You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks … or can you?!

It was bound to happen eventually.

 a finished post.



Now I know how all those vetran bloggers that I stalk follow have felt. You dedicate time and energy and obviously your clever whit {not so much} just to see the whole thing circle down the drain.  Wait, if I had known it was going maybe I could have stopped it… either way.  It’s gone.

Believe it or not I am sharing another project that does involve coral and gold {go me!} well sort of.  I may or may not have attacked part of this project with gold spray paint just to be swiftly put back in my place… but we’ll get to that!

Remember way back when I had an ever so successful garage sale and hand me down inheriting weekend and my amazing in-laws sent this pretty ol’ gal to us?

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Well she moved into the shed next to the to-be-recovered-wing chair, the coffee table soon-to-be bench and the other miscellaneous projects I hide from my husband {just kidding}!

A few weekends later, while waiting to head to my girlfriends to have a furniture painting party {what you don’t rock those every Sunday} I decided I had enough time to get this pretty lady started with a coat of primer so I drug her out of the shed and gave her back her legs.

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Obviously I used a my most favourite Stix primer that I pick up at my local Benjamin Moore Store.

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A coat or two later, and with still lots of time to spare, I was ready for paint.  Remember I lack patience so when I am ready, so is my project!

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Using my tried and true furniture paint, Benjamin Moore Advance but in a whole new colour…

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Now that’s colour!

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A coat or two later, I was {almost} done with this lovely lady and off to tackle dresser #2 for the day! Remember this one:

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Well Big Bertha up top here combined with 3 failed attempts to find replacement hardware forced my pretty little lady of a dresser to take a back seat for awhile. But I finally decided it was time to finish her up and it came when I first discovered GOLD!!!

See the problem here is this pretty little lady, she ain’t no spring chicken and as such her um… holes, were a little different than those sleek new dressers of today.  Well they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you sure can give old dresser hardware a fresh new coat of spray paint.

I mentioned my mishap at the beginning of this post which came when I sprayed all of the existing hardware gold.  I loved the colour combo but unfortunately this just wasn’t going to work in the silver and grey room where this dresser was destined sooooo back outside {with silver spray paint in tow} I went and when all was said and done this is what I had created:

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What do you think?  Not too bad for an old girl is she?  Amazing what a little paint and some updating of old hardware can do.  Plus this girl’s still got legs!

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{before & after}


Flea Market Finds

This weekend I stumbled upon the fact that just 10 minutes outside of my little city in one of the cutest little towns there exists a Sunday antique and collectibles flea market.  I don’t know how I didn’t learn about this until now, but I quickly decided that Sunday morning I would be heading out there to take a browse.

I have been on the hunt for a cane barrel/tub chair as a project for the coral & gold spare room and was hoping I may luck into one at this hidden gem.  I am obsessed with the idea of redoing one {likely in gold} and as you can see below, I am not alone in this love of the cane chair.

{AM Dolce Vita}

{11 Magnolia Lane}

{the cards we drew}

{apartment therapy}

Unfortunately my beloved cane chair still eludes me but I did manage to find a few cute decor scores at this “flea market” I found.

I love the look of deer antlers as decor items.  NOT the great big shot this buck dead and took them off his head antlers. NO, definitely not those.  I prefer the, I am a deer still in the land of the living and rubbed my antler off on a tree but will grow a new pair next year.  Those are the antlers I am about.

My mom very luckily found one on a walk with the dogs one day and ever since I have been obsessed.  Again, not alone in this horny pursuit {had to do it} check out what other bloggers are doing with their deer antlers.

{at home in love}

{11 magnolia lane}

{of beauty and love}

Never mind that duck decoy, I am totally obsessed but the $70++ price tag they were carrying at the “antique” flea market was not making me happy-happy-happy so the duck decoy, must wait.  I did however score an antler of my own to incorporate into one of our rooms.

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It hasn’t found a permanent home since the coral & gold room is under construction it is temporarily in there.  It’ll have to be kept somewhere high because this guy loves his naturally shed deer antlers!

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{no deer were harmed by this beast}

I have also had on my mind that I want some really fun bookends but hadn’t found anything I was sold on in the retail market.  Well my other find at the flea market were these owl book ends that I totally loved and proudly “negotiated” for.

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Aren’t they just the cutest?  I scored these guys for just $10.  Sure I would have loved to leave with some $1 finds but I would rather get something I have been looking for than a bunch of stuff I had no intention of ever getting!

I would call this flea market adventure a success, I will definitely be back to see what other fun finds I can score from the more reasonable vendors!

Colour Me Coral and Give Me Gold

Remember my cute little hexagon table?  The little cousin to my slightly more rotund white hexagon tables that took up home in my living room after I scored them for a sweet $15 on Kijiji and gave them an ever so shiny coat of white Benjamin Moore paint?


Well this formerly sad dark little cousin is now a bright cheery new coral hexagon table with some sweet new gold bling.

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We all know I am no stranger to a little furniture painting but this time I {shockingly} did not opt for my beloved Benjamin Moore Advance furniture paint and got me the only coral spray paint I could find in all the land.  No seriously.  I’m not lying.  Home Depot, Walmart, Home Hardware, all my favourite stomping grounds were coming up empty when it came to find a funky fun shade of spray paint.  I knew I wanted to spray this one because the others were such a pain to brush paint with all their nooks and crannies.  Plus, I am an adaptable and ever changing DIY pioneer and quite honestly just wanted to have two different experiences.

Well the only coral spray paint I could find anywhere was the Design Master brand at Michaels.  I was really unsure if it would do the trick being as it is intended for delicate items like faux flowers but I decided I would give it a whirl.  I started with some Killz primer.  If my girl Katie Bower swears by it it’s good enough for me, so I scrapped yet another beloved DIY product and used the spray Killz to get this table started. I was pretty happy with the coverage {and ease} of the Killz and it gave a nice solid white base that I was more hopeful my ever so delicate spray paint would stick to.

After dragging Patrick out to confirm that my coral was in fact not bubble gum pink, I sprayed my hardware gold and called her a day with yet another new {to us} hexagon table.

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I can’t wait to share more of the spare bedroom as it comes together and most importantly my favourite find that is sitting atop this sweet new table!