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What I’ve been up to lately & a sneak peek

I’m back! Back to blogging that is…I missed you guys so much!

I decided to take a little break from blogging these past couple of weeks so I could work on decluttering my house as I mentioned previously HERE and to try to re-group mentally. My husband was also out of town so I was a single Mom for a good chunk of that time. It was interesting being on my own to say the least! Kudos to all of the single Mom’s out there for managing to keep on top of everything on your own!

So what else have I been up to for the past couple of weeks? Well, last weekend my kids and I decided to take a trip down south to Calgary to go to the Stampede. You can read about what the Stampede is all about here. The main reason we went there was to visit my husband who was working there. Also, this would be our first time attending this event and we were curious to see how the Stampede Midway compared to our local Midway in Edmonton.

The Midway at the Stampede is basically a gigantic carnival with rides, games, exhibits and loads of fattening foods. We were excited to attend because it’s not like we get to do this sort of thing every day as it only happens during the summer. That’s a good thing because you can spend over $200 in an hour with the cost of the entrance fee, the ride tickets, the games etc. Nevertheless, my kids and I found a few Stampede favorites which were the cinnamon mini donuts, the handglider ride, the horse exhibit and the water shooter game. So much fun!

I had planned to take my camera so I could take some photos to show you all but I forgot my camera back at the hotel which was a 45 minute drive away. Doh! Then I thought I could just use my cell phone to take some photos but its battery was almost dead! In the end I was only able to snap a couple of photos of these Tee-pee’s to share with you from the Native Indian exhibit.




Oh how I wished I was prepared and remembered to charge my electronics before we left the hotel! I can be so scatter-brained sometimes. Haha!




Anyway, I am now back into the swing of things blogging-wise (a word I just made up) and I have a couple of completed projects to show you and many more projects in various stages of completion.

Here is a sneak peek of a little project I worked on yesterday; this super easy DIY lace flower vase. Stay tuned for the tutorial coming up early this evening.



It feels great to be back! What have you all been up to? I would love to hear from you.


Until next time…






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It’s almost there! A buffet turned TV cabinet

It was some time ago that I had shared with you the before photo of this maple buffet here. My Mom lives out of town and although this cabinet was painted and clear-coated a couple of weeks ago, I was finally able to drop it off at her house last night. She was so happy that it was finally finished!

A little background on this buffet…I had picked it up for my Mom off of Kijiji from a couple who were selling some of their Mother’s estate items. They had really wanted to refinish it themselves but never got around to it.

I called up my Mom and she thought it would be perfect for her. She had been looking for a small buffet to use as a flat screen TV cabinet for quite some time. This cabinet was small like she wanted and the price was very reasonable. Nowadays, where can you buy a solid maple buffet at a store for $50.00?

The photo below is the actual photo from Kijiji. It looks to be in pretty good shape in the photo. Well, actually the bottom part of the cabinet was. The top of the cabinet was another story though. It looked like…




Someone had tried to paint chalkboard paint on the top and did a really lousy job. That’s ok. I could live with that! I planned to paint the entire buffet anyway, so it was ok that it was a little rough around the edges.

A little tip from me..When you are out shopping for vintage furniture, don’t be turned off by a piece of furniture that is an ugly color, is too plain, is outdated looking, etc. As long the piece doesn’t require major structural repairs, try to look past the imperfections. With a little bit of elbow grease, some paint/stain and some embellishments, your piece of furniture can turn out to be beautiful!




When I had asked my Mom what her vision was for this cabinet she said that she just wanted it updated with some turquoise paint and new hardware. I could have easily added some wooden appliques to the doors, distressed it like crazy or attached some extra molding. See, she already has some cabinets with appliques in her living room and she thought that something a little more simple would help to balance everything out.

When I brought the cabinet over to her last night she was so excited. She loved it! Then she called me tonight and said, “You know what Carrie? What if you added some stenciling or something to the front of the doors and drawers to give it some “oomph”?”  Awww, my sweet Mom! I should have went with my initial gut feeling from the beginning and just surprised her.

