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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BFD Projects: We Made a Table!

A friend of our s was getting sick of her dark wood, condo-sized side tables in her bedroom and saw our post of Keith’s (and therefore also OURS) post on these little coaster tables we made and asked if we could make something like the below for her.

While the folks at Humboldt Art Dept made a lovely version of a larger table on their own…

We decided to have 4 small tables attached per table instead… and we were thinking that this would still be able to fit nicely on the nail legs we get from Home Depot (yes those are 12″ nails we used for legs. Which meant using tools and cutting stuff.

Started with 4 x 11.5″ high pieces cut from 6×6″ wood beams from Home Depot
(one 8 ft beam is $30)

And we thought that maybe then we could just add in more nails to better support the structure… but we were wrong. The nails looked dumb and Beetlejuice-esque but without the Harry Belafonte party in the shrimp cocktail. So Keith then thought, what about wood doweling instead (you know, it looks like a curtain rod?) on the exterior of the 4 sides? Also easier to level as opposed to getting it right with like 10 nails. Ew.

See? Tables & doweling! It’s a table leg! It’s a curtain rod! It’s magic!

We weren’t sure once the tables were put together if we needed to add in more colour or take some away… But our friend we were making them for has had about enough of the wood look for the moment…

You can see the painted white and gold tops, but them rest of the tables are naked as the day they were born!

So we painted the rest of the sides with white gloss spraypaint (and some of that leftover gold paint from our stumpy art project) to lighten things up a bit and voila!

Up next! Side tables for dogs! (jk, but at the same time we live in a pretty dog crazy area so….)

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

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Spark Some Joy: Craigslist Finds 2019 Is Here!!

We know, it’s been months. We took a hiatus. Plus Christmas. And Netflix.  We totally are taking advantage of the latest fad in home organization by mentioning the Tidying Up phenom that is Marie Kondo. Don’t hold these pieces of furniture up to your face to see if they spark joy as they might crush you or at least some bruises.

Couch + Chair – Brand new! Mint!! – $800

Unless sitting on these is like needles or something that aren’t evident in the photo, why wouldn’t you for $800? Loving the modern silhouette of that couch and matching chairs  =  a reason to get some new throw pillows!!!

A beautiful piece and you can hide your beanie babies in that there hidey shelf on the bottom left!!! So no, you DON’T have to get rid of them just yet because they will increase in value one day and then who will be sorry when they don’t get to retire in Costa Rica on the money from your limited edition rainbow bear proceeds? Ya, thought so.

Mid Century Teak Bar Cabinet – Scandinavian Modern Design – $399

You could easily spend this buying new, and how efficient is it that the top folds out and creates extra drink serving surface area??? Extra space for no extra cost!

LOUIS POULSEN PH 5 PENDANT CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE – $495

Blue West Elm mid century modern chair – $100

The real deal brand new is going to run you north of $1,000, so why don’t you save yourself a bit of cash, tidy this one up and then invite all your friends over to gawk at your very architecturally impressive light fixture? No touching. Just looking. It’s vintage.

If this lovely little number doesn’t spark some joy then you need to get yourself to (Instagram photos of) a beach STAT! This will easily fit in to all the rooms AND it’s already newly reupholstered so you can just pretend it was totally you who did that last weekend in a whim and aren’t you just the craftiest? Flamingo: a classic that’s always on trend. AND THERE’S PIPING!!!!

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A Long Overdue Reveal: BFD’s Stairway to Heaven (aka the second floor)

We’ve had just regular stairs with crappy grey runners we got off the roll at Home Depot for a while, and the whole leek was a little worse for wear, tbh. We put the tread on their originally for our aging dogs who needed the grip to get up the stairs, but as both of them passed last year, and the stairs were already kind of busted looking, we though hey, why not do it like grownups, with some nice looking carpet??? We went to the Carpet Mill at Gerrard Square in Toronto and luckily it was the first and last place we needed to go!

The above carpet was one of our immediate yes let’s do it…. and then the price tag was revealed ($6k+ for two sets of stairs)…. and we needed to reevaluate our options. And the styles we could afford were… fine. But that’s about it. So then we asked, well what about using a giant area rug instead and cutting it to fit?

