20 Sep 2013

We Have Carpet, A Light and A Freshly Painted Railing

I figure that my life is pretty chaotic and random these days, so my posts can be too. Ok?

Let's start with the carpet.  It was installed on Monday, and I think I can speak for my whole family in that we are very happy to have something nice and squishy below our feet.

Carpet. Shaw Floors Take A Seat in Mineralite

The carpet runs up the stairs, through the upstairs hallway and into the loft/playroom.  (Right now it's a big empty room, so I am not sure what to to call it!).  

Carpet. Shaw Floors Take A Seat in Mineralite

The carpet is a mix of loop and pile and has a few colours running throughout it, so it should be pretty good at hiding all sorts of stains and dog fur.  Yes, I totally picked a carpet based on its ability to conceal black and white dog hair.  The carpet is from Shaw Floors and is Take A Seat in Mineralite.  They really do make the names for carpets sound quite fancy.

I'll be honest, it's a little more brown than I was thinking it was going to be, but it's really growing on me. It looks way more grey at night.  Plus, I think once we have all of our trim and baseboards up (which will be nice crisp white), it will tone everything down.

Diefenbaker is a fan.  He's not so much a fan of all the tile and laminate in the house, so I think he's quite happy we splurged on some carpet.  We lived with the stairs being plywood for a while and Dief wouldn't go down them. Up, no problem, but down...big problem.  We had to carry him down a few times and it was not a good experience for all involved. Imagine Mr. Swell trying to carry a 130 lb Great Dane down the stairs while he digs his nails into the railing and flails with all of his being.  Bad, really bad.   We will forever have the reminders in the railing.

The other big change in the stairway is the light.  When we moved in there was a super awesome (sarcasm) brass chandelier with about 6 inches of dust on it. 

Stairway before

The stairway was also the same colour of green as the rest of the house (please note how many holes we patched in this tiny space alone!).  I trimmed in and then rolled the whole thing and I can honestly say that it was almost worse than painting the ceilings! I forgot to take a real before picture, but I am sure you get the gist.  This is after trimming the ceiling with what felt like a 100 foot pole...and much, much swearing. 

Stairway before

I found a new light fixture at HomeSense (much like Home Goods in the US) for a steal.  (It was sort of like that Ikea commercial where I was yelling START THE CAR, except that it was just me and a giant light in a very small shopping cart...and my SUV.....so ya, pretty much just like that!)

Rope Light Fixture  #chandelier

I'm not really sure that it's normal to love a light fixture this much, but I really, really love it.  

It was a total beast to hang and I actually had 911 on speed dial in case Mr. Swell fell off the giant leaning ladder, but we both survived and so did the light!

Rope Light Fixture  #chandelier

It's a good thing it's up so high that I can't reach it or I think I'd be touching it every time I pass by.

The freshly painted walls help things too.  Goodbye green!  The new colour is Baby Fawn by Benjamin Moore.

And here's how it looks with the lights on.

Rope Light Fixture  #chandelier

They look a little crooked in the picture.  I think it's a weird optical illusion with all of the circles.  (I am saying that since it might be a while before I convince Mr. Swell to get on the ladder again to fix it.)

And in other news.....we painted the upstairs railing.  It was perma-dirty and I couldn't stand it.  

It went from this:

railing before

To this:


Actually, that was after only one coat of paint.  Now it looks like this:

Railing after. Benjamin Moore Baby Seal Black

It looks like it goes from grey to blue in the picture above, but it's just the way the light is hitting it.  No window coverings = no light control for photos!

We were in a big rush to get it done before the carpet was installed and managed to eek it out at about midnight the night before the installer showed up (hence no picture of coat #2 in progress...).

The colour is Benjamin Moore's Baby Seal Black.  We used the BM Advance paint in the pearl finish.  We gave the railing a good cleaning and a rough sand and then applied 2 coats of paint using a brush.  And apparently I could start a wild animal petting zoo in my house now with Baby Fawn and Baby Seal Black paint. 

Railing after. Benjamin Moore Baby Seal Black

We are going to paint all of the doors and hand rails the same colour.  I can't wait, as I know it's going to make everything feel nice and fresh. 

And that's my update for today.  Don't be fooled by the cleared hallway, the rest of our spaces are still a total mess.  I don't feel like we are making much progress in project: unpack, but I guess we are since every day I find more and more closets and shelves that are full.  

