Monday, March 29, 2010

How do you do this?

Good morning! This is the top of a table that I bought here in town last summer. I wish I knew how to get this two-colour, scraped, old, (beautiful!) finish on wood.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Old side table

Ugly isn't it? We got 2 of them for free when we moved in to our house. Jesse has been wanting to throw them out for years now, so they have been in the basement waiting for a coat of light blue paint and some distressing. I used the original hardware and mixed the blue out of 3 almost empty cans of old paint from our large almost-empty-cans-of-paint collection.

Still haven't gotten around to doing the second one yet!

Monday, January 18, 2010

painting old furniture

Oops, I haven't posted anything in a verrrryyyy looong time. That's because I wasn't feeling very creative until about a month ago, when bam! All I want to do is take old furniture and paint it pale, distress, and decorate all the corners of my little house.
How ugly is the dresser above? Soooo ugly. It was $10 on kijiji. I decided to paint it blue and add these beautiful handpainted knobs that my sister sent to me from Guelph.

The table above was a $15 kijiji purchase. It was kinda wobbly and cheap feeling, probably Debbie Travis or something like that. I like the curved legs and little drawer.

We have about a hundred half full cans of paint in the basement, all different shades of grey, white, and blue... for real... some of them were here when we moved in to the house. The rest are because we've painted every room in the house about three times in the past two years. I mixed the same 3 colours in different quantities to get the shades you see on the dresser, table, and grey mirror.
I'd like to get a little bench and a small mirror to turn that table in to a vanity.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy New Year! I love these notecards from nestdecorating. And these. And these...

Monday, December 29, 2008


Waiting, waiting for this perfect Kings of Leon silkscreen poster to arrive in our mailbox. It will go in the kitchen, I think. 

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I can sew! (straight lines, that is)

I made a quilt over the holidays! It was the first time I had used a sewing machine, sent generously to me by my Aunt Debbie way back in October. It is not a large quilt, it's the size of a couch throw. It is pictured above neatly folded in half. It was fun to make & satisfying and now I spend a large chunk of my free time looking at cotton fabrics online for my next quilt, and the quilt after that, etc...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

tiny warbler

Look how sweet these are! Handmade felted little guys by Vancouver's Kate Keeler, of Tinywarbler Designs. I found her through this article on the Canadian Home and Country website. How wonderful that this magazine is featuring talented Etsy sellers! I am trying to decide which magazine to ask for a subscription to as a Christmas present, since Country Living really isn't doing it for me anymore (I enjoy the website more than the actual magazine). I'm going to choose a Canadian one this time, and I'm thinking it's between Home and Country or House and Home right now...