Canada Day Long Weekend

Well hello friends, it's been awhile! This is my second summer blogging and it is definitely feeling reminiscent of last year when I struggled to keep up with postinog. Between working on what feels like a million projects + yard work, trying to enjoy the summer weather and our weekends getting busier with weddings, showers, parties, etc, it is hard to keep up on here. Oh and I also work 6 days a week. Anyways, enough with excuses! I am trying to wrap up some indoor projects so that I can enjoy being outside this summer!! My laundry room still isn't finished (sigh) ONE DAY! I also stencilled my kitchen floor which I am thrilled with! (More details to come)

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But today I wanted to talk about Canada Day. I cannot believe it is this weekend! I am super excited as I am off work for the next four days and am hoping to spend all of it outside! I wanted to share my simple decor to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday;

I love the dollar store for seasonal decor so I always scoop up some mini Canadian flags and anything else red and white :)  I made this simple rustic red + white wreath for my front door. All of the red + white flowers are from the dollar store as well as the burlap I used to make a bow. The wreath I bought at Michaels for $4.

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After a few days on the front door, I decided to make it even more festive and added a wooden Canada flag.

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I used the mini flags to decorate my planters. As you can see I stick to white flowers and greenery so it's nice to add a pop of colour. 

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I also made a red + white tissue paper garland. And picked up some cute plates, straws & galvanized serving tray from the dollar store :)

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I had a Canada Day potluck at work today which I made this bruschetta for.

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I love that the colours make it look festive and I used fresh basil from my little herb garden! 

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I also added more string lights to the backyard above our new conversation set. I will be doing a post to share our backyard updates that I am also very excited about so stay tuned! 

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This weekend we will be staying put in Port Stanley and celebrating our annual porch crawl. A big group of our friends get together and "crawl" around town, stopping at local watering holes as well as friends' houses (our house included). Each stop has a different theme and drink. With this year being Canada's 150th, each stop is a province and we are Ontario!! Lots of Toronto Blue Jays and Maple leafs apparel, a nod to Niagara Falls and of course Port Stanley! And our drink is Ontario VQA red + white sangria!! 

I am super excited for time off, spending time out and about with friends in our awesome little beach town and celebrating our amazing country !! Fingers crossed for lots of sunshine! Wishing you all the best long weekend and Happy Birthday, Canada!!! 

Jess xx

DIY Stencilled Bathroom Floor

Since one can never have too many things on the go, I decided to stencil my bathroom floor in the midst of my laundry room makeover. I have been seeing lots of patterned tile floors in my favourite Instagram feeds as well as painted stencil floors so I decided to try DIYing something similar in my bathroom. This is a small space so I thought it would be ideal as this is a time consuming project therefore I wouldn't necessarily want to do it in a large space. I completed my bathroom makeover last year which included painting, adding shiplap, painting the vanity, replacing all the hardware, building the industrial style shelf and adding some new decor.

The floors were a very boring whitish/grey laminate that were looking worn. I knew I wasn't ready to invest in replacing the flooring. We plan to replace the tub and tile surround down the road and possibly the vanity - although, I do love it since giving it a makeover! So I decided to paint the floor. I had several of the supplies already on hand so I was able to complete this for about $40 with plenty of stuff leftover for future projects. 

Here is what I used to complete this project;

-TSP or floor cleaner

-Primer - I used Zinnser Bullseye 1-2-3 that I already had

-flat white paint - I had Easy Flow on hand from my laundry room project

-flat black paint - I bought a $5 sample of Behr in Black Out

-foam roller + tray and bristle brush- I bought mine from the dollar store

-sealer- I used Minwax Polycrylic in clear Satin  

-stencil - I got mine from Michaels for $14

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I found an awesome stencil from Michaels! I had looked at ordering one from Cutting Edge Stencils, but unfortunately living in Canada meant the shipping would cost more than the stencil. I was so happy to find a similar style stencil at Michael's. It came in a set with smaller sized stencils and a border for $27 but I had a 50% off coupon.