A lot of the ones we liked were either not available in the number of rugs we would need, or the patterns was too big, meaning when they tried to sew multiple rugs together we would see the seam, which is obvs not stylish. The pile also had to be low enough that the carpet could bend nicely over each stair, so ya, even with our new vista of choice, the choice was somewhat limited.

We settled on the above rug and had to buy 3 of them in order to have enough to cover the main to second and main to basement stairs. From when we placed our order it was about 4-6 weeks for the carpet to be ready to install. And we had some readying to do of our own….

Cause these stairs were seriously busted. Originally the stairs were painted black, as was the railing, but with the new carpet, we decided to freshen things up a bit so the design in the carpet could pop. White paint over errrrrr-thing!!!

Because of scheduling and literally waiting for paint to dry, the coats of paint happened at different intervals across the two floors.

There may have been canine assistance, that luckily we were able to limit to the kitchen.

We also added some paintable wallpaper to the sides of the stairs in the basement as the wall cut in on one side and left uneven exposure. We decided why not put some more pattern on there, cause one’s not enough, and voila.

The under padding. In an artful pile.

The carpet is brought in, cut to measure for both sets of stairs.

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L’installation care of the folks at Carpet Mill.

Almost done! this is the steps looking down to the basement and washer/dryer.  Artfully placed duvet.

The stairs from the second floor looking down to the main floor. And…

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Ta Dah! Overall the project cost around $3,000 and the installation was done in an afternoon. The rug itself required 3 weeks or so to be made, so ideally, you could schedule a project like this in to be completed in a month, depending on the availability of the carpet you choose.

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Stuff We Love: Our Faves From the Jysk Patio Sale!

We are as surprised as you are at the treasure trove of finds… There are a handful of Jysks around Toronto, however all of the above can also be delivered. There was actually a few more pieces on this here list that were already gone in the time it took to make this list — apologies for the 2 reproduction Acapulco style chairs that we could not add. They had them in blue and black for $79.99, and they were pretty suh-weet.

Given there are so few options out there for affordable and stylish patio furniture, we simply had to share. And we’d totally be buying if there was ANY room left in our backyard for furniture, but we are already at capacity for chairs with a running total right now at 7 plus a loveseat…  So just in case you needed any more impetus to get outside and enjoy the backyard, and we know it’s hot as balls, so that may indeed be more challenging these hazy lazy days of summer, this stuff will also look great at NIGHT! With a cold booze/iced tea/whatever you drink to keep sane.

Happy Long Weekend!

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Weekend DIY Project: A Laundry Room Revamp

The only thing worse than having to do laundry, and there are definitely weeks I think we can all agree we’ve been tempted to just set the whole pile on fire and live in burlap sacks for the foreseeable, is having to do laundry in a basement laundry area that is full of detritus that naturally accumulates in the nether regions of the basement-land. I regularly had to trip over tools, bags, extra furniture and other unknown piles of crap to fluff and fold the sundries of the family… however.. NO MORE! We’ve pretty much run out of other interesting house projects to do that don’t require hideous sums of money, so it was finally the laundry room’s turn!

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100% Pure blech (and we tidied up the shot for posterity… a bit)

This is what the basically original laundry room looked like at the beginning of the reno. That door and missing wall beside said door belong to the utility room that used to be the laundry room. The issue with having the laundry room where it was, however, was that it was sharing space with the indoor workshop/Keith’s inner sanctum, and there was no room to fold anything, store anything, or keep stuff from getting covered in wood chips/drywall dust/etc when project around the house had things being created beside the washing machine. So we moved the washer and dryer outside, moved the original door way, and started framing up the new wall, which filled in where the door was to make room for a new, barn-style sliding door.

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That chipboard table you can see there was custom made for about $60 at Lowes out of… you guessed it, chipboard. We didn’t want to go custom cabinetry as a) that would require more $ than we had and b) more time to measure and configure, never mind the likelihood we’d get something that fit out machines and space exactly. So why bother? Firmly encased, the machines make far less noise than they did when they had free reign to tumble themselves out of position, they stay in the same place now and we can put stuff on top of the machines without it falling off due to aftereffects of said tumbling action.

