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One Room Challenge – Reveal

Written by on 20th March 2013 in Blog POSTS with 20 Comments

Whoa we made it! The One Room Challenge is a friendly competition between 20 design bloggers to finish 20 rooms in 6 weeks.  The brains behind this crazy creative explosion is Linda from the blog Calling It Home and she’s encouraged us all to get’er done.  Thank you for letting me play again Linda!! You’re the greatest! I’m happy to report that I’m finished and my client loves her Girl Glam Apartment…what more can you ask for.

If you want to see how I handled the tight budget and ambitious wish list  it’s all here for you. And of course if you would like some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me…I can help!

Here’s the finished room – Let’s call it Calm Cool and Collected…..

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And here’s the only before shot I have… for good measure…

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And after…

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I aimed for this…and I think I got pretty darn close…

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Many thanks to Linda and all the other ORC  ladies for their kind words of encouragement. I certainly appreciate how much work has gone into each and every makeover so be sure to pop around on the links below and check everyone out!  I know, speaking for myself, that I try to make it look pretty and organized for the photo ops …but it was ALLOT of hard work and not so pretty at times!  So thank you! for coming by and now Go check out the other ORC  finale’s and show some love!

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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One Room Challenge – Finishing Touches

Written by on 13th March 2013 in Blog POSTS with 13 Comments

Is it really almost over? Yep, the most recent One Room Challenge Spring 2013 edition is almost complete.  What is it? The One Room Challenge is 20 rooms & 20 Design Bloggers kicking butt and taking names in 6 short weeks. This is week six so I’m showing you the final touches on the Girl Glam Apartment I’ve been working on in Downtown Victoria and next week is the big TA DA!  If you want to catch up with my project from the start it’s all here.

Here’s what I’ve been up to this week…

We ordered these awesome nesting tables from overstock.com (who now deliver to Canada)…..LOVE!

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And I scored an antique brass floor lamp for $69 at Home Sense / Home Goods…Score!

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My client purchased a couple new pieces of art via Etsy during this whole process and we re-used and re-purposed several items she already had (as I love to do) in order to create this gallery wall behind the couch…SUPER AWESOME!

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Another Home Sense / Home Goods purchase was this handsome hammered little buddy…SO CUTE!

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A few more details… I made her a pillow in the same fabric as the dining room chairs, and found a mercury glass bowl at winners and a crystal polar bear at the Da Vinci Flea Market for a little bling bling…Polar Bear is My FAVE!

050 - finalAnother update was a new lampshade. Old style to drum style shade…but obviously the base was already cool :)

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I also did a small DIY project using some vintage postcards and some grass-cloth wallpaper.  The budget has run out, but my client had a few more gold frames that were unused and I had a few vintage postcards and a remnant roll of grass-cloth. We put our stuff and our heads together and simply cut the grass-cloth to size and stuck the postcards on top, cleaned the old glass and voila! Free and Fabulous. The postcards depict the Empress CP Hotel and the BC Provincial Legislature…the two most iconic buildings in our beautiful city of Victoria BC.

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So that’s it. I was creative and used what she had and made thoughtful classic purchases within a very tight budget. Check back next week to see my final photographs!

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I wonder how the other ladies are doing?? Click below to check them out!

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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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…

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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!

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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.

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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???$^$%&@$%&@$

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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!!

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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!

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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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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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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!

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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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One Room Challenge – Not Sew Easy

Written by on 13th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 23 Comments

Hi Peeps thanks for coming back to check out my ORC project! I’m working on a girl glam apartment…

This week the dining room is done, and I’m moving on to some other DIY projects in the living room. Here’s how it looked Saturday morning after I styled it a little…cute right!!!

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When the quote to slipcover these 4 simple IKEA chairs came back at $800 my client and I had a discussion to look at other options.  Truth is that with a small budget there weren’t many, and I sooo badly wanted to update the floral pattern chairs.  So, in a moment of pure insanity, ……no, bravado …..no, unfounded confidence…I was heard to say “Oh yeah, they look simple. I can sew them..” Ugh  So the last couple weeks I’ve been sewing, and seam ripping and drinking and crying. OK, not crying…but LOTS of procrastinating and complaining to my dear husband. So the take away here folks is that I’m Not Gonna Do It Again.

Not Sew Easy After all! This challenge should be called IRC “I R Crazy” Cuz I get way too jacked up with excitement for these projects.

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There were some bright spots though…We got the Rug from IKEA (yay!). And swapped out the old Light for a new one…much better.

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I did a little thrift store shopping for accessories and my client bought a bench on Used Victoria (our local version of Craigslist) She’s awesome!  I’ll be re-covering it for next weeks update…I know what you’re thinking…but it’s not the same as sewing slipcovers…I’m OK with it…really I am.

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Oh, and of course I should show you a proper before pic…

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Check out the other ORC senoritas and see what they’ve got cook’in this week! This is SO much fun!

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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One Room Challenge – Downtown Apartment

Written by on 6th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 17 Comments

Woohoo! It’s happening again peeps…The One Room Challenge is back and this time is more exciting than ever because we are moving on out of my house and into a client space! Follow along for 6 weeks and you can see how I work and maybe take away some inspiration to complete a room in your place.  This time around there are so many amazing talented designers and design bloggers that I can’t wait to introduce you to the crew! More importantly I cannot wait to see what amazing things they do that will inspire me too! Here they are…(Links to all their beautiful blogs are listed below)

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Let’s get started!!! The room I’m tackling is a living / dining combo in a downtown Victoria apartment.  My client is a  brilliant and beautiful young thing and she wanted to refresh and glam up her place with big style and a small budget.  She actually found me because of the last One Room Challenge so it is fitting that I’m taking on her place this time around. First step was to visit her home and get a plan together, and full disclosure…this meeting happened awhile ago so that extensive planning could be done. She told me at the outset that she wanted to…

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After our initial meeting I drew up a plan, I call it an inspiration board, and I do this for all my client projects.  This board illustrates the colour direction incorporating blues and my commitment to re-using her pieces in new and creative ways.

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floor plan mash upSo now you have an idea of where I started…a great space, some existing furniture pieces to work with, a budget of $2000 and a plan that my client loves. I am working double time to finish a few elements of this project by the 6 week deadline so check back often for updates on my progress and the DIY elements of this One Room Challenge that I’m sure you will like!

The projects are going to shake out like this….I think….

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Now go check out all the other Challengers in alphabetical order below and see what they’re planning for the next 6 weeks of pure designing and decorating madness!

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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6 Week Makeover Coming Up!!

Written by on 4th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 5 Comments

Announcement!!! I’m so excited because this is week No. 1 of a SIX week design challenge where I’ll tackle a client project and document the whole thing here on the blog (STARTS Wednesday FEB 6TH). It’s called the “One Room Challenge” and it’s the brainchild of my good friend Linda who writes the awesome blog My Crafty Home Life. Linda assembled a great lineup this time and I’m thrilled to be participating with a long list of bloggers and designers that will knock your socks off!  My One Room Challenge is a downtown apartment here in Victoria and since it’s all a secret until my final reveal I mashed up a bunch of words to express what’s likely going to happen over the next 6 weeks!

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Check back every Wednesday for full disclosure updates on how I’m doing, whether I get fired (just kidding) or whether I sew my sleeve to a slip cover…it could happen. And of course please let me know what you think… I love to hear from you!

I’ll be tweeting about it all and there is a dedicated Pinterest board for the whole gang that I’ll share this week so be sure to check that out too!!

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