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the september highlights reel

3rd October 2012

Now that I have been blogging for 2+ years and have a bevy of DIY projects, house tweaks, and other events documented here, I thought it was time to start doing the monthly recap. Lots of other bloggers do this as a way to summarize the highlights from that month. It definitely makes it easier to go back into the archives, especially if you’re new to a blog.

So without further ado, the September highlights reel.

The first DIY project of the month: painted sliding closet doors. The two-tone colour scheme with the right placement of tape totally makes them look like they have some mouldings and gives them so much more depth. Oh, and this was the first blog post with a video!! Still a little embarrassed by it… but I have gotten over the initial trepidation of actually being on camera, so a house tour video is next up on the to-do list.

We made some  major tweaks to the living and dining rooms lately, including a new couch, rug, pillows and a furniture switcharoo. Even though there are still things on the list for both of these spaces, the rooms are feeling so much more pulled together, cheerful, and more like us.

Definitely the best thrift store find of the month was this pendant light fixture. For $3.99 I grabbed that thing and pretty much ran out of the store. A “start the car!!” kind of moment for sure. With a coat of matte black spray paint, it was good as new. I love how it looks on our chevron ceiling (SO much better than the boob light of yore). We still need to do something about the ring around the fixture on the ceiling where the old light was, but we’ll get to it.

Another good thrift store find, these horse bookends get the award this month for best makeover. Definitely a tacky to pretty kind of story.

We were gifted a new-to-us plant (Benjamin Ficus tree) in September, and needed to find a home for this new guy. After dropping about $10 for a terra cotta planter and plate, I finally got in on the dipped trend and did a gold and turquoise number. The planter still looks great and the little peak of gold is perfection.

Best room makeover for the month goes to this nursery I designed for my two pals who were expecting their first kiddo. The room turned out to be all kinds of cheerful and sweet, and was so much fun to do. And the best part? Their little guy, Sawyer, arrived on Monday of this week (!!!!!). The little dude is already getting to enjoy his new pad.

The other September highlight for us was our 4-day trip to Boston with my parents to celebrate my Mum’s birthday. I still have to sort through those photos, but here is a shot of the four of us about to go on a harbour cruise. Pretty cheesy, but I love it.

And there you have it. September 2012 on the sweetest digs, all wrapped up in a little bow.

Can you guys believe that September has come and gone already? Holy smokes I can’t believe how quickly the summer flew by. Here’s hoping we can slow down and enjoy some lovely fall weekends with the beautiful colours at this time of year. Wearing a cozy sweater, having a hot chocolate, decorating pumpkins, and going for walks in the trees is definitely a fall favourite. What about you guys?

DIY this: paint sliding closet doors for trim effect

10th September 2012

Do you have any of these closet doors in your house? You know, the sort of flimsy sliding kind? Well I do. And they happen to be in our master bedroom. Did you know you can paint sliding closet doors and transform them?

Not pretty, hey? Oh, and want a glimpse into some real life at the sweetest digs casa? Here is our bedroom in all it’s unmade bed and strewn laundry glory. Just keepin’ it real.

Well, I was ready to do something about these doors. I thought about just painting them out a solid colour, but then the idea for a pattern came to mind. I hummed and hawed about doing something intricate or colourful, but then realized that a simple rectangular box in each door in grey and white (so that it would blend with the walls) would be the way to go.

First step was to wash down the doors to remove any residue or dust. I didn’t need to sand since these doors aren’t wood, but if you have wooden closet doors you would want to use a medium and then fine grit sandpaper to prep the surface for paint (like these 3M Advanced Abrasives). To wash down the doors I just used some basic soap and water. If they had been glossy or had some other finish, a de-glosser might have been necessary.

Then I needed to measure out where I wanted the rectangular boxes to go. I started by measuring out the box and putting X’s where the corners would meet. I marked 3 inches in from the outer edges for each door. See that faint pencil mark in the photo below?

Next up I grabbed my ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape (the kind with the edge-lock paint line protector) and taped out the boxes. I cut the edges of the tape at the corners to make sure they were nice and crisp. Since I wanted to paint the inside and outside of where the tape is (and then take off the tape to reveal a white box), I needed to make sure the corners were perfect.

And then it was paint time. I used my leftover pot of paint from the walls (Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore), my mini-roller, a paint mask, and got to work. This was an older can of paint (before the low-VOC paints were so easily available), so I made sure to fully open the windows and wear a mask to ensure I didn’t inhale the paint fumes. You can find various kinds of masks to use when painting, sanding, or even cleaning from the 3M TEKK Protection series.

But after some easy-peasy pealing of the ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape (the stuff came off like butter… soooo smooth), I was left with nice crisp white lines. The pattern totally looks like molding and makes the doors look way much more upscale.

Doesn’t it add a nice bit of pattern without being over the top? It’s simple, but feels classic and adds another layer of interest to the room. The bedroom is slowly getting closer to what I’d like it to look like. I still don’t quite know what that final version is, but it’s fun to add different elements over time and see how it comes together.

They just sort of blend in with the room now and actually make the space feel a bit bigger. Such an easy and quick (half-day) project, with great results. Even if you don’t happen to have sliding closet doors like these, you could use the same technique and pattern on any other kind of door or even a piece of furniture to give it that two-toned/molding look.

painted trim on closet doors

And just for kicks, I tried out my very first video tutorial. I feel a little bit mortified about being on camera (who knew I said “uhh/umm” and “so” that often?!), but here you go! It’s got the full play-by-play of the project with some extra tips and tricks. Promise you’ll still like me after watching, k?! Ha.


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