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Just back from a little road trip with some inspiration

Hello there! How was your weekend?

Mine? It was a lot of fun but I’m ready to call it a night.

This weekend we decided to take a little road trip to Calgary, Alberta (about 3 hours away from where we live) to attend the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (my hubby and my two kids are huge Star Trek and superhero fans). Although, I am more into decorating and shopping than I’m into Superman, Green Lantern and the like, I decided to tag along for the ride anyway as I thought it would be a lot of fun for my kids (two smaller ones and one big one). I could also do what I love to do best; get some shopping in while we were there.

Unfortunately, the Comic Con Expo was over capacity so we were unable to attend the show, but we did get to do a bit of shopping and check out some of Calgary’s attractions, which was fun just the same.

I was so happy that we were able to get over to Calgary’s Chinook Mall today so I could stop by a couple of my favorite stores. The first store is Pottery Barn. We don’t have one of these stores where we live so I usually only get to visit once a year at most. I love to go through the store and snap photos of things that give me some inspiration so I can refer back to them later.

I took quite a few photos today and I thought I would share them with you as you might find them inspirational as well.




Pottery Barn this Spring is all about sea shells, sea fans, coral, sand…basically anything to do with the sea. In addition to the beach themed items there seemed to be a lot of glass and neutral colors such as white and cream.

This is one of my favorite decorating schemes. Because it is neutral, it is so easy to add some brightly colored items into the mix such as throw pillows or a decorative vase to kick things up a notch. Then when you decide that you want a change, it is so easy to take away the colorful items and go back to a neutral palette. I love the versatility of this arrangement.




These cute little bottles that I saw were really neat. They would be so easy to make, don’t you think? All you would need is some artificial plastic sedum plants and/or some plastic sea fans, some small little bottles and a glue gun, and in a couple of minutes you would have your very own little Pottery Barn inspired bottles. They would look wonderful massed together on a mantle, lined up on a windowsill or on a coffee table in a woven basket as they are displayed in the photo above.




This sea shell bowl arrangement would be really easy to reproduce at home as well. All that would be needed is a large glass bowl, some beach sand (or Epsom Salts if you don’t have sand), a few sea shells and/or some coral and a glass ball or finial. It would make a perfect centerpiece on a coffee table or placed on your patio table in the garden. What a wonderful way to bring a little bit of sand and sea into your home!






I really like how they have grouped coral and mercury glass/ galvanized metal together. It works so well together because the coral provides some texture and the mercury glass gives contrast to the creams and whites and also adds a bit of sparkle.




I also saw a lot of textured/woven shades and rugs. The glass lamp with sand and shells inside is a very cool idea. Again, we are back to the beach theme.




Doesn’t this sea inspired bed look super comfy? After shopping for a few hours I was ready to get up on in this bed if the sales associates would have let me. I can only dream…








I decided to snap a photo of this clock wall gallery layout for some future inspiration. I would love to try this in my office one day.

The wood stained clock on the far right would be very easy to make. You would only need a piece of plywood, some lattice strips, a spare clock, some wood stain, some silicon, a miter box and saw, a jig saw, and some other small tools to finish it off.

I would think that this project would only cost $10-20 at most and it could be made in a couple of hours.  You could cut the costs considerably if you found a clock at a thrift store or used one that you already owned and also used some scrap pieces of wood from around your house. I am all about using what you already have if you are able to. Re-use and recycle and at the same time get a lot of bang for your buck!

Another great thing about making your own framed clock is that you can make it any size that you want to fit on your mantle, in your hallway or anywhere else you would like to display it.




I thought these large jars were really cool too. I don’t know that I would actually use them to store cereal but I think that they would be great as a display piece on top of a pantry cupboard or on the kitchen counter.



As you can see my other favorite store is Anthropologie. We have one of these where I live but since I was out shopping anyway, I always can make time for some Anthropologie inspiration.




These little ceramic strawberry baskets have been at Anthropologie for a while. I still love them though and one of these days I am going to break down and buy myself one.




