Friday, May 23, 2014

A Basic Bookshelf

A Basic Bookshelf
 As some of you know, the Sweet Peep has been sick for the past few weeks and during that time of Dora watching, Cherilyn and Teddy arrived at the door carrying this little wonder.  

She wasn't much to look at - just a plain old brown bookshelf with a teensie bit of mid century flair. 

We gave her a quick sand and a good cleaning before covering her in two coats of primer and three coats of white paint, followed by the usual top dress of wax.  

She was still a little on the boring side, so we gave her the tiniest bit of distressing, you know, just to let a bit of her history shine through! 

She isn't a shining star like some of our other upcycles, but what she lacks in style she makes up in hard work ethic! This sweet little bookcase is heavy (solid wood!) and durable and the perfect mini size to go in a reading nook or your little one's space!  

If you are interested in this little bookcase, please email us at:

A Blog Post...Just Paint It!

I'm not going to lie.  I'm a blog addict and I'll admit it.  I wake up in the morning and I check 7 different blogs.  I dread weekends because, God forbid, these bloggers don't post on the weekends.


One of these blogs is called The Handmade Home.  
Want some interior eye candy?  Holy crap.  This is some good stuff. 

Anyways, sometimes I come across an article or blog post that really hits the nail on the head for me:

So many clients of ours come into my house and tell me they're too afraid to paint that "heirloom" piece or that piece that their parents gave them for their wedding or blah, blah, blah.  And what I want to tell them is:

Sure, painting is time consuming, but within a few days, you go from the boring, blah, hated before, to a sensational after that you enjoy just looking at every single day.  

Our house used to be that house - all beige and builder basic with what I call a bunch of "adult" know, big box store furniture with colours like "expresso". 
I hated all of it.  From the get go. 

And then my husband finally said what I'd been thinking the entire time, "Get rid of it, or paint it."  

So I did.  And guess what?  "Adult" furniture...can be AWESOME...especially in colours like, "Nantucket Spray" and "Ocean Pearl".  

So just do it - Go ahead and paint it!!

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Ombre

The Ombre
Another piece of Defehr furniture, this Canadian made, sweet looking mid century modern dresser came to us from a admitted "hoarder" of dressers.  Her mom had been hoarding them for more years than she could remember and one by one, she was talking her mom into selling them.  She told me that she had this dresser when she was a small girl, 30+ years ago! 

Mixed and Distressed
The Ombre was seriously ugly and in pretty rough shape.  First, she got a serious sanding, followed by a 2 layers of primer.  Her body is painted the usual Opal - a mix of the lightest gray and white and her drawers were given the playful ombre effect, using a personal mixture of paints in sea glass colours.  Being mixed gives them a rugged look, not entirely even in colour and with some heavy distressing throughout, the whites, light blues and turquoises mix and mingle, making this piece something very unique.  Her handles are the originals, given a coat of white and turquoise paint.  As time goes on and they begin wear, they will start to fade from white to turquoise to their original dark bronze. 

The Ombre is the perfect, playful statement piece, looking fantastic in a family room holding games and movies and books, or in your little one's room.  A little too short to be a change table, it would be perfect for holding sweet little baby clothes!

If you are interested in the Ombre, please email us at:
Delivery is available to Edmonton, Calgary and areas for a $50.00 surcharge.