This is a great project for some spare time 
on the weekend or a project to build with a 

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I found these handles in a home in a small Eastern
Canadian town. I was helping out by upgrading
some existing hardware on the main floor of the 
home and had spied these while I was looking 
for a tool in the basement. The cabinet they were
on was old and not being use. The handles were
bent and damaged and some falling apart. When
everything was all said and done I was more
than happy to get these handles in exchange for
the work I had done.
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2015 Christmas Decor - lots of Christmas vignettes

Over the last while we have
had one wind storm after
another and as a result
there have been a ton of
power and utility outages
all over the area. We have
endured a few of these
outages and I find myself ..

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VINTAGE DESK in VINTAGE TURQUOISE - mixing annie sloan chalk paint

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has a high
volume of pigment in it. One benefit
of this is the ability to dye fabric with
it. Another advantage of the strong
colors is how little of a color you need
to mix new colors. I mixed a beautiful
vintage turquoise color using Annie
Sloan paints. 
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HOW TO CUT KNOB POSTS OFF - decorative ceramic and glass knobs

These days there are tons
of choices in pretty knobs
to use in our homes but
what or how do you deal
with the extra long post
they have sticking out of
the back?  

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MARKET DISPLAY STAND - european booth

I built this booth using discarded
bits of lumber and furniture parts.
It turned out exactly as I wanted,
like one of those European market
booths you see at Christmas.

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FURNITURE REPURPOSING - behind the scenes

While I'm under the weather and resting I thought
I would share some behind the scenes photos from
a past project that just might get you kick started on
your own repurposing projects or at least get you
thinking ....

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I do not have a lot to update you on the goings on 
around here as I have been under the weather since
early this week. Flu & fever has now turned into
a nasty head cold but I am getting much needed 
bed rest and lots of time flipping through my
decorating mags.

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This article is about how this stylish
coffee table was re-inventing using a very
short and very vintage dressing vanity.

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WHERE TO FIND FURNITURE LEGS - distressed white nightstands

Where do you find furniture legs?

Antique stores sometimes have metal and wood legs to buy.
My Restore has even had a bin of furniture legs available to
purchase. During clean up week George, my GF, and I have
taken legs off several wingback chairs. George found legs
attached to a wet road side sofa and managed to cram it into
the van. The wet sofa has to be taken to the landfill but for that
fee I get some nice legs. I have bought many bargain coffee tables
with great legs at yard sales. A little deconstruction and VOILA.
Not everyone has a big vehicle to pick up road side finds or can
carry a saw in their vehicle *just in case*. The legs I got for this
nightstand project came from a very simple place that anyone
can handle.

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VINTAGE BOTTLE LABELS - print your own labels at home

I bought a pair of little bottles with
french labels at a vintage market. The
labels were printed on a home PC and
glued on the bottles. I love them in the
bathroom but noticed after a bit of
time that the shower steam had started
to make the paper bubble and lift. 
What to do?

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THE ALICE DRESSER REVEAL - fix it tip and favorite tool

I've used a lot of power drivers in my time
but the one I use now has been my favorite
for years. I first saw it in the hands of an
electrician and immediately asked about it.
It is cordless and rechargeable and also
light weight with good power. As soon as I
could I went out and bought one. It came
in quite handy for this dresser makeover.
I will share the what it is in this article.

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TURNING A DESK INTO TWO BEDSIDE TABLES and painting them with annie sloan chalk paint

I found a solid wood desk on the road-
side the morning after we got home from
a 2 week vacation. It was a wonderful 
WELCOME HOME!!! I would never have
found the desk if we didn't have to go
back to the airport the retrieve our late
luggage. While boarding our plane back
east we saw through the window that our
bags were not making it on our plane, as
panic strikes and we asked the flight 
attendant what happens now.

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I found an amazing sideboard before we left on holidays.
It was also amazingly expensive but I wanted to work
with it. It would be just like me to start a dozen projects
before going on vacation and that is exactly what I did.
So now that I'm back home I've been cleaning up all the
projects I started. Next on the list was to finish the 
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My mother has always used old suitcases to store all
sorts of things, and the smaller ones are very useful in
tight homes like mine. I don't have a lot of them myself
but I do use everyone I have. I store favorite magazines
in one and books in another. I have all the glitter and 
glue for Christmas projects in a third. All my packing
stuff for shipping is kept in a fourth one. I like using
them because I can easily grab the one I need and take
it to wherever I am working. When you stack them like 
I have done they work well as a side table and it looks
pretty cool too.

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INSPIRED CABINET - with lion hardware

With having a vacation under my belt,
great weather, and an unexpected large purchase
coming soon I have been working up a storm
getting all sorts of projects finished. Today's
reveal is a piece I painted a long time ago and
has been waiting for the right inspiration to finish.
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USING PAINT, DARK WAX, LEGS, and a STENCIL - unique paris dresser

I made this dresser look
unique by using dark wax
only in certain places. In this
article I have explained how I
did it and included many other
resources to create this look.

