DIY :: Bright Office Update {Behr Paint}

Behr Paint Project Home Office -t Sept Blog Hop

I was totally surprised when Kyle said yes to letting me update our office space with a fresh coat of BRIGHT paint. Let’s just say I may not have exactly disclosed to him that I was thinking pink! I instantly fell in love with Pagoda, the fuschia pink colour featured as part of BEHR 2016 Color Trends. I had to get my hands on it and was willing to make any paint project work with this. The office was the perfect opportunity!

Since Pagoda (T16-02) is quite dramatic, I really didn’t want to use too much of it, but rather as a happy accent. I decided to paint two side panels behind our custom DIY shelving unit and really thrilled with the final result! To be honest, I am the one who primarily occupy our home office space, therefore I was ecstatic that Kyle agreed to let me put my own stamp on it. A little pink never hurts a creative soul, right?!

Today, I’m excited to share not only my September BEHR DIY Expert Paint project with you but privileged to also share the projects from my fellow BEHR paint ambassadors AND a fabulous BEHR Paint Giveaway! Be sure to check them all out and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Four lucky winners will receive three gallons of BEHR 2016 Color Trends Paint! Yay! Best of luck!

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DIY :: Abstract Painted Denim {Joe Fresh}

Joe Fresh Abstract Painted Denim

This post originally appeared on the Joe Fresh Post.

Fall is the best time to stock up on denim! They pair fantastic with cozy sweaters, basic buttons ups, and ankle booties, all of which are my favourite fall wardrobe items. I’ve recently been smitten by a more relaxed fit and absolutely adore the Boyfriend Cut.

With the many emerging rich fall hues, I couldn’t help but to add a punch of colour to my own pair of Boyfriend Cut denim from Joe Fresh with the ever so popular burgundy colour. My abstract painted denim was inspired by garden roses, what a great piece of summer I can take alongside with me into Fall!

Whatever you may be inspired by, follow my simple steps to create your own pair of abstract painted denim.

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DIY :: Lace Converse Sneakers

DIY Lace Converse Sneakers

Greetings from Boston! I’m spending the week in Boston attending a digital marketing conference. I love visiting this city, it holds such a special place in my heart as we got engaged here last Summer. Just because I’m out of town doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about you!

I know many of you recently either started a new school year or perhaps sent your little ones back to school, therefore, I wanted to share this super, simple DIY project with you that’s perfect for the BTS and Fall season. I’ve once again teamed up with SoftMoc to see just how amazing a pair of basic shoes could be transformed with a little bit of creative. Earlier in the Summer, I tackled a pair of Gold Leaf Birkenstock Sandals, this time, I added an extra girly detail to these black Converse Sneakers!

These DIY Lace Converse Sneakers were modified with some extra lace crochet fabric I had in my closet (actually from an old dress) alongside with some fabric glue. The result? Chic!

Read further for the full tutorial and don’t forget to check back next week to WIN a $100 SoftMoc gift card to shop your favourite pair Converse!

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DIY :: Painted Outdoor Patio Bench

BEHR Paint Project - DIY Painted Outdoor Patio Bench

Hello! So hard to believe that September is just around the corner! With Summer drawing to an end, I’ve been spending time enjoying these last warm days and also frantically trying to complete the list of “to-dos’ I had set out long before. Glad to say I had a successful weekend accomplishing both!

We have two outdoor balconies in our townhome, one on the main level where we do most of our lounging and BBQ-ing and the second is set outside our bedroom suite, which we don’t occupy too often, but it’s a great private outdoor space for cozy nights. When we moved in two years ago, we placed our old patio set from our condo terrace onto the top floor balcony. After suffering from two winters, the patio set endured some harsh weather and it was time to get it some TLC again. With the cooler weather ahead, I thought it’d be a great time to transform our top floor balcony into a Fall oasis by first giving our patio bench and table a new fresh coat of paint and dressing the rest of the space with comfy cushions and snuggly blankets.

Alas! I’m thrilled to reveal my first paint project as one of BEHR Paint’s DIY Experts with this newly upgraded outdoor patio bench!

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DIY Varathane Challenge :: Marquee Sign Charcuterie Board (on wheels!)

DIY Charcuterie Board Marquee Sign Varathane

It’s been sometime since I worked on a home DIY project. I’m extra excited about the reveal of today’s project! I hope you guys really like it! I was asked to participate in an fun Varathane #LoveYourWood challenge alongside 9 other talented bloggers to show just exactly how creative a can of Varathane wood stain can get.

