Archive for February, 2013

Bling it On!

Written by on 28th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’m supposed to be writing… but I had to take a break to source some lights for a pretty Paris inspired  home office project I’m working on. Undaunted by a tight budget I knew overstock.com would come through…and boy did they. Check out these lovelies dancing around the $200 limit.  Sometimes I soooo wish I was a girly girl.

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One Room Challenge – Coffee Table Transformed

Written by on 27th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 19 Comments

Thanks for coming back to check out my progress in the one room challenge! If this is your first visit (I’m so glad you stopped by)  click here to see the first three weeks of my girl glam apartment project.  This past week I tackled a coffee table that my client inherited from her parents which was actually made by her grandfather. It was a big heavy piece and I knew right away we needed to lighten it up if it was going to stay. Here’s how it looks today…

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And here’s how it looked when it arrived at my house for a makeover…

before tableI sorta kinda got a Moroccan vibe from the open work on the sides and I fer sure wanted to take the top off and replace it with glass, …. my client wasn’t exactly as sure as I was so I showed her an inspiration pic to help persuade her…it worked.

Stanley-Furniture-Avalon-Heights-Roxy-Round-Glass-Coffee-TableFirst thing I had to do was take it apart which was no easy task cause her grampa was very meticulous and built this table for a hurricane. I carefully removed the top and the bracing and decided that this table was going to live out the remainder of its days upside down.

taking it apartAfter that I sanded and used wood filler on the holes and knicks….sanding and re-filling several times…  It had a thick black enamel paint on it so I sanded the sides a little, but not allot, and then primed it with gray primer.

during photo 1Next I was ready for the gold, and I wanted it to have some movement…not a flat gold so I used two colours of spray paint and used some craft paints too in order to get some variation in the colours.  The product I like best is Rustoleum metallics in Antique Brass & Pure Gold and craft paints in Sahara Gold, Antique Gold and you guessed it…gold.:) I applied the spray paint like the Karate Kid and used my larger art brushes to apply the craft paint. it’s subtle…and certainly more effort…but it turned out really good.

during tableI was nervous to bring it over to her apartment because I knew it was a sentimental piece but thankfully she likes it and the glass guy arrived on time so it wasn’t naked for long. here’s how it looked…

finished with glassThis was a fun, inexpensive and easy transformation. The table was free, and the paints were $20. The glass was by far the most expensive part at $185 incl taxes & delivery. If I were to do it again I would scour used furniture stores for a glass table and re-use the top. Turns out round glass is kind of a pain and we had to get it cut in Vancouver and brought over to the island…hence the price tag. we learn :)

58 resized 2Next week I’ll reveal the dresser I’m painting for under the TV…My client did the base coat painting and I’m going to try to take it up a notch with a distressed / stained finish…we’ll see how it goes.

list 2 week 3-1Don’t forget to jump over to these ladies blogs and check out what they’ve accomplished this week! That’s where I’ll be:)…

Little Black Door
Matters of Style
My Crafty Home Life
Pacific Family Homes
Pawleys Island Posh
the Peak of Tres Chic
the Pink Pagoda
Powell Brower Home
Simple Details
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tUSEDay VICTORIA

Written by on 26th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

This week I’m engaged in a search for headboards…If I’m the one to recover and tuft them I’ll be sure to share the process on my blog.  This one is a double,…a great candidate for a tween girls room…Pic is the link as usual

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More Ikat for Spring

Written by on 25th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

A new addition to my Etsy shop for Spring!004

 

 

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Design Therapy – Downstairs Living Room

Written by on 21st February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I had “one of those days” yesterday..everything went wrong…And I’m the first to admit that I may have a tendency to embellish a story now and then…but this was an incredibly rough one and I hated it!…a pity trip to Dairy Queen was entertained but not acted upon…Instead I went to my happy place and worked on a design plan for our basement living room / TV watching / zombie and dragon killing area. Here’s how it is shaping up.