Until next time....

p.s. did you spot my new shower curtain? I am working away on the main bathroom to try and de-ugly it.



27 comments:

  1. LOVE the painted railing and the light! we need to paint railings and trim in our upstairs hallway- things are so crazy right now that when it's break for the holidays from the barn this winter, i will be working on my home!

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  2. Love the light and I love love love your railing...I have been toying with the idea of painting ours for the longest time. It is two toned right now...oak and white and definitely not something to ooh and ahh over. Oh, and we watched the first episode of SOA last night! Love it! Thanks for the new show!! ;)

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  3. Wow! So much progress - that light fixtures is AWESOME. What a great feature in the hallway. And I miss my carpeted stairs. I love the look of our wood treads and white risers, but the carpet was just plain better.

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    1. Thanks Kim. I know it was a bit of a design sacrifice to have carpet on the stairs, but with a dog and a toddler it just made so much more sense. Everyone is happier and I don't have to worry about major slippage.

      Have a great day.

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  4. Kelly, love the new light :) Lookin' good! xo Kristin

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  5. The light!! Oh my goodness!! I'm so so so in love with that light!! Looks amazing!

    Yay! Welcome home!

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    1. Thanks. I am in love with it too! I still stop on the stairs and stare sometimes!

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  6. Love that light! and the painted railing and the idea of all the doors matching--now I went to do that in my house, too!

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  7. That light is so wonderful! Lots of progress, I did see your awesome new shower curtain too! ;) Love that baby seal colour, may have to steal that one! Baby Fawn also works perfectly in that stairway, anything darker would have closed that space in. Following along and enjoying the ride! You can slow down now, if you'd like, you know as to not make others feel lazy! :p

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    1. I was in a big debate between baby seal and racoon fur, so if you do decide to use it, I'd recommend you look at both as there are very subtle differences in the undertones. I'd love to slow down, but looking at unfinished spaces drives me bonkers :)

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  8. The new carpet looks great. I LOVE the smell of new carpet. Is that weird? Like, I just love love love it! That light fixture is killer. Nice! And the railing, A+

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    1. you should have smelled it when it was being installed on the stairs with all of the glue....it was soooo strong. It's a bit strange, but that's ok :)

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  9. that light is FANTASTIC. I'm very in love with it. And I noticed the shower curtain right away too- awesome!

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    1. Thank you. I think the shower curtain might be one of my favourite things in the house...it's the little things :)

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  10. Well done on the light choice! It works so well in your stairway and really changes the look. I also like the color you chose for the stair rail. It's very chic :)

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    1. Thanks Char. Yes, it does totally change the look...although that wouldn't take much from the horrible green and tiny brass light that was there before :)

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  11. Ha, now I do have to picture you guys carrying Dief down the stairs. Kinda really cute though! The heart of a lap dog, love him.
    And I also adore the light!

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    1. You're welcome :) Cute, maybe, but also extremely challenging!

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  12. Um YES I noticed your shower curtain. It's a prettier Medusa-type, right? Very Botticelli?

    Love the light fixture! I actually saw it last night in a vignette at the IDSWest show - I swear!

    Things are really coming along in your house! Can't wait to see the next project!

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  13. Ooooo, I like that light fixture. A lot.

    I'm glad other people make design decisions around the dog. I feel less alone now. ;)

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  14. That light fixture is fantastic! I love the texture the rope brings in!

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  15. That light fixture is awesome. and I love the color you picked for the railing. Instant upgrade :)

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  16. I love the color of Baby Fawn. It looks great! And that light fixture is totally fabulous! =] (I really never say fabulous so that must mean I REALLY like it!)

    Runt
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    1. Thank you! Baby fawn is such a nice calming colour. I am glad you think the light is fabulous! :)

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  17. OK that fixture is awesome. I have heard so much about HomeSense, but we only have HomeGoods here and they don't have lighting! Bummer! Can't wait to read about the progress made!

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    1. Really? I always thought HomeGoods was better than HomeSense...but if it doesn't have lighting then I say it doesn't win! HomeSense mostly has just table lamps, etc, but sometimes they do get ceiling lights.

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  18. Ooh! The carpet is nice. I like it. I'm a huge fan of carpet, but my husband hates it. We are compromising on hardwood with lots of floor rugs.

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