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Monday, 28 May 2012

Monday Offerings!

Sweet Tea Cart

This little sweetheart could be just the little pop of colour a corner of your home is looking for. It has been sprayed a cheery red and the glass is in great condition. It could be used as a little bar to mix up super summer cocktails or as an unexpected end table or nightstand.

I think it would also look great on a deck hosting some summer pots of flowers. It is quite sturdy and even rolls!

So pretty!

25.5" wide (28" including handle)
16" deep
27.5" high

Shabby White Sofa Table

This is not a super flashy table, but it is very sturdy and has lovely simple lines which would fit nicely with any decor. It has been painted Cloud White and distressed to show of some of the little details in its construction.

I have a huge soft spot for a sofa table ~ it is such a versatile piece of furniture and can be used in so many different ways ~ either behind a sofa, at an entry, beside seating, or against a way to display pictures and collections.

51.5" long
16" deep
25" high

Birdie Coffee Table

Since my purchase of a new cowhide for my living room, I needed to replace my coffee table. It was just not working with the new carpet and ended up looking a little small. I am offering it for sale as well today. I have found a replacement for now that is making me happier!

It is a pretty oval table with sweet legs and a lower shelf with caning. It is painted a very pale creamy grey and the glass insert has been sprayed (underneath) with a bird and branch design. Anyone who has been to my house will recognize my love of decorating with birds and trees.... It has only been in my house for a few months and has seen very little wear, but I would love to see it go to a new home!

If there is anything here that speaks to you, give me a call or text me at 403.700.0877 or email and we can work out a time for you to take a look! 

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Short Week *For Sale*

A Shade of Grey Desk

I apologize for the later post this week. We went away for the long weekend and I decided to wait an extra day or so to post. I have this great piece to make up for it though!

This is a versatile little desk. I think it is just small enough that it could work as an occasional table or larger side table or it could be a sweet little task desk. Great for a laptop, small projects or in a child's room.

I painted it in a beautiful creamy grey latex and lightly distressed the edges. It is a very solid piece and has little touches of character.

I love the sides. The little keyholes are a pretty little touch.

I just had to include the birds... I found this vintage egg basket in Fernie at a Sweet Shop last weekend and I love it so much I wanted to share!

42" wide
24" deep
28.5" high

If you would like to take this desk home, just let me know! Send me a text at 403.700.0877 or an email at to claim it.... 

Monday, 14 May 2012

For Sale!

Grey and Curvy Side Table

I love the character of this sweet table. The curvy legs and detail on each corner.... It is such a great little piece!

One of the best features of the table is the top:

It is a tray style so nothing will roll off! Those are the kind of details that make me crazy.

I updated the original hardware to a matte black and added a black and white wallpaper to line each drawer.

I have a lot of requests for my wallpaper sources. When I know, I will link to the source. This pattern I found rolled up in a box in a thrift store, so I am not sure where it came from.

20" wide
17.75" deep
26" tall

Simple Lines Hutch

This is a perfect little hutch. It is not too big, but it has lots of style. If you are not a fan of really fussy, detailed furniture, this mid-century styling might be the perfect thing for you. It is two pieces so it is easily moved and if you needed to, the bottom portion looks great on its own as well. Even without the glass doors it could work well as a bookshelf.

I really debated on what to line the back with. I wanted to make it fun, but I wanted it to feel classic as well. I decided on a beautiful creamy white with a subtle silver leafy pattern and I think it looks so pretty. Certainly a change from the old brown stain. Again, I am not sure where this paper came from... It was extra paper from a friend's project.

The interior is also lined with the same paper. I know that no one will really see it, but I like to know it's there..... Those details give made-over pieces a more customized and unique feel.

I updated the original hardware with a semigloss white and then distressed them to match the character of the hutch and buffet. I didn't want to draw attention away from the simple lines of the construction.

Some light distressing and a hand-rubbed wax paste complete the piece.

48" wide (at widest point)
17" deep
59" tall

Monday, 7 May 2012

For Sale!

Starting this week, I will be offering a few pieces for sale on my blog on Mondays. These are pieces that will be available exclusively here until Thursday. If they have not sold, I will list them on Kijiji. I try to only create and sell things that I would want to have in my home ~ to be honest I would keep most things if I had the room! My goal is to upcycle ugly and unwanted things into something beautiful and desirable while adding affordable character to your home. Items are sold on a cash basis and pick up is in Airdrie, Alberta within 10 days. I would love to hear your feedback... 

Here we go! 

