It has been nearly a year since my roommates moved out, and my boyfriend moved in. Our apartment has been completely transformed in that time and it feels like an entirely different space. We painted over the butter yellow walls that are standard issue in rental apartments, brought in new furniture, artwork and plants and really made it a home. Our living room, which was completely under-utilized when I had roommates, is now my favourite cozy space. What felt tiny, dark and cramped before now houses an oversized couch and big comfy chair, and where we didn’t have a dining table before, we hosted a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for five and a gingerbread house decorating party for six. On cold winter nights, with a few candles burning, I’d curl up on the couch with my faux-fur blanket and mug of salted caramel hot chocolate, and there was no place I’d rather be. Now that it’s summer, my boyfriend and I enjoy spending a few minutes together before we both head off to work, enjoying our coffees as the bright sunshine streams in.
We also turned my former roommate’s room into our new bedroom, with a rustic cabin vibe. We both love cottage life, and wanted to bring some of that into our city apartment. During a few trips up through Northern Ontario, we picked up some great accessories from antique shops and trading posts, including an amazing pair of snowshoes we hung up over our bed all winter. During one of those stops, we came across some paddles among the crazy clutter in a dark barn, and I immediately knew that I needed to have them. Once I got them home though, I realized that along with the snowshoes above our bed, miniature canoe accessories, moose-print throw, and birch bark candles, our room was starting to look a little more cabin-kitch than cabin-chic. After leaving them in the closet for a few weeks, I thought that maybe if I gave the paddles a modern paint job, it might elevate the look. My initial instinct was to paint them gold, of course (I love all things gold), but my boyfriend wasn’t a big fan. So, after some pinterest-ing, I came upon a few designs that we both agreed on.
Using painter’s tape and Dollar Store paints, I knocked the first one out in under an hour, including time for the paint to dry between coats.
The second paddle, however, didn’t go as smoothly. Well, actually, the problem was that the paddle was too smooth with a varnished finish, so the paint just wouldn’t stick! I washed off the paint, and since we didn’t have any sandpaper on hand, decided to hang them both on the wall with good intentions to paint the second paddle once I had a chance to sand it. I never did get back to that, but I decided that I like how it looks anyway.
What do you think?
Can’t wait to share more of my home decor projects soon!