Office Reveal-Finally!

Hola Shiplappers! It’s been awhile since I have posted-my apologies! Time continues to run away from me as the days turn into weeks so quickly! The Christmas and holiday rush is well behind us, and in pursuit of working on my many new goals for 2017, I finally completed…my office area!

I am so excited to share it with you all, because I feel like it is a space that truly represents me on such a personal level. I really wanted it to be that way, because like the old adage says “find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life”. A lot of what I hope to do moving forward will require a fair amount of time being spent at a desk. Not only do I now have a beautiful space that I am comfortable in and that functions for my needs, but it was also a pleasure to plan and execute this personal space for myself (seriously, I live for this stuff!).

After purchasing our home, we knew that we would dedicate a space for Mr. Chasing Shiplap to have an office, due to the nature of his work. For him we decided on some extra space in our basement/man cave and that has been perfect for his needs. I mulled for awhile over where to put my office. I knew that I didn’t want it in our main living area, as offices and desks can get a little wild with “stuff/junk” and I dislike clutter in our main living space.

Before: Empty Nook Area

I ended up deciding on a little hallway nook leading to our master bedroom, that didn’t serve much of a purpose aside from being a segue area. The space is small, so I had some trepidation about being able to pull it off as an office. A quick search of small office areas on Pinterest bolstered my confidence about making the space work so I decided to go for it! Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

I opted for IKEAs Table Bar System which allows you to mix and match various table tops and legs to create your own custom desk. I added 2 IKEA wall shelves with brackets and that was the starting point for my new office. The pieces that I selected are practical and economical, and also give a custom look and feel because I was able to pick exactly what works for the space.

The decor and accessories is a mishmash of office supplies and pieces that I already had, plus things that I thrifted from Value Village and purchased from places like the Dollarama, Michael’s, Winners, Homesense, and Wicker Emporium. You will recognize some Dollarama office supplies from my “Office Organization- Spray Paint all of the Things” post. I splurged a bit on a mint green vintage school house light fixture. I have to say that I find that one of the quickest ways to transform a space is to swap out the basic builder grade lights and replace them with something custom. This does not have to be expensive! There are beautiful lighting options in many price ranges if you are willing to shop around!

I have to admit that I am very much an “old lady” at heart (I have Pinterest board titled “35 going on 76”, haha). I love florals, pink, vintage-y, soft, feminine, and shabby chic decor elements. I am the only female in our household of 5 people, so feminine elements ended up being very strong! I used various pieces of art work and mirrors to create a gallery wall. Here she is, my completed office space!

Chasing Shiplap Office Reveal

Maybe someday I can find a way to add some shiplap to the area, haha. I hope that you enjoy the space as much as I do! Thanks to everyone who voted for me to complete this space, and to all of you for continuing on this Chasing Shiplap journey with me!

The Flock is Strong With This One!

Sparkling lights twinkle on the banister, familiar carols and melodies swirl around as the soundtrack to the season, and it’s impossible to look in the mirror and not find sparkles freckling our skin and clothing. Christmas is in the air Shiplappers, and I am soaking it up quite fervently. Admidst the rush, chaos, and the demands of everyday life (sick kids, packing lunches, getting out the door on time, planning days around naps, and just being plain old tired to name a few), Christmas is my happy place.


One of my favourite Christmas past times, like many, is decorating our home for the holidays. To me, trimming our Christmas tree elicits the feeling you get as a child, when you scurry outdoors upon the first big snow fall, and take that long awaited backwards free fall . The feeling of familiarity and nostalgia when the snow crunches below your body, as you flail your arms and legs in delight, thus making your first snow angel of the season. Oh the feels!

With it being our first Christmas in our new home, my decor style and colour scheme has changed quite a bit. Keeping with the whole modern farmhouse thing, I decided to go very light and neutral with my holiday
palette. Mainly because I love how it looks, but also because of the versatility it offers in years to come should I want to change things up by adding pops of colour or new decor elements.  Neutrals make for such an easy decorating foundation!

