Fancy Patio Table

I wish I could remember why I felt the need to buy this table. I remember being in Value Village and I remember not wanting to leave it behind but why exactly who knows.


That was nearly a year ago, I only remember the exact date because it was my birthday and I was thrift store shopping to celebrate.

Since it’s purchase this table has led a precarious existence, mostly balancing our drinks. During this time we managed to spray paint the top of it white which improved the original laminate wood top slightly. But we weren’t just going to settle for a paint job.

We thought we could make use of the no longer accepted penny, but it just did not work out.


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The pennies just weren’t fitting on there properly so we just ended up with a lot of clean shiny pennies (FYI: Coke does a great job cleaning up pennies). After the failed penny attempt (long after) inspiration finally struck.

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This is wrapping paper. I got it from Winners, it is the best wrapping paper I have ever bought, it cuts like a dream. All we did was mod podge it onto the top of the table. We added a layer of varatheyne to give it some durability, and now so much prettier!

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It makes the perfect outdoor side table and is small enough to fit on our narrow condo balcony. Now it balances our drinks and looks pretty doing it.


Rock On

We found this awesome rocking chair a few months ago, on the same night we picked up this little side table.


It was a very successful evening for furniture rescues. We also found a set of four vinyl chairs which are patiently waiting for their makeover for an upcoming blog entry…

The former owners of this rocker were moving and we can only assume had no use for this so we picked it up and immediately went to work on making it over.

By immediately we of course mean it sat in our storage locker for a month or two, or four….

Nonetheless here is the surprisingly easy makeover for the little chair that could.

Side note this may be the first and last chair makeover as painting the rungs on this chair was just not very fun.

The hardest part was still recovering the seat, or rather pulling the old fabric off. Minor injuries may have been sustained pulling out the numerous staples on the seat of the chair but lesson learned: always use proper tools and non-slip surfaces when removing staples.



Choosing the fabric of the chair was easy, once we discovered the clearance section of Fabricland that is. Added bonus; since we fully overestimated the amount of fabric we would need there is lots of leftover for future projects!

With the help of our Dad’s staple gun we finished re-covering the seat and fitted it back into place.

The finished product is bright, cheerful and ready to rock on.





Mini Furniture Makeover

It turns out that when your building is under continuous siege by fire alarm relocating to the local coffee shop is a great way to break out of the absentee blog posting. What did we do before free wifi?

We have had these mini furniture projects on the go for awhile, longer than we care to admit – but they are finally completed and ready for their moment in the spotlight.

When we saw these on a shelf at the thrift store they looked so sad and neglected, but we knew they just needed some love. Furniture comes in all sizes and we are not ones to discriminate.

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They weren’t very pretty, but they had good bones and we could see the potential.
Following their re-location to our condo they were subjected to the usual treatment: a good sand, a fresh coat of paint, and a “re-upholstering” of the interiors.
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 We put them back together again and what a difference! They provide the perfect new home for our jewelry and look cute doing it.

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The lid of the now grey box was missing it’s mirror, so Sarah drew a feather to fit in its place instead. The feather adds a bit of whimsy to lighten up the overall look of this box and makes it extra original. 

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Adding Christmas cheer with old frames

Hi all!  Happy Holiday time!  I really should have posted this sooner because Christmas is only a couple of days away!  Here is a project that we have done to give our place some Christmas cheer.    We have been collecting old frames over the past couple of months and haven’t been sure what to do with them yet.  I knew I wanted them white.  I do like the gold finish they previously had but a white finish goes better with our condo.


 So a white paint went over top of the frames we had.  At the dollar store I ended up finding a big sparkly bow that added just enough glitz. It was perfect to go in the middle of the oval frame we had. I secured the bow with some ribbon and done!

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Our other frames were a bit more of a time consuming project.  Sarah had an idea to make stars out of sticks to hang in the middle of the frame.  It took a bit more patience to hot glue the sticks together and then to get them to stay glued together!  Once that was accomplished we added some sparkle to the sticks with the help of mod podge. This way they would still stand out against the darker coloured wall we were putting them on.  Definitely love how its festive looking but not without overdoing it!


Christmas is in full swing at the Finleys

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These candle holders are beautiful and so easy to do!  This past weekend we hosted a joint party to celebrate both my birthday and the holidays.  This prompted us to put some Christmas decor ideas into action.  Lets just say its all about the sparkle!

I had been wanting to try this candle holder project for awhile because it adds some beautiful ambiance to any room.  You take some clear glass vases which can be found at the dollar store.  You also need some mod podge and some sparkles!  I tried the dollar store sparkles first but I found I preferred the selection at Micheals.

Just slather the mod podge with a paint brush all over the inside of your soon to be festive candle holder.   Then sprinkle the glitter all over the glue, turning the glass holder as you go!  The glue will dry clear so don’t worry about the white streaks from the glue.  This project was very easy and very festive especially when  lit up!

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A Bright Mini Table Makeover!

Here is another side table over haul.  Doing a smaller piece of furniture when you are just starting out in revamping older pieces is definitely a good idea. It doesn’t take as much time to make an impact and you learn lots along the way.

