Tire Project – treehouse seating

May 24th, 2017|KIDS, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I’m in phase III now of a treehouse makeover for the girls; I’ll show you phase I and II in another post, but today I wanted to show you our tire project from Hubby’s old snow tires.

This idea stemmed from an image I’d seen from ItsyBits&Pieces:

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Isn’t this perfect for a teen/tween hangout?

Unfortunately we don’t have […]

Garden Bench Makeover

May 6th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a before and after hasn’t it?

It’s not for lack of doing them – I’ve painted a bathroom, a bedroom, a bench, a stool, a … but the makeovers are either not complete (waiting on blinds for my daughter’s bedroom makeover) or the after was done in the same colour as the before and the transformation wouldn’t be very dramatic in blog photos.

This garden bench makeover is fantastic though, so I had to share – along […]

DIY Garden Mirror – Repurposed Dresser Mirror

April 7th, 2017|REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

This post was a $h!t-show of errors, but in the end I managed to repurpose this old dresser mirror into a beautiful garden mirror.

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I could have hung this dresser mirror in the garden as-is; there really are no rules for garden mirrors,  the idea is just to bring a little more light, and a bit of […]

Refinished Dresser : The White Knight

April 5th, 2017|REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

This ugly beast was a curb-find “trashure”.  Refinished dresser, dresser makeover, trashure, white dresser, curb-find dresser, painted dresser

Heavy as heck, wood with a wood veneer and a mirror as the top.  I’m going to say this is a ‘mid-century’ look with the notched panels and faux-sliding sections – those are actually drawers and the gold circles are just for decoration.

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Upcycled Patio Bar Cart

March 12th, 2017|REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

One of my favourite things to do is to repurpose or upcycle pieces into something new and better – and this upcycled patio bar cart is one of my favourite transformations ever!

My friend Andy had this old overhead projector cart tucked away in a deep, dark corner of his garage.

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He offered it […]

Headboard Turned Garden Bench with Rust-Oleum

March 3rd, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

Turn a damaged, dated and dirty headboard into a gorgeous garden bench with Rust-Oleum® Canada.

This project is limited only by your imagination – you can pick up any headboard and footboard (matching or otherwise), in any size from crib to king and paint it in any colour under the rainbow (or paint it like a rainbow if you like) to create a gorgeous upcycled headboard garden bench!

First up, scour your basement, your parents’ basement, garage sales and thrift […]

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.

I give […]

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.

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My previous […]

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 […]