Stone Feature Wall – Details Renovations

January 6th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR|

I have friends named Sherri – yup plural friends but with the same name.

One Sherri is a brilliant contractor (DetailsRenovations.com) and can take any project from ‘meh’ to WOWZA!

The other Sherri has this incredible talent for interior design – even though that’s not her profession.

Together these two have knocked my socks off – more than once.

Case in point, this is Sherri’s dining room:

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Christmas Wreath Makeover

November 27th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, HOLIDAYS|

So it’s the last Sunday in November, and Thanksgiving, for Canadians AND Americans, has now passed…

The official start to the Holiday Season is now!

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But I can’t hang out this sorry, beat up, chipped, sun-faded wreath.  Especially since about half of the light strings don’t work.  What kind of blogger would I be with this eyesore welcoming Santa?

I had actually […]

Oak Dresser Makeover

November 26th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I have another dresser makeover to share!

This one is a yellow oak, and part of a two-piece set, so you’ll be seeing the finished combo once I have them both delivered (and ahem- staged).

This dresser is about 24 years old;  I know, not ancient or antique, but a quality wood piece that the owner (Kari) wanted to keep for both nostalgia and longevity.

She just didn’t want to keep it in this state:

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Coffee Table with Storage

October 26th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

When the girls were younger (pre-iPad younger) we had toys everywhere.

There wasn’t a surface that didn’t have something of theirs on it, and the house was in a constant state of ‘post-tornado’.

My Dad was looking to get us a Christmas gift one year and I begged him to buy us a coffee table with storage in it so I could quickly hide away some of the mess should someone stop by.

He did, and this baby saw a LOT of use:

Pine Table Makeover

October 21st, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

Are you sick of makeovers?

Of course not!

Everyone wants to see trash turned into treasure right?  It inspires us as to what is possible – even on a small budget.

I wouldn’t say this pine table/desk was trash exactly:

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but it had a few nicks and dents here and there that needed a little TLC.

Oak Cabinet Makeover

October 16th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

How was your weekend?

We had AMAZING weather here all weekend – which is strange because last week we saw frost in the mornings.  This global warming thing is playing havoc with our seasons (but this weekend it was to our advantage).

I spent almost every minute of the last three days in my workshop (aka the garage), working on projects for clients and friends.

One of which was this oak cabinet:

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Basement Makeover

August 12th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, HOME TOUR|

Do you have a room (or more) in your house that is under-utilized?  Something you’ve set up for a certain function, but then never gets used at all?

That’s my basement.

Before Chloe was born I insisted that Hubby finish our basement.  I was adamant that we needed a playroom for the girls toys, and that it would keep the majority of the mess off of the main floor.  He re-did most of it himself, to the tune of about $16,000 and […]

How to add a shelf to furniture

July 29th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

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One of my favourite upgrades to a piece of furniture is replacing drawers with shelves.  If you add a shelf to furniture it creates an entirely new look, with new function and is a really easy DIY to implement.

Today I’ll show you how I updated a nightstand for a client;

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15 Things to Know Before Painting Furniture

July 24th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I’ve been refinishin/ painting furniture for over 3 years now, and each new piece brings a new learning experience.  Today I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve learned over the dozens of furniture makeovers I’ve done, in the hopes that it will save you some time and effort on your projects.

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Nightstand Makeover – Hale Navy

July 14th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

Leslie wanted to update her bedroom decor to a new cool, coastal theme – but these nightstands were stopping her in her tracks.  Nothing says ‘cool’ and ‘coastal’ like knotty pine right?

Not so much.

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That’s where I come in – time to take these bad boys from warm wood to dark and dramatic.

Leslie selected Benjamin Moore’s “Hale Navy” and […]