This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Canadian Tire. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’m finally starting to work on my basement family room that I’ve been talking about for so long on Instagram! Here’s a couple of before/after shots. What a difference! I mean… does it even look like the same space?!
I wish my fireplace was completely done as well. But you know what? I had to tell myself to be patient and really think about what I wanna do with it, instead of rushing it during this paint project.
The before/after pics might be a little bit confusing because I ended up switching out the spots of my couch and TV stand. I think it looks much better this way 🙂
I had been meaning to start on this project all year! But this whole time, the biggest hurdle for me was painting the walls. Wall colour really forms the basis of how you design a room and what furniture and décor items you go with. As you can see, my basement walls were a bit dark to start with. There isn’t much natural light in this room so it doesn’t help the situation. The previous homeowners probably went with this colour back when beige was all the rage. But it’s not exactly my style.
I knew I definitely wanted to make the space feel brighter, more open and spacious. That’s key with basements and small rooms to help make them feel… well…. less like basements and small rooms… But I don’t have any painting experience so it seemed daunting – first selecting the right paint, getting a primer, deciding on a paint colour, getting the right paint accessories, and then actually taking out time to do it. I was also terrified at the thought of buying and putting up the wrong wallpaper for the space.
As for the overall design and colour scheme, my inspiration basically came from minimal Scandinavian homes (no surprises there), as well as from some room displays I saw while roaming about in Ikea, as you do. I thought that the bright and minimal concept of Scandinavian design would really work for this room. I had basically bought my furniture and accessories with that vision in mind.
Painting the Walls with Premier Paint in Partnership with Canadian Tire
As some of you may remember from my Instagram stories, I went to the Toronto Interior Design Show (IDS) back in February earlier this year and tried the Canadian Tire Premier Paint on their fun little wall display. This paint is made in Canada which is super awesome! I got in on the painting fun and loved how the paint went on so saturated with just one little brush stroke. In the end, I got a little carried away and painted one of their pictures incorrectly – woopsies!
So when Canadian Tire sent me a paint kit and wanted me try out their paint, I was beyond excited! The timing to start my family room project was perfect. Summer and all its crazy events had ended, my daughter had settled in kindergarten, and the big projects at work were done (well, for the most part).
I went to my local Canadian Tire to pick out my paint colour. A customer service rep helped me understand the difference between the three types of paint they carry under the Premier brand:
- Premier Infinity – high-quality, super saturated one-coat paint with primer included. Zero VOCs. I believe this is the one I tried at IDS.
- Premier Active – paint and primer mixed, zero VOCs, recommended for high-traffic areas
- Premier– paint only (no primer), gets the job done, as they say.
For those of you who may not know, VOCs are harmful chemicals found in paints that get released into the air as the paint dries. They can cause headaches and dizziness, so you definitely want to make sure you’re getting VOC-free paint.
I decided that Premier Active would be the best choice for what I was trying to do. It was the perfect middle option. I had been confused about getting a primer for my beige walls, and this paint already had primer within it, which was perfect. It was recommended for high-traffic areas, which I expect my family room to be. It was also an economical choice at around $45 a gallon. As for the colour, I chose Arctic White in Eggshell sheen. This colour had been used in a few of the Canadian Tire Inspiration booklets and I just loved how it looked.
My family was a bit disappointed – all these beautiful colour choices and you’re going with white?? Well, not going to lie, I really did want to do a colourful feature wall in the end. I was quite impressed by this geometric turquoise display at the Canadian Tire store. But I knew that for the vision that I had in mind, I had to go with this beautiful Arctic White. White would give a more “continuous” look to the space because the ceiling is white as well. It doesn’t break your line of sight. And you know what? I found the perfect space in my house to do a feature wall as well. We’ll save that project for later! 😉
Previously, I’d had professional painters come and do my whole house upstairs when we first moved in. But this time around, my hubby and I put on some dirty old clothes, rolled up our sleeves, and got to work. My sister and sister-in-law came to help as well, so the project became a lot of fun. Some of you may have seen us do that on my Instastories.
The paint dried really fast, which helped us do the second coats within a short period of time. And one gallon was enough to do the whole family room. It was tiring and the post-paint clean-up wasn’t fun, but every bit worth the effort! This paint is also wipeable and cleanable, which means I should be able to take a damp cloth and just wipe away any marks that may be left on the walls.
You’ll notice in the before pictures that the ceilings are quite uneven here. But this white paint really brightened up the space. The shadows are definitely still there, of course. A shadow is a shadow. But it’s not making a part of the wall go even darker. It was going from beige to brown in the shadow areas before!
Ignore the mess and pay attention to the shadows, please:
Overall, I would highly recommend Premier paint. It’s great quality, dries fast, is wipeable and cleanable, doesn’t contain VOCs, and is Canadian-made! 🙂
Putting on Wallpaper
Once the paint was done, it was time to put up the wallpaper. It was super easy once we got the hang of it, but at first it was difficult. And hilarious! We were standing there asking ourselves, “how many family members does it take to get one panel of wallpaper up?”
I absolutely loved the brick wallpaper print carried by Bouclair and was eyeing it all summer. I then noted that it was on sale for $30 a roll. So I quickly ordered a few rolls. I only ended up using 2 out of the 3 rolls that I got (actually it was more like one and a half). So about $60 for this beautiful accent wall is an amazing deal, if you ask me!
Basically, I had assumed that “peelable” wallpaper means I would just peel it like a sticker and stick it to the wall. But it turned out the peelable wallpaper means it can be peeled OFF easily. To understand how to get it up, we had to go on Youtube and watch a couple of tutorials. There was water involved and a lot of mess was made.
It also got tricky because of two reasons: a) we couldn’t just cut one piece of wallpaper and use it as a stencil to cute more. There were different heights and lengths involved because of this space having uneven ceilings & b) the brick pattern had to be matched for it to come out neat. So finding where exactly the bricks would line up and then cutting and pasting the wallpaper accordingly wasn’t easy. I think it was all worth the hassle though. Do you know how many new decor opportunities this wall opens up? 😀
Hope you guys enjoyed seeing this little transformation. I would love to hear what you think in the comments below, and if you have any suggestions for decor because there’s lots to be done here still 🙂
Until next time,