Staircase Reveal

Natural Garland Detail // Shibang Designs

If you’ve been following along on Instagram or previous blog posts, I’ve been sharing glimpses into my staircase makeover. The wall had been painted for two years, waiting for moulding and thanks to Metrie it has become a reality. There was no major renovation involved. I broke down the steps, starting with painting the walls & staircase spindles, refinishing the banister and finishing with  chair rail and panel moulding that starts at the front entry and continues to the upstairs hallway. The painting and refinishing had a lot of impact, but it wasn’t until I added the moulding that the staircase became a strong feature.

This was a big learning curve for me, but it’s not impossible, it just takes patience and attention to detail. It’s amazing to see how much dimension the moulding brings, and it makes this formerly overlooked space seem larger. Immediately after finishing I made a fresh garland to dress up the staircase since it’s now a main focal point and I was feeling the holiday spirit.

img_0576 This is the view from the main floor.
upstairs-croppedThat’s the kitchen off to the right.Chair Rail & Panel Moulding Complete // Shibang DesignsThe view from the kitchen.Upper Landing After // Shibang DesignsdownstairsMetrie Moulding Detail // Shibang DesignsAfter Installing Panel Moulding & Chair Rail // Shibang Designs The moulding continuing through the front hallway.
Staircase Makeover Adding Panel Moulding and Refinishing // Shibang Designs

This is a reminder of what it looked like when we first moved in and what I did to get here.

Below are the Moulding Profiles that I Used:

Metrie MDF Chair Rail

Metrie French Curves  Panel Moulding

With this project now completed I definitely have my eye on some other plain walls in the house that could benefit from some architectural elements. Are you thinking about adding some moulding to your home? If so, I have shared my process with lots of photos in the blog posts below.

Previous Posts:

Staircase Before // Shibang Designs

Adding Architectural Elements – BEFORE

Moulding DIY // Shibang Designs

DIY Trim Tutorial

Improved Boxwood Wreath

An Easy to Make Boxwood Wreath

Are you planning to make your own fresh wreaths this holiday season? It’s not too complicated and right now all of the boughs are readily available at grocery stores or maybe in your own yard.  Last year I shared how I made a boxwood wreath and this year I’m sharing an improved version.
Boxwood Wreath DIY // Shibang Designs

Supplies:

Once you have the basics then all you need to add (or clip from your yard) is the fresh greenery.

  • Wreath Form ( Wire or Grapevine)
  • Paddle Wire
  • Pruning Shears or Sharp Scissors
  • Fresh Greenery (2 Bunches for a Fuller Wreath)

 

Boxwood Wreath

To achieve a full and even wreath the key is to make small bundles of greenery that are roughly the same size. Rather than trying to use one large branch, cut it into smaller pieces, hold that bundle and secure it to the frame. Continue layering the bundles and securing them with the paddle wire.

Also using more greenery helps too. I used two large bunches of boxwood for this wreath compared to last year when I only used one. Last year I wrapped wire around each bundle that I added to the frame but this year I skipped that step and only did one continuous length of wire for the whole wreath.

These are the basics but berries and a mixture of greens could be added too.

 

How to Make a Boxwood Wreath// Shibang Designs

Boxwood Wreath 2015

A few photos of it finished wreath.

An Easy Boxwood Wreath DIY // Shibang Designs An Easy Boxwood Wreath DIY // Shibang Designs
An Easy Boxwood Wreath DIY // Shibang Designs

Panel Moulding & Trim Tutorial

Diy Trim Moulding Tutorial. It is possible and this tutorial will show you how.
Have you ever imagined how your walls would look with panel moulding or a chair rail? Without any previous experience, I tackled this, and the result is even better than I imagined, and it’s easier than I thought it would be to make and install. As I mentioned in the previous post, I have partnered with Metrie to acheive this look. I was already choosing their products before and besides having a vast selection of affordable profiles, their MDF is made in Canada, Ontario specifically.

DIY Molding Tutorial

Moulding DIY // Shibang Designs

I’ve broken down the moulding applications into three categories: beginner, intermediate and advanced. I would recommend starting from beginner to get comfortable with the process. It takes some practice to wrap your head around angle calculations but once you start it begins to make sense. The chair rail that I used is this one and the panel moulding is this profile.

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The staircase was the hardest part to do. Not only are the angles up the stairs but there are a lot of irregular angles on the landings as well. Doing a staircase requires dusting off your geometry skills and it is not impossible, but if you area a beginner, I recommend starting with a typical room instead.

Staircase Diagram DIY // Shibang Designs

The process that I followed included some instructions I learned from books that I took out from the library, and some was my way of figuring it out. Planning is important to know how much material you’ll need and to consider how it will flow with potentially adding more moulding in the future. These are the books that I borrowed from the library that gave me some guidance: Decorating with Architectural Trimwork by Jay Silber and Trim Transformations. I found that these books were a useful reference and give lots more useful information as well.

