King Size Please…

I was so excited when Mark said he would build us a new headboard. I have been wanting one in this style for ages! We picked up some wood from Heather & Larry (thank you!) and immediately had a vision of what we wanted. The side pieces are from an old house in the area and the cross pieces of wood had the perfect chippy white paint. Mark put it together using old barnboard, and I painted it all to blend together using the steel wool and vinegar aging and then highlighting with Annie Sloan Old White paint. I am in LOVE with this headboard!!  (My next project is to paint the wall behind it)…

What do you think?









Annie Sloan Makeover

I have seen many makeovers on chairs using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so when I got this chair I knew it would be the perfect candidate!

She was shiny striped and a bit dirty from being in storage.
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I was really nervous when I started and thought “this will never work”…
Annie Sloan Chair
Well, wasn’t I surprised! I absolutely love it!!

Reading other posts from very talented people helped me do this. The one I followed was from Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes…I have their link on my facebook page.
You spray the material with water, go 50/50 with paint and water and paint the material. You do have to wait 24 hours between coats and also spray the material each time you paint a coat. Add your decorative finishes, wax and you are done! I also painted and dark waxed the wood. Who would have known you could paint a chair? Once it is waxed it feels a bit like leather.







This chair was painted in Old White and the highlights are Paris Grey. The wood was also painted in Old White but then dark waxed for some contrast.

I would definitely try this again!

Pretty Persian Blue

When Judith emailed me to see if I wanted to purchase this desk I immediately replied “YES”! She had a friend in Toronto who wanted to sell it and would even deliver it to her. I just had to go pick it up nearby.

I love the shape and size of this desk. And I knew the perfect colour I would use…General Finishes Persian Bue. I love this colour! The piece had peeling veneer which I ended up taking off and it needed some TLC but I love the result.

Hard work always pays off…

Here are some before and afters.



Peeling off the peeling veneer…


Isn’t she pretty!
The top is finished with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat.





Abbey’s Antique White Bedroom

Abbey is a lucky little girl.  A friend GAVE this set to her mom Sarah…wow, what a nice friend!  Sarah and the family are moving today to a cottage on 12 acres and this set will be put in a bedroom that has pine walls.  It is going to look wonderful!  Sarah knew she wanted it white for that fresh clean look.  

I can’t wait to see pictures of the set @ home.  Thanks Sarah and family for letting me do such an important piece!  

Here are some before and afters.











I’m so fortunate to being doing what I do!

General “Finishes” Dresser Perfectly

Sometimes you get a piece of furniture with a story behind it that just makes you happy to be able to restore it.  As with this dresser…

Julie brought this to me to have redone for a friend.  It had been through a house fire and meant a lot to both of them.  She asked if I could stain the entire piece.  Now I usually don’t (or haven’t) stained furniture.  I will do the occasional  top, but not an entire piece, but the story behind it made me want to do it.  So I sanded, stained, glued, replaced the missing mirror and varathaned…

I have to tell you General Finishes Java Gel is AMAZING!  What a transformation.  The ease of use and the finish on this is beautiful.  I would recommend it to anyone!

Here are some before and afters of the transformed piece.
















Thanks Julie for entrusting me with such a special piece!

Spring Colours











I really wish I could remember to take pictures of the before’s. This lane chest started out a medium brown wood with a faux leather black top.
Not pretty. I painted the bottom in a white and added the pretty multi colour top. The material is Sunbrella so it is very stain resistant.
Aren’t transformations wonderful? I didn’t add any distressing as the top has enough design, I didn’t feel it needed it.
This would look wonderful in a hallway or at the end of your bed.

So Grateful…

I have been so absent from this website but only for good reason.  I would have never imagined how busy I would be with my little workshop, creating, painting and just having fun!   I am so grateful to all of you that have brought my your cherished pieces to update and make them reusable in your space.  I feel so fortunate to be doing something that I love so much!

I thought I would show you some of the pieces I have done and a few before and afters.

Antique White Cedar Lined Dresser
Custom Black Glazed Sofa Table
Custom Black Cabinet being used as a side table in a bedroom
Antoinette Pink side table purchased for a little girls room
Country Grey cedar lined hutch
Heavily distressed desk and mirror

Melanies Buffet

Have a wonderful day!

Pretty Pink Dresser

I loved doing this dresser.  Two great reasons why…twins!  Our friends Aleesha & Jeremy are having twin girls.  How exciting!  When they asked if I could paint this dresser for them I didn’t hesitate.  The dresser came from Jeremy’s mother…so nice it can stay in the family.  Aleesha wanted pink for her little princesses as the nursery is in a pink theme.  


I adore Annie Sloan Antoinette Pink.  It was the exact colour I was looking for, no mixing of colours required.  Once it was all painted, I thought it needed an extra colour as it’s quite a large dresser and it was a lot of pink!  Hence the Old White chandeliers dropping down the front of each drawer.  Perfect for little girls don’t you think?


I’m happy with the way it turned out.  And I couldn’t resist putting these little sock monkeys in the drawers, they were just waiting for Aleesha & Jeremy when they picked up the dresser.  I purchased these and half the proceeds go to the Stedman Community Hospice.  What a great cause.


Pretty in Pink



We loved doing this for you and your girls Aleesha & Jeremy!!  Can’t wait to meet them!

Chalk to Me…

I adore chalkboards.  And recently I’ve discovered a very simple way to have wonderful writing on them.

Did you know you can sharpen chalk?



I read online that this could be done…I guess I just never thought of it before.  (Don’t mind my sharpener, I also use it for makeup pencils).  This makes it much easier when you use your everyday stencils to write on the chalkboard.  That’s right! Use your stencils for chalking!



How easy is that!  Once you are finished, use a fine brush with a little water to get rid of chalk you don’t want and presto you are done.  I can’t wait to do more.  Here are my results…what do you think?



How easy was that?  The key is the sharpening of the chalk!  Have fun creating with chalk…


Owyn’s Dresser

It’s always great when you can bring something old to life again.  Our son and daughter in law brought over a dresser so I could finish it for our grandaughter Owyn.  While it was a beautiful dresser as it was, it just needed some updating.  Image

The colours turquoise and purple were requested for Owyn’s room.  I love this colour combo!  I used ASCP in Florence and mixed a custom purple for the drawers. Once it was finished I just thought it needed something more.  After all it was for Owyn!!  I found these great stencils that give such an important message to any young person, that is to “dream, believe and inspire”.  The added touch of Old White to the dresser brought it to life!  Add some bling with glass knobs and she was done.



When I took pictures of the dresser I sat a very special teddy bear on top! My Nanny made him for my son Tyler when he was a baby.  I have him for safe keeping…for now…


How wonderful is it that we can pass old treasures down…if not a teddy bear , a great little dresser made especially for Owyn will do.  The dresser had come from Owyn’s great grandmother as well.  Treasures to keep!