I thought this ringed bowl was neat. Maybe it is meant to be a punch bowl of sorts and the glasses are to be hung from the rings on the bottom or maybe it is just meant to be decorative. I will need to research this one some more to figure out what its intended use is.




I love the shabby weathered looking storage cabinet, below. If I could only afford to have it in my house, it would be there in a second. It would look perfect in my “future” bathroom someday storing white towels, soaps and lotions.



These chippy plant pots were beautiful as well. I love how they look all massed together.




Have you been to Pottery Barn or Anthropologie lately? What items that I have shown you are your favorites?  Do you enjoy decorating your home in beach themed items such as sea shells, coral, etc.?

Well I am off to LaLa land. Stay tuned for the reveal of my antique sewing cabinet. I am so excited to share it with you!


Until next time,






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Photo transfers onto wood: a vintage sewing storage box makeover

Good afternoon! It’s almost time for the weekend, and that makes me so happy!


{{{this is me doing my happy dance!}}}


Let me start things off by showing you my latest project.




I found this little vintage accordian-style sewing storage box at Goodwill a while back for only $7.99. It was in really good shape structurally; I just wasn’t in love with its golden-stained 1970′s finish. I knew that a couple of coats of paint and a couple of embellishments could breathe some new life into it.

Don’t you think it looks a little sad in the before photo above? Just look at the big white splotch on the top left and all of the dust on the top. Oh my! That should give you a clue as to how long it was in my basement. It really was time for it to be made over!




Here is what it looks like now after its makeover.

Much better, don’t you think?

I am really in love with it now!




First, I have to apologize for the dark photos that I am sharing with you. It has been very gloomy here (raining/snowing and really cold) for the past few days so not the greatest conditions for taking nice photos. Maybe once the sun decides to shine again, I can replace these photos with some better ones. C’est la vie! (Such is life!) I guess I was mistaken once again; Spring is apparently not on its way…yet!




Now for the nitty gritty details. I started by giving my storage box two coats of Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray latex paint mixed 50/50 with white gesso. I then gave it an all-over wash with a medium gray craft paint again mixed 50/50 with gesso. After everything was dry, I mixed up some Sharkey Gray paint, some cream craft paint and some gesso in equal portions and applied it to the entire box using a dry brushing technique.




I did not need to prime this piece, nor did I sand it. The gesso/latex paint mixture sticks to the original finish really well. Adding gesso to your paint also gives whatever you are painting a gorgeous chalky finish and it sands out really nicely with fine-grit sandpaper.



For the top of my wooden storage box, I transferred two identical copies of a French Ephemera graphic that I found on The Graphic’s Fairy’s blog here.

You can find my tutorial on how to transfer photos by clicking on the photo at the bottom of my post.




Isn’t this a gorgeous graphic? It has so much detail and I really like how crisp and clear it transferred!

The wonderful thing about transferring the photo/image to the wood instead of just decoupaging it on is that your transferred image will take on the background of what it is being transferred to. It ends up looking as if it was printed directly on the wood or it was handpainted on. Very cool!




To add a bit of interest to the sides of my storage box, I added a raised stencilled in a damask design. I then glazed over top of it with a coat of watered down medium gray craft paint.  Finally, I coated my storage box with two coats of Modge Podge Matte to protect it and also to bring out the details of my transferred images.

In case you are interested, I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make a raised stencilled design soon!  Please subscribe at the end of this post or on my homepage to receive an update in your e-mail inbox!




In this photo you can see more clearly the layers of paint that I added to this piece giving it an overall weathered effect.




I have yet to fill up my little storage box but I am sure it will give me a lot of space for the majority of my sewing supplies. The rest of my supplies will be going into my main sewing cabinet. I hope to share its transformation with you early next week.

So, what do you think of my little storage box makeover? Please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!





