diy balcony railing

DIY Glass Balcony Railing

Someone in our neighbourhood had replaced their wooden balcony railing with glass panels and I just loved how much better it looked. After speaking to them and finding out they spent $5000 I thought there’s no way I’ll ever spend that on railing! So I decided to research and find out if I could DIY it myself. Being a single mom with a full-time job I was skeptical. But I did it…and for less than $1000!

storage solution for an awkward entryway

Storage Solution for an Awkward Entryway

I’ve been searching for a storage solution for our entryway. It had to be shallow enough that it wouldn’t be obtrusive and block the stairs or make the space feel even more cramped than it already was. I found this cute little antique maple secretaries desk at “Lisa’s Upscale Garage Sale” for $65 and it was pretty close to being the perfect size! But it has some issues and was not very attractive! So this is how I transformed it into a cute little storage cabinet just in time for the scarves & mittens & hats (Oh my) season!

privacy fencing mini makeover

Privacy Fencing Mini-makeover

My deck has been neglected since we moved in 4 years ago. And because our dining room window faces into the privacy fencing for the hot tub, I just couldn’t stand the thought of looking at it for another winter! So I decided to do a quick and inexpensive update before the winter hits. I bought a can of paint and ‘shopped’ in our garage for cast off items.

how to remove a water stain from your wood furniture in 5 minutes

HOW TO REMOVE A WATER STAIN FROM YOUR WOOD FURNITURE IN 5 MINUTES!

I was given a beautiful solid wood side-board from my mom when she sold her house. I loved everything about it, everything except the big water stain in the top corner! It had been caused by a cold drink on a hot day. And the stain had been there for as long as I can remember.I didn’t want to paint it because I really loved the chestnut finish. And the rest was in perfect condition. And I don’t have much experience was re-staining and my previous attempts had not been hugely successful.So I decided to try my best to remove the stain…

unicorn spit practice piece boring oak lazy susan

Unicorn Spit Practice Piece: Boring Oak Lazy Susan

PLAIN JANE LAZY SUSAN FINALLY TAKES CENTER STAGE(Well, technically center table ;)

a cute little nautical make over

A Cute Little Nautical Make-over

Found this piece at a garage sale for $10. It’s solid wood from Indonesia and the shape was super cute! But it needed some love.

oak coffee side table make over

OAK COFFEE / SIDE TABLE MAKE-OVER

Found this oak take left behind in an apartment my mom had been renting and gave it a make-over.

curb side office chair re purposed

Curb-side Office Chair Re-purposed

My neighbour left an office chair at the curb, so I decided to make use of it

particleboard bed frame makeover

PARTICLEBOARD BED-FRAME MAKEOVER

After a couple of months sleeping on a mattress on the floor, I was desperate for a bed-frame! I was limited by budget, as well as distance. I finally found a frame that met both these criteria…but is was particleboard!! And didn’t match my other bedroom furniture. But I really liked the headboard (and the idea of finally sleeping in a big girl bed again) so after some deliberation – I decided why not?! So I brought it home and spent the next 4 days working on it…and this is how it went.

colour washed entryway table

Colour-washed Entryway Table

Picking up this beautiful maple table at a local thrift store and decided to do a colour wash.

Valerie Burge
Valerie Burge