Last week I took my followers on Instagram along on the ride of making a DIY skinny dowel bench. I’ve been seeing them all over the internet and seeing as us Canadians can’t find a lot of these trends in store, I decided to make it.[Read more…] about DIY Skinny Dowel Bench
How are you all doing stuck inside? I can say we’re probably made for this as we keep busy with DIY projects, fun activities for the kids..but we do also miss our family and friends.[Read more…] about DIY Floating Shelves
January 1st I set a lot of huge goals for myself. Eating healthier, working out, going to bed earlier, focusing on inner health annnnd to DIY a lot more. It’s how this blog was founded in 2015 and my most popular and most viewed blogs are DIY blogs, so I knew I wanted to incorporate a ton more of it into 2020. Today I’ll be teaching you how to build your own asymmetrical wood wall.[Read more…] about How To: Asymmetrical Wood Wall
You guys! This project was so so fun and so easy. I’ve put off refinishing our Ikea kids kitchen as I thought it would take so long to take it apart and paint everything but it was super quick and easy! Keep reading to see how easy this Ikea kids kitchen hack was.
If you’re new around here, Hey! I’m Jess. I love to DIY and redecorate on the daily. We’ve started to run out of rooms, so now I’ve moved onto my kids toys 😉 haha[Read more…] about Ikea Kids Kitchen Hack [ DUKTIG Play Kitchen DIY ]
You Guys! Can you believe that it’s only four days until Christmas? It’s so crazy insane! But I’m so excited for the week of events, spending time with fam and lots and lots of food!
I’m jumping on to blog about my DIY Picture Ledge. If you guys have been here a while, you will remember last January we made a ton and blogged about the DIY here. But we made a new one yesterday out of oak and it’s so so dreamy.[Read more…] about Easy + Quick DIY Oak Picture Ledge
Oh my gosh you guys. I’m so excited to jump on the blog today and share with you my DIY Refinished Coffee Table. On the weekend my bestie and I drove down Island to try and find a coffee table. I did find one, but with a price tag of over 500.00 after taxes & I just couldn’t stomach that.
I went home feeling a bit defeated as I had already exhausted looking on Craigslist, Marketplace and other second hand sites. The next morning I checked one last time on Marketplace and a coffee table that I somehow missed, appeared. Below I’m attaching the coffee table I wanted and the coffee table that was for sale.
As soon as I got the coffee table home, I unscrewed the top so I could strip the finish off, and I immediately spray painted the legs. The legs took two coats of spray paint.
The top took about 35 minutes to completely strip down to the bare wood, and it was a bit too orange for me still, so I took 1 TBLS of white paint to 1 cup of water and white washed it. I left it for about five minutes and then wiped it off like a stain.
Here is the finished result:
Let me know what you think of my DIY refinished coffee table. I’m pretty in love and I actually think it turned out better than the original 500.00 one I liked.
I hope this inspires you to see the beauty in ‘old junk’ and before you spend money, try your hand at refinishing something in your home.
If you like this DIY, I would be honoured if you pinned it to Pinterest!
Hope you’re having a great week and don’t forget to check back on Thursday for my Spring Home Walk Through!
It’s Friday… which means it’s the weekend and I LIVE FOR THE WEEKENDS. If you’ve been following this blog for ANY amount of time, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with white. I feel like it’s my favourite color even though it’s not even a color. Anyhoo… Since we put up our Plank + Mill planks on the fireplace in July, I’ve wanted it to be more white. I loved the wood, but I found it clashed with a lot of my home and it was hard to decorate around as it seemed “busy”. Well today, after crying to you guys all night over my Instagram engagement ( another story for another time ), I grabbed a brush and just started painting. Without even thinking it through for one more second.
I’m so glad I painted it because I’m in love with the completed look. I get a ton of questions about how we’re able to do all these upgrades if we’re renting.
If you read the initial blog, here, about when we put it up, you’ll know that the planks are attach to three big sheets of plywood – one on each side. When we move someday, we can easily detach the plywood with no damage whatsoever to the faux rock composite below. Although, the Landlord might choose to keep our planks up. It doesn’t matter to us.
We did this because we didn’t want to stick the planks right onto the rock because it can rip paint off.. so we didn’t want to damage the under layer at all. Especially since this isn’t our home.
We used a nail gun to attach the plywood to the below layer. Nail gun nails are literally the skinniest thing you’ve ever seen and the holes can’t be seen really. SO this was the best option for us.
As for what paint I used on the wood, I used “Magnolia Homes – Shiplap White” It is my favourite paint to work with ever!
Painting the face of the fireplace took me about 4 hours – I still have yet to do the sides as I ran out of painters tape.
Now I’m going to work on finding a color for my coffee table. I’m thinking something warm. I have to beat it up a bit more before I stain it. Love me anything extra beat up!
Hope you enjoyed this little project I did today. What do you like better? The White or the Wood? Let me know in the comments!
Every now and then when my life slows down just a little I get the decorating bug. I like to grab old vintage pieces mixed with cheap finds and I like to create something pretty.
Y’all know how much I love autumn, it’s my favorite time of year. Big slouchy sweaters, lattes, crisp sunny days, candles, yummy crock pot meals and of course, it’s leading into one of my all time favourite holidays – Christmas.
I absolutely dislike buying themed holiday decor as I find it super cheesy. So during autumn I purchase a lot of fresh pumpkins paired with faux florals or branches. Easy peasy and cheap!
So first before all you see the error in my pictures, I just wanted to point out the elephant in my pictures – yes, there is a light bulb missing from my chandelier and I totally didn’t realize until right now. Since this blog isn’t for a brand, this is what you get, my perfectly imperfect house. haha
Also, my dining room is only half finished, but I like to blog about rooms in the process of being decorated. Things that still need to be purchased for this room:
-5×8 Jute Rug
-An actual set of dining chairs. One of our chairs broke so we’re currently pulling our bench around the corner
-Decor for the wall that is not seen in this photo
-Oh, and a lightbulb 😉
I absolutely love the big floor to ceiling windows in our dining room. It’s THEE smallest space ever. I think it’s probably maybe 6×8, but it’s super cozy and bright, we just can’t have anyone over for dinner ( sorry )
For this simple autumn tablescape for under twenty dollars I purchased five pumpkins and that’s it. The faux branches and florals I already had and this planter box we had in storage. It’s sitting on an extra large farmhouse tea towel.
I like centerpieces that I can pick up easily off of the table as my kids will ruin things – super messy eaters.
Also, I just wanted to point out that Glen did an amazing job on my table. We kiln dried the wood for six months and I found the legs in spring on craigslist. Sadly, we put one of the pieces of wood on our mantle while I was waiting for Glen to build my table and it warped. it doesn’t matter how long you kiln dry wood, if it’s put near extreme heat or extreme cold, it will breath, bend and warp. Why don’t I ever remember? Oh well, I love me a good rustic table!
I’m starting to get back to feeling like me. But it’ll be a long while yet. Rhetty is still sleeping in my arms all night long and I find that I’m more snappy and irritated than I normally am. Which makes total sense as I’m getting a horrible sleep. That all being said, I’m trying to enjoy this period of my life as Rhett is our last baby and soon these days will be a distant memory. So please have grace for me friends, okay?
Let me know what you think of my Autumn Tablescape in the comments, I always LOVE hearing from you all.