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DIY Above ground pool ladder / stairs

I can look back on this DIY and laugh... now. At the time it was a total shit show and entirely my fault.  I thought I could "build off the cuff" without plans or even a vision of what I wanted. Don't do that folks.  At least have a vision. The problem I was trying to solve was that my derriere is too large for the manufacturer's pool ladder that comes with the Intex pool. Considerably larger. Yes, I could have shimmied myself sideways through it and still have been able to swim - but I didn't want to shimmy. [...]

Antique revival to two-tone beauty

I love desks. I'm not entirely sure why I love desks so much, but I think it has something to do with the idea of organization and compartments. Could be because they are so easy to makeover but have such impact when you do. Maybe it's because there are a bazillion of them on Craig's List and Kijiji, that you can't help but get an ugly duckling for a steal. Today's desk makeover has to be one of my all-time favourite desk makeovers ever.  (and I've done a fair share of desks makeovers!) I picked up this roughed up beauty [...]

Make your own charcuterie board

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 they were looking for brand ambassadors in Canada, BUT you had to create a project that used a [...]

Fun with colour – another painted chair

So remember I said that I purchased three wooden chairs last week? And do you remember that I only showed you these two so far? Since I had nothing to lose and some Arborcoat solid stain left from my treehouse makeover, I decided to play with colour a bit and create a painted chair that was a bit more whimsical. If you didn't read my last post, please remember to strip, sand and prime before getting to the fun stuff. The arrows were another stencil I picked up from Cutting Edge Stencils, so I decided to sprinkle them here and [...]

Backyard Playground Makeover

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: You can see that the metal sections need to be repainted, the wood could use a clean-up, but more importantly it needed to evolve from climbing kids to [...]

Finishing up the Playground – Outdoor Art

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. I didn't want to commit to painting the entire fence and possibly upsetting my neighbour if paint spilled through. The space was so boring and bland and didn't seem to connect with the rest of the playground makeover - it lacked "something". Leisa and her team at Clancy’s [...]

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 work. First up was the sanding.  Even though this table is going to get a faux [...]

Wood Chair Makeover

I have had so much fun on Maxsold.com lately - have you heard of it? It's an auction site that people use to downsize or for estate sales.  The items are posted on their website by location and then you can bid on anything you choose. These chairs were an item I picked up the other week: The auction items are generally much nicer than these - but I was searching for junk in particular, so I picked up these three wooden chairs and a teak plant stand (all in the same lot) for $28.  I didn't really want the [...]