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?

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

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 […]

Finishing up the Playground – Outdoor Art

July 7th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, KIDS|

Do you ever sit in your yard, front or back, and think “I wish I could add some colour”?

But the idea of painting your fence seems too daunting, permanent and possibly expensive?

My backyard playground updates included colour for the structure itself, but nothing for the fence for those exact reasons.

Outdoor art, outdoor decor, fence art, outdoor canvas, stencil art, playground upgrades

I didn’t want to commit to painting the entire fence and […]

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 […]

Solar Lights – for a Starry Night No Matter What

June 26th, 2017|DECOR|

Have I ever mentioned on the blog what I used to do “in my previous life”?

My official job title was Marketing Specialist for one of the largest insurance companies in North America.

I love marketing.  Truly.  I appreciate a good visual and/or a creative message.

I will fully admit that I am completely susceptible to marketing as well.

Like Facebook marketing…

Like these solar twinkle lights:

Solar lights, solar twinkle lights, patio lighting, solar lighting, solar string lights

Using Rit Dye to get the Pottery Barn Look

June 25th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR|

Ever notice how everything Pottery Barn is gorgeous?  Furniture, linens, accessories – I’m pretty sure they could sell luxury toilet paper with their styling and photography.

Unfortunately I, like many, don’t have a Pottery Barn budget and while I do have this bedding set:

Pottery Barn, Makenna Paisley duvet set Click image to be taken to PotteryBarn.com

It was a decadent splurge that did not leave room for the extra accessories that make […]

Artificial Flowers – yea, nay or meh?

June 23rd, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR|

Hubby has spent three of the last four weekends away from home – 2 “Boys Weekends” and a conference.

I might have felt a tad neglected and over-worked – so I told him he’d better send me flowers.

Serious flowers:

floral centerpiece, floral centrepiece, faux flowers, artificial flowers, silk flowers, peonies, pink floral arrangement Source: Instagram @alisonmiksch – click image to be taken to her site.

 

I actually texted that image to his phone.  (Subtle […]

Coastal Decor with DIY Sea Glass

June 1st, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR|

Anyone else feel like time is just flying by at this point?  I woke up yesterday and it was February and when I woke up this morning it was June….  I’m at a bit of a loss for everything that’s happened in between.  (Thank God I blog or I’d never remember what I do each day)

June means summer and summer means it’s time for the cool, refreshing addition of some coastal decor to your home.

Think buoys, sand dollars, fun turtle […]

Patio Makeover – Sweet William Sewing Style

May 29th, 2017|DECOR, For me, HOME TOUR|

It’s done!

It’s done, it’s done, it’s done! (sung in a ‘happy dance’ sort of voice).

My favourite room in the house is ready – and not only am I going to show it off, but I’m going to go outside and enjoy it once I’m done showing it off.  I’m sorry, I’m too excited to contain the bragging.

Let me preface this by saying that my patio furniture is roughly 9 years old.  It was a cheap set from a hardware store […]

Spring Desktop Wallpaper (and mobile too!)

May 18th, 2017|DECOR, For me|

By now, everywhere that is going to get a Spring, should be in the throes of it.

Trees and shrubs are flowering, new growth is shoulders-out of the ground by now and we are past the threat of overnight frost.

WAHOO!

I actually planted a week or so ago, so I jumped the gun a bit – as I do every year – in an over-eager anticipation of warm breezes, the smell of freshly mowed lawns and gardens laden with colour.

Did I mention […]

Adirondack Chairs / Muskoka Chairs

April 29th, 2017|DECOR|

I didn’t know what to call this post?

I’ve always called these chairs “Muskoka”, but in the US I guess they are called “Adirondack chairs” – either way, I was in desperate need of a new pair.

This is my second set of Adirondack chairs / Muskoka chairs in the past 10 years, and this pair has been painted twice – which is a BEAST of a job.  Water and weather have taken their […]