Transferring Photos to Canvas {How To}

Transfer Photos to Canvas {How To}



My Favorite Products:

Acrylic Medium Golden Soft Gel Gloss 8oz

Sargent Art 22-8803 32-Ounce Extra Thick Gesso

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

3M Wetordry 9085NA Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 5-Sheet,Super Fine 400-Grit

3M 10132NA Tack Cloth



 Parties I’ve Linked Up To:

~ Trendy Treehouse – Create and Share ~ Finding Fabulous – Frugalicious Friday ~ It’s a Hodgepodge Life – It’s a Hodgepodge Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating – Flaunt it Friday ~ My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Friday ~ The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday ~ The French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday ~ The Craftionary – Friday Fun Party ~ Tatertots and Jello – Weekend Wrapup Party ~ Somewhat Simple – Blog Link Party ~ The Brambleberry Cottage – Time Travel Thursday ~ Days of Chalk and Chocolate – Latest Greatest Friday ~ Homemaker in Heels – Weekend Craft Soiree ~ Craft Envy – Saturday Spotlight ~ Under the Table and Dreaming – Sunday Showcase Party ~ Homemaker on a Dime – Creative Blogger’s Party and Hop ~ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff – Market Yourself Mondays ~ DIY Showoff – DIY Project Parade ~ Craft-o-Maniac – Craft-o-Maniac Monday ~ Home Stories A to Z – Tutorials and Tips Party ~ Between Naps on the Porch – Metamorphosis Monday ~ Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday ~ Vintage Wanna Bee – Talent Tuesday ~ A Stroll Thru Life – Tabletop Tuesdays ~ The Graphics Fairy – Brag Monday ~ Uncommon – Uncommonly Yours ~ Domestically Speaking – 124th Power of the Paint Party ~ The Trendy Treehouse – Create and Share ~ Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays ~ The Shady Porch – Rock N’ Share ~ Ms. Hines Class – Show and Tell ~ Embracing Change – Creative Inspirations Linky Party ~ The Shabby Creek Cottage – Transformation Thursday ~ Hating Martha – Stinky Linky Party ~ Debbiedoos – Debbiedoos Newbie Party ~ Thrifty Decor Chick – May Before and After Party ~

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Sewing cabinet poll results & a couple of sneak peeks

This weekend went by so fast for me. How about you?

It was so gorgeous out today. The sun was shining brightly with a nice warm breeze. A perfect Spring day! This warm weather gave me the opportunity to finally get into the garage to work on a couple of pieces of furniture. It is so exciting to be back in my workspace where I can be messy and not have to worry about cleaning up after myself constantly like I do when I am working in my basement.

I have a couple of sneak peeks to show you of some things that I am currently working on, but first, here are the results from the little poll that I had recently to get your input on picking a paint color for my newly acquired sewing cabinet. If you haven’t had a chance to read my previous post about how I found this cabinet, you can read about it here.




As you can see, light turquoise received the most votes. To those people who took the time to leave their votes, thanks so much for voting! You are sweethearts for helping me out!


So the next time you see my sewing cabinet it will have changed from this color…





To this color!


What do you think? Do you like it? Did I pick a good shade of turquoise?




This color is actually a little less vibrant in person than it shows on the screen so hopefully it won’t end up being too bright. I can always tone the color down a bit if need be.

I can’t wait to see how it turns out and also share it with you!

Now for my two sneak peeks…




I found this buffet on Kijiji for $50.00 a few months ago and I thought it would be the perfect piece for my Mom to use as a TV cabinet to hold her flat screen TV. I hope to share the “after” with you next week.

Why so long for the reveal? Well, my Mom lives 1.5 hours out of the city and I just remembered that she has the new cabinet door handles at her house!  Oops!

Even though I will be done painting this beauty this week, I’ll have to wait to show you the finished cabinet when I can install all of the hardware and bring her into the house. I know, I’m sorry to tease you this way!




Here is the other piece that I am working on. You may have seen these little vintage sewing cabinets/organizers at flea markets, thrift stores etc. This one I found at Goodwill for only $7.99. I think it will be perfect to store some of my growing collection of sewing supplies.

This cabinet will be getting a special treatment. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!


Until next time.




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A little bit about me

How is your day going?

I am doing well, thanks!

I have finally done it! I have finally taken some time to write a little about me and add it to my “About” page on my blog. It only took me 2.5 months to get to this point. Gee! I guess, it’s better late than never.

