DIY Over-Size Book Page Quote Art…with free printables!

UPDATE As a budget-focused decorator and blogger, conjuring and sharing ways to “get the look for less” is something I relish. This project was no exception. Originally, it was my belief that these artworks were merely part of the prevailing typography sign trend; mass-designed, mass-produced and mass-distributed. I have since learned the concept for these ....Continue reading….

DIY Mini Barn Doors…a complete tutorial

This was one of those “gee, if this actually works it’s gonna be really cool” kinda projects. Well, thankfully, it did…and it is! If I do say so myself :) Although I installed these DIY barn doors specifically to conceal a washing machine, they could be used in place of ordinary doors wherever space permits. ....Continue reading….

DIY Farmhouse Wall Shelves…using hand-rail brackets

You know when you have a design idea, though the details are all a bit hazy and there are way too many options to consider, so you go to the hardware store in hopes a magical product will jump out and make the style decision for you? That’s pretty much what happened with these shelves. ....Continue reading….

DIY Concrete Vessel Planters

Do you guys remember when I shared some pics of this simple concrete vessel I made a few months back… Well, I received quite a few requests for a tutorial so have spent the past few weeks perfecting my process (and learning more than I will ever need to know about concrete!) so I can ....Continue reading….

How to Create a Vintage Industrial Look on Furniture…using Chalk Paint & Black Wax

I love it when the launch of a new product provides the perfect excuse to tackle a well over-due project. Such was the case with the release of Black Wax by Annie Sloan. Teamed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Antibes Green” it seemed like the perfect way to jazz-up some blah file drawers I bought ....Continue reading….

How to Create a “Vintage” Wire Basket from a Plastic Coated Caddy

I have a thing for old wire baskets. You? Well, if you do too it seems we’re not alone. Have you noticed how pricey they can be at old-wares stores and antique markets nowadays? Man! Anyhoo, after I shared this pic of Charlotte’s new bedroom shelves a few weeks back… …I received quite a few ....Continue reading….

Chalk Paint Tutorial (Distressed Vintage Style)

Some of you may not know that when I started this blog, I was up-cycling and on-selling A LOT of furniture. It was a hobby. My second job of sorts. And I LOVED it. Though with the growth of my blog, and, more pertinently, the emergence of my little family, came the gradual demise of ....Continue reading….

A Desk Lamp Becomes a Wall Light

I’ve coveted adjustable arm wall lights from the first moment I saw one. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 To me there’s just something so desirable about their sculptural form and subtle industrial edge. That said, I never really envisioned actually using one in my own home. You see, despite the ....Continue reading….

Re-Love Project…before & after

This was such a rewarding project. If you’re not new here, you’re probably aware of my involvement in the Re-Love Project and what it’s all about. For those of you who don’t know, in short it’s a Feast Watson campaign in collaboration with Salvos Stores which sees eight designers “re-love” a neglected item of furniture ....Continue reading….

Flat Pack Hack: Chalkboard Faux Specimen Drawers

Flat-Pack. Knock-Down. Ready-To-Assemble. Whatever you wanna call it, there’s no denying the practicality, affordability, versatility and accessibility of this very basic form of ‘boxed’ furniture. Unfortunately though, often times there’s also no denying the generic, cheap and mass-produced appearance – luckily, however, there is always hiding it! A little bit of elbow grease along with ....Continue reading….