To start, I cleaned the floors. This included sweeping and vacumming until I was sure it was free from dirt. Then I scrubbed it down using TSP. This floor had lots of hair product on it :) Once I was confident it was clean, I taped off the trim, toilet and vanity and then it was ready for paint.  I applied two coats with a small foam roller of Zinnser 1-2-3 Bullseye primer. This is my favourite primer as it adheres to absolutely everything and creates a very durable surface for paint to be applied to. It dried pretty quick so I was able to put my first coat of white paint down the same night.  I used Easy Flow paint from Canadian Tire in flat ultra white. It was $22 a gallon and was what I had purchased to make my DIY chalk paint for my laundry room cabinets. I had read lots of tutorials about painting a floor, some recommended chalk paint, some recommended an actual floor paint. I decided to use what I had on hand.

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I also grabbed a tester of Behr in Blackout also in a flat finish. I had been meaning to pick up some polycrylic for awhile and this project motivated me to purchase it. In the past I have used polyurethane to seal my projects but it can yellow over time so I have now switched to polycrylic.  So once my floor was bright white and dry, I placed my tile on the floor, lining up with the trim since it provided a straight line to start from and used painters tape to hold it down. I used a new foam roller with BARELY ANY of the black paint on it and applied it to the stencil. You will need to reload your roller a few times to cover your stencil but you want very little paint on it to ensure it doesn't bleed. Once you are happy with the coverage, remove the stencil from the floor and admire your work. So, I did two of these and realized I wasn't loving the way the stencil looked with the amount of white showing through. It was resembling a tile backsplash and I wasn't confident about continuing. I was craving a darker, bolder look so I decided go the reverse way, painting the floor black and stencilling the white over top. I almost forgot to get a picture before painting over it!! 

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This delayed my progress a bit waiting for the black to dry. I used an oscillating fan to help dry time.

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Then I went to work using the same technique as before and was much happier with the first few stencils. I decided to start lining the tile against the vanity instead of the trim this time. You have to be careful when lining up for your next stencil that you don't smudge your wet paint so I didn't do the space directly beside where I had just painted. I made sure to wipe the back of my stencil before laying it down again. The stencil can bend so this was helpful in the trickier areas like against the trim and around the toilet. Just b end it to get as close as possible.

My stencils are not perfect and I made a few corrections with a small artists brush but overall I am very happy with it and don't mind that you can tell it was a DIY project. 

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I managed to drop the stencil wet paint side down on the floor so I had to go back with the artists brush to clean up the lines. Another major regret was that when I went to seal the painted floor with the polycrylic, I used a brush that I had previously used for white paint. I assumed it was clean of the old paint but clearly it must not have been as there were a few times that it seemed to be smudging a very small amount of white paint across the floor. It didn't happen every single stroke but I did go back once again with my artists brush to clean up some of the lines of the stencilling. I will definitely use a clean brush in the future to avoid this additional step. I applied two coats of dealer, letting it dry for several hours in between.

This is not a very difficult project but it is a bit time consuming as it requires some patience and precision. I cleaned, primed and painted the first coat on the floor one evening and completed all of the stenciling and sealing the next day. I did some touch ups, added more sealer, touched up the trim and vanity a few days after that.

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I decided to move my navy chevron bath mats to the downstairs bathroom and need to purchase plain white ones or perhaps jute. I also changed up the framed wall art. I made some simple black and white brush stroke art and put them in the existing frames replacing the original yellow patterned prints.

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I also made this black and white WASH sign using a leftover piece of shiplap and alphabet stickers. You can find my tutorial on how I made the same style sign for my laundry room here. 

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I am really loving the look of the floors and now have plans to do a painted stencil floor in the kitchen but less bold, more neutral and a larger stencil to cut down on time. Now, back to the laundry room :)

Jess xx

Laundry Makeover Part 2 - Paint, Paint + More Paint

In my last post, I shared the demo and prep process for getting my laundry room ready to paint. In case you missed it, this required scraping wallpaper and removing carpet as well as lots of cleaning and prep to get the surfaces and space ready.

In the spirit of honesty, I will apologize now as the photos in the post are not the greatest. They were either snapped quickly in the process of painting or have poor lighting since the ceiling light is fluroescent drop lighting and lots were taken at night. Just keeping you informed :)

Anywhoo, my painting started with the dated laminated cabinets.

