BUILDING LIL BOXES - recycling Christmas cards

The first time I made one of these boxes was
when I was quite young. And truthfully I have
never stopped. They are perfect for hiding small
presents in, or safely storing a small ornament
while packed away for the year. They can also
be used for an advent calendar, hiding a small
treat inside and hung from many different
places in your home.

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Our first dinner at this table ended up being
rather nice. We had been working all afternoon
getting ready for the first snow fall of the year.
Rolling up hoses, readying the walk ways for
a fresh covering of snow. I had also started a
pot of chicken soup earlier and in between
tasks I would find my way back to check on
it. Sitting down to a nice warm bowl after a
long day is always great but for me it got even
better when GG told me he found his ring
while cleaning his vehicle. It is not of
great value but for us it hurt deeply when
it went missing.

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SHABBY CHIC TV STAND - long legs & gold paint

Our TV stand is completely unique and a
one of a kind creation I made from an old
2 drawer chest a friend gave me. The piece
needed a lot of attention in one way or
another but little did I know this is what
the end result was going to be.

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TO PAINT OR NOT TO PAINT - french country cupboard

Many people go through the
struggle of whether they should
paint wood furniture or not. I 
do struggle sometimes with the 
decision as well. I have had 
many pieces of beautiful wood
furniture that I have re-home 
because they didn't fit in 
here. This dresser and cabinet 
to the left have been with me 
for several years enjoyed as is 
but I have wanted to paint them
for awhile now. It just took
some time for me to jump in 
with both feet.

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The smell that these wreaths bring into the house for
the holidays is priceless and I make a few every year.

Supplies for these wreaths are as follows:

flexible wire
strong utility scissors
live greenery
gloves (optional)

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PAINTING PINE CONES - snow kissed pine cone tutorial

It must be that time of year again cause the erg
to create tons of holiday decor is upon me. Over
the weekend I took some time to build a few
wreaths for friends and family. And I wanted to
share a simple and easy trick to embellish pine
cones so they stand out and make a statement
on my wreaths.

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Annie Sloan Chalk paint is perfect
for creating distressed and layered
finishes so I used it when I wanted
to create a layered color effect on a
thrift store jewelry box.

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This is my DIY map wall art I built from discarded
items and also PART TWO of the convertible
workstation created for Janome Canada in their
MAKER's SPACE series. For those who 
have not been following these projects, I was
challenged to re-purpose several second hand
items to use in a makers space and this project
can be made for decoration or for function.

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BUILDING A SMALL SPACE WORKSTATION - gold dipped and turquoise

Do you need a dedicated work place but live
in a small space with little extra room? I have
built a convertible workstation for exactly that, small space living. I used thrifted items and transformed them into beautiful decor.

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REPURPOSING AN OLD SPOON RACK - with krylon spray paint

Janome Canada tasked me with repurposing several thrifted items, including an old spoon
rack. I thought this should be a fun DIY project.
I have seen more than enough of them sitting
on thrift store shelves so I figured start with
some Krylon paint and see what happens.

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When you live in a small space like
I do, it is great to have things that are
dual purposed. To help with organizing
the work space I overhauled a picture
frame into a message center and I enjoyed
this DIY project that included making a
chalk board.

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I used my creative skills for the fall launch
of Janome Canada's next machine series.
It is called the M series and the machine is 
designed for all the MAKERS out there.
The LOOKBOOK for the launch has been
released and inside you get to see pages of 
creative ideas from Canadian artists including
several of my projects. I was tasked with
repurposing everyday items for use in a 
MAKER's space. Come check it out!

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PAINTING A COUNTRY STYLE DESK and new shabby chic switch plates

Last time I showed how to change the style of a
piece of furniture with trim and appliques but
there is something simpler to use as well. A
new coat of paint has such a strong ability to
change the look of old things. It can breath
new life into a something you wanted to throw
away and create a completely different style.

