Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Spotlight at Must Love Junk

I am happy to announce that I am being featured at Saturday Spotlight Life Behind the Blogger at Must Love Junk today. I hope you get a chance to stop by.

While you are there be sure to check out Susan's gorgeous home. Her collections, and the way she uses and styles pieces, are amazing. Thanks so much, Susan!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Painted White Pedestal Coffee Table with Hydrangeas

I switched out the coffee table in our living room this week with this lovely round pedestal piece. 

I am happy to finish this table that I painted in May (pre-surgery and recovery) but was only able to wax this week. I used a mix of ASCP Old White and Benjamin Moore's Cotton Balls. I chose the mix because I found the Old White a little too yellow for this room and adding a high quality Ben Moore paint helps stretch the ASCP. It was sealed with two coats of Annie Sloan soft wax on the base and three coats on the top.

Our hydrangeas in the backyard (white with a hint of green) took a beating from wild rabbits and ice this winter, but a smaller bush out front has had lots of blooms this year. The huge blooms are white with a pinkish tint. I placed some in an aqua CROWN canning jar.

The rectangular coffee table in this room before (that I also painted) has moved to our basement TV room. A few months ago we also switched the leather couch in the living room with the white slipcovered couch in the family room. 

The slipcovers need a wash and straightening but they are so much easier to keep clean in the living room. Please excuse the dusty floors. Our boys are removing popcorn ceiling texture in the nearby family room and I can't keep up with the dust. 

This is the table before in good condition but the wood tone was too red for our home. The best part is that it was free!

This is such a solid piece and I love the pedestal leg detail. I am still deciding whether or not to add some Miss Mustard Seed dark wax to bring out the details. 

 I adore aqua canning jars and hydrangeas!

A simple summer vignette on our new coffee table. I think I'll pour myself a nice cold pop, prop up my feet with a book and ignore the dust 'till it settles.

I'm joining the following link parties this week...

The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Confessions of a Plate Addict, StoneGable and Worthing Court. 
Inspiration Gallery Link Party at Design Dining and Diapers

Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now

The Shabby Nest
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Studio / Hobby Room ~Where Bloggers Create 2014

Today I am sharing a tour of my studio / hobby room at Where Bloggers Create 2014. It is the 6th annual blog party to share our creative spaces hosted by Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage.

Where Bloggers Create

We are fortunate to have a large guest bedroom in our basement suite so I am able to use our smallest 4th bedroom on our second level as my studio. It is not a huge room so I am often making changes to get the best use of the space. The last time I shared a full studio tour was at the 2011 Where Bloggers Create in this post.


The above collage shows some of the before photos. Last year I moved the large black metal shelving unit to basement storage and finished painting the walls Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls. This week I got my husband to take out the large farmhouse table because it was just too deep and tended to collect piles of stuff. I also sold the vintage printer's drawer that held my threads because they kept getting knocked off.


We moved the painted buffet and hutch from the kitchen for a combination of open and closed storage. The photo boxes store new greeting cards and my large collection of paint chips. The wicker laundry basket holds quilts in progress as the little sign announces.

I use both new and vintage pieces for storage and display. The antique wooden bobbins hold my favourite laces on a tarnished silver pedestal.

My mason jar addiction carries over to the hobby studio for storage of pretty buttons, laces, trims and more.

My current favourite creative activities include sign painting, card making, knitting, crochet and home decor sewing and crafts. I also like to quilt and scrapbook but have less time for these hobbies at this time. I used vintage pudding bowls for stamp supplies, glues and a few punches. A gravy boat holds glitter, and galvanized tins sort and store Fiskars scissors, pens, paintbrushes and more. 

Vintage jello molds sort little bits.

This simple shelving unit is temporary while I search for a tall shallow cupboard with doors. The baskets on top hold yarn and the drawers on the bottom contain scrapbooking stickers.

Gift bags and wrap are stored in the closet but for now ribbons, bows and tissue paper are on an open shelf.

On the short wall beside the door, opposite the window, I replaced the large farmhouse table with a temporary smaller table for my sewing machine. I am searching for a smaller scale farmhouse table so I can spread out a bit without it being too large. No fancy Serger or quilting machine here yet, just my sister-in-law's old super sturdy sewing machine.

 I plan on adding to the gallery wall above the table.

