Sunday, April 21, 2013

From Grandma's House to Our Home

My husband Mark amazes me.  We have wanted a harvest table for a while now, so he found some old pine and built one!  We just got it in the house today.  The pine is 3 inches thick, and what makes this table special is that the legs are made from pillars off of the front of his late grandmothers house.  We had used the pillars at our previous house in our landscaping, but when we sold the house that was one of the things that we were taking with us!  We love the table and the special meaning it has for us.

Pillars in the garden at our other house.
The wood before we started 
Figuring out what we wanted
Incorporating the pillars 
Before waxing...we didn't want a really shiny finish so we just waxed it for protection.
Love that Mark left some of the chippy paint on the pillars
Love the colour! 
It's perfect for our room!
Can't wait to use it!

Friday, April 19, 2013


I'm still playing with what I want my blog to look like , so if you see changes to my Blog it's just me trying to find the right look!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Turquoise Door

The house we moved to is on 2 acres and it came with a shed.  Now it wasn't "oh good there is a shed", we didn't know whether to tear it down or burn it.  But Mark saw the potential in it and just had to fix it up right away.  His words were, "I can't look at that thing all winter long".  So we moved in March and by July, even though we still had renovating to do in the house, we were renovating the shed as well.  See for yourself the before and afters....
We have beautiful sunsets in the backyard, but that shed!!
View from our kitchen, but again the unsightly shed. Mark couldn't take it any longer...
Time to get the pick up and start the demo
No words needed

I don't have pictures,but we dug out the front to pour a cement porch, filled in the huge doorway, added leaded glass windows, sanded and painted the siding. We added an overhang, put in the columns and beams and re-shingled. will notice in the next pictures I'm not in any of them, (I'm always the photographer) but believe me, I threw Mark every bundle of shingles that went on that roof! And painted, etc. etc...

Mark was great, I'm afraid of standing on a roof...

Finished with my turquoise door...we love it and have had coffee in the sun already this spring.
What do you think?
I'm hoping soon this will be my Pleasant Pickin's workshop...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Little Blue Dresser

I love creating "colourful" out of something drab.  Nothing is better than brightening up your space with beautiful colour.  Here is my latest before and after...

It was a sad little dresser...found on Kijiji
But it was all wood and had potential...
Sorry, I keep forgetting to take pictures as I'm working on the pieces...Look at this beautiful Aubusson Blue paint by Annie Sloan.  Love the colour!!
Added a little stenciling for interest and added some legs to make it more substantial.
We also added some molding to the side of the drawers as they were damaged a bit.
Lined the drawers with pretty paper

And she was done.
SOLD to a really nice girl who will enjoy it!