One Room Challenge – Week 4 – Sewing/Craft room

Well this week has been a bit of a challenge! To recap, I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge,  hosted by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share the challenge of completing their one room transformations in a mere six weeks. You can follow the featured designers here and my fellow linkers here, as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results.

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For the previous weeks’ post click the link below.

Week 1

Week 2 

Week 3 

I’ve actually been away in Florida for the past week, hence the challenge. So I am scrambling a little to catch up.

I am planning to start my bookcase makeover, this week and it will entail some paint and wallpaper. Yes, this is where I’m using the Quilt wallpaper from Hygge & West.

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And yes, that is Milo’s tail in the corner of the pic. He loves to photobomb.

I also had some fun getting the light fixture, when I went to order it from my regular lighting supplier, it was discontinued….what? and they didn’t have any in their warehouse….sob. So after a little more sourcing I found a very similar one at Zone in the market and luckily they had one in stock. I was off like a shot to pick it up.  I just have to pick up the proper bulbs and get hubby to install it for me and that can be checked off the list.

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So this week’s objectives, paint the bookcase, light fixture installed and get the drapes finished. Wish me luck!

Thanks again to Linda for organizing and House Beautiful for partnering up.
Lisa

 

 

 

Budget friendly, feminine and beachy guest room

This basement guest room was badly in need of some TLC.  My client called me in, when she became stuck, after she had painted and bought some linens. I did up a mood board and did some sourcing and here’s how it turned out!

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It had the typical very small window at the top of the wall and very limited light sources.  The flooring was already installed, a great wood look laminate and that together with the blue/grays of the linens inspired the beachy and feminine feel we went with.

Here’s some before pictures:

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The criteria was:

1. Small budget, as it was a guest room and my clients’  had just completed a major renovation.

2. Use the existing wall colour and bedding. this was not hard since both were great!

3. Easy for my client to finish off on her own, since I would just be providing the inspiration and sourcing of items.

4. There could be some DIYs as she was willing to roll up her sleeves.

So with these items established, off I went to come up with a design plan.

The mood board: (I originally posted about this mood board here).

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I used the existing paint colour as the background of the mood board and suggested that my client, paint out the two wood and black end tables in a beachy blue as shown.  The two tables were the same height and I like using mismatched end tables, as long as they have some cohesiveness, and painting them the same colour would do just that.  And it was certainly budget friendly, as she was more than willing to paint them herself.

Here they are before:

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And after:

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I selected a reasonably priced sand coloured linen upholstered headboard (Bouclair ), which was perfect for the small room, as it didn’t take up much space (no footboard), added some great texture and it would be comfortable for guests to read in bed.  A simple white dresser (Ikea, the knobs will likely be changed to crystal ones shortly) and an interesting white mirror were practical and pretty choices for the room.  A small striped area rug brings a little more beach feel into the room as does the pretty little shell artwork.

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My client found the perfect damask tone on tone simple roller shade at Ikea for the amazing price of $19, cut to size it’s the perfect compliment with the damask bedding.

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This entire room was completed under $1000 and has been a huge hit with the female exchange student who was the lucky first occupant, she even emailed photos back to her Mom in Germany as she found it so pretty.

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Lisa

Making over a piano stool

After a long and somewhat restful holiday, I’m back.  I hope you have been enjoying your summer, even if you have been having rather questionable summer weather, like we have in Ottawa.

I didn’t entirely rest during my holiday at my cottage, as there is always lots to do there, but we did get more down time in this summer, as compared to previous years.  And I’m excited that we will be continuing the three year long process of replacing the rustic log deck railing (that is literally falling apart) with more of the modern aluminium and glass railing that we started last year.  It’s part of my quest to have pieces that are less maintenance,  I’m sure it will eventually pay off 🙂

Hubby spent most of his time working on some exterior plumbing and yearly roof maintenance and I was happy to get a few more painting projects done.  I even managed to buy another item that needed some love, as if I didn’t have enough items already around to refinish or repaint.  It all started when my daughters came up for the weekend and we made a little trip to Renfrew. We popped into Pick-it-fence, which is such a great store,  and managed to find ourselves in the second hand area at the back of the store. I just couldn’t resist this adorable little piano stool.

