Almost Free Bird

Sometime last year I was browsing one of my favorite blogs -‘The Art of Doing Stuff‘, when I came across a post where Karen took an inexpensive dollar store ceramic bird and transformed it with a quick spray of paint. I decided right then an there that I was going to do the same if I was ever so lucky to come across a ceramic dollar store bird of my own. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right?

It took a while, but eventually my local Dollarama had some birds I could try my hand at spraypainting. They had three styles, and when I first saw them I have to admit that I didn’t even remember my plan to copy emulate Karen’s idea. By the time my brain kicked in, all my local Dollaramas were completely sold out of birds, and I had to Google the store to find some locations in the far reaches of suburbia. Okay – it wasn’t that bad – I just had to travel about 30 minutes by bus. That store had one version of the bird left so I scooped him up, and brought him home where he resided wrapped in tissue paper for months. (I need to work on my idea/plan execution – this isn’t the only project that’s languished as I twiddled my thumbs – but that’s a different blog post).

Dollar Store Bird – Before

Anyways, after my successful first two forays (one, two) into the magical world of spray paint I decided to unearth the bird for his transformation.

Three coats of spray paint later, and a little white felt on the bottom and he’s been transformed.

Dollar Store Bird – After

What do you think? As I already had the white spray paint and felt from my bookend project, this little bird project cost a whopping $2.26 (Incl. taxes). Pretty good right? My bird wasn’t as cheap (cheep – Ha!) as Karen’s, but I blame that entirely on Dollarama switching from the everything for $1 pricing model, to a few things for a $1, and most at $2.

Linking to: {Primp}, Addicted 2 Decorating, Coastal Charm, Thrifty Decor Chick, Remodelaholic

Finally, a Dining Room I Can Use!

One of the first pieces of furniture I bought after I purchased my apartment was a dining room table. I was out exploring the antique and vintage stores on Queen street East when I spotted a mid-mod teak table that I liked. It didn’t come with chairs, but I figured I’d be able to find some easily enough somewhere else.

My Mid-Mod Dining Room Table

Fast forward more than a year, and I still hadn’t bought any chairs. If I wanted to use my table my seating choices were limited to my desk chair, or a small stool that I’m pretty sure my mom bought at Ikea when I was still in junior school (does that make it an antique?)

A Year Later, and These Were Still Your Only Seating Choices

It wasn’t that I couldn’t decide what style of chair I wanted, it was that I’m cheap, and my dream chairs are decidedly not cheap.

White Eames DSW Chair

My dream chair is the Eames DSW in white. Unfortunately at about $400 a chair it was miles out of my price range. I wanted the original fiberglass version – there are molded plastic knock-off versions available but I don’t like them nearly as much, and they’re still about $150 each which is too much for something you don’t love. I needed another plan…. 

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I’ll Never Be a Hand Model

The past several weekends have been busy with various events so I haven’t been able to get any projects finished (or started for that matter). I’m slowly plugging away at a project that will hopefully render one room in my home useful. Unfortunately if I start the use the room for it’s intended purpose it can no longer be used as a place to store all my junk. It’s a bit of a catch-22.

Anyway, as I’m sure you all know the first rule of painting is that no matter how careful you are you’ll end up with paint everywhere. This anomaly seems to increase dramatically if you’re not using basic white paint, or have various events you need at attend where it’s not advisable to show up all speckled and splotchy like this:

The after effects of working on my current project

Thankfully after quite a bit of scrubbing with a rather uncomfortable plastic pot scrubber I managed to get it all off my hands and arms. Of course, it wasn’t until the next day that I realised that I’d also managed to get paint on my foot . . . .

PS – I’ve suffered a set-back with my bathroom makeover . I’d used two Command adhesive hooks to hang the painting, but one keeps falling off. I’d used them in order to avoid drilling any more holes in the wall tiles, but I’d rather not risk the painting fall off the wall and break my new shelf. Before I break out my drill does anyone have any other suggestions?

Bathroom Makeover – Part 1

So, I’ve finally started my long put-off bathroom makeover. When I decided that there wasn’t really anything I could do with the blue tiles I lost a little of my redecorating gusto (or maybe it was mojo?) . It’s now returning in fits and starts, but that might be because in the last few weeks I have managed to collect a rather LARGE number of other projects that I will have to start on soon, rather than any great desire to try to make something of the bathroom.

After my last post on the subject, Rufusfrom Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide commented and suggested I embrace the Smurf blue  – well, I think I need to conclusively demonstrate that it’s not the colour itself I dislike. For this reason alone I felt compelled to share this picture from last Halloween:

Embracing Smurf Blue

Yes, that’s right, I dressed up as a Smurf. I should add this was while at work. My whole department (even our director) painted our faces blue  and we won best group costume, and also Best 80’s theme costume!! Ironically  I was handy Smurf. But I digress.

Back to my bathroom. The first step was determining how to fill-in the gap at the bottom of the wall between the baseboard and the floor tile. A common occurrence in older buildings is settling, and my building is no different with slightly off-kilter floors and doorways. This was the only immediately visible indicator of the settling  in my apartment, and it needed to be disguised.

The gap between the baseboard and tiled floor

Fixing the gap wasn’t difficult – it simply required a quick trip to Home Depot for some quarter round and a little of my time. There were of course the little hiccups – I though I was brilliant when I decided to drill pilot holes for the nails that would hold the trim down, except the drill holes were at an angle that ensured the nails ended up in the gap I was trying to mask. Grumble. Other than leaving me with a few more holes to fill, it wasn’t a big issue.

What was a bit of a pain however, was painting my new trim,and then the baseboards and radiator. You don’t think about how many nooks and crannies a radiator has until you have to tape around, and then paint one.

I’m pretty sure I used up almost half a roll of tape doing this . . . .

I’m very much hoping that the fact that the rad was warm while I painted it won’t be an issue down the road . . .

Anyways, after giving the trim and radiator two coats of  paint, I peeled back the tape I had so carefully applied and revealed this:

Bathroom Crack After

Much better n’est-ce pas?