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Dining Room Painted Benjamin Moore Baby’s Breath

Happy Monday!

Dining Room with Baby's Breath

You have seen them in magazines, designers love them, design books and magazines feature them. There have been discussions about them and their origins date back many many years ago. I am talking about painted white walls. An example would be Benjamin Moore Baby’s Breath.

My dining room and family room are painted Benjamin Moore Baby’s Breath. I love it! Baby’s Breath is on the wall in my dining room but transcends and includes the ceiling as well. My eat in kitchen, dining room, and family room are open to each other and the wall colour spills cohesively from one room to another while complementing the kitchen wall colour. In the summer I love how it is a neutral backdrop to all the foliage, colour and greenery that filters in from the outdoors. The many pops of colour seem to make their way in through the large dining room windows. In the winter it is also an extension of the outdoors. I love how the twinkling lights indoor during Christmas makes it all seem like a winter wonderland with all the snow outside. It does not seem clinical or cold but rather really serene. Lastly, with work, family, running around and everything else in between I feel that I can “breathe” with this wall colour when I come home.

For our dining room makeover the “popcorn” ceiling was professionally scraped ( we had the entire first floor ceiling scraped) We painted BM Babys Breath right to and including the ceiling. The little bit of crown moulding around the room was also painted the same colour. I felt the crown moulding did not add any real significance to the room so we painted it as well.

What we learned

Having all the ceilings professionally sprayed on the first floor not only saved us a lot of time but the job when done looked amazing. In the past we have “rolled” the ceiling paint onto the ceiling, sometimes we have found you can see slight roller marks. Not with the ceilings we have now. They look sooo smooth!

Dining Room Alternate Angle with Baby's Breath

Dining Room - Before

Dining Room – Before

Where to Buy

Ceiling Lamp – Lamps Plus
Curtains –Ballard Designs
Table Lamp – Crate and Barrel
Art – Homesense

Have a wonderful day and see you Wednesday!


Bedroom Makeover

Happy Friday!

Here is the before picture of our bedroom.

Bedroom Makeover - Before

Aqua, turquoise, sea foam, robin’s egg blue are some of my favourite colours. They are fresh and happy colours. The colours remind me of the beach…….. when I am looking outside at the snow here in Ottawa. Wythe Blue from Benjamin Moore is one of those happy colours. I have it in our bedroom on one wall. It is a green/blue paint colour but has some grey undertones to it. It is an amazing colour with both natural light and rooms that have little or no natural light at all.

Bedroom Makeover - After

For our bedroom makeover we painted, added new curtains, a new light fixture, some artwork. We removed the carpet (it was pink!) had new site finished floors installed. I chose a brown-grey stain for the floors.

Have a wonderful weekend. See you Monday!

Where to Buy

Curtains – Ikea

Rug – Homesense

Lamps – Homesense

Artwork – Myself

Throw Pillows – Homesense

Lighting – Lamps Plus


Affordable Kitchen Makeover

Happy Wednesday!

Today I will be writing about how we remodeled our kitchen on a budget, but before I do that here are the before pictures of our kitchen when we first purchased our home.

Kitchen Before Kitchen Table Before

This is how we remodeled our kitchen with an affordable budget.

Kitchen

White is still my favorite choice for kitchen cabinet colour. It is timeless and fresh looking and can look great with many styles. Painting the ceiling can really transform a room. I chose BM Harbour Haze at 50% strength. This paint colour on the ceiling makes the kitchen so much brighter, especially during our long winter months.

Kitchen Shelves

Many of my kitchen inspirations usually involve some form of open shelving. It makes the kitchen feel open and airy while still being functional.

Kitchen Table

What We Remodeled

  • Kitchen cupboards professionally painted (we painted the gables ourselves)
    • Paint Colour – Pratt and Lambert – Silver Lining
  • Painted the Walls
    • Paint Colour – Dulux – Pelican
  • Replaced all the knobs (Lowes)
  • Installed new light fixture above the kitchen table (Marchand Electric)
  • Replaced the light fixture above the sink (Restoration Hardware)
  • Added pot lights (Costco)
  • Replaced countertops (Lowes)
  • Scott tiled the kitchen backsplash (Costco)
  • Added open shelving (West Elm)
  • Added a range hood (Kitchenhoods.ca)

Finally in addition to all of the renovations I staged the kitchen!


Happy Monday

Before

After

Happy Monday and welcome to my blog! I will be blogging Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I am starting out with the exterior of our current house. It doesn’t look like there was a lot of work done, but replacing the soil with better soil was a ton of work and sweat!!
The exterior of this home needed some work. We changed the light fixtures. We painted the garage doors. Re seeded the entire front yard. We dug up and made the flower bed much bigger. We also dug up the “bad soil” and added better soil from Make It Green in Kanata. A couple of years ago we added a maple tree. I just love all the colours in fall. The exterior stone pathway was removed. Scott removed the paving stones along with all the soil. He rented a small excavator from a local rental store. He added about eighteen inches of general aggregate, about two inches of stone dust, then compacted it. He used two fence post pipes and a four foot level to screed the stone to an appropriate slope. This is important because you want the water to flow away from the house.

I have picked out a colour for the front door called Gray Gardens by Benjamin Moore. See you all Wednesday!

Garage Door Paint – SW Repose Gray
Lights – Lamps Plus
Soil – Make It Green
Front Door Paint – BM Gray Gardens (CSP-55) (To be done soon…)


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