BFD Update: Teenage Room Revamp

So it’s not completely done yet, but the room that we have started, and has drawn inspo from the board we put together in this post is getting there… We still need to paint a bunch of the furniture, and you know, make the bed on a regular basis (because #teenager) but here’s the progress so far:

So we started out with some Ikea LACK shelves and a dream… Which was to put this marble paper on the shelves and make em look like marble. Easy right? WRONG. NOT EASY.

Marble Paper Mess Post First Application Attempt

Air bubbles are the biggest bastard pain in the a$$. Smugly we were all, oh ya, 3 rolls? Please we’ll only need 1! Ya, no. Not so much. Luckily we figure it out in 3. The key is pushing the air out at the same rate you are attaching the paper to the surface, and to not try to line up the corners of the paper with the corners of the shelf, even though technically there are a lot of 90 degree angles you can be taking advantage of cause guess what? You won’t get it straight. Not even on the 10th try. So just don’t. Give yourself some room off of all 4 sides for it not to be straight and focus on getting the bubbles out.

It worked! Check em out!

Start pressing the air out on one side while applying the sticky side to the surface of the shelf, and use a hardcover book or equivalent (not an edge type thing you’d use for real wallpaper, it makes creases and pushes down too specifically on the paper, not spreading the adhesive portion around enough to get an even cover.#trust) to push the air out. Stick and push along until you get to the end of the largest surface and then stick to the side. Cut off the extra bits that you will inevitably have with a very accurate pair of scissors or exacto knife. To cover the long sides in the front, you will need to cut into either side of the paper before you adhere to the shelf so you don’t have an extra external fold you’ll have to cut off later. This is basically like wrapping a very large book really nicely with sticky paper.

And here they are! VOILA!

Two things we discovered and totally didn’t anticipate.

1. You’ll need to cover the full top and sides of any shelf that is at eye level or below. The underside doesn’t matter that much if you run out of paper.

2. Any shelf surface you are covering that is eye level or above? Put the patterned paper on the underside of the shelf and the sides instead. Cause physics.

As this is all illusion based decor anyway, jus think about what parts of the shelves you are actually going to see, and don’t worry about those you can’t. Especially if you run out of paper cause this project ends up NOT BEING AS EASY AS YOU THOUGHT. Or so we’ve heard….

The progression of the DIY feature wall

The other main part of the room makeover was the feature wall, which was NOT as difficult as the shelves, but was time consuming as the surface area was significantly larger. All in the whole project took an afternoon between 2 people, so not an unreasonable task to accomplish on a weekend.

And here we are so far!

For a complete overview of how we put the wall together, you should check out this video, it’s got the whole process into less than 5 minutes!

All you need is painters tape, 3 colours and a ruthless eye for straight lines! The thing to remember is that just because tape is straight, that doesn’t mean your lines will be. The best way to try to keep your lines straight is by letting the tape dictate the line by flattening it out as you go instead of trying to stretch it according to where you think it should be going. That’s where the curves comes from that you’ll need to go back and fix.

Next stop on the journey: painting the furniture, that dark mid 2000’s wood bed frame included!

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Our Projects: A Teenage Bedroom Revamp

Admittedly, it’s been a while since either of us have been ‘hip with the kids’ or had any semblance of what’s ‘cool’.. though it seems I totally should have saved my Filas, CK One and lace up fronted tops as apparently the cycle of old is new is getting smaller and smaller and we are only 20 years behind right now. I don’t think anyone thought they’d see florals or duty rose back in effect (or maybe we were just hoping) in our lifetime, but you can’t seem to go anywhere without a little pink on the aesthetic menu. So why fight it? Especially if it’s what the kids want. So we decided to full on just make out with pink and pretend like we didn’t ever break up and that that whole mid aughts dark wood furniture thing was a total misunderstanding and we now know that back in the white and pink embrace of Belinda Carlisle is where we should be.

And on to updating a teen girls bedroom with a modern twist on the Hollywood glam brass and pink combo a la Dana Barrett from Ghostbusters.

