Projects, Projects, Projects

I have good intentions of tackling a few DIY projects this summer. I am hoping that by blogging about these good intentions, I will actually follow through on them! I don’t have any finished projects to show you today, but I thought I would share what I have in store.

Project #1 Paint and recover chairs for my makeup room


I found these chairs on Kijiji and thought, “What the heck? I can paint those, replace the fabric, and make them fabulous!” So I beetled on out to the countryside to pick ’em up and paid 25 bucks for the pair. They are now sitting in my garage, anxiously awaiting their makeover.

My husband pointed out that they are each missing a handle. Yeah, yeah, yeah – that’s fine. I can make it work…right? I already had the fabric and I bought some Tiffany blue spray paint and other supplies from Home Depot.


I’m gonna start this project tomorrow, but I really have no idea how long it will take me. I tend to be really sllooowwww at everything I do, so I’ll get back to you in six months!

Project #2: Make “No Sew Roman Shades” for the guest bedroom

At the moment, there are some lovely window treatments in the guest bedroom. They’re called beige horizontal blinds:


Blecchhhhh!!  I need to style it up in there. I originally thought I would try a DIY pelmet box, like this:

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But I’ve got a bit of thing for roman shades (shhhh, don’t tell my husband). Unfortunately, I cannot sew to save my life. But then, I found this fabulous blog post that shows you how to do the whole thing without so much as a stitch. It looks like a lot of work, but I’m a bit of a workhorse so I think I can handle it.

I am thinking of ordering this fabric for the project:

Or else, I’ll go with my favorite geometric pattern, Chevron:

For those of you who have commented on how spotless my house looks all the time, here’s proof that it doesn’t always look like a magazine:



Project #3 Re-upholster my kitchen chairs

Right now, my kitchen chairs look like this:


I am just itching to use my staple gun again. Here are some fabric swatches I am choosing between:

That’s just a small sample of what I’ve found! There are really too many fabrics to choose from!

Stay tuned as I hopefully put these projects into motion soon!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Happy Canada Day!! I am very blessed to live in such a prosperous, peaceful, and beautiful country. Despite the fact that Canada is home to cold-ass winters, Keanu Reeves, and Justin Bieber’s fashion sense, I am still proud to be Canadian!

The Great Outdoors

It has been a quite a while since my last post. It’s been a busy few weeks at work and I was out of town for one week on a course. I am hoping to get back on schedule with my weekly posts (I give you permission to harass me if I don’t!).

With the arrival of summer, I spent a little bit of time this weekend sprucing up my deck. Here’s a few shots of the deck before:

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Pretty boring, and blah, right? This patio set is ten years old.  It was a gift from my mom in my first year of university and the matching umbrella was left behind in Edmonton three years ago when we couldn’t squeeze it into the U-haul! This year, I finally decided it was time for a furniture update.

I first removed the old patio furniture and gave the deck a thorough sweeping and washing (I was wishing I had a pressure washer as I had to put a lot of elbow grease into that baby and it still looks grubby!). I washed the railings and windexed the glass inserts. I then gave the BBQ a good scrubbing  Speaking of which, is that weird? Am I the only one that cleans my BBQ? In my defense, look at the unfortunate state that it was in:

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What if the Queen of England unexpectedly stopped in for a tenderloin?  How would I ever live that down?

Thanks to more elbow grease (good thing I had lots of that on hand), I can now see my reflection in the BBQ:

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The new patio furniture was set up and I added a few decorative accessories (I will introduce you to Oscar the orange bird in a moment). Finally, I hung a string of miniature patio lanterns for evening ambiance.

Here’s what the deck looks like now:



There’s Oscar!



And here it is at night:

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Finally, here’s what my pots on the deck look like now (they have really taken off):


One final note…

As I write this post, my province and little city are in the midst of a record-breaking flood. Alberta has already experienced significant property damage and displacement of many people from their homes as well as at least three deaths. My heart goes out to those who had to leave the comfort and security of their homes behind and those who have returned home to the wreckage. We are so blessed to live in a province of resilient, hard working, and generous people!

Thanks for reading!