A little country road trip & my newest furniture find

This past weekend I drove out to my Mom’s house for a visit. She lives out in the country, about an hour away from the city I live in. I mainly went to her house to finish up the makeover on her buffet turned TV cabinet. Once I got there, we ended up needing to make a run to the nearest town to pick up some clear coat because I totally forgot to bring mine when I left my house. Doh! I just had to have some though because I needed to add a few more coats of topcoat to her cabinet that day.

While we were out and about we thought it might be fun to go on a little road trip to some of the local towns in my Mom’s area.  First we headed over to Willingdon, Alberta to check out their town garage sale. It is a tiny little town with a population of only about 250 people. The goods they were selling at their garage sales were also slim pickins. Too bad!  I did manage though to find a vintage sewing cabinet for next to nothing. I will be sharing its before photo further down in my post.



Willingdon, Alberta


We also came across this little antique store in Willingdon. In addition to the goods being sold in the garage sale out front, the place was packed from floor to ceiling with every vintage/antique collectible imaginable. I was excited to go inside just in case they were some amazing treasures to be found. Unfortunately,  I was a little disappointed to see that everything was way overpriced, so I left empty handed.


Andrew, Alberta


Next we headed over to Andrew, Alberta (about 30 minutes away from Willingdon). During the drive from town to town, all that can be seen are farmer’s fields for miles and miles. Every once and a while you will come across a large house or some farm buildings spotted here and there along the road. That’s about it!

To my surprise, we happened upon this gorgeous Ukrainian Orthodox church and I told my Mom that I just had to stop and take some photos. Isn’t the roof-line on this building amazing?



Andrew, Alberta


Here is a photo of the back side of the church. Still stunning!



Andrew, Alberta


I also thought it was a little funny that almost every small town in Alberta has its own town mascot/monument. Andrew, Alberta is famous for having the world’s largest Mallard Duck monument.



Mundare, Alberta


Mundare, Alberta (about 30 minutes away from Andrew) is famous for the world’s largest sausage monument. Yes, my Mom and I made sure to pick-up some Stawnichy’s sausage while we were there to take back home. Yum!



Vegreville, Alberta



Lastly, the final town that we ventured out to was Vegreville, Alberta. As you can see it is famous for its gigantic Easter egg.


Does these photos remind you of some of the small towns in your area? Don’t you agree that is fun sometimes to head out to the country once and while to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the big city?

So when was the last time you went on a little road trip in your province or state? I think another road trip may be in order this summer so I can check out some of the other small towns in Alberta.  I found this trip interesting to say the least.

Anyway, if you have some time on your hands and you are interested in viewing some more photos of the country-side in Alberta, Canada, this site has some beautiful photos.





Here is the before photo of the little 1950′s sewing cabinet I ended up finding at one of the garage sales in Willingdon for only $1.00. Although I think it is very outdated and a little bit on the ugly side, I am convinced that it has some great potential.

My plan is to give this cabinet a full makeover. So it will be getting a paint-job and I plan to immediately remove the really ugly handle on the front and possibly the outdated feet at the bottom. I would also like to create some custom storage for the inside of the cabinet. This cabinet doesn’t have a sewing machine inside anymore but it still has some of the workings that will need to be eventually removed.

I most likely will be selling this cabinet when I am finished because I don’t have any room for it in my house. I need your opinion on something. What else can you see this cabinet being used for besides a sewing cabinet? I would be love to hear all of your great ideas.




As you see, I just couldn’t pass it up for that price!


This little sewing cabinet is next on my list of makeovers, right after my drum table gets finished. Make sure you stop back to see what this cabinet looks like after I have had my way with it. I figure that it can’t get any worse than it is. It can only get better from here!


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  1. Carolyn

    That church in Andrew is so gorgeous. I love exploring small towns. We’ve just started experimenting with taking different routes home from our cottage in northern ontario. Found some interesting little artisan shops, bakeries and second-hand treasures. It’s always fun shopping in those quaint little shops. Wow what a find for a dollar. You’re one serious bargain hunter! It would be nice if you could get that strip off the front somehow. It kind of dates it. Maybe you could outfit it with little jewellery organizer/tray type thingies. I have an antique sewing table which I keep my jewellery in. I’m sure you’ll work your magic with it to turn it into a thing of beauty. Have fun.

    1. Carrie

      Ooooh, the area your cottage is in sounds lovely. I wish that I could live where you live with all of the shops that you have. Actually, the strip on the front of the sewing cabinet can be removed from the back as it is only held on by a couple of screws! Yah! I was so happy to find that it could easily come off. Your jewelry storage cabinet idea is a great one! I never would have thought of that! Now my mind is racing with ideas.
      Thanks again!

  2. Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe

    You’ve had such a nice little trip, Carrie. That’s what I love to do – small towns, interesting buildings and monumnets (we have that ‘the largest in the world’ thing here in Australia too) and some (window) shopping. Very often antique stores overprice everything, but sometimes I get lucky :)
    I can’t believe you could find anything for $1! I know you will make it look gorgeous :) It would be a nice side table in a sitting room or a night stand in a bedroom.

    1. Carrie

      Hello again Donata! How are you doing? It is so nice to see you again. Too funny that you also have “the largest in the world” in your neck of the woods! Most of our antique stores around here overprice everything. It is terrible really! Sometimes they will price something only a few dollars less than you can find it new in the store. Why not go buy it new and spend the extra money?
      I was amazed that I came across the sewing cabinet at the garage sale in Willingdon. There was pretty much nothing at these sales and then I saw this cabinet. I almost passed it by but noticed that it was only $1.00. If it doesn’t turn out then I am not out too much! Your night stand or side table idea sounds great. Thanks for sharing!
      Have a great day.

  3. Melody

    I nominated you for a Liebster award! Stop by http://www.mypassionfordecor.blogspot.com and have a look. I also did a buffet turned media cabinet. Love the colors you chose!! Enjoy your blog and your work.

    My Passion For Decor

    1. Carrie

      Dear Melody,
      Wow! I am so flattered that you nominated me! Thank you, thank you! I am heading over to your blog now to find out what I need to do to now. :)
      Have a great night.

  4. Vickie

    I am new follower to your blog. I am curious as to how you “transformed” your sewing cabinet because I have one just like it that needs some attention!:)

    1. Carrie

      Hi Vickie,
      Thanks for following! Here is the link to my antique sewing cabinet makeover. http://hookedondecorating.com/my-love-affair-with-my-turquoise-antique-sewing-cabinet/. Good luck with your sewing cabinet. They are a lot of fun to re-do.
      Have a great night. Carrie

  5. Cathy

    Just thought I’d let you know I’ve been to Vegreville. I lived in Medicine Hat and worked out in Suffield for the British Army for six years (1980-1986). My family is from around the London, ON area which is where I live now. Spent almost 20 years in Toronto and still miss it even though I’ve been in London now for seven years.

    I’ve just signed up for email and Linky Followers for your blog. Discovered you through Roadkill Rescue and am having such a great time wandering through the older work you’ve done.

    I like your detailed instructions for your projects. Writing instructions is a very difficult thing to do – we tend to forget that not everyone has the level of knowledge we do and that some of the things we do without thinking were a learned skill. You have the writing down to a fine art. I can say that as I’m very new to all this furniture refinishing and your type of instructions help me so much. The last time I refinished anything was my china cabinet back in 1975 and things were much different then.

    Take care and I look forward to seeing more of your posts,

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