So the below photos are what my Mom’s buffet cabinet looks like now. Keep in mind that this is not the “final” look for this cabinet. I think it has already come a long way though! What do you think?




Hmmmm… something still doesn’t look right here. There’s something missing isn’t there? Yes, the bottom handles on the cabinet are MIA! Darn!…my Mom had the handles at her house!

Last night I was just about ready to load her cabinet up into our truck when I decided that should at least take some photos of the cabinet mostly finished, even if the handles were missing and I wasn’t able to stage the photos. I am glad that I decided to take some photos then because by the time we arrived at my Mom’s house and unloaded her cabinet it was way too dark in my Mom’s living room to take photos. Too bad!




See the cabinet above? This is my Mom’s old TV stand which is actually also a buffet.  The handles on the bottom of this cabinet are the ones she plans on using on her new turquoise cabinet. What do you think? Do you like them? They actually match perfectly with the old brass door brackets that came with the turquoise cabinet.

I was lucky enough to bring my Mom’s old cream TV cabinet home with me. I am not sure if I should paint it to sell it or if I should keep it. What do you think?

I love the metal mesh on the doors and the top folds out into a long surface used for serving food. It’s current color is a little too yellow for my liking so it will be my next painting project. Stay tuned for its makeover in the next little while!




I love the crystal knobs that my Mom chose for her cabinet. She picked them up on clearance for $2.95 each at Anthropologie. I think they give the cabinet some lovely sparkle.

By the way in the photo above it looks like there are some white marks around the knobs. It is just the refection of the sun on the knobs.




Here are some close-ups of the “bling”!




Now for the finishing details…

I started off with stripping the top of this buffet to remove the black chalk paint-gone bad. I used my favorite paint stripper that I recently shared here.

This cabinet was primed and then painted with Behr Paint and Primer in One in Gem Turquoise mixed at 50%. I decided that I needed to age the turquoise a little bit so I mixed up some glaze with the Gem Turquoise and Martha Stewart’s Araucana Teal. This helped to bring out the distressing I had done and highlight the moldings. I then coated the entire cabinet with four coats of my favorite top coat in a satin finish.





Here is the color sample of Behr Gem Turquoise #500-B4. Keep in mind that I mixed my paint color at 50% so it is half as strong of a hue as it shows in the paint sample above. Another reason why my Mom’s cabinet is a slightly different color than the paint chip is because I did an aqua glaze over top of the Gem Turquoise. I love Gem Turquoise though; it is a beautiful color.




I love the curvy recessed doors on this cabinet…




and the apron-detail at the bottom. I love me some curvy furniture!




I tried to take photos that were not in direct sun but it didn’t work out too well. The sun really washes out the color here so it is a little brighter than it is in real life. It is really a nice medium-toned turquoise.






I decided to leave the inside of this cabinet unpainted to save me a bit of work and it was in really good shape anyway so why mess with a good thing? I added a hole at the back so my Mom could pass her electrical cords through.

She plans to place her DVD player, her collection of DVD’s, and her magazine files on the shelves and I think in the end she will get some great storage out of this cabinet. When she wants to watch a movie she can just open the doors to use the DVD player and when she is all done she can close the doors and everything will be hidden from view again.




If you are looking for a piece of furniture to turn into a TV stand, these small buffets are the perfect size for a small space. A bonus is that they are solid maple, no particle board to be found! These buffets are plentiful around here and can easily be found on Kijiji/Craigslist and at local auctions. You may have seen them before as a china cabinet with a hutch on top.

Why not make some use of  these outdated cabinets? Just remove the hutch and use them for your flat screen TV! They provide ample storage, they are very sturdy and are a great height for TV viewing.

Just paint one up to match your decor and you will have a stylish vintage TV cabinet and your husband/wife will also be happy because they will also have a functional piece of furniture.


Have I sold you yet?




Please stay tuned for the final reveal of this buffet turned TV cabinet in the next couple of weeks.

