Tag Archives: Paint

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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Traditional Townhouse – Before and After

Written by on 14th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Well, it’s done, this colourful , book filled townhouse I’ve been working on for months is complete… and wouldn’t you know it…it’s for sale!  I thought I’d share a little Before and After action this weekend. Everybody loves that! This one is pretty dramatic.

002 600PIXThe amazing interior painting in this home was done by Aaron Banks from A. B Painting Services. Thank you Aaron!


The amazing finish trim work and build out on these IKEA bookshelves was by Carpenter Scott Bacani. Thanks Scott!

I also recently engaged the help of The Housse in Victoria to help me stage the home for sale. Thank you Josée and Murray!

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Pepper Mill Party Post

Written by on 9th December 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

Is there anything more fun than painting and drinking wine at the same time?  This weekend I had a few new friends and some old friends over to my studio to make some personalized gifts for Christmas in the form of custom painted pepper mills. Now,… I won’t tell you who’s who’s just in case you’re the lucky recipient of one of these mills…but it was super fun and I’m so grateful for all of you who made it out to snowy Langford. Here’s the shiny stash that I’ll be delivering to the ladies tomorrow.  I’d love to do this again in Spring..maybe for mothers day?  Check out these works of art!

040-1If you would be interested in joining my next workshop send me a message and I’ll let you know when it happens!

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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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Girls Room – Product Guide

Written by on 4th June 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Here’s some of the decorating projects and products used in this room…


Products: Annie Sloan Chalk Paints from French Vanilla and French Touch on Oak Bay Ave;  Stool – IKEA; Pillow Inserts and Duvet – IKEA; Fabrics – contact me if you would like a colour story of fabrics developed for your project; Large clothes Pins – Michaels; Bed and Desk – Used Victoria $20 and $75 respectively; Hardware – Lee Valley; Lamp – Wal-Mart; Accessories – Clients

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Chalk Paint Adventure – Girls Rooms

Written by on 29th April 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

This weekend my client and I sanded the chalk painted furniture for the girls rooms that we painted last weekend. It was a messy business but when you have a small budget you gotta be prepared to work your butt off...and let me tell you this lady is a work horse! The whole process has been so fun!

weekend update

And, on Saturday when it started raining we packed it in and went to Home Sense/Home Goods…I found this DVF coverlet that whispered to me that it wants to be a headboard…we’ll see…


I hope you had a great weekend and a productive week ahead.  And don’t forget…if you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me. I can help!

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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 – 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…


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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To Paint or not to Paint – The Stairs

Written by on 19th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

My lovely and talented friend Jenn is renovating her house in Whitehorse and has posted on her blog that she and the mister are in a dilemma.  They love bold bright designs but they are having trouble pulling the trigger and painting their wood stairs.  Below is the inspiration pic they both loved and their actual staircase (avec chien).

Jenn’s Inspiration The World of InteriorsJuly 2009 

Jenn’s Actual Stairs

There is a case to be made for the colourful stairway.  However, I think the verdict might be that it works better outside in the bright colour palettes shown here.

Nice open spaces and large scale walls help these steps take a cheerful tone rather than a jarring one.

So what to do? You want some colour, but maybe don’t want the forever commitment that comes with painting your stairs.  A couple of options include:


  1. Paint the Risers Only (Less commitment – still keeping some of the wood tones).
  2. Stain the wood, or bleach it so you still have the wood look but a totally different feel.
  3. Add carpet strips or runner to get pop of colour without painting.
  4. Paint or wallpaper the walls with light and bright colours and patterns and leave the steps wood.

Lets go through the options:

1. Paint Risers Only.  I like this idea. White is a classic choice. … (side note their home is influenced my mid century design and they love white)


Although you could go with a colour, a combo of colours, or even an ombre graduation of colour as shown here. Tip: use a semi gloss or gloss paint. No eggshell for this treatment.


2. Stain Dark or Bleach for an all over non-colour change. Keep in mind that stain is not just light or dark brown anymore. There are some new gray stains that look very cool and create almost a barn board effect. (may look awesome on that beadboard I see at the landing.)

Both from Houzz

3. Carpet Strips or runner for hit of colour?


Tip: My dog is getting older and having trouble with our wood stairs so instead of a full runner, I bought three of the same rug from Winners and sliced them to the depth of each step. After cutting I zig zagged the edges with my sewing machine so they would not fray. Ikea has some great options that are inexpensive so you wont feel bad cutting them up..And the third one…well its just pretty and I like it, but I would not slice and dice it.

4. Paint or wall paper treatment on the wall without painting the stairs. How about these from Marimekko? Or any number of stripe or chevron patterns you can dream up with paint!

I also love this wall panel set by Keith Haring

So there are a few options to bring in some bright happy shapes and colours into your stairway.  If you were to ask me…my vote would be for white risers stained tops and a graphic wall treatment.

Hope this helps Jenn! I have to get to your house soon!! I already love it!

Anyone else have any thoughts on treatments for stairs?? What do you like best?

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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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