A Quick Chair Makeover with Stain!

A very easy, yet very dramatic chair makeover using stain!

I recently had the opportunity to join a new blogging group called Furniture Refresh! Each month, we get to take an old piece of furniture and breath new life into it using different products and techniques! This month, our mission was to stain a piece of furniture.

This is my first project with the Furniture Refresh group, so I’m really excited to share it with you all! Continue reading

How a little bit of paint and new flooring can take any room to the next level!


It’s amazing what you can do with a little bit of paint and some new flooring! When we first looked at purchasing our home, it was the large open space that got us! (Definitely not the once-white carpet!)

We thought oh man, how amazing would this space look with hardwood floors in it?! After we decided to make this house our home, I started dreaming of new hardwood floors, but didn’t actually think it would be something that we would be able to afford anytime soon.

Then, one day, we were just randomly shopping at Home Depot, and happened upon this beautiful hardwood flooring on sale for super cheap! I was about 98% sure that it matched the color of the hardwood already present in our dining room. We quickly snatched up a sample and ran home to check… and it did! Yipee! We were one step closer to getting our hardwood floors!

Although we could afford the flooring, we were not 100% sure that we could afford to pay for someone to install it, or that we wanted to pay someone to install it.

This lead to a quick phone call to my parents, to see if maybe they would help us, since they had previously installed hardwood flooring (that they made themselves from trees on the farm!). They said yes, and that they had all of the equipment that we needed and would bring it!

My parents live about 5.5 hours away and are always super busy with their farming, so I had a little bit of time to do the prep work before they got here.

The very first steps that I took were to remove the baseboard, and then start ripping up the carpet. When I removed the baseboard, I was very careful to label the baseboard itself and the wall where it came from, so I would know where to put it back.

Once I had ripped all of the carpet out, I thought, oh man… if we ever want to paint these walls, now’s definitely the time to do it! So I called up my husband at work, and said hey… I kind of want to paint too! Not really having that much of a choice, he said ok fine, and that night we went to pick out our paint colors. The next morning I started painting!

As you can see, we actually decided to paint the living room two colors to give it a little more dimension. (Please ignore the mess!)

After all of my carpet was ripped up, and my walls were painted, my parents headed up, and it was time to start installing the floors!

Row by row, we got it done. 564 square feet of hardwood flooring banged out in two days!

Here are the after pictures… What do you think? Would you choose before or after?!

Psst! Like these Oak Gunstock floors? Get your own here: Elk Mountain Oak Gunstock Dark 3/4 x 5″ Hand Scraped SOLID Hardwood Flooring FH261 SAMPLE

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Miss Lacee Grace’s Bedroom Makeover!


Hey y’all! Today, I’d like to share my 3 year old daughter’s quick and easy bedroom makeover!

When my husband and I found out that we were expecting our second daughter, we decided that we better move our first daughter, Miss Lacee Grace, out of the nursery and into one of the other bedrooms in our house.

Her poor new room was desperately in need of a huge makeover! The floors were fine, but the walls definitely needed a little refresh!

Maybe some new furniture too! It kind of looks like a dorm room in these photos… Mis-matched furniture everywhere!

Wanting to give my daughter some say in her new room (even though she was only two at the time), I let her select the color… Of course, she picked purple.

Wait a minute… Isn’t this room already purple?!

Yes. Yes it is. So yes. I ended up painting an already purple room purple. Oh life!

I did decide to change it up a bit by painting it a dark purple color on some of the walls though, and then a light grey on the other walls, to ensure that it didn’t end up being too dark of a room.

I couldn’t decide what theme to use for her room, so I just started scouring antique and home décor shops until I found the perfect inspiration pieces… Beautiful steel butterflies!

Building on top of these inspiration pieces was very simple… I added some small gold butterflies that I came across while out shopping. They just stuck on the wall and were very easy to apply.

Oh! And see that “Dance like no one is watching” decal?! I found that at a yard sale for .50c a couple of years ago, and had been saving it for the perfect spot! (I think I found it!)

It always amazes me of what a little bit of fresh paint and a few simple décor pieces can do to a room!

I think she likes it!

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A Quick & Easy Fall Buffet Makeover!

00This year I could not wait to start decorating for fall! And even though it’s still a little early, I just don’t care – I’m going for it!I actually started stock-piling up my fall decor in early August…. but I am just starting to organize and put it out now…. Sad in more ways than one, yes I know! 😉10

My first task of every season is always to start out by decorating my favorite antique dining room hutch – or the “Buffet”, as I like to call it.This buffet was in my parents dining room for the whole time that I was growing up in their 180-year-old farmhouse, and then was eventually banished to live in the barn for a few years. 11

Since I have always been super in love with this beautiful piece, I decided to bring it home and give it a makeover. (You can check out the entire process, including before and after photos of the makeover, here!)12

Now…. Back to decorating!

Step One: Clear off entire buffet.

Step Two: Add a pretty runner.

