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!

From Dark to Light

In my last post, I let you know how big of a job it was to transform our house to what it is now.  This next area is our front entryway.  When we looked at the house, we immediately knew it had to be changed. It was just so dark!!


So…we tore out the front door with strict instructions from me that I wanted the side light windows saved!! It was more work than just ripping it out but I will show you what I did with them.  So worth the extra effort!  I wanted to keep the original slate floors because I loved the colours in it and knew it would be a nice contrast to all the hardwood we were putting in.

The panelling had to go as well!  We wanted a nice and bright entryway and more natural light.  So the process begins..

These are the stairs leading down to the front entryway…before…definitely needed lightening up!

After a lot of hard work by us and our wonderful friends and family…here are the results.  It went from Dark to Light!


My online find dresser painted with ASCP in Pure White.
This frame came from Mark’s grandmother. Isn’t it gorgeous!? Hand stamped design in the wood. Very special…




Mark wanted to change out the bannister, but I got my way and we kept the rod iron. I love the black contrast!


And here is what I did with the side panels of the front door.  What do you think?  I love how it makes the entry to the kitchen seem larger….


So there you have it.  Our dark entryway, transformed into a nice bright area!

Our Home…At Last

When we bought our home 3 years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long), I had great plans to do “before and afters” as we renovated the place.  Well, we got much too busy to even think of that as we did most of the renovations ourselves along with the help of great friends & family.

So….I’ve decided that now is a good time to show you some of the changes we made.

When we looked at the house what immediately caught my attention was how bright it was because of all the windows.  I was in love.  Mark was talking to the realtor and 5 minutes in I was gesturing to him that this was the place!  We made an offer that night! After looking for at least 3 years it felt so good to have finally found the perfect place. We purchased it and had 4 months before we moved in to do all the renovations.

Here is the Living Room the first time we saw it. This house was built in 1959 and we purchased it from the original owners. Shag carpet and all…




It needed a little (a lot) of updating. So with lots of help we replaced all the carpets with hardwood, cleaned up the fireplace, added a barn beam mantle, stripped and painted the walls, added crown moulding, replaced windows, changed the wood fireplace to gas, and much more.


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My daughter Ashley having fun with the picture window out…thankfully this was one of the warmest winters we had in a long time. Winter of 2011/2012.


Putting windows in…





So was all the hard work worth it?  You bet!  The living room is one of my favourite places to sit in the house.  It’s a sun filled room, and sitting by the fireplace with a coffee and a good book…  Priceless…


We change out the carpet in the summer and winter…this is my winter one….love the pop of red!


We had stained the mantle when we moved in…and just sanded it all down a couple of months ago. I love the natural wood.






_DSC0025My place to call home 🙂

Next…from dark and dingy entry to tons of light…

Blah Brown to Beautiful Layering

I picked up this chair at a yard sale and could see it’s potential.  It has great lines and detailing, but the colour was dreadful.  Brown on brown…it needed a facelift!  I’ve painted a chair in the past with Annie Sloan chalk paint and knew it would work on this one as well.



The entire chair was painted with Coco first and then the wood was done with layers of Paris Grey and Old White.
I also did a wash of Paris Grey over the Coco on the seat and back just to lighten it up a bit and it was distressed to give it that worn look.


The entire piece was clear and dark waxed.

When it was done I thought it needed some more interest on the seat and back so I added the grain sack stripes in Paris Grey and Old White.  And it’s done!!

**I love creating something new from something old**







I love this colour combination…Much better than the brown!