A BFD Reveal: Table Time!

A month ago a family member asked for a table she could have in her kitchen that a small dishwasher could sit on top of. A dishwasher that has to be easy to move as it’s one of those needs to plug in to the sink jobs and takes up a good part of the kitchen when being in use. The immediate go to was some sort of butcher block type deal with wheels… there are a lot of tables around that you can buy online that fit the bill easily. But will they fit? Will the dishwasher be at the right height? Do we get to build something if we order it online? (decidedly not) So! THE GRAND PLAN.

Very scientific product development.

This is actually how most of our projects start… on a napkin or a small scrap of paper! So it’s off to Lowe’s we go!

The shape was borne out of an idea Keith had for a shelf way back when with an S body and then different coloured shelves to offset the woodiness of the frame… First we nailed all the wood pieces together, and added in wood glue between the nails to reinforce and stick them all together properly. (a combination of nails and… No More Nails) This was the most efficient way to be able to take some of the older 2×4 pieces we had in the workshop and turn them into a colourful and functional piece to add a bit of sparkle to kitchen!

Now… What to paint the coloured shelves…

Rust-oleum red gloss automotive enamel spray paint at Lowes.ca
If you knew what a freak for strawberry based decor this person was in the 80’s… There really was no other option as far as colours were concerned! We chose the auto gloss for the even coverage and shine!

Then we picked up some sheets of MDF, and similar to the wood, used nails to hold the pieces together, some more No More Nails on the outside of the boxes to stick them to the S frame and got er done by following up with screws to finish the whole thing off. Sturdy AF.

This took approx 3 weekends total (2-4 hours a day depending on task, and we didn’t always work BOTH days of the weekend…) once everything was set and dried, but look at the final product!

All in, this cost approx $100 to make (not incl wheels) and provided the un-relaxable Keith with HOURS of activity and personal growth and satisfaction. On to the next project!

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Craigslist Finds: Week of May 25th, 2019 Edition!!!

Oh haiiii everyone! We are back, and repping Toronto hard after our Eastern Conference win last night with the Toronto Raptors! I had a split second thought that it would be amusing to provide you all a selection of sports focused furniture that YOU TOO can have at home, in your basement… But then I realized how much I hate that kind of tacky crap and would never have it in my house, so why the energy? Not that a sofa featuring my favourite NBA team wouldn’t be a really exciting addition to the furniture collection…. Just… not my collection. Or any collection I’d advise anyone to actually buy! #letsgoraptors #keepitonatshirt #sweatshirtsarenicetoo

That being said, the list of Craig is BUMPIN this weekend with deals, you guys! It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen deals like this, so tuck in! AND get in touch with these owners ASAP if you see things you like because I guarantee these sweet, sweet deals are not gonna stick around for long.

These dining chairs are $75 each and are being offered as a set of 2 or 4. Can’t go wrong with a Thonet bentwood chair, ever!! PLUS you can recover them with 2 different kinds of fabric if you want: one for the seat and the other for the backrest. YASSSS.
Floor Lamp With 3 Bulbs,Red,Adjustable – $40 This would easily cost $150 if you bought it at a vintage boutique downtown, and this classic retro style works in pretty much any room you can put it in! Steal of a deal at $40!!!
Mid-century modern walnut cabinet hutch – $225 This is such a gorgeous piece, and perfect to dress up a dining room, hallway or even a den . Love that MCM detail on the side with the legs. Faboosh! And you’re not going to find anything less expensive buying new, nevermind the quality of this piece vs something at a comparable pricepoint.
MCM Coffee Table – $50 Whoever is getting rid of this, they obviously aren’t interested in getting what it’s worth, so… Their haste is YOUR gain! Comparable pieces form the sixties are selling for 3 times the $50 price tag on a good day, so do not wait and pick this up!! STAT!
$375 for 6 MCM high back chairs These are yet another MCM stealy-deal (are you getting bored of me saying this? I’m kind of bored of saying it, but there were SO many good pieces today this is ONLY some of it) that are teak but with a dark stain. Another potential reupholstery project, we’d actually keep the fabric if possible, it goes SO nicely with the aesthetic

This is our top 5 for the day, but there were so many more we couldn’t keep them all straight! Happy hunting, y’all!

