BFD Reveal: A Bathroom Revamp Project for Bath Time Fun!

Our friends Sarah and Rob moved further out from the centre of the city a few years ago to get some more space for their little guy and to cut down on commute time for their jobs. The best thing about being in the burbs? You got enough space for your bathroom to be bigger than an urban bedroom AND room for like 5 of them if you want (generalizing of course, but they deffo have at LEAST 3 bathrooms, and room for 2 more so…).

A popular service that we, as BFD provide, is a customized shopping list and room design plan based off of a home visit and collaboration with people looking to redo rooms in their house that just need some guidance and an inspiration springboard to get started. We find people tend to use approx 50-75% of the products we suggest, and if nothing else, you have the measurements of the room broken down for a contractor to use when ordering products, which in the case of bathrooms and tile, can be VERY helpful indeed!

So, the before:

Oh hello there, bathtub and vinyl flooring… You’ve probably been pretty comfortable up until now but…. GUESS WHAT?

And our recommendation (all links in this doc ARE clickable):

And the final product! (it’s 90% done, FYI, but you probably wouldn’t know that unless we told you…)

Ta dah! (this was a closet that cut in from the bedroom beside the bathroom before) WAY more useful now!

Although they were originally going to do subway tile, they elected to use a 2:1 shaped faux ceramic on the wall and a 1:1 (24″x24″) on the floor because the tiles were much bigger, easier to install, and one less thing to have to order/organize (they were both part of the same tile family). YES, that’s not real marble! (the honeycomb on the floor of the shower is, though)

Yup, this is deffo a 1000% improvement from that cream
blech standard bathtub and separated toilet section they had before!!!

After the wall mounted fixture for the bath was ordered, there ended up being a whole bunch of issues around availability and eventually they got the fixture, only to open the box and find it was the wrong one! Long story short they found another one locally and grabbed it! Black bathroom fixtures especially, though very en vogue, are NOT easy to find in Canada in store or online, so if you do happen to come across a set you like a word to the wise: get it right now. Do not wait. (and no, you can’t sub a wall mounted sink fixture for a bath fixture… unless you like watching paint dry, water boil, golf…)

There is MORE where this came from, everyone, as there is also a bathroom in Sarah and Rob’s room that is being renovated presently, AND a front entrance makeover on it’s way too! Stay tuned for more updates. And, if you would like to get in touch with us about some help with a project that you’ve been lacking inspiration for and need some help with, drop us an email anytime!

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New Year, New Kitchen! (FINALLY)

We know, we know. This reveal has been far too long in the making, and it’s because, as with most construction projects, unless you have a House & Home shoot on the books that means you simply MUST be done by a certain date, it’s taken for bloody ever to get it done. There were 2 little pieces of countertop that we didn’t anticipate needing that it took 6 months to getting around to getting, because $%^*, ain’t nobody got time for that… Especially when it means driving out to the burbs for a teeny piece of counter that doesn’t REALLY make a difference to using the kitchen, it just looks unfinished… But all of that aside, it’s DONE. And we are never redoing the kitchen again, until the next time… We redo the kitchen. For those of you unfamiliar, let us refresh the memories with the progress of where we started, and where we were a year ago, before the big revamphttps://bothwellfarringtondesign.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/our-projects-kitchen-reno-phase-1/.

Ye Olde Kitchen Circa 2012 (or 1992, either or)

This was what we bought. That is a 100% fridge, no freezer. Those are display drawers you’d find in a bulk barn or craft shop where you display what is in the actual drawer… but with nothing displayed in them. That is a laminate countertop. Black appliances. Corner sink with a nice high lip that caught all sorts of mould worthy food stank. AND. THAT. FLOOR.

Semi “staged” old kitchen and we kept the fridge and sink

We painted the whole damn thing (including floor) white, got a white dishwasher off Kijiji, ripped out that countertop and put in concrete slabs Keith made himself from fast setting concrete (less than an hour to dry, FOR REAL), put in a subway tile backsplash, replaced the cabinet hardware and installed our fab fridge (a wedding gift). It was livable, but a bandaid, and come 2017, it was time to say goodbye to teenage kitchen and do a grown up, fully committing to a new kitchen… kitchen.

