Most Convenient Kitchen Upgrade Ever



I am thrilled with the results of my latest kitchen project.  When I remodeled my kitchen after moving in, I bought stock cabinets from Home Depot.  They are the bargain basement version of cabinets but they did have wood fronts which is a feature I wanted.


What they offered for the drawers was the bare basic drawer slides that only let 75% of the drawer slide out so you never can see what is in the back of the drawers easily...   I found these full extension drawer slides on the D. Lawless Hardware website and ordered enough to do  all the drawers in my kitchen.

Click on photo to go to D Lawless Site

Once I received them and had a look at the instructions, I was TOTALLY intimidated and hemmed and hawed for a few months before tackling the job.  As it turns out, replacing existing drawer slides makes this project a BREEZE.  Once I figured out the best approach, it took me 10 minutes per drawer to pull out the old slides & install the new.   Easy peasy!!   Here's how I did it.

Ikea Hack - Wardrobe to Vintage Linen Cupboard

Welcome to my quest to turn my Ikea Stranda wardrobe into a cool, vintage looking piece of furniture.

I've painted and repainted and tried all sorts of looks on this piece, but nothing really spoke to my heart until this latest makeover.

I began with this bare basic Ikea Stranda wardrobe, bought many years ago because it was solid wood and unfinished so it wasn't terribly expensive.



Open House Sundays #20 - Thistlewood Farms

Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get a personal invitation to tour through a different blogger's home each week.  This next extra special tour is the last house tour in this series.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all my blog friends for generously sharing their house tours in this series.  You can find all the tours HERE.   The Open House Sundays series will return in October!


To end this season on a high note, I have a very special blogger home to share.  This week's tour is courtesy of KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.  KariAnne is an exceptionally talented decorator and so creative the rest of us are usually scrambling to catch up!  She lives the life many people dream of - leaving the hustle-and-bustle of city life for the idyllic slower pace of living in the country.  Her gorgeous farmhouse is a testament to creativity, use of repurposed items and a whole lotta elbow grease in creating a beautiful, gracious home.  After reading her story and seeing her home, I guarantee you'll fall in love with her.

If you've never heard of this blog, you are in for a huge treat (and you've clearly been living under a rock)!

Enjoy!
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Open House Sundays #19 - AKA Design

Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get a personal invitation to tour through a different blogger's home every week!


This week's tour is courtesy of Shannon at AKA Design.  Shannon is a fellow Canadian blogger who is a whiz at remodeling and decorating.  She has the most darling home and the decor is gorgeous!  You are going to love how she put together this fabulous look for her home without spending a fortune.

Enjoy the tour!

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Open House Sundays #18 - The Happy Housie

Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get a personal invitation to tour a different blogger's home every Sunday!


This week's tour is courtesy of Krista at The Happy Housie.  Krista is another Canadian blogger from the West Coast.  Krista and her husband have been renovating their home for about the same amount of time as I've been working on mine only on opposites sides of the same province!  She loves working with vintage and second-hand pieces and has a great eye for mixing patterns and colours,   I know you'll enjoy this lake cottage home.  

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16 Positively Deer Proof Plants




I know, it's a pipe dream... I live in a community where herds of deer walk the streets, sleep in my front yard and graze everything. A hungry deer will eat anything. I've had deer sample my daffodils by biting off the flower heads and spitting them out on the ground beside the bare stem.  Daffodils are supposed to be deer proof.  Um, well, that depends on the deer.


That being said, I have found plants that are deer proof and that after 17 years of living in this community, have NEVER been sampled by a deer.  So for those of you looking to have a pretty garden display that isn't eaten to the ground, here is my list of no-fails:



Vintage Look for a New Tray



It seems every Christmas I get a gift of assorted nuts decoratively arranged in a tray. The trays are inexpensive and wood. Perfect opportunity for a spurt of creativity!

Open House Sundays #17 - rooms FOR rent

Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get a personal invitation to tour a different blogger's home every week!


This week's tour is courtesy of Bre at rooms FOR rent blog and what a beauty of a tour this is!  Bre has a design company and is a very talented decorator.  I love all the texture she uses in her decorating - natural wood, wicker, bamboo blinds, stones, shells, metal pieces - all delightfully combined with soothing colours and patterns to create a warm and beautiful living space.

Enjoy the tour!

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