Flocked Trees in our Backyard 


This year I have been obsessed with flocked Christmas trees- you know the ones that look like they are covered in beautiful fluffy white snow? I can thank the expansive vaulted ceiling in our new home for persuading a reluctant Mr. Chasing Shiplap to agree that our old tree did not suit the scale and space of our home.  Alas, we sprung for a impressive 9 foot flocked Alaskan Spruce, and she does not disappoint! I knew the tree would be tall, but I was surprised as to how wide, full, and lush that it is too. It fills the area in a way that our 7 foot tree would not have, and we are so pleased that we made the investment!

Bringing Outdoors to Indoors

So, here we are! Christmas in our new home with our lovely tree that looks like it was plucked from a whimsical sparkling forest to bring cheer and happiness to this Shiplapper! Below is some of my other holiday decorating as well.  I hope that you enjoy it!

Shiplap Mantle

Garland on Banisters 

Snowflake pencil tree in entryway dormer ❄️

Festive Details

See you again soon and have a beautiful Christmas! 🌲

Holiday Decorating-Ribbon Tip!

Hello Shiplappers! We are inching closer to the Christmas season and I have begun decorating,  starting with outside.  I started with outside mostly because I dislike the cold and I really do not enjoy having to do tasks that require manual dexterity when my hands are freezing!  I had a vision for what I wanted my holiday wreaths to look like this year. The only problem was that I could not find the beautiful ticking printed ribbon that I wanted to hang my wreaths with.

Solution? Make my own! Well, not literally. I found 3 different sets of ribbon in varying widths and combined them to bring my vision to life. It really was the easiest little project, and now I have a custom, one of a kind ribbon!

Here’s the complicated process:

1. Buy desired ribbon in varying widths

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2. Using a hot glue gun, adhere ribbons to each other

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3. Use ribbon as desired

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Viola! Now you can be crafty like me, haha! Happy holiday decorating!

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Birthday Celebration and Our First Hosting Gig!

Hola and happy Fall to you all! The cool crisp weather has arrived on the island and the leaves are beginning to change colour. I’m slowly digging my cozy sweaters and chic boots out of storage. Fall is my favourite season!

Our eldest little Shiplapper turned 5 years old this past week, and we celebrated by hosting a little shindig with some friends that we have made since settling into our new home!
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We had a lovely day, complete with yummy food, cupcakes, and adorable kids running wild through the house and in the backyard. It was a small gathering which allowed us to entertain the kids while getting to know our new parent friends as well. The day was a success, and we’re so glad that we didn’t shy away from hosting duties like we usually do. I’m excited for future gatherings in our home! Canadian Thanksgiving is up next!

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Kitchen Reveal + Bringing it all Together!

Friends! I apologize for the hiatus. I never intend to be away as long as I am. Life continues to be a whirlwind, but in so many wonderful ways! We have had so many fantastic visits with friends and family since we have arrived on the island. Our boys love their new home and have transitioned as well as we could have hoped for with all of the changes. We now have the first week of back-to-school under our belt, and we continue to move forward.

Amidst the busyness, and rush of life, we managed to live through our kitchen remodel. It was not a major renovation so it really wasn’t that bad. The hardest part was waiting for all of the elements to come together (e.g. carpenter, plumber, tiler, electrician, and supplies to arrive). Renovations are a lesson in patience! It was nearly a 6 week process, and in the I am extremely pleased with how our vision came together. I am very excited to share the [almost] finished product!

First, I’d like to remind you what the kitchen looked like when we purchased the house. When we viewed the house initially, the kitchen was lovely but not my style. Despite that, I knew that I had something good to work with and that the changes that I wanted to implement would be mostly cosmetic because footprint and layout of the space worked. We started with a deep red wall colour, dark tone wood cabinetry, a two tiered island with a breakfast, and built in spring opening spice racks flanking the stove. The countertops were a dark laminate, and the sink and faucet were a standard builders grade stainless steel and chrome. The backsplash tile was a beige stone, and we were grateful that the stainless steel appliances were included in the sale of the home.

