Orleans Bungalow

IMG_5230The initial consultation for this project was a gift from the clients’ son for their wedding anniversary. It was also in other ways an encouragement to refresh their home.

During the first consultation many of our suggestions were met with a heavy hesitation. For a lot of people change can be scary, but once you take the first few steps it can actually be quite exciting.
As the curtains came down and the new paint went up, they became eager to start changing more. All of a sudden wallpaper was being ordered, the new fireplace was going up and new furniture pieces were being sourced. Out with the old, in with the new and smiles all around. We held on to a few pieces that were near and dear to the clients. The dining table and chairs were recovered to have them fit into the new decor and look fantastic. The coffee table, which we love was also kept and adds a great deal of character to the space. We also painted out the large china cabinet and ecstatic how it came out. The key to design is to mix it up. If all your pieces are dark wood your space can feel very heavy and too matchy. You need old and new to create charm, personality and most importantly, contrast.
Scroll to bottom for the before shots!
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Guest bedroom before and after

Here’s a quick before and after of a guest bedroom project we recently finished. This was one of our quickest turnarounds yet. Working on a tight budget, we painted the room a calming off white, re-used and painted old oak side tables and added new lighting, sheets, pillows, custom art and full length curtains. These are just iphone shots, stay tuned for the pro shots soon!Image

Painting Tile Grout

Painting Grout in your kitchen, bathroom or entrance.
Ottawa Interior Design

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We like a lot of people have the builder style white tiles in the kitchen and entrance with the brown grout. I’m not sure who thought this looked good, but anyway. After we painted the walls in the kitchen and family room white, the grout stood out even more and was frankly driving us a little crazy. So we decided we would change the floors…. then after going through the list of other things we want to do to our home (which grows everyday). We decided to go to plan B and paint the grout!

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We bought the grout paint/refresher from Home Depot I believe (about two months ago) and finally just got around to doing it. I think I knew in the back of my mind it would be a pain in the butt… it did not disappoint. First I tested a spot under the fridge just in case it looked terrible. Once I had done that small section I was under the illusion that it was going to be quick an painless, but that was obviously not the case.

The instructions on the bottle:

  • Clean the surface
  • Shake well before using
  • Spread evenly using a toothbrush or grout applicator (I started with a toothbrush and then went to using a small art paintbrush)
  • Wait 30 to 60 minutes, mist with water and let stand
  • After 5 minutes scrub tile to remove excess colourant (this was a the pain in the but part, you had to scrub it off, but careful enough not to scrub the actual grout, then go around and wash down the all the tile again with soap and water to remove the residue.)
  • Protect from traffic for 2 hours and from water for 24 hrs

When I went to do the entrance I used the art brush again but was more careful to not get the colourant on the tile, and when I did I wiped it up quickly with a wet paper towel. They both took about the same length in time (forever) or 4-6hrs, but it would depend on the size of your floor. You feel like Cinderella no matter which way you do it.

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It was encouraging as I went along to see the progress though, so that kept me motivated. I painted in the evening (as you can see) and woke up and scrubbed the floors in the morning. Use a towel or knee pads for your knees because you will be on them for a while, I also changed positions throughout. I had a movie that I had already seen (because you can’t really look up) on in the background, which helped to pass the time. You can also play music.

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Ta da. Although it was pain staking and my neck was sore afterwards from staring down for so long, it was well worth it. I wish I had done it earlier, because now we comment on it every time we walk in the kitchen.

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Hope this is helpful for anyone looking to do the same thing!

Leclair Decor – Ottawa Interior Design

Personalize Your Home!

Personalize Your Home.

Does your home reflect who you are and your taste? It Should.

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You don’t have to have expensive style, a well put together space can look like a million bucks to you, if it’s done properly. Nate Berkus thinks the key to design is personalization and we would have to agree with him. A room designed with the inspiration of a certain style, mood and colour, with hits of personal touches will make the all the difference to the space. If you have neat pieces you have collected over the years, you may just need to shine them in a new light to really be able to appreciate them, or buy new interesting pieces that say something about who you are.

Another key is to never buy sets of anything, especially large bulky dark furniture it may overwhelm the space. If you mix and match pieces that coordinate with the theme of the room, but aren’t matchy matchy it makes the space so much more interesting and unique. You want people to walk in and feel comfortable yet wowed by how great the space looks and how much it reflects you as individuals.

Don’t always shop at the same stores. If your buying everything from one store, your home will look like it’s straight out of the showroom. While in theory that isn’t such a bad thing, it doesn’t give the space a homey personal feel. It also doesn’t really act as a conversation starter if everyone knows where all your furniture is from. You want people to be curious and ask questions. “Oh where did you find this?!”

Check out locally owned stores, antique and vintage shops, as well as new stores you wouldn’t normally go to. You can even get your DIY on if you check out thrift stores and Kijiji for items that may need a little TLC, but have great potential!!Β  Expand your horizons and open you mind to new possibilities. There are so many options now a days for all budgets. If you are a savvy shopper there are lots of deals to be had, and great pieces to find.

You can mix old and new and you can definitely mix pricey items with inexpensive pieces. Mixing textures and colours is also key. Use white and dark pieces to contrast each other, as well add wood for warmth, and silver or gold pieces for cool contrast. Find inspiration through pictures and plan out your space. Then be on the lookout for certain pieces and in no time your space will come together !!

Obviously if you have no vision at all, we would be more than happy to help out. We can do an initial consultation to get you started and be on you way, or we can take on the project!

Just send us an email with any Questions to leclairdecor@gmail.com

You can also find inspirational pictures from us on Instagram