{ Archive for the ‘Paint’ Category }

before and after: bedroom

Hello Monday! After such a busy week and a snow storm that brought us about 10 inches of white fairy dusts, I was glad to seek refuge in this sumptuous and relaxing bedroom on the weekend.  Believe it or not, this bedroom was once a generic blank space that builders commonly deliver these days.  Today, I am going to share with you a few tricks on how to turn a builder basic box into a serene sanctuary.

After- Bedroom 1

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To paint or not to paint: a DIY dilemma

It’s no secret a fresh coat of paint can liven a room or object up.  What’s interesting though is when painting wood is involved.  We get funny about this.  Find me a DIY’er who hasn’t encountered this dilemma before.  They are few and far between.  Also interesting is how fierce some opinions are, those who are totally horrified to see/discover you’ve painted some piece of wood, whether it be trim, furniture, floors, or doors.

I fall squarely in the pro-paint camp, however I do have limits (and there are always exceptions to the rules).  I read once that if you’ve got great wood in a room, let it stand out.  Don’t drown it out with more wood.  So, to show how paint can add pop I’ve pulled together five projects where paint really did make the difference.

To paint or not to paint @styleathome blog post from @heathernheels

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win 10 gallons of paint from style at home’s country colour collection 2

Put down the paint chips and step away from the swatches! If a room refresh is on your 2015 to-do list and you haven’t quite found that perfect hue, look no further than our newly relaunched Style at Home Country Colour Collection 2! Hand-picked by our editor-in-chief, Erin McLaughlin this Beauti-Tone paint collection is available exclusively at Home Hardware and features 50 fresh shades in nine dynamic palettes to help bring an effortless dose of magazine style to your home.

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To celebrate the relaunch of our collection, and to help you transform your home from dull to dazzling, Home Hardware is giving away 10 gallons of paint from the collection!

Read on to find out how you can win.

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colour of the year – benjamin moore

I recently went to a media event for Benjamin Moore‘s new colour line for 2015. Not only did they launch a collection of colours, but they also picked a colour of the year – no pressure there 😉 I’m not one to dabble in colour – grey to me is a colour, but I was throughly surprised with the new palette and actually thought that I might be able to incorporate colour into my own, yes my own house!! My favourite colour was the colour of the year – Gilford Green HC-116 – part of their historic collection. Here are some images of it incorporated into rooms.

Ben-Moore--- Gilford Green on walls – love the lilacs

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diy projects: 5 things to spray paint gold

As a DIYer, part of the beauty of ‘doing it yourself’ is seeing something transform before your eyes.  Often times that transformation requires days or weeks, and sometimes months.  On the other hand, sometimes a transformation happens right before your eyes thanks to a can of spray paint.

Spray paint is the closest thing to magic I’ve found.  There is a huge array of colours to choose from, matte or glossy finishes, and even metallic.  My personal favourite is gold.  A little gold spray paint goes a long way to dress things up.

If you’ve got a few minutes, here are five fun items to whip out the spray paint for.  In a few quick coats and not much effort you’ll witness a  magical transformation right in front of your eyes.

Style at Home Heather In Heels DIY spray paint Rustoleum

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5 quick and simple decor updates

Feeling the urge to redecorate but don’t have the time or budget to do so? Here are 5 quick and simple decor update ideas to satisfy your craving without breaking the bank!

erin-living-room Photography Virginia Macdonald

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win: a farrow and ball paint diy book

When it comes to the cheapest and easiest way to perk up your home decor, paint always wins the argument. It was true years ago and certainly held true during our Decorating on a Budget live Twitter chat last week!

From your walls to flea market finds, a fresh coat of paint can create a world of difference. And Farrow & Ball took this to the next level. In a new book, they showcase 21 DIY projects that prove that paint is not only an affordable way to update  your decor, but can also make a standout customized statement piece. Been craving getting crafty? You’re in luck because we’re giving away this book to one lucky reader! Read on to see how you can win.

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new-use tuesdays: rubber band

When you need a secure hold in a snap, you turn to the good old rubber band. It’s reliable, resilient and certainly affordable. For this week’s new-use spotlight, check out a few more uses for this household staple.

Photograph by Bill Ebbesen

Photograph by Bill Ebbesen

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decor: desk before and after

The final before and after I wanted to share with you is of the desk area in my apartment, which can be seen in this months Style at Home. This area shows off one of my best finds – my vintage over-sized mirror. Here’s the after, read on to see the before!

Desk-After Photography by Virginia MacDonald

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new-use tuesdays: milk

Today is such a grey, rainy day in Toronto that it makes me want to lay in bed eating cookies with milk (am I the only adult who still does that?). So it’s only fitting to put this week’s new-use spotlight on milk. Beyond it’s cheer-up potential, you’d be surprised what this calcium-filled drink can do.

Porcelain Best Before creamers, from $45 US each, Ricochet Studio.

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