Painting “How To” for the average or less than average painter – Step 3 (Final Step!)

Congratulations! You have now made it to the final and for some people, the most intimidating step.  Nonsense! This is the best part… you are that much closer to the final result where all of your hard work pays off!If you are just ‘tuning in’ you may want to check out Step 1 and Step 2 first!

I am going to keep this one short and sweet.  It’s time to put the brush or roller to the wall… it’s that straight forward! Have faith in your products and in yourself that you are more than capable of doing this on your own.

I admit that edging intimidates me the most, but with the products I listed in Step 1 you should not have any issues.  If you feel more comfortable you can always use painter’s tape to protect your ceiling and/or baseboards.  Just remember, paint can still find its way through the tape so it’s best to be careful either way.

TIP: Stir your paint well before pouring it out (even if you just purchased it).

To begin, pour your paint into your tray (don’t forget the tray liner!).  Find an empty sour cream/cottage cheese/margarine container and pour some paint into it, this will be used while you are edging.

Don’t soak your edging brush in paint, just cover enough of the tip to give yourself a smooth line.  Keep the brush a little under the ceiling line or just above the baseboard to allow room for the bristles spreading as you apply pressure.  Keep a smooth and steady hand across and don’t be afraid to go over it again to take away any excess paint left at the start of your line.  After the first few swipes you will gain confidence, I am sure of it!

TIP: Do not edge the entire room at once. Edge one wall and then use the roller to complete that wall, then move onto the next.  This will ensure the paint dries around the same time and to the same colour.

Take your roller and dip one side of it in the paint tray then roll it down the tray to touch the paint again.  Make sure your roller is nice and covered with paint (no white left, but not dripping).  Apply the roller in the middle of the wall and roll slowly and smoothly towards the top to the bottom.  Remember, the faster you roll the more ‘splatter’ you will have.

TIP:  Beginning in the middle of the wall will save you from applying too much paint too close to the ceiling or the baseboard.

Repeat until your room is done!

I am well aware that most people know this basic point of painting. My hope is that some of the tips I have added to this post will help the ‘amateurs’ like me get through painting the walls of a room without painting everything else in sight or having it look like a 3 year old did it.

Good luck!  The end results are well worth the efforts you put in!

Lady Champagne xo

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Healthy Life| Avocado Smoothie

I have never reblogged anything before but there is a first time for everything. My friend at the ‘Beautiful Insanity’ blog posted this today and I am so excited to try it!

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mango-smoothieI am an absolute smoothie LOVER! I drink them all the time and my husband loves when I make him one after a great workout!

I recently tried a new smoothie recipe, one that was out of my comfort zone. Some may call me a picky eater, however I feel I am just selective! 😉

This new recipe surprised me, it was delicious!

Avocado Mango Smoothie Recipe

  • 1/2 half of an avocado
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango chunks
  • big handful of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 scoop of Vitamin Nutrition Supplement

This smoothie is very nutritious and I will typically have it for lunch, as it is very filling.

More insight to my healthy active lifestyle coming soon!

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Determined to get back on track…

My last post about anything fitness was June 27, 2013 and that means for almost an entire month I have 100% fallen off the wagon.  I am slowly realizing no matter what I say, life will never be any less busy.

Busy is an excuse. I can now admit that.

So, in honour of hopping back on the wagon, I thought I would share a few tips I came across with some of my own comments along side them.

Here are 10 ways to help get your diet back on track:

  1. Start now by recommitting today – why wait until tomorrow or Monday?
  2. Drink water like it’s your job!
  3. Plan each meal – this doesn’t have to be complicated, make them simple and healthy.
  4. Eat – don’t make up for overeating by not eating.  Not enough enough calories in a day will actually make your body go into starvation mode and start storing fat instead of shredding it.
  5. Revisit a food journal and repeat a good day – take this opportunity to start a food journal if you have not done so already.
  6. Remind yourself how far you have come – even if its from the couch to walking on a treadmill for 15 minutes.
  7. Move!  Get your sweat on every chance you have.
  8. Don’t let a bad week turn into a bad month (Like I did!)
  9. Vegetables are your best friend – find ones you like!
  10. Repeat this tomorrow and everyday after! 🙂

A food journal is a great way to help you track what you are eating and help you improve daily.  For me, its not a matter of diet, its a matter of health.  Less junk more veggies!  A food journal is also a great way to find trigger foods; whether you suffer from headaches, digestion problems, or even stress, it will help pinpoint what is causing your symptoms and offer you a natural fix!

