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Shelley and her husband Robert have lived in their 70's style house for the past eight years. Shelley has her own PR Company, and Robert is a private consultant. They both work from home, and lead "crazy busy" lives, which allows precious little time for decorating. They have one daughter Cayla, 12, whose dream is to be a designer when she grows up.
Shelley has previously succeeded in surprising Robert but nothing as huge as a Facelift for their home. Robert has wanted to pull one over on his wife for a long time. The Facelift team gave him the perfect opportunity. Robert used his sister's "pretend" gum surgery as an excuse to get Shelley out of the house for three days. So, while she went out of town to nurse her sister in law the Facelift team got cracking to create the perfect bedroom for Shelley. With a little help from Cayla of course.
The Paris's have never attempted any renovations on their own and like most couples keep putting off the dreaded project. Shelley hates her bedroom and on first viewing we understood why. The Facelift crew began by ripping up the carpet and tearing down moldings and trim. We threw out the dated matching floral curtains and duvet cover to make way for Shelley's fabulous new design.
The frumpy florals have been replaced with a stylistically sleek and sexy look: The wood veneered wall panels add a mood of richness and warmth while the addition of the fireplace creates the sexiest ambience. Add the final touches of luxury - satin sheets and a sleek wooden headboard, and now you really do have a bedroom that could light any couple's fire!
As time was of the essence, we quickly freshened up the en suite bathroom with a coat of delicate blue paint which allowed us more time to reinvent the dressing room. We added mirrored doors, a bulletin board in cork for those family snaps and a modern vanity that can store all the clutter. Add Shelley's whimsical touch of show-bizzy lights around the mirror, and you've got a dressing room fit for a star!
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What a difference a lick of paint makes! The bathroom walls were painted in a soft bluey white using Para Paints Duke Of White P1868-4 semi gloss.
Bedroom Ceiling & Walls
Para Paints: Iron Princess, P1866-4 flat.
Relax in comfort and style with Roots chair and ottoman. www.roots.com
Para Paints Leather Soles, P2205-5 eggshell. www.para.ca
Contact cement was used to adhere sheets of cork cut to size over pieces of plywood. These were then attached around the original wall mirror in the dressing room. An easy solution to all those family photos and invites.
Electric Fire Box
Let Rona "Light your fire" with their elegant electric fire box (RDBF3631G). www.rona.ca
The fireplace was made to look refined and welcoming, with the great paint effects used by the artists at Masterpieces. First a coat of latex primer was applied to seal the plywood, then we skimmed with Venetian plaster to emulate a stone finish. After the plaster had dried, we lightly sanded to get rid of the rough edges and then glazed with Para Paints P831-1 Khaki, one part paint to three parts glaze. We let it dry completely before applying a flat varnish for protection. Para Paints can be found at, www.para.com. Masterpieces at www.masterpiecesstudio.com
Dirk Boder of Panache crafted and designed the beautiful classic looking headboard for Shelley's bed, and then stained and varnished in a glossy light teak. Email: panache@ca.Inter.net
Wood is back but the new vogue is for a sleeker less rustic feel. We applied sheets of birch plywood panels to the walls after removing the original trim. These were first stained in a dark color to emulate the more expensive teak. After staining, apply 2 coats of mid sheen varnish for a deep luster. The panels can be professionally sprayed or the varnish can be applied with a sponge roller. The panels are applied to the walls with a nail gun and the seams are covered with 1"x2" pieces of wood that have also been stained and varnished the same as the panels. All nails holes are filled with appropriate colored wood filler. Paneling from a selection at Rona www.rona.ca and a Teak Stain from Para Paints. www.para.com