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celebrating

If you were to walk in my front door right now, we’d high 5 and do a happy dance.

patio in the sun

We made it through another summer!  We’re used to this season, but this year, it’s an even bigger celebration.  Never in my wildest imaginations would I EVER have thought I’d be cooking for those busy months.  But, somehow, miraculously, we made it through.  Hallelujah…

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dreaming

Ever since I started this little blog, I’ve had a dream.  I always thought it was slightly silly and would never actually happen ~ but I liked to think about it, and joked with others about it.

Then it happened.

About a week and a half ago.

Benjamin Moore called.

Well, not literally, but in a round about way.

I was e-mailed and asked if I’d like to take part in a room transformation opportunity.

My heart raced and I squealed and I nearly broke my fingers trying to type “YES!” fast enough.

It was my dream come true.

The timing, however, was terrible.

I still had a week left of cooking for 207 people, and the transformation needed to happen FAST!

Thankfully, my husband is well used to these crazy projects of mine and was 100 percent behind my dream.  So, he’s been right along side me as we’ve simultaneously taken care of our camp duties and worked on this room project.

So, in contrast to my sporadic blogging as of late, I’m going to take you on our little room transformation journey.  I’m hoping to have a posts up more frequently these days, so grab your morning coffees and come along!  Today, we’ll start at the beginning:

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painting

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I love using paint to drastically change a room’s look and feel.  We’ve done it lots and lots, so today I thought I’d give you 5 of my favorite tips for preparing a room for painting.

1.  Empty the room

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You could also opt to put all the furniture in the middle of the room and cover it, like we were considering when this picture was taken.  But, in the end, we just moved everything out that we possibly could.  (The table stayed, since it was too wide to fit through the door.)

2.  Cover the floors.

chairs

Clean up is so, so much easier if you take the time to cover the floors first.  I used drop cloths as well as old- non-precious throw rugs to cover the entire surface.  It makes everything go much quicker when you aren’t worrying about every little spatter and drop.

3.  Remove all light switch covers, curtain rod holders,  & picture hangers, and put them into a tray or container.  If you put them all in one spot, you won’t be wandering all over the house at the end of the process wondering where that lost cover is!

4.  Use painter’s tape if you have exact edging work to do.

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I don’t use painter’s tape in the basic painting of a room, but if you are uncertain about edging lines, this is the way to go.

5.  Make sure you have all the proper tools.  There are certain things that I always need when I’m painting a room.  They are:  a light-weight step ladder, damp rags to wipe up spills, a paint roller tray & liner, roller handle and extension rod, roller, and good paint brush.

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Right now, Benjamin Moore has a great promotion on a kit that has most of those supplies in it for you.  We were able to try it out ourselves, and must say that their roller handle and brush are the best we’ve ever used!  (And, I’m really picky about my brushes!)

If you’re interested in giving one of your rooms a fresh start for Fall, you can get some inspiration ideas and more painting tips at the Benjamin Moore website here.  (Along with the details on their promotion!)

See you tomorrow and we’ll get this painting party started!

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Although this post has been generously sponsored by Benjamin Moore, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Benjamin Moore.

 

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Giving Rooms a Fresh Start

August 23, 2014

I stumbled on the transformational power of paint and strategically placed decor a LONG time ago.

In fact, it was so long ago that the word “blogging” wasn’t in ANYONE’S vocabulary back then!

I was just a young little whippersnapper newlywed.  As an American transplanted in Canada, I found myself with time on my hands as I waited for my work permit to go through.  We lived in a small duplex apartment, and one Fall day, the owner asked me to help her with the final apartment’s renovation.

The experience introduced me to the process of DIYing. In spite of having to clean oil-based paint out of brushes (blucky!!), I was hooked.

Though I have absolutely no before and after pictures of that cute little apartment by the river, I’ve used many of the concepts I learned then in the houses we’ve since called home.

Here’s a few:

1.  Paint is a relatively inexpensive element that has the potential to make the most dramatic change in a room’s appearance and feel.  It can transform a dark, dreary depressing cave:

our bedroom

into to a bright, breezy coastal retreat.

after straight on

{Wall Color: Benjamin Moore White Down}

2.  Adding paint to furniture or structural elements can both update outdated styles and  reflect you and your family’s unique personalities.  Painting the wooden parts of these cupboards:

kitchen before

combined with other budget saving DIYs, went a long way in helping our kitchen feel more like “us”.

seaside kitchen after ps

{Paint on Wooden Trim: Benjamin Moore Cloud White}

3.  Paint has the unique ability to disguise unsightly elements (like dated 70s panelling)

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and make a space feel fresh and new again.

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{Entryway: Benjamin Moore White Down}

 

As you can see, Benjamin Moore is the paint that has been the start of many  room renovations in our home.  They are currently having a great promotion called ben & ME that puts all the supplies you’ll need for painting a room in one handy dandy kit.  (Offer begins on Monday, August 25 in participating Benjamin Moore stores.)

In fact, it’s because of it that we’ve been motivated to work on  a big ol’ room transformation right now! {Can you guess which one?}

If you’d like more details on their special offer click here.

Although this post has been generously sponsored by Benjamin Moore, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Benjamin Moore.

 

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Just Checking In and Some of my Favorite Things

August 18, 2014

I’ve decided being a camp cook for a summer is sort of like running a marathon.  With only two weeks left, I guess this would be the last lap.  The exhaustion has set in, but there is an excitement and anticipation in seeing that finish line so close ahead!  I haven’t been feeling the greatest […]

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Onions and Cookies

July 25, 2014

Obviously, my “picture a day” idea broke down rather quickly. I got the pictures taken, but didn’t have the brain power to put any words together to describe them.  My husband encouraged me to just post the pictures, but they seem to need a bit of explanation. For example, if I didn’t explain, you’d probably […]

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Fresh Garden Produce

July 22, 2014

Just past the second cattle guard and across from the office building is our camp garden. It’s been here for a very, very long time and is lovingly looked after by long time staff members Les and Joyce Fodor. It’s such a treat to be able to use things in the camp kitchen that come […]

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Cleaning the Cooler Day

July 21, 2014

One of my most favorite things in the kitchen is cleaning the cooler day. I know it sounds strange, but I admit I am, so it’s all good!:) I’ve learned that this job can be really quite easy when done on a regular basis, or quite dreadfully awful if left for too long… We pick […]

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Sunday Roast Beef {for 200}

July 20, 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, this little home decor blog is going to take a bit of a diversion as I spend the summer cooking at our camp kitchen.  The days are pretty full, but I thought it might be kind of fun to try to blog about 1 (or 2) pictures a day from the […]

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Updates from My Camera Lens

July 19, 2014

Hi friends! Oh, how I miss spending time with you. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote that I was finished cooking for the camp. Alas, my time of refreshment was short-lived ~ two weeks to be exact. Then…back in the camp kitchen I was needed… My days are crazy busy […]

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Bathroom Storage Jars with Folkart Chalk

June 19, 2014

{Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post with product from Folkart.  However, all opinions and mistakes I made while using this product are as honest as the day is long.} When your main bathroom is approximately the size of a postage stamp, you start to get mighty creative when it comes to storage.  As we’ve […]

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Bathroom Decor Using Folkart Chalk

June 17, 2014

{Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post with product from Folkart.  However, my love for their products isn’t conjured up.  All opinions and reviews are honest ones, and if they’d like to give me a lifetime supply, I’d keep on using it gladly!;)} Remember that bathroom renovation I’ve been working on? Well, I’m still working […]

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