We were tasked to create an original wood project using a surprise box of items and a can of wood stain. I obviously couldn’t turn down the challenge! After racking my brain for days, I finally came up with the idea of creating an oversized, moveable charcuterie board! Charcuterie boards and tables are fabulous, but sometimes, those things can be so elaborate and hard to move around from one end to the table to the other. Therefore, I added an element of function but securing small caster wheels to the bottom of my creation! In addition to amping up the functionality, I also wanted to add an extra element of design. Inspired by lit up marquee signs, I drilled holes through the board to create the illusion of a lit up marquee sign – thoughts!?

I hope you like this DIY oversized moveable marquee sign charcuterie board!

I’d really appreciate if you can cast a vote for me on the Helping You Finish Facebook Page to help me win a grand prize of $2500 and you can win Varathane prizes too! I promise I will share bigger and even better DIY projects in the future!

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DIY Inspiration :: Paint Projects with BEHR

BEHR DIY Expert Paint Projects

I must admit, leading up to our wedding, planning occupied most of my time and I put several DIY projects on hold. Now that the wedding has been perfectly squared away, I’m totally ready to get back on track with the list of home decor projects on my list! I’m thrilled to share with you that I’ve been invited by BEHR to join an elite team of 18 other BEHR DIY Experts! What does this mean? Means I’ll be sharing monthly DIY paint projects, inspirations, and latest paint trends sure to get you geared up for your own paint and home renovation plans. Feel free to suggest some future paint projects for me, I’d love to work on a few that you’d like to see!

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DIY :: Sequins Beach Hat with Joe Fresh

DIY Summer Beach Hat Joe Fresh

Happy Monday! Thrilled to share with you my latest DIY contribution for my friends at Joe Fresh (psst, they’ve also got a face lift on their blog!).

A giant floppy sun hat is a must during the summer season. I’ve managed to collect a wide variety of sun hats over the years and they are all fairly similar to one another. Gearing up for this summer, I decided to make my newly acquired Joe Fresh hat ($12-16) stand out by embellishing it with a sequins trim and a nifty phrase. Nothing speaks vacation mode like a “See u later,” right?

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DIY :: Gold Leaf Sandals {Birkenstock}

DIY Gold Leaf Sandals Birkenstock SoftMoc

I’ve been totally dying to add a new pair of Birkenstock’s to my collection of Summer sandals, and was uber excited when SoftMoc approached me on a DIY and style challenge. You often relate a pair of Birkenstock’s to camping, cottaging, or an outdoor activity. But honestly… have you seen the metallic Birkenstock sandals on the market?! They’re super fashionable and for those of you who own a pair (I know many of you do!) they are incredibly comfortable and long lasting.

Inspired by the metallic versions and a recent gold leaf starter kit I purchased for a home DIY project, I decided test out this gold leaf kit on my newly acquired Birkenstock sandals. I am so happy with the end result and can’t WAIT to show you how I style them. For those who have been curious about gold leafing … yes, you can and should gold leaf your footwear!

Keep reading to see the full DIY step by step!

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DIY :: Painted Love Nail Art

DIY paint stroke nails Shoppers Drug Mart

I am a huge fan of getting pampered at the nail salon. An occasional manicure and pedicure is such a nice treat, especially near the start of the warm season. At the salon, I generally opt for a classic French manicure or something that is subtle and timeless. However, when I opt to do my nails in the privacy of my own home, I let the creative cat take over and love to experiment with fun nail art designs.

My inner artist had me inspired to create a nail look resembling an abstract painting. This nail look is extremely easy to re-create and trust me, you can’t make a mistake!

Read further to see how to DIY this “Painted Love” nail look suggested by my friends at Shopper’s Drug Mart (psst, special promotions included!).

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DIY :: Summer Tea Parties with Alokozay Tea

DIY Summer Tea Parties #TEAdays

With Summer fast approaching, I’m looking forward to hosting friends and family for afternoon and evening get togethers. Aside from summer BBQs, I love a good tea party, but tea parties don’t always have to involve mini sandwiches, english breakfast and pinkies up! You can certainly modernize your tea parties with many tea options! On this fine Saturday, I’m here to share a couple of DIY Tea Party ideas with Alokozay Tea that is sure to wow your guests.

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