I can’t wait to share it with you!

By the way, my Mom totally loved the little french stool that I painted for her and shared with you here. I think that is where her idea for a stenciled cabinet came from.


Until next time,





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A spring-inspired photo transfer project {Tutorial}

With all of the furniture pieces I have in various stages or refinishing right now, it is nice to take a break from it all and do something crafty. Well, lately “crafty” means that it most likely has something to do with photo transfers.

You may already know that I am in love with doing photo transfers. Ha!  I have been at it for a few months now and it is one of those projects that I have yet to get bored of. For me, that is saying a lot as I am notorious for starting projects, losing interest, and then the project never gets finished. These projects get moved to the corner of my basement, only to be discovered months later. Can you relate to this in one way or another?

Anyway, I digress…

What’s not to like about photo transfers? They are so easy to do and they are a very inexpensive project. You can also create unique pieces of art for your home and gifts for your friends and family and they can be used in many ways (think transferring to canvas, wood, clay etc.).

I was inspired to make a spring project after I came across this gorgeous birds and nest image from The Graphics Fairy. Just visiting her blog gives me an overwhelming sense of excitement. She has so many wonderful images to choose from that it is really hard to decide which one to use next!


Would you like to create your own spring-inspired photo transfer and aged frame? It is such an easy and inexpensive project. It only cost me $1.00 for the canvas and $4.00 for the wooden frame. The rest of the supplies I already had on hand.

If I can make this, so can you!

Just follow my detailed instructions below, pick up a few supplies from the art store if you don’t already have them, and then you will be all ready to start creating!


 Supplies You’ll Need:

          • an 8″X10″ photo canvas
          • Golden Soft Gel Gloss Medium (Golden Soft Gel provides the clearest transfer, I have found)
          • acrylic gesso
          • Modge Podge matte
          • craft paints (I used Folk Art – 640 Warm White, 2561 Steel Gray & 462 Burnt Umber)
          • craft paint or latex paint for the picture frame (I used Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray paint)
          • plastic tablecloth or newspapers
          • a paint brayer or flat spreader
          • disposable paper plate
          • a ruler, pencil and scissors
          • paint brushes
          • a dish scrubber (see photo)
          • spray bottle and/or a cup with water
          • paper towels
          • 220 and 400 grit sandpaper
          • bird with nest engraving  image (see below)
          • my text template (see below)
          • optional: paper edging, fabric trim or other embellishments (I used Martha Stewart’s Regal Border Stickers)
          • wooden picture frame with a 8″X10″ opening

Step 1: Painting the Canvas


  1. Paint one coat of cream paint on your canvas
  2. Dip your paint brush in your water and then into the gray craft paint. Paint random brush strokes with the watered down paint. Complete one small section and then move on to the next step
  3. Scrunch up a piece of paper towel and then lightly dip it in your water cup. Go over the area your just painted and tamp up and down with your paper towel to create a textured design. Finish painting the rest of your canvas as above. Leave your canvas to dry for a few minutes
  4. Again watering down your paint, add the burnt umber paint to your canvas adding slightly more paint to the edge of the canvas to give it more of an aged look. Work on one section at a time so the paint doesn’t have a chance to dry streaky or too heavy
  5. Again, with a slightly damp paper towel, tamp the areas of your canvas that you just painted
  6. Leave your canvas to dry
  7. Add more watered down cream and gray paint randomly on your canvas. Use your paper towel to dab off the paint in spots to make your canvas appear aged. Leave some of the burnt umber around the edges of the canvas
  8. You may have some bits of the paper towel on the canvas when you are all done. You can leave them as they won’t show when you clear coat the canvas and they just add to the texture



