Thrifted Thursday with Tanya of Dans le Townhouse

I'm always impressed with couples who tackle fixer uppers. The ones who pour their own blood, sweat and tears into making their house a home. My patience wears thin just stripping furniture (hence the delay on my poor Louis), so I really admire Tanya for having the guts to DIY her entire house.  I couldn't be more excited to have Tanya from Dans le Townhouse here today, sharing her favourite thrifted find...

I couldn’t pick a favorite thrifted item! I’m an avid thrifter, estate-sale junky, and yard-saler, so I’ve found quite a few gems I love. I’ve stumbled across some great mid-century pieces, turned a thrifted microwave stand into a play kitchen and even found some cool art and accessories. In the end, I picked a find that, with a little paint, never ceases to make me smile! Plus, it’s a pretty easy thrift store or yard sale item to come by, for anyone who likes the project.

Favourite Thrifted Item: Ornate Mirror

Where you bought the piece from:

I bought this ornate frame at a yard sale for $5.00.

What drew you to the piece:

It’s nothing special, but I loved the oval shape, scale and price!

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

I gave it a coat of primer, then painted it with some leftover pale turquoise latex paint. Next I stenciled on a little note that I need to remind myself every day.

How you use/display it:

I’m in the process of moving so everything is jumbled in the townhouse, but I’m planning on putting this mirror in my front hallway so guests can be reminded too!

What a great find!  And that stenciled message makes the piece even more beautiful; a perfect daily reminder.   You can check out the entire DIY here.  Thanks so much for sharing your thrifted find with us, Tanya!  If you guys love DIY's and mid-century furniture, you need to check out her blog! And by the way, she's in the process of moving to her dreamhouse, how cool and exciting is that?!

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

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From Inspiration to Creation

Happy Friday Everyone! A couple of weeks ago I decided to join Kisha's 2nd Annual Pinterest Challenge, From Inspiration to Creation. And since I have several items on my DIY to-do list, I thought this would be the perfect kick in the butt to get me going!

Since re-arranging my bedroom, I've been left with NO room for a bedside table on my side of the bed. How is that fair?! So my solution is to create some cool looking sconces. I've been inspired by these versions:

Copper pipe wall sconce from Camille Styles:

FRÄCK Hack from Manhattan Nest:

Or sconce with EKBY bracket created by Jenny Haus, featured on Poppytalk:

So some kind of mish mash of these 3 styles would make me so very happy. I have the entire month to complete 2 of these babies so I'm guessing that's more than enough time! Have you ever created a light fixture or done any similar DIY's?

Four other ladies will also be doing it up for the challenge so feel free to check out what projects have inspired them:

Have a great weekend everyone! xoxo

Thrifted Thursday with Elisa of Fancy Free Me

I love seeing something ordinary transform into a beautiful and useful piece for your home. Elisa of Fancy Free Me won me over when I spotted this beautiful DIY of hers. Read on to check it out!

Hello! I’m Elisa from Fancy Free Me and I’m so excited to be here on Love on Sunday. I love Amy’s Thrifted Thursday Series, so I was tickled when she asked me to be a part of it! Today I’ll be sharing my favorite thrifted item!

Favourite thrifted item:

My favorite thrifted item is my grandparent’s old metal rolling cart.

Where you bought the piece from:

I got this bad boy from my grandparent's basement.

What drew you to the piece:

My grandparents used this cart to store their laundry soap and cleaning supplies. When I was a kid I used to push it around their basement for fun. So I guess I was a little sentimental about it.

describe any work you did to give it new life:

This poor cart was rusty and it had the worst 70’s yellow paint job. The handles were chrome but again, splattered with paint and rust. It was one of those things people just think you’re crazy for taking. It was even missing a shelf. But, I had plans for this little guy. With a lot of cleaning and a little sanding to smooth out all the old brush marks, I could tell he was going to clean up quite well. I primed the entire piece except for the wheels, and spray painted the handles gold and the shelf/tray white. He also got a glossy clear coat to make the surface ding-free.

How you use/display it:

Normally my cart lives in my kitchen, he gets used to store cookbooks and acts as a mobile counter top, rolling from one side of my kitchen to the other as I’m cooking. I love to roll him over to my pantry, load him up with all the ingredients my meal calls for and roll him back over to my prep station. He also makes for a beautiful temporary bar. The cart is light enough to be moved from room to room, so it gets used a lot.

Thank you so much Amy for having me today! It was so nice sharing my cart with you and your fabulous readers. Feel free to stop over to fancyfreeme.com anytime and say hi (God knows I’m always working on something!) xo

Who doesn't love a nice bar cart? Thanks so much Elisa for taking part in today's Thrifted Thursday! If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Elisa's blog here and see some of her fabulous DIY's

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Weekend Fun

How was everyone's weekend? I hope everyone got outside to enjoy the amazing weather! My weekend was filled with softball, baseball, family and of course some kind of creative project thrown into the mix. My boyfriend and cousins play on a softball team and I just love watching their games when the weather is beautiful outside. Also, who wouldn't want to watch with this little cutie by your side? My cousin's niece Taylor was all ready to play with her own pink glove and baseball! Their team is called the Blue Jays, and how appropriate that we went to watch the real Jays play right after? The Jays lost but I still love them. #gojaysgo!