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I run across many dressers from this era but this
pieces was one of the nicer ones. It was made with
real solid wood, top to bottom. MDF is usually hidden
somewhere in most pieces of furniture built after 1968.

I knew I could take this COLONIAL style and work
some magic on it to get a nice COTTAGE feel in the end.

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HOW TO PAINT A SMOOTH FINISH - using annie sloan chalk paint

Anyone who owns a piece of my work
or has visited and touched the finish 
on my furniture usually comments 
about how smooth it is. There are 
many different things you can do to 
get a smoother ASCP paint finish 
when using a brush and I am sharing
some of the secrets I use.

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I've been enjoying my summer holidays more than usual.
We took off early in the season to visit with GG's family
and once we returned home I spent more time relaxing.
The school year is going to be here soon and with that will
come the falling leaves and the need to get back to work. I 
have already started with a big shabby chic makeover.
Take a look and see what you think.
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Have you ever seen a piece of bedroom furniture
made from plywood? There are lots of them out
there and they are probably home made by someone's
dad or grandfather back in the day. Plywood is great
to work with because it is super strong and you can
treat it just like solid wood, but have you ever wondered
how to paint it???

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TALL CUSTOM BUILT BED - our french country bedroom

Two areas of our new bedroom I haven't shared yet are GG's bedside and the bed itself.
This room was all about using
found pieces I love. I am also
sharing how I built our bed.

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FRENCH COUNTRY BEDROOM - no sew bed skirt

Two more areas of our new French Country
bedroom I haven't shared yet are GG's bedside
and the bed itself. This room is all about using
unique found pieces I love to make an oasis.
I have also offered an insight to how I built
our bed.

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This spring we had a yard sale to clear out many
pieces of great furniture that were not going to get
the attention they needed from me. I have a few
kind ppl who have sent photos back of the
makeovers they performed on the treasured
pieces they found at my yard sale.

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ANTIQUE WALL HOOKS - our bedroom

Sometimes I look at other blogs and
see photos of beautiful homes that 
make me question if they are real
or not. I wonder how could I ever
achieve that. The finishes cost a 
fortune and my fortune is dedicated
to more personal things like groceries. I bet many of you also
feel the same way. I hope when I 
offer tips and decor photos that it
feels more doable and affordable.

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I purchased a pair of pretty classy
late 1960's nightstands only
to find out one was a knockoff.

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MY CUSTOM BUILT SOFA TABLE - recycled bed posts +

What can I say about my most favorite piece of furniture. I use it every single day, and it couldn't be more me.  I built it with salvaged furniture parts.

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BENCH MADE FROM CHAIRS painted in turquoise annie sloan

If you are thinking of creating
a bench from a pair of chairs
I'm happy to offer a tip or two
on how I did mine.

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USING APPLIQUES ON FURNITURE - rustic french bedside cabinets

There they were sitting one on top of the other on
the side of the street, two little wood boxes covered in
banged up black paint. I was heading the opposite direction
when I first saw them and had to make a uturn to get
back to them. Destined for the landfill yet made of wood
they had to be saved. Each had a drawer and an open space,
to display cherished things. They had great bones for
upcycling into something new but I would need some
other important pieces to transform their look completely.
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NORTHUMBERLAND BATH CABINET - repurposed glass door

One evening I spotted a salvaged
glass door leaning against a hedge.
I was inspired to start creating
something around this lonely
pane of glass. 

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Once upon a time someone spent time and money
to build this little black cabinet, and actually they
built a pair of them. They were definitely built to
last however I thought they could benefit from
some improvements. A color change for sure,
maybe add some interest on the drawer, and
potentially lift them up higher with new legs.

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HAPPY MOTHER's DAY - our bedroom

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful woman who inspire,
nurture, and go way beyond.
Today is the day you should do NOTHING. Rest, relax, rejuvenate, and relinquish the
reigns to someone else today
and see if the world does explode.

