With the holidays fast approaching, fresh herbs are the perfect compliment to any meal (think stuffing!). We love herbs but they are typically sold in such large bunches that they end up spoiling before we can finish them. Under those circumstances a living herb garden makes perfect sense! But let’s face it. Canada really only has two seasons: winter and the month of July. The perfect solution for us was to start growing our own herbs indoors! Growing our own will not only curtail our current food waste, but provide a ready source of nutrient rich, flavour-packed herbs year-round!Find a Sunny WindowWe have the perfect sunny spot in a window that faces South to grow herbs successfully! With the help of Ikea’s SATSUMAS plant stand and VILDAPEL plant pots, we got busy setting up our little herb garden.
Growing up, I always admired the Hudson’s Bay point blanket that adorned my great aunt's bed – with it’s iconic stripes! When I saw this knock-off at my local Value Village, I grabbed it and knew then and there that Hudson’s Bay stripes would make their way into our project (the second makeover of a Singer sewing table).If you’re a visual learner and would rather skip the tutorial, watch the video :)
When we found this vintage Singer sewing table at a local thrift shop (missing the treadle and band wheel), I couldn’t resist the challenge to repair the veneer and breathe new life into it! I had two very distinct visions for it – so we’ve upcycled it twice! We’ll have one reveal for you today and another – more unique one – next time.Water damage and age were not kind to the table but the metal base was in perfect shape: not a spec of rust!
Repairing veneer isn't as scary as it seems. There are plenty of things to spook you this Halloween season, but cracked and missing veneer shouldn't be one of them! I love to try new things and then pass that learning along to you but instead of my usual abundance of information at once, I'm splitting this project into manageable chunks and will get to the final reveal another time! I promise, it will be worth the wait!When I stumbled on this Singer sewing table at Value Village, I thought twice about buying it, then couldn't help but bring it home with us. Although the sewing machine was long gone, I could only imagine the wondrous things that were stitched together at this very table!We've always easily found the metal stands but bases with the original wooden top are harder to come by. I'll bet that's because most people only think the metal is salvageable; a table top in this condition usually ends up in the garbage. Despite the water damage and missing/cracked veneer, I can't wait to show you that there's still plenty of life left in this ol' gal - and the table too! :)
Before hubs worked his reno magic, our basement laundry room started with humble dungeon-like beginnings. It had a typical builder set-up of a double sink and connections for the washer and dryer. Who would ever want to spend time doing laundry there?
Would you know what to do if your basement sprang a leak?Mold prevention – and remediation – after any kind of leak or flood is hugely important because of health implications. We learned a hard lesson last year after the pipe connected to our outdoor faucet burst and caused water damage in my newly built craft room. In that post (part 1), we showed you how we installed a frost proof faucet to repair it and make sure it wouldn’t happen again. Now that it’s Fall, we’d like to remind you to remove the hose from the faucet – even if you have a frost-proof one, so you don’t make the same mistake we did. Leaving a hose connected during the winter is a recipe for disaster!Molds can produce allergens, irritants and potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins) which can make you very sick. The key to mold prevention is moisture control. You need to dry out water damaged areas with 24 – 48 hours to prevent mold growth. Time is of the essence!Signs of WaterBe aware of signs of water damage. You may have obvious signs – like standing water – but if the leak is primarily inside the walls, it might not be so apparent. One of the more subtle things I noticed was that the baseboards had come away from my once-perfectly caulked baseboards. Then I noticed the paint was bubbled right above the baseboard and when I went to touch it, the paint easily lifted and fell away from the wall.
Today we’re showing you how to maximize kitchen storage. But first, a big thank you to everyone in the Hometalk community that supported our Amara Blog Award nomination as the Best DIY & Home Improvement Blog! Birdz of a Feather has been shortlisted!!Our Improved Forever KitchenWith any kitchen reno, there are some ‘must haves’ if you plan to stay long term – but storage is a biggie! In our last post, our kitchen was renovated with the intent of putting our house on the market. After deciding to stay, and living with the kitchen for a while, we got to work changing a few things to make it more liveable for us. Our improved ‘forever’ kitchen was accomplished with three key features: better storage (pullouts and pot drawers), electrical placement and lighting. Electrical placement and lighting will be covered in a future post.Maximize Kitchen Storage with Pullouts and Pot DrawersPulloutsStandard cabinets with doors are fine for reselling a house, but are not great when you have a lot of stuff to store. Who wants to kneel down and dig around a cupboard that's so low to the ground? Not us! It's hard to reach items in the back and a nuisance to move all the things that are stacked on top of the one thing you really need! Pullout shelves not only help organize kitchen items behind closed doors, but put everything within reach!
Without a doubt, kitchens and bathrooms sell houses so when we were thinking of selling our house a kitchen renovation was a must! Unfortunately, the previous owner of our house didn't think that way. Below is the actual real estate picture of how the kitchen looked before I bought the house!The kitchen sported the original 80's builder cabinets with some improvisation on the part of the previous owner. For instance, see that cabinet holding the toaster oven? It looked like something that had been dragged in from the curb. Not that there's anything wrong with upcyling (it's what Birdz of a Feather thrive on!), but it didn't even have a proper countertop - just a grungy piece of painted plywood.The counter space was about the size of a postage stamp (between the sink and stove and beside the fridge). It was hardly a kitchen you'd enjoy cooking in!
If you've ever wondered what to do with that one last bloom from the garden as Fall sets in, grab an ink stamp holder the next time you're out hunting for those vintage treasures. I can promise this will be the fastest, easiest and cutest 5 minute project you'll ever do!We were on the way back from a rare Saturday appointment when we stopped in at our favourite antique market much later than we would usually go. When you snooze you lose, but in this instance the timing was perfect because we probably would have overlooked this piece had we gotten there earlier!I didn't know what I was going to do with the ink stamp stand until about 2 seconds after I purchased it. Inspiration didn't take long to hit!
With the weather transitioning, we have a project that can displayed outdoors while the weather is still nice and then brought inside to enjoy until next Spring!We first saw a guitar planter in 2012 while vacationing in Florida when we visited the botanical gardens in Naples. It was like any traditional botanical garden until we came upon a stunning vignette in the Smith Children's Garden. It featured planters made of items from garage sales, thrift stores and donations to show that expensive flower pots and a lot of space is not needed to have a garden.This was very much up our alley: repurposing items into planters to save them from going to a landfill! The guitar planter left a lasting impression on both of us. Thinking back, it's probably where my adoration for succulents started to turn into more of an obsession!Roadside RescueRecently Hubs came across this abandoned guitar. He's the best 'Partner in Grime' a girl could ever ask for: always bringing me other people's discarded items!This guitar was beyond saving as an instrument but absolutely perfect to use as our first victim (I intend to make another one after working out some of the kinks on this one).
In addition to DIY, we also blog about upcycling what you already have - or find by the curb. We call it 'Craft Rehab' and our goal is to put sustainable crafting on the map with creative, fun and easy to accomplish projects that pack a wow factor.
Sustainability is about maintaining a balance and that's exactly what we endeavour to do when we use what we have to renovate or craft decor items for our home.
I hope BOF Home and BOF Craft Rehab will inspire you to feather your own nest in a sustainable way....after, good planets are hard to find!