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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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Craigslist Finds: Canada 150 Edition

Wish it could be said that every piece featured here is fabulously Canadian and old tyme and cool, but as anyone who lives in Canada knows, a good part of our style comes from other parts of the world via all the different people who live here. So like ya we got our own Canadian stuff, but you know, stuff from other countries is cool too.  Seems like a lot of people took the opportunity of nothing being open, and it at least not raining the way everyone said it would (till 3:30 anyway) and posted a whole bunch of  stuff on the interwebs. Some seriously affordable table time, guys.

1960’s Solid Wood coffee table – $100 from Craigslist.ca 

There’s no way this is worth just a $100, and if we didn’t have 5 already, we’d totally get this one for ourselves. Everyone needs 6 coffee tables right? RIGHT?

Vintage French Provincial Arm Chair – $255 from Craigslist.ca 

This French Provincial chair has been completely redone, and we love, love, love the contrasting burlap on the back with the olive stripe on the front.Very deconstructed, Restoration Hardware style except each chair doesn’t cost $1,5000. This will definitely make anywhere you are adding it at least 15-17% fancier on average.

Mid Century Modern Sideboard $300 from Craigslist.ca 

Another freaky find that is definitely worth at least twice what is being asked. This piece is in gorgeous condition and would be perfect for a study or den, even as a console at the front of the house for keys, flowers and junkmail. You have no idea how tortuous it is that so many people have decided to draw the line at July 1st and get rid of the things they’ve been holding on to all this time and not using. And we have to just sit and watch the show. Kind of like Escape to the Country when the couple gets distracted by the paint colour in the living room on a beautiful 16th century thatched cottage a decide not to make an offer and you’re like whyeeeeeeeeeee. But in a sideboard.

For a flatscreen low profile living room vibe? You’re not going to get anything this good from Ikea tomorrow, and this is actual real wood. Yes, if you still have CDs they will totally fit in there… but so will you collection of salt and pepper shakers from around the world. So, you’re welcome.

Obviously this blue storage locker dude is getting rid of a bunch of awesome stuff today. So combine and save even more if you can.. Seeing as they’re not offering delivery, they’d probably be pretty excited to get a few pieces off their hands in one go.  For an extra $150, vs the other piece, you’re getting 9 drawers for DVDs and CDs and Action Figures and the hideous plates your aunt gave you for ‘the holidays’ that you only cart out once a year but have to because everyone will ask where they are if you don’t and judge you. #famguilt #decorpressure #theylljudgeyouwithouttheplatestoo

This one’s short but sweet, content designed to fit in just right…. between showers.

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

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A Tribute. Stuff we love: delovely de dog beds

In a tribute to our beloved Buster who passed away this weekend, a repost of our fave dog beds for all you dog loving decor enthusiasts. Make sure you take every chance to love them, every day. Dogs are, in our opinion, the best people.

We have 2 furbabies, 5 dog beds, 3 dog jackets, poopie bag holders, all the stuff.

Canadian dogs in Christmas Jackets

Canadian dogs in Christmas jackets and *cough*  matching festive ribbon collars

So usually if ‘the dog needs a new…’ it’s more just us wanting to buy stuff for the dogs. Because dogs need decor. Like they need boots….. and sometimes rhinstones. And fabulous beds.

http://www.bowsers.com/ca/pet-beds/donut-beds/donut-beds-onyx-toile.html

Donut Bed Onyx Toile Onyx Toile Microvelvet starting at $76.99 bowsers.com

We have two of these washable, stuffable Molly Mutt dog beds, and it’s the second set. Washable is very key, and the fact that you can replace the insides (with old t shirts or even a store bought cushion) is awesome and much less smelly. Wash the outsides, insides, repeat!

Molly Mutt 100,000 Fireflies Outdoor Dog Duvet Starting at $32.99 petonly.ca

And then of course, you can never really go wrong with a little camo. Note: a LITTLE camo. Not entire rooms, outfits or car interiors.

P.L.A.Y. Original Camouflage Lounge Dog Sofa $77.31 wayfair.com

This is perfect for the cottage because duh, #pineneedles

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PINE Pet Bed By Lisa Argyropoulos $129 denydesign.com

Ok, seriously. It’s a hot dog bed. Hot. Dog. Bed.

Colorfulhouse® Hot Dog Sofa Pet Bed with Removable Washable Pet Mat Starting at $33.99 amazon.ca

 

And now for the dream drool bed. A nice little mid century addition. Sigh.

Modern Wood Dog Bed – The Joey High Back Bed $529 etsy.com

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