side entrance makeover: the painting


Earlier in the week you saw the 'before' of our sad side entranceway. After initially cleaning up the walls and patching where needed, it was time to slap on some paint. We have SO much paint in our stash at home, so I really wanted to work with what we already had. I started out with a pretty, muted aqua, which was a mis-tint that I bought from Home Depot for $9 (for a gallon) a while ago. Sometimes those mis-tints are great colours, so it's worth taking a peak when you're in the store! The aqua totally worked with the blue/turquoise/grey/green palette in our pad, so I went for it. It was a slightly treacherous area to paint.  We upgraded from the step ladder to the big ladder to get ... CONTINUE READING

side entrance mini-makeover: the before


There is a rarely seen little area in our home that has been in dire need of some attention ever since we moved in. You know how we converted our basement to a 1-bedroom apartment (see all of that here) - well, this is the side entrance that our tenant uses to get to her pad. And it ain't pretty. Here is what we are working with. The light fixture is sorely dated, there is way too much white (it feels cold), the stairs are a not-so-pretty gray, the artwork is lacking, and it just generally looks neglected. Oh, and check out that light switch. We did a bit of electrical work and never patched it back up again (so bad!!!). Eeeks! Oh and another relic from past ... CONTINUE READING