Just a few…

Here are a few projects that I have worked on over the past year.  I’ve refinished lots and lots of tables, a few chairs and more to come!

First off, I kept this one.  Simple redo with Casement Fusion Mineral Paint and just sanded the top, kept it as is.  Beautiful!

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Side table refreshed with Heirloom Fusion Mineral Paint and Dark walnut stain.

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End table refreshed with Mountain Haze Fat Paint and ebony stain.

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Coffee table refreshed with Natural Grey Behr paint.

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Coffee table refreshed with Inglenook Fusion Mineral Paint.



Old school side table refreshed and painted with Paris Grey ASCP and Heirlook interior.




End table painted with French Linen ASCP and white wax on top. Love this look!




End table painted with Paris Grey.


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Half moon side table painted with a grey mix with Ash & Casement Fusion Mineral Paint.

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demi moon table 2

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Coffee table painted with a grey custom mix, and white wax on the top.

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Coffee table turned bench, painted with Casement and a striped fabric.

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Coffee table, refreshed with Little Lamb Fusion Mineral Paint.





Sad to FAB, table refresh.

One of my followers from my Facebook page contacted me to see if I wanted to buy a table. For $20. Ummm, yes please!! It was a fun and unique piece. It had chippy yellow paint and messy stained top. But such a fun shape. So much potential.

I loved the shape of it. Those legs! I couldn’t wait to transform it. But, the table sat in my workshop for awhile. I didn’t know what colour to go with. After a couple of months, I finally decided to use special walnut stain on the top and Inglenook Fusion Mineral Paint for the base.

I love how it turned out. It took awhile to sell but it found a happy home. Thankfully… ’cause it was going to be mine!

Side note, I ordered a light kit to help me with my furniture pictures. Since my workshop and staging area are in an unfinished basement, good lighting is lacking. Here’s a couple pics to show how the light kit improves photos. The first photo, taken without the light kit, the wood top doesn’t shine. Everything is yellowed. With the light kit, the wood looks so much better, the colour is on par and the photo is much better.

I got mine from Amazon and it was worth the $45!

Back soon with some quick before and afters!

Laurena 😉

Side tables, refreshed

I was MIA on the blog for a few months, so I figured I will do a couple more posts.

A friend of mine who I’ve known since junior high school, contacted me to redo a couple of side tables. Of course I said yes, it’s a good excuse to catch up. We hadn’t seen each other in almost 10 years (when we were in junior high… Lol, I wish!). She gave me free rein when choosing colours and what to do with the tables.

Here are the two tables, before and after! I used my favourite colours, little lamb and Inglenook Fusion Mineral Paint. Love the grey and the colour combo.

Can’t wait for her to see them in person next week!

Laurena 😉

Fun and flirty footstools.

Back for a quickie. 😉

It’s been a busy few months. I’ve finished a few custom projects and worked on pieces I’ve had in stock for a long time.  I had lost a little mojo after being so busy with custom pieces. I thought a fun project would get me back in the groove.

I walked into Home Depot and saw some wooden crates for $10. My mind went crazy with ideas. I settled on making a couple of footstools. Since I had some casters, lots of fabric and wood scraps, it’d be a cheap project. I made a removable, cushion top and stained and painted the crates. They turned out perfectly cute! I made a couple, then sold a couple…then a few more for friends. Now I’m up to 10. Lol! It was a great project to do, fun to make and it got me excited to tackle the other projects.

Back to the paint brush!

Laurena 😉

Bringing sexy back: a story of a little chair.

I love reupholstering and refinishing furniture that have a story.  And of course,  working on a piece for a family member makes it even more fun.

My aunt asked me to reupholster a chair she inherited from her mother in law Chris.  She had passed away just a few years ago and was quite the lady.  She may have been short in stature but she had a personality that was large in life.  The chair had been purchased after Chris and her husband married back in 1940.  It was a cute, low chair. Perfect for Chris.  😉

Over time the little chair was recovered and well loved.  Once I started working on it, I found four layers of fabric!  Lots of work and love went into the chair over the years.

I started to take the first layer of fabric off and noticed that the stuffing and some of the fabric was easily falling apart. Its amazing how long everything held together.  There was a manufacturing label on the chair from May 1940!

I had a messy job ahead.  I removed the fabric, hay stuffing, padding and old batting.  And a million old nails, tacks and staples.

After the chair was down to the bare bones, I sanded down the chair legs.  They had been scratched up over time and lost their luster.  A couple coats of Minwax dark walnut stain and General Finishes top coat, the legs looked fantastic!

Before reupholstering the seat, I did some research and watched a few youtube videos to get some tips and tricks.  I’ve done a few chairs previously but I try to check out what the professionals use for tools and materials.  I’m always trying to learn more!  Here are some great videos that I found helpful (here & here).

