Upcycled Accent Storage


Back in February while Mike was away visiting his family in Holland, I finally decided to take the time and tackle the makeover of this piece we salvaged from the items in the Mac house makeover ๐Ÿค“

Firstly it got a good scrubbing with some TSP cleaner.
Next it was taken apart and I gave it a light sanding, followed by another wipe down/vacuum.

The entire process ALWAYS takes longer than one first thinks when looking at a potential project, so this was done over two full days with multiple breaks, delays, movies for background noise and nourishment stops ๐Ÿคช

I gave the dresser a coat of primer and while that dried, took the old hardware and gave it a vinegar/baking soda soak and scrub before spray painting it all gold โ˜บ๏ธ

Mumsie had dark teal/blue paint in the color I had envisioned so luckily I was able to use that and love how it turned out.

It took multiple coats and I had to first brush the paint in the cracks and then roll it on the remaining surfaces to get full coverage.

After Iโ€™d got it all painted, the doors were to thick/tacky to actually close, so I had to shave them down…ย it was a soft wood and I was able to do it using a utility knife.

Thankfully so because I don’t like power tools and that would have meant needing Mike around for completion and I really didn’t want to wait for him to finish this thing that I had started in order to semi surprise him when he returned home ๐Ÿคช

He did have to install some sleek new gold handles and magnetic cupboard latches when he retuned but after that, it was officially and totally transformed!ย The gold handles were purchased from Amazon.

The dried palms displayed are actually from my own palm plant.

When one leaf starts to die, I cut and save it to dry and use for filler… maybe not the most beautiful thing I could find but it is free and I have contemplated being able to spray paint them if I want them to look a little more ‘purchased’.๐Ÿคช

Iโ€™m super pleased with how the dresser itself turned out and am always game for extra storage ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

The decor vibe in the basement is semi different from our upstairs and I’ve struggled a bit with it but I like the sort of ‘eclectic/travel vibe’ that I feel it is now starting to embody, in part to this piece ๐Ÿ™‚

Mid-Century Modern Living Room Tour

So, the first room reveal,ย post home reno completion, is of our living room ๐Ÿ˜„

It turned out better than I’d hoped and I love that the mid-century modern feel I desired, was actually captured pretty wellย ๐Ÿคฉ

(The kitchen doesn’t yet have a table, so we dine in the living room, as well as relax and do living roomy things ;p)

I love the fresh whites and bright airy feel it has, even though the space isn’t that obnoxiously large.

The grey trim was a Pinterest inspiration and we love the outcome of it AND the outcome of the herringbone floor Michiel patiently installed!!

It was so fun being in total control of the whole decorating and designing process for the first time and something I look forward to continuing throughout the rest of the house!

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Unfortunate Witnesses And Deep Contemplation

Friday Aug 4th –

The Mom and Sister had been painting up some color charts and the layout of little, brightly painted squares looked appealing so I joined in ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽจ




(Mom may or may not have drawn out both the sister and I’s graphs ๐Ÿ™ˆ)

After that, company was due to arrive so table was set and lunch prepared.
Well, Mom had already prepared it all so it was heated and laid out, hot, summer borscht soup and fresh, seed filled bread ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป



Mike joined us, as he’d been working at the house and he arrived moments after a can of pop had burst in the hallway closet ๐Ÿ˜
Pop upon the ceiling, walls, drawers and contents of said drawers ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I got out of cleaning that, by going and cleaning a freshly plucked plant that the babies had decided, needed a pot no longer ๐Ÿ˜œ Continue reading “Unfortunate Witnesses And Deep Contemplation”

An Agent For Travel And A Well For Wishing

Monday June 19th –




Hubby didn’t think he was needed at work and then he was, so he left late morning and I went out to mow lawns while the sun actually peered out for a change.

Though chilly when the clouds passed by, they were pretty, big, fluffy ones and with the blue sky, sunshine and green grass, it made for a pretty scene.



I had to leave part of one lawn uncut in attempt to keep the production rate high in a wild strawberry patch that’s spread out the last couple of years.


Not much in the fruit family tastes as good as those minuscule, fresh, wild strawberries in my opinion โค๏ธ

Lawns were finished up, lunch eaten and then Mother and I went to town for a 5.5 km walk/jog.
(Keeping a wary eye out for the bear supposedly spotted in town.)

It was then time for me to put the first coat of color on the vanity. Continue reading “An Agent For Travel And A Well For Wishing”

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