Dining Room Table
{Reduced! $120}

This table is super sturdy and would work well as a desk too. I love the chunky legs and subtle detail. It fits 4-6 chairs comfortably.

59" long
35.25" wide
29.5" high

Shabby Trellis Coffee Table

This coffee table is a sweet size and would be perfect at the end of a bed as well as tucked in front of your couch. It has extra storage with a lower shelf and very cute trellis detail on each side.

36" long
18" wide
16.5" high

Pair of Jade Tables

I love these tables together as a coffee table. I went with a bolder colour as they have very simple lines and make a fun statement together this way. A version of this colour is showing up everywhere this spring and can work well with almost any colour scheme in your decor. They are fun to style as they really grab attention! They would work great as side tables or as night stands too. 

I used the Benjamin Moore Advance Paint on these so they have a hard, slightly glossy finish with no distressing. I was inspired by the cover of the current issue of Country Living.

The colour of these tables is very similar and I think that grouping smaller tables together can be so versatile and looks more interesting.

22" long
18" wide
18.5" high
(each table)

If you are interested in any of these, contact me at:
or call/text me at 403.700.0877

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

May 2, 2012

{Making it Pretty}

When Christine contacted me a few weeks ago, she had a couple of little projects for me to do for her. One of them was a free bookcase she had found online.

I was a little hesitant with this piece as the surface is a laminate. It can be a bit tricky to paint, but I am willing to try anything (and Christine was totally game!) so I went for it!

I repaired the edging and the broken leg and gave it a really thorough sanding to rough up the finish to help the paint adhere better. For something like this, it is really important to use a high quality primer first. I really LOVE  Stix Primer, it is far superior to anything else I have tried. It is more expensive, but worth it for a project where you want a beautiful finish.

I think that this turned out beautifully!

I painted it black, and added some pretty wallpaper along the back to make it pop a little more.

I very lightly distressed the edges and gave the whole piece a polish with Minwax Furniture Paste. This was truly a diamond in the rough! I love it!

The other piece Christine had brought to me was an old dresser. I think she may have found this on good old Kijiji as well. It has great lines and was absolutely solid, it was just a bit beat up and needed some extra tlc to make it shine.

This was intended for her young daughter's room so she wanted it pretty, but fairly neutral so that it could grow with her.

I painted it Decorator's White from Ben Moore and distressed the edges and some of the more "lived-in" areas.

I have some really pretty and bold wallpaper that I lined each drawer with. I like to be surprised with a little extra pretty on the inside too.

I found some inexpensive drawer pulls at Michael's of all places. They are just acrylic, but actually look very pretty and have a little sparkle too.

We mixed some clear and pink knobs on the drawers as we couldn't round up enough of either to finish the dresser with one colour... Sometimes you just have to work with what you have!

When Christine came to pick these up, she brought me an old lamp. I hope that I will be able to do something fabulous with it! It is my favourite kind of project. Really ugly and she has trusted me to do whatever I want....  Hmmmmm.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

May 1, 2012

{Rosebud Mercantile Part 3}

I just realized that it has been 2 weeks since I wrote anything. This seems to be a common theme for me. Life is busy and it is easy to get distracted with all the busy-ness!

Things have been selling at the Mercantile and I finally made a trip back there today in the rain. I brought my sunglasses, hoping that the weather would have a change of heart, but it continued to pour all day. I brought some bigger pieces as people are really interested in some fun pieces to give a room a little character. I added some more colour to this batch as well. I think everyone is ready to take a few risks for spring!

Here are a few of the pieces I brought with me:

Sunny Yellow Square Table

Beachy Blue Bench

Distressed Black Side Table ~ I love this cheeky knob!
Shabby White Wardrobe

I have been playing with adding a watermark to my pictures. With Pinterest and other sharing on the internet, I thought I would make sure that I have my projects marked.... I am not sure what to think, but I will keep tweaking it and see how it goes.

I sweet-talked my long-suffering husband into loading all this up for me this morning (EARLY!) and I hit the road! I met Val in Rosebud and she helped me get all set up again in my little corner at the Mercantile.

The little black table did not make it into the display as it was sold on its way into the building to a very sweet woman who instantly decided she wanted it! She was on her way through and very decisive... Thank you so much!

I am planning on changing my blog a little as we move towards summer. I hope to have a regular post early every week to list the items I will offer for sale. Some larger ones as well as more of the "smalls" I have been working on and posting recently on my Facebook page. I have quite a few pieces that I hope to start on soon and get posted in the next week or so.