Step 2: Transferring the Image to Canvas and Embellishing

  1. For this step you will need to read over my previous tutorial , How-to-Guide: Transfer Photos to Canvas here. Prepare your bird’s nest image and your text template (below) ahead of time and just follow the steps in my tutorial. If you get stuck or have any questions, please ask away! I am happy to help.
  2. Once you have your image transfer completed and you have removed all of the paper fibers you are ready to add your embellishments. I added Martha’s Stewart’s Regal Border Stickers to my canvas to add some interest. You could add scrapbooking borders, pieces of lace or ribbon. If you prefer you could just transfer the image and text and not add any embellishments. It is your piece of art!
  3. Once everything is dry, add two coats of Modge Podge to the entire canvas for protection. The Modge Podge will really make the image look crisp and clear when it is dry


 Where to Find the Images and Text:

Below is the text template that I made for this project. There are 5 different font styles to choose from. I used the very first one for my project and my phrase barely fit the canvas, so for your project you may want to choose one of the other styles if you prefer your text be a little smaller.

To save the template, click on the photo below and right click to save it. Then open it in your photo editing program and print it full size. It will fit a standard letter size page (8.5″ X11″). Make sure that you print the page as is so that your text comes out facing the right way when you do the transfer.


I included the gray border around the text only so that you would have a box to cut around. This makes it easy to place your text on your canvas and to center your words. You will want to cut off every tiny bit of border showing or it will be transferred to your canvas and you will be cursing in the end!

The bird’s nest image came from The Graphics Fairy’s blog here. Remember to print your image in mirror-image mode so that it comes out the right way once it is transferred.


And now onto the picture frame…




Step 3: Painting and Distressing Your Picture Frame

  1. Wash your wooden frame with a damp rag to remove dust and grime
  2. Sand it lightly with 200 grit sandpaper to remove any glossiness and rough spots. Remove dust with your damp cloth
  3. Mix up 3 parts latex paint to 1 part white acrylic gesso. Apply the mixture to you frame with in one even coat. This mixture dries very quickly and has a very chalky appearance
  4. Once dry, again sand your frame with 400 grit sandpaper and remove the dust with your damp cloth. Apply another coat of paint. Leave it to dry
  5. Using your 220 grit sandpaper, distress the edges of your frame so that the original finish shows through. Sand any areas that might get extra wear. Then use your 400 grit sandpaper to lightly go over the entire frame. This will give your frame a beautiful soft finish. Remove any dust with your damp rag
  6. Optional: Mix up burnt umber craft paint with a little bit of water to make an aging glaze. Apply the glaze to your frame in small sections, working the paint into the grooves. Using your damp rag, quickly remove the paint from the frame which will leave the darker paint in the grooves. Don’t leave the excess paint sit to long or your will have blotchy spots and trying to remove them may remove some of your paint layer exposing too much of the original finish
  7. Once your frame is dry, coat it with two coats of Modge Podge to seal it
  8. Place your finished canvas into the frame and enjoy!

Here are some “beauty shots” of my frame and photo transfer. I really love the way it turned out!



I found the phrase “Feather Your Nest” all over the Internet. I added to it by coming up with a phrase that had meaning to me. Taking time to feather your nest means a couple of things to me. For me, it can mean taking time to care for the people you love in your life, like your husband and children and the importance of nurturing your relationships with them. It can also mean taking the time to make your house a home. I may not have the most extravagant house, but all of the things I collect and create for my home make it a place where my family and I can feel relaxed and at home.




Here you can see that the burnt umber glaze that I used really helps to bring out the details in the frame.




This photo transfer turned out perfectly. Yeah! All of the image and text stayed intact and it really looks as if they were painted directly on the canvas. That is why I love the Golden Soft Gel Gloss that I use. It does the best job of transferring than I have ever seen and the image is so clear and vibrant. I have tried many other methods of photo transferring and this is by far the best method I have found.




You can see a close-up of the paper edging sticker of Martha Stewart’s that I used. I really loved the raised leaf design that it has.






If you have gotten this far (phew! long tutorial), thanks for taking the time to read my instructions. I tend to ramble on a lot. Sorry about that! I just want to make sure that I don’t leave out any important information when I am writing a tutorial.

