Has spring really sprung?

So we’ve had a nice day or two….. and the days are getting longer. Everyone I know is feeling the excitement and wanting more light and good weather 🙂 Since I love spring, and Easter (a nice time to mark the end of winter), I decided to make an arrangement for the entrance table. I…

Calling out into the night….

Yes, this old chest was calling out into the night, begging to be rescued, as we passed it by some time ago. It was sitting at the side of the road, in the dark, rather lonely I am sure. Of course I had to stop… but not wanting to use solvants (and this old guy…

Ratty rattan…

On a visit to one of my favourite second hand shops, I found this childrens’ chair. After having seen a similar one at an antiques fair earlier that week, with at 90$ price tag, this one being sold for five dollars was very enticing 🙂 Although I thoroughly enjoy white, the paint was looking ratty…

All within the framework :)

Driving toward home (yes, again), I found this empty frame by the roadside. It was painted in a glossy white paint that had yellowed and was looking quite sad… Although it was already the colour I wanted, I didn’t like the gloss or the drab “white”…. the paint would have to come off (it looked…

Bedfordshire:)

When the time came for a big girl bed for my daughter, I was rather excited. A “new” bed of course, means new possibilities….. for decorating, recycling and refinishing! (What’s not to be excited about??) After a bit of hunting, this is the bed I found on an on-line garage sale. My plan was to…

Think inside the box :)

Another roadside garbage find I couldn’t resist…. this box sat for a few months in my garage before I found out what I wanted to do with it 🙂 Rather grotty, it was still pretty cool and…. free! So, I picked up a spray can of chalk pain in a nice dark blue and after…

Sitting pretty :)

On the drive home not long ago… my eyes (naturally) wandered to a pile of garbage someone had set out by the curb. This chair, for it’s cute yet slightly odd lines and proportions caught my eye. On closer inspection, it seemed sturdy so into the car it jumped… 🙂 I already had some chalk…

Keep saving that furniture!

As a sequel to a post I made earlier this spring, here, now, is my refinished patio table. As you can see above, the table (only a few years old), was looking quite unattractive, dry and ratty. With the same product (same colour, same amount of transparency) I used on my little stools this spring,…

Save your patio furniture !

When you live in a cold climate, people get especially excited when the nice weather comes back. There are always a few hard core runners out there, bareback or in shorts even if it’s a only a few degrees out, their bare skin reddened by the cold air… people whip out their sandals and sun…

Mirror mirror on the wall…

Ok, so they won’t tell you if you’re the fairest…. or who the fairest actually is… but mirrors are a nice way to decorate. Finding ones you like is usually easier and cheaper (when you buy second hand) than buying art for instance, I have found. Sometimes you need to be a bit patient before…

Integrating metallics.

Metallics are great to incorporate in a room. They add an element of interest, pairing well with other colours. I found this little table at a thrift shop for six or seven dollars and loved it’s delicate yet simple shape (round top and tapered legs). It folds up, making it practical and easy to store….

Loving hand me downs :)

A friend of mine offered me a little stool for my daughter. I was happy as I LOVE reusing things but I didn’t quite like the finish on the stool…. The things with hand-me downs is that your home starts looking cluttered if they are not tied in to the rest of your colour scheme…