Tag Archive | "Paint"

Good Rental Karma

Friday, April 2, 2010


A lot of you will think I'm nuts but I'm going to share my latest project with you anyway. The bathroom tiles in my soon to be former apartment are original to the 1952 building and look it thanks to years of paint splatters and God knows what else. I knew that an easy fix would be to give the floor a once-over with my favorite paint stripper, a biodegradable, green product (if you can believe it) available through Lee Valley (below). What a difference!

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Stencils For a New Decorating Era

Thursday, October 1, 2009


When I got the press release from Beauti-Tone I admit my first thought was, 'Stencils? You've got to be kidding . . . so 80s!' But rather than being used as borders as they were two decades ago, today's stencils are being sold as super-inexpensive alternatives to wallpaper. "They're fantastic for an accent wall or a nook," says Beauti-Tone Creative Director Bev Bell, "and without the expense or challenge of hanging paper. There are no seams to match up and no stripping to do when you're ready for a new look."

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Credenza Makeover: Divide and Conquer

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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I like to think I'm a pretty fearless do-it-yourselfer but I've got nothing on Richard Cope. The first time I admired the credenza, above, in Richard's Toronto shop, Cose di Casa, he said he wasn't loving it and would probably give it a makeover. I never imagined how far he'd push it. Not only did Cope completely reinvent the paint treatment, but he severed the two outer sections then joined them together and voila, one cabinet became two.

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Nothing Faux About Sangster’s Expertise

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Decorative artist Robert Sangster has built a thriving business and excellent reputation as the decorative painter of choice for a slew of talented Toronto interior designers. His faux bois could fool a carpenter and his subtle paint treatments that could easily stand in for some of the world’s most luxurious wallpapers.

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Do It Yourself: Budget Office Makeover

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Last fall I studied the history of furniture from ancient civilizations (Egyptian, Greek, Roman) through to the Georgian period. That is a lot of design history to draw inspiration from, and it was certainly on my mind as I plotted, planned and painted my home office/guest bedroom. This is the basement storage room canvas from which I had to create the monochromatic, classical-inspired, brocante-style vibe I was going for. I wanted an office that served as a space to work on school projects and doubled as a guest bedroom.

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