Faux zinc filing cabinet

Learn how to create your own faux zinc finish and apply it to anything from metal to wood – like this filing cabinet makeover!

Hey friends,  I apologize for being AWOL of late, but I’m just back from Blissdom – a Canadian blogging conference – where I went to learn the latest and greatest goings on in the blogging world.  I’ve got some great ideas and new projects coming up, so I think you’ll forgive me in the end.

Today I want […]

Winterizing the Garage Doors

We tend to think of garage door maintenance come Fall when “Winterizing” is on our minds, but weatherizing your garage doors will protect your home from pests, insects, leaves,water, dirt and extreme temperatures any time of the year.

Is the above photo shocking?

This is the bottom weatherstrip on my garage door.  It’s shifted, been chewed and/or frozen to the ground and ripped, it was full of sawdust and water and clearly completely ineffective in sealing out anything that wanted to come hibernate […]

2018-09-24T09:40:33+00:00September 22nd, 2018|BEFORE & AFTER, CLEAN, DIY|4 Comments

Before & After – Bedroom Set Update

If you have wood furniture, of any age, updating it to fit current styles and trends is as easy as sand-stain-and go – check out this gorgeous bedroom set update.

I sometimes take commissions – projects that friends ask me to do for them – where I charge for the labour and then post the before and afters on the blog.  I don’t do it too often because I figure you guys would get tired of seeing nightstand after nightstand after […]

Classic Kids Wagon

How many of you had a classic kids wagon when you were small?  Maybe a Radio Flyer metal deck one or a wood deck wagon with removable gates on the sides.  If you’re a Mom now, then you are likely to have, or have had, a more current version like a Little Tykes plastic wagon or something like it?

The girls grandparents bought them this fantastic classic kids wagon when they were small, and it is the one ‘baby item’ we […]

Boring brown to bright white nightstands

These were our boring brown nightstands before I built our PB knock-off ones.  They are about 15 years old (we bought a bedroom set when we got married) and they are decent quality, but they have a few scuffs here and there.  (They are particularly dusty because they’ve sat in my She-Shop for months)

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The Ginormous Bird Feeder

Recently, a friend brought me an enormous bird feeder and asked if I could repair it.  We’re talking a  feeder that would cost hundreds of dollars to buy – if you could even find one for sale.  To say I was a bit nervous about ruining her Mother’s treasured piece was an understatement.

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You can see how […]

One Room Challenge – the REVEAL! (Home Gym / Theatre Room)

It’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge, which means it’s REVEAL WEEK!

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My parent’s basement didn’t need structural work, tiling, carpeting or electrical work – but I think you’ll agree that it certainly needed a makeover:

2018-06-18T13:38:23+00:00May 10th, 2018|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR|0 Comments

Before & After – Lego Table

This Lego table / Lego storage project took a long time.

Normally, I would have whipped out a nightstand in a day or two, but this one was well over a week – mostly because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it.

This […]

Before & After – Lockers

I read an article where a person was looking for pantry ideas; her home didn’t have one, and she wanted something she could put in her kitchen, but without a hefty built-in price tag.
Her solution ended up being lockers.
She retrofitted them with shelves and painted them a bright colour and they were AMAZING!

Lingerie chest makeover

This is a tiny little dresser – about 18″ wide and only about 12″ deep.  I guess it would be called a lingerie dresser or lingerie chest?

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A “disaster dresser” to begin with.
Look at the destroyed […]

Painting bathroom cabinets

I was provided with Rust-Oleum Krud Kutter and Bullseye 1-2-3 primer for this “Painting bathroom cabinets” post.

My bathroom has bugged me for a little while now.  Our cabinets are 13 years old and are showing the wear and tear of the years everywhere.  Hubby doesn’t seem to notice, but they are glaring to me.

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Come on!  How can you NOT notice?!  (On the upside, if […]

2018-06-18T13:38:33+00:00February 16th, 2018|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, DIY|6 Comments

Master Bedroom Makeover – Theirs $6,773 vs. mine $1,144

This master bedroom makeover has been WEEKS in the making, and you’ve caught bits and pieces as I’ve finished each DIY – but today I want to share it with you in its entirety – budget and all!

You’ve seen in magazines the sections “Theirs vs. Ours” right?  I’m going to go with that idea and break it all down as best I can.

I’ll start by showing you the Modsy design that I was basing this master bedroom makeover on:

2018-06-18T13:38:34+00:00February 13th, 2018|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR|2 Comments

Modsy-Inspired Dresser Makeover

*This post contains affiliate links and sponsored product.

If you’ve followed along, you’ll know that I’ve been working with some Modsy designs to makeover my master bedroom.  Part of that makeover included new furniture – or rather, “new to me” furniture.

This Modsy rendering shows the Sausalito extra-wide dresser from Pottery Barn:

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It’s gorgeous, […]

Entryway Table – build and refinish in one

How were your Holidays?

Did you take time to enjoy the fruits of your labour?

My Christmas was wonderful.

Actually, I caught a pretty decent cold and have been sick for about a week now – but sometimes being sick is exactly what you need in order to slow down, snuggle in and relax.

I devoured a book cuddled under blankets with hot tea by my side.  Hubby cooked the Holiday meal and the kids (who had just gotten over the cold) were happy […]

One Room Challenge – the FINAL REVEAL!

Today’s final reveal day for the One Room Challenge and I’m so excited to show off my new space!

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But before I do, and for dramatic effect, let me remind you what the room looked like before:

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This was Hubby’s sty […]

2018-06-18T13:38:56+00:00November 16th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, HOME TOUR|7 Comments

Refinished Liquor Cabinet

I worked on a commissioned piece this week – a very ornate liquor cabinet that the owner wanted toned down a bit:

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I can’t help it, but as I was looking at the photos all I could think was;

A little bit of silver in my life,

A little bit of gold by its side.

A little bit of beige in the sun,

A […]

Kari’s Cabinets Re-invented – Painted Entertainment Center

Remember I wrote how I’ve been a painting phenom of late?

One of the (many) projects that was included in the malay of pieces that needed refinishing was a ginormous entertainment unit that belonged to my friend Kari.

I only have one before photo to show off, and it isn’t of the entire unit (sorry about that) – but you’ll get the idea of what I was working with:

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My new and improved She-Shop!

There are two rooms in my house that I spend the majority of my waking hours in; my home office and my “She-Shop” (aka garage workshop)

This was my She-shop:

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I’m alotted half of the garage for my workshop, and in that space I need to house my power tools, a workbench, my Jeep hardtop and any furniture/projects I’m in the midst of.  In the summer, bikes […]

2018-06-18T13:39:05+00:00September 30th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, HOME TOUR|1 Comment
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