Space Saving Benches – for Hometalk

Have you guys heard about Hometalk yet? It’s a site that is — all things home. You can share your own DIY project, find a pro, ask a question about a DIY you’re stuck on, clip projects and save for later, share, follow, and comment, all from the comfort of your own, free, Hometalk personal profile.

The content is never-ending, with thousands of users posting new items daily. If you’re into DIY and home decor, this is the place for you.

That’s why I was honoured when Hometalk contacted me to curate a board for them. How cool is that?!

Do you need some extra storage? Who doesn’t, right? Take a minute to check out all of my amazing finds for “Space Saving Benches”, then, stay awhile, and find some inspiration for your next big DIY project… or 3.

Happy Hometalking!


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DIY Coral Painted Bedframe

Summer seems to be rapidly coming to a close (single tear). But, I can still take advantage of those mild days. I came across this old headboard. I thought the spindle detail could look so pretty with the right colour.

I think my brothers had this exact bed when we were kids. I wanted to choose something bright to remove that 70s vibe.


I had a little coral paint left over from a previous project and I really wanted to break out the new spray gun. This is the one I use. It recommends not using latex paint — which is all I had, so I did some research and made sure to thin it waaaay down with water. After it was super runny — I was worried about the coverage and adhesion, but it worked out great!


I love this colour. Love the name too — “Japanese Kimono”, by Behr. Perfect name!


A few coats later and it was done. Loving the spray gun! And, here’s how she turned out…


Coral is my favourite colour for 2014 for sure. I’ve used it a few times — I used this exact shade on my DIY Chevron art piece for our bedroom.



So fun! Did you fall in love with a new colour this year? Got any stand-by favourites, that you always rely on?? What do you think?


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DIY Faux Copper Flower Pots

So I’ve really been loving copper these days. It’s been a great accent colour we’ve slowly been adding here and there to our front landscaping. And, I really loved the idea of having large copper flower pots of some kind. But — they aren’t really all that easy to come by. And, copper’s not really the cheapest material around.

I knew I wasn’t going to find what I was looking for at your garden variety big box store. So another DIY it is!

I found these cheap ($9 each), little steel flower boxes at Canadian Tire this Summer. I liked the shape, wasn’t crazy about the strange outlined butterflies, and the size was okay.


I thought that since they were starting out as a metal product, bent and shaped into flower pots, they would be ideal for a little faux copper paint trickery.


I started by staking poles into the ground away from the house, and plopped them on top. This is by far the best way I’ve found to paint smaller objects, and get access to all sides, and also any nooks and crannies.


They took about 4 coats of copper metallic paint (I used this one). This paint says it’s an interior paint, so I made sure to coat it with a protective clear coat after everything dried.


They are a bit protected by the roofline of the house and they are also not kept in direct sunlight, and they’ve been doing great! No peeling, chips or fading!


I used my favourite Summer shade flower — Begonias! And, they look great. They have been a gorgeous pop of colour against our boring monocromatic new DIY sidewalk.


What y’all think? Not bad for about 30 beans, including paint, ya?


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DIY Upholstered Foyer Bench

Remember this big, before and after? Well that dandy little bench is hiding a secret… wanna hear it?… here goes…


It was in hiding storage. It was originally covered in a green leather when I purchased it from Urban Barn, years ago. I loved it. But, we went on vacation, and left our cat with a sitter — she vented her frustration on this poor bench with the power of her kitty nails, and I eventually recovered it with this brown microsuede. I was never really crazy about it again.


After we moved, into the garage it went. The layout of the new house didn’t really allow for a great spot for it. Until… I tackled the front foyer. It turns out it was a perfect, and i mean PERFECT match for the size of our old front closet. Lucky-lucky!!

So! Time for a makeover and time to fall in love with this piece, again. First, I ripped off my old “makeover/makeunder” job. Buh-bye microsuede…


Then, planned out an affordable makeover. First, a couple yards of this oh-so-pretty “Swallow Study in Teal“. I have a serious Joel Dewberry Fabric problem, my vintage trailer is swimming in it, the Kiddo’s curtains, and now this bench. Definitely a fav!

And next, old jeans! I’ve been saving our old jeans for years, it’s such great fabric, and I thought this would be a great project to give my bench that comfy rustic look.


I cut the legs open and laid them out and pinned them together.


Trimmed off the excess, and sewed the pieces together. Then, I was left with one nice big piece of fabric for the top. Easy! And, Free!


Next, I pinned my beautiful birdie fabric to the face of the bench, and pinned it to the denim.


Another quick sew… and we’re almost there!


