So Easy!

Hello everyone!  So…I saw this on Pinterest last night and just had to try it today!  This is so simple and easy to do.

To start, I got an old picture which was sitting in my basement and I knew it would be perfect for this project.  Don’t we all have those pictures that no longer fit our decor?

Then I found this graphic that my lovely sister Cindy sent to me eons ago.  She and her hubby used to run a graphics company.  I’m hoping she still has some of the equipment to make me more graphics from files that I will be sending her 🙂



Anyway, all you do is take your graphic, put it where you want on the picture and paint the entire piece in any colour you like.  Wait for the paint to dry, peel off the graphics and you end up with a great looking sign.  And you have all the beautiful paint colours coming through.  Could it get any easier?




Love the end result!


Mixing Colours

I love these rustic pieces.  They have very simple lines but they make a great statement in your home.


One of my favourite things is when I get to mix my paints to make custom colours.  Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I mixed Napoleonic Blue and Barcelona to make this great navy colour.  The teal is a mixture of Graphite, French Linen, Provence and Arles. Both colours were waxed using a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of clear and dark wax.

I wanted to leave a lot of the pine showing, so the frames of the doors were left in their original unpainted condition.  I also added pine backing to the entire piece and dark waxed the pine.

I had so much fun doing this piece!






Classy Black

When I picked up this dresser I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  I love the creamy whites and light colours when I paint, but this piece just needed to be done in black.  So classy…

The drawer pulls however needed to stand out.  I love the details on these moustache handles.  That’s what makes this dresser so special.


I painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.  This is a wonderful black/charcoal that is not too hard of a black.

The dresser was made by the F.C. Burroughes Furniture Co. The Burroughes Building was built in Toronto, Canada, in 1907 with an addition in 1910, as the flagship department store for the F.C. Burroughes Furniture Company Limited.  Part of the building is now used for special events.  Don’t you just love the old advertising on the wall? Check out the website, there are some great pictures.

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I just love restoring old pieces!

8 Foot Garage Find!

8 Foot Garage Find!


This may be one of my best finds ever.  When I saw this listed for sale I knew I had to have it. When we went to pick it up it was in the gentleman’s garage. He told us it had belonged to his wife’s grandparents.  It was covered in grey shiny paint…the ENTIRE thing!

I could see a lot of sanding ahead, but that was ok because I knew it had great potential.


I thought about painting it cream, but instead I wanted it to have a bit more personality. I created a custom colour with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint mixing Provence, Graphite, French Linen and Arles. That’s my favourite part of painting, mixing my own colours!  I love how it turned out.  In fact, it’s the most popular post I’ve ever had on my FB page!

This 8 foot kitchen island turned out exactly like I had envisioned. 🙂












New Opportunities

The year 2016 has started off great!  I retired from my job as of February 1st this year and now have the chance to explore so many more opportunities!  I can’t wait to paint, create and refinish pieces and have the time to do it!  As you can see I haven’t had the time to keep up on my blog but am excited to do that as well.  So, as I sit and contemplate the future, I know that it looks bright 🙂  I thought for today, I would share some of my favourite pieces I’ve done in the past year.

Here’s to keeping in touch with you on a more regular basis ~Lynda~

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The Tiles Have to Stay…

When Mark and I purchased this house, there had to be a lot of “imagining the potential”.  Take this bathroom.  This is the guest bathroom on our main floor.  When I saw it, all I knew was that the blue floor tiles had to stay.  While I love blue, the rest of it had to go!



I’m pretty sure these were all the original fixtures from when it was built in 1959.

So…we tore everything out, except the floor.  I kind of had to win this argument, as Mark really wanted to replace it. I however, wanted to keep some of the original aspects of the house, knowing it would look great when it was finished.  As I said before, I love blue and it’s calming effect.  So below are pics of our finished space!


We replaced the vanity, using a dresser from Mark’s grandmother.  Just inserted a sink in the top and we have storage in the bottom drawer.  You may notice I have one incomplete handle on the bottom.  I have been looking for this handle for a couple of years.  The actual pull part has a monkey face on it.  So…if anyone knows where I can get one 🙂

_DSC0023See the little monkey head on the bottom?  I’ve never seen another one like it.



Thanks Kristy at Next Time Around  for the class on making the shaving sign.


I love the white, chrome and glass…



Along with the bling I always like to add an antique, rustic look.






And I got to keep the tiles 🙂

Grandpa’s Gift

When Kyla contacted me about doing this cabinet, and I heard the story behind it, I absolutely had to do it for her!


This was made by her grandfather from the crib she used to sleep in as a baby and he had made it for her when she was a young girl…what a wonderful gift from a grandfather to his granddaughter.  Kyla requested a grey/blue colour to update it so she could use it in her decor.  I used a custom colour mixed from ASCP Paris Grey, Old White and Duck Egg Blue.

While I was painting, I couldn’t stop thinking of how much joy he must have felt while building this, and how special it must be to her.  This is definitely a piece that will be passed down.







I was so happy to do this for you Kyla!