Its important to clean the piece first.  That may mean using some elbow grease.  This table definitely needed a little TLC.  Murphy’s Oil is your best bet when doing this because it cleans the wood safely and effectively

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The side table felt like it may suit a child or a young adults bedroom so we decided to go for a bold, bright, fun colour.  Some tips when picking your colour.  First have an idea of what colour palette you may want to go with before heading to the store.  We all know there are so many possibilities out there today!  But if you don’t want to peruse for ages, have an idea of what you’d like to see, otherwise it can be very overwhelming when trying to decide.

Second pick up some colour swatches at the store for possible choices. If you are like  my sisters and I, we  tend to get distracted by  all the colour options.   At least we ended up taking home some  swatches for future projects.


We ended up choosing a  latex interior furniture paint by Para in sea grass found at Lowes. After a lot of sanding because of the poor paint job done previously, this beautiful colour was applied.  This  paint really worked well for the project!

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And of course the drawer had to be beautified as well.  This wall paper we found at a discount store.  It adds a bit of a country feel, but I also think it complements the whole look of the table.  Lets not forget to mention this updated knob we found.  Also at Lowes on sale!  Its great when you actually find something that will work…. and its on sale!

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This bright tropical colour has helped to chase my winter blues away!….

For now!

DIY Cake Stand

This is an easy but elegant DIY project.  Great for displaying your baked goodies or even just the store bought kind!  All you need is a candle holder you are not using anymore and a pretty plate.  On a trip to the thrift store we picked up these great finds that worked perfectly to achieve the look we wanted.

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A little hot glue gun action and you have your very own unique cake stand.

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And then muffins will magically appear!

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The Revamp Of The Dingy Brown Table

We could hardly believe our luck when we came across this little gem. Can you believe its former owner was able to part with it?

I mean, the potential in this piece is immeasurable, it just takes a savvy eye to see what this could become.
Once the remnants of the old finish had been sanded off it was time for the makeover to begin!
Now this piece is ready for it’s close up. A new coat of paint, wallpaper and a new drawer pull all contributed to a successful makeover.
The added bonus of this project was learning how to wallpaper, we are in love with how it adds a touch of elegance to this.  This wallpaper will definitely be showing up in future projects, and not just because we have a whole roll of it leftover!
 See what we mean about potential? Is there anything greater than finding the pretty in a discarded piece of furniture?

The Tale Of My Purple and Red Striped Dress

I absolutely love thrifted/ vintage clothing finds. I love their uniqueness, I love hunting for them, I love wondering where they have come from and how they came to find me. Most of all I love taking a piece and making it over to give it a new lease on life as part of my wardrobe.

I found this dress at the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show (heaven on earth in my opinion), it was an absolute steal at $5.00 and I knew it would be any easy makeover, and seriously check out the potential of this dress!


The length of the skirt and sleeves was a bit on the frumpy side, as such they were the first to go under the scissors. Nothing like a quick hemming job to update a piece.








Once shortened I set to work adding a collar, because really what self-respecting dress would be seen without one.  Don’t you think the before picture looks like it is missing something?

* Sidenote I am in love with the label on this dress, it’s just so cute! *


Luckily I had lots of material to make a collar once I snipped some inches off of the skirt.





Adding a collar to the dress was easy. I just had to open up the seam, slip the collar I made inside and stitch it back up. Sometimes I feel like a plastic surgeon for clothes.



I’m really happy with end result of this dress, and that of course means photo shoot of the finished product!


While struggling through our post-Thanksgiving blues and trying desperately to find something to occupy ourselves we realized that it would be fitting time for our first blog post. Having gone all out in the DIY décor department we decided why not share our endeavors with all the soon to be followers of our soon to be great blogging effort.

Welcome to Thanksgiving dinner!

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….but let’s rewind a bit and breakdown our table-scaping.


The centre piece is always the main focal point of any festive table, we incorporated pillar candles, handmade maple leaf roses, and painted acorns. We used elements from nature to emulate the spirit of fall and create our lavish centre piece. Simple yet impressive.

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The handmade roses added some rustic elegance to our arrangement by incorporating all of the fall colours. Each rose is unique because of the different colour combinations of the leaves.  They look intricate but they are actually really easy and fun to make! The hardest part is finding maple leaves when you need them. I found this awesome idea from Design Sponge and you can find the whole tutorial there as well.  I opted not to make the stem on mine so that they would be able to poke in among the candles of our centre piece.


We have a new appreciation for acorns after being inspired by the painted acorns featured in Mod Podge Rocks Blog. Once again the hardest part was collecting the acorns, and not just any old acorn, but quality ones of a good size. Hours were spent foraging at the base of oak trees, but our hard work did pay off in the end.


Most of the acorns we painted red, yellow, and orange, but some we opted to leave natural because they were just as pretty that way.  We topped them all off with a coat of Mod Podge super gloss to add a bit of brilliance and dazzle.

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The super gloss was used once again on the bigger leaves which were to be used as everyone’s place cards. Once the gloss dried we simply wrote on them with black sharpie and voila! Easy and seasonal place cards for our festive table.

Our favourite part about this years Thanksgiving decorating was bringing so much of the outside inside. Fall is such a beautiful season with so many brilliant colours it’s a shame to leave it all outside, don’t you think? Added bonus, it cost next to nothing to do!