Wood Reindeer

This fun DIY reindeer head can be made from wood or cardboard and can be decorated to fit your decor.

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We went away skiing last March and rented a cabin with an old stone fireplace.  Above the fireplace was this giant moose head made entirely from grapevine and he was absolutely gorgeous.  Ever since seeing him, I have thought how pretty and whimsical a FAKE animal bust […]

2018-11-17T12:40:26+00:00November 17th, 2018|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY, HOLIDAYS|1 Comment

Make your own pet food stand

Instead of spending a ton of money buying a raised pet feeder, make your own pet food stand with a few pieces of scrap wood!

Most of the projects on this blog stem from a problem.

Most times the problem is that I’m too broke to purchase the items I want lol.

The problem I needed to solve for today’s post however, was small, grey, and a thank-goodness-she’s-cute-handful…
Miss Luna.

In particular, it’s Miss Luna’s proclivity to getting into Lacey’s water dish and splashing it […]

2018-11-14T19:17:06+00:00November 15th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|0 Comments

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

Faux zinc filing cabinet

Learn how to create your own faux zinc finish and apply it to anything from metal to wood – like this filing cabinet makeover!

Hey friends,  I apologize for being AWOL of late, but I’m just back from Blissdom – a Canadian blogging conference – where I went to learn the latest and greatest goings on in the blogging world.  I’ve got some great ideas and new projects coming up, so I think you’ll forgive me in the end.

Today I want […]

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

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

Wall-mounted plate rack

Short on cupboard space or just looking to display your servers and cutting boards?  Build this simple wall-mounted plate rack (with drawer) to organize and decorate in one!

I’m working with my super-hero Jen Woodhouse today on the building plans for this gorgeous (and functional) wall-mounted plate rack.

Think plate racks are just for Grandmas (that’s what my Hubby said when I told him I was going to build one) – not so my friends.  Sure you can decorate it with […]

2018-10-15T11:35:06+00:00October 5th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|1 Comment

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

Winterizing the Garage Doors

We tend to think of garage door maintenance come Fall when “Winterizing” is on our minds, but weatherizing your garage doors will protect your home from pests, insects, leaves,water, dirt and extreme temperatures any time of the year.

Is the above photo shocking?

This is the bottom weatherstrip on my garage door.  It’s shifted, been chewed and/or frozen to the ground and ripped, it was full of sawdust and water and clearly completely ineffective in sealing out anything that wanted to come hibernate […]

2018-09-24T09:40:33+00:00September 22nd, 2018|BEFORE & AFTER, CLEAN, DIY|4 Comments

Painted Laundry Room Cabinets

Pick up some Craig’s List cabinets, freshen with a coat of paint and upgrade your laundry room (on a very small budget).

I bought these cabinets through MaxSold – a sort of online garage sale – and while they look pretty rough:

Painted laundry room cabinets, laundry room cupboards, painted cabinets, cabinet makeover

Painted laundry room cabinets, laundry room cupboards, painted cabinets, cabinet makeover

they were the […]

2018-09-25T17:58:50+00:00September 19th, 2018|DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|0 Comments

Maintaining Your Front Door

Your front door is the most used entrance/exit in your home.  It’s one of the most important aspects of curb appeal and it protects your family – not only from intruders, but from weather, noise, dust, dirt and insects as well.  Given all of this, maintaining your front door should be an important part of your home upkeep.

This past weekend was the first hint of Fall in my neck of the woods, which got me salivating for the season.  I’m […]

2018-09-17T12:00:17+00:00September 17th, 2018|DIY|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

The most gorgeous garden mirror you’ll ever see

A repurposed cast iron grate turned stunning garden mirror brings more light, colour and interest to your garden.

I picked up this old cast iron grate on MaxSold (like an online garage sale) months and months ago.  It might even be a remnant from last summer if I’m being honest, but I was too nervous to tackle it because I knew removing the rust was going to be a BEAST of a job.

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2018-09-04T10:58:17+00:00September 1st, 2018|DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|2 Comments

Unfinished Laundry Room

Tired of looking at wires and pipes in your basement laundry room, but don’t have the budget for framing and drywall?  What about a photo backdrop to keep the necessities accessible – but out of sight and create a (slightly more) appealing unfinished laundry room?

Popping in for a quickie today… lol

No, not ‘afternoon delight’ sort of quickie, but a quick fix to a nagging eyesore;

My laundry room is an ongoing aggravation in my life.  Granted, I only spend any amount […]

2018-08-14T20:14:24+00:00August 15th, 2018|DIY|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