Kitchen Before

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The first thing we had done to begin our kitchen transformation was have the walls and shaker style cabinets professionally painted white (walls are Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing, and the cabinets are colour matched to Benjamin Moore’s Simply White).. It was a much more economical choice than replacing or even refacing them. We also had the wood beams stained in a dark walnut colour.

Painted Walls & Cabinets

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We then had the island cut down to remove the breakfast bar tier, and we replaced the laminate countertops with quartz, making the island level and increasing the usable surface area. The stainless steel sink was replaced with a fire clay apron sink, and the faucet replaced with an oil rubbed bronze finished spray faucet. We also added an Insinkerator garbage waste disposal system. Although the builtin spice racks were a neat feature, we opted to remove them in favour of opening up the stove area and increasing our counter space. I have no regrets making that move!

Stained Beams & Island is One Level

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We replaced the beige stone backsplash with classic white subway tile with contrasting grout in a charcoal colour. We also added a herringbone pattern feature above the stove. Since we removed the existing tile and subsequently has to replace the drywall, we took advantage of the opportunity and decided to add plumbing for a pot filler faucet about the stove. We love it! We kept the original cabinet knobs and pulls since they coordinated with the oil rubbed bronze sink faucet and pot filler.

Subway Tile Installation 

imageFinally, we had the light fixture in the dining area moved about 8 inches to be centered over our dining table, and changed the fixture to a simple chandelier. That sums up the multiple changes that we have made to our kitchen and dining area. Alas, here is our new space that functions much better for our family’s needs. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we are!

Our New Kitchen

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We are really happy with how the kitchen, dining room, and living room flow and have come together!  I will continue to update the blog to reveal the changes that we make in the other rooms in our home. I hope that you will tune in as I continue on my journey of Chasing Shiplap!

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Fireplace and Livingspace Reveal!

Hola friends! I am trying to keep the momentum going and get back in the habit of posting more frequently. Thanks for your patience and continuing to follow along on this journey with me! I have begun my interior decorating course and I’m excited to share more about that another time.

As promised, I wanted to share our living room space and the fireplace remodel now that it is (almost) completed. You may recall in my update post that we didn’t plan to redo the fireplace when we bought our house.  After painting the builtin bookcases white, the existing stone facade no longer worked in the space. After deciding that we would redo the surround, it was a no brainer for what I wanted. You guessed it, we decided to add my coveted shiplap to our space!

Before: Livingroom and Fireplace 

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We are not as handy as we would like to be, so we contracted this job out to the big guns. They took care of everything related to the build, and I oversaw the design elements. The materials included cedar shiplap, wood for the mantle, and we had the fireplace surround tiled in a herringbone carrera marble. We also added shiplap to the back of the bookcases and switched out the shelves from glass to wood. The shiplap and mantle were painted white to match the bookcases upon completion of the construction.

During: Construction of Shiplap Facade

imageThe cumulative construction/build time too about 3 complete days, but due to carpenter and tiler’s availability the entire project was completed over about a 3 week period. The painting took 2 days.

After: From Cosy Cabin to Calming Cottage!

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We are thrilled with the end result! The lighter wall colour combined with the white fireplace and builtins really have transformed the space. The room in its previous form, while lovely, felt dark and heavy. The space now feels lighter, brighter, open and much larger! I like to say that the space has gone from a cosy cabin, to a calming cottage which is very fitting for us as we settle into island life!

After: Shiplap backing and wooden shelves replace glass shelves 

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We still have some accessorizing and decorating to do as we move on to the surrounding areas (foyer, dining area, and kitchen). It is important to achieve a flow and continuity between all of the surrounding areas when you have an open concept floor plan. More to come as I complete the others rooms and areas. Stay tuned!

After: A work in progress-Adjoining areas to come! 

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Exciting News to Share!


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This desk is a great representation of my life right now. Cluttered, disorganized, and filled with things that I love. We are a month and a half into life into our new home and most days I feel like I have barely scratched the surface on the amount of stuff on my to do list (including properly setting up my tiny home office). The unpacking has been very slow. We’ve found ourselves at that place where we have unpacked enough to function comfortably and have plateaued at that point. Day to day life with 3 kids, work and renovations have been keeping us so busy!

