Looking to update your home without it costing you an enormous amount of money. You don’t have to have a huge budget to get upgrades done to your house, condo or apartment.
Budget friendly updates in home decor can be as simple as changing an area rug, or the colours of the pillows. Let’s get started with a few tips I’ve put together to help bring out the creative you.
Decorating Ideas You Can Afford
Taking the first step in deciding where to begin with home improvements and upgrades is never easy. I recommend if you are on a budget to tackle one room or project at a time. Each room comes with it’s own unique expense. For example a total kitchen upgrade will cost you more than simply painting a room. So the first decision you need to make aside from how much you are going to spend is decide on which room you want to upgrade the most and if it fits the budget you start planning.
Tips on Saving Money for Home Decorating
To help get you started with saving money for home decorating I’ve put together these tips. They will be your guide to getting the new look for your space while saving you money.
Tip 1: Start with Cleaning & Decluttering – Yes we’ve all got boxes and closets that are full to the brim of things we don’t use or wear any longer. Why not consider decluttering. Decluttering a room can be stressing to get started but once it is done you’ll have a feeling of having more space.
Start with getting rid of clothing you haven’t used or worn for at least 2 years. Place them into boxes and consider donating them to one of our local Ottawa Thrift Stores like St. Vincent De Paul .
Depending on which room you are updating, you may even have furniture, appliances, and other household items that either you no longer have use for or your budget allows you to replace them with new modern ones. Consider donating these as well.
Tip 2: Painting – If there’s one affordable way to update any room in your house it would have to be painting. Adding a fresh paint colour to any room brings new life to any home decor. With huge selections of colours to choose from from any paint manufacturer. I personally always like the Benjamin Moore Paints
Painting yourself as a DIY project will save you money. All you need to do is purchase the paint. If your budget allows you to hire a professional painting company then the extra splurge will be worth it.
If you’ve never painted before and are looking for advice I found some useful How To tips that may help get you started.
How To Paint the Interior of A House
Proper planning of your time, supplies and materials you will need to tackle your DIY house painting is crucial before getting started. The following are tips, steps in how to and advice of what you will need and how to plan.
You’ll find more useful tips and advice from a professional painter on their blog posts
If you are going to go ahead and do the painting yourself then you should know “how to prepare a room for painting”. There are steps that need to be followed in order for you to get the best quality results in doing your own house painting.
Wallpaper is making a come back in home decor. Wallpapering is yet another budget friendly option to update a room. If you are installing it make sure to ask the friendly staff at any local Ottawa store on how to or you can find it anywhere on the internet too. If you are removing the wallpaper then you should take note of steps to removing it and repairing the drywall before painting in order to have a perfect smooth painted finish.
Tips from Better Homes and Garden on “How To Wallpaper a Room”
Tip 3 Add in the Accessories – Now if you are on a very limited budget and cannot go ahead with some of the upgrades mentioned above then something as easy as changing the pillows on your sofa, adding in a new lamp, hanging a new picture, changing an area rug, a new bed comforter are all great ideas on changing up the look to your space. They are not as expensive as changing the entire flooring, kitchen cabinets, or bathroom vanities.
Even if your budget doesn’t currently allow you to get the painting done then changing up the accessories will allow you to add that punch of new colour and give you a feeling of a fresh new home decor look.
I hope you’ve found these few tips to be useful. Please share if you did.
Already June is coming to an end. Can’t believe it right. I mean our summer in Ottawa this year started way to late, and of course it’s rained so much.
I had becomed used to having our summers start in March or early April most years recently and the humidity coming in right about in May. Our summers have been good to us lasting right to end of October and sometimes even December right. Remember just a year or two ago we had a green Christmas for first time in history…… well at least my history 🙂
So what have we been up to.
It’s been a busy year for us as house painters in Ottawa , and for this we are thankful. We are currently booked solid until September and we’ve got clients already booked for November. We feel so blessed and fortunate and we thank our Ottawa community for their support of our local house painting company.
I’ve been busy updating and maintaining our website and posting new blog articles on topics like how to paint, painters advice , paint colour trends in Ottawa homes, to explaining the differences between different paints, paint problems and solutions and more. Check out our new website and all our blog articles. Give them a share if you like them and find them useful, as I would appreciate it as I have worked long and hard on both. 🙂 I’ll keep adding more on a weekly basis so check back often for useful information.