I made an inspiration board with a white spray painted garage sale frame and chicken wire. White ruffled fabric covers an old lampshade on a mason jar lamp.

I downsized from two cubbies to just one for my craft paints. 

My smallish stash of quilting fabric is stored in clear plastic shoe boxes in the closet to prevent fading. The closet also holds a three drawer wire storage unit for decor fabric, our central vac hose/accessories, iron/ironing board and my guys suits and dress shirts. 

Some gifted and collected pieces on a little cupboard that sits on a small chopping block table.

Wicker baskets store my collected denim fabric and vintage white linens. The tiered fruit basket is a catchall for scissors, pens, and sewing supplies.

Ending the tour back at the door. I really like a neutral space with a little colour but with craft supplies it is hard not to have lots of colour. Hopefully I will find the perfect cupboard to store the wrapping supplies etc. behind closed doors. And if I don't soon find a small farmhouse table I may just have to make something. 

I would like to thank you for visiting and I hope you have a moment to comment and let me know that you were here. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


 Wishing a Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends and readers.

True North Strong and Free!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

New Finds and Happy First Day of Summer

Happy first day of Summer! And it is a beauty weather wise here.  

This morning was the perfect summer Saturday for garage sales and there were lots in our neighbourhood. The tall apothecary jar, the mercury glass pair and the milk bottles were all from one place.

I have a few mercury glass pieces so this pair will fit in nicely.

The little calf salt and pepper shakers are new purchases from a gift and decor store recently. I couldn't resist them. I love the graphics on the bottles from two Ontario dairies.

The vintage cookie/biscuit cutters were $1.50 each and I will use them for display only. 

This afternoon I visited with my sister and her family (also in our neighbourhood) and I gave them some guidance with their gardening. Our boys are officially on summer break now. Our oldest son bought his first truck last week and is off to a cottage with friends so I think youngest and I will enjoy relaxing around the backyard fire pit tonight. I hope you enjoy this first day of Summer as well.

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Pillows and Lamps in our Family Room

Today I am sharing new pillows and lamps for our family room. I have been enjoying all the summer home tours and decided it was time to bring more of my favourite blues into our neutral main floor TV room. 

Since my husband is in charge of vaccuming while I am post surgery I didn't do any cleaning or styling for the photos. I had been searching for affordable lamps for some time. I had been admiring a pair very similar to these in a nearby decor shop for some time but at $150 each they were out of my budget. After stalking HomeSense in April I finally found this pair for $50 each (Cdn.) and bought them for my birthday. I love black as an accent in our home and the turned base appeals to me. I had considered large bottle type glass lamps but worried about possible encounters with my teen boys' big feet.

The pillows are actually Ralph Lauren napkins from HomeSense and I couldn't resist one of my favourite shades of blue. Almost an exact match to ASCP Provence. The feather pillow inserts are from IKEA.

Later in the summer I plan to freshen the wall colour with something lighter, possibly white, and rework the photo gallery. A few months ago we switched the leather couch and the white slipcovered couch between the living room and family room. It will be easier keeping the white slipcover clean in the living room. I shared the ASCP Old White end tables here, and I still need to spray paint the drawer handles black.

The pretty etched glass picture frame was a sweet birthday gift from a work colleague.

I added a Kalenchoe to a zinc pot on the end table for a bit of 'life' in the room. So nothing to fancy and still lots to do but I am enjoying the change on this lovely and warm Friday afternoon. I wish you all a great weekend. 

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Garage Sale Chandelier Find

In early May I came across this chandelier with pretty crystals at a garage sale for $10. 

It is shiny brass and I was considering spray painting it and hanging it in our master bath or laundry room, but I'm not sure. The shades are too fancy for my style, but maybe just the chandelier spray painted white, black or silver with just the crystals might work?

I considered trying Rub n Buff for a more aged brass look but I can't find that around here. Has anyoune tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on brass? 

The older couple selling it were downsizing and removed it on the realtor's advice but the gentleman assured me that it was working and had all the necessary wires/ceiling plate etc.

We took the quick photos when we brought it home last month and it is now in basement storage while I decide. I'm going to have to check out Pinterest for inspiration. Any ideas?

Edited to add: I got an offer that I couldn't refuse so I ended up selling this chandy. The money will go towards replacing the lighting in one of our bathrooms.
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