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I just can’t seem to resist a little stool, as I always see it as double duty piece, a stool and/or a side table.  So, home it came.  My daughter immediately said it had to be the same happy colour as the small china cabinet that I recently refinished.  Read about that makeover here.

And so with those instructions, I was off.  I didn’t even give it a sanding as it was in good shape and I think the white paint was pretty recent.  So out came the latex paint (I didn’t transform it into chalk paint this time) and with a soft brush I gave it two thorough coats of paint.  Easy as pie!

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For it’s first job it got to hold my cup of tea and the last of the cupcakes from our weekend celebration 🙂

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I love that it can be either a stool or a little table, and predict that it will be well used.  A pretty and practical piece, in a bright and happy colour!

Lisa

And we have a Refinished Table!

Happy New Year! Hope you had a restful and fun filled holiday! Mine was great, very relaxing, spent a lot of time with family and definitely ate and drank too much. But then, that’s what the holidays are all about.

We spent some time at the cottage and I managed to finish my table makeover, finally.  It was more of a job than I thought, but isn’t that usually the way.  I had to make a compromise or two on the way but I still am very happy with the way it turned out.  It’ll be perfect for our card playing evenings come summer time.

So to refresh your memory this is how the table was looking. It was in pretty rough shape.  To read my original post, click here.

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I sanded slightly and painted the base in chalk paint (made by myself – click here for the recipe) in this bright green. I wanted to bring some lightness and freshness to the sunroom.

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Next up, I sanded the top which was much more arduous than I originally thought. The original finish kept gumming up the belt sander and then we tried the palm sander, which unfortunately due to our over zealous sanding caused many ripples in the surface and horror of horrors, went down to the plywood base…so much for it being a solid wood top.   Luckily, most of our boo boos were in the leaves of the table which I usually do not leave in place, as I prefer the smaller footprint in this room.

So after finally getting the top sanded, it looked like this.

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I had originally intended to sand the apron by hand and stain it the same as the table top, but after trying to do just a small area, I was totally discouraged and decided on the simpler and faster route of painting the apron the same as the base.  I know a bit lazy, but I really don’t have that much patience.

So I painted the apron and then stained and varnished the top (with a satin polyurethane) and here’s the finished result.

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I love how by painting the base and apron the details show up so much more than just staining the wood.  Sorry to all the wood lovers but there is definitely enough wood in this home!

Lisa

Mixing up fabric textures in a room

Last spring, I started redoing my family room, I shared my new sofa and coffee table in a previous post, shown below.

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I have always loved tufting and classic chairs so I went with this very traditional style.  Very different styling from my sofa and exactly what I was looking for.  I wanted large and comfortable for tv watching.

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But  since I was lusting over velvet,  I went with a hard wearing velvet that is cosy and practical.

This photo below shows the sofa fabric on the right, the floral fabric I had chosen for the throw pillows, and  the blue velvet sample.  As you can see I didn’t match the blue exactly in the throw pillows, it just references the blue.  Notice how different the fabric textures are? A woven for the sofa, a linen for the pillows and a velvet for the chairs, this makes the pieces much more interesting together.

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Did you notice the nail heads accenting the legs? Details, really make a piece sing.

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So would you do velvet or do you think it is too traditional?

And on another note, I did get back to my table this weekend. Hubby and I worked on the sanding down the table top which was much more time consuming than we thought.  Here’s how it looks now.

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Obviously we have a little more work to do…..dreading having to sand the intricate apron, as that will have to be done by hand…sigh.

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But I did get finish putting the dark wax on the base.  I’ll follow it up with a coat of clear wax when I’ve finished sanding the top.  I think you can see the depth the dark wax gives the finish (please ignore the sanding residue on the stretcher, I guess I didn’t clean that off too well).   Signature-00133