There is no Dana… only Zhoul… and that unbelievable upholstered headboard

Don’t front like you didn’t slam your fridge shut while screaming a few times as a kid pretending you’d just seen a ghost dog ‘writhing and snarling’. Allow us to introduce our Dana 1.0 meets modern scandi ‘Teenage Dream’ bedroom inspiration board!

– 1. Marble and Brass Shelf CB2.com – 2. Art Deco Brass Shelf Bracket Anthropologie.com – 3. Marble Look Self Adhesive Vinyl Rona.ca  – 4. Rose Quartz Drawer Pulls Etsy.com  – 5.  Pastel paint colours from Behr.com (available at Home Depot)  – 6. Masking Tape Wall Design from Pinterest.com  – 7. Grey Duvet set from Ikea.ca  – 8. DIY Hollywood Vanity from DecorSnob.com

It remains to be seen what the touch customer will think of our little decor suggestions, but there’s fairly inexpensive ways to do the whole Hollywood glam look with a modern twist, as long as you have a handy person to make a vanity, a painty person to help with your feature wall… and a… sticky person to make your plain wall shelves into ‘marble look’ with some contact paper from Rona (if you don’t have the ability to do the real thing… A Lack floating shelf from Ikea is the easiest to cover in our opinion as it’s as right angled as it gets, and decidedly less heavy than the real thing (which would need super strong walls and anchors)

The finished product is coming soon… along with the kitchen reno reveal, which is 98% finished. Which. Is. So. Close. #weknow #ugh

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Tile Tuesday: A BFD Kitchen Update

Anyone who says picking tile is easy either isn’t picking tile for their own house, or they can afford any tile they want so they can get the good stuff right off the bat without having to do any digging. Thankfully we have picked some, but it wasn’t before we spent a week looking online and in store for tile. HINT: most good tile stores don’t have great sites, cause you know, they want you to go to the store, so you have to get off your ass and go look at them.  Which is exciting and overwhelming and exactly the kind of adult experience where you find yourself saying. ” I cannot believe this is what I’m spending my time doing and that I care about this.” Because how could you not? Tile is fab. Look what we found at Ciot.com in the Castlefield design district:

And then we went to Surfaces & Co. Where tile dreams come true. Le sigh x a million. Featuring the only place in Toronto to get Mosaique Surface tiles from Montreal, brace yourself. And your wallet.

And they also had these….

You can hear the angel music when you look at this one, can’t you? (via mosaiquesurface.com)

Oh yeah, and THAT was just  Saturday. We went to The Tile Store and Ceramic Tile World in the east end of Toronto near O’Connor and St Clair on Sunday…

BUT WHICH ONE DID WE CHOOSE???? Did we go graphic, mosaic, blow the bank or keep it colourful??? Not done yet. We’re installing the backsplash this weekend, so stay tuned. The big reveal is NIGH! (well, almost night, give or take a weekend)

Tee hee!

kitchen ninjas out

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Spring Has Sprung: Time to Get Refreshing!

Realizing that we are tempting fate by writing these words (it snowed inToronto on Friday am, but it’s apparently spring now and is going to be 20 today), it’s finally beginning to look a lot like nicer, warmer weather? We’ve already started getting things spruced up now that light has come back into our lives and we are no longer inside 100% of the time. Which means chores. Which can be… a chore. But what are the absolute must have things you can easily do that will get your abode back into shape and reinvigorate your cynical winter soul? Allow me.

BFD’s TOP 5 SPRING CLEAN MUST DO’S

Purple Irish Mohair Throw from Avoca.com, Black & White rug from Ikea.ca

  1. AIR, AIR, AIR:  Cannot stress enough the importance of taking all those blankets and pillows and airing them out! Whether you take everything and create a bohemian den of sunshine inequity in your backyard or your balcony, there’s a lot of dust and smells that have been hanging around all winter inside that stick to your fabrics and textiles and need to be exorcised! We also suggest using a fabric refresher like this one by Canadian eco-friendly brand ATTITUDE to help level the playing field and get things fresh-i-fied. If you don’t have a specifically outdoor space, laying cushions on chairs in front of open windows is a good alternative. Wherever possible, take cushions out of their covers and air out the actual pillows themselves. It also goes without saying that you should open up as many windows in your house as you can to get a breeze going, disrupt stale air take advantage of the fact that you ACTUALLY can open your windows now and don’t need to be dictator about the thermostat.