Trim Transformations, Architectural Trimwork

Sketchbook Moulding Planning // Shibang Designs

To get started, choose your moulding and sketch it out in a little book. It helps with planning, if you have all notes contained in one place. To determine the placement and get a rough idea of how much material is needed, I found that using painter’s tape helped to get a quick visual. From there I was able to roughly figure out the size of the boxes and placement of the chair rail before sketching out and planning the exact sizes.

Calculating how much moulding is required for the paneled boxes requires a lot of planning. As a starting point, I used painter’s tape and placed it on the wall and adjusted as needed. You can also draw this out on paper, which I did afterward once I was ready to finalize the sizes. Even though I thought I had planned everything, little changes came up along the way so having extra material helped.

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I am more comfortable using hand tools, but for the panel moulding, I borrowed my friend’s mitre saw to speed up the process. I also found that gluing the frames corners and then carefully installing the frame on the wall made it manageable to work alone. It is very helpful to write the length on the back because it gets confusing once you have multiple pieces cut.

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DIY Panel Moulding Frames // Shibang Designs

For frame assembly, I originally made jigs and attempted to use a nail gun, but it split the MDF that I was using. Instead, I ended up using construction adhesive to connect the corners, and after checking that the corners were square, I left them to dry and carefully moved them and hammered them to the wall as pictured below.

moulding-installation

To install the frames, I used a level and marked a consistent space between the chair rail and the top of the moulding frame. As I’ve mentioned before, I am more comfortable with hand tools and working with a hammer and nail setter allowed me to install the frames alone, which I couldn’t have done with a nail gun. That’s just my preference, but of course, nail guns work and are faster, just watch out for what’s behind the wall to make sure you don’t knick any wires.

The final step is caulking, which makes a huge difference for filling the cracks and giving the moulding a polished look. Of course, this doesn’t hide huge gaps but it does help get a nice finished look. I bought a caulking gun, just a basic one, and have found it to make a huge difference when applying caulking evenly. Cut the tip off with scissors to get a finer tip. On my model, if you use the spout cutter it cuts too big and makes the application sloppy.

DIY Panel Moulding and Chair Rail

I’m just about done, only part of the stairs remain and the whole process has become so much easier and it has completely transformed our home. Now the other walls seem so boring without any trim and after completing the staircase anything else will seem easy in comparison.

For more ideas of how interior finishing can be used, I’ve created an Architectural Elements Pinterest board which has some ideas from designers for inspiration. In addition on Metrie’s Pinterest page they show finished rooms using their Finishing Collections, which is helpful in selecting the right trim style and profile.

The previous post with before photos can be found below:

Entry Before

Adding Architectural Elements – Before

Since moving into our home two years ago I have been on a mission to update, improve and add character to this builder basic home. The main entry and staircase are a focal point that I wanted to emphasize with moulding. I am so excited to be partnering with Metrie to use their beautiful mouldings to add the style and substance to our home.

Entry Before Adding Chair Rail & Panel Moulding

Before // Shibang Designs

The Main Entrance & Staircase Before

Rough Planning Sketch of Moulding

A Rough Sketch of the Moulding

I chose this chair rail for its thick profile and rounded shape that would work with the rest of the home. I had been searching for the moulding to use below the chair rail for quite some time then I came across panel mouding from Metrie’s French Curves Collection. It has lines that coordinated well with the chair rail I had selected.

Metrie Moulding Profiles - Chair Rail & Panel Molding

Refinished Banister -- Goodbye Golden Oak!

I started out by painting the walls and doors as well as refinishing the banister railing to get the other main elements in the room ready. Since I knew that I wanted a chair rail, I went ahead and painted the wall white, using painter’s tape to make a clean line on the lower portion of the wall. Going up the staircase I used the shadow that was cast by the railing to get an idea of the angle and adjusted it from there. Painting gave me an instant visual for how the walls would look with the moulding.

The installation of the chair rail has been a huge learning curve. When I started out, I had no idea about the angles so I bought a very basic mitre box, hand saw and nail setter. Thinking about how wood panelling would have been installed by carpenters before power tools gave me the confidence to ease into the project with limited hand tools.

These are the tools that I used to install the chair rail. If I had known how much I would use my mitre box and saw, I would have bought a slightly better quality one. This one works fine but there are others available for not too much more.

How to DIY Chair Rail Using a Mitre Box & Hand Saw -- No Power Tools Necessary!

Here’s a look at how the front entry is looking so far. The moulding makes the space seem larger in this tight space.