I know that when I am reading someone’s tutorial that I hope that the writer has given me as much information as needed to make my project a success. It is really frustrating to start to make something and then realize that there are parts of the instructions missing. I hope what I have shared with you will help you to complete your project with ease. Once you start photo transferring you may become addicted like I am. They are so much fun to do!

Well, I am off to work on my next post so that I can share with you what I found at the Wild Rose Antique Show yesterday. Stop back again soon to see some of things were at the show and what I brought home!


I hope you and your family have a great Easter weekend.




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


  Images used in this how-to-guide are from The Graphics Fairy.



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Large picture frame to chalkboard – the reveal & tutorial

It has been a very busy and exciting week for my blog. I was so surprised to learn that my project, How-to-Guide for Transferring Photos to Canvas was chosen as the DIY project of the week at The Graphics Fairy and as the Feature of the Week over at Restore Interiors. As well, My little French Toile Milk Painted Bench was featured at both Home Stories from A to Z and at Embracing Change.

Thank you so much for featuring me ladies! It means a lot to me to know that you really enjoy my projects and tutorials.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out their amazing blogs, take a moment to pay them a visit by clicking on their names above. You won’t be disappointed!


Now for my newest project…



Recently, I had posted about this gold framed painting that I had picked up at an auction last year. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I would be making this frame into a chalkboard. You can read about it in my previous post here.

I decided to give this frame an old world finish in a french blue colour.



I am not sure if you have ever had a chance to turn a frame into a chalkboard before. If you haven’t it is super easy to do.

You can use any picture frame that you already have laying around the house. Frames with some detailing on them work best for this paint technique, but it is not necessary.

Below are the instructions for painting an old world finish on your frame and then assembling it into a chalkboard afterwards.These instructions can be easily modified for your particular situation.


Supplies You’ll Need

              • picture frame
              • 1/4″ hardboard cut to fit the inside of your frame
              • latex primer (I used Glidden’s Gripper Primer)
              • latex paints in the colours of your choice for the frame (I used Martha Stewart’s paints for this project along with craft paint)
              • acrylic Gesso (optional but gives a chalky finish and helps your paint to adhere better to the frame)
              • chalkboard paint for the hardboard (I used Martha Stewart’s brand)
              • antiquing medium (optional)
              • polyacrylic or finishing wax
              • pliers, hammer and finishing nails
              • paint roller, paint tray and paint brushes
              • paper towels and a damp rag
              • white chalkboard chalk (not the dustless variety)




To begin, carefully remove the picture or mirror from your frame using a screwdriver, pliers or a staple remover. Clean your frame well with a degreaser to remove any built-up grime that could interfere with your paint sticking. I just washed my frame with some slightly  soapy water and then I wiped it down well afterwards with a damp cloth and set it out to dry.




For the chalkboard, I used 1/4″ hardboard that I had purchased at Home Depot. I just had them cut it to size for me. This way I didn’t need to bring out my saw just for the one cut that I needed.

Prime your board with one coat of bonding primer. Then coat your board with 2 coats of chalkboard paint letting it dry in between coats. The photo I have included above is after 1 coat of primer and 1 coat of chalkboard paint. It looks blotchy after the first coat of paint but the second coat looks much better. You can also use a spray primer and chalkboard spray paint if you prefer.

A tip when painting is to line your paint trays with tin foil. That way you don’t have to worry about cleaning your paint trays and the foil can be removed and just thrown in the garbage when you are done. Another tip is to make sure that you cover your roller and paint tray with a plastic bag while it is not use. Chalk paint dries really quickly and you don’t want your roller to dry out between coats of paint.

After you are done painting your board, set it aside to dry. In the meantime, you can start to paint your frame.




For the turquoise layer above, I used Martha Stewart’s Araucana Teal paint that I had purchased from Home Depot a few days ago for only $1.00 for a tester sized container. I had mentioned in my Successful Shopping Trip post here that all of the MS testers are on clearance right now. What a great deal!