We used an existing door from the house that we kept after our living/dining room doorway enlargements as the new door attached by black barn door hardware we got from Home Depot (on sale for $100 normally $146) and painted it black, for a more now/less old wood look. This may make some wood feature purists cringe, we understand, but the door was scratched up from the previous reno and being moved around for the past few years in the outdoor Love Shack that houses all warm weather projects (and backyard furniture). And the dark shade it was didn’t look right in the light wood/white of the basement and its bathroom, so it was for the best. Free door = good!

For additional storage above the machine area, we bought two pine shelves from Lowes ($25), painted them rose quartz and installed metal tubing with flanges as brackets to rest them on. The only thing that had to be modified was the original length of the metal tubes as they stuck out way too far from the wall and would have eaten into precious counter space, so Keith used a hacksaw to saw them down. Which, if you have watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, sounds exactly like the construction noises from when they make the Trojan Rabbit to infiltrate the French castle. Or at least, that’s what we pretended it was in order to not go crazy with the sound of metal cutting metal being similar to other scratchy sounds we don’t like.

All in , it was about 2.5 days work, save the time it took for paint to dry, and the area is SOOOOO much better. We are going to be putting a little table on wheels in that can slide over that laundry organizer and provide an additional folding space, and we are also thinking of changing the stair configuration so that it turns left 90 degrees before getting to the laundry area, so we can truly contain that area to itself and have more separation between that and the entertaining part of the basement. But those projects, my friends, are stories for other blog posts.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Family Day long weekends thoroughly!

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Shops We Love: Element de Base

This post is actually an endorsement for the effectiveness of online advertising, as we had not heard of this shop before some of their divine pink velvet creations were served up to us in our BFD Instagram feed earlier this week, and OMG. Why are you NOT shopping from these guys? Canadian, reasonably priced and fabulous, never mind the plethora of velvet options. Cause in case you weren’t aware, we are and always have been absolutely obsessed with velvet. Because Jonathan Adler and Scarlett O’Hara glam.

CHARADE CAPSULE DAYBED $2,750 USD from JonathanAdler.com 

Yeah, we’ll take 5. One for every corner we regularly like to faint in at home, and one for the car for those ‘in transit’ faints.

Curtain dress can do no wrong… Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind via SouthernThings.web   

When we were served up this couch from EDB’s latest collection in an Instagram ad, it was a marriage in drool heaven that was meant to be. I mean, LOOK at this couch. How could you not LOVE???

DIVE SOFA in Pink Velvet $1,695.00 (and free shipping) from elementdebase.com 

And this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg here, folks. Cause there’s also pieces in blue, green and mustard velvet….. How can you even choose just one?!?!

Love this for the seating area outside your home theatre? Or your dressing room, perhaps? And that price PLUS free shipping? This is an exercise in restraint here, people….

PING club chair $450 from elementdebase.com 

And this little green velvet number for a reading nook, your home office or adding a splash of colour to your grey living room? All of the above. At this price you really can get 3. Sorry Jonathan Adler, I’ll need to cut back my original chaise order to make room for these little babies… They are very adorable and stylish and need good homes urgently.

PERPLEXE-AZURE Acrylic Table $135 from elementdebase.com 

Oh, and did we mention there is also a sizeable selection of tables and side tables too? Able to be put on its side or on its legs, the PERPLEXE table is a versatile piece that delivers style and function at an unbelievably reasonable price point. You can’t even really tell with this which way is up, which is what makes it so appealing! Plus, you know, it’s made of our other material of choice, lucite (perspex, acrylic, etc). If there was a photo of these tables beside a velvet couch that we had to look at for any extended period of time, heads would definitely explode. Did we mention it also comes in smoke and pink? #dying

This coffee table, which pairs nicely with their INSIDER side table is available with different tops, similar to the Coffee and Console tables from this line, though you can also buy just the base if you want for $175 and get your own piece of stone, wood, whatever to fit if you prefer a more custom look.

MAJUSCULE – BLUE throw pillow cover $10.95 (filling sold separately, for $5) from elementdebase.com 

Finally, if all of that wasn’t enough, they also have modern geometric throw pillows in a selection of colours for $11. Seriously. That’s all. So there’s no reason you cant have one of each colour for your living room update, thank you very much. You are supporting a Canadian company and can’t be expected to pick JUST ONE when the selection is so on point.

Happy rainy Sunday Funday!

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