Saturday, November 22, 2014

Revere Pewter and Simply White on Our Main Floor

I am having a late start to Christmas decorating this year but I did manage to finish most of the painting on our main floor these past few weeks.


I am the painter in our family and I work full time outside our home so it has been a somewhat long process to get the painting done. I started in the front entry hall with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter on the walls and Benjamin Moore Snowfall White on the trim. Revere Pewter is a beautiful light grey with warm undertones. It changes depending on the light (or lack of natural light in our home!) but one week in and I am really happy with it at all times of the day.


Our living room was already painted BM Cotton Balls White. The dining room changed to Benjamin Moore Simply White. 


The dining room (in the before photo above) was previously BM Muslin, a shade down on the chip from BM Stone House. The Muslin tended to get a pink undertone in some lighting.


Simply White is a lovely colour, even on this overcast day. I like how our wood pieces look with the clean white backdrop. I may or may not keep the white curtains.


I am considering a long low buffet for the right side of our dining room. Now that my guys removed the popcorn ceiling and I painted it, we will adjust the black chandy light. 


The fourth 'wall' in our open concept dining room is now Revere Pewter. The entry hall, family room and kitchen were previously BM Stone House (described as a neutral cafe au lait/toasted almonds colour.) It was nice but it was a bit too yellow and time for a fresh change.


Revere Pewter is now the wall colour from the entry hall down the centre wall to the back of our home (family room/kitchen.) Again, not the best lighting today but these photos give you an idea.


We still have trim work to complete on the fireplace/tv wall in the family room. Yes, that is one of our Christmas trees undecorated in our living room. I am determined to get started on it this weekend. In this photo you can see the Simply White on the two couch walls (left side) of the family room with Revere Pewter on the tv/fireplace wall (right side) opposite.


The white slipcover for the ottoman is in the wash, but here you can see the Simply White. I am still struggling with the photo gallery wall.


I like how our leather couch and chair work with the white backdrop.


I couldn't resist this Smith and Hawken wood curl rosette wreath from Target. It seems lonely on that big wall. Our youngest son and I made a wood backdrop for it. I just have to hang it.


We had to buy a new 10 foot ladder to paint the cathedral end of our family room and kitchen. Rob was home to help with manouvering the huge ladder.


This angle is from the kitchen to the back wall. I still need to finish painting the trim on that back wall, stain the new kitchen shelves, and hang a few things but all in all I am very happy with the results. Now to start getting some Christmas decor out! Have you started your Christmas decorating yet?

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Paint and More Paint

This is the second weekend of painting the ceilings, walls and trim of our entry hallway, dining room, most of the family room and parts of the kitchen. I am the painter at our home and I'm very happy to be a day or two away from finishing. Since I work during the week, and it now gets dark by 5 pm, painting gets done on the weekends.


Our home has a somewhat open plan and I am using both white and a greige on the main floor. I finished painting the ceilings in our dining room and entry (our teen boys removed the popcorn texture ceiling this past summer.) Last weekend I painted the dining room and one kitchen wall Simply White by Benjamin Moore, just like two of the walls in our family room that I painted in July.  
Simply White -Benjamin Moore source: Pinterest

Revere Pewter -Benjamin Moore source: Pinterest

Today I did the first coat of Revere Pewter in the entry hallway, the center wall that seperates the dining room and living room and then becomes the family room TV/fireplace wall, and the high walls in the cathedral end of our family room/kitchen. The trim colour is Snowfall White (BM) and I still have a bit more of that to finish. I am really loving the fresh combination of white and greige that has replaced tan on our main floor.

After I finish and get everything tidied again I will share some photos before I start decorating for Christmas. It will be a later start to decorating for me this year, but it will be nice to have freshly painted walls. Have you started Christmas decorating yet, or is it too early for you?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween!


It is cold and rainy here tonight, with snow predicted overnight (although not as much as a bit further north) but that didn't stop the steady stream of kiddos to the door. We were down to 110 trick or treaters tonight (suburban town with lots of little ones in our area.)


I took a few quick photos of some last minute Halloween porch decorating. I made a quick cobweb wreath with cobweb ribbon, spiders and skulls for the door. We hung skeletons and pumpkng lights in the windows and added some Halloween signs and candle figures to the front window ledge (that I forgot to photograph.) 


I used my Halloween quilts indoors this year due to the rain but added the Halloween bunting to the porch ceiling.


Our 15 year old son added our tombstone signs to the front lawn and came up with this last minute idea for the front walkway. Josh and I brought the Hallween bin up from the basement at 4:30 and had the front hall, porch and lawn decorated by 5:30. Not bad for one hour of last minute decorating. 

