auntie rou's BIG decorating thread!

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so...

i have news.

as you might have guessed from some of the threads about home ownership we've had over the years, it isn't a usual thing in Canada for single people (especially YOUNG single people, never mind the ones my age) to buy houses on their own. banking regulations and mortgage restrictions are much tighter here.

a few years ago, the federal government implemented a program in association with the provincial governments that would give qualifying individuals a grant equal to the cost of a 5% down payment on house provided you met income guidelines and the house cost X dollars. the provincial gov't developed the guidelines for each municipality for income and home prices and then each municipality could determine the maximum values for applicants in their city/town.

last year, London took part in the program, but they capped the income at $40,000 and the house price at $120,000. by the time they stopped accepting applications, only 6 people had qualified.

since they still had lots of funds available, they decided to run the program again starting July 1st. this time, income was capped at $50,000 and the house price at $132,000. at the same time, the branch of gov't i work for decided to waive the land transfer tax for first time buyers. put the project and the waiver together and i realized i had my best chance EVER (maybe my only one) to become a home owner.

yesterday, my application to the home ownership program was accepted. not only will my down payment be provided, i was also granted 1% of the purchase price toward closing costs. and, last week, the interest rate on my mortgage went DOWN!

not only do i not have to cough up $1,500 for closing in 2 weeks, my principle and interest payments will now be reduced by $100 monthly.



i've been so bad, instead of packing after work, i keep cruising the Behr website for paint ideas!!!! at first i thought i would only do my bedroom in Tuscan villa style, but then i thought maybe i should just add a bit of colour to all the beige to make the house look like a warm place in Italy!!!



at this point, i'm thinking of doing the bedroom walls in Mesa Sunrise (Behr) with an ochre glaze over it to make it look like aged plaster. i will need to do curtains since it faces east, but i can get burlap in a terracotta shade for that and then put heavy lining on the back of it.

i was thinking of putting a poster of Venice at sunset on the wall and this chandelier:

http://www.lightinguniverse.com/prod...kLoc=topSeller

on the ceiling!!!!

over the next few months, i will be asking for decorating advice from y'all!



has anyone used the Behr Venetian Plaster????
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That's good news! I bet you are feeling a lot better about the whole thing now!

Regarding Behr paint, it was the worst paint I have ever used. Now how can paint be screwed up? Well, the stuff did not cover well at all. In one room I had to use three coats of paint, and this was over light beige (clean) walls. I also noticed that it doesn't cover evenly either and I can see roller marks and weird light and dark areas. Now I've done a lot of painting in my lifetime, and I've never had this experience with any other brand of paint. It just doesn't work like paint is supposed to work. I don't want to rain on your decorating plans, but I remember how mad I was when I was using that stuff and couldn't let some poor, innocent new home owner go unwarned!
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thank you for that - i only had one other person's opinion of Behr and it was the opposite.

maybe i should just stick with my Debbie Travis paint - i really liked it when i used it the last two times...
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CONGRATS!! How exciting!

Dealing with paint I feel that you get what you pay for. I used Ralph Lauren last time and I LOVED it. Went on so so smooth and really only needed the one coat even though we did do he full 2. Cant say I have ever used Behr though...so not much help there!
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I've used both Behr and Ralph Lauren, and found them both to be very nice to work with. My favorite paint, though, is M.A.B. http://www.mabpaints.com/ It's a professional paint, and a bit more expensive, but worth it.

When I move to a new house, one of the first things I do is go to the MAB store (or Benjamin Moore if there is no MAB) and pick out a neutral (neither cool nore warm) white ceiling/trim color that I will use for every room in the house, as I get to it. That way, my trims will always match from room to room, no matter what color I choose for walls.

Congrats on all the good things happening to you, Rou. I wish you well, and lots of happiness, in your new home.
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my livingroom and kitchen are painted in behr and it's stood up to cats, kids, and maybe wipings.
Love the chandelier-and I won't use anything BUT Behr paint.
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Congrats on the grant, etc. We used Behr paint for our kitchen and dining room, and it was great. Went on well, color was rich, it's wipe-able.

I like that chandelier, but I can't picture it with burlap curtains, seems a bit opposite.

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Well I'm glad everyone else had good luck with Behr. I wouldn't want anyone to have to experience the frustration I did having to paint that darn room three times!

Regardless, I know you are going to enjoy painting with whatever brand of paint you use because you'll be painting YOUR place!
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I like that chandelier, but I can't picture it with burlap curtains, seems a bit opposite.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
i know, but my bedspread is a terracotta matelasse and i have decorative cushions in gold and olive brocade and others that are orange jacquard, beaded olive and heavily embroidered red. and the tiny decorative lampshade i made myself has gold and brown beaded trim on the bottom and i painted it deep coral with a light misting of gold glitter paint. the base of the lamp is old gold in colour.

i can't think of what type of curtains i could do in a room that's supposed to look like a Tuscan villa, other than something that would work with the bedspread. however, i don't want more pattern to go against the walls since i'm going to faux finish them. ergo... burlap!



and a nice, luxurious, chandelier to finish it off!!!



today i was considering painting the tiny bedroom that i'm going to turn into a dressing room - maybe really deep ruby red, since all the fittings i like for walk-in closets are white or silver metal.
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Is it a finer weave of burlap? I'm just picturing livestock feed bags right now, but I'm sure there are finer weaves. But I agree with the terracotta. It's all going to be so beautiful! Have fun decorating your new home!

