Entries Tagged as 'DIY'

Lesson Learned




I learned a lesson last week, and thought I’d share, just in case I’m not the only one who didn’t already know this. [Insert hand hitting forehead.] Remember how I was going to be painting some stripes? Yes, well, that plan failed. You see, I discovered that winter is not a great time to paint, even inside! Who knew?! The paint bubbled! INSIDE! Granted, I didn’t think about turning on the baseboard heater in Cole’s room before I started, and it was snowing outside, but I really didn’t think the walls would be THAT cold. Apparently I was wrong. So, I only got as far as the white stripes, and there are some areas that I’ll be sanding and repainting once the weather warms up. Lesson learned.

Since I now have some extra time before the stripes happen, I thought that I’d poll you all to find out what painters tape you use? I probably should have chosen less contrast for my first set of stripes! I really don’t want to have navy blue paint seeping under the tape and onto the white… so please let me know if you have a personal favourite!

PS – I realize that this picture has nothing to do with painting, or stripes, but no one needs to see bubbled paint drying. Instead, I thought I’d share a pic of the stool and bird that I just found at Target. I’m loving them!

Before & After: Table & Chairs Makeover




We’ve got a visitor on the blog today! Say hello to Sam everyone! This is us at Chelsea Market on a trip to New York. Sam is second from the left, in between Sherri and Claire. It feels like so long ago, and looking at this pic makes me want to jump on a plane! But, now that you’ve met Sam, you really need to take a peek into her amazing dining room transformation!

Table Before & After

Isn’t it great! Sam wanted to change up her table and chairs, and with just a little paint that she already had on hand, and some interlocking boards, she has completely transformed the room for only $10! Pretty amazing DIY, don’t you think?

Thanks for sharing Sam!

[ UPDATE: I’ve received lots of emails with questions since this post, so I thought I’d answer them here so you don’t need to go searching through the comments if you have a question. Firstly, Sam used a couple cans of leftover FAT Paint chalk paint, mixed together, to come up with her table color. Because she was using this type of paint she didn’t sand or prime, just painted it on! She bought all of the boards in one bundle from Rona (Canada’s home improvement store) for $6! She nailed on the wood top. Hope that helps! ]

Mudroom Progress




I am a huge fan of Jessica Helgerson, the interior designer of this beautiful home. Our family room has the same cathedral ceilings, and this picture is one of the many that makes me want to run wild and paint our cedar ceilings white. It’s also the reason I started hunting for a demijohn vase like the two on the floor. I’m happy to say that I found one when Heather and I went shopping at Spruce Collective! Now if only I had a tree that could spare a limb…


In other exciting news, in between my boys’ baseball games the much ignored mudroom has finally been getting some attention! I spent some time on Saturday sewing a seat cushion for this bench. I feel like my mom when I’m sewing. All of my latent skills come from her. I’m not finished yet, but it is looking SO good! Can’t wait to have some finished pictures for you!

And no, the door isn’t dirty, it’d just been painted here and the plastic hadn’t been removed from the glass yet. I adore the new door too, by the way. Our mudroom/laundry room is off of the garage and has no windows, so the glass has made such a difference in the amount of light in the room!

How about you? What were you up to this weekend? Happy week ahead!

Spring To-Do List




Have you made a list of all the projects that you want to tackle this Spring/Summer? With all the sunshine that we had over Spring Break, we’ve actually started to check some things off of our LONG list already! The adirondack chairs that were sitting in boxes for two years waiting to be stained and assembled… CHECK! Emptying out and organizing our pantry… CHECK! Gardening… well, we’re slowly making headway each year on that front. There is so much still to learn!


Are you as impressed as I am with how my friend Angela organized all of her kids art supplies! She simply spray painted some tin cans in fresh Spring colours and divided up the supplies! And four large baskets underneath store the paper and all of their creations! Perfect!


A project that has forever been on the list is printing the bazillion photos that are hanging out in the ether. You too? I don’t know many people that aren’t a couple years behind on that one! Christine, of Just Bella, had a great idea to take all of her Instagram pictures and create a Blurb Photo Book, and I knew I’d be making one as soon as I saw it. If you’ve been wanting to make a book, I’ve got good news… Blurb is offering 25% off to you until April 14th! Sometimes it helps to have a deadline on things like this, right?!

Speaking of deadlines… I need to focus on the big ticket items on our list… adding trim and replacing all the windows, and painting the exterior of the house. Any readers have a window company that they would recommend? Or brand of windows that you’re happy with? There are so many options out there that I’ve put off making a decision for a couple of years already! I need to get on it! Suggestions please!

