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 […]

Easy iPad Charging Station

February 5th, 2017|ORGANIZE, REPURPOSE|

The photos, and this post itself, is an oldie – but given that the number of ‘screens’ in this house has only increased, it seemed a good time to revisit our original iPad charging station solution.

Not to make redundant the USB outlets I installed last week, but instead to show you an easier and cheaper way to corral cords and electronics, I give you my brilliant (and cheap) iPad charging station…

from a magazine holder!

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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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The BEST Dog Bed – you won’t believe it, but it’s true!

December 17th, 2016|CLEAN, GIFTS, REPURPOSE|

I’ve meant to share this post for about 3 years now and never have, but with Christmas just around the corner comes the urge to spoil your fur baby.

Stores are showcasing pet clothes, toys, treats and beds with the same abundance that you’d find these things for your kids…

I’m going to do you one better…

I am going to show you the very BEST dog bed you can get, and it’s cheap (if not free).

Pottery Barn Inspired Buoys

July 3rd, 2016|BUILD IT, CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, REPURPOSE|

I love Pottery Barn.

Everyone loves Pottery Barn right?

But if you’re reading this (a DIY) blog, then you’re probably in the same boat as I am and don’t really want to pay Pottery Barn prices for projects that seem completely DIY-able.

Like these decorative wooden buoys for instance:

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Whew!  They’re on sale right now.

On sale for $35 USD for the set….  still seems hefty when I have all […]

Hockey Storage from a Pallet

June 12th, 2016|BUILD IT, GIFT IDEAS, ORGANIZE, REPURPOSE|

Looking for an easy, inexpensive but WOW gift for Father’s Day?

One you can complete this week?

One that will make his eyes light up?

My friend Serena had planned to make a hockey storage rack for her hubs (brilliant!)

We found this solid-faced pallet and she was done….

Hockey storage rack from a pallet

Clearly we are not as close of friends as I thought we were.

Did she really not know that nothing escapes a coat of paint […]

Pallet Projects – Fence/Wall Art Whale

June 3rd, 2016|DECOR, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

If I told you that this project cost me a grand total of $0, would you believe me?

Seriously, the pallet was free, the paint was leftover, – I might have spent a few cents on sandpaper – but truthfully, I didn’t buy a single thing to make this!

My friend Cheryl had sent me a message a few weeks ago asking what tools I recommended for making pallet projects.  When I asked her what she had in mind – she sent […]

Watermelon Serving Tray / Watermelon Lazy-Susan

May 28th, 2016|CRAFTS, DECOR, REPURPOSE|

This watermelon serving tray / watermelon lazy-suzan was actually the first watermelon item I painted – but when I photographed it with the glasses on it, it seemed like I needed to show the mason jars before I showed the completed project.

So today I have a fun, easy, garage-sale kind of craft for you – today is lazy-susan day!

I’d seen these trays on Pinterest (click images to link to the original posts):

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Slate Cheese Board / Slate Cheese Tray

May 16th, 2016|CRAFTS, PARTY IDEAS, REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

If your backyard get togethers are more wine-and-cheese than hot dogs-and-lemonade, this project will fit the bill.  This slate cheese board / slate cheese tray was made from an old roof tile and some etching cream!

Supplies:

  • roof slate – can usually be found on Kijiji or Craig’s List – the more rustic, the better.
  • two handles
  • stencil of your wording and/or image
  • glass etching cream and applicator brush
  • sandpaper
  • drill and concrete drill bit
  • food-safe mineral oil (optional)

(Note – the glass etching cream […]