    ALL CLEAN! Footstool cover from Bemz.com, Pink cushion from heavenly chair we bought on Kijiji, Palm Print bolsters from ThreeDesign.com and Salmon Velvet pillow cover from WestElm.com

  2. WASH ALL THE THINGS: Seriously. Anything that has a cover, take it off and wash it. And sometimes even things that don’t have removable covers but will fit in a washer/dryer anyway, like pillow inserts. We are lucky that we also have a couch with removable covers, but apparently the one we have (which we were going to feature)  isn’t made with removable covers anymore! As a household with pets, kids or messy eaters, being able to wash the upholstery is SUPER helpful and necessary if you really want your furniture to stick around for more than a few seasons and not require dry cleaning that costs an arm and a leg.

    And if this is too Ikea-y for you, check out Bemz.com where they sell custom covers for Ikea couches that are a delicious departure from the standard colours/designs on offer.

    Airing out our ENDY Mattress; Bed from CB2.com

    3. SORT OUT THAT MATTRESS: Now if you’re like us and your mattress is in a relatively good state, it is recommended (according to the internet, which is always right) by multiple blogs/sites that you flip your mattress at least 4 times a year. We also like to freshen it up by shaking some Arm & Hammer baking soda on the mattress, massaging it in with a dishtowel, leaving it sit for 45-60 minutes, and then vacuuming it all up. This deodorizes and cleans the mattress, and vacuuming will also take care of any dust mites hanging out in there too. Some people also add essential oils (like lemon or lavender) to their baking soda mix for a nice fresh scent: just make sure you add it in to the box and shake it up good or else you’ll get clumps which are a pain to work with. If this is all blah blah blah cause you’ve been doing this for years and your mattress is getting harder and harder to freshen up, well maybe consider getting a new one? You’re supposed to replace your primary mattress every 8-10 years, so if you’ve been sleeping on the same mattress you’ve had since you used to be able to party all night and barely get a hangover? Time to get a new one.

    Having recently purchased an online mattress, we definitely think this is the way to go in terms of convenience and competitive pricing. Leesa is currently having a promo that saves you $130 CAD(enter code SPRING130 at check out) / $100 USD off the above price and they donate 1 mattress to a shelter for every 10 they sell and plant a tree for every single sale. AND they deliver (for free) right to your front door (shipping usually happens in 3-5 biz days)!

    This is the mattress we have, and we ordered a King size which was delivered within 5 days of us ordering it. We have honestly never slept better, but I think that’s because we are also sleeping in the biggest mattress we have ever had. We chose this for its firmness rating, and the fact that it’s made here in Toronto and we are impatient. ‘

    Dirty shower curtain from CB2.com (but from like 5-6 years ago)

    4. CLEAN YOUR SHOWER CURTAIN: Again, another relatively easy thing to do, but when was the last time you were bothered? Seriously? If you have a material liner, it’s easy enough to throw in the washing machine and boom, but if you’ve got a plastic one, like we do, I suggest laying it down somewhere you can spread it out as flat as possible and giving it a 5 minute scrub with some CLR. Easy peasy, and will make your next shower brighter and YOU a happier, more productive member of society.. .or something close.

    InterDesign Shower Curtain, Flamingo $19.99 from IQLiving.com

    But in case it’s time for a change, there’s always flamingos…

    Fabulous crap corner. Pink corner cabinet from Ikea.ca

    5. AND FINALLY, CLEAN OUT YOUR CRAP CORNER (or closet or whatever): This is mine. We all have it, and it piles up and takes over and before you know it… So whether it’s Craigslist, Bunz.com (we LOVE Bunz, but it is addictive, be forewarned) or a local Value Village, get it organized and get it out of there. We’ll try to do it too. Before the end of the week. Seriously.

