Tag Archives: Benjamin Moore

The Dark Side – Be Fearless With Your Walls

Written by on 2nd September 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Lately I’ve been looking at dark paint colours for a client project and I am totally in love…so much so that I’m considering painting a room in my own house DARK.  Be fearless and bold in your own space and try a dark colour – it doesn’t have to be stuffy or traditional.  These are a few inspiring images I have collected where dark walls create a dramatic backdrop for classic, yet casual, design.


Elaine Griffin









Michelle Nussbaumer

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Bathroom – Weekend Update

Written by on 6th October 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I set out to paint one of my bathrooms over the weekend. It was the builder peach/beige since we moved in and I couldn’t take it anymore.  I knew white was right and chose BM Snowfall White OC-118 for the walls and although I didn’t have the budget to swap the counter top – I changed the hardware on the cabinets. I added some accessories from Homesense and on the white walls hung an  industrial welcome sign, a vintage eBay soap label and a sign I made with a funny and famous quote from Austin Powers. I mean…let’s not take things too seriously right!?

full front

Here’s how it looked before…

Bath mashPaint and Homesense are both wonderful things!

DSC04255I bought this new shower curtain from West Elm. I recently used the same one in a client bathroom too. I must have had this cool metal welcome sign for almost a year and finally found a good spot for it!

industrial sign This sign makes us smile all the time. I love that it’s not too serious around here. Everyone keeps telling me I should make more and sell them on Etsy. If I only had the time!

DSC04278I painted this little bathroom in one weekend and the mister helped with the skylight part. It’s both high and confined….not great for me but he did an awesome job considering this was supposed to be “my” project.

DSC04281A little paint and elbow grease and I have a whole new bathroom. Easiest thing I’ll do all year I bet!

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Bedroom Before and After

Written by on 3rd September 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

I finished a bedroom design project yesterday in Victoria, BC  that turned out really great.  I was on a budget and had an existing Persian Rug to work with. My client and I picked the wall colour, Benjamin Moore Waterbury green HC 136, by using online photos of the rug. That was a little risky – but I like to live on the edge:)  Check out this bedroom before and after & I’ll post a shop list tomorrow!

afterThis was the Mash Up I used to guide my purchases. I wanted a bench, a pedestal table and a small handsome desk with a cubby on top. check check check!

mash up indigo curtainI don’t mind saying that I sorta nailed it this time! Before I came on board this room was a peach and pistachio dream with a granny tulip chandelier. Check it out.

bedroom before and afterI love a good Before and After post! Tomorrow I’ll share my shopping spots – super deals and sources for the items I used in this bedroom. And if you want some help making the place you live  a place you love…contact me, I can help!

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Another Weekend Flew By!

Written by on 22nd July 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’ve been so busy I hardly have any time to blog! This weekend I continued Rug hunting, attended a cool Vintage sale in a beautiful garden location and painted an en suite bathroom (walls and ceilings) applause :) .  Next step is decor and lighting. What did you get up to this weekend?

weekend update

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Benjamin Moore – Back Then

Written by on 29th March 2013 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 2 Comments



I’m gonna get down to a little painting and gardening this weekend. Maybe even another re-upholstery task. What Can I say….The sun is shining and I’m motivated.

What are you up To?

Here’s a cool vintage poster (undated) from Benjamin Moore…You see! Peeps have doing this DIY thing forever!

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One Room Challenge – Dresser DIY

Written by on 6th March 2013 in Blog POSTS with 18 Comments

Hi again, so glad you came over to check out my progress in the One Room Challenge! What is it? It’s 20 design bloggers finishing a room start to finish in 6 weeks. You can catch up on my posts here.

Holy Cow! It’s getting close to finished. The Girl Glam Apartment is totally coming together and this week I want to show you the dresser my client and I re-painted and installed as extra storage and a pretty perch for her TV!  Here’s how it looks today…


before - stand mash

I brought her some colour samples on a board and some inspiration pics…I think they scared her a bit…what is this crazy decorator trying to do? But after a few days living with the samples she decided on Peacock Blue Benjamin Moore 2049-40. Yay!

peacock blue plus

She painted the dresser and here it is delivered and ready to stain. Nice work Chiquita! (Good Tip:  when you paint a dresser make some kind of  temporary knob through the hole so you can open the drawers. I used wired twine.) Bah bad iPhone pic.


I don’t know what I have against flat paint finishes…but lately I have to rub something on top of everything I paint. I just can’t leave it be. My client was OK with this, I swear.

I found a blue water based stain and thought YES! So I tried it and it really popped the peacock into overdrive. So in the spirit of more is more. I rubbed that whole sucker with the blue stain. Not just the edges. The top, the drawer fronts..the whole enchilada.  Too much coffee? Maybe…

You can really see the colour difference between the unstained top and the rest in this shot…Holy…Am I really doing this???$^$%&@$%&@$


Although the colour looks like electric Neon blue in the pic. It’s really pretty awesome in person. A watery effect. My client spray painted the handles with the same antique gold paint’s I used on her coffee table and I’m proud to say she installed them herself! I love working with people who like to get involved. Such a treat!!

close up hardware

078 - final

And that’s a wrap. A few observations…since this is a very popular makeover for DIY enthusiasts.

