For Sale: Reclaimed Wood Tabletop With Adjustable Trestle Legs

We have a custom made (condo sized) table for sale featuring stainless steel, adjustable trestle legs and a custom made reclaimed wood top measuring 60″x26″. What’s great about this table is it works both as a dining table or a bar top. It’s also super light and easy to move and could easily serve as a portable kitchen island.

Interested? Check it out on Kijiji or Craigslist and send us a note!

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BFD Reveal: We Got King Size Bed Style!

We posted a little preview on Instagram today, but we finally up and got a King Size bed AND bed frame. And it was totally not because the dogs take up all the space on the bed… Except that they totally take up less space now that we have a big ass bed!!!

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Welcome to our tropical pink velvet boudoir!

Some of you may be looking at the surface of the side tables, because it’s all scratched up. They’re vintage 1950’s from my grandparents and I refuse to have them refinished. They have always looked that way, so unless we are restoring to that exact stain? Not interested.

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From the left so you can see that sweet, sweet CB2.com bed detail

It took us forever to find a low profile bed (because dogs are old, can’t jump the way they used to) that we both liked until finally we saw this one online. It’s from CB2 and took us about 6 weeks from ordering to get it delivered and set up. It literally took them 5 minutes to deliver, put it together and boom. It cost an extra $160, but it was well worth it.

Drommen bed from cb2.com $1199 to $1499 CAD

Drommen bed from cb2.com $1199 to $1499 CAD

And the mattress? We got an Endy, which is the online, foam, orderable Casper equivalent, but Canadian. Ordered it on Saturday, delivered to our front porch by Wednesday. Double BOOM!

We use the mattress right on the wood slats of the bed. Mattress + bed. That’s it. And we love it. Not hard as a rock, but not smushy/bad for your back either. Very very recommend.

We tried to steam the wrinkles out as much as we could, but you can still see where the dogs like to launch on/off the bed. They are very excitable. We will get it right for our spread in Elle Decor, but until then… The sheets were sort of a fluke and we got them on sale when we were at West Elm a few weeks ago (not going to buy anything was the intent… We are liars) and some of the colours are on sale now online as well, so….

And finally those divine palm print cushions? We picked them up at a pop up shop  by 3 Design in Toronto a few weeks ago and they follow us from room to room because they’re lovely and we love them. And it’s winter so where the hell else are we going to get tropical?

Hope you enjoyed our bedroom redo as much as we did. Just wait till you see the sheets we got for Christmas!!!!

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Need Holiday Cards? Check out the NiceNook Marketplace

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Located at 1488 Kingston Rd in the east end of Toronto, The NiceNook Marketplace is your destination to pick up kick ass holiday cards that don’t suck, care of yours truly! Introducing our line of holiday cards…

At $3 each or choose your own set of eight for $20, they are affordable, locally made and totally bloody hilarious. Note: dogs featured are our actual dogs in their actual holiday gear. Which they love. So. Much.

Want cards but don’t want to head east? Drop us a line at bothwellfarringtondesign@gmail.com and we can do local meet ups and deliveries in Toronto. And yes, we take custom orders too.

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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…

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    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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BFD Reveal:The Before and After of an Icky No More Urban Toronto Porch

This is what our porch used to look like on our house. It was ok.. Certainly not the ugliest one in the hood, but there were issues. Like that lattice on the under part behind the Boxwoods (this is an old picture, they’ve grown since this was taken a few years ago). The paint on the steps had completely peeled off. And on the far right corner beside the brick post, the floor was a little bouncy. So bouncy that if someone REALLY wanted to, they could probably go right through it. Which would be funny, but also, there’d be a hole in the porch, which sucks.

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The Porch BEFORE the Porch

One Friday afternoon Keith decided to just take off the railing parts… But when he started chipping away, he realized there was actually some ok looking wood underneath, which wasn’t used and covered instead for no good reason. As is the theme with most of the aesthetic ‘choices’ made before our time in our house.

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Oh hello railing, sorry we didn’t get a chance to spend any time together

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At least both sides of the family got to see each other before…

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This. 

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Already, a lot better, don’t you think?

But Keith couldn’t stop here, which is what I thought he was going to do….

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Oops! Those extra planks just sort of fell right off….

So this is what I was greeted with when I got home after work. NO MORE FRONT DOOR ENTERING OF HOUSE FOR YOU! Good news: the joists underneath were totally fine, so we only had to replace the cosmetic wood, which saved us at least $1k. And a lot of pain.

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Didn’t have to wait long before new planks started being added in though… Like literally the next day

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All new cedar 1×6’s. It smelled SO GOOD. Thanks Home Depot! (not because they sponsored this post cause they didn’t — we still had to pay for the wood, but that’s where we got it from, FYI)

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And we have stairs!

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Which smelt as eqaully cedar awesome as the deck.

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And this was the finished product after weekend 1. Not bad right???