We are gradually making progress on the projects, and I am hopeful that once they are completed that my motivation will skyrocket (wishful thinking right?!), propelling me to finish my unpacking and organizing!

In the meantime, I have decided to add another bit of crazy to my already busy life. Some exciting news that I’d like to share is…

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That’s right folks, I’m back in student mode! I have enrolled in a distance education Interior Decorating course as well as a Home Staging course. I’m on a path to following my dreams, which feels exciting, and overwhelming all at the same time! I love being a student and I am super eager to begin my studies. Thank you for coming along on this Chasing Shiplap journey with me. I now have my path to becoming a certified decorator to add to the many things that I am excited to share with you all in the future. More to come soon!

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On Trend? Copper Comeback!

The more that I pay attention to design details, the more I begin to notice recurring themes and trends that I have never taken notice of in the past. It’s funny how that happens, right? It’s kind of like when I knew I was ready to start a family and all of a sudden I started seeing pregnant women and newborn babies everywhere! That’s how I know that I am truly passionate about design. I now can’t not pay attention to the details. I love to observe and analyze details that many years ago would not have grabbed my attention.

We all know that there are many things in pop culture that soar to popularity and eventually plummet from grace. Design and decor is no exception, much like clothing retail. Seriously, who ever thought that skinny jeans would be resurrected after its previous run in the 80s? In design, there are definitely classic elements that will never be truly be “dated” (think hardwood floors, large windows and crown moulding), and conversely, there are elements that I would be surprised to see make a comeback (baby pink and powder blue tile bathrooms, and popcorn ceilings anyone?).

           Fixer Upper -Magnolia Homes Designed Kitchen

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Today I want to spotlight a design and decor element that I have been seeing a lot of lately (thanks in part to Fixer Upper and their designs featuring this element). This element (literally!) is decor and finishes in copper! When I initially started seeing copper in design over the last couple of years, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It has a classic look, and to me it evokes an “old world” feel, with its use dating back to ancient times when it was used as a durable and resistant architectural material. I am seeing more of the orangey-pinkish hued colour adorning furniture, fixtures, and decor pieces when shopping these days.

I couldn’t resist picking up two copper pieces that caught my eye at Value Village (a popular second hand item store here in Canada) while browsing there recently. You may have read one of my recent posts about the sale of our house and our upcoming move to a new home. Well, I hope that I can find a way to incorporate some pretty copper pieces into my decor, but since I’m not sure if it will work or not, I felt safe spending $2.99 per item, in the event that I can’t make them work (not a significant loss of money). I found a tip for cleaning copper that called for coarse salt and lemon juice. I made a paste mixing the two items to shine up my pieces-I felt that it worked pretty well!

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The two pieces that I ended up with are a taper candle holder, and a decorative hanging pan with a rooster on it. They are both keeping with the farmhouse style that I love. I paired them with a rustic wood tray and a sweet and simple glass jar to help them work with my existing decor pieces. I really hope that I can find a way to make them work somewhere in our new home-stay tuned for an update on that! Don’t be surprised if you start noticing copper details when you are out and about now!

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Want the look? Check out your local second-hand and thrift shops for vintage pieces!  You can achieve the look very inexpensively if you by second-hand, and the copper lining, er, silver lining, is that you could end up with some genuine pieces with some history behind them! You can also find copper decor in stores like Homesene and Stokes. If online shopping is more your style, check out Wayfair (now available in Canada!) for a large selection with great price ranges. The below items are some things that caught my eye while I was browsing on their new app!

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If you love the metal look in your home decor, don’t be scared to switch things up a little and try adding some copper elements to your space!

Chasing Shiplap Giveaway!

imageWhat an exciting, whirlwind past 3 weeks with the launch of Chasing Shiplap! We have recently reached over 1000 likes on our Facebook page! It has been a labour of love, and it feels so worthwhile to be sharing my life and ideas with you all. I appreciate that you are tuning in, and to show my gratitude I am hosting our very first giveaway!