Here’s to being back on the fitness wagon and doing something good for ourselves!

Lady Champagne xo

Painting “How To” for the average or less than average painter – Step 2

I hope my ‘Step 1’ post was helpful in every way possible as you make your way to or through a renovation journey.  Just remember, you are making these changes for yourself and it should not have to be a stressful time.  In fact, most of our time ‘renoing’ (if that’s even a word) was spent smiling, laughing and ok sometimes complaining of how tired we were.  But every ounce of effort put into our place was well worth it and we hold SO much pride in our home now.  It is ours, we made it this way.

To start I would like to refer back to ‘Step 1’ for a moment:

Many people also purchase a tarp or large sheet of plastic to protect their floors from those paint drips. I did not include this in ‘Step 1’ and probably should have after learning our lesson. We did not find this to be a big issue but we did end up scraping off a few spots of paint from our floors. So if you want to save yourself the trouble, don’t be afraid to cover your floors before painting.

*TIP: Plastic sheets or a tarp is better suited for covering as paint will eventually seep through an old sheet.

*TIP:  If you are painting over dark colours, as we did on one wall (dark chocolate-brown), you will need to prime before painting.  Essentially any primer will do but the better the quality the less coats required.

Ok, now onto Step 2!

I’ll remind you that we are amateurs, not professionals, but for that reason I am offering these posts.  Most of us are not professionals and don’t necessarily have the time to take every step they suggest… or have the funds to hire them!  With that said, I left you with a pile of painting supplies dropped at your front door. Now what!? Well, now its time to get started!

I would say the most important part of painting is to clear the area being painted as much as possible. Anything that can get in your way, will get in your way and it’s just something you don’t want to have to deal with while paint drips from the roller. Accept now that your house will not be in pristine shape as you reno and if a perfectionist like me can live through it, so can you!

Once the area is emptied, look over the walls for any repairs needed.

Once you have the area prepped, take a dry rag and wipe down all of the walls (especially the ceiling corners and baseboards) to remove any dust or cobwebs hanging around. We found this was sufficient although some might go as far as using hot, soapy water to wipe down the walls (your choice).  Next remove any light switch or electrical outlet plates and store them in a tupperware container or somewhere they wont get lost.  This is also the perfect opportunity to wash these and remove all of the dirt and grime build up over time.

Once your ‘cleaning spree’ is done take a look at the walls to find any holes or dents that need repairing.  This is where your trusty putty and putty knives come into play!  You want to fill the holes and “swipe” away any access putty with your knife.  Once it turns from pink to white you are ready to sand.  A light sanding is sufficient until the area is smooth and even with the wall.  After you have completed this around the room to be painted you are ready to start!

Take a break you deserve it 😉

Stay Tuned!

Lady Champagne xo

Too busy for life?

Too busy for life?

I have already made a small statement about how busy life really is for Mr. Champagne and I and no matter how many times we like to say “next year we won’t be so busy”, it is never a true statement. There is always another birthday party, wedding, baby shower, etc. and when you have a lot of close people in your life these are not things that you can avoid or skip just because you are tired or don’t have time. The people in our lives mean something to us and we are the type of people who are always there… for everyone. Let’s just say its a blessing and a curse!

And with that, as I read “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”, I think, this could be a negative thing. But in all reality, aren’t these plans we are making now what make our life? Give us our experiences and stories to tell our grandchildren? At this point in our crazy busy lives we have accepted that we are just busy people and we would never be satisfied not being busy. What else is there to do but enjoy organized chaos and the people you love?

I think the point and most important part of John Lennon’s message is don’t make being busy an excuse. There should always be time to see those you love, do things that make YOU happy and just simply enjoy life for everything that it is. We continue to learn how to prioritize all of these things in our lives and are coming to realize its not that easy! It is a wonderful thing to be able to do things for others, attend their functions, help them plan, etc., but it is very important that you are happy yourself, that you do things you enjoy and know that sometimes it really is ok to say no.

Mr. Champagne and I are still learning all of these steps but find when we take time for ourselves in the midst of all the craziness, it makes a big difference in how we feel about helping or committing to others.

So just remember, you’re never too busy for life! You have to continue (or start) to do things that make YOU happy before you can be satisfied in helping or committing to others.