And I know I promised no more Louis updates but I'm sad to say that the upholstery fabric I wanted from Designer Fabrics is on backorder and they don't even know when they will be receiving more of it! So if any of you bloggers/DIYers are reading this, can you please help a girl out and recommend any other fabric stores that would sell some nice upholstery velvet? If I can't find anything similar to what I really, really want then I will have to go with my second choice, *SIGH*. As you can see I got my wonderful and super-sweet BF to help out with the Louis stripping and we got a lot accomplished. Thanks love :) Please note: I MADE him wear those safety glasses. Those staples have a mind of their own!

My parents also have this trestle coffee table that they're in the midst of stripping and we were throwing out some ideas on how to re-work it.

Paint it white? Paint it black? Leave it natural? We were even toying with idea of separating the 2 pieces and using the base to make a bench and the top as a separate coffee table with some modern legs. What do you think? Happy Monday Everyone! xoxo

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

May 12th is fast approaching so don't forget to find something sweet for your Mom or that special woman in your life. I'm a big fan of creative presents so I've searched the web for some inspiration. Just click on the link below each image to see the full how-to's. Whether she's into plants, cooking or fashion here's a few ideas to get your started:

Check out these potted plants covered with pretty lace. What plant-loving Mom wouldn't want this thoughtful gift?

via A Beautiful Mess

Or how about some fun pot holders like this...

via Dans le Townhouse

or this...

via My Girl Thursday

I also love this chalkboard frame. And if you have kiddies they can help as well...

via Very Truly Me

Or how about a nice framed quote for Mom? You don't even have to print it, I'm sure it would great in your own handwriting as well...

via Silhouette Blog

And if you don't have the time to whip up something creative, you can always buy her something that's just as thoughtful. Here are a few more ideas:

Stella & Dot Bracelet | Chanel Perfume | Tory Burch Flip Flops | Kindle | Rachel Roy Tote | WaySpa Gift Cards | Banana Republic Sunhat

Whether it's a gift or some quality time I'm sure your Mom will love anything you give her. Isn't that how all Mom's roll? I think it's in their nature to just be thankful you thought of them. Good luck and hope I was helpful! xoxo

My Nursery Board on Bijou and Boheme and The Banquette Reveal!

This is turning out to be a great week. First, I'm super excited to have my nursery board featured on Christine Dovey's Blog, Bijou and Boheme. For those of you who haven't visited her blog yet, now is your chance so check out my board here. I absolutely love her style. Also, I just couldn't wait for Friday to share the much anticipated reveal of my parents banquette and dining area. So I'm sharing them now! Do you remember what it looked like before? Here's a reminder...

Talk about dark and dreary, right? It was just wrong in SO MANY WAYS. When my parents first mentioned they wanted to update their dining area and build a banquette my imagination ran wild! We researched inspiration photos, looked at fabric options and I even did a small 'in progress' update here. My parents did a fantastic job with the banquette and scored an AMAZING solid wood table that needed just a little bit of refinishing. The original colour of the table was a hideous orange so it was sanded and stained with Miniwax Dark Walnut. The 2 chairs were a Value Village steal for $6 each and they managed to quickly reupholster those with some great fabric. Here's a rundown of the costs:

diy banquette

$533 for a banquette AND a dining room update? That's pretty amazing! I'm so happy with the way this turned out, it's now my favourite spot in my parents house.

Project Louis Update

I still remember my first upholstery class like it was yesterday. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I have to say the entire experience was amazing and truly eye-opening. Now I understand why it is SO expensive to professionally reupholster chairs! This is a skilled craft that when done correctly, can protect your chair from sagging and just general wear and tear. I learned about tightening springs, choosing the right upholstery fabric, how to use a magnetic hammer (total stress reliever by the way) and so much more. And these are just the basics, there's so much more to learn.

I'm happy and excited to see how far Louis has come. Last night was my last class and I finally managed to get my new cushion on and wrapped with canvas. Most students don't manage to finish their pieces with one course, especially if it's an elaborate chair or setee. I'm actually pleased with how far I've come considering I've only been working on it one night a week. But back to the foam...instead of regular foam I've used these wonderful soft layers of cotton batting. It feels so soft and luxurious and much more durable then my current Ikea dining chairs. This canvas fabric is the last step before putting on my fabric. WOO HOO!

Do you remember what Louis looked like before? You can see other posts about Project Louis here. But here's a quick before shot:

I feel like a proud mother. Now the question is, do I sign up for another class or give it a shot on my own? How will I get the fabric on myself without ruining the foundation and all that hard work? EEK!

Furniture Friday - Banquette Update

Happy Friday! Today I am so excited to share a sneak peak of my parents updated dining area. It's coming along quite nicely. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, my parents (well, my Dad) is a serious DIYer and their current project is to:
Update the kitchen with a modern look and create additional storage and seating with a custom banquette.

You can see our inspiration photos here and learn a little more about the project here.

Below are some really gross before shots of their kitchen. As you can see, there's a TON of wood. In all colours. The cabinet in the far right corner is going, tables and chairs are posted on Kijiji and saying bye-bye to that hideous desk as well. It looks so out of place, a fresh coat of paint and some new drawer handles would liven that thing up a bit. Anywho, it doesn't belong in the kitchen so nice knowin' ya orange desk.

And here are the 'in progress' photos. Doesn't it look 100 times better already? I think the crisp white banquette adds a breathe of fresh air and the simple fabric and grey wall look so much more modern and relaxing. I can't wait to show you the new table and chairs, a new lighting fixture and also how we're going to introduce some colour. Watch out for the final reveal coming soon!

I'd love to hear what you guys think so far. What kind of table and lighting fixture do you think would go well in this area?

Have a great weekend everyone! xo