Step Three: Ignore the dirty mirror… for now!1

I always, always find that the best way to start decorating, is to start with a clean slate!2


Like my pretty runner?! I found this little guy in a super cute antique shop in Campbellford, Ontario…. I actually picked up two of them, so I have a matching one for my dining room table. Hopefully I’ll get to my fall table setting sometime soon! (If you are looking for ideas for the perfect fall table setting, check out my post on How To Create The Perfect Table Setting!)

After creating the perfect blank slate, the next step that I like to take, is adding my larger “background” décor pieces. And…. What I start out with is not always what I end up with, as you’ll soon see!3

Again… ignore the dirty mirror – we’ll fix that guy later! 😉

Next I start dressing up my larger pieces, by adding accents and playing around with the details.4


I actually used all Dollar Store stuff to dress up this piece! Dollar Store, pinecones, flowers, and the leaves off of the flowers. I just jumbled them altogether in the baskets until I was happy with them!5

I even got the pretty fake gourds and pumpkins from the Dollar Store!1

I just dressed them up a little…. (How To Transform Dollar Store Pumpkins!)2

Once I was happy with the above piece, I started sticking in other pieces of my fall décor, and switching things out, just to see what I liked the best! As you can see below, I ended up switching out the clock for my most favorite vase ever…. A decorative tin vase that I purchased at an annual flea market for a whole five dollars!6

After I decided to use my favorite vase, I then had to find something to put in it…. It took me a few minutes to come up with the perfect thing that I have been waiting to use for a long time now!15

You see, I have this crazy monster-tree in my front flowerbed! It was only supposed to grow to 4 feet, but it’s more like 10 feet, since the pieces on the top grow straight up. The last time that I trimmed it, I thought hmm…. I’m going to utilize this monster-tree and make it work!9

The final steps for decorating my beautiful buffet for fall, were to add pumpkins, and a few pops of color! I know that neutral whites are really in this year, but I just had to add the bright orange pumpkins…. And I do love how they look!8

I also added in my lovely antique insulators…. Three of my favorite pieces!9And that’s basically it! Recap! Start with a blank slate, add a pretty runner for a backdrop…. Add in some larger background pieces, some accents, some favorite pieces, and a pop of color!

Master Bedroom Dream Makeover Mood Board

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So I’ve been wanting to re-do our master bedroom for a few years now…. We’ve been in our house for about six years, and I’ve got a few rooms finished (or almost finished!), but I have been completely putting off the master bedroom because it is just a huge room to paint! It has beautiful vaulted ceilings, and the color it is right now really isn’t that bad, (beige), but I feel like it needs a little more pizzazz!

I’ve finally been able to decide on a color pallet, somewhat similar to the colors that I’ve painted my kitchen, living room and dining room. (Surprise! Surprise!)

My amazing friend and neighbor, Courtenay from over at The Creek Line House suggested that I create a “Mood Board” for my master bedroom…. I wasn’t really sure of what exactly a mood board was, so she sent me her mood board that she created for her beautiful master bathroom as an example! She’s just so helpful! (Psst! Take a peek at The Creek Line House Master Bathroom Renovation Mood Board…. It’s really quite fantastic!!)

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration or motivation from the right people to get the ball rolling! So, without any further ado — I present to you, my Master Bedroom Dream Makeover Mood Board! (Click here to view the full PDF version: Master Bedroom Mood Board V04)

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This mood board is a collection of inspiration colors, textures and pieces for my future master bedroom makeover! I love the look of a cooler aqua and grey color pallet, mixed with warm cream tones…. The assorted textures of wood, rod iron and lace will give the room a softened, yet slightly bold look! In case you can’t tell, I love the “old-world-antiquey” feel, and I feel like this unique mood board reflects my tastes perfectly!

Now, notice that I used the term “future” master bedroom makeover…. We’ll see how long it actually takes before I get around to it! I’m currently 7 and a half months pregnant and spend most of my time chasing my 2 year-old, wild-child, beautiful little Miss Lacee Grace…. Plus I think I’ll wait until I’m not pregnant to climb 20 feet up on the ladder to paint the walls! But — that doesn’t mean that I can’t start shopping! 😉

If you like any of these items, here are the links to all of the sources for my inspiration pieces!

  1. Vintage Wallpaper With blue floral victorian pattern Inna Felker

  2. Tranquil Color Scheme Paint Colors – Benjamin Moore

  3. Luxury Beige Ruffled Ruched Blackout Tulle Thermal Rose Curtain –  Lovely Decor

  4. Cream and Pink Patchwork Quilt – Bay Tree Home & Decor

  5. Vintage Crochet Lace Bedspread – Laurel Leaf Farm

  6. Tufted Round Storage Ottoman – Threshold

  7. Transitional Cyrus 7’9″x9’9″ Rectangle Camel-Aqua Area Rug – Loloi Inc.

  8. French Vintage Vuitton Style Travel Trunk – Jean-Marc Fray

  9. White Mother of Pearl Scalloped Mirror – Iris Furnishing

  10. Teal Rustic Scrolled Metal Wall Art Medallion – Pink Island Luxury

  11. Wood And Iron Nightstand – HF

  12. Wood Slab Head Board – Remain Simple

  13. Marsten 8-Drawer Tall Dresser – Restoration Hardware