I had promised in my last blog that I was gonna start posting stuff about decorating and home decor and actually even maybe an italian recipe every so often.
Well I’ve got both combined in this one 🙂 Hope you enjoy
Here we go. So many of us have outdoor patio furniture right. Whether it has the chair pads or not, if you leave them outside in our cold Ottawa winters they get damaged.
The cold, the humidity and the weight of the snow ends up corroding the steel or iron they’re made of. Even those pvc ones get ruined. They start to look grungy from being left out all the time especially in the winter, but all it really is, is they’ve been damaged from the environment. The sun, the rain, the snow, they all play a harsh game on them especially if you leave them outside over the winter months.
Painting and Sewing are Married
You know you can always paint the pvc ones right? Yup a simple can of spray paint, in whatever colour you want them to be will give you at least another year or two of use from them.
I had sprayed our pvc ones years ago. Of course it was before iphones and online photo saving. The pictures are probably buried somewhere in my basement, but i won’t go digging them up just now 🙂
Over the years I saved and saved until I had enough to buy myself some new patio chairs and loungers, for my backyard and front porch.
Here’s the scoop tho. I paid dirt cheap for them because…… i waited until the summer was done and the stores were clearing out their summer stock. I ended up buying Gluckstein loungers at the now closed Home Outfitters store on Merivale Road in Ottawa. They were selling them for $600.00 a piece and I bought the last two when I happened to walk in one day and they were clearing them out. I paid $225.00 for both of them. It was a lucky day, for me finding these cozy padded loungers.
So that was my first steal.
A few days later I went into the Zellers, again now closed on Merivale Road and low and behold there was this gorgeous 4 piece set. It included 2 chairs and two foot rests. They were originally selling them for $425.00, guess how much i paid for them?
Only $150.00 for all four pieces. I KNOW RIGHT ??? I was so thrilled I had all the pieces I wanted for my backyard patio furniture set and got them all at a real bargoon.
So, of course now I thought I was on a roll so I kept going to stores every few days until I found a wicker set of chairs at our local Canadian Tire store on Merivale Road. Oh by the way it’s still open 🙂
I found a gorgeous set of 2 wicker chairs with a little ottoman or more like a little table to put your drinks on is what i use it for. Again it was like over $400.00 at regular price and i got the three pieces for $150.00.
Well these worked for the first year, as i made sure to bring the cushions indoors to save them from the elements. On year two, life just happened and got too busy and I ended up forgetting them outside over the winter. Needless to say they weren’t looking to nice anymore.
To save myself some money and not have to go out and spend a few hundred dollars on buying a new patio set and chairs for our front porch, and new chairs and loungers for our backyard I decided to bring back my home economics class skills back.
Honestly, I didn’t think I would ever learn anything in that class 🙂 LOL!! LOL!!! my friend and I would skip that class as much as possible on most days, but i guess i was there on sewing days. 🙂 Oh to be young again…. i’d do it again !!! LOL LOL
No but seriously tho, i wanted to save money in not buying new furniture so i decided i was going to make slip covers for all the chairs and the loungers in my backyard as well as my front porch.
So the covers they originally came in I don’t have a picture of them but they were all beige. After I year, i made new covers and here’s the backyard set after a year with the then new covers.
Again I left them all outside over the winter months and by the following year they were looking even worse then when I made these orangey cover thing a ma bobs ???
So last year again end of summerish, I bought some more material at Fabric Land near the Loblaws store on Baseline and Merivale Roads. Because of end of season and I took the end of the roll sale ones I got a bargain on the material too. What should have cost me over $400.00 in fabric alone I got all the material I needed to cover the two loungers, the loveseat, the two chairs in the backyard plus the two wicker chairs and the two chairs on the front porch all for $120.00 approx.
So here’s what they look like today. I won’t go on with a step by step instruction because I know I talk to much and it’s the same when I’m writing I can go on forever. My children always say what should be a 20 second story takes me at least 3 minutes.
Here’s this years new slip covers with zippers that I can just remove this fall and throw into the wash and I don’t care if the chairs sit out all winter, cause come spring i’ll just zip up the new covers over them.
That’s it that’s all. New patio furniture at a fraction of the price.
Oh wait, before I go, my facebook friends had asked me to share the recipe to my homemade gelato that I made just last night. It’s one main ingredient and the flavours you can make are endless.
