioned here). Do you remember the mirror that I spray painted gold (mentioned here and revealed here)?

Well, I was also spraying out this little glass-top table at the same time with the same gold paint.

I spied this fun piece at ReStore in Victoria! The glass top, which I’ve removed for the painting, was in perfect condition. No chips or cracks, but the brass… well, it had seen better days.

See what I mean?

These are the main areas that needed some refinishing TLC.

But honestly, the whole piece was in need of a makeover!

At first I was tempted to just spray the table without taking it apart. But then I knew I would kick myself later for taking a shortcut.

So I dismantled the top portion, and prepped all the pieces with a good scrub-down.

The solid brass knobs that held the ring in place were in pretty rough shape, and I thought Brasso would do the trick.

Do you remember the cleaning ordeal of the brass hinges on Kaleigh’s repurposed TV stand? (Read about it here and here) Yup, it was a two-day ordeal, and I could see I was headed there again. But this time I wasn’t buying in! So I decided to paint them out along with all the other pieces.

Want to see a little glimpse of the assembly line?

See the mirror in the background?

And here’s the brass knobs being defaced with paint! Gasp!!!

I don’t think they look so bad, and actually, probably look better in the end by matching the other parts and pieces perfectly.

I gave this table 2 good coats, and then some further top-ups in a few key spots.

And here’s how it turned out.

Notice the little gold dish with the chocolates? That’s the vintage piece I mentioned earlier, but couldn’t reveal until now!

Here’s a glimpse of the table beside the serving tray I made in the Fall Pinterest Challenge (here), and the pine chest that we recovered (here) in gold damask fabric chosen by Kaleigh (revealed here).

And in place with Kaleigh’s favorite band, AFI.

Still on the to-do list… panels for the windows!

See what a little paint can do? You’d never know this table had significant rust patches and pit marks, would you?

I hope your year is off to a great start!

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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Benjamin Moore & Our After Aura Glow!

Benjamin Moore & Our After Aura Glow!

Yesterday my blogging friend Carol from The Design Pages wrote a great article on her experience with Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint. You need to check it out here! Carol mentioned her walls had already been primed so said she couldn’t speak to the self-priming feature…