You see, I am actually quite shy in person and I am not a born writer so it takes me time to warm up to writing, especially when I have to talk about myself. 

So if you are new to my blog or have been here a few times already, you may be interested in learning a little about me and how the idea of starting my blog came about. 



A little about me…

First and foremost, I am a Mom to my two wonderful children and two step-children, and a wife to my husband of 13 years. My family keeps me really busy constantly making messes around the house, but I love them to pieces!

We live in Alberta, Canada. A place of bright blue clear skies and usually frigid cold winters, but also warm summers.

During the day, I work full-time as an office worker. At night and on the weekends I like to fuel my love for anything vintage, worn or ornate with shopping trips to my favourite thrift stores and local auction houses, by dreaming up a new craft projects, or by working on transforming old, worn pieces of furniture in my garage.

I discovered my love for painting furniture only a few years ago. I had picked up a beaten up, old cabinet at a local thrift store and brought it home in hopes of bringing some new life to it. I became excited at the idea that a piece of furniture that cost very little money to buy, or even something that I already owned, could be easily and inexpensively transformed to look like it was an expensive piece of furniture.

One day, while online searching for possible colors to paint my vintage cabinet, I came across a few wonderful Home Decorating blogs and then I was hooked! I couldn’t believe all of the beautiful projects that were being shown on these blogs and all over the Internet. Fast forward many months later, I decided to take the plunge and start my own blog and what better name to call my new blog home than “Hooked on Decorating”.

Although my life is very hectic and I don’t have much time to blog, I decided to start this blog anyway for a few main reasons. Firstly, this blog is a place where I can share my passion of transforming furniture and crafting with you in hopes that I can inspire you in some way to tackle some new projects while saving you money in the process. Hey, if I can do it, so can you!

Secondly, I am a born procrastinator and having this blog motivates me to complete my projects in a timely manner. I can’t share my projects with you if they are unfinished, right? If you could see my basement full of furniture and other bits and pieces that I have yet to transform, you would also think, this is a “good” thing!   

Lastly, I love to create new things for my home and as gifts for my family and friends. The ability to create is what helps to make me whole as a person. This blog gives me an outlet where I can express myself and meet new friends who also enjoy expressing their creativity.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I hope that I get a chance to get to know you better and also that you enjoy what I have to share here on my blog.


Ps. I have also updated my Project Gallery page. Please stop by and check it out! It is where you can find photos and links to all of my projects in one place.


Enjoy the rest of your day!


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How to easily transform an outdated bathroom vanity cabinet

Hello there! Do you have one of these outdated, boring vanity cabinets or something similar in your home? Or maybe you know someone else who does.

Did you know that it is easy to transform these cabinets from drab to fab with some decorative molding, some appliques and a little bit of paint?

This was my Mom’s 1970′s laminate bathroom vanity before I got my hands on it. Since she plans to move sometime this year and a full bathroom renovation wasn’t in her budget, she asked what I could do to improve the look of her bathroom vanity without spending a lot of money. She sent me off to Home Depot for some supplies and one Saturday afternoon I set out to work on her cabinet.




Here is what it looked like after I was done with it.

Isn’t it amazing what some moldings and paint can do for these plain, outdated cabinets? It looks so much better now, doesn’t it?




You may notice in the photo above that the door on the right is a little lower than the one on the left. This is an old cabinet that has been there for a long time and has seen some abuse.

I carefully lined up my molding, the knobs and the appliques so that they were straight, but the right door sags slightly. My Mom didn’t want me to bother to drill new holes to adjust the door and she said she was perfectly fine with the way it was, so I just left it alone.



Prepping for Paint & Moldings:

Since this cabinet is laminate, I made sure to first give it a good cleaning with Home Hardware’s Safe Prep solution. Then I lightly sanded it with a coarse sanding sponge to take down some of its glossy coating and give it some “tooth” so that the primer had something to stick to. After removing the sanding dust, I primed the cabinet and the moldings with two coats of bonding primer, letting them dry well in between coats.




