Well despite the crazy weather in Ontario the last couple of days, the calendar says it's Spring. And I'm pretty sure at this point in March we're all craving some Spring-like weather, yes?
Personally I'm daydreaming of warm breezes, sitting out on the patio sipping a chilled-something-or-other and maybe even tackling an outdoor DIY project or two that we've been waiting all winter to get to. Is anyone else with me?
Speaking of outdoor DIY projects, I wanted to chat a bit with you about outdoor projects we're looking at for this year and some fun upcoming events and giveways!
Our Outdoor DIY Projects List
We've actually spent quite a bit of time working on the outside of our house over the last couple of years. We've added and updated a vertical garden, painted the front porch and garage door, fixed the lawn, updated the patio, installed an outdoor water feature and a few other random things that come with owning a house.
This year too of course we have a list of outdoor projects we'd like to tackle:
- fix or replace the garage door (one of the cables snapped and the door is older)
- replace the windows
- add a pool (above ground)
- pretty up the patio
- add a side table to the front porch (for between the rockers)
- build a deck box
There may be a few more that I'm forgetting too. Go figure!
There's always fun projects to be done when you own a house, right?
CIL® Woodcare®, the NEW Canadian Wood Oil Collection and the Cottage Life Show
While we're talking about DIY projects, I wanted to say that this spring Dean and I are partnering with CIL®, Canada's favorite brand of decorative paints. Specifically we're going to work with the CIL® Woodcare® line of products for our outdoor wood-based projects. (You know we love us a good wood project!)
CIL® Woodcare® offers a full line-up of products needed to clean, protect and beautify exterior wood in rich, durable colors and loads of protection from the harsh Canadian elements (water, UV damage, mildew and algae). (No one wants to work hard on a project to have it wrecked by the elements!)
On April 1st to 3rd CIL® will be participating in the 2016 Cottage Life Show as the main stage sponsor where they will debut the new Canadian Wood Oil collection, which will be sold exclusively at The Home Depot. The Cottage Life Show will be hosted at the International Centre with more than 550 exhibitors. My friend Courtenay Hartford of The Creek Line House will be there too and she'll be on stage on Saturday, April 2nd. So if you love her and want to see what she's up to with CIL® go check it out!
Who Wants Free Goodies?
So who wants to celebrate Spring (even if the weather isn't cooperating) with us?
Thanks to CIL® Dean and I will be giving away FIVE (5) prize packs each valued at $300 over the next several days leading up to the Cottage Life show. Each prize pack will contain:
- CIL GIFT CARD- $50
- HOME DEPOT GIFT CARD- $100
- Ticket for Two to the Cottage Life Show- $36
- CIL Branded Can opener- $15
- CIL Branded backpack- $50
- CIL Branded Journal- $20
- CIL Branded Flashlight- $10
- CIL Branded Pen- $5
- Basket $14
Okay, so here's the deal. With a bit of inspiration and the right tools, DIY wood projects are a fun and unique way to incorporate personal style and taste in to any well designed space. Inspiration for these projects can be found on blogs, on Pinterest, in magazines, on TV and just about anywhere you look.
So we will be running the giveaways on Facebook and Instagram. When you see the giveaways there (I'll add them to this post as they go live), all you need to do is post a photo of a wood staining project you have done OR a wood staining project that inspires you (make sure you have proper permission to share the image). Be sure to tag #CILWoodcare and @akadesigndotca so we can find your entries! One winner will be chosen from each giveaway!
Giveaway #1 – Instagram on Friday, March 25th
Giveaway #2 – Facebook on Monday, March 28th
Giveaway #3 – Instagram on Monday, March 28th
Giveaway #4 – Instagram on Tuesday, March 29th
Giveaway #5 – Instagram on Wednesday, March 30th
That's it. We will choose and announce two winners on Monday March 28th, one winner on Tuesday March 29th, one winner on Wednesday March 30th and one winner on Thursday, March 31st. Winners must provide contact and mailing info to us ASAP. CIL® will then ship the prized to each winner ahead of the Cottage Life Show.
RULES and Fine Print: Entrants must be of legal age (18), residents of Canada (excluding Quebec). No cash value. Winners are responsible for their own travel and expenses related to attending the Cottage Life Show. No travel expenses are provided. AKA Design is not responsible for delays in shipping or prize fulfillment. Facebook and Instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway or its fulfillment.