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I knew I wanted them to be white and I didn't want to waste any time priming the surfaces before painting so I decided to use chalk paint. I have talked about my love for chalk paint before since it adheres to any surface and you don't have to sand or prime prior to painting. My only complaint is the cost. So I decided to try making my own chalk paint for this project. I turned to Pinterest for directions and then headed to the hardware store for Plaster of Paris along with a gallon of the store brand (cheap) ultra white paint in flat. I used a red solo cup for mixing and sort of "wung" it  I put about an inch of Plaster of Paris in the bottom of my cup and then added some hot water and stirred well. Once I had a thick, smooth consistency, I added my white paint and again stirred well. I applied this to the cupboard doors using a combo of a bristle brush and a foam roller. I applied two coats, allowing the paint to dry in between. I sanded the doors lighter as chalk paint usually leaves a rougher texture and visible brush strokes.

I also spray painted the cabinet pulls with black spray paint for an updated look. I am really happy with the outcome of my DIY chalk paint and have a ton left for other projects. I am thrilled with the updated look of the cabinets and at this point of the project, was very excited to continue to see progress!! 

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Next, I painted the walls. I had half gallon of Behr Silver Drop on hand which I used for my main floor and entryway. I decided to use this for the walls (because I had it already and) because I wanted a light and airy grey. It was really easy painting the walls since the chair rail and trim had been removed so I really only had to cut in at the ceiling. Then I used a roller for the rest.

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I also painted the plumbing pipes that run from the ceiling to the laundry tub to camoflouge them a bit  

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I also had Behr ultra white semi gloss on hand so I put a fresh coat on all of the trim and chair rail which again was super easy since it was off the wall. I also painted the furnace/ hot water tank closet door and spray painted a spare set of pulls I had to match the cabinet hardware. 

  I also painted the back of the door to match the patio door and spray painted the door knob black (Which isn't even visible in this photo) 

 

I also painted the back of the door to match the patio door and spray painted the door knob black (Which isn't even visible in this photo) 

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Now that the cabinets, walls, doors and trim were all painted, it was time for the floor! I mentioned in my last post how it was important to work from the top to the bottom. This allowed me to be a bit careless about drips while painting the cabinets and walls since I would be painting the floor anyways. 

I did a bunch of research on painting concrete floors and ultimately decided to use Behr Porch and Patio paint in Slate Grey which is a pre-mixed colour. I could have chosen my own colour but I was already wanting grey with a slight charcoal/blue undertone and thought this would work well. 

I started by moving my washer, dryer and freezer out of the way and painted underneath each of them. I let this dry for about an hour and it seemed dry to the touch so I moved the appliances back into their place. I could have painted around them but they were easy to move and now the entire floor is painted. Painting a floor is literally the easiest thing ever!! I cut in with a brush but didn't have to be too careful since the trim wasn't attached. Then I dumped a small circle of paint on the floor and used by extendable roller to roll it out. I worked my way from one door to the other. Make sure you don't paint yourself into a corner! I turned my oscillating fan on and let this dry for about 2 hours. I was sooo pumped at how perfect it looked! It obviously isn't perfect when you really inspect it, but for a laundry room basement floor I would say it looks pretty awesome! I didn't even do a second coat because I was so happy with the results of the first! I did a few touch ups with a brush where the roller hadn't completely covered a spot or crack. I purchased a gallon but a quart would have sufficed. Now I have lots on hand should I need to repaint it.  

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I absolutely love how paint can transform a space like it did for this room!! Taking it from dark and dated to bright and fresh, it makes me so happy!! Although I did have some of the paint on hand when I started this makeover, I also purchased just over $100 worth of new paint for the cabinets, walls and floor with plenty leftover.

Paint for this Project;

DIY Chalk Paint for Cabinets

-Plaster of Paris 

-ultra white paint in Flat  

Wall Paint

-Behr Silver Drop in Eggshell  

Trim/ Chair Rail / Closet Door

-Behr Ultra White in Semi-Gloss 

Interior /Exterior Doors  

-Premier Door and Siding Paint in Lights Out  

Floor paint  

-Behr Porch and Patio Paint in Slate Grey  

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Im not quite ready for the full reveal as I have more details on styling as well as a few more DIY projects I did to complete the space. So excited for the room to be finished and to share some nicer pictures with you. But I'll save that for another post :) 

Jess xx