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…

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…

Comme sur des roulettes :)

“Just like on rollers” is the expression in the title 🙂 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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

In the end… it all just worked out :)

With my new plan in mind, I began sanding each chair to the bare wood. It was a little tedious… but I did it! Then, I diluted the same paint I used for the table, equal parts of paint and water. I painted each chair, being mindful to apply the same thickness (whatever looked good,…

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…

Recycled Diningroom set

When we moved into our house, our little round kitchen table wasn’t quite cutting it… so this is the table I inherited, passed down from a family member. I loved it for it’s shape, with it’s simple curves. What I did not like however, was the traditional vibe stemming from the colour and finish, which…