Friday, November 14


While designing our house I didn't think about all the exterior finishing details up front.  As if I wasn't overwhelmed enough already...when the question came from our builder about trim I knew exactly what I wanted.  I had seen it on this house on HOUZZ...

The corner above is an aluminum trim made by Fry Reglet.  Being on the East Coast of Canada it's not as easily obtainable, and shipping was going to be just as must as the forty feet of trim.  Lucky for us our builder is experienced and open to any ideas I have.  When I showed him this trim he had the perfect solution - they would custom make it, score!

As you can see it turned out perfecttttttttttt........

On a modern home, every detail seems to matter....bye for now!

Kelty x

Thursday, November 13

River Build Exterior

Holy it's been way too long since I've written a post about the house.  Between being super involved in our house build and working I lost touch!

I am going to write a series of posts over the next few weeks to cover a lot of the design choices for our build.  We are actually still ongoing, counter top is being decided upon, range hood was just ordered, and side step still needs to be built....

The exterior products used:

-Cedar ship lap siding 4"
-Cedar tongue and groove soffit 4"
-Azek paneling custom cut from 4'x8' sheets
-Marvin windows and patio doors, aluminum exterior cladding, clear pine interior
-Fasica board is wood covered aluminum

I had wanted a 'J Channel' made by Frye Reglet however logistics and timing was tight to order them so our builder offered to custom make our corners which turned out identical to the Frye Reglet, lucky us :)

We stained our cedar siding with an eco-friendly semi-transparent stain made by Sansin.  It's a 7-8 year stain compared to a traditional 4 year product.

My end goal was a modern look, and not wanting to use the hardy panels the azek was a good fit.  It remains unpainted but can be painted at anytime in the future if we choose too.

We've started a bit of landscaping by laying patio stones and crushed gravel to keep the dirt and mud at bay.  The plan for next spring is to possibly pave and build a number of planters in the front to really define the green space in front of the home.

Till next time,

Kelty x

Friday, November 7

DIY with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

After countless years of furniture up-cycling I've been dying to try the famous Annie Sloan paint!  It's finally available for purchase in the maritimes, I found it at Rusty Hinges in Halifax.

I had to furnish a rental in Halifax with a couple dressers so onto Kijiji I went and found these two eye catchers:

My sister and I bought the chalk paint and together we went at the dressers with just two days to complete our project.  We used the colors Paris Grey (on the tall boy) and Robin Egg Blue (on the french provincial)  along with the clear and dark waxes.

Paris Grey
Duck Egg Blue

We painted directly onto the dressers, no sanding or removing of the current finish.  The french provincial dresser was painted Rob Egg Blue, followed by a coat of clear wax. 

Next we used the dark wax for antiquing the crevices.  The handles were painted Paris Grey for a subtle contrast and finished with clear wax.

Lastly we coated it once again with clear wax and buffed it with a rag.  The end result was beautiful, I was so sad to leave this beauty behind!

Here is the end result for the cute tall boy, perfect for the kids room.

The Annie Sloan paint lived up to its expectations and I can say that it will be my go to product for all future furniture DIY'ing! 

What I loved most about the chalk paint...

-no odor
-adheres to any surface which saves mega time not having to prep the old school way
-the is not messy and is an easy to use finishing product

Enjoy your projects,

Kelty x

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