Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Table


Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table

It was at the request of someone near and dear to me that I agreed to make over this table.

Someone so dear, that he just knew I could never say no to him.

He had recently acquired it in the condition you see below.  I was a little apprehensive as this piece needed to be finished properly and that didn’t mean sanding and slapping some paint on it.  This needed extra special care.

Meet Duncan Phyfe.  Modest in size, worn and slightly abused, yet still very dignified.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

3 Tiered Platter/Stand

Just before Christmas I bought a 3 tiered stand that I wanted to use for Christmas Décor.  But even as I bought it, I knew exactly how I would use it after Christmas.  As a matter of fact, aside from these  two very different uses as pictured below, I also cant wait to use it for entertaining as a 3 tiered antipasto platter and even a beautiful display for desserts.  Perhaps I’ll  update this post as I get pictures of those.
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Burlap Scarecrow

Fall is undoubtedly my season. 
While flowers are fading and leaves change and fall, I seem to come alive.  I particularly love decorating at fall.  Crafts seem to come easier for me at this time of year too.
Instead of a wreath, this year I decided to do something a little different.
Meet Stitch.
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Such a friendly face.
This is how he came to be.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Front Door Improvements

There are many ways to dress up your front door inside and out.
I painted the inside of our front door black a few years ago and I still love it.  It provides the right amount of contrast and interest for a small entryway.
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Our entry with a white door looks lovely, but a little uninteresting.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Clever Shoe Storage

A while back I posted about a common household problem.  Shoe clutter.  I hate it. 

Nothing irks me more than an entryway littered with shoes.  Well ok, a lot more irks me when it comes to clutter, but this is one of the biggest irks (?).

This bookcase turned shoe cabinet and the end of the hallway solved my particular problem.  As my family enters through the garage this little side entrance landing would get populated with shoes mighty quick.  I needed a storage solution that would get all the shoes off the floor and stored in an organized manner.

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Below is the before.

I shall endeavor to explain the presence of my blender again. I keep it in the basement and it was waiting for someone (likely me) to take it down.  This is not where I store my blender.  “Nuff said.

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In my post about turning a bookcase into a shoe cabinet you can see more pictures on before and after.    CLICK HERE TO GO TO POST.  Please excuse the rather primitive pictures from vintage 2009 Recaptured Charm.

Are you a victim of  Loafer Litter? Clog Chaos ? Dress Shoe Dislocation ?  High Heel Hodgepodge ?Sandal Shamble ?  Loots of Boots ?   Ok, enough of that.

I’ve curated a HOMETALK collection of 18 very clever shoe storage solutions, (yet not one of them stores a blender.)

Take a peek,  be inspired and clean that clutter.

Together we can conquer Shoe Pollution !

Shoe Storage

Friday, January 23, 2015

Home & Reno Show Ticket Giveaway

I know its January, but I feel it… spring is coming… and soon~!

Days are already longer here in the Great White North and there’s a glimmer of better weather on the horizon.

All you DIY’s know that means….. RENO’S!

Why not get some fresh ideas from the GTA Home and Reno Show?

I have 2 FREE TICKETS up for grabs.

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My apologies to all my American friends, but feel free to enter the draw if you can be up near Toronto February 13 – 16.

The show is at the International Centre in Mississauga.

If you plan it just right you’ll get to see the infamous and strikingly handsome Property Brothers there on February 14th. 

I mean really, do you need a better reason to go?


So what hoops do you need to jump through to get the tickets?   How about leave a comment here.. it’s that simple!

An entry will be picked by a random generator on January 30th.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Crafters Coffee Filter Heaven

If you like coffee filter projects, you’ll love this Hometalk board I created.

I happen to love coffee filter crafts.  They’re super inexpensive and always end up looking great…. well worth the effort!

Take a look at this board on Hometalk.  I bet you  never knew there were so many different things to do with a coffee filter.

Clicking the picture below will take you to the full project.   Detailed tutorials are available by clicking the link provided in each project.

The good news is there are projects here for every skill level.  The bad news is you’ll wanna run out and buy coffee filters right now!

Twenty three unique and amazing crafts await you….. go take a peek!



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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Coffee Filter Snowman

Coffee filter wreaths are all over, especially at this time of year and I love them.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making them also.
This year I decided to make something a little different with white, basket coffee filters.
All materials for this entire project came from the dollar store, which is always an added bonus!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Simple Wood Finishing

One step Stain and Finish.

I have had the privilege of trying something new recently. Something that you might find very interesting if you refinish furniture.

Staining just doesn’t get any easier than this.

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This is what I started with…

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Getting Back to Work… with Good Hair

I’ve started in on some inexpensive home improvements which I’ll share in a few days… but today, somewhat out of the ordinary, I will share some other valuable information with you.
Before we start back to work in the garage for the season, painting and sanding, I thought I’d pass on a little info that every girl needs.
Even though I am right at home in jeans (and usually a paint covered shirt), a girl still requires the beauty essentials.

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 Ways to Transform a Dark Attic into a Cozy Hangout

By Jennifer Riner of Zillow

Source: Zillow Digs

A finished attic adds habitable and unique square footage to a home. Typical homeowners only face the uncomfortable climate conditions and lackluster structure of their attics when reaching for holiday decorations, stowed pastime equipment and home movies. Renovators, however, are wise to refurbish attics and convert them to additional bedrooms, bathrooms or family rooms. The trick to a loveable, cozy attic is going beyond basic construction; even with drywall and new flooring installed, an unornamented space still emits a gloomy and unwelcoming ambiance.

Implement these five tips to create well-designed, comfortable and functional attic spaces.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Guillaume Faux Fur Throw

I was offered a couple of these fabulous throws to review…. and you betcha I took them up on it!
Guillaume Faux Fur Throws are incredibly plush.   Lined with super soft faux sheared mink they are warm, comfortable and terrific as gifts.
Tonight and tomorrow night (December 4th  & 5th,) these will be the Show Stopper on The Shopping Channel.  See Guillaume on The Shopping Channel and see how awesome all his designs are.
Right now I want to share with you a few pictures I took of my new Guillaume throws.
I don’t even think pictures do them justice, but my daughter was more than happy to sit under them for a while!
Faux Fur Throw in Snow Lynx.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Burlap & Twine Snowmen

I’m in full Christmas mode lately. 
There’s something about making snowmen that really makes me happy.  Last year I made some sock snowmen and as I put each one together they began to seem just like little people.
These Stately Snowgents are quite majestic themselves.
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Made up mostly from styrofoam, burlap and twine, they come together in no time at all.

Nightstand Makeovers

At this time of year, I usually turn my hand to holiday crafts.  I adore making anything Christmas related so my furniture refinishing takes a bit of a back seat.
For those of you who tune in specifically to see furniture makeovers, there is a wealth of them all in one place.
Starting with my own Silver Metallic Nightstand.
But wait…. there’s more !
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Finger Knitted Christmas Wreath

I’ve come to the end of my finger knitting for this year.  I wanted to wrap it up with something Christmassy. 
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For the finger knitting tutorial please CLICK HERE.
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I love this Lion Brand yarn in Grass color. It knits up beautifully. I might even take up real knitting sometime soon.
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