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I got that rug recently from HomeSense and I have plans to hack some more billy’s, make a paper mache skull, do a dwell studio knockoff art piece and buy some bookshelf lighting.

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One Room Challenge – Tufted Bench

Written by on 20th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 18 Comments

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! 20 Bloggers, 20 Rooms and tonnes of creativity & fun!  This week I’m crossing the tufted bench off my list.  My client found it for $120 on Used Victoria and we selected a teal Chenille from Chintz & Co. to re-cover the damaged black velvet.  Overall it was a pretty easy project and I think it turned out great!

Bench After

bench before

Did I mention the LUCITE LEGS!!! Sexy addition to this girl glam apartment wouldn’t you say? The black velvet was nice, but I am obsessed with colour for her apartment and green and blue are pretty much the only directions she wants to go…so I am full on Blue and Green baby.

Here’s what I did…

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I had custom buttons made at Capital Iron , re-used the strong thread from the old black buttons and bought a really long needle from the fabric store.

2nd steps - with mark upsI first placed all the buttons and then started pulling them tight from the back. I worked from the middle out the the edges & I wore my winter leather gloves cause it kills your bare hands. Oh, and Santa if you’re reading this…I really think it’s time I got a compressor and pneumatic staple gun…don’t you?  Yes, I did this with a manual stapler…I am accepting pity in the comments section :)

3rd steps with markupsI had to fidget with the corners, a bit but I made it work. phew – another project done! Next week I’m going to finish the coffee table! No tools…just fumes. I am all over that! I hope Linda doesn’t read that…She’s very concerned about some of us reckless DIYers…I promise to work outside. Promise! And that’s cool with me cause on the west coast we have spring and green grass and sun and all that Jazz. Great outside painting weather for sure! Oh man, I hope Linda doesn’t read that either. Love you East Coast Ladies!

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Check out what the other ladies have been up to this week…

Little Black Door
Matters of Style
My Crafty Home Life
Pacific Family Homes
Pawleys Island Posh
the Peak of Tres Chic
the Pink Pagoda
Powell Brower Home
Simple Details
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Spring Ikat Pillows!

Written by on 19th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

How Happy are the colours of this fabric? This pillow is called Roxanne…Available now  in my Etsy store.

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tUSEDay VICTORIA

Written by on 19th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I have a new project, a home office, so I’ve been trolling Used Victoria allot lately.  I saw this and had a flashback of making my pottery barn knockoff desk a couple years ago.  I can’t use it in my job…but maybe you can?  This one is really similar to what I used and since there’s just one, this is how I would suggest it could be used to make a great desk. (Pics are the links as usual)

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You can click on this pic of my desk below to see how I did it.

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I’m also going to start posting items on Tuesday that people are looking for. So if that’s you…let’s say you want a specific thing but don’t have time or luck on Used Victoria, Shoot me an email…I might find it! This one is for my dear Sheila.

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Vintage Poster – Beaver Fever

Written by on 18th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

I was browsing online this weekend and Emily A Clark featured a website that offers free Hi Res Vintage Posters. Yeah, you read it right!  Free!  I downloaded a couple cuz I’m thinking about re-jigging one of my gallery walls soon. You should check this out!  I think this ca 1918 WWI propaganda poster one is my fave so far…

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It was cool to see this on a vintage poster site, but I wouldn’t be a very good historian if I didn’t also point you to a huge stash of Wartime poster art (including this one) available in the National Archives of Canada. Check here  although I must admit downloading a Hi Resolution pic is easier than traveling to Ottawa and digging through dusty boxes. It depends what you’re into I guess :)   Can you guess which way I lean?

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Style Spotting – McLaren

Written by on 16th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’ve been looking for two light fixtures for my basement and got totally distracted by these glamorous Harlow beauties at local lighting mecca McLaren Lighting… I don’t have the ceiling height down there for the chandeliers but the sconces are definitely going to be part of the design. LOVE [Pics are the links as usual]

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