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FREE to FLEA MARKET CHIC - shabby chic cabinet

A wonderful friend of mine picked up a roadside
treasure and stored it for me in her garage for a few
weeks. What I wouldn't give to have a garage of my
own, anyways back to the story. Once I had the extra
space she then delivered it all the way to my place. Gotta
love friends like this. She had sent me a photo when she
first found it but I had forgotten what it looked like. Upon
opening the back of her truck I became speechless ...
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BIG BEAUTIFUL BEDSIDE - white nightstand cabinets

This has been my bedside cabinet for years and
there is a boy version to match it for the other
side of the bed. It was a short, dark, typical
furniture outlet piece before I gave it a complete
makeover. It has been photographed a lot and is
pretty famous on Pinterest but there is one
important piece of information I haven't
mentioned for those wanting their very own.
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MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL- my french mirror

I really do love mirrors, I have always had a large number
of them in my home. I think it is an affordable way to decorate
and easy for many people to do. Art can be tricky but anyone
can hang a mirror. My french trumeau mirror has to be 
my favorite of all time. I always smile when I look at it, I
fiercely protect it when anything big is moving near it,
and when it had no place to hang I made sure there was
somewhere to keep it safe.
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KITCHEN REVEAL - our home tour

Over the last little while I have rediscovered a few areas
in our home and the kitchen is one of the spots I have
focused on. I have also never really done a true reveal 
on this room so it's about time. It all started with a new
set of shelves and spilled over to refinishing the fridge
and even GG's coffee station got a makeover. I'm super
happy with the new look and now it's time to share our
little piece of heaven with you.

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EASY FARMHOUSE WALL ART - with an ink jet picture and a piece of wood

I wanted to make a quick and easy piece 
of farmhouse wall art and the first one I
completed was with this vintage cow 
image from The Graphics Fairy. I was
so happy that it only took one hour and I
did it with stuff I had around the house. 
And I'm here to tell you it looks amazing.
So I made a second and wrote a "HOW 
TO" to share.

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THE SMALL DETAILS OF DECORATING shabby chic switch plates

My home is about bringing together unique worn white finishes with vintage charm that remind me of simpler times. A place we always want to retreat to and spend
time together. 

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Last week the trees were all blooming
with tons of flowers and I figured it was just about time to cut some to enjoy
indoors. Little did I know what was
right around the corner.

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I really did name this blog because
I do love working with wood. And
even more I love saving broken down
wood furniture from the landfill. Come
and see how I used these two roadside finds
to create one fabulous piece of furniture.

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I'm sharing with you how a simple three drawer dresser
gets a complete makeover in my house. Everything from
a new color and hardware to appliques and how to remove
white water marks from the top surface.
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PAINTING MY FRIDGE - with annie sloan chalk paint

The day finally arrived that
the fridge was finished, and
my makeover didn't cost a lot.
was just trying to solve what
to do with some rust stains and
broken handles before it escalated into something bigger.

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RECYCLED TIERED STAND - tips & inspiration

It doesn't matter if you stop in to a thrift store once a year or
once a week the abundance of metal kitchen ware is huge. Let me show you how I have recycled some of them.

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COLONEL MUSTARD DID IT - reclaiming sleigh bed

Colonel Mustard did

it with the knife in

the board room!

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This piece was passed on to me
from someone who knows what
do. I was super excited the day
I loaded this cabinet into my
truck. I have always wanted to
makeover one of these cabinets.
Little did I know so much time
would pass before I could get
started on it.

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This light fixture in my showroom looks great
now but it took a long time figuring out how to
get it to look this good. I had found and bought
many different fixtures to dress it up but nothing
work right until I thought outside the box and
found this crystal thing-a-ma-jig at a yard sale.

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THE FRENCH SIDE TABLE - made with long legs

Happy New Year!

GG and I enjoyed our Christmas with my family again this
year, unfortunately we don't get to spend anytime with his
family and grandchildren on the east coast. We do have plans
to see them again this summer, but for now it is time to get
back to work and focus on planning that trip. One week into
2016 and I have a new project finished and ready to share with
you, a french side table I built.

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