7.30.2012

DIY paint-dipped chair


After getting inspired a couple of weeks ago, I finally tackled my first paint-dipped furniture project! It's a super easy and inexpensive way to transform a boring piece of furniture into a piece you'll love.


I started with an old Ikea dining chair from our basement and bought a CIL paint tester in Dramatic Coral from Home Depot (I think it was around $4-$5).


Supplies:
  • Chair
  • Paint
  • Painter's tape
  • Foam brush
After cleaning off my chair, I measured and taped off the areas I didn't want to paint.


Over a few evenings after work, I used my foam brush to apply several coats of paint. It took about five coats to get a really solid finish, but you could always prime first and use less paint. When your final coat is dry, peel off your tape and you're done!


I originally planned to use this chair in our guest room (now that the nursery's done, the guest room is next), but I've decided to steal it for our bedroom instead.

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7.27.2012

I'm loving: Black and white bathrooms

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Although we're not moving, I love looking at real estate listings in my area and mentally renovating and redecorating my favourite fixer-uppers (please tell me I'm not the only one). Recently, I spotted a house with tons of potential in Halifax's Hydrostone area and fell head-over-heels for the bathroom's original mouldings and black clawfoot tub. Since then, I've been daydreaming about transforming it into a gorgeous black and white bathroom. Here are a few of my favourites:

source: Domino magazine
  J. Crew's Jenna Lyon's gorgeous bathroom. We all love it, but I've always wondered how she showered without getting water everywhere...

source: houseandhome.com

source: Lonnymag

source: Pinterest via

source: decorpad.com

source: elledecor.com

source: Pinterest via

I wasn't able to find the original sources for a few of these photos, so if you know them please share in the comments. Have a great weekend!

7.25.2012

Win a $50 Gift Card to Mortimer Snodgrass!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to lori_r8 who loves the owl backpack (her daughter already has the matching lunch bag). Email me to claim your prize!

Thank you SO much for all your sweet comments about my nursery reveal! You sure know how to make a girl feel good :)

To help you decorate your own child's space, Mortimer Snodgrass is offering one of my lucky readers a $50 gift card to their online store! Fun fact: the Montreal-based store is actually named after the owners' dog. Their store is loaded with cute and quirky stuff (including lots of non-kid related decor items). I've rounded up several of my favourite items below.



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Hooded kiddie towels get me every time and that owl backpack is seriously cute, non?

But enough about me, let's get to the good stuff!

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7.23.2012

Nursery Reveal

I'm officially ready to call the nursery finished - or at least as finished as it's going to be before baby gets here. You've seen most of the pieces so far, but here they are all together:



The crib was painted with Rustoleum's Painter's Touch spray paint in aqua. The crib sheet is from Serena & Lily and I found the crib skirt on Kijiji. The art above the crib is a DIY project.



I lengthened an existing pair of curtains by adding new fabric panels and added ORB handles to the window. The basket, which holds baby's growing collection of books and toys, was a HomeSense find.


Adam had this mirror when we started dating, the lambskin was a shower gift and I purchased the chair from Wire Home Furnishings. Adam installed a dimmer switch and replaced the old outlet with a new, bright white one - small changes that make a big difference.


I installed these floating shelves from Home Depot myself and filled them with both new and sentimental items. The numbers print is from Penny Paper Co. and the giraffe art is from The Paper Nut on Etsy.




We maximized the storage space in this tiny closet by adding some inexpensive shelving and then had some fun with a potato stamp project.


The changing table was a hand-me-down that I painted and the alphabet wall decal is from DeSerres.


Oh, and just for fun, here's what the room looked like before we started:


7.20.2012

I'm loving: paint-dipped furniture and accessories

This trend has been around for awhile, but I've yet to try it. I first fell in love when I saw this DIY paint-dipped chair in an old issue of House & Home (that coat rack is pretty cool too):

source: houseandhome.com

And the flame was still there when I saw Tanya's dipped stool last week:

source: dans le townhouse

After spending some time on Pinterest (follow me here), I'm more convinced than ever that I need to try my own dipped project. Better late than never, right? Here are just a few of the inspiring projects I'm loving:

source: the sweet beast

source: windandwillowhome

source: houseandhome.com

source: apartment therapy

source: Pinterest via poppytalk

source: Martha Stewart

source: Michael Penny Style

So, have you dipped anything? Are you still loving this trend or are you over it completely?

7.18.2012

Nursery snapshots


  1. A picture from our 34-week ultrasound (which was a couple of weeks ago now). It turns out we only had the ultrasound because of a typo in the doctor's notes, but I'm thankful for the extra peek at our baby.
  2. I painted the crib (two weekends ago)! And I love it.
  3. I put this animal alphabet wall decal up above the newly painted changing table. It may be too kiddie-cutesy for some, but to me it's just colourful and fun.
  4. I received this beautiful lambskin as a gift at my baby shower. Unfortunately, the cat loves it as much as I do.

I was hoping to have some pretty 'after' pictures of the nursery to share with you today, but I just can't seem to get around to those finishing touches. When I left for work this morning, the house was a mess, our washing machine wasn't working, and the fourth round of caulking around the tub was still drying (damn you, humidity). I know it's only Wednesday, but I can't wait for the weekend to get here.

Ever have one of those weeks where you're doing a lot, but it feels like nothing's getting done? How do you cope?

7.16.2012

DIY wall hooks


While walking the beach this weekend, I found an old plank of wood that was perfect for an entry-way project I'd been dreaming about lately. So when we got home, I turned it into this:


This project couldn't be easier - I bought some hooks at Home Depot for ~$4 a piece and attached them to my board, then attached the board to the wall (there are lots of hangers to choose from, but I recommend using flush mount hangers, like the ones in this post).


Although we have an entryway closet, it's nice to be able to keep some things - like the dog's leash and my bag - out in the open and off the floor/countertop/dining room table. I'm on the lookout for a basket that will sit on the floor (the vent doesn't actually work) to store umbrellas, rain boots, etc. Love turning a previously unused space into a functional storage spot!

7.13.2012

I'm loving: layered rugs

Happy Friday! There's been a lot of nursery talk around here lately, so I thought I'd switch gears and share something else that's been on my mind: rugs. We've been hemming and hawing about getting a large area rug for Adam's basement studio for months, but something keeps stopping us from pulling the trigger. First we planned to have a large custom area rug made from a carpet roll, then we talked about buying two or more smaller area rugs to use in the space.

More recently, I've fallen in love with the idea of layering multiple persian and oriental rugs in different sizes. They add so much colour, texture and interest to a room - and the possibilities are endless. Of course, we don't want to invest a ton of money into something that will be used and abused in a drum studio, so who knows if this dream will become a reality.

Here are a few of the looks I'm loving:

source: Flickr via Domino Magazine

source: House Beautiful

source: Velvet & Linen via Gilt Home

source: Design Sponge

source: via pinterest, source unknown

source: desire to inspire

source: Apartment Therapy via Lost Art Salon

What do you think of layered rugs? Yay or nay?

7.11.2012

Thank you postcards (free printable)


Last weekend, friends and family threw me a sweet, rubber ducky themed baby shower. To thank everyone for their very thoughtful and generous gifts, I created a simple thank you postcard using Adobe InDesign.

I used the bunting from the shower and invitations as inspiration, and the postcard-style thank you leaves plenty of room for a personal, hand-written note. 


I had the postcards printed four to a page on heavy cardstock at Staples and they did the cutting too.


I've created a free printable version, available for download below. I've laid them out so you can print them four to a page (double-sided of course).


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