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Earlier this month I started several projects that
had to be put on hold because of our summer
vacation. This storage closet was one of them.
It was high time we travel to Eastern Canada to
see George's family, after all he had not met his
youngest grandchild since she was born several
years ago.

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DARK WAXED WOOD TOP - white bedside cabinets

My first experience using wax was when I had to polish my dress
shoes as a kid. As a teenager I learned to wax cars and how to buff
to get that perfect shine. As a young adult setting up house I learn
the value of waxes and polishes for my furniture. Now most days I
use wax to protect and finish my paint jobs but for this project I used
my Annie Sloan Dark wax a little differently. 

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Even when I'm on vacation I can't seem to stop
surrounding myself with chipped paint, rusty metal,
vintage wood, sparkling crystals, and white painted furniture.
Surprise, surprise!!!

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WHITE TUFTED STOOL - made from a round side table


A favorite project of mine was when I turned an
unwanted piece of furniture into a tufted stool
and I want to make another soon.

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I was rePurposing a clothes closet for someone special
and the original piece I was working with, came with
smoked glass panels set in 2 doors. I knew the look I
wanted for the finished closet but it was not going to
work with the glass looking that way. 

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ADDING LONG LEGS - white 2 drawer ascp chest

Somewhere along the way I lost interest in finishing
a little two drawer chest I had purchased. And to add
to the unfortunate situation, the original price tag was
high for such a small piece. It then ended up in last
week's yard sale with a much smaller price tag and
did not sell. I heard one man say "what is that good
for" but my vision was always clear ...

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This will feel like deja vu to some of 
you that read last weeks post about the
first rePurposing of a gate leg table I
did. I had two of them marked at $5 at
our yard sale yet neither of them sold.
I always feel bad for the stuff left
behind and it some how re-invigorates
me to find the time to rePurpose them
myself. This article is about the second
table that got a new life.

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HOW TO MAKE A SOFA TABLE - from a gate leg table

I hate watching furniture that need
TLC get over-looked at my yard sale.
There are pieces that other folks just
can't see the potential in yet I see it 
so clearly. That's what happened this 
past weekend, two gate leg tables got
passed over numerous times. I saw
different ladies looking and
thinking then a husband would
come over and say "No".

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BEAUTIFUL WORKSHOP SINK - made from an old dresser

My friend owns a home decor store and she is also the local Annie
Sloan Chalk Paint retailer. We got to know each other before anyone
in these woods knew about Annie's Chalk Paint but with the same
passion and the new paint we have so much more fun supporting
each other. This year my friend had the unique opportunity to make
a BIG move and double her square footage and she jumped in with
both feet.

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DRESSING UP SHELVING - tall white display shelf

Solid wood shelves are hard to find these days.
If I do find one I grab it no matter what it might
be missing because adding to a shelving unit is
a lot of fun for me.
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ART DECO VANITY TURNED NIGHTSTANDS - small space bedside cabinets

If you consider cutting up an old vanity for a
repurposing project just be cautions and think
through the process. In the end you have to fix
whatever damage is caused to the sides so
going slow in the beginning will help in the end.

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BEING A MARKET VENDOR - olde farmhouse spring market


Everyone waiting to attend a great vintage market, well
The Olde Farmhouse Market in Maple Ridge, BC is this
Saturday.  >>>>>>>>>> Woohoo! <<<<<<<<<<<<<

I still get asked by many if I will be a vendor there and
at other markets, unfortunately the answer is no. I can't
participate in these events for the same reason I had to
stop working outside of the home.
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So many ppl have seen or owned their own piece of
1970's colonial bedroom furniture. The stuff does last
and looks really good painted. This pair of nightstands
were spray painted using Annie Sloan Chalk paint, and
clear and dark wax used to create the look you see here
to the left. Check out the BEFORE AND AFTER
photos for this project.
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DARK WAX ON WHITE PAINT - how to video for old world effect

Learning how to use dark wax
can be tricky. Using it on white
paint can be terrifying. I have
done a short video showing
how I apply dark wax to get
an old world effect.

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HOW TO PAINT FRET WORK - white display cabinet

How do you paint fancy wood fret work on a glass fronted
cabinet without getting paint on the glass? The first thing
to consider is taking the glass out. In many cases though 
the glass is secured so well into the door frame that more 
damage would be caused trying to remove it than it is 
worth. Today I'll share how I spray painted the fret work 
on my cabinet. This option works for brush painting also.

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CHECKERED FUTURE - natural wood and white dresser

We've all heard the saying "Don't judge a book by
it's cover" well this 1920's dresser definitely proved
that statement true. The exterior was in nice shape,
well stained and polyurethaned, the problem
was inside ...  