Entryway After Painting and Installing Chair Rail DIY

How to Install Chair Rail Moulding

Working through the main entrance was pretty easy once I got the hang of understanding how to cut the angles. What I didn’t consider was how angles would get a bit trickier on walls that aren’t square and staircases that have complicated angles.

DIY Chair Rail in Hallway Using a Hand Saw & Mitre Box

Here’s a look at the upstairs hallway where I’m continuing the moulding for a cohesive look.

Planning Placement for Picture Frame Wainscotting

I’ve begun cutting the panel moulding and I’m in the process of creating jigs to assemble the frames before attaching them to the wall. For this part and the complex angles on the stairs, I am using books for guidance and technical advice.

DIY Panel Moulding -- Making a Jig

Once I start to get the frames cut and up on the wall, I’ll make a tutorial showing more of the steps. What I’ve learned so far is that installing interior mouldings is much easier than I thought it would be when you’re sticking to rooms with square corners. Installing a chair rail in a powder room or hallway could easily be done with a hand saw if you don’t have a mitre saw.

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Black Interior Doors

Black Interior Doors

Renovating with Resale Value in Mind

Renovating with Resale Value in Mind // Shibang Designs

If you’ve been following along with my blog you’ve probably noticed a theme of making improvements based on using what is already there. Sometimes it just takes a creative idea or a fresh coat of paint to improve the look and feel of a room.

Personal Capital is running a social media campaign #renovationrundown and asked me to share my take on how renovating your home would increase its value, how I decide which rooms to renovate and if costs matters or building equity does. You can use their financial software app to set budgets and keep track of your finances during renovations

When we bought our first house my goal wasn’t to make improvements with resale in mind, my focus was making our house into a home that I loved. I started by painting the walls current neutrals, painting over the dated oak fireplace to make it a classic white and refinished the railings to give them a more current colour scheme. After only 18 months living in this home we had a job opportunity in another city and sold our home. We got an offer the day that the sign went up and sold. Working with an agent to figure out pricing gave me insight into what goes into pricing your home for sale.

Beyond keeping your home in good condition (keeping up with maintenance) I believe that it is important to keep choices neutral and appealing to a larger audience. Personality and design can still be reflected. When making decisions for our home I do keep resale at the back of my mind but I also want our home to be a place that I love. Since I do a lot of cooking and it is the centre of our home that is where we decided to renovate. After our first experience of selling  I knew that I wanted to make bigger improvements this time that we could enjoy while also increasing future resale value.

From speaking with agents, reading and following the book How to Add Value to Your Home by Scott MacGivillary the consensus is that the kitchen is the best room to invest money and add value. I highly recommend this book because it is very practical and works with different budgets.

It is important to know the context of your neighbourhood to know what the market will pay for. For someone thinking about adding value to their home it’s a good idea to talk to a local agent and ask them specific questions, for instance stone countertops are appropriate for that particular market. They will have an idea of how your renovation project may or may not add value or how much return of investment there will likely be.

Kitchen Improvement

Cabinets

If the cabinet fronts are in good condition and are a classic shape they may be a good candidate for refinishing or painting.

If the cabinet doors aren’t suitable for painting but the inside cabinets are in good shape and the layout works then refacing could be an option. Home improvement stores, like Home Depot can come in and install new doors for a lower cost than replacing the whole cabinet.

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Countertops

In some markets quartz & granite counters are a big selling feature and this amount spent can be directly factored into the resale price.

Backsplash

This can finish the look of the kitchen. Stick to something neutral so that’s not too personalized, for example simple glass or subway tiles.

Hardware

Keep it simple, future buyers aren’t necessarily going to want to pay extra for specialty hardware.

 

In addition to major renovations there are some smaller changes that add to the overall impression of a home which can influence buyers.

 

Inexpensive DIY Updates:

Paint! 

Exterior Paint

Paint has so much power and potential to change a space with very little money spent.

Paint rooms, paint doors and trim, if the garage door is wood and in good shape that can be painted too to add curb appeal.

Change Light Fixtures at the dining room or another focal spot. Adding a dimmer to a chandelier adds so much ambience.

Shibang Designs // Kitchen Banquette

Replace Door Knobs – Replace shiny brass.

Plant a Tree – There may even be a subsidized backyard tree planting program like LEAF that supports the Toronto area.

Refinish Banisters – This can be a DIY which is labour intensive but low material cost.

 

 

 A few references:

How to Add Value to Your Home by Scott MacGillivray gives good insight into how to add value based on your budget.

Houzz 5 Remodels that Make Good Resale Value Sense- And 5 That Don’t

Houzz A Designer’s Top 10 Tips to Add Home Value

 

An Example

This advice from Becki Owens on how to create a stylish kitchen on a budget demonstrates how with a neutral base you can add personality with accents and so can a potential homebuyer in the future.

