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Thursday, 28 July 2011



This is a chair that I did a few weeks ago. It started as an old office chair that I found at a thrift store. I wanted to buff up my upholstery skills and I thought that this was the perfect project. I used some fun fabric and tried to "frame" the lavender crow. I love the little bird house and wood grain in the fabric as well.

The chair is a dark grey/brown that coordinates nicely with the fabric. I am offering it at a reduced rate of $20. I am not listing it on Kijiji, but just for the blog readers.

I also have a shelf that has not sold yet that I would like to clear out!


This is available for $20 as well. It has been repurposed with clips for hanging artwork or photos or whatever strikes you as pretty.

If you are interested in either of these, please email me. I have scored a few things this week that I look forward to sharing in the upcoming weeks!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

A Secretary Desk Makeover


This was another garage sale find from Alicia. She had a space in mind for it at her house, but wanted it prettied up to match the rest of her space. 

She found it like this:

Definitely lots of potential but tired and a little too country-ish.

It was in great condition so I lightly sanded it, primed and painted it with a very light cream colour. After it was dry, I lightly distressed it and gave it a polish with some wax. I added some wallpaper to the back of the desk area as well as to line each drawer.

In order to save some money on hardware, I sprayed the pulls with a black lacquer spray paint to freshen them up.

This was a great project. Thank you to Alicia!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Square and Shabby Table


I am really pleased with the way this piece turned out. I love the carving detail on the drawer ~ it gives it an interesting dimension with the distressing along the edges.

I found this quite a while ago in a local thrift store. It has been sitting in my "studio" waiting for some attention and now I am so glad that I gave it some!

It was your typical dark 80s-ish piece of furniture. It was so dark that priming was an absolute necessity ~ especially since I wanted to paint it my favourite white. Now it would fit in any contemporary home.

The unique square shape would make it a perfect addition as a coffee table in a small living room or in a loft area between two chairs. I could also see it fitting nicely in the centre of a sectional sofa.

27.5" wide
27.5" deep
21" high

If you are interested in adding this square but sweet table to your home, please contact me at or see my kijiji ad here.

I am also happy to do custom work for most pieces you may wish to upcycle, whether it is a fabulous garage sale find or a sentimental family piece that you would like to incorporate into your home in a new way.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Back to Blue Cabinet


This cabinet is a bit of a departure from what I normally do as it was actually a new piece when I found it. I didn't think that the finish was really doing the cute lines and design any favours so I decided to see what I could do to showcase these features. 

This is where we started:

It is not bad, but pretty rustic, and not really in a good way.

I repainted it in the last of my turquoise paint and lightly distressed the finish before applying a layer of protective wax. I had the very smallest amount of wallpaper that coordinated with the blue that just managed to fit in the back. It even lined up almost perfectly!

The drawer provides a great bit of storage for small items.

I like the door with the glass inset ~ it is perfect for displaying some small toiletries or other little pretties.

I like the way it turned out and I think it would add a little fun to a bathroom, laundry room or other small space.

To purchase this cabinet, please email me or check out the kijiji ad here.

Friday, 8 July 2011

From Shabby to Chic


This is a dresser with great bones that Aleisha found at an estate sale. 

It had obviously seen much better days, but was still in pretty decent condition underneath all that paint and dust. Aleisha saw the potential and was inspired by this picture:

The style of the dressers were very similar and I thought that this would be the perfect way to re-imagine this tired old piece of furniture.

The paint was layered with a couple different colours and was the tough old oil paint. It required a lot of sanding and prep to get it ready to repaint, but I think that the effort paid off.

I did keep the bottom drawer and finish it along with the rest of the piece just in case she decided she needed it as a dresser after all. I went to Home Depot and had them cut a piece of hard board for me to fit in the drawer space and painted it to match the rest of the dresser.

Now it is like a convertible... Lots of options!

I tried to keep the spirit of the inspiration photo while also keeping the character of the piece itself by letting some of the original paint layers and wood show through after some distressing.

I changed the hardware and added some wallpaper to line the drawers.

I think it turned out well and Aleisha has a beautiful new piece  of furniture in her home that adds character and charm. I loved doing this ~ thanks Aleisha!

Monday, 4 July 2011

A Desk Make-Over

Well, June has been a hectic month! I haven't posted anything as we have been busy every weekend doing recitals, tournaments, ceremonies and lots of birthday parties... It gets difficult to arrange pick ups when everyone else is just as busy in June. I have continued working with many projects though and hope to get most of them posted during the next week or two. First up I have this crazy cute desk that Alicia found at a garage sale for next to nothing.

It was a fixer-upper for sure, but the perfect size for a little girl's room. This baby needed a few repairs and some sanding to get into painting shape, but she turned out very nicely:

We changed out the pulls for some vintage-y looking glass knobs and I lightly distressed the whole piece. I like how this can showcase some of the history this desk has seen. Those dents and scrapes become so much more interesting this way:

After applying a layer of wax for protection, I added the finishing touch in the drawers:

A nice fresh liner to keep the pretty on the inside too.

I have several commissioned pieces on the go right now ~ they are all unique pieces that are undergoing some serious transformations. I look forward to sharing!

If you have a neglected piece of furniture that you would like to see "made-over", please contact me and we can discuss your vision!