Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting Ready For Winter and Saving Money -Replacing Door Weatherstripping

We have been tackling some regular home maintenance type projects lately and getting our home ready for winter. They don't make for great photos but are projects that help to keep the value in our home and in some cases, like the new front door weatherstripping I just changed, can save us money.

This past winter we noticed that a breeze was actually coming in around the door cold days. A very noticeable cold breeze. We all know that cold air coming in means that heat (and our $) is escaping too. 

Our home is 15 years old and we haven't changed the door weatherstripping before, as you can see by the multiple coats of paint on the old piece. 

When I was painting the exterior trim recently I decided to look into changing out the weather stripping. It's a good thing that I didn't give up after a failed trip to a small hardware store, with old trim in hand, where a guy sold me the wrong product and only 8 feet of it for a whole door. I decided to drive to a neighbouring town to a Home Depot where the HD guy directed us to the proper product. The new weatherstrip came in approx. 7 foot lengths so I bought 3 pieces for less than $20 Cdn.

I tackled this project mostly by myself. The previous stuff was glued and stapled on. It took some serious pulling to get it off and I ended up needing help from hubby Rob with one stubborn section. 

After the trim was painted I measured and cut a vertical piece and pushed it into place. The new style has a plastic edge that sort of snaps, with lots of finger pressure, into the groove in the trim. A few times I had to mark and notch out a small piece of the plastic edge to allow for the nails the builder put through the trim. That was easy enough to do with scissors. The other side and top piece were added in the same manner. I used a small dab of 'no nails' glue on the last inch on the bottoms where the trim didn't have a groove.

It now looks not only cleaner but we are hearing less 'slam' in the door because of the extra cushioning. The tighter seal is sure to save us some money and keep us a bit warmer too. I'm happy to have completed this inexpensive fix. One more project checked off the list. Now if the weather would only co-operate with my work schedule so I can paint the front door! Do you have any winter maintenance projects on your to-do list?

P.S. This is not a compensated post nor do I have any affiliation with Home Depot. My opinion as always is my own. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Front Door Paint Colour and Working On A Gallery Wall

After the first week of September being a real scorcher (high 30's C) this past week has been quite cool (in the teens and cooler at night.) I had completed some exterior trim painting but going back to work brought that to a standstill.

I need to get busy and get the front door painted before the weather gets too cold. I chose white trim to go with the new white garage door and white garage man door. 

The roofers were here in late June and we got a new black roof and replacement skylights. This photo shows the crew taking off the old brown shingles. I need to take a photo with the black shingles.

There is also black in our brick. Our exterior lights and the door handles/lock sets are black too. I'm leaning towards the matt black in this photo, Behr Marquee in Limousine Leather. The charcoal grey is Behr Marquee Peppery. What would you do?

I'm also working on some stuff in the family room. After painting this side of the family room I decided to move the gallery wall above the leather sofa to the side wall. This is what I have so far (including the new frames without photos) but I need to keep working on it. I have a great new piece that I am working on for above the couch that I will share soon. 

So that is a snippet of the start to my September, back to work, helping hubby job hunt after his job being out sourced (boo!), my guys back to school, painting exterior trim, painting chairs, gallery wall, getting interior hall and dining room prepped for painting...  As usual, and like many of you, balancing too many things at one time lol. No wonder my Fall decorating is unfinished. Things certainly don't get finished around here very quickly. Hoping your weekend is great!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Vintage Waterfall Dresser in General Finishes Snow White

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Friday and for many, including us, the start to our last long weekend before back to school on Tuesday. I have been busy painting a few furniture pieces and our exterior trim. 

This lovely vintage waterfall dresser was primed with KILZ coverstain primer and then painted with several coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow white. It was protected with a satin poly. I have my every 5 weeks hair appointment today and there's no telling how much white paint is mixed in with the grey hair lol.

The General Finishes Milk Paint is a great product to work with. I really like the graceful waterfall front and the detail on the bottom including the original castors.

Solid wood, with nice deep drawers that are dovetailed on both the front and back. It was a $10 garage sale find in our neighbourhood. I decided to keep the original pulls. 

The before was a very clean solid wood piece but with a tired finish. The drawer interiors were spotless which is a really nice thing to discover. I have it listed for sale but I could always use it for extra storage in my hobby studio.

The Lamp Black buffet sold this week and with the profits I took a trip to IKEA and Home Depot for a few new things for our living room that I will be sharing soon. I head back to school/work on Tuesday {sigh} so I will be squeezing every last bit of summer out of this weekend. Hoping you have a great weekend too and thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

General Finishes Lamp Black Vintage Sideboard

Today I have a furniture transformation to share. After a few weeks of enjoying summer and smaller projects around our home it is nice to have a big painted piece finished. This vintage sideboard sat in the garage for a few months while I decided what colour to paint it. 