It is still a bit early but I am itching to get started on Christmas decorating. I need to get busy painting our front hall and dining room. Wishing you a great weekend.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Vintage Wood Stool For Our Half Bath

Our half bath off our foyer is small but now that it is freshly painted I wanted to add some accessories. This vintage wood stool is the perfect size for this small space.


I bought the stool, along with some other things that I have yet to photograph, at Meg from Oliver and Rust's vintage sale earlier in the month. I love the patina on this sturdy little stool. When we turn the heat on full time I will slide it over closer to the door.


I'm not stuck on our entry (and kitchen) tile but I am stuck with them for now. Oh to have had the hindsight 15 years ago when I picked them. I shared the wall colour, Grey Owl, in this post. Taking photos of this windowless room is very challenging. I still need to frame out the mirror, change the faucet and add some kind of art to the wall. We switched out the door hinges on our main floor to black and now I need to get new door handles. The only black ones I can find in stores here are $53 a pop. Ouch. It's all about baby steps at our house, ha!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

ASCP Provence with White Painted Pieces

Today on the way to deliver some items to a furniture consignment store I remembered to take some photos of a few pieces I recently painted with a mix of ASCP Provence and white.


With the colder temperatures I have been painting in our basement kitchen and the flourescent lighting down there is horrible for pictures. My husband may have chuckled as I snapped a few quick photos while he was trying to load my van. 


This little table has been kicking around our home for a number of years. It was my husband's favourite little table to hold his Diet Coke and chips beside a comfy chair while watching hockey games in the basement TV room. I tried the ASCP Provence /white mix  and although the Provence is a lovely colour I'm thinking it is probably not the turquoise that I want for an accent in our basement. I promised Rob that I would find a replacement soon.


Every furniture painter needs great friends and family to scope out freebies and I have some wonderful ones. My co-worker and her mom saved this very solid pair of maple chairs from their neighbours' curb, stored them and even transported the pair to work for me. 


It was hard for me to send this lovely chalkboard off to consignment today but when I decided against using the Provence mix I didn't want to have to repaint it. Time will tell if a bright colour like this will sell. 

I have a few pieces in our garage that need to be brought indoors to work on. We need the garage space for my van this winter now that our 17 year old has a ridiculously large truck. (Ridiculous because momma can't borrow it for furniture picking or delivery because I would need a ladder to get in lol.) 

Hoping you enjoy this weekend and have a great week ahead. Our Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, we celebrated my dad's 85th birthday and I have been working on a few small projects. We are still searching for a replacement job for hubby and feeling sad this week after the loss of two Canadian soldiers in brutal attacks. EIP Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo #OTTAWASTRONG #CANADASTRONG


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Inspired By Ralph Lauren Paint Harbor Blues

While I love a solid base of neutrals in our home, I am happiest when there are blues mixed in. Today I am sharing lots of blue inspiration from the new Ralph Lauren Paint line I discovered while buying front door paint at Home Depot (Canada) today.


Blues always catch my eye. They are my 'happy colours.' Deep navy, aqua, turquoise, denim blue, watery blues, sky blue, indigo,  I love them all.



Ralph Lauren Paint has several new colour way and technique brochures and I brought home Harbor Blues and Faux Techniques. The paint chips in the brochure look a bit different and better than the above photo on my computer screen.


I was surprised to see Faux Techniques making a comeback. It makes sense to me though with all the colour layering and chippy furniture painting so many of us admire from Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paints and Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. They have that vintage farmhouse or aged European look. This photo shows the Indigo Denim technique. Just like my favourite pair of jeans. Maybe after we plank the cathedral ceiling in the family room/kitchen I will be brave enough to attempt this on the back wall.


I love mixing my blues. 


I have plans to keep mixing my blues in our basement kitchen/TV room. Adding more white will keep things light and give us that lakeside farmhouse look that I love. 


Denim is my favourite fabric and I wear it as often as possible. I also like using it for sewing projects around our home.

All photos: Ralph Lauren Paint 2014 available exclusively at Home Depot

If blue is not your 'thing' there are other colourways for inspiration in the collection. I'm glad my trip for front door paint led me to these paint chips today. I shared my front door paint choices post here. I didn't end up going with any of the colours in the BEHR Marquee line after all. I chose Cracked Pepper, a dark charcoal,  from the BEHR Premium Plus Ultra line but had to have it mixed in the more expensive Marquee because they were out of the Premium Plus in satin exterior. I have one coat on both sides of the door and I'm loving it. Now to get started on the second coat before it gets dark.
What colour makes you smile?

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