For this layer I mixed together 3 parts of Araucana Teal to 1 part gesso on a plastic plate. NOTE: You can use any colour that you would like for this layer. After your paint is mixed, dip your paintbrush into the paint and then dab off the excess on a paper towel. You want a fairly dry brush for this technique.

As you’re applying the paint to your frame, try to leave a little bit of the gold (or the undercoat) showing through in spots. You don’t need to try to cover every little bit of the original finish because the new layers of paint you will be applying will cover any flaws that are there. This finish is very forgiving.




I used Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray ( a light taupey gray) mixed with gesso for this layer using the same paint and gesso proportions as in Step 1. Cover the majority of your frame with your gray paint but still leave some of the turquoise and gold showing though.




For the third layer, I mixed a medium gray craft paint with a small amount of black craft paint and some antiquing medium to make a glaze. The darker glaze helps to bring out the details on the frame. If you don’t have antiquing medium you can also use paint mixed thinly with water.

Use your paintbrush to apply the dark paint into the crevices. Work on one small area at a time as you don’t want the glaze to dry before you have a chance to remove it. Then use a damp rag to wipe off the excess glaze from the raised areas of your frame, leaving some of it in the crevices.




If you are happy with the aging you have done so far, you are ready to lighten and highlight. Take some of your light gray paint from step 2 and working on one section of the frame at a time, lightly brush it over the entire frame. Pay particular attention to the raised areas of the frame. Then use a barely damp rag to lightly blend the paint in with the base colour as you go.




Once your frame is dry, you can then apply either a finishing wax or a Polyacrylic to protect the finish.

To attach the chalkboard to the back of the frame, use your hammer to pound small finishing nails into the inside edge of your frame to hold down your board. You want your board to be sturdy enough to write on. Make sure to lay your frame on a soft blanket while you are doing this to not ruin all of your hard work. Don’t ask me how I know!




 Well, there you have it. It’s that easy to make a chalkboard from an old frame. It only took me about 1.5 hours to paint and assemble this frame, not including the drying time.

This is a very easy and inexpensive project to do!




I almost forgot to mention this.

Before using your chalkboard for the first time you will want to “season” it otherwise your lettering will be burned into your board when you write on it.

To “season” your chalkboard just run a piece of regular chalk flat across the entire board. You can then remove the chalk dust with either a damp cloth or a chalkboard eraser and you are good to go.




I hope you like my new chalkboard and you decide to give my tutorial a try some time.

As for me, I still need to figure out where I am going to put this chalkboard!


Until next time…






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Large ornate picture frame to chalkboard – the before

I hope you had a great weekend . I managed to get a couple of projects done around the house so I can now tick some more items off of my really long to-do list. It feels so great to get things done, doesn’t it?



I won this ornate gold framed picture at an auction last summer.  It really caught my eye because the frame is solid wood and it was in great condition.  Also, this frame is really a substantial size, measuring a whopping 31″ wide X 37″ inches tall.




My beautiful frame has sat in my basement collecting dust since last year, so I decided it was time to bring it upstairs and get started on painting it.




I just had a chance to look up the painter, Julius Friedrich. There is not much that I can find on him except this.


Source: http://www.icollector.com/Julius-Friedrich-European-Lake-Landscape-Painting_i9939003


I am not sure if the artist of my painting is the same Julius Friedrich above. I hope that it isn’t, as I have probably already ruined the canvas by removing it from the frame so that I could make the frame into a chalkboard.  :(

The oil painting just didn’t really fit in with my decor and I already had it stuck in my mind what I would do with this frame. l think we will get a lot more use out of it  as a chalkboard. I know for a fact that my kids will love it!

Hopefully the original painting is just a reproduction!




I placed this frame on top of my gray dresser just to show all of you. It really is too big for this dresser and it will most likely go on the wall so we can actually write on the chalkboard. I just need to decide where I am going to put it.

Too bad there is not much wall space in this old 70′s ranch house that we currently live in. If I can’t find a spot for it here, I will save it for our new house when we move in the next year or two.

Please stop back in a little while to see the reveal of my new chalkboard.


I hope you have a great day.







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