Lady Champagne xo

Painting “How To” for the average or less than average painter – Step 1

Average was a polite way of describing my painting skills before we began our renovation journey.  To be honest, I don’t even know what I was thinking when I brought home over 10 gallons of paint.  Normally in these situations I would assume that Mr. Champagne (who is MUCH handier than I am) would take over and rescue whatever project I thought I could do.  But this time, it was OUR project and I definitely did not expect him to redo our entire house on his own.  It was time to learn!

I have been posting many before and after pictures of our renovations and have received great feedback but also some questions on the “how to” end of it.  So I felt it was time to expose all of my secrets. 🙂

To begin our “renovation journey”, as most of you know, we took our first of many trips to Rona.  We were so lucky to have a very knowledgeable person helping us through the paint aisles.  This made choosing all of our supplies MUCH easier and I am hoping that passing on this knowledge helps make your journey that much easier!

First we talked about paint…

We went in having an idea of colours but figured we would know the right ones when we saw them.  This doesn’t work out in everyone’s favour and can definitely make the situation much more stressful than it needs to be.  Luckily I had a picture of my inspiration board and that helped set a path to where we ended up. (I’ll remind you that we started with the idea of just the spare room and by the end of this Rona trip we had paint for our entire house!).  We strolled around with samples in our hands as we started to talk about paint brands.   Our helper suggested Rona Eco Paint.

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$18.99 per gallon

I have to say, I LOVED the idea of choosing the above paint.  It’s made of recycled latex paint and comes pre-coloured!  You can literally pick it up off the shelf (pay for it) and walk out!  With a price tag of only $18.99 a gallon (cheapest one there) and doing something nice for the environment, I was all for it.  Unfortunately, although there were some really beautiful colours, they were not the ones we were looking for.  We had to move onto the next best thing, at least price wise and went with SICO paint.

*TIP:  When painting rooms like a kitchen or especially a bathroom, go the extra mile and purchase proper Kitchen and/or bathroom paint.

Because we were painting such large areas all the same colours (3 bedrooms or our entire main floor) we cut our cost by purchasing the gallons in 5 gallon tubs, otherwise known as painter’s buckets.  They do take a little muscle to carry and pour but are well worth the savings.

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Example of 5 gallon bucket

Next we chose a deep paint tray to allow us as much room as possible to pour paint into.  We also purchased liners for the paint tray for a few reasons; we had 4 different paint colours and this makes for easier transition between them, easier clean up and gives the paint tray a longer life span (for your next project ;)).

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$5.39 for the tray

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$1.89 per liner

We were advised that we did not have to spend a fortune on a “good roller”, you just have to make sure it is lint free and labelled for the type of paint you are painting with.  We went for a middle of the road (and store brand) roller.  The handle also does not have to be anything spectacular, just don’t buy it at the dollar store if you have a big job ahead.

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$8.99 for a 3 pack (We got them for $6.99 because they were in the wrong spot!)

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$3.99 roller (will last forever)

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*TIP: Stay away from the packaged deal! Yes, they are cheaper but remember, they are cheaper in every sense of the word. You are better off spending a few extra dollars and getting the quality that you pay for, it will pay off in the results.

The part people dread the most… Edging!

We were prepared to buy boxes of painter’s tape to protect our unsuspecting base boards, but to our surprise this was not on the list of “this is what you need”.  Apparently all that you require is the right tool and that is the angular brush.  Although I mostly stayed away from edging, Mr. Champagne definitely found this brush to be the most handy he has ever used and the final product was proof of that.  We purchased two against the suggestion of our Rona helper and well, she ended up being right.  One brush was more than enough for the ENTIRE house and still has life in it.

*TIP: To store the brush for future use wrap it in plastic wrap or a plastic bag and put it in the fridge.  If you will be using it for a different colour next time, rinse it well while the paint is still wet on the brush and place it on a clean paper towel to absorb the water.

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$9.99 and well worth it!

*TIP: Don’t over purchase! The store is only down the street if you happen to run out of something.

And finally, like all houses, we had some small wall repairs to handle before we could get started.  We wanted something quick and easy to get the job done.

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$3.11 and will last a lifetime!

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$3.99 and have many different uses!

The putty is great for beginners because it goes on pink and when it turns white you know it is dry and ok to be sanded.  The plastic putty knives are all you’ll ever need and even came in handy for us when we did our kitchen back splash. (Another “how to” to come!).  Grab yourself a piece of sandpaper while you are there also (worth a few cents).

After spending well within our budget, we were on our way home, tools and confidence in hand!

Stay tuned for Painting “How To” for the average or less than average painter – Step 2!

Lady Champagne xo