Chalkboard numéro deux

One day, on my way home (as many of my stories go), I drove by a painting that had been put on the side of the road, along with several trash bags. Of course I stopped to take a closer look. Although the frame was not of the best quality (the fancy bits were moulded…

Variations on a theme

If you don’t have many flowers, if you want to spend less on plants (even if they are inexpensive, they do add up), a smaller arrangement in a simple basket (second hand wicker basket here) looks just as pretty. Used as a centre piece on a table or as shown in my last post on…

Comme sur des roulettes :)

“Just like on rollers” is the expression 🙂 which is the equivalent of saying that something “goes swimmingly” or “without a hitch”… Kinda like I’d like my tidying and house cleaning to go 🙂 always. Like many I think, I’ve been “Konmari” ing my house lately. I’d heard about Mari Kondo from various friends a…

A few little branches go a long way…

Although small… my branch harvest from the other day left me with plenty to work with. So with a nice little pile of branches, I made another wreath which, paired with a recent find from the second hand shop, would serve as a lovely holiday table center. When it came to the recent find from…

Finding the balance

Near our home, these pieces of furniture and remnants were placed by the road… I didn’t think much of any of it, although I did kinda like the pieces of lumber that had once made a bed frame…. The second or third time I passed by (at a few days interval), it dawned on me…

What a little stain can do….

A little stain can ruin your favourite blouse… but it can sure do wonders for things made of wood…. Around the corner from our home, this little play house had been placed for sale, by the curb side. Driving by I spotted it and immediately began thinking of how to rearrange our yard to include…

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…

To match or not to match?

Once the table complete, I needed to refinish my chairs. I proceeded to sand, prime and paint two coats of paint in the same colour as the table (In the picture, you can see the primer that looks kinda grey on one chair). I got as far as four out of the six chairs, to…

Choosing a finish to suit the wood

Once sanded… I decided to whitewash my table as I felt it would give is a casual look with a bit of texture. I chose white as I wanted a neutral colour which would lighten my space, modernize my table while creating a cohesive and calm look to my home (without looking cluttered by mismatched…

To sand or not to sand…

When it came to removing the finish on my table, I had two options. I could use paint remover, or I could sand the finish off. With remover, there would be chemicals to deal with and I have found that when scraping off the remover and paint once it has done it’s work, the wood…