Painting a Dresser 101

  • Pay attention to the legs. If the dresser is too heavy on the bottom it’s harder to make it look pretty.
  • You have to sand down to the wood for paint and stain to work.
  • It is better to use a latex that acts like oil. I prefer Advance by Benjamin Moore.
  • Don’t use wall rollers. It leaves a bumpy texture. Foam rollers = smooth sailing

Phew – that’s in the can.  Next. The Tables we ordered from Overstock.com arrived (Yahoo they ship to Canada!), and next week is going to be all about side tables, gallery walls and lamps.  I can’t believe it’s almost over already!

list 2 week 5

Here’s a list of all the other ORC participants. Pop over to their blogs and show some Love. We could probably all use it right about now :)

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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Neutral Ground

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

My wonderful clients said “arrivederci” red and “nice to see you” neutral this past week and their basement is starting to take shape. New paint, rug, sectional and end table are in place and ready for some great reclaimed furniture pieces.  We are decorating the  room with artifacts and photos from their travels and I should have an update next week on the progress of this room…

Getting There

The Paint is Benjamin Moore Litchfield Gray HC-78 and Benjamin Moore Whitall Brown HC – 69

This project is a great example of how to showcase your colourful ethnic art pieces and photos to their best advantage by using a neutral background. This room is about to get much more colourful :)   Here’s my design concept for this project:

gloria Bright and ethnic inspiration - fOR wEBSITE

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One Room Challenge – Week 3

Written by on 11th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 11 Comments

Hi! And thanks for coming back to check in on my progress in the One Room Challenge (ORC).  (ORC is 6 weeks, 20 bloggers/20 rooms and Lots of action!!) If this is your first glimpse of my project you can check out weeks One and Two right here.  This past week I made my requisite trip to IKEA and showed remarkable restraint I might add!  I got some Billy’s and Benno’s per my measurements and then headed to the hardware store to pick up trim and crown molding. Here is what I ended up with:

And here’s where I started…

This bonus room is under my garage. It is dark and the lighting will be addressed in the weeks to come. I painted the back wall with Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore. My lovely nieces helped paint the backs of the Benno shelves but assured me that they have no aspirations toward design. They are strictly focused on becoming zoo keepers.  Well,…. okay then!

As you can see I have trimmed out all the fronts and where it meets the wall to give it a finished look.  I painted all the wood trim in Timid White by Benjamin Moore as it is a very close match to the white of the IKEA Billy shelves. I added a crown at the top too which seems like a preschool step compared to what Linda at My Crafty Home Life has been doing with her crown molding- so let’s be clear…she’s the reigning queen of crowns, and mine’s pretty good :)

I took a small Billy shelf and cut off the bottom in order to construct a bridge between my two stacks.  It started to sag a bit in the middle so I went back to the hardware store and got some small pieces of lumber which I painted in the wall colour.  These cleats are screwed into the studs and provide just the right amount of support for my hack!

So there it is. Not allot of pretty pics this week – but certainly lots of work!!  I might submit it as an IKEA hack when I’m done.  My desk Hack is here.  I feel relieved that this hard part is over and I’m looking forward to some good old fashioned decorating.

Next week the electrician and the drywaller will be here…that’ll be a gong show.

Below you can find links to the other Challenge Participants!! Check them out!

Julia – Pawleys Island Posh – Office

Beth - Chinoiserie Chic – Kitchen

Lauren - The Cottage Mix – Husband’s Office

Sherry - Design Indulgence – Living Room

Lindsay - Everything LEB – Bedroom

Barbara - Hodge:Podge – Living Room

Kim - Kim Macumber Interiors – Keeping Room

Lisa - Lisa Mende Design – Family Room

Tiffany - Living Savvy – Boy’s Room

Bethany – Powell Brower Home – Bedroom

Jessie - Mix & Chic – Master Bedroom

Linda - My Crafty Home Life – Master Bedroom

Alison - My Little Happy Place – Office

Danylle - Nana Moon – Master Bathroom

Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda – Family Room

Lindsay - The Pursuit of Style – Stairway

Emily - Rue de Emily – Living Room

Lindsay - Sadie + Stella – Office

Lisa - Trapped in North Jersey – Living Room

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Candice Olson for Benjamin Moore

Written by on 22nd March 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Everyone likes to paint and refresh in the spring, check out this selection of Candice Olson’s favourite colours from Benjamin Moore. (pic is the link as usual)  The colours are not new…it’s just a peek into a designers bag of tricks.

Of course, I love that she likes some of my favourites such as,…niveous, edgecomb gray, gray owl and stone. Great minds think alike right!

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Week 4 – Before and After

Written by on 8th February 2012 in Blog POSTS with 12 Comments

Thanks for coming back to check on my progress in the one room challenge.  This week I managed to paint the walls and complete my bedside tables project…A relief because they were the two most labor intensive aspects of the room. The rest is the fun stuff…but more on that next week.

Here is how the room progressed this weekend…If you look closely you can see that early on I had an enthusiastic assistant, but he deserted the project shortly after the work began…typical.

Click here for my Week 2 post on choosing my paint colour. I chose Kendall Charcoal (Benjamin Moore HC 166)














In addition to painting the feature wall I finished these bedside tables…Click here for the Week 3 shots in progress.







My Tip of the week relates to installing new hardware onto cabinets or furniture pieces like I did this week..

Professional Tip: When installing new hardware to your DIY project  sometimes you need a longer or shorter screw than the one that came with your new knobs.  There is a screw called a “breakaway” that you can break off at the appropriate length in order to get a nice tight fit. They are available at most hardware stores.  The only trick is to try not to damage the thread by squeezing too hard when breaking off the pieces….my advice is to buy a few extras ;)

Check out the other amazing bloggers taking part in the challenge and see what they’ve been up to!

Nicole   Master Bedroom

Tiffany  Master Bedroom

Sharon  Master Bedroom

Janet      Master Bedroom

Linda    Dining Room

Jadyn    Dining Room

Lisa       Dining Room

Jen      Office

Kelly   Office

Danylle  Girl's Room

Emily      Boys Room

Suzanne Girl's Room

Kim          Living Room

Taylor     Living Room

Jennifer  Laundry Room

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