Since I am probably going to sell it I knew that black and white were my best choices (painted furniture, especially in other colours is a slower sell in our area.) I was inspired by the sexy black beast of a cabinet that Meg at Oliver and Rust transformed and decided to go with black.

It was so worth the hour drive to Lee Valley to pick up the same #generalfinishesmilkpaint in Lamp Black. The colour is such a true black and General Finishes Milk Paint is a great product to work with.

Clear wax was used to topcoat and I kept the original brass hardware. I decided not to distress it. I like that a sideboard is one of those pieces that can be used for different purposes in a variety of rooms. If our dining room was bigger I would keep this cabinet because it looks great with our black buffet and hutch.

This before photo doesn't quite show the tired finish. A bonus of finishing this big piece is that there is more room in the garage now. Hopefully I will stumble across another piece soon to work on.
Edited to add: SOLD

I know that many areas have already started back to school but we have until after Labour Day weekend before school starts (Sept. 2.) Since that is when I also head back to work I am trying to enjoy every last bit of 'at home' summer holiday moments that remain. Sometimes that means tackling a closet re-organize, a paint project or just enjoying a quiet afternoon with a favourite book. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you take time to enjoy a favourite activity too.

Sharing at the following parties...
The first official Vintage Inspiration Link Party at Beyond The Picket Fence, Knick of Time, and My Salvaged Treasures
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Sundays at Home at Thoughts From Alice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Family Room Progress -Removed Popcorn Ceiling and Simply White Walls

We made progress on our family room makeover this week including removing the popcorn textured ceiling from one section of the family room and painting the walls.

Our family room gets lots of light from two skylights in the cathedral ceiling (which we just replaced along with the new roof), a bank of windows and light from our kitchen patio doors. It was time to refresh our paint and I chose Benjamin Moore Simply White for the walls and Benjamin Moore Snowfall for the trim. At first I wasn't sure about white walls even though our living room and my studio are Cotton Balls white and I love them. I am used to the change now and really like the Simply White at all times of the day. It is a nice bright white without being stark.

We started the budget friendly family room makeover by switching the white slipcoverd couch that was in here with the custom leather couch in the living room. With teen boys, lots of visitors and a chocolate Lab it just made more sense to have the leather in the family room. It helps that leather is my all time favourite upholstery choice (just like my favourite outfit, brown leather boots, jeans and white blouse.)  

I shared the found end tables painted ASCP Old White and I finally got around to spray painting the original hardware black. The new lamps and pillow slips I made were shared here.

Our boys stripped the popcorn ceiling texture this week. They just did this area of the room that has 8 foot ceilings, stopping before the dining room and entry (that huge mess with be for another day.) Did I say what a huge dusty mess it is? We'll be putting up plastic 'doors' to keep the dust down when we tackle the dining room for sure.

A total mess but so worth it even before I sanded and painted with flat ceiling paint. The too small light is being replaced with a {gasp}ceiling fan/light fixure because popular design or not my guys love fans. 

The before colour was Benjamin Moore StoneHouse, a nice tan that tended to read a little gold in photos. We will be adding white millwork to the 'post' part of the far right wall.

One of the before photos. Even with lots of windows this end of the room could feel dark with the StoneHouse walls and without a light area rug (hoping to get eventually.)

The tall wall on the catherdral ceiling end of the room will probably be painted a grey (I'm considering Revere Pewter and Gray Owl.) And there is no way that we are scraping the popcorn texture off that ceiling! We'll add white beadboard or planks and frame out the replaced skylights. I also made replacement white curtains for the kitchen patio doors so don't pay attention to the temporary ones there in this older photo.

The grey colour will soon wrap around the upper portion of our board and batten wall (that needs some finishing) and down the hall to our front entry.

I am moving the photo gallery to the shorter end wall and will be adding one larger piece over the couch. Still tossing ideas around. 

I sewed a new star pillow for our $50 Natuzzi leather recliner that the guys will just toss on the floor, so I will add a basket beside the chair to hopefully catch it lol. 

The pillow slip is sewn with leftover fabric from the curtains and a heavy twill star. I have a thing for stars.

I'm really liking how this room is coming along. The next steps will be the gallery wall and then to continue on with finishing the board and batten and painting the other walls. I'll be looking for a rug eventually and I plan to buy an Ektorp white slipcoverd chair from Ikea soon to add to the seating.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Spotlight at Must Love Junk

I am happy to announce that I am being featured at Saturday Spotlight Life Behind the Blogger at Must Love Junk today. I hope you get a chance to stop by.

While you are there be sure to check out Susan's gorgeous home. Her collections, and the way she uses and styles pieces, are amazing. Thanks so much, Susan!
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