Tag: Refinishing

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…

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…

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

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to THIS!

 AFTER

Photo: Diana Zinck

From this…

BEFORE

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to this…

INSTALLATION DAY

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to THIS!

AFTER

Photo: Diana Zinck

And from this…

BEFORE

Photo: Diana Zinck

to this…

INSTALLATION DAY

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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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Our DIY BBQ Pad – Day 1

Our DIY BBQ Pad – Day 1

At last, a stretch of sunny weather that allowed us to get back outside and work on the BBQ pad I wrote about here. But ‘we’ actually turned out to be my Dad! Dad loves a project and this one was right up his alley,…

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…

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!

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All photos by Sheila Zeller

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…

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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 XO

Kaleigh’s Room: The Gold Just Keeps on Going

Kaleigh’s Room: The Gold Just Keeps on Going

So the progress in Kaleigh’s room continues. Now that the TV stand is finished and in place, we’re moving on to the walls. Not painting, just covering them up a bit with artwork and things. Here is what her room looks like right now, well…