Here’s the recipe.
You need three bananas for every batch of different flavour you want to make
Peel and cut ripe banana into chunks and lay it out on a cookie sheet, freeze them until they are frozen 🙂 other wise you get mush.
Last night I made banana walnut and maple syrup gelato
Put the three peeled and frozen chunks of banana into a blender or a do it all machine like a cuisineart or whatever they are called. I got one of the Ninja things at the costco on huntclub. It’s the best it blends, crushes and kneads dough when i want it to
So ya without going off track again. three frozen banana chunks into blender
Add 1tsp. of vanilla, add however many walnuts you like, and about 2 or 3 tbsp. of maple syrup. Turn on the blender, and watch it cream all together in under 5 minutes.
It literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish. Once it’s all blended and creamy textured like a gelato anywhere, just scoop it into a container, you can try it then or throw it into the freezer to enjoy whenever you want.
So as long as you use the three bananas as your base, you can add strawberries, chocolate chips or chunks, you can make a blueberry gelato, heck you can spice it up I guess if you wanted to with a touch of your favourite liquor. Enjoy it, it’s actually good for you cause the only sugar is from the natural ingredients, no additives and no preservatives.
Ciao for now
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Super Excited to announce my new project ideas for this blog site. I hope you’ll check back often for updates. I am going to start including more ideas on home decor with focus on painting and decorating and how to get your house looking like a million bucks on a budget.
Painting & Decorating
Well I’ve always had a passion for decorating the house. I’ve always loved going through catalogues or online to choose paint colours. I’ve always loved buying furniture, accessories on a budget and everything else to beautify the home and making it look like a model home.
I’ll be sharing my thoughts and my own opinions on paint colours and the power of paint colours in house painting, because I love the way some paint colours bring serenity to any room of the house. My favorites these days are Gray’s in different hues. From blue to brown to green paint hues, the Gray’s are so very popular in Ottawa area homes. I’ll be updating you on what is new and trending, my likes in furniture and accessories, and more. Sure we may not have the same tastes but they are ideas and easy on the budget.
From when we bought our first house and had it painted, changed the ceramic, added dark cherry coloured french doors, and dark hardwood flooring, to picking out the neutral paint colours for painting, and the colour of the couch and picture frames, i’ve always had that passion. I love to decorate the home.
Although I am not an interior designer or a home stager I do have a passion for home decor. Many of our house painting clients have asked for my suggestions on what colours to chose, so I send them suggestions. Some times they go with my ideas, other times they go a shade lighter than what i suggested or sometimes their just more comfortable having the same paint colour again, only a tone or two darker. It still gives them a refresh and a new coat of paint and just revives the room or house.
Find A Painter in Ottawa
If you are looking to hire and trying to find a painter in Ottawa, you may already know if you’ve been following this blog, My name is Pina Germano A.K.A. the painter’s wife 🙂 and I am also the proud co-owner with my husband Pino of PG PAINT & DESIGN Ottawa House Painters. You can read more about us to find out more about our painting company.
I’ve been writing the posts on everything about painting for a few years now and i’m going to explore and branch out to more of the home decor and beauty of the room and interior of our houses. Our house painters blog still exists it’s just now more focused on our main website and this one will be combining painting and decorating. You can read the Blog articles there.
When you want to stay on the safe side of choosing a paint colour neutral’s are always the perfect go to colour palette. Whether it’s gray’s, beige’s green’s or blue’s there’s a neutral hue and tone in every colour. You can read more about Neutral Paint Colours and how it increase the market value of your home as well as the comfort and cozy feeling most neutrals bring into the home decor.
White PaintColour Palette
Painting a room or entire house in a white paint makes everything appear larger especially if there are many windows that let in the sun and daylight. White Paint is the most neutral you can go. It’s easy on the eye as well as easy to paint over if a fresh coat is all that is needed. It’s a simple yet crisp and clean environment that can be highlighted with bold coloured accessories such as dark furniture, accent rugs, throw pillow and wall art.
Dark Paint Colours
Dark Hues and Tones in any Paint Colour will most definitely add a punch of drama to any home decor. Although they are perfect for places like the entrance as seen in the photo above, they are also perfect for an accent wall in any room of your house. There is a consideration though if you are planning on selling your home, the choice of dark paint colours you choose may not be the ones to attract potential buyers.
