Navy bedroom set

Want to bring colour to your bedroom, but without making the walls feel “heavy”?  What about a navy bedroom set to bring sophistication and tradition together in a bold, but neutral palette?

It’s funny, but since I graduated cabinetmaking school, I’ve been inundated with requests to refinish furniture?

A couple of orders to make furniture, but the majority of my business of late has been in painting existing furniture.  I don’t mind, I LOVE painting, and a good before and after gives […]

Using high heat paint to restore a fire pit

Has your bbq, wood stove, radiator or fireplace seen better days? Today I’m testing out using high heat paint to restore a fire pit.

Have you tried high heat paint?

It’s generally used to repaint an aging barbecue, clean up fire pits, wood burning stoves, radiators, or paint the inside of a wood burning fireplace.  The product specs on the High Heat Enamel from Rust-Oleum also indicates that you can use it on engines – but that’s going to depend on how […]

How to refinish wood furniture

With this sideboard makeover, in a two-tone finish, it was a perfect time to review my “How to refinish wood furniture” tips, tricks, products and what-not-to-do’s for both painted and stained furniture.

Product list to the items I use regularly are lower in the post.  Amazon affiliate links

I have been building and refinishing furniture since 2013 – so almost 10 years now – and in that time I have come a LONG way.

While the process for refinishing wood furniture is fairly […]

2022-07-28T18:12:22-04:00July 28th, 2022|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|Comments Off on How to refinish wood furniture

How to add feet to furniture – a china cabinet makeover

I added feet, skirting, a drawer, and gave this china cabinet makeover a fresh coat of paint and stain to take it from “Blah” to “Blam!”

Good morning sweet friends!

It’s been a dog’s age since I’ve posted a furniture makeover on the blog hasn’t it?

Time to rectify that!

This cabinet was advertised as a “library” when I bought it from auction.

China cabinet

It came with three shelves, but no feet or legs to keep it […]

2022-06-03T11:15:37-04:00June 3rd, 2022|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|Comments Off on How to add feet to furniture – a china cabinet makeover

TV console turned DIY electric fireplace

Electric fireplace inserts aren’t as expensive as you might imagine.  I found this fireplace at auction for next-to-nothing and upgraded it by repurposing a TV console into a DIY electric fireplace.  You can do this with buffets, bookcases, sofa tables – just about anything really – to really bring some warmth (literal and figurative) into your room.

Happy Christmas Eve!

I can FINALLY share with you a project I was working on as a Christmas gift for my honey… an electric fireplace.

But […]

2021-12-24T12:04:40-05:00December 24th, 2021|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|Comments Off on TV console turned DIY electric fireplace

Adding pre-fabricated cabinets to organize your home office

Adding pre-fabricated cabinets to organize your home office brings in form, function, organization and a clean, crisp aesthetic.

I can’t take credit for this post, although I will (braggingly) say that this build was inspired by my home office built-ins!  (I love when readers try my ideas!)

In this case the reader is my Step-Dad, who took the clutter out of their attic office, by adding pre-fabricated cabinets to organize their home office.

This article is contributed (photos and all) […]

2021-11-12T08:29:27-05:00November 12th, 2021|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR|Comments Off on Adding pre-fabricated cabinets to organize your home office

Melted crayon desk makeover

I’ve done a lot of desk makeovers over the years – antique desks, peekaboo desks, secretary desks, stained finishes, painted finishes…  desks are one of my favourite pieces of furniture to refinish…

but this one had me questioning the owner’s sanity.

This desk was going to have a melted crayon river in the top of it and the final paint choice was a grey-purple colour.

I was skeptical, but the customer is always right, right?

This is the desk […]

2021-11-05T14:26:43-04:00November 5th, 2021|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|Comments Off on Melted crayon desk makeover
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