Card table makeover – or is it called a game table?

You’ve seen folding tables on Kijiji or Craig’s list – but did any of them look this good? They can with this inexpensive card table makeover!

I’m pretty sure my Grandparents would have called this a card table?

damaged card table, damaged game table, damaged folding table

Maybe I’m wrong?

After a Pinterest search for what to call this, I found that these old folding tables are listed under card tables, game tables, AND folding tables?

Regardless, […]

Black bookcase stunner

A $30 find, patched, painted and finished with a bead board backing, turned into this black bookcase stunner!

Thursday I showed off the black desk makeover and gave a little sneak peek at the bookcase I refinished to make an office combo.

I won’t go through every single step again, if you want to know how I refinish furniture you can read the desk post or the “How to refinish furniture” post I […]

Black desk makeover… to black?

This desk makeover is a bit different than the furniture makeovers I usually show… because I stripped it down and refinished it to the same colour.  Yup, an ugly and damaged black desk to a clean and almost-new black desk – that’s a great makeover!

There is a method to my madness though; first off,  I couldn’t stain this oak desk because there was just too much damage that had to be fixed and filled and stain wouldn’t have covered all […]

Grandma’s corner cabinet makeover

This corner cabinet makeover took this piece from ornate and dated to crisp black and shaker-style with just a few pieces of trim, some wood filler and paint.

 I have had this corner cabinet (my grandmother’s) since my grandfather passed away about 25 years ago.

Grandma's corner cabinet

It was a gift from him to her and it’s beautiful.  I’ve had it on display everywhere I’ve lived and have had it chock-full of her china and […]

Refinishing a side table – and my first circle round!!

A $10 table can look like a million bucks with just a bit of elbow grease and a hint of confidence.

Hellooooo my friends!

I have been chugging away in the background building a board and batten wall in my dining room, refinishing an old oak school chair, building a cabinet for my daughter’s guinea pigs and refinishing some bookcases that are going to be SPECTACULAR.  I’ve also been planning and plotting the rest of my dining room makeover, including refinishing my […]

Kate’s nightstand

Sometimes making over furniture isn’t about a complete overhaul and hours of work.  Sometimes it’s a single surface that needs refinishing, like Kate’s nightstand, which looks like new with very little work.

Good morning!

Countdown to the weekend is on, and I’m just popping in with a quick project – a partial makeover really – to show you how to save furniture that might otherwise be in great shape – except for a spot or two.

Actually, I’m not sure what happened to […]

Kitchen Makeovers – before and afters

A kitchen makeover is on most homeowner’s wish lists, but it’s usually a long-term goal because a complete overhaul is cost prohibitive, invasive and very, very time consuming.  Today I’m showing kitchen makeovers that can be DIY’d or hired out at a fraction of the cost and time.


Do you love seeing before and after images of the difference a bit of paint can make?

I do.

I SO do.

It gives me the feeling of fresh starts on a crisp, clean canvas, where […]