As much as the interior painting is important to sell your house faster, the exterior of your home should look just as pretty for all potential buyers. Painting the exterior of your house is important maintenance to factor in when reselling your property, it provides that curb appeal that will also make you the envy of your neighborhood.
Planning a house painting project? Tackling it on your own? Are you wondering where to start, what tools you will need? Want to know how to paint a house like a professional painter? We hope these tips help you achieve as close to a professional house painting result.
House Painters Tools
It starts with the proper tools.
Purchases to be made:
Painter’s tape. Use it as a guide and protector around the glass on windows, the trim and baseboards and it may be helpful for you to paint a straight cut line. Buy a roll of plastic sheet to cover the floors and furniture.
Invest in a good quality paint brush and paint roller. The cheaper ones will leave behind hairs or fibers, and won’t apply the paint as well and you’ll most likely run into paint problems.
Buy caulking and applicator to seal any cracks around the windows, trim and baseboards. Caulking before painting is an important step to achieving good results.
Buy a putty knife and filler to patch nail pops, dents, holes or imperfections. If there is more damage to the drywall than just nail pops or small holes then you need to get a trowel and drywall compound to do drywall repairs. See our tips on how to avoid paint blocking or sticking problems.
A House Painter’s Tips
Sanding all the trim, baseboards and drywall repairs using a sponge sanding block or sheet of sandpaper ensures smooth surfaces before painting.
Prepare the drywall before you apply a primer to the walls and ceilings with a paint primer. Follow these tips on how to.
If you have stains due to water damage or smoke stains then the Kilz Original spray can is ideal for small spot coverage like the ceiling or wood grains of trim or baseboards.
Don’t cut corners when it comes to quality paint and primer products as you’ll regret the choices made. There really is a difference between the paint, the primer and the all in one paints . Splurge on the better product and you will get better results for your house painting project.
Congrat’s with all the information above you should be able to have your space looking fabulous. Perhaps in a few months or a year or so you may need to do some touch ups or repaint because life just happens.
House Painters and painting is the one thing you want to make sure you have the very best of. It’s an investment you make just like when you purchase your new house or condo.
When you hire a professional house painter in Ottawa you will be guaranteed top notch quality that comes with years of experience, knowledge, skill and discipline, and your house painting investment will be enjoyed for years to come.
Are you ready for the big moving day? You’ve just purchased that new house or condo and the keys have been handed to you and you’re super excited for this new phase in your life. Here is a quick to do list before moving in.
Change the locks on all exterior doors
If your a handy kind of person that knows how to change a door lock than absolutely go for it. There are plenty sold in all the big box stores at decent prices. Now a days there are so many options too. You can get the new modern ones that have keyless entry or go with old school lock and key. If your not a do it yourselfer than you can always hire a locksmith who will replace them for you. You do not want to keep the old locks from the previous owners as one never knows how many others those keys were shared with. Better to be safe than sorry.
Paint all the walls and ceilings
It’s easier for you the homeowner to have your condo or house painting done before you move in. It’s a good idea to hire a professional painter in Ottawa who can take care of all the necessary repairs of holes, cracks, damaged walls or ceilings and other defects. This way you’ll be able to have a fresh coat of paint and new colours in your new place before moving in. Painting also is a great form of house cleaning. It’s easier to paint the walls than to wash them all down prior to move in as it is time consuming.
Get the house cleaned
Usually it’s the norm that the homeowners moving out will leave the house clean and tidy for the new ones to move in. Sometimes it’ll happen they won’t but nonetheless it’s nice to have another good deep cleaning done before you move in. If you have the time, and energy you’re going to want to do it yourself, but if you can’t then hire a professional Ottawa house cleaning company like Green Apple Cleaning. Sometimes it’s just worth the extra money while you get other things done.
Make sure you get a professional to test all mechanical equipment is cleaned and serviced
Hire a professional to ensure the furnace and air conditioner is in working order
You want to make sure that the furnace and air conditioner in your new home or condo are in proper working condition. You don’t want to get stuck at -40 degree weather in Ottawa and the furnace won’t come on and same thing with our hot humid summers, you want to be able to flip on the switch and have them both working. You also don’t want to get caught having to pay for an emergency service call in the middle of winter or summer. Ensure that they are by hiring a professional furnace and air conditioner specialist.
