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