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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

THANKSGIVING

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.

Centerpiece

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.

Leaf roses

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.

Acorns

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.

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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!