It's not hard to add style and storage to the bathroom. Here are seven easy ways to update your loo.
Updating your bathroom is not as daunting as you think - or as pricey! A few quick and easy decor ideas will give your space an instant makeover.
Since bathrooms are relatively clean-lined, neutral spaces, changing up your shower curtain and bath mat is a brilliant way to add a dose of bright colour.
If your room is short on square footage, opt for decorative space saving storage solutions, such as a wooden ladder and hooks for towels.
One of the best ways to add character to your bathroom is to change its lighting scheme. Consider installing sconces for task lighting and a chandelier for ambience.
A new faucet may be just what a tired-looking bathroom needs to achieve high style. Chrome and nickel are popular low-maintenance finishes; matte black and brushed bronze are trendier but also have timeless appeal.
The hands-down easiest makeover idea? Go shopping! A new tray, toothbruth holder or soap dish go a long way toward tidying an uplifting a bland bath.
Mix in striped, polka-dotted or brightly hued towels to match your bath's scheme. But, if you're going for a hotel-style look, you can't go wrong with pure white.
Fixtures, fittings, lighting and mirrors provide the perfect opportunity for adding glamorous opulence to your lavatory. Swap builder-basic fixtures for brass, and use a Venetian glass mirror to inject old-world glamour.
How to: Paint outdoor furniture
When undertaking a DIY project, there are usually a few things to consider. Add tempermental weather to the list and suddenly that little list has multiplied. How do you prepare your furniture for painting? What type of paint do you use? How does it differ for different types of material?
Though the process of painting outdoor furniture may seem daunting now, the best way to go about a DIY job is to be prepared. We talked to an expert at Canadian Tire to do just that. Michael Bache, Category Business Manager at Canadian Tire, shares his prepping and painting how tos to help put your DIY nerves at ease.
1 What supplies will you need for prepping and painting?
Depending on the state of the furniture (e.g. new wood, old plastic, painted metal, painted wood) and the type of paint chosen, a variety of items should be considered.
If using brush-on paint, consider using a primer before applying a new fresh coat of colour. When priming your furniture, make sure to use a good quality paintbrush and rags or drop cloths for clean-up. However, if you're using Krylon® Fusion™ no primer is required.
If repainting a metal or wood surface that has loose peeling paint, it must be removed for best adhesion. You can use sandpaper, steel wool, wire brush, scraper, or a stripper. You may require a tack cloth to clean up dust residue when sanding. If sanding a latex paint, a simple damp rag will work just fine.
2 Do these steps differ when prepping different materials, such as metal, plastic, wicker or wood?
Yes. Some products don't require primer, saving you a prep step. Using an aerosol is a benefit, too, as you also save a step in the prep. It generally dries faster and doesn't require clean-up since no paint brushes are involved. Even better, aerosols tend to give a factory style, air brush finish when applied properly, as opposed to a brush-on paint.
Bare wood generally requires a primer to seal the wood prior to painting as the surface is porous. The primer is used to provide a nice, smooth finish. Krylon Dual saves a step on both bare wood and metal since it primes and paints in one easy step. This saves time and allows people to have more time enjoying their furniture and less time prepping it!
3 What type of paint should you use for outdoor furniture?
Always follow the directions on the label for specific product use. This will ensure proper adhesion to your surface.
Plastic patio furniture should only have a paint specifically designed to adhere to plastic and hard-to-bond surfaces. Many general purpose paints can adhere to most surfaces except plastic.
For wicker or rattan, spray paints tend to make a nicer finish and easily gets into the grooves. Muskoka chairs are also easier to paint when using an aerosol as opposed to a paint brush. Now there's even an aerosol wood stain by Krylon. Spray stains make fast work of Muskoka chairs and planters - no brushes to clean up either.
5 What about rust prevention?
Paint designed especially for metal surfaces tends to add rust protection into the paint - make sure the paint says "rust proofing" or "rust inhibiting".
As our climate changes, U.V. rays are also a consideration - they're hard on our skin and our exterior patio furniture! Some paints actually have U.V. protection in their paint. This will help protect your finish to resist harsh weather conditions. We suggest storing patio furniture during the fall and winter months when not in use. If space is a problem, a variety of covers and tarps are available to help protect your investment.
6 What are the best painting methods to use?
Much of this is personal preference. However, some surfaces, like wicker and rattan, have a nicer finish when sprayed versus brushing.
7 What kind of finish, if any, should you use?
Most paint companies offer a variety of finishes to choose from - satin, gloss, textured, metallic, hammered, and more. As long as you use an appropriate paint for your exterior surface and follow the instructions, you should achieve the finish you want. The really nice thing about the variety of paints and finishes available is that people can turn "garage sale finds" into treasures. Mixing and matching old and new creates a different and personalized patio set.
8 How many coats should you use
Follow the instructions on the can, however many paints suggest two coats. When painting remember this rule of thumb: Thinner coats are better than thicker coats. Thinner coats dry faster and produce a harder finish.
9 What should you look for in a brush?
Is it the right paint brush for your paint? Oil-based paints generally have different bristles than latex paints. The brush label will specify this.
Is the paint brush the right size to do your project? If you are painting furniture, smaller brushes may be better. Ensure it fits into your paint container.
A roller can be great for large flat surfaces, like a tabletop. This can help reduce brush marks, too!