Then there was the tile. So much penny round tile.

When I closed my eyes it was grey tile. With grey grout. Originally wanted to go white like above, but then we went back to that whole too many white competing thing and thought why do that to yourself? Also, if you’re doing the tile yourself, for only your second time, don’t choose mosaic tile with a grout darker than the tile because if you don’t line that stuff up straight it looks patchy. And you can see the squares of tile if they aren’t interconnected properly. Which, once you’ve done mosaic tile,  you will also now notice the correct seams in every mosaic tile wall from now until eternity. Which is great as a conversation starter. Nice tile, dude.

Once that was all done and cleaned up, we were finally DONE! *drumroll*

Here it is, peeps!

So basically the same layout you are used to… But better. And cleaner. And less dusty space at the top of cupboards for collecting crap we don’t need.

And for those of you wondering where it all came from, a selection of links for your shopping pleasure….

What we bought:

NOTE: All Kitchen Aid appliances were bought on Black Friday 2016 (yes that’s right, it was THAT long ago) and then delivered to the house in March 2017. So we ended up getting the whole suite for under $5k. For a big investment like this, we HIGHLY recommend you do the same. Takes a bit of planning ahead, but the savings are worth it.

We chose this suite mainly because we liked the handles. No joke. We were hoping to be able to get this set in white, but they didn’t have the clean gas cooktop we wanted NOT in stainless steel…. So as much as we were trying to avoid stainless, and we WERE trying to not go there… We ended up with stainless, which in retrospect was probably the better option given we had white cabinets. Too much white, too much opportunity for white clashing. Which is a thing. That will make you roll your eyes, but yes, there’s 5 million different whites, so if you put em all together it may not look as good as you’d envisioned. So the stainless breaking up the whole look, again, was the better option.

Big Chill Retro Fridge in Jadeite Green $3,395 USD from BigChill.com

The actual dealer we got our fridge from is located in Toronto at KWA Appliances on Eglinton West and we ended up paying the same in CAD that the price is currently listed at in USD on the Big Chill site. NOTE: This was in 2014, so the price may have changed since then. We worked with Paul and he was excellent in answering all our questions and handling the order. Highly recommend if you are looking for a N American made, SMEG alternative. This fridge is completely new and modern on the inside FYI, so have no fear about the electricity usage. This is an Energy Star fridge. Just with a fancy outfit on.

Flooring and cabinets were bought from Lowes for approx $12k including installation (Floors were approx $5,500 of that). The floor tiles were not particularly expensive, as we went with a hard wearing ceramic in a concrete ‘look’,  but the installation was a little more as we went bigger rather than smaller, and they did have to re-level the floor. We also had to pay to get the underfloor tested for Asbestos as after the whole thing was smashed up, we discovered old linoleum tiles and the tile guys couldn’t be sure how safe it was to continue because our house is old. Hooray. That was another $150. We went with modern, flat faced, high gloss white because a) white goes with everything and b) flat faces are easy to clean. Even though shaker style is more ‘in’ at the moment, the cleaning in the little cracks you have to do is SO NOT. Eff that. And all the drawers are silent, so you can’t slam in anger (or look back… #oasisjoke #oldfarts).

Brushed Nickel Pull Ring from CB2.com (sold out, they were on sale for $1.97!!! down from $7.95 CAD)

The pulls we bought are no longer available, which is funnily enough how we ended choosing this style of pull in the first place… The ones we originally wanted were sold out (and of course they are NOW, 6 months later, totally back in stock) but we’ve actually come to really like the actual pull knobs, they are super functional and look way better than we ever thought they would.

So there you have it folks, we can now relax. About the kitchen anyway. Wait till you see what Keith’s working on in the laundry room!