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WHITE VINTAGE STYLED DESK - metal details & rope handles

here I come!

I overhauled this next project
with different hardware and
paint, I also added some metal
details that you can all get if you
just know where to look.

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KITCHEN ISLAND UPDATES - white and turquoise

Lately each morning while working at the kitchen island
I have been hearing a familiar sound coming from outside.
It doesn't lasting long enough for me to get out there and 
before I know I am brushing it off as if I've just imagined it.
But yesterday morning I heard the noise again, and I was at
the front door taking some pictures, the sound was loud and
obvious and I rushed outside to investigate.
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What a mysterious combination of items to include in a blog
title eh? Well the Lilac's are in bloom (they smell amazing)
and I plucked a few for a photo shoot of my small space coffee/tea table. Now that those two items are cleared up let me explain about the scarey heart surgery bit.

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There are lots of ways to create a distressed
finish on painted furniture but I end up always
going back to my trusted sandpaper. While I
was working on these nightstands I took some
photos to share of the different look I get with
different grades of sandpaper.

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SHABBY CHIC BOYS CABINET - tips for a masculine cabinet

Easter is just around the corner and as a child my Grandfather
loved to make elaborate scavenger hunts with hidden notes
and mysterious riddles for my sister and I. He had us running
back and forth hunting over at least an acre of land looking
for the next clue cause we knew there was one huge chocolate
easter egg at the end and it was filled with more goodies.
For me it was more like winning a trophy than an actual
Easter hunt and I wanted to display my prize for everyone
to see.

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There are plenty of upholster tutorials on the web
but I definitely still get asked how I do the corners
when I upholster. I am not professionally trained,
I learned over the years what works for me and
what doesn't.

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This is how it happens ...
I was at the drug store early one morning and as I
passed by the magazine rack I found a new magazine
jumped into my basket. For me a new magazine means
shutting out the world and enjoying some quiet time in
a comfy chair. When I arrived home and unpacked my
bag I decided to get into that chair and started flipping
through the new magazine. That's the moment it happened,
I flipped to the next page and saw some vintage foot stools
that I adored and then the whole plan came into my head
how to make my own.

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What would you do with a large collection
of old furniture legs? I have a huge stockpile
of tapered furniture legs that continues to grow
because I didn't know what to do with it.
I've run across different projects on Pinterest
but none really got me excited. Finally a
magazine article changed that and I found
myself consumed with an idea and I went
straight to my work room and got started.

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PIN-WORTHY WINE BAR - stereo cabinet makeover

I lost interest in this solid wood french provincial
stereo cabinet and offered it up for another anxious
soul to revive, little did I know it's potential in the
spirits category.

This one is PIN-WORTHY!

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LADIES FRENCH NIGHTSTAND - before and after bedside tables

When I was young my mother 
wallpapered a feature wall in our 
bathroom with something that looked
like newsprint. It was the first thing
you saw when you walked in and it was 
always there to look at and read if you
had the chance to stay awhile. There
were parisienne Can Can dancers and 
theater ads. 

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I am a fan of Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian TV drama
series set in the 1890's. For those unfamiliar with the
plot, Constable William Murdoch is a Toronto detective who
solves his cases using methods of detection that were new to
the time. There are many scenes set in the streets of Toronto
and I enjoy seeing all the shop signs that have been recreated
for filming. They also shoot scenes in the city morgue
which has a great turn of the century look. When I was
working on this next project I envisioned this cabinet in that
setting with white vintage labelling on the glass. But how to
recreate that for myself?
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DRIFTWOOD FINISH - how to video

Growing up we spent most free weekends camping
on the shores of Harrison lake. The lake always had
lots of silvered driftwood and my father, sister, and
I would build rafts to sail around on. I was a skinny
child with long legs and big ambitions. The bigger
the logs the more I wanted to roll them down the
beach and build them into our rafts. I could never
forget the look and feel of those sun kissed driftwood

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BEFORE AND AFTER - grey cabinet reveal

Many of our grandmothers had a glass doored cabinet
in their homes like the one I found at Value Village.
I can remember pressing my face against the glass
to see my Gram's English tea cups sitting on the
shelves inside. My friend's grandmother was
Hungarian and they had lots of Czechoslovakian
crystal on display behind glass doors.

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CREATING ORNATE DETAILS - secrets revealed

I have given many furniture projects a new
look by adding ornate details to boring flat
kick plates. The tools I use for this are a
pencil, a jigsaw, a hammer, finishing nails,
and an applique.

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Want to know the cheapest way to
added appliques to your painting projects?

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I moved into a little farm house years ago that had sunshine yellow cabinets and navy blue celestial wallpaper on the upper
portion of the walls. It was HIDEOUS but that never discouraged
me against using wallpaper myself. 

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