50 of the Best Ikea Rast Hacks

February 3rd, 2017|DECOR, DIY, ORGANIZE, REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

Ikea carries a small dresser – just about the size of a large nightstand – called the Rast.  It’s an insanely popular product on Pinterest for both the price ($35 US, $49 Cdn) and for the million-and-one ways people have “hacked” it (aka – changed it from boring to BLAM!)

I have a craft room update on my mind, and in searching out affordable options I came across these gorgeous (and brilliant) Ikea Rast hacks that I had to share.

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Repurposed Dresser: Dresser, Toybox and Bookshelf in One!

January 28th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

*This is a post I wrote in June 2013 – one of my earlier blog posts.  When I moved my site from Blogger to WordPress a lot of my Pinterest links broke, so I’m attempting to update older posts with a few new photos and create new links on Pinterest.  If you were with me in June 2013, you may remember this – if not, I hope you enjoy!

I have several projects that I’m particularly proud […]

T-Shirt Pillow Covers

January 8th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

So the other day you saw my throw pillow collection, or at least part of it.  Well, the other side of that problem is my throw pillow cover collection.

At roughly $30 per throw pillow, keeping up with Seasonal themes can get really expensive!  But I purposely painted my house grey so that I could inject a shot of just about any colour at any time to keep things fresh and lively… so I created my middle ground.

Easy-sew throw pillow covers.

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Refinished Antique Secretary Desk

December 14th, 2016|REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I was commissioned to refinish this antique secretary desk:

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I don’t know how old this piece is – certainly not an antique by European standards – but definitely an antique secretary in North America.

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But it was in need of a little […]

DIY Mercury Glass

December 6th, 2016|DECOR, DIY, HOLIDAYS, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

Do you love the look of mercury glass?   Me too!

Do you love the price tag on mercury glass?  Me double-too.

So when Rust-Oleum® Canada offered to send me the supplies to create my own DIY mercury glass, I jumped at the chance – I mean, if this worked out I could save MILLIONS (or at least a hundred or two) and still outfit my Holiday decor with some shiny goodness.

I received a detailed tutorial by Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, who […]

Oak Dresser Makeover

November 26th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I have another dresser makeover to share!

This one is a yellow oak, and part of a two-piece set, so you’ll be seeing the finished combo once I have them both delivered (and ahem- staged).

This dresser is about 24 years old;  I know, not ancient or antique, but a quality wood piece that the owner (Kari) wanted to keep for both nostalgia and longevity.

She just didn’t want to keep it in this state:

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Coffee Table with Storage

October 26th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

When the girls were younger (pre-iPad younger) we had toys everywhere.

There wasn’t a surface that didn’t have something of theirs on it, and the house was in a constant state of ‘post-tornado’.

My Dad was looking to get us a Christmas gift one year and I begged him to buy us a coffee table with storage in it so I could quickly hide away some of the mess should someone stop by.

He did, and this baby saw a LOT of use:

Pine Table Makeover

October 21st, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

Are you sick of makeovers?

Of course not!

Everyone wants to see trash turned into treasure right?  It inspires us as to what is possible – even on a small budget.

I wouldn’t say this pine table/desk was trash exactly:

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but it had a few nicks and dents here and there that needed a little TLC.

Oak Cabinet Makeover

October 16th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

How was your weekend?

We had AMAZING weather here all weekend – which is strange because last week we saw frost in the mornings.  This global warming thing is playing havoc with our seasons (but this weekend it was to our advantage).

I spent almost every minute of the last three days in my workshop (aka the garage), working on projects for clients and friends.

One of which was this oak cabinet:

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A Bedside Table for Madison

September 23rd, 2016|REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I picked up this bedside table on Sunday afternoon around 1pm and by Monday at 3pm it was complete!  I love when projects can be whipped out like that – gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

Wanna see the before shot?

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This was a $20 find on Kijiji, and while I had considered (attempting) to build a nightstand for Madison, I felt fairly confident I couldn’t […]