How to make DIY chalk style paint
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

How to Make DIY Chalk Finish Paint (Video) | One Room Challenge Week 2

It’s near the end of a busy week, and the progress on our dining room makeover for the One Room Challenge has been sadly very minimal. I’ve been really busy and tired, but I’m hoping next week will be a little less stressful all around so that I can put my nose to the grindstone on this project. The good thing is that I’m almost done the buffet makeover in this space, and I’m excited to share with you a video on how I make my favourite DIY chalk style paint for painting furniture!Continue reading

How to caulk trim before painting
DIY Home Decor, Tip Tuesday Videos

How to Caulk Trim Before Painting – Tip Tuesday

Caulking trim before you paint it is one of those semi-boring jobs, but I can guarantee you that caulking the holes and cracks in your trim before you paint your walls will make a HUGE difference in the finished look of your paint job! Filling in the seams between your baseboard, casing and walls, and filling nail holes will make your finished, painted room look so smooth and professional. Here are some caulking tricks that I’ve learned over the years as I’ve painted many rooms in our home and others.Continue reading

Painting a small home simply white
DIY Home Decor, DIY Kids Activities

How to Paint Your Home with Kids Underfoot + Our Guest Cottage Update

Well, my muscles have never been this sore, but we finished painting our guest cottage! In case you missed it, we decided to turn the old garage house we lived in before we built into a guest home. My parents will be our first guests this summer, so we have a limited amount of time to get the whole thing clean and updated before they arrive. Plus – we’re on a budget! Today I wanted to show you our progress and also share some of my tricks to painting your home when you have children running around. It can get complicated, so I want to help ease your mind if you also have that situation going on!Continue reading

Spray painting kitchen knobs is an inexpensive update
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Upcycling Ideas

How to Update Your Home on a Budget with Spray Paint #12MonthsofDIY

If you tuned into my blog last week, you’ll know that we’re working on a HUGE project right now: turning our old garage house into a guest house! You can read all about that right here. We don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on this renovation, so I’m busting out all of my favourite DIY tricks. One of my favourite ways to update almost anything on a budget? Spray paint! I love the stuff. It’s so easy to use, and it can make a huge impact on a decor item. This week, I used it to quickly and inexpensively update the hardware and light fixtures in our guest house! Let me show you my spray painting tricks, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see 11 more things you can do with spray paint from my blogging friends.Continue reading

Beautiful & easy DIY painted rock garden markers
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make Painted Rock Garden Markers

Some of my favourite DIY projects have been the ones where I use salvaged or free materials that I find in my crafty supply stash or even in nature. These DIY painted rock garden markers are a project just like this! We found these river rocks several years ago, and I decided to repurpose them with a little bit of paint and Mod Podge to use them as pretty signs in our garden this year. Come see how I made them and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for more outdoor painting projects from my blogging friends as part of Outdoor Extravaganza!Continue reading

Vintage midcentury cane chairs painted white and reupholstered in grey cotton velvet.
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

A Vintage Cane Chair Pair Makeover in Grey Velvet

Once upon a time – well, almost exactly one year ago – an avid Vintage Treasures Hunter spotted a pair of mid-century cane chairs on Kijiji. “Dear husband,” she said as she peered up at her Main Squeeze, “would you mind driving an hour both ways to pick up these amazing-I’ll-never-find-a-deal-like-this-ever-again-totally-vintage-tufted-i-love-them chairs with your truck?” The treasure hunter’s husband nodded his head, rolled his eyes, and picked up the vintage chair pair for his wife whose love language he knew was Antique Shopping. It took a full year and the help of the Vintage Treasure Hunter’s talented mom to fully reinvent the darling Vintage Chair Pair, but they were worth every bit of effort. These special chairs will be loved again for years to come with their new paint job and gorgeous new upholstery.

This is the story of a pair of mid-century cane chairs I found, and how it took us a year to fully finish redoing them.Continue reading

How to paint wicker baskets with Chalk Paint - An Easy Coffee Table Makeover
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

An Easy Coffee Table Makeover with Chalk Paint

I think our coffee table is pretty great. We bought it a few years ago when we lived in our Garage House and it’s been so useful – I love the wicker baskets and drawers that can store a ton of kid’s books and magazines. When we moved into Our DIY House last year, the colour of the baskets in our coffee table started to bug me a little. They were too orangey, and I’m trying to get rid of all traces of orange in our decor (case and point: our kitchen table makeover).
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