10 How does climate affect the painting process?
Weather is a big factor. For the most part, if you're getting a sunburn and sweating, it's probably too hot to paint. This will cause the paint to dry too fast. If it's too windy and you're using an aerosol paint, your paint may dissipate before it reaches the surface. Either wait for the wind to die down or use cardboard to build a spray tunnel. Humidity can affect the paint's dry time, which leaves more time for surface imperfections to take place on your finish. In general, 21ºC and about 50% humidity are ideal conditions for painting.
12 Any last tips?
Remember to protect other surfaces if working outside by using masking tape and drop cloths. Most importantly, regardless of your project, remember to always read product labels thoroughly and follow directions.
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Snug living room.
Embrace those blustery winter days in this cozy living room.
Winter feels a whole lot warmer when you’re watching it from the other side of the window in snug living rooms like these, which we pulled together on splurge and save budgets. Can you tell the difference?
1 Ryan Studio cut velvet Gee-Oh Toss Cushion in Mink with down fill, 22" x 22", Cocoon Furnishings, $216. 2 Kevin O’Brien Studio hand-painted silk velvet Woodgrain Toss Cushion in Peacock with down insert, 22" x 22", Artifacts, $359. 3 Kevin O’Brien Studio hand-painted silk velvet Ombre Gradient Toss Cushion in Green Teal with down insert, 22" x 22", Artifacts, $359. 4 Custom Kentucky Sofa with cotton felt 4201 fabric in Cliff, 87" x 42" x 38", Barrymore Furniture, $4,890. 5 Steel and brass Fly Trap Sconce in Black, Pavilion, $450. 6 Mr. Brown medium shagreenembossed faux leather Imogen Box in Cloud, South Hill Home, $585 7 Marble and powder-coated aluminum Swag Side Table, Shelter, $500. 8 Silk and wool Modern Fresco No.1 Rug in Purple & Light Grey, 8' x 10', Modern Weave, $12,950. 9 Honed marble, walnut and steel Free Range Coffee Table, Shelter, $699. 10 Aerin brass small and medium Sphere Nesting Bowls, per set of 2, Cocoon Furnishings, $450.
1 Cotton Handcut Shapes Toss Cushion in Charcoal with feather insert, 20" x 20", Tonic Living, $58. 2 Cotton velvet Toss Cushion in Eggplant with feather insert, 20" x 20", Tonic Living, $62. 3 Dip-dyed cotton velvet Ombre Toss Cushion COVER in Blue Stone, 20" x 20", $39, feather INSERT, $12, West Elm, $51. 4 Stocksund Sofa with polyester Nolhaga fabric in Dark Gray, 37" x 35" x 78", IKEA, $699. 5 Andrew Neyer steel and walnut Mantis Sconce, CB2, $149. 6 Small resin Faux Shagreen Box in Charcoal, West Elm, $49. 7 Marble and powder-coated aluminum Tulip Side Table, Shelter, $249. 8 Polypropylene Verona Rug in Sand, Light Blue & Grey, 7' x 10', Weavers Art, $945. 9 Walnut-veneered MDF and wood Yuki Coffee Table, Structube, $499; Marble Contact Paper in Marmi Grey, DYW, $65 per roll. 10 AKMD brass Origami Bowls, Pavilion, $249 per set of 3, $249.
Just because it’s all sleet, slate and snow outside doesn’t mean we can’t have colour inside! Avoid a jarring juxtaposition with mother nature’s winter wardrobe – save the yellows for spring – and opt for smoky purples and deep teals that complement (and uplift) the dark skies and moody winter landscape. 1 Dolphin Blue P5156-41, Para Paints. 2 Gentility 30-26, Pratt & Lambert Paints. 3 Valspar Opal Slate 4001-1C, Lowe’s. 4 Tricorn Black SW 6258, Sherwin-Williams. 5 All White 2005, Farrow & Ball.
Unleash your inner artiste by splashing paint on a canvas (here’s a chance to reinforce your room’s palette), then channel your inner gallery owner by displaying it in a fresh new way. A handful of hardware store basics and some gold spray paint amount to a simple DIY project that feels stylish enough for a soho art studio.
It took a lot of research for us to realize there’s very little information available about William Birch – the person synonymous with some of the most sophisticated sofas on the market. Ask any decorator, and they’ll list his rolled-arm, turned-leg, low sofa as a traditional favourite. Ask any furniture designer with a large volume of work, and they’ll almost certainly have a William Birch-style sofa in their collection. These sofas are some of the most renowned in the industry, so why is the man himself such a mystery? 1 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams mohair and leather London in Steel, Elte, $4,916. 2 Camilla with polyester blend Aura fabric in Greystone, Crate and Barrel, $1,999. 3 Linen blend Ellington in Periwinkle, Elte Market, $1,895.
Let’s face it: As much as we love that luxe marble look, we can’t all afford it. But if we’ve learned anything here at Style at Home, it’s that there’s always a way to get what you want on a budget using three handy initials: DIY. Find out how you can make this DIY project here.
Two stunning painterly rugs, only one foot different in size, but more than $12,000 different in price! What gives? While the low is made of a durable high-quality polypropylene, the high is made from some of the finest Chinese silk and Persian wool available – carded, dyed and spun by hand. The low: Created in Belgium on a machine that can make more than one rug at a time in just a few days. The high: Hand-knotted in India and finished only after four or five months of work. All in all, we discovered that when it comes to rugs, it’s much more than size that matters. 1 Silk and wool Modern Fresco No.1 in Purple & Light Grey, 8' x 10', Modern Weave, $12,950. 2 Polypropylene Verona in Sand, Light Blue & Grey, 7' x 10', Weavers Art, $945.