I have been a little slack with posting lately, but I thought since my old blog posts were not transferred to my new blog, I would do a blog post with some of the updates we have done on our home. If you have been following my blog from the beginning, some of these will not be a surprise to you. When we first bought our home, the decorating was a bit out dated. And when I say a bit, I mean way back in the eighties! With wall paper borders and all! Here are some of the little updates we did!
Our home is one of the many cookie cutters in our neighbourhood, so we felt that we needed some changes to make ours stand out from the rest. We decided to do some decorative trim on the wall going up the stairs. This will be seen as you first enter our home and all the way up to our main living area! I had thought that it was just " make a square and stick it to the wall", however there where angles and cuts that required math, so I contracted that shit out!! We decided to go with larger trim squares that would stand out well. Here are a few pictures of our journey!
My walls at this point were painted Benjamin Moore Stormy Monday, and I used cloud white porch and patio paint for the white. However, I have now painted the walls Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist and changed the white to Decorators White by Benjamin Moore. But I haven't gotten any pictures of it yet with the new colour.
Another update that we did was change all of the gold/brass door knobs to a dark brown. I got this idea from pinterest, and since it was budget friendly, I was all for it. I first took off all of the knobs that I wanted to change and place them in empty toilet paper rolls. I then sprayed them all the brown and let them sit over night to dry. I repeated this process a couple times, to make sure that they didn't look spotty , and replaced them on the doors. What a difference it makes! Everything looks so updated! I also painted our brass light switches as well!
This is the paint I used for this project! I used Rustoleum in Matte Black.
I have to say that I was very happy with the results. Although our most used door knobs are starting to have some paint wear off, this was all in all a great way to spruce up your home! You can find it here!
Another project that was budget friendly for me to do was update the colour of my bathroom vanity's. This gives your bathroom a "new feel", but you are just changing up the colour. I went from brown to grey in these shots!
I used the shade Amherst Gray from Benjamin Moore for the final coat.
This is the only photo of the painting of the vanity. The colour of the photo isn't very good here.
And last but not least, we decided to put in a barn door. Yes they are very trendy right now, but we were looking for something different. I didn't want the same old "barn door", but yet a contemporary feel to a barn door. Well we ended up finding one that gave us the feel we were looking for. Here is the outcome.
We were looking to put the door in our downstairs hall way. This would give our son a bit of privacy when he closes the door. First we had to build a bulk overhead to hold up the weight of the door.
We then needed to put a runner up for the door to slide open to. I have left it plain and haven't yet painted it, as I am not quite sure what colours I am going with down there.
As you can see here, we went with glass door and not a door that looks like a barn door. The frosted glass gives just the right privacy we were looking for. I have since painted the bulk head white to blend in with the ceiling down here and we just love the look of it!
These are just some of the small updates that we have done in our home lately. All of these are budget friendly and all for under $1000.00. Although they aren't that expensive, they still give our home a face lift and some well needed updates!
What have you been working on in your home? Do you have any ideas for me?
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo
Now you know I can't go a holiday without decorating my bar cart right? Yep that's right, I decorated it for Easter! Check out how awesome it looked! ( At least, I think it was! ;) )
Very festive right?! Because my bar cart isn't very fancy, I have to dress it up for the holidays! I just added a few items that were in the same colour scheme as my easter decorations, and it seemed to all go together quite nice!
I used some of the same candy's and treats that I used on my table scape, to make them tie in together, and I also used a couple of the pink tiny tea cups on the bar cart as well as the table! Again sticking to candy that were the same colours as my Easter decorations, or resembled Easter colours!
I added this awesome purple rabbit garland around the top of my bar cart, cause well, IT'S PURPLE!
I bought extras of the glass rabbits from the Dollarama, and I changed up my books on the bottom of my bar cart. I used ones with colours that matched my theme.
And you know that I had to bust out my kitty plates again! That is a given!
Will you be decorating for Easter? I would love to hear how you decorated and what kinds of decor you used!
Until next time
Easter is fast approaching, and you know what that means?! A brand new table scape to do! So let's see what I came up with this time!
I kept things pretty similar to the St Patty's table scape, however I did change up a few things. I purchased easter colour Hersey's kisses this time around and also added more pastel colours as well.
Pinks, Mint Green and Light blue were my colour choices this time around!
I added these sweet glass rabbits that I purchased from the Dollarama! A little piece of cute for a fraction of the price!
I also added pink jelly beans around the place settings. I thought they would help bring out the pink in my decorations. Again, I cost effective way to tie in your colour scheme! Below, I have also shown different ways to style the napkins.
Right after styling this table, I went to Pier One and had classes on styling table scapes and napkins. I should have waited to do this, until after I had my quick lessons! But regardless, I have tried to do a rabbit ear in one and just a plain style in bottom one! Both work fine!
I also used some antiques again for my center piece! I chose this old sugar/candy bowl that I was given! I love it and I thought it had all the colours in it I was looking for! I added some easter decorations around it and placed it on top of my cake platter and Voila! Instant center piece!!
Making this table scape was fun! I really enjoyed the colours! I love pastels! Are you hosting an Easter meal? What will you be decorating?
Until next time
Along with a St. Patty's tablescape, I also decorated my bar cart as well. I spent some time the other day setting it up for guests. Here's how it turned out! I'm really happy with it!
I used the same decorations I bought at Dollarama. I cut some shamrock necklaces and made the garland out of it!
I added "green mix" to the top and a bit of fun with Fun Dip. I added some green "bubbles" in a champagne glass for fun and some stir sticks and paper straws on the top of the bar cart! Look at me, all "environmentally friendly"
I decorated the bottom with a couple glasses, more candy and some flowers and books for show!
