Gold handles – why you shouldn’t spray paint them

September 18th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I’m sorry.

I wrote a post a few weeks back that showcased a DIY way to get your own gold handles.  I used some spray paint over the old plastic coated handles and showed how easy and inexpensive the makeover was.

But look what happened:

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This is after a few weeks of use.  My beautiful gold paint chipped and scratched and is showing dirt […]

Antique revival to two-tone beauty

July 14th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I love desks.

I’m not entirely sure why I love desks so much, but I think it has something to do with the idea of organization and compartments.

Could be because they are so easy to makeover but have such impact when you do.

Maybe it’s because there are a bazillion of them on Craig’s List and Kijiji, that you can’t help but get an ugly duckling for a steal.

Today’s desk makeover has to be one of my all-time favourite desk makeovers ever. […]

Fun with colour – another painted chair

July 11th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

So remember I said that I purchased three wooden chairs last week?

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And do you remember that I only showed you these two so far?

Since I had nothing to lose and some Arborcoat solid stain left from my treehouse makeover, I decided to play with colour a bit and create a painted chair that was a bit more whimsical.

If […]

DIY (Faux) Marble Coffee Table

July 5th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I’m so excited to share this post with you!  My DIY marble coffee table turned out even better than I expected and I’ve been itching to show off how easy it is to make your own.

You see the before above.

Gross?  Yuppers.

Dirty, scratched, chipped, MDF – just about everything you don’t want in a coffee table.

But I liked the shape and the price tag of $1 was easy to live with success or fail, so I grabbed it and went to […]

Wood Chair Makeover

July 3rd, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I have had so much fun on Maxsold.com lately – have you heard of it?

It’s an auction site that people use to downsize or for estate sales.  The items are posted on their website by location and then you can bid on anything you choose.

These chairs were an item I picked up the other week:

Chair makeover, wood chair, painted chair, refinished chair, gold dip, desk chair

The auction items are generally much […]

Make Your Planters New Again

June 29th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

My Mom had these lion head planters in her side yard.  They look like they’ve been repainted once, but weather and time have taken their toll and the rust has won out.

The problem with rust is, unless you get every molecule off it off of the metal, it will resurface fairly quickly and any paint job you attempt to do will be negated within a year.  That’s why metal makeovers are […]

Dining Room Buffet / Sideboard Makeover with Smart Strip

June 24th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I have a new “must-have” product for my furniture makeover arsenal – Smart Strip™ Advanced Paint Remover by Dumond® Chemical Inc.

I came across Smart Strip™ while getting supplies for my dining room buffet / sideboard makeover and thought I’d give it a shot.

Why?

Because the paint stripper I have stood by thus far is sticky and gooey and it burns your skin – even though I wear gloves. If it touches my arm, or my pants it […]

Treehouse / Playground Makeover

June 12th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, KIDS|

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be working with Clancy’s Rainbow and Benjamin Moore on this next project – which is a doozy…

Treehouse / Playground makeover!

We purchased this commercial grade treehouse / playground years ago for $250.

I KNOW!

The hotel that it belonged to clearly didn’t know the going price for outdoor playgrounds, so we ran off with a steal.  Like RAN, as fast as we could with 16 foot 6×6 posts.  (visualize the Ikea lady speed-walking yelling […]

Wicker Makeover – Jan’s Patio Furniture

June 8th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

When my friend Jan approached me about refinishing her wicker patio set I was excited and nervous at the same time.

I’ve never done a wicker makeover before, and wicker furniture generally has a LOT of nooks and crannies.

Will it need stripping? If I use a paint stripper will it weaken the fibres and ruin the furniture?  Will my paint sprayer be able to get into every little crevice or will I be endlessly hand painting?

But I love Jan, and I […]

Garden Bench Makeover

May 6th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a before and after hasn’t it?

It’s not for lack of doing them – I’ve painted a bathroom, a bedroom, a bench, a stool, a … but the makeovers are either not complete (waiting on blinds for my daughter’s bedroom makeover) or the after was done in the same colour as the before and the transformation wouldn’t be very dramatic in blog photos.

This garden bench makeover is fantastic though, so I had to share – along […]