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a nursery makeover: part 1

26th September 2012

I think I have mentioned before that some of our best pals, Shannon and Andy, are expecting a baby (any day now!). Well, instead of the usual baby shower gift, I thought that it would be fun to help them out with their nursery design. Obviously, this is somewhat selfish as this “gift” is super fun for me (hello, a whole room to help decorate!).

Here is how the room started out. It originally had a desk in it (which moved down into the basement), and was sort of a catch-all for office supplies and other knick knacks.

The colour on the walls was a boring beige with a slightly yellow undertone to it (it was the colour that was there when Shannon and Andy bought the house a few years ago).

It’s a small room, but perfect for a nursery where you don’t need loads of big furniture.

First up was to clear out the room and give it a fresh coat of ultra white paint. It already started to feel more fresh, bright, and open.

Shannon and Andy wanted something colourful and fun, using greens and blues. Their little babe is a boy, but we didn’t know this when we started working on the nursery and figured that lime greens and aqua blues would be perfect for any baby (or me! I love those colours!). We looked at a few different lime greens, but ultimately settled on “fresh lime” by CIL. It’s a pretty true lime, not veering too much into the “grellow” category (you know, like a yellow-slash-lime colour).

It’s a strong colour, so we didn’t want to go overboard and put it on all four walls. I think if we had, it might feel a little bit like walking into a key lime pie. We chose the wall opposite the window, where I knew we would have the dresser…

…and also decided to use it for some fabulous thick stripes. Tone-on-tone stripes can look great for a more muted effect, but bright green and white have so much contrast and I thought they would be the bees knees for a kids room.

The method for painting out stripes is pretty simple, but you want to make sure you put the time into planning them so you don’t have to go back and start over. First step is to take the measurement from the floor to the ceiling. Then decided on how many stripes you want, and divide the first number by this one. This will give you the height of each stripe.

Let’s do a little example, k? Say the height was 100 inches and you wanted 8 total stripes, that gives you 12.5 inches per stripe  (100/8).

Once you have that figured out, mark out the stripes on the wall (so in our example it would be every 12.5 inches).

Here’s the daddy-to-be, Andy, getting in on the stripe action.

Then you need to decide where you want to start with the colour. With the way our stripes worked out, we had coloured ones at the bottom and the top (which is nice cause you don’t want a white stripe at the top of the wall beside a white ceiling). The thing to remember when taping out the stripes is that the tape needs to go on the outside edge of each coloured stripe. When you look in the photo below, it looks like our stripes are different widths, but that’s because those thick ones are where the green paint would go and the others were staying white. Make sense? We also used post-it’s to be sure to know where to paint green and where to leave the white.

Here is how the stripes turned out! Pretty fun, right?

And up in that corner is the paint chip mobile I made for the little guy. This is not only a budget-friendly project, but also a great way to add an accent colour into the room.

One of the other DIY projects I made for the room was a fabric-covered bulletin board, using the same process as the one I made for my jewellery here. I grabbed this batik fabric on clearance, which happened to be the perfect colour and had a sea/ocean feeling about it (perfect for my scuba-diving pals).

Oh, and remember that little tray project that I did with Tanya (from our “my take/her take” post)? Yep, it was for this room too!

Check back here tomorrow for the all the “after” pics! The room is all kinds of fun and sweet now.

Have you guys been up to any stripe painting lately? The math part of it is slightly painful, for the peeling off the tape and revealing those stripes is such a sweet feeling. I always love a good stripe. Or maybe you’ve been doing some room re-decorating yourself? Tell me about it! 

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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let it shine…

27th April 2010

It’s been gray and rainy here today, so I couldn’t help but be inspired by these bright yellow rooms.  Notice that the yellow is just in bits and pieces, so it’s not *too* overwhelming. Don’t these rooms just cheer you up? I love the bright yellow against the white background. So refreshing!

via ATLITW on flickr

via ATLITW on flickr

via chez larsson

via chez larsson

via country living

via country living

via ATLITW on flickr

via ATLITW on flickr

via Arno's 2008 Color Contest

via Arno's 2008 Color Contest