Garden Bench Makeover


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 […]

Bathroom Storage Tower

January 15th, 2017|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY, ORGANIZE|

Sorry I’ve been absent for a couple of days, but the projects I’ve been working on are of such awesomeness that I’m sure you’ll forgive me.

This one I’m SO EXCITED about because it looks fantastic!  Save for a few small giveaways, you’d probably never guess that my bathroom storage tower was a DIY job.

First up you need to see the before:

Bathroom vanity before

This is our master ensuite; double sinks, laminate counters […]

Stone Feature Wall – Details Renovations

January 6th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR|

I have friends named Sherri – yup plural friends but with the same name.

One Sherri is a brilliant contractor ( and can take any project from ‘meh’ to WOWZA!

The other Sherri has this incredible talent for interior design – even though that’s not her profession.

Together these two have knocked my socks off – more than once.

Case in point, this is Sherri’s dining room:

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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 Plant Hanger

April 19th, 2016|BUILD IT, DIY, GIFT IDEAS|

This past weekend brought the return of Spring weather to SW Ontario – and with it, the annual “Spring itch” to get out into the sun and plant something…

but we have an urban legend in our area – that you should never plant anything until after May two-four weekend.

You see, we’ve been known to get snow right into May, but more often than not, we have evening frost – so it has been determined that our national Holiday – Queen […]

Creamy Potato & Leek Soup

February 18th, 2016|RECIPES|

Last week Hubby was away in Banff on business – which means I had to actually come up with a meal plan for my children.

I have a few go-to meals that are easy and relatively healthy, but if Hubs is gone for any number of days we do seem to find a McDonald’s drive-thru at some point.

Enter our friends and neighbours Sherri & Andy – nope, not the same Andy that showed off his amazing nuts (although I’m […]

Partial Refinish


Not every piece of furniture you come across needs to be stripped down to the bare bones, or maybe I should say not ALL of it needs to be stripped down.

How many of you have a dresser that is in perfect condition except for the top?

Partial refinish - when all you need is to clean up the top

It’s the surface that takes the most abuse.  We put our jewelry, […]

Before & After – Sherri’s Rocking Chair


This chair belonged to Sherri.

Actually, I believe it belonged to Sherri’s mother first, then Sherri and now me (although I’m still hoping Sherri will take it back).

It’s been loved – as all rocking chairs should be;

The Built-In


A few weeks ago I took on a project for a friend.

I’m not going to lie – I was thrilled to have been asked, excited for the challenge, but terrified of the task.

This is a custom built piece with beautiful detail.