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Stuff We Love: Storage Boxes to Get Excited About (Seriously)

Another one of those moment in life when you find yourself being an old fart cause you’re getting excited about things like storage baskets. But the need arose recently for us to switch up some storage in the bedroom, and we found ourselves wanting… So the journey began to find baskets anew! Here were a few faves:

Great for makeup and change table bits and bobs, plus cute and stylish!

How gorgeous are these? Perfect for throws, magazines, 5-8 golden retriever puppies… Can easily do living room or beside the bed storage and look perfectly suitable to both aesthetics.

These would be great, 3 in a row on a kitchen shelf or island with lemons or apples as a floral display alternative. Fresh and clean! (or a fancy garbage can, that could work too, but try the lemon thing first)

Cause why not have some glitter in your laundry area? Fancy and yet utilitatiran. IF they had these with sequins, we’d prob lust over those too.

And now for the ones we chose….

Cannot tell you how much we love these. Gold hardware, grey felt, and they literally take one minute to put together. Maybe a minute and a half if you’ve had a glass of wine or 2 before attempting. We started off with 3, but will be going back for more.

Happy Sunday y’all. It’s felty fall.

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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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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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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!!!

Bedroom Revamp 1 #bfd

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.

Bedroom Revamp 2 #bfd

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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BFD Picks: Elte Sale Now On!!!

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly buy another thing, Elte has a 25-50% off sale. Now is the time to take advantage of the holidays sales and treat your home to some fancy pieces from shops you drool over during the other 11 months of the year, and then impress your friends with the, ‘Oh that? Just a little something I picked up at Elte.’ Cause you’re #fancy. Here’s our top picks, all under $500!

AUSTIN WALL LIGHT BRASS on sale $270.00 from Elte.com

AUSTIN WALL LIGHT BRASS on sale $270.00 from Elte.com

Perfect for a hallway or get a set for either side of the bed? If you’ve been looking to dip your toe into the brass trend but can’t commit to the usually higher than normal price tag? Sorted.

BENNETT TABLE LAMP on sale $346.00 from Elte.com

BENNETT TABLE LAMP on sale $346.00 from Elte.com

Ok on a bit of a brass kick here, but combined with that crystal base this lamp is just to gorgeous to pass up. A nice addition to a corner reading nook or a formal living room, and at this price? How could you not?!?

CORTEZ PULL UP TABLE on sale $295.00 from Elte.com

CORTEZ PULL UP TABLE on sale $295.00 from Elte.com

So loving the architectural vibe of this silver leafed table. So sophisticated. You could have 2 on either side of a couch or push 2 of them together instead of a coffee table which is perfect if you like to sit and watch TV while eating a bit of dinner. Then you don’t need to fight anyone over the table being too close or far for snacks, food or easy access to the remote!

CAFE MAGAZINE RACK on sale $395.00 from Elte.com

CAFE MAGAZINE RACK on sale $395.00 from Elte.com

Finally somewhere to store your Vanity Fair/Vogue/RH Catalogue collection that you can put on a drink on! Could also be used to store toilet paper or rolled up hand towels if you have a larger than normal bathroom (jealous).

BOHEMIAN SIDE CHAIR on sale $395.00 from Elte.com

BOHEMIAN SIDE CHAIR on sale $395.00 from Elte.com

Is it bad if you like the extra guest chairs better than the ones you have with your dining set? Your regular chairs will be envious for sure. But these are so gorgeous you can easily have them out all year long as accent chairs in the living room or in a hallway nook. The highly reflective finish will make them seem barely there!

4'x6' GIBBARD DARK BLUE/IVORY on sale $417.50 from Elte.com

4’x6′ GIBBARD DARK BLUE/IVORY on sale $417.50 from Elte.com

When was the last time you saw a gorgeous rug from Elte that was perfect for your living room at this price? Exactly. Get on it. Modern, traditional, MCM or eclectic, this print is neutral and stylish enough to suit pretty much any decor theme. Unless you’re fully committed to leopard print. Then this probably won’t go.

Happy Shopping!

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