Becki Owens Affordable White Kitchen

There is so much more to discuss and read about on this topic. Thanks to all of the sharing of information online there are lots of resources and inspirational photos. For me I also believe that it is important to do a job properly if you’re going to do it otherwise the next owner may end up just wanting to replace what you did.

Shiplap Planked Wall

DIY Shiplap by Shibang Designs, original tutorial by House of Smiths

Here’s a look at the shiplap wall that my friend Kate and I installed in my living room. Since we won’t be knocking down this wall that separates the kitchen I decided to make it an accent instead. Originally I had wanted to do a brick veneer but the cost was 10 times more than going the wood plank route.DIY Shiplap //Shibang Designs This was the wall before. The wood planks were  cut at the hardware store from a larger sheet of plywood.DIY Shiplap // Shibang Designs Around the top edge I wanted crown moulding and since I do not have the tools to cut it I used these pre-fabricated corners. It was tricky for us to install this part.
DIY Shiplap // Shibang Designs DIY Shiplap // Shibang Designs DIY Shiplap // Shibang DesignsWhat I didn’t expect was how the ceilings would appear so much taller with the moulding.
DIY Shiplap // Shibang Designs Since I like neat and tidy edges I added corner guards where the panelling edges meet because this wall is exposed from all four sides. Shibang Designs

The tutorial that I followed for this wall was from The House of Smiths. These are my process photos but for lots of information I suggest going to the original post from The House of Smiths.House of Smiths DIY Planked Wall TutorialThis was an inexpensive project that adds lots of character to the space. It is relatively easy if you have a blank wall without many outlets or vents and requires very few tools to complete.

Kitchen Makeover on a Budget

All White Kitchen // Shibang Designs

Here are some photos of the backsplash installation. This part dramatically changed the feeling of the space.

Subway Tiling // Shibang Designs

White Subway Tile Backsplash // Shibang DesignsHere you can see a little look at the honey coloured wood that used to be here.
White Subway Tile Backsplash // Shibang Designs White Subway Tile Backsplash // Shibang Designs

I added some wood corner pieces on the corners of the walls to conceal the tile edge as well as  crown moulding along the top of valance. It took me several weeks to complete all of my finishing touches when the tiling itself was only 5 hours when done by someone we hired. I like learning and every time it gets a bit easier to install moulding and other architectural details.

White Kitchen and Herbs // Shibang Designs

It looks like a different kitchen and it still the same elements, just a lot has been added on to embellish it.

How to get your dream kitchen on a budget

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Thrift Store Dining Table Refinished

 

 

 

Kitchen Makeover – New Counters

Shibang Designs // Quartz Counters

Now that we have almost completed our kitchen update I wanted to share a bit of the process, starting with changing the counters. This is the before shot, a basic kitchen with wood cabinets, laminate counters and a painted wall backsplash.

Kitchen BEfore 3

Kitchen Before2

Shibang Designs Painting Progress Last year I painted the cabinets and lived with it like this before making the decision to replace the counters.
White Quartz SamplesI knew that I wanted to go with white quartz that looked like marble but when I saw the small samples in the showroom it was difficult to tell how the patterns would look on a larger scale. I asked if it was possible to go directly to the supplier to see the slabs and luckily it was nearby. By seeing them in person  I ended up choosing a different sample which was closer to what I had in mind.

Quartz Slabs quartz deliveryThis is how the counters arrived and installation process was so quick and took less than two hours. The biggest inconvenience was having the water shut off in the kitchen for several days because I got the plumber to come too early. Quartz Counter

White Quartz Counters & Painted Cabinets

Quartz Countertop Installation This is the after which doesn’t look too dramatically different but once the faucet and tiles go up the whole look comes together. I posted the old counter and sink on kijiji and someone picked it up right away so it didn’t go in the garbage.

Quartz Countertop InstallationI still have to sort through my photos of the tiling process and then I’ll share those too.

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Spring Florals

Floral Pillows // Shibang Designs

I started Shibang Designs as a way to create functional pieces of art, in the form of purses and accessories, each embellished with my signature wool felt applique style. After working small scale for several years, I am now shifting my focus on my textile technique by creating large scale pieces. These large textile art pieces and cushion covers are part of the new line that I will be showing next week at the Toronto One of a Kind Spring Show.

These are some process photos and pieces that I have been working on lately.
Gold // Shibang Designs Shibang Designs Spring PillowsHand Dyed Wool Drying Rack Textile Art // Shibang Designs Shibang Designs Nursery Decor

For anyone in the Toronto area who is planning to come to the show I have a few tickets that I’m giving away from my Facebook page this weekend.

One of a Kind Show