Rustic-Industrial Office – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018, Week 6

Over the past 6 weeks we have made over a dull and dingy basement office into a rustic-industrial retreat that anyone would be happy to work in.

It’s REVEAL DAY!

The Fall 2018 One Room Challenge is done and we are so thrilled with the results of our basement office transformation.

Remember this?

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office makeover

That was Sherri’s home office before.

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2018-11-07T21:14:33+00:00November 7th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

Brick paneling, baseboards & trim – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

Week 5 progress of the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge and we are almost to reveal day!

The bi-annual One Room Challenge (with media partner Better Homes and Gardens) is in Week 5 (of 6) and the checklist is going down!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office makeover

The ORC is a challenge to completely makeover one room in 6 weeks.  We’re talking flooring, lighting, plumbing (if applicable) and of course […]

2018-11-07T20:46:46+00:00November 1st, 2018|DECOR, DIY|5 Comments

Door desk, paint and flooring – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

Week 3 progress of the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge includes stripping down an antique door, painting and flooring

The bi-annual One Room Challenge (with media partner Better Homes and Gardens) is in Week 3 (of 6) and the checklist is going down!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office makeover

The ORC is a challenge to completely makeover one room in 6 weeks.  We’re talking flooring, lighting, plumbing (if applicable) and […]

2018-11-07T20:48:12+00:00October 17th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

Scroll Saw Sign

If you have any familiarity with a sewing machine, then you can use a scroll saw!  Check out how I made a custom business logo sign using my scroll saw and some scrap wood.

As you may know, I’m in the midst of the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge and I’m working with my friend Sherri – contractor and owner of Details Renovations.  Sherri is footing the bill for her home office makeover and allowing me to come in, learn, […]

2018-10-16T18:02:15+00:00October 16th, 2018|DECOR, DIY, GIFT IDEAS|2 Comments

Adding snow to an artificial Christmas tree

Snow-flocked trees have been all the rage for the past couple of years, but purchasing a pre-flocked tree can be pricey.  Instead, add artificial snow to your existing tree in a few easy steps.

Do you have a neighbour that does weird things?  Maybe they put out their Hallowe’en decorations in August or their garage is always open and it’s chock-full of chaos.

I’m that neighbour – and it’s to the point now where my neighbours don’t even bat an eye when they […]

2018-10-15T11:29:51+00:00October 13th, 2018|DECOR, HOLIDAYS|6 Comments

Demo Day! – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

Week 2 progress of the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge is all about DEMO DAY (and repair).

The bi-annual One Room Challenge (with media partner Better Homes and Gardens) is in Week 2 (of 6) and we’ve made some awesome progress!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office makeover

The ORC is a challenge to completely makeover one room in 6 weeks.  We’re talking flooring, lighting, plumbing (if applicable) and of course […]

2018-11-07T20:49:34+00:00October 10th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|2 Comments

One day board and batten

Create a gorgeous accent wall of board and batten in just one day – paint and all!

I’ve been working on a board and batten accent wall in my master bedroom this week, and the entire build – from purchasing the wood to the second coat of paint was all done in ONE DAY.

Seriously – we started Monday morning at 10am and I had finished up the second coat by 8pm (keep in mind a lot of that was drying time […]

2018-10-15T11:33:52+00:00October 7th, 2018|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

Basement office makeover – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

It’s time!

The bi-annual One Room Challenge (with media partner Better Homes and Gardens) is underway!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office makeover

For those of you that haven’t followed along as I’ve tackled the One Room Challenge before;

The ORC is a challenge to completely makeover one room in 6 weeks.  We’re talking flooring, lighting, plumbing […]

2018-11-07T20:50:43+00:00October 4th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|4 Comments

Keep your planters green year round

Tired of changing out your planters three times a year?  Save money and do the work once by planting cedars in planters (or other evergreens).

This post came about because I am a seasonal gardener.

In the Spring I can’t wait to get to the nurseries and fill my planters with bright, beautiful flowers.  I water them every second day and give them fertilizer once a week…

for about a month and a half…

then I’m tired of it.  July/August seem to call for […]

2018-09-29T13:38:41+00:00September 29th, 2018|DECOR|0 Comments

Industrial Pipe Valet

Who would have thought that industrial pipe and plywood could create a stunning piece of decor for your home?  This industrial pipe men’s valet / coat rack is urban, rustic, steam punk and functional all in one!