Any time I have the opportunity to break out the kitty dishes, I'm all in! I added green Hersey kisses!
Aren't they the cutest kitty plates ever!
Bar Cart ~ Structube, Champagne glasses ~ Winners, Stir Sticks and Straws ~ Homesense, Decanter ~ Homesense, Beer Glasses ~ c/o Adams, Kitty tray ~ Hobby Lobby, Gum and Fun Dip ~ Dollarama, Hersey Kisses ~ Bulk Barn.
Whatever you get up to on St. Patrick's Day, stay safe and have fun! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo
St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching and I wanted you to take a glimpse of how I prepared my table for us for our meal that day. You will see 4 settings on the table, however, I did this to show 1 setting without the plate charger! I just have to say that I took a whole day and got my pictures all ready, only to put my card in another computer and for some reason, I lost ALL MY PICTURES!! So this is round 2!
Since St. Patrick's Day is mostly green and gold, I have used only green accents on this setting.
I decided to use 2 different goblets for this setting, 2 green large ones, and 2 green small ones! I thought I would mix it up a bit.
I used glitter and plain foam shamrocks to add the feel of St. Patrick's day, and green candy! I purchased the shamrocks at Dollarama, and the green candy at Bulk Barn! In order to give it the St. Patty's feel, I felt that these bits of green gave it just that.
Below is the setting without the charger under it! I also added the third plate and changed up the napkin display.
Below is the setting with the charger! Notice the different napkin shape.
For my centerpiece, I decided on an antique sugar bowl. Inside, I filled it with, what do you know, more candy!
I decided to play around a bit with some shamrock necklaces. I used these for my bar cart decorations, (which you will see soon) and also around the neck of my glasses to differentiate between who's glass is who's!
Chargers ~ Pier 1, Dishes ~ PC Financial, Glasses ~ Mikasa
Are you having guest for St. Patrick's Day? Are you decorating for it?
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo
So in a couple weeks I will be done with my living room remodel! I'm so excited to share it with you! However, now that it is almost complete, I must say, I've got that itch to move on to another room! Now while I had said that my downstairs bathroom, (or as we call it "Our Son's bathroom"), would be the next project, we are at a stand still, because of flooring! Our entrance way flooring runs all the way down the hall into our family room, (Or as we call it "Our Son's bachelor pad"), and into his washroom. Plus a bit goes into our laundry room as well. So re-doing his washroom would then require us to lay all new flooring down stairs, and we just aren't ready for that yet. There is a lot of planning to do before this, like how we will remodel the laundry room etc. So... I guess that means, I have to work on the upstairs. I really, really, want to re-do my kitchen, but because of the extent of work that I will have to do with making it over, I really need to do this in warmer weather, so we can open the windows and doors. The main stair case needs to be redone as well, but there again, I need warmer weather, so we can use our side or back door, to enter the house. Right now with the weather, it really is not the ideal weather to use these doors, as they aren't shoveled and people would track mud all through my home. Now that we are finishing my office, and my nail room, they are out of the question, so that only leaves the bedroom!
I know what you must be saying, "Geez Cheryl, don't you ever finish a project, before you start a new one?" Well to answer that, yes, sort of! Let me explain.... The Major parts of makeover are done, flooring, painting etc, however, furniture pieces still need to be bought. It takes me FOR.EVE.R to find the ones I like and save the money to purchase them, so while the room looks new, there still is "stuff" that needs to be purchased for that said room! Does that make sense? When a room is totally complete, I will for sure do a blog post on the "finished product". Now back to the Master bedroom.... I have been pinning like a mad women! I have some ideas in mind for the over all look, just need to make the final decisions. Here are some of the ideas I am thinking of...
Paint ~ I'm really hoping to go more of a bright white or one of these following ones.
or Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore
Or White Heaven by Benjamin Moore
Notice, that White heaven is the biggest of the others... lol.... What do you think? (you know the last one is really speaking to me!) For me Benjamin Moore paints are the only paints I use. One of our local store stocks Benjamin Moore paints, thank goodness, so I don't need to go to far to grab paint samples!
If you are in my area, you can purchase Benjamin Moore Paints at Partners Paint and Paper! They have 4 stores to serve all of your paint needs! They can be found here.
Next is Trim! I love decorative trim! We have done it throughout our home and I love the idea of this..
How hard do you think I would have to talk my husband into doing this in our room? He hated doing the last round of trim! But I personally think this look is so classic and nice, and we have a large wall in our bedroom where our bed backs up to. I think it will work perfect!
Next we are looking to upgrade our bed to King size. We currently have a queen, and since having hotel rooms with King beds in it, we have wanted to upgrade to bigger! After purchasing the bed, I am hoping for a headboard like one of these..
Next we need some side tables! I'm looking at these two! Which one is your favorite?
I think I am leaning towards the round one! But can't make up my mind...
And finally a new duvet! I haven't looked around too much at duvets, but here is the idea of the one I am looking at, so you get the jest!
Funny story, I have one similar to the one above that I got for Christmas one year, but with our dog's jumping on it, it got stained and has a little rip in it. I decided to bleach it out one day at the local laundry mat, and without reading the instructions, I dumped the bleach right into the washing machine at the start, and now not only does it have a rip and a stain, but bleach stains on it as well.............. geez!! Yep, if you haven't guessed it already, I have NO PATIENCE!
Help me decide on some of these ideas, would you? Which ones are speaking to you? Which ones are your favorites? If you made it all the way to the end of this blog post, you have a chance to win a "thank you" from me!! A gift certificate from Partner's Paint and Paper!! ** All you have to do is make sure you are following me on Instagram and email me your name and favourite paint colour choice! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. ** Good Luck **
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo