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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