Simple Yet Sophisticated Entryway {Using Free PARA Paint: Must Read}


IMG_4941A few months ago I wrote about my white and very boring entryway in a post titled To Paint or to Wallpaper.  I played around with the idea of using a single solid paint colour throughout or trying out a metallic-type wallpaper.

After several months (I never said I was a quick decision maker) and already utilizing metallic wallpaper in our Clean and Crisp Laundry Room I knew I wanted a solid colour throughout.

During this time I had also entered a FreebieFriday contest with PARA Paints on Facebook.  Contestants had to answer a simple question regarding decorating/painting and the best answer would win.  Sounds simple!

Well I was ecstatic to learn that I had won! Not only because I rarely ever win anything but because I had finally decided to paint this boring space and now I was going to get the chance to try out PARA Paints–a product I’ve heard so much about.  And yes little things in life get me excited and winning a gallon of paint is definitely one of them.

I went to my local PARA Paints dealer and knew exactly the colour I wanted.  Call me a cop out but I wanted them to replicate Revere Pewter by BM.  I wasn’t taking any chances choosing the wrong colour for our entryway and this colour is described as the “best paint colour ever” by Pinterest users.

So how did I like it?  This paint was amazing to work with.  A gallon went a long way with this product–I covered our entire entryway, the walls up the stairs and the hallway/landing on the second floor with two coats!

The colour is perfect too.  It goes extremely well with white trim, baseboards and doors and looks so sophisticated and calming with our hardwood stairs in graphite.  I am so pleased.

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We already had the rug, wood bench and a few other decor pieces in this space, but we were missing something on the wall above the bench.

After careful consideration (and probably more time spent than necessary) I decided to make this my fiancé’s “gallery wall.”  He has challenged himself by taking a picture a day for 365 days, which you could check out here.  So I thought what a great idea to get some of his pictures printed and displayed.


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Other than printing and hanging a few more pictures along the way, I am happy to say that this space is done!

Let me know what you think! And please feel free to leave a comment, advice or suggestion.

And I urge everyone to check out the PARA Paints page on Facebook for their FreebieFriday contest and painting techniques.  There’s so much to learn!

One Room Challenge: Week 6 {The Final Reveal of a Clean and Crisp Laundry Room}


Hi Everyone!

This is a bittersweet post– on the one hand I get to reveal my newly renovated crisp and clean laundry room, but on the other hand it’s the end of the weekly linking event with the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda over at CallingItHome.

This has been such a fun experience and I’ve “met” so many talented and inspiring women who have worked so hard on making over their rooms.  You have to check them out here.  I swear these makeovers need to be in a magazine!

Six weeks ago I decided to makeover our unfinished laundry room.  If you need to catch up you can click

week 1
week 2
week 3
week 4
week 5

Today it looks like this!
IMG_4338The countertop is custom-made and is the most expensive piece in the room, but it was well worth the money –I mean look at the size of it!

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The “wash, dry, fold” picture is a free printable I got off of Debbie Doo’s website.  IMG_4348All you guys need to check out the other participants’ reveals today …click here!

One Room Challenge: Week 3

Well it’s week 3 of the One Room Challenge and we got a lot done! See week 1 and week 2 here.  We are exhausted, but it was well worth it.

Here’s what we got done:

– put up dry wall and painted it with primer
– painted the entire room genesis white (contrary to its name it is not actually white but a subtle grey– very pretty!)
– put up wallpaper
– installed baseboards and casing
– painted baseboards and casing
– installed knobs on folding door and a door stop (the small details make all the difference!)
– hooked up our sink, washer and dryer (yay for clean clothes!)

The door, casing and baseboards are all painted.

I have to admit though that I’m most excited about our feature wall! It’s just what I wanted– a metallic looking wallpaper.

It was our first time applying wallpaper and neither of us knew what to do.  The instructions it came with were’t all that clear and youtube videos all seemed outdated, so we kind of winged it. But in the end I have to say it was pretty easy and it only took us about 30-40 mins.
I don’t have any pictures of us installing it because we weren’t sure if we were doing correctly, but if you are thinking of applying wallpaper try the pre-pasted rolls from Bouclair and I’d recommend getting the tray kit.

The room is functional, but it is nowhere near being done.  I have yet to install shelves, compete a couple of DIY projects, get some storage, a countertop and organize the heck out of it all.

Stay tuned to see more next week and don’t forget to check out the other ORC participants’ projects here.  They are amazing!

Thanks for visiting!





To Paint or to Wallpaper?

When we moved into our home a year ago it was a blank slate.  In fact it still very much is.  Our walls are still white and we have next to no wall decorations.  We’ve been tackling our home room by room.  Starting with the very important kitchen– they say it’s heart of the home.  And I must agree.  Next we focused on our living room.  A BESTÅ TV wall unit from IKEA made all the difference.  Our bedrooms are still a work in progress.

But we figured we should move on to the foyer as it is the first space you see when you enter our home.  We are looking to paint the walls (or wallpaper) and they lead up the stairs to the kitchen and living room, which are partially finished spaces.

In our foyer we currently have a rustic bench that we found in an antique shop (love it!), a beige rug and the shelf we made from skid pallets (please see Skid Shelf on how to make).

As you can see there is a lot of white! While I was never a huge fan of bright or dark colours on walls (I much rather have colour in my accent pieces) I can’t wait to paint this area and get rid of all the white.

Lately, I’ve been into metallic wallpaper and I hope it’s here to stay.  There are some really nice neutral wallpaper with delicate shimmer accent or patterns available at a variety of retailers.  And I do think that the bigger patterns work well even in small spaces, so I am not opposed to considering them.

    My conservative and calculated side tells me to stay within my comfort zone and stick with what I know.  Which means neutrals.  I love “cooler” tones (grey with blue undertones).  These type of colours are soothing, they go with anything and they make the space feel fresh and clean.  And in my perspective you can always warm up a space with greenery –seasonal flowers and plants.

I love the Harbor Gray and hopefully I can build up enough courage to paint one accent wall Steel Wool.

Ideally I would like to incorporate both paint and wallpaper into our foyer.  I feel comfortable with a grey paint colour but would like to combine the texture of a wallpaper.

It may take a while before I decide what to do with this space, but I’ll be sure to show you the finished product!