We are on the cusp of summer and I am excited to give you a chance to bring some sunshine into your life, specifically, for my favourite room in the house-the kitchen!

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To enter for a chance to win this beautiful, basket of goodies handpicked by Chasing Shiplap, please “Like” our Facebook page, “Like” the giveaway post on the page, and in the comments of the giveaway post, tell us what your favourite room in your home is and why! To be eligible you must complete all 3 criteria! This giveaway will end on Thursday, June 9th, at 9pm EST.

Thank you immensely for following us and for your support! Remember to check in frequently for the latest blog posts, updates, promotions and giveaways!

Note: The estimated retail value of the prize is approximately $100 CDN. Any duties, taxes, and tariffs upon receipt of the prize is the sole responsibility of the winner/recipient.

Please review the giveaway Rules and Regulations below for contest eligibility and requirements.

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1. Eligibility: Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is open only to those who sign up at the online giveaway page and who are 18 years old as of the date of entry. The giveaway is only open to legal residents of Canada, The United States, The Bahamas, The United Kingdom, and Mexico, Norway, and The Netherlands and is void where prohibited by law. The Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state/provincial and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of Chasing Shiplap, as final and binding as it relates to the content. The Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state/provincial/provincial and local laws.
3. Giveaway Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on or about Sunday, June 5th, 2016 and ending Tuesday, June 7th, 2016. All online entries must be received by Thursday, June 9th, 2016 9:00PM EST.

4. How to Enter: The Giveaway must be entered by “Liking” the Chasing Shiplap Facebook page, “Liking” the Chasing Shiplap Facebook Giveaway post, and answering the question asked in the Giveaway post, by commenting on the post. The entry must fulfill all giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are not complete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Chasing Shiplap. You may enter only once and you must fill in the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Chasing Shiplap.

5. Prizes: The winner will receive the contents of the gift basket handpicked by Chasing Shiplap with an approximate retail value of $100 CDN. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Chasing Shiplap. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Chasing Shiplap’s discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state/provincial/provincial, and/or local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Chasing Shiplap to use winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

7. Winner selection and notification: Winners of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing under the supervision of the Chasing Shiplap. The winners will be notified via Facebook to the Facebook account that they entered the Giveaway with within five (5) days following the winner selection. Chasing Shiplap shall have no liability for a winner’s failure to receive notices due to winners failure to respond to attempts made to contact the winner via their Facebook account, other security settings or for winners’ provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 7 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and releases as required, prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.
The receipt by winner of the prize offered in this Giveaway is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal and state/provincial/provincial laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY ANY WINNER (AT CHASING SHIPLAP’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN SUCH WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE Giveaway AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Rights Granted by you: By entering this content you understand that Chasing Shiplap, anyone acting on behalf of Chasing Shiplap, or its respective licensees, successors and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter in perpetuity and throughout the World, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Giveaway, and biographical information as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation.

9. Terms: Chasing Shiplap reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Giveaway should (in its sole discretion) a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Giveaway. In such case, Chasing Shiplap may select the recipients from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Chasing Shiplap. Chasing Shiplap reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or website or violates these Terms & Conditions.

Chasing Shiplap has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Giveaway, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to; multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by giveaway rules; or the use of bots, macros or scripts or other technical means for entering.
Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the giveaway may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Chasing Shiplap reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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11. Disputes: THIS Giveaway IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF Canada AND Ontario, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Giveaway, participant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Ontario having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Giveaway), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

12. Chasing Shiplap and the entrant acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. This statement serves as a complete release of Facebook by the sponsor, entrants and participants of the giveaway.

13. Chasing Shiplap: The sponsor of the Giveaway is Chasing Shiplap, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Home Office Organization-Spray paint all of the things!

Spray paint all of the things!! I will shout it from the rooftops! Shiplappers, I am hooked. There is a “chalk paint” movement sweeping the design world. What is chalk paint you ask? Chalk paint is typically a water-based decorative paint that dries in a powdery, chalk-like finish. In a design sense, it flows extremely well with the rustic, farmhouse look because it is not high gloss and shiny,both of which tend to give a modern or contemporary feel. A popular brand of chalk paint is made by a company called Annie Sloan. They offer an array of chalk paint colours to choose from.

