Make your own charcuterie board

July 12th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|

This post is what I would call serendipitous.

There were two bits of fate that aligned at the same time that insisted I make my own charcuterie board.

The first was that a FAVOURITE blogger of mine – Kelly Nan – showed a gorgeous patio tablescape the other day that included a scrumptious looking cheese board from Pottery Barn.

The second bit of fate was that it was about that same time that I came across a contest for Ryobi North where […]

Backyard Playground Makeover

July 8th, 2017|DIY, KIDS|

If you’ve followed along, you will have seen a few posts now where I’ve done different projects for a playground makeover.

The goal of the entire endeavour was to get a few more years of use out of our backyard play set / treehouse…  I needed to “Tween it up” to make it cool enough for my girls to want to play in again.

I’ll go back to what we started with:
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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.

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

DIY (Faux) Marble Coffee Table


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 […]

Make Your Planters New Again


My Mom had these lion head planters in her side yard.  They look like they’ve been repainted once, but weather and time have taken their toll and the rust has won out.

The problem with rust is, unless you get every molecule off it off of the metal, it will resurface fairly quickly and any paint job you attempt to do will be negated within a year.  That’s why metal makeovers are […]

Dining Room Buffet / Sideboard Makeover with Smart Strip


I have a new “must-have” product for my furniture makeover arsenal – Smart Strip™ Advanced Paint Remover by Dumond® Chemical Inc.

I came across Smart Strip™ while getting supplies for my dining room buffet / sideboard makeover and thought I’d give it a shot.


Because the paint stripper I have stood by thus far is sticky and gooey and it burns your skin – even though I wear gloves. If it touches my arm, or my pants it […]

DIY Chalkboard – part of our treehouse upgrades

June 21st, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|

Chalkboards seem to be all-the-rage now – people are trimming anything and everything with chalkboard paint to create message boards, labels, jar lids, gift tags – you name it and it’s probably had a coating of chalkboard paint to make it better.

Our backyard playground / treehouse is no exception – but where do you find a 3′ x 4′ chalkboard to fit this tall expanse of wall?

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Treehouse / Playground Makeover

June 12th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, KIDS|

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be working with Clancy’s Rainbow and Benjamin Moore on this next project – which is a doozy…

Treehouse / Playground makeover!

We purchased this commercial grade treehouse / playground years ago for $250.


The hotel that it belonged to clearly didn’t know the going price for outdoor playgrounds, so we ran off with a steal.  Like RAN, as fast as we could with 16 foot 6×6 posts.  (visualize the Ikea lady speed-walking yelling […]

Outdoor Lighting – DIY Solar Lamp

April 26th, 2017|DIY, REPURPOSE|

Are you starting to get the feeling that my backyard beautification goals are never-ending?

I’m sorry, I can’t help myself – my backyard is far and away my favourite room of our house.  I love the sunshine, fresh air and chillaxing while the kids run wild playing or swimming.  I love that there is almost no clean-up required before or after hosting friends – tidy is just a garden hose away.  I love that friends swing by on a whim and we […]

Cork Board Makeover

April 19th, 2017|DECOR, DIY, KIDS|

I am in the home stretch of a room makeover for my tween daughter!  The past week has been about updating her room from hot pink to white – including changing out the caulking on the window, painting all the trim, sanding damage out of the walls and now (finally) decorating.

I’m not sure why Miss Madison decided on white – but now that it’s all coming together, I have to admit that the kid has taste.  It’s looking really great […]