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Hey, friends! I hope your December is off to a good start. The winter months can be tough on many people, but before we know it, March will be here, snow will be melting away, and tulips will be blooming. It may seem like a lo-o-ong wait, but you can do it!

One thing that helps me to remain positive during the short winter days is keeping busy with productive, rewarding “projects”, like the one I bring you today.

Recently I refinished some cheap, wooden bar stools for our kitchen countertop. They were so basic and simple before, but with just 30 minutes I was able to take them from ‘blah’ to ‘AH’!

Now they look GREAT and really blend in with the mood of the room. Even though you’ll notice these photos were taken outside, this project is not very complicated, and could very well be done completely indoors, provided you cover your work surface and have adequate ventilation.

Continue Reading … 30-Minute Project: Metallic-Dipped Bar Stool Upgrade


I love autumn (previously discussed here). As soon as I see one leaf start to fade from green, it seems as if a switch is flipped in my mind and all I can do is hold myself back from going completely fall-crazy. I already planted mums (here), pulled out some cute booties and sweaters to wear, and re-decorated my desk at work with fall-themed candles and trinkets. Yet still, I wanted to do more.

I decided to create some faux-floral centrepieces to scatter around the house. I’m not always a huge fan of silk flowers, but with my seasonal allergies just about driving me insane, it was the best that I could do. Plus, using silk allows these decorations to last longer into the season than authentic flowers. These mini arrangements look rustic and homey, and add the perfect natural touch to your warm home during this crisp season!

Here’s how you can make your own!

Continue Reading … DIY Mini Autumn Floral Arrangements


Generally speaking, a flower pot or planter can make a big difference in the appearance of a home. Colorful pots add a quirky, fun appeal, while intricate metal or carved stone planters have a formal air of sophistication. Don’t forget about the layout, either; one pot on each side of a doorway is a simple way to welcome guests to your home, while diversity in size and shape allows for an artistic twist on landscape decorating.

I have always been drawn to modern stone planters and their stable, clean look, despite a few major drawbacks: their price and weight. Have you ever tried to lug a stone planter from the store, into your car, then to your yard? Whew, what a workout! I figured there must be an easier and cheaper alternative to achieving a similar look. Utilizing light, plastic pots and a little spray paint, you can transform cheap pieces into a one-of-a-kind yard decoration! Here’s what I did to create a beautiful, stacked flower pot:

Continue Reading … D.I.Y. Faux-Stone Stacked Planter


Hello, friends!

I hope everyone is enjoying June so far! One of my favorite ways to relax on a warm summer evening is to sit out on a patio with a nice glass of something, and just listen to the crickets, birds, and kids playing down the street. (Okay, well maybe not the latter option.) Throughout my increasing effort to make this more of a pattern with my hubby, I have found one fact to be certain:

Good patio furniture is EXPENSIVE. UGH.

Cut scene to my mother-in-law brainstorming ways to redecorate her backyard. Ultimately, our attention was drawn to the old, dusty, peeling, metal furniture occupying the majority of the space on the deck. Needless to say, it had seen better days; but as mentioned previously, good patio furniture is expensive and this current patio set did still have some redeeming qualities. Structurally, the furniture was still sound. The set itself was a good size and the pieces fit nicely together on the patio. Taking all of the information into account, there was really only one solution:


The first step in the restoration process was to gather all needed materials:

Continue Reading … How To Restore Old Patio Furniture