Give your dining room a face lift
Shelley and husband Cason of The House of Smiths showcase a part of their home renovation - the dining nook.
"I am an extremely proud mother to three adorable girls, and am lucky enough to have a husband who is not only my partner in crime, but is as passionate about life, DIY'ing and making our house a HOME, as I am!" says Shelley.
"In the past few years we have really found a new appreciation for the beauty and upkeep of our space. We often try to find new fun ways to upgrade, organize and decorate our home on a budget. And as each day goes by, and a new project is completed, the phrase "Love the space you're in" becomes more and more meaningful to us."
LEFT: Colour trends come and go and with paint being the most affordable way to give your home a new look - you can easily change the look of a room with a coat of two of paint.
This red and taupe dining room with white accents is nice, but you can so quickly tire of the look, and Shelley decided it was time for a change. And what a change it was!
The new dining book is a soft teal blue with white trim - soooo gorgeous!
It wasn't that long ago that I did exactly the same thing to my dining room - even the colour is the same! [See June 2010 issue of Home-Dzine Online for details]
If you need to paint over a dark wall it's easier to apply a coat of Prominent Paints Promodek, which has excellent hiding power and will reduce the number of coats required when applying the satin or sheen (which is more expensive).
Once the base coat dries you will find it easier to apply the main paint colour over the top.
This is one clever trick that I am sure many of you will appreciate, especially if you are looking to add a nice, high detailed trim to the base of your walls.
Instead of forking out for expensive skirtings, buy smaller pieces of moulding and trim and glue these to the walls with No More Nails.
Leave a gap between the bottom and top trim and paint the entire area in white - or your choice of trim colour.
The finished effect looks just as stunning as fitting the real thing - and no one will be any wiser!
While shopping for trim and moulding at your local Builders Warehouse, take a look around for nice trim to finish off around window frames. It just adds that extra special touch to windows and makes them a feature, especially when painted in the same colour as skirtings and crown moulding.