I purchased some new retro wood legs from the hardware store to give the bench some height.


(Can you see the cat scratches? Urgh). Onward! Now to staple on my new fabric cover. And, here is the “secret”…


I totally didn’t cover it all the way around. I knew it would be hidden on 3 sides inside the closet, so it would be a total waste of fabric. I knew I’d never move the bench out of the closet… so here I go…


Here’s the top secret view from the back…


Oh, and a fun little detail?? — I left the knee holes on my denim piece and patched them from underneath with my bird fabric. Cool huh??


This bench sure helped turn this once, super boring, and dysfunctional closet into something incredible. One last look at the ugly:


And, done… Soooo done!! Am I right??


The extra height from the new wood legs also allowed me to add this Ikea drawer we had leftover from our PAX wardrobe project in our bedroom. It’s great for all those little mitts, touques and scarves. Loving this bench again!

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Tour through Blogland: Fresh Crush

Hello! I’m so glad you’re here! The amazing Christina over at the DIY Mommy invited me to join in on the, Tour Through Blogland. She is one busy lady! Mom to three, wife, crafter, seamstress, decorator, blogger, knitter… did I miss anything? Oh ya, she’s also got a background in graphic design (something we have in common) — I think it’s fair to say she’s “a creative”. I’m so happy we’ve connected this year through our blogs, and I always look forward to what she has on-the-go next!

She made all of this! (babies included). Girl has range!


Thanks for the invite Christina!

Now, a little about me (this feels weird). I’m married to my college love. We were married 10 years before our daughter arrived through adoption — by far the best adventure we’ve ever experienced, and we’re on the list for #2. The Kiddo is the Best, with a capitol B! She’s spunky and loves life on our acreage, west of beautiful Edmonton, Alberta.


Photo by T.Bolinski Photography.

I’ve worked in Graphic Design for 17 years, going freelance shortly before our daughter was born. Since then, its been full-time Mommy on-the-go for me.

I have been sanding, painting, and updating pieces as long as I can remember. I love all my projects big and small, and it never feels like there are enough hours in the day. My purse is constantly full of old to-do lists, paint swatches, and toddler snacks (and probably 5 shades of raspberry lipstick that I NEVER wear).

What am I working on?

More like, what am I not working on?… I currently have a half-renovated kitchen, a dug up front yard, a bunch of chairs and an antique cabinet in the garage waiting for their makeovers (still deciding exactly what to do with them).

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That’s a tough one. I think blogs focusing on home decor and design are a bit like snowflakes. Similar, but no two are exactly alike. I think I break out my belt sander a little more often than the average bear! I’m a rescuer. My happy place is when I can find the beauty in a forgotten wooden piece, a chipped garage sale find, or repurposing something I already own. Giving new life where something may of otherwise ended up in the landfill. Beauty is truly everywhere, it just depends on where you’re looking.

Why do I write/create what I do?

In a word? Passion. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I was meant to do this. I’ve definitely put in my “10,000 hours”, and I’ve loved every one of them. That’s how I know I’m on the right path… and, there is ALWAYS something new to learn — that’s the fun part. I am never without a project on the go, and I would be lost without one.

How does my writing/creating process work?

Hmm. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little scattered. Inspiration hits — and I start moving. But “real life” still takes priority. It makes for an interesting mix. My full time job is being a Mom. My part-time job is freelance graphic design, and every other minute is basically spent working, researching, hunting for, painting, sanding, planning, and doing, some sort of DIY project — and blogging about it all.

My actual writing often starts while my better half is putting our daughter down to sleep, and looong after dark. It can be challenging to find the time for everything — and I’m definitely still learning. I’ve been honoured to be included on fantastic sites, like, Design Sponge, and Apartment Therapy. And, feel the most accomplishment when I step out of my comfort zone with projects like this mid-century beauty.

Inspiration – planning – action – photography – writing. Mostly in that order, and usually with a bunch of different projects at one time. The writing is the most challenging to find the “quiet time” for, hence, the late nights. Morning coffee is my friend.


Now it’s my turn to pass the torch to another “touring through blogland” blogger — Jillian, over at Jillianastasia. She’s a designer, who handles everything from recipes, to graphic design, to DIY — with a vintage flare.


Jillian covers a lot of ground (with killer photography),  and she’ll have you hosting a stylish party with the perfect cocktail, or DIYing your new favourite centrepiece. Not to mention the girl finds time to run her own Designer Paper Etsy shop! Thanks Jillian!!



Thanks for checking out my little, Tour Through Blogland, be sure to follow along the chain, and discover all the incredible talent out there!

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