Hallway Art

Our hallway is very broken up with doors, small walls and stairs. There’s a small section of wall that you can see when you walk in the door, and it was asking for some art! My parents gave us these awesome bicycle prints, they have been in our family for years. We had some super old Ikea frames that were actually made of wood, yes, that’s how old they were. So I purchased some mat board from Michaels and cut them to fit into the frames and just like that we added some character to the space.

The cabinet below was custom made from scraps of wood and then painted with some extra paint we had from our renovations. I didn’t want to have a cabinet in the hallway, but we had no choice, unfortunately the hallway was the only spot the internet could be installed in our place. So we built this super shallow cabinet to house the wireless router and all the cables, it also gives us a little extra storage.

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Wood Railing Nightmare

When we moved into our place a year ago, we realized we had a lot of small projects ahead of us, sanding, paintings, patching etc…  and this was after the major renovation had been completed. We’ve finished almost all of them except one major thing that keeps staring us right in the face. The wood railings upstairs. You can see it from almost every angle in the apartment, it’s the same ugly red stain that the stairs were, but it can’t be removed to sand in a tent like we did for the stairs. Since our space is all open, the dust will basically go everywhere.

For the last year we’ve been avoiding them, contemplating how we’re going to approach them or convincing ourselves we don’t really need to do it. But today, we took the plunge and tried one section.

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Let me tell you, it’s hard work and makes a ginormous mess! Andrew was scraping while I tried my best to vacuum up all the bits. Scraping was only step 1, step 2 requires even more mess with sanding, but sadly at this point we gave up due to it being way too hot up in the loft.

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I guess this post is “to be continued” maybe you’ll see the results in a year…haha..but we’re hoping to at least try and tackle it again on a cooler day.

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Upstairs Bathroom Renovation Complete

The upstairs bathroom is finally finished! Although these photos are not really up to date, they don’t include what we ended up doing with the corner shelf in the shower to cover the pipe. I’ll probably do a single post about this to explain in detail what we did to avoid cutting into the main water line and moving it. I previously posted about the progress of this room, but a lot has changed since then.

The bathroom took a while to finish because we were waiting for our counter top to arrive. We got a reclaimed piece of fir that was hand finished, it really looks more beautiful in person, it’s very smooth and the cracks and knots have been filled with epoxy, so you can see right into the wood. I was initially scared about getting water on it, but so far so good, it just beads right off, but I still wipe it regularly.

Someday we’ll probably change the light fixture, which was so cheap at IKEA. We just needed something urgently, so we went with it. It’s not the most attractive thing, with the black base that sticks out on the wall, but it does the trick for now.

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Retro Kitchen Table: Before and After

We’ve been pretty busy getting the apartment “livable” but we did manage to do a quick makeover of a retro table Andrew was given from his mom. It was in rough shape, rusty legs and badly worn red and white laminate.

Andrew removed the rust from the legs and coated them with a chrome spray paint. Then we taped off the very cute scalloped edges and sprayed them with Krylon pistachio spray paint.

Finally, the top was coated with a white epoxy spray paint for durability. We suggest you do any large surface like this in VERY thin coats. This is the one problem we have, the surface has remained slightly tacky because we didn’t wait long enough between coats. Luckily it’s still usable and adds some fun to the kitchen!

Ikea Limited Edition Textile Collection: NÄTVIDE

I wanted to share with you an Ikea limited edition textile collection called NÄTVIDE.  

The Designers are Anna Efverlund and Maria Vinka. They definitely brought in some bohemian and ethnic inspiration, it all feels very worldly. You can find all these beautiful patterns in Canada, starting August 1st, 2012. They are so amazing for Fall!

Spring Colours and Textures

Just a few fun objects i’ve picked out that I feel represent some of the colours and textures of spring this year.

Camano Coffee Mill, Necklace by bella bijou, Wallet by Fossil, Bowls from Anthropologie, Hanging Terrarium by CB2, Feather Print by River Luna, Chair from Crate and Barrel

Porcelain Creature Lamps

It seems everyone is making animal/creature white porcelain lamps right now. You can find them at Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and pretty much anywhere else that’s considered trendy.

I’m kind of in love with the squirrel and possibly the gnome as a bedside lamp. Would you consider buying these? I’m not sure if i’d love it forever or if it’s just a fad. I’ve seen some of them selling in boutique shops for $300 and over. The average should be $70, but I can’t decide if it’s worth it. Either way, they sure are cute!