I was over helping my friend Sherri out the other day and I noticed this impressive industrial pipe valet she had built.

Industrial pipe valet, industrial pipe coat rack

It is spectacular!  Truly – I’m not […]

2018-09-14T18:35:45+00:00September 15th, 2018|BUILD IT, DECOR, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments

Scrapwood Hallowe’en Owl

When you’ve finished your Fall pruning, hang on to a branch or two and make this adorable Hallowe’en Owl.

My friend sent me a photo of an adorable owl made from branch slices that she’d seen in a  shop somewhere.  I had a bit of Fall pruning that needed doing – so it seemed serendipitous that I should attempt to make my own branch slice owl in awesome Hallowe’en colours.

*Note:  Cutting the branch into thin slices, on an angle, is not […]

2018-09-24T09:47:19+00:00September 9th, 2018|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, HOLIDAYS|2 Comments

Decorating for Fall

Decorating for Fall doesn’t have to mean an overhaul of your room.  Hints of colour here and there can take you through all the seasons without much work.

I don’t know where to begin with this post – I didn’t have plans to start decorating for Fall for another couple of weeks, but I was purging crap from in the basement…  I got to my throw pillow covers and then suddenly I decided my couches were filthy (you can’t put clean […]

2018-09-04T11:02:29+00:00August 23rd, 2018|DECOR|0 Comments

Back-to-school decor – for the classroom or home!

With a few pieces of scrap wood and some tester pots of paint you can make your own back-to-school decor for your classroom, or to decorate your home!

I have had so much fun puttering away in the she-shop lately.  Yes, it’s been hot and muggy, but the thought of the kids heading back-to-school has me giddy with glee!  I thought I’d rush the big day a little, and decorate my home to celebrate my favourite (their least favourite) day of […]

2018-08-13T14:54:54+00:00August 13th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

Make your own dry-erase board

With some window film and a few minutes you can turn just about anything into your own DIY dry-erase board.

Remember the coffee table from the other week?  The one I dismantled and repurposed into a chalkboard command centre and a vignette of rustic candlesticks?  Well today I’m using up the last piece of that coffee table – the top – to create an awesome DIY dry-erase board.

Let me start by reminding you what the coffee table looked like […]

2018-08-13T12:10:14+00:00August 11th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

How to hang a pendant light

Swapping out pendant lighting isn’t as difficult as you might think.  In fact, in only a few easy steps you can hang a pendant light yourself and completely change the look of a room.

These are the pendant lights that we’ve had hanging in our kitchen for the past 13 years.  They’re okay.  They match the stainless steel appliances and up until a few months ago they worked – but something happened and (even with new bulbs) suddenly 2 of the […]

2018-08-13T12:11:45+00:00August 10th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|2 Comments

Decorating a Fall Front Porch

Create a warm welcome as cooler weather approaches by decorating your front porch for Fall.

I know, I know – its August and the weather is more-than-balmy, but for my Southern U.S. readers back-to-school is days away.  You can’t help but think of Fall when the school books and backpacks come out, so I thought I’d get a jump-start (and show you how to save some money) by decorating your Fall front porch now.

Greenhouses plant Chrysanthemums on staggered dates to ‘force’ […]

2018-08-13T12:13:20+00:00August 7th, 2018|DECOR|0 Comments

DIY Candle Holders

Make a gorgeous vignette of candle holders for next-to-nothing by repurposing old furniture legs. 

Remember the coffee table I was working on the other day?  Well, project two of my repurposing/upcycling adventure was to take the legs from the table and make them into these beautiful, rustic candle holders.

Did I mention that these were completely free?  Free, fun and repurposing are three of my favourite things!

I got my destruction on by dismantling the worn out coffee table.

Choosing the best toilet for your family

Choosing the best toilet for your family is more than finding a colour and price and taking it home from the nearest store – these are a few considerations you should keep in mind.

We built our house in 2005 and had agreed on a few upgrades for our dream home, but toilets were not even remotely in the running as items we were going to spend time researching or allocating additional funds to.  Builder’s grade bowls seemed adequate, and really, […]

2018-07-31T20:00:44+00:00July 31st, 2018|CLEAN, DECOR|0 Comments