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Photo Credits: #1 – 4 Rosa Pearson, #5 Christine (Just Bella)

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A Clean Slate



Lisa Leonard Interiors

There is just something about white. Fresh. New. Exactly what I’m looking for this New Year! Which is why we went a little crazy with a can of white paint and a whole bunch of trim over the holidays. It feels so good to rid the walls of the drab beige/taupe color. Of all the changes that I want to make this year, this seemed like a good place to start.

Ever since I saw this photo of Lauren Leonard’s bunkroom (above), I knew that we would be adding some board and batten style trim detail into our house. I didn’t want to cover all the walls with it, just an accent wall seemed like the right amount. I’m loving it! My amazing, hard working hubby deserves an enormous thank you. Seriously. Shout out for you Jason!! The bonus is that he’s super happy with it too. Whew!


Work is still being done caulking, painting, etc, so for now I’m only going to show you this little snippet. And, as with most reno projects… when one things changes, everything is fair game! So, our family room is in store for some major redecorating. Stay tuned!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Pinecone Ornament DIY



Last year my oldest came home from school with a pinecone ornament for our Christmas tree. I loved the look of the white painted tips, and wanted to add a lot more of them onto the tree this year! So, I collected some over the last year, and tonight we spent some time painting the tips of pinecones!

This is truly the easiest DIY ever! All you need is:

  1. Paint, watered down until it’s thinner so that it doesn’t get clumped in the tiny spaces.
  2. Paintbrush
  3. Pinecones, the sturdier the better!
  4. Ribbon. I think a thin shimmery ribbon is nice, but some twine, or even string would look good.

Do you add pinecones into the decorating mix at your house in the fall and winter seasons? Have you painted them before? Next I’d like to try dipping some pinecones to look like these ones (above) by Jessica Christman. Aren’t they pretty?!

Happy Holi-DIY Event



Happy Friday everyone! I had a blast crafting with my friend Heather and a bunch of other crafty ladies that were lucky enough to snag a seat at the highly anticipated event put on by Anthropologie and Poppytalk last night. Jan and Earl, of Poppytalk, did a great job leading us step-by-step through two origami projects. The first, and my personal fave, were these little boxes that can be used as covers on a string of mini lights! I have wanted to learn how to make these mini light garlands for a while now, and was so excited that this was one of the projects! (If you’d like to make some too you can download the instructions here.)

The second project was these geometric origami ornaments. These were not easy to master, but I am happy with the results! Thanks to Anthropologie and Poppytalk for a fabulous night! I can’t wait to make some more!

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson (Picture of Heather & I via grillfusion, thanks Heather!)

Milk Art: Take Two



Inquiring minds want to know! My Milk Art post brought many questions about whether or not I’d attempted to transfer the effect onto paper. I hadn’t, but since I would happily repeat this one, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Well, here is your answer… it does NOT work. Not well at least. All the detail and vibrancy is lost as soon as the paper touches down, and that really is the best part. If you are looking to make this into long lasting art I would suggest that taking a picture is your best bet.

Boredom Busters: Banana Tattoos




  1. Trace the banana shape onto paper.
  2. Draw something within that shape.
  3. Cut out the shape and tape it onto the banana.
  4. Use a pin, or thumb tack, to poke the skin of the banana.
  5. Wait. The image will slowly appear, kind of like a Polaroid image.

With the constant rain here on the west coast, I’ve been searching for ideas to keep the kids occupied indoors. This one was great because it kept their attention for at least a half hour, and they would happily do it again with different images!

Thanks to Cindy for the inspiration! I instantly thought, “The kids would LOVE this!” I hope you know someone that might like it too!

And for those of you that want to take it to the next level, check out this video to see some pretty amazing banana tattoos!

Teacher Gift Ideas



Welcome back from the weekend, I hope you had a good one!

I have some last minute teacher gift ideas for you today! My friend Jamie came up with this first great idea. Both of our sons are in a preschool with five teachers, so buying teacher gifts can really add up. These simple ideas won’t break the bank even if you have multiple teachers on your list.

I love how Jamie used a pencil crayon to attach the flower and leaf. And her message “Thanks for helping me grow” with her sons picture is perfect!

I picked up this handy Xyron sticker maker at a garage sale for $4 last month, and it’s been super handy for work. I decided to put it to use to customize these great S’mores Kits so they look like Ben created them himself. And, of course, you can easily make your own S’mores Kit!

What is the best gift you’ve ever given a teacher? And if you’re a teacher, what is your favorite gift to receive?

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