Dresser Styling

Remember this lady?

Well as purdy as she was with her fresh new paint job, she needed a little somethin’ somethin’

Enter styling.
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Remember this picture frame I picked up at Value Village for a steal?

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Well I had big plans for it and with a little wrapping paper and spray paint I turned it into this

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It is amazing what a few accessories can do.

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I absolutely love love love the colour combo and cannot wait to share the dresser moved into its new home. Stay tuned!


Turtle Turtle

Allow me to take you back…
waaaaaaaay back…..
to a decade you may not even recall…
a decade I don’t recall ever existing…..

Back to when the kitchen of our ONLY 14 year-old house


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No your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a real live kitchen in the real live house that we actually were in competing offers for…. believe… or not {no but seriously I’m not kidding}!

After a whole lota primer, paint and elbow grease we managed to transform our lemon lime dream kitchen to something a little more manageable…. it looks like this

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 She aint fancy, but it is pretty amazing what a little paint and hardware can do isn’t it!

Though our chocolate brown {for now} kitchen it a heck of a lot better than the yellow and lime mess we were working with, we pretty much stripped this space of like all it’s personality.  Enter TURTLE!

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I was wandering my fav local thrift store {Vinnie’s} when I stumbled upon this open shelled beauty.  While other’s may have overlooked this $1 dude, I saw nothing but opportunity for him!

I brought him home, doused him in a coat of white spray paint and voila!

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Like an all new man… I mean turtle!

Now you are probably wondering, what the heck are you going to do with this turtle who is missing half his shell.  Well to you strange person asking me rhetorical questions {wait that’s me} I am going to add a little personality to my kitchen that’s what.

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ta-da, sure I could have painted him a fun bright colour but lets me honest after this mess

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a little white turtle to hold sponges is about all I can handle…
I’m working on it with my therapist {ps. I don’t have a therapist}

So there you have it, an easy peasy ceramic animal makeover to add a little “personality” to your space!

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Thrifting Finds

It has seem to become routine around here, Saturday mornings I head out to our local farmer’s market to pick up our fruits, veggies and the occasional bag of mini doughnuts {i cannot say no to those little bite size pastries} and then pop into the few “thrift” spots we have in Peterborough.

What do I actually need?  Not much to be honest.  As you know I am obsessed with getting my hands on the most perfect cane tub chair ever so I am obviously always on the look out for one of those but other than that I simply go to peruse.  I can always use more “decor” items and I love a good thrift store price so that when I change my mood in a week little while, I don’t feel as guilty for retiring said decor items.

So what did I find this weekend?


This wicker table is a $4 find from our local re-store. It is currently homeless but for $4 I couldn’t leave it behind… I hope I am not establishing hoarder tendencies… I just loved it!Image

Shaq loves it too!Image

I scored this collection of embroidery hoops for $1.99 at Value Village, these I know EXACTLY what I am going to do with!Image

I almost missed this globe while shopping Vinnies but noticed it just before I headed to the cash.  For $7 it was coming home with me.  Not sure if I will give it a mini-makeover or where it will live but a $7 globe is something I couldn’t walk away from.


Remember when I mentioned my new found love for duck decoys here?  Well little did I know those rustic creatures have made an obvious resurgence thanks to my favourite celebrity self proclaimed rednecks and now cost a pretty penny.  This little made in Canada terracotta version was only $1.99 and will be receiving a coat of gold spray paint very soon!


This sweet little pinecone was only $2.99 and I thought it would make the greatest addition to some shelf styling!Image

I almost jumped for joy when I saw this little weaved ceramic dish for only $1
As you may recall I love being able to DIY “designer on a dime“.  The idea of being able to create something you have seen but for a whole lot less is so exciting to me.  I have been eyeing these metallic trays at HomeSense for quite a while

Image{HomeSense – $14.99 – $19.99}

Well with a little spray paint I have on hand, I will be able to make my $1 dish look just like this AND I will save almost $15!


I have wanted to do a tray for some time now. This big blue one was $6.99 at Value Village and will make a great addition to the coral and gold spare bedroom…. ummmm after a makeover of course!


My last find is this super cool sewing table.  I loved the architectural detail of the front and was pretty excited when I saw what else this little table had in store.Image

Spool storage on the right and drawers on the left.


And the top opens up to give you an extra long work space.  She was only $15 and is currently living in the shed, but I am excited to give her a facelift once I convince my lovely husband I am changing the office colour scheme… don’t hold your breath sewing table you may continue to breathe gas fumes for some time….

I am thinking this may be the first piece I do and sell because I am just not sure she has a home here.

As you can see I found lots of “goodies” out on my adventures but my most exciting purchase this weekend was of course my new DSLR camera that I am so so so so over the moon excited about. So that being said, I think my Saturday morning thrifting adventures may need to come to a halt for sometime, that is unless I see that cane tub chair that eludes me!