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Our Projects: Kitchen Reno… Phase 1

As you may or may not be aware, we are redoing the kitchen. Various snaps at stages of undress have been posted on the socials already, but this is the definitive renovation part one instalment of the saga. Hoping sags won’t be toooooo long. Anyone who has renovated knows this above all is the mantra you repeat when crossing your fingers and signing on the dotted line. Originally, the kitchen looked like this:It was… interesting to say the least. So we painted all the cabinets, the floor, dumped that fridge, which was legit 100% fridge. With a separate freezer in the basement. Which, if you like ice in your drinks, is super convenient. 

We had to paint it all. The floor was so not us.  But we knew the white paint, while ok for now, wasn’t going to be the end of the kitchen’s transformation. New fridge, new hardware, new sink and concrete countertops definitely helped, but those cabinet fronts and awkward wasted storage space at the top? Had to be fixed.

Looks pretty good, eh?

Full bloom kitchen on a sunny day was nice and bright

But all those knick knack whatevers at the top of the cabinets were dumb and dusty and the cabinets were full of corners that collected dust and needed to be updated. In short, dust was the inspiration for the kitchen.

First in was the new appliances. We love them. Half of BFD does not cook, but 100% of BFD thinks these appliances are cool.

Then we had to figure out how this place was gonna look. Same layout but newer. Looking at it now actually makes it look pretty same-ish to now except a few upper cabinet modifications. And everything’s a different colour. So like still a change but not an OMG it’s not avocado anymore kitchen pre/post. We can do the old, OLD kitchen though in the final reveal. We just couldn’t stand to live with a kitchen that looked like that until we were able to reno it, like 5 years later…

So this was the new plan

And this is what we chose for the counter, floor and cabinets from Lowes.

…and here is the tile, counter and cabinet fronts we’ve picked from Lowe’s… stay tuned….

Next up… cabinets come out and the floor goes down. Oh yeah.

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Happy IKEA Hack Friday!

Just came across this article in the old Facebook newsfeed and it’s the first one we’ve seen in a while that actually has some new updates besides the old spray paint your lack table (ok that ones still in there) suggestions we’ve seen going around for the past few years.

A few of our faves:

For more weekend DIY suggests, check out BuzzFeed’s latest list! 

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Another BFD Reveal: Staging 1 Shaw

So we have a condo that we currently rent and are looking to sell, but it’s been a while since it’s been updated. Luckily,  the tenant was away on holiday and said it was fine for us to go in and spruce up the place for photos. Less luckily, the walls hadn’t been painted since Keith bought the place in his ‘bachelor days’.

What we did:

  1. Took down everything off the walls.
  2. Packed up everything from the furniture and kitchen counter surfaces into boxes, each labelled according to its requisite room.
  3. Moved out all the furniture from the living room and the clothes, dresser and tables from the bedroom (left the bed).
  4. Took down the light fixtures off the bedroom walls and kitchen ceiling (it was time for a Craigslist find!).
  5. All of the furniture fit in a panel van and we stored the extra pieces for a few months at a storage place. No stress, slightly less moving things in and out of places.
  6. Then we brought in new furniture (ours, from the basement with a few living room pieces you may recognize…)

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    The Bill Murray throw and throw pillow were actually gifts we registered for from our wedding! from Society6.com

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    Sherwin Williams Superpaint 2 in 1 Paint and Primer $36.24/gallon

    Then the painters started. It took them from 8am to 4pm. They used good paint. Which helped with the number of coats they had to do, cause we admit it, the grey was a pain in the ass to cover. It was 2-3 coats total (some walls took a bit more).  And now… the REVEAL…

    Money Shot

    The money shot

    The entire process of moving stuff out, painting, cleaning, moving the stuff back in and arranging it all… 2 days. 2 of us and 2 painters. By Sunday night? Absolutely knackered. Advice for next time? Make sure you have massages booked at the end. Lots of stuff is gonna be achy.

Need staging for your place or just some goddamn help already?

Get in touch!

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