Baker's Rack Makeover - Shabby Chic Look

I found an inexpensive baker's rack on (free online classifieds) and the seller lived right around the corner from me so getting it home wasn't a problem.  The price was right, the size was perfect and I liked the look of it as well.

Meet My Buddies

This week I'm feeling particularly appreciative of my life and the pets that are such a huge part of my life, so I'm resurrecting this post from 2011.

Lucy is a husky/retriever/shepherd cross who won my heart 12 years ago.  She is my best bud, constant companion and has the best traits of all three breeds.  I found her as a 6 week old puppy at the SPCA.  Actually I found her brother first but I was set on having a female so the girls at the SPCA found his littermate for me.  It was the best decision I ever made.


She loves water, snow, sun, rain, people, animals, running, swimming, scuba diving (or her version of it),  food and life in general.

Next in line is Maggie:

Maggie was an abused animal when I got her and it took her a long, long time to trust again.  She is a purebred Maine Coon Cat and now weighs 18 lbs.  She tends to look at the rest of us like we are all nuts and she is the only one who understands what life is all about.  She LOVES food and hanging out.  She is extremely vocal about everything - especially the things she isn't impressed with - and when she purrs, it sounds like a squeaky freight train...  What she doesn't love is:

Eloise (her own kitten)

Eloise is a hunter extraodinaire.  There is nothing she can't catch &/or kill (and eat - ewwwww).  She is a very cuddly, sweet and loving little cat.  She especially loves Lucy although I suspect the feeling is not mutual.

But Lucy is a very sweet and loving animal in her own right and even though she becomes a little annoyed at times, she tolerates the adoration of this little cat.

I love them all to pieces, they are my companions and my buddies.  They enrich my life and I am so blessed to have had the chance to love them all.


Update:  I lost my sweet Lou in January 2013 and then Maggie went to join her in October.  Miss them both more than I can say.    

It's the Little Things...

That 'ol project list just keeps getting longer...  I haven't been able to accomplish much on my bathroom reno with the rainy weekends we've been having, so I have been doing little things.  Like the bench in my front entry that needed a coat of paint, except that then it was too white and so I added a coat of dark wax to warm up the colour:

Coffee Table to Bar Table in 2 Simple Steps!

I'm still  messing around with my furniture, trying to find places for all the pieces I own so that I know clearly what is or isn't going to work for me (then I can sell the rest!).

So back to my mudroom/laundry room...  I had set up my outdoor bistro set as a temporary breakfast nook but I really wanted a countertop height table that would give me room to fold clothes, work on projects, work on my laptop, enjoy the view - yup, bistro table doesn't cut it!

My coffee table was a dumpster find from last summer.  It's been painted and repainted and is waaaaay too big for my small living room.  I was studying it last week and decided it would be pretty simple to change out the legs on it for longer legs.  It actually makes me think of a small kitchen table - I'll bet someone just cut the legs down to use it as a coffee table.

Covering an Electrical Panel

My front entry now has a beadboard feature wall and my ugly electrical panel is nicely hidden behind a chalkboard door:

I wanted to do a small beadboard panelling project to get used to working with the panelling and my new tools before the major bathroom let's-put-beadboard-on-every-surface project.  I'm so glad I did because I had some issues with the tools that needed to be addressed before continuing...

So back to my front entry. There was a ginormous electrical panel and a huge chunk of missing drywall.  Since I still had some electrical work to do in the house, I had to find a way to hide the missing drywall until I was finished my projects.

Dolling up the Laundry Space (Laundry Makeover Part 3)

I keep playing in my new laundry space - even though it's mostly upside down with all the clutter from the bathroom reno.  Whenever I can't bring myself to work on the bathroom, I procrastinate by making something pretty for one of the other spaces.

So with Shirley at Housepitality Designs goading me on in my aqua-fest, I pulled out that can of paint again :).

I had just picked up a cute little turquoise lantern at the grocery store for $5, and decided to hang it from my hat rack.  That decided me to paint the countertop to match... and then the barstools that I am going to use for my crafting/breakfast/bar table when I get it built.   Soooo cute!!  I love it.  Here are the photos:
I had to touch up the paint on the turquoise rose chalkboard I won because I could never see what I was writing with the two different colours of paint on it.  So I painted it to match the counter top.  It seems you can write with chalk on any paint surface...

Command Central!!
I had an old plastic clock from Century 21 that I pulled apart and refaced with a printable from White Life blog.  I painted the black plastic frame the same white as the legs of my barstools.
I didn't take a before shot of the bar stools so here they are in the kitchen of my last home.

How's THAT for a laundry tub??  I can't wait to use it!

and the counter is deep enough for me to store both the barstools, nicely tucked out of the way.  Pretty soon now I'll be finishing the bathroom and tidying everything up.   So glad this project is almost finished.

Have a happy and creative week!