Make sure all electrical is working properly and efficiently
If it’s a new home you don’t really have to worry about the electrical as it should be all up to code since it’s a new house or condo. If you’re moving in an older Ottawa home than it’s advisable for you to ensure that all the electrical stuff is working properly, efficiently and safely. You should hire a professional electrician. We recommend the services of Tri-Wave Electric Ltd in Ottawa to take care of servicing these issues. Of course if it’s a new home or even an older one that has undergone extensive renovations and the electrical has already been updated than sometimes all you need is to change the light switch plates. They may be old and mismatched or broken. It’s an easy and inexpensive fix to just go out and buy all new ones and have every room in your house looking updated with new light switch plates, and plug outlets.
Add or Install New Windows and or Treatments
If it’s an older home you’ve purchased perhaps the windows need to be replaced. You can ask a professional window replacement and manufacturing business in Ottawa. They will take care of everything from taking the precise measurements to installation, they make it a breeze. This way your home has added protection from drafts and cold as well as not letting any hot humid air in on our hot summer days.
If you don’t need new windows, that’s a bonus and added savings in your pocket. It would be nice to get new shades or blinds or even curtains. The ones previous owners left behind may not be to your liking and of course in newly constructed homes or condo units you’ll have to put in window treatments. It adds your finishing touch to your space, and of course your privacy.
If you found these tips to be helpful please share with your family and friends. As always if you’re looking for a painting contractor give us a call or email.
So it’s 7:30pm on this quite Monday January 23rd 2017. We at PG PAINT & DESIGN had settled for a relaxing evening after a long day’s work just like the rest of the great folks in the City of Ottawa. Phone Rings….. She says her name is Rachel and she’s from “Ontario Water & Health Safety Services” (of course she had to repeat it 3 times cause it wasn’t coming through clearly, not because i’m deaf but she mumbled it every time.
So i pretended to listen 🙂
She continued to tell me that our City of Ottawa water is not being filtered. It is at extremely high levels of chlorine and other stuff that i kind of started to tune out because i just had a gut feeling this was a scam. Especially since I had not heard local Ottawa news or read anything in the local Ottawa newspapers lately. You’ll find that Both the Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Sun had put out articles the are listed at the end of this post. I have to admit I just haven’t had the time to read them 🙂
As a fellow Ottawan I felt the need to put this out there and let others know because there is so much scamming out there and we need to all protect ourselves.
So the phone conversation goes something like this:
Me on the Phone🙂 🙂 🙂
She says: We have our team out in the K2E 7M8 area tomorrow and wondered what a convenient time would be to have one of the guys stop in and check your water. He’ll watch you run the water from your kitchen tap and then test it. Right there and then I thought THIS CAN’T BE REAL!!
So of course I told her there is no convenient time tomorrow because I need to research what she was talking about first. Since I had not heard anything regarding this from any of the news sources here in Ottawa. So she tells me to go to the Health Canada website and look up “Drinking Water Chlorination”. Then she asks me again about what the good time would be for someone to come by tomorrow. I told her that Absolutley NO TIME was good. I would google everything first. So she said OK then do your research and hopefully we can call you back again.
So first i googled “Ontario Water & Health Safety Services” and all that kept coming up was Scam, Door-to-Door Water Testing is a scam. There is no “Ontario Water & Healthy Safety Services” not that i could google anyway. So then I went to Google and typed in the Health Canada Website and typed a search for drinking water chlorination just like she told me to. You can read everything at the Health Canada Website articles There was no warning or anything I could find, if you do I hope you’ll let us know or at least the City of Ottawa and our Mayor Jim Watson.
We sincerely believe our water to be safe here in our city of Ottawa otherwise we would have heard something from our city officials and FOR CERTAIN Health Canada would have put out warning for all of us.
So please take note and don’t get caught opening your door to these scammers
Write this PHONE NUMBER 613-225-1441 “ONTARIO WATER & HEALTH SAFETY SERVICES” on a piece of paper and put it near your phone to remind you to either not answer the call or remind you to NOT OPEN THE DOOR to anyone claiming they are they to check your water.
If you get any of these unsolicited calls or someone just shows up at your door without the proper City of Ottawa I.D. Badges please report then by calling our Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222.
The Ottawa Sun Article can be found by clicking here
The Ottawa Citizen article can be read by clicking here
It’s important we all look out for each other. Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you found it useful please share it with your family and friends so that they too can be protected and aware of these scammers.