 The chair seat had old zig zag springs that were in great shape, not bent or broken.  To make sure that the chair didn’t sink m too low, I stapled burlap binding underneath the springs.  I also tied the springs with strips of fabric remnants to make sure they didn’t shift.  I stapled a piece of fabric remnant over the springs to make sure there were no squeaks and to allow the foam padding to sit on something ‘solid’.   I cut the 2″ padding to size and shaped it to fit the seat shape (cutting the edges to make it not as square or cube shaped).  I covered that with a couple layers of batting and stapled that down.

The chair back was a little easier, as it didn’t have springs and had a solid back.  I cut foam to fit and covered it with a couple layers of batting.

Now the fun begins!!  I started with the seat, cutting the piece of fabric a few inches larger than needed.  Since I had to cut the fabric to fit around the chair back supports I wanted some leeway in case I made mistakes.  Luckily my aunt found a great deal on fabric and I had lots of room for error!

After reupholstering similar chairs I’ve learned a few things.  Here are some tips:  Take your time. Staples can always be taken out as long as you are careful with the fabric and wood.  Always cut around chair arms in small snips,don’t be too snip happy and avoid cutting too much around the arms.  Make sure the staples are somewhat in a straight line so if you are using piping or gimp as trim, you can make a straight trim line.  Don’t pull the fabric too tightly as you staple, it will look bumpy.  Hope this post helps, upholstery is fun to do!

Here she is in all her glory!  My aunt was happy with her little chair.  I think Chris would have loved the chair redo too.  Now the chair will be ready for another 90+ years 😉


Thanks for stopping by!


Summer project: building a fire pit!

My parents moved to Cape Breton almost 20 years ago.  The house they bought came with a pool.  I loved it!  Who wouldn’t really?!!  I was in College back then and lived with Mom and Dad during my summer breaks.  I worked a bunch of summer jobs, as a labourer on dairy farms and at the provincial park.  So taking a dip in the pool was a perfect way to unwind after a hard work day.   Sadly, after one too many harsh Cape Breton winters, the pool didn’t make it and had to be taken down.

So after it was gone, we were left with a large area covered in pea gravel.  For years we had chatted that it’d be a perfect place for a fire pit!  Since Nick and I had fun building the planters for his Mom, we wanted to do a project when visiting my parents.

One Saturday afternoon, in the hot, hot sun, we loaded up my new Subaru (my beast!)  with shale rock and built the fire pit.


We didn’t really have a plan.  Only to use the metal plate as the base and stack the shale around.  We underestimated the amount of rock we needed, so we had to go back for another load.  I gotta say, I love my Subaru Impreza!  My car may be little, but it was like a truck hauling rock on the dirt roads.

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Here’s the finished project!  I love the view over the cow pastures.

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When the Belleisle Mac’s were home, we christened the fire pit with a marshmallow roast and jam session.  What a fun evening!!  Even Willow the dog enjoyed it!

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Another project done and well worth the hard work!  I think my nieces loved having a fire pit at their Grandparents’ house!

Hopefully it will be nice weather at Thanksgiving.  I’d love to squeeze in one more night around the fire before the cold weather comes.


Catching up: Spring project.

Earlier in the spring, Nick and I did a project for his Mom.  She has wood planter boxes on her deck that had seen better days.  As a fun project, Nick wanted to build new ones…and of course I wanted to help!  I love a good diy project (as if you didn’t know that already!).

Since we don’t have a house, we don’t have many tools for big projects.  Nick bought a Mastercraft mitre saw and I fell in love!  It wasn’t fancy or expensive, but it did the job.


We followed the same plans as the original planter boxes.  Nick’s father had built them 25 years ago and we wanted to give tribute to him by using his design.

Before I start with the pictures showing our progress and finished project…

Please note:  We have a basic knowledge of carpentry and are not experts!  That said, I think we did pretty good!  The mitre saw was easy to use.  Definitely a good purchase.  Throughout the project we kept measuring and checking our cuts.  The old saying “measure twice, cut once” is certainly true.

I’m not going to give a step by step of our project since I don’t have measurements for each planter.  If you want to do something similar start off with easy dimensions and remember to consider the thickness of the saw blade when measuring for your cuts!

We used pressure treated wood and 3″ wood screws.


We started with the two rectangular planters.  And cut away!

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After finishing the two rectangular boxes…we took a break for the day and enjoyed some good food and drinks!  We started back up the next day with the square box then made the L-shaped box.  I thought this one was going to be difficult but it was easier after we made the other two.


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Here are the planters in use!

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It was a fun project to do with Nick!

I think his Mom was pretty happy with the results!

I’ll be back soon with some more projects.  It was a busy summer!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and stays safe during hurricane season!  Sending thoughts to those in the path of the hurricanes, Irma and Jose.