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So naturally, I am ALL OVER the look of chalk paint. There is just something about the powdery, matte finish that appeals to my inner Joanna Gaines. I especially love the soft neutral colours that tend to be featured in chalk paint palettes. So you can imagine my excitement when I came across a new line of chalk spray paint by Rust-Oleum called “Chalked Ultra Matte Paint” at (none-other-than) Walmart! Before I knew it, I had 3 cans of prettily coloured chalk spray paint in my shopping cart. It took a significant amount of restraint, but I returned two of the cans to the shelf and left the store with a single can, costing about $10. I ended up with a colour called “Serenity Blue”, a subtle and chalky muted blue/green. It’s a colour that I felt would work well with my current decor scheme, plus I really just liked the look of it and knew that I could make it work in the space in our new home as well.

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I wasn’t sure what I was going to use the spray paint for initially. After some mulling, I decide that I would focus on some office/desk organization supplies. Since I launched Chasing Shiplap, I have realized that it would be beneficial to have a dedicated workspace for myself in our new home when we move. With that in mind, I hit the Dollarama to find some inexpensive pieces to transform for my soon-to-be workspace. Dollarama did not disappoint. I ended up getting a wire mesh file holder, letter organizer with pen compartments, a rectangular pen cup, and a shallow circular cup. Each piece is from the same collection so they coordinate perfectly and ranged in price from $1.50-$3.00 per item. For fun I also grabbed a wooden picture frame ($3.00), and a package of metal drawer knobs ($2.00). Finally, I loaded my basket up with some cute and colourful pens, pencils, erasers, binder clips, and a package ofchalkboard style labels, to stock my new desktop.

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Fast forward to spray painting time. I did the painting in our garage with the garage doors open for good ventilation. It took me about 5-7 minutes to spray all of the pieces. I let them dry for the rest of the day, and applied a second coat the next morning. I am really happy with how they turned out! The chalk paint added a subtle hint of colour and softness to the gray metal Dollarama pieces.

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To add an extra element of style, I added the little chalkboard labels (you can actually write on them with chalk!) that I found at the Dollarama to a couple of the pieces. They make the file holder and cup holder stand out more, but also add a functional component if you have multiple pieces that and want to further organize with labels!

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I did a mock up of a desktop using the little built-in desk area (aka junk surface) in our kitchen. I borrowed a few other items in from various places around my house to set up the space in a way that I found to be visually appealing and a functional use of the space and supplies as well. Here is the end result!

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I hope this displays how easy it is to transform basic items into something a bit more exciting! The beauty about using spray paint is that it is super easy, fast, and it comes in such a variety of colours making it super simple to customize your items any way that you would like. Here at Chasing Shiplap, we love simplicity and versatility!

I also painted the picture frame and drawer knobs that I picked up at the Dollarama. If you have a desk with drawer knobs or pulls, you can add continuity with your colour scheme by painting them too!

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Spray painting things can become a little addictive. I was having so much fun that I went looking for something else to paint! I found and old paper towel holder that was in a box of items to be donated. I happily sprayed it, reminiscing about when my husband and I purchased it (for $8) for the first apartment that we lived in when we moved to Ontario. Realizing that the paper towel holder had been with us for 12 years, I was glad that I found a way to give it new life and hang onto it a little while longer. Here it is, looking like it has had a talk show makeover! It now sits on my counter, newly liberated from the donation bin. I get a warm tingly feeling in my heart when I can repurpose old stuff! If you have any old items that you are on the fence about keeping, consider giving them a facelift and new life with a couple of coats of spray paint!

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Having my new, pretty, office supplies and paper towel holder fuels my motivation to continue on this blogging journey. I can’t wait to share my workspace set up in our new home in the coming weeks! Until then, I’ll be Chasing Shiplap, and I encourage you to go get your paint on!

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