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Congratulations!!!

Regarding Behr paint... It was rated #1 by consumer reports a few years ago. Here's the problem. Behr sells in different types of stores. They had a great reputation for years. Then they went into Home Depot. HD has a similar pricing scheme as Walmart and the other big box stores. In order to make a profit on the paint they sell to HD, Behr had to reformulate the products sold to HD. The quality suffered greatly, especially more difficult to formulate colors like red. This is why they started getting a lot of bad press.

We used Behr in a tiny 1/2 bath because it had a great rep. It took 8 coats over 2 tinted coats of primer to cover the walls. Even then you could still see horrible spots. Awful awful paint.

But we also used Behr in other colors in the house and had no problem. Bought them at a specialty paint store.

My advice: don't go cheap on paint. You really do get what you pay for with this particular product. Good Luck!
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Is it a finer weave of burlap? I'm just picturing livestock feed bags right now, but I'm sure there are finer weaves.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks


it's a very fine weave of burlap (at fabrics.com). they also have cotton duck (aka canvas) in a shade called spice that would work too.

i've been cruising other paint company sites and got the new issue of House Beautiful (i haven't treated myself to that in years!) and there are some gorgeous paint colours on page 131 - Sizzle by Glidden and Fire Dance by Benjamin Moore.

it probably sounds weird to a lot of you, a house done in oranges and reds, but the effect i want to give people is walking into a warm Italian countryside villa - like a big hug!



and for the dressing room - Debbie Travis Paints has a FABULOUS dark red called Moulin Rouge!
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How exciting. We love you here but there are two great boards for decorating if you wanted different perspectives. One is hgtv.com and the other is designboard.net

This is going to be fun. Thanks for letting us along for the ride.

I've used Behr paint with no problems. I've also use Lowe's Valspar and loved it too. Granted I'm no expert but the colors look good and work well as far as I can tell.

A tip I heard about painting ceilings if you're going to go with white throughout the house: take a little bit of the wall color and mix it in with the ceiling paint. That way the ceiling with work with the room and with the ceilings in the other rooms.

Last edited by Myradella3; 08-29-2008 at 06:54 PM.
thanks for the design board info, myra, i do have some technical questions about my living room since it's really two rooms with an archway in between them. furniture placement is going to be a problem...

good idea for the ceilings - i was thinking of leaving them white, just to brighten everything up.

though my cousin Felicia suggested fake beams in the bedroom! i think that would work better if i went with a ceiling fan instead of a chandelier????



Lowe's just opened in Canada this summer and there isn't one here in London - yet.
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i am SO peeved at the moment!!!

today i went in search of a new sofa and television for the new house! two of the 3 big cdn furnishings chains and a Sears Home outlet are located all on the same corner in the south end of town.

and i could not get a single sales person to wait on me!!!!

every time i caught someone's eye and started walking toward them, they walked away. or when i asked someone for help, they'd say they were helping someone and would send someone to me and no one ever came over.

grrrrrrrr.......

are furnishings sales people biased against single women? i noticed they were helping the single men buying monster tvs and couples buying furniture. and the woman and her mother with the 4 annoying children had 2 and then 3 associates with them!!!! (i realize they were just anxious to get rid of the 4 annoying children, but still....)

grrrr......

so i went to the Colour Your World store (Glidden and ICI paints) and was horribly disappointed by their colour palette - no really deep, bright shades. but i did get some fan deck pages to look at anyway.

*sigh*

that was a day i could've spent in air conditioned comfort at home, watching golf and packing...

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so now i need a shade of paint for the downstairs bathroom - since they never did finish it for me.

the floor and the top of the vanity are in a brown with blue vein tile, so i was thinking a pale blue??? the room that leads into this bath is painted pale sage green and has a beige carpet.
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so now i need a shade of paint for the downstairs bathroom - since they never did finish it for me.

the floor and the top of the vanity are in a brown with blue vein tile, so i was thinking a pale blue??? the room that leads into this bath is painted pale sage green and has a beige carpet.
Originally Posted by rouquinne
What is the general theme of your downstairs?

The pale blue sounds pretty, and you could go very simple but give it a slight Asian or seaside feeling. My sister recently redid a bathroom and it turned out beautifully with pale blue paint, white beadboard, black and white floor tile, and a new pedastal sink. Ad a few very subtle decorations/shells and it looked like a Martha Stewart seaside cottage.

Add silk flowers and flower prints and you could have a French/Provincial feel to it.
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Back to the Behr paint question -- I've painted two entire large houses with Behr paint from HD, with good results and no coverage problems. There are certain colors that do not cover well no matter what brand the paint is. Red is one of the most difficult and will normally require more than one coat. I find yellow does not cover so well either. It just has to do with the pigments and how the color is formulated.

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