Measuring and Placing the Moldings:

I measured so that there would be a even space all around the doors and marked where I would put the moldings and appliques with pencil. One thing that helps me is to use a pencil and a ruler to lightly draw out a box shape for the moldings right on the door. I then re-check my measurements to make sure the box is even all the way around and that both doors are identical. It is so much easier to erase a pencil line then to glue your moldings to the door only to find out they are not in the correct spot. Then you cannot easily remove them without making a huge mess.

For the appliques, I followed the same guidelines. I first measured the length and the width of my appliques. I then found the center of the door and measured down one half of the size of my applique. So if your applique is 8″ tall, measure up from your center mark 4″ and then down 4″ from your center mark to get the outside edges of your applique. Make a pencil tick at both measurements. Do the same thing for the width of your applique. You now will have marks to show exactly where to your appliques should go.

Easy peasy!




Attaching the Moldings and Painting the Cabinet:

To read up on how I miter cut my moldings to make a frame, please see my previous post Framed Storage Box {How to} here.

To attach the moldings and appliques, I used wood glue with the addition of some small finishing nails to give the moldings strength. As I was attaching everything, I made sure that my moldings and appliques lined up perfectly with my pencil marks before adding the finishing nails. It helps to pre-drill a small hole in the molding before pounding in your finishing nails. Also, for a professional looking finish, use a nail set to counter-sink your nail heads.

Once everything was dry I used wood putty to fill any imperfections and then I painted the cabinet with two coats of white semi-gloss latex paint.

This cabinet was transformed over a year ago and I just took these photos while visiting my Mom at Easter, so you can see that this cabinet has held up very nicely to daily use. It still looks freshly painted.




My Mom added two small crystal knobs from Home Depot to give her cabinet a little ”bling”.







I hope I have inspired you to make plans to transform your outdated cabinets too. You can easily update your outdated kitchen cabinets by adding molding and appliques as well. I would suggest though that you use a more durable paint for kitchen cabinets as they will be subjected to more abuse than a bathroom cabinet might be.

Adding molding and paint to your cabinets can help them look refreshed and new again for very little money. This transformation only cost my Mom $25.00 and it was very simple to do.




I also wanted to show you this cute little bamboo drawer unit that my Mom updated with some white paint. It used to be a light golden color but to make it fit in with her bathroom decor she painted it white. What an improvement!


I hope you have a great day.






 Parties I’ve Linked Up To:

~ Thrifty Decorating – Thrifty Thursday ~ Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays ~ The Shady Porch – Rock n’ Share ~ Mrs. Hines Class – Show and Tell with Mrs. Hines ~ The Trendy Treehouse – Create and Share ~ Domestically Speaking – 112th Power of the Paint Party ~ The Shabby Creek Cottage – Transformation Thursday ~ Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff ~ The Brambleberry Cottage – Time Travel Thursday ~ Miss Mustard Seed – Furniture Feature Friday ~ It’s a Hodgepodge Life – It’s a Hodgepodge Friday ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating – Flaunt It Friday ~ Hating Martha – Stinky Linky ~ My Romantic Home – Show & Tell Friday ~ The Craftionary – Friday Fun Party ~ Five Days…Five Ways – Feature Friday Free for All ~ Days of Chalk & Chocolate – Latest Greatest Friday ~ Redoux – Friday Feature Party ~ Tatertots & Jello – Weekend Wrap-up Party ~ Under the Table and Dreaming – Sunday Showcase Party ~ Homemaker on a Dime – Creative Bloggers Party ~ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff – Market Yourself Monday Between Naps on the Porch – Metamorphosis Monday ~ Craft-o-Maniac – Craftomaniac Mondays ~ DIY Showoff – DIY Project Parade ~ Home Stories A to Z – Tutorials and Tips Link Party ~ Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday ~ Vintage Wanna Bee – Talent Tuesday ~ A Stroll Thru Life – Tabletop Tuesday ~ Not Just a Housewife – Show Me Whatcha Got ~ Southern Lovely – Show and Share ~

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