Then it was time for the railing. Origianlly we thought it was going to be wood, but then Keith came across a 100% FREE piece of tempered glass (ex window from what we understand) that someone was giving away from their renovation site on Kijiji. Yes, that’s right. A 10’x4′ piece of perfectly intact glass. For free.

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But the posts, which were brown pressure treated 6x6s — not cedar, cause those are special order, and way expensive –had to go in first. This was week 2.

 

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And by week 3, that glass went in! Not bad eh? We had to pay $100 for delivery, and it took 2 men to move, but that glass, once braced by metal brackets, was not going NOWHERE

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Also had to build a cedar side railing thing cause you know, falling off the side of the porch, which is again, hilarious, also hurts when it’s from 8 feet off the ground. Apparently.

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We ended up getting some of the horizontal wood in that we wanted orginally before the glass miracle happened

And TA DAH!!!! The finished product. Not bad for 3 weekend worth of work and $2k worth of cedar and pressure treated wood, right?

 

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3 weeks. And DONE.

Questions? Comments? Need help with a project of your own? Send us a note below!!!

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Another BFD Reveal: DIY Backyard Wall Art FTW

So when we first moved into the house our backyard was a dust pile w very little character and even less on the style scale. Like negative 10 on the style scale.

Does it look slightly better like this? Perhaps...

Does it look slightly better like this? Perhaps…

For the whole rigamarole, go here (if you’re new). If you’re lazy and can’t be bothered w the process (and was one of those people who just knew the answer and hated showing your work in math class *eye roll*… Like I did) this is the finished product from last summer…

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And this is the even more finished-er product with some plants and furniture from the spring of this year…

White wall and plants in the garden!

This is breaking the space/time continuum as that wall is already white (mind blown), but now you see the lighting and the plants!

So first step: paint the wall white. At this point I wasn’t too sure what the final design was going to look like, but I had a pretty good idea that a blank canvas would help much more than the sky blue yuck we were dealing with already.

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Once the wall was fresh again, I decided to paint some freehand doodles with some basic black paint (Behr Semi Gloss in Carbon to be exact, available at HomeDepot.ca) based on some projects I’ve seen done by Kelly Wearstler. She’s developed a drool worthy wallpaper line that is not so much affordable, but totally fabulous, based in the same aesthetic. Given how much doodling I did in highschool, and continue to do on notebooks in meetings… We figured I had a pretty good shot at doing a halfway decent job, sans $1,000 wallpaper. Also cause wallpaper + rain is not a good idea. Especially on a shed that will most likely blow away if a wicked witch even looks at it.

West Side Lofts Sales Centre Inspo (From Queen & Abell) 

Also have to give an inspirational shout out to the old West Side Lofts condo sales centre. This is a sentence I never thought I would write. Right up there with ‘I told you if you kept on doing that that would happen, now stop it or we are going home.’

When the above building first went up in the Queen and Dovercourt area over 10 years ago, we admit to being on the ‘what an ugly POS’ bandwagon, with most of the other pre condo residents  of the area. It was an unwelcome signal of progress that meant the underground cool of the neighbourhood was living on borrowed time. We could all hear the bell ringing, signalling the beginning of the end of West Queen West as the edgy, arty and affordable area it was… But that white blob sculpture grew on me, development be damned.

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Doodles abound 

And so I found myself, in my highscool basketball team gym shorts, no less, painting on the side of my garage… my condo art influenced doodles. The black and white was chosen because black and white go with everything, and we wanted something that would contrast with the green of the grass without competing with the colour. All of the doodles were done freehand with a 1″ wide paint brush.. Which is recommended. This project will take WAY too long if you pencil in and plan out how this is going to look. Though if that’s your jam, then go for it (but it’ll add on at least a few more days worth of work, and *might*  make you wish you had just picked a solid colour and not bothered. Just saying)

It took 3 week(end)s total, because although I thought I could handle the casual, not filled in brushstroke look of Ms Wearstler… Turns out I couldn’t. So the doodles ended up having to be filled in and refined over 3 stages to make sure the brush width and colour was consistent. Another fun element that was not originally considered was the fact that this was on ridged siding. And making sure that the POV of the brush strokes from piece to piece was consistent was a bit of a pain in the a$&. So patience and a steady hand is key. If you have neither of these things, maybe try a paint splatter motif instead.

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Final Backyard Doodle Wall 

But in the end it was worth it. And we are quite pleased with the finished product. The neighbours kids did ask if we were going to colour it in… Which is a fair question.

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But we think we will leave that work till next summer and enjoy the monochrome for now.

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BFD Sunday DIY Project: A Side of Tables

So Keith is a big weekend project kind of a guy who gets antsy when he’s not projecting, and a long weekend means a lot of free time. So he made some stuff!

Cost of nails: $15.

Cost of wood: Free

Cost of style: Inherent

Final Cost: Still just $15

Not bad, eh?

Hope you had a good long weekend, y’all!

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