I couldn’t let summer go by without sharing some paint and craft projects we did this summer. I am still in denial that summer is winding down. It just seems like we were putting in our flower beds, digging rocks and staining decks back in June.
One of the projects I did in the cottage this summer was to create some art from a round stretched canvas I picked up at HomeSense and a wood clock cutout I picked up at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton over the summer. I wanted to have a clock on the large wall in our front room at the cottage but couldn’t find the right materials to upcycle or look that I wanted. I decided to experiment with these materials. You will have to tell me what you think of it!
I started with the wooden cutout and painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale. Milk paint is a powder that you mix up as you need with water. It is my favourite paint to use on raw wood. I had used this colour already in this area of the cottage so it was an easy choice for colour.
Good Wednesday evening! As you read this post, we are fully immersed in Newfoundland lore and culture. We came over on the 13th and are staying until the 25th. You know we will have to show you that beautiful land in the future. If you follow my Facebook page and/or Instagram page, I’ve been trying to post something I’ve loved about Newfoundland everyday. In anticipation of being away, I thought I would share the last installment of our outdoor changes that we completed this summer. As a reminder, this is how the cottage looked right after construction in 2013:
Welcome back! It’s actually feeling like summer these past couple of weeks! I hope you are enjoying it wherever you are. We can’t believe this is our 5th summer enjoying the cottage. It seems like it has taken us a long time to get things finished around the cottage but by budgeting and picking the most important things first, we managed to get 1 or 2 projects done each year outside to help us feel finished. I have shared posts of the rooms and progress in the cottage ( here, here, here and here ). In this post I’m giving part 1 and 2 of our outdoor tour. ( part 3 will come next month- stay tuned! ) If you came and visited the 1st summer, you saw piles of construction debris, old pallets for steps and lots of dirt. The 2nd summer , 2016, Mark worked on building a shed so we would have some storage for all the things – yes all by himself with a little help from his nephew and father.
We had the lumber delivered from Home Hardware , all the way down to Waterside for $60. Talk about great service! Mark made the trusses himself out of 2×4. He even made the shed doors! I got to paint and stain them of course!
Good evening everyone! We almost didn’t have a post for this week. I was feeling kind of down and uninspired but did have a goal to get my daughter’s room makeover documented. My sweet husband got some photos done today so here we are again on a Wednesday night with something to share with you. I really love how her room came together with some things we found- she loves succulents so we included some accessories as we found them and she found some cute hedgehog accessories that she ended up including in the room as a recurring theme also. She is in the process of doing a little cross stitch with a hedgehog which will be really cute to add to her room. It all started with just getting rid of the yellow walls and having a nice white canvas. My daughter wanted a calm, relaxing feel in her room.
If you remember some of the pieces from a previous post like her bed and side table were a creamy off white colour but now they are a beautiful white- all paint used for the furniture and signs is Annie Sloan Chalk paint that I get from Carte Blanche in Dieppe. They have a new shop I think I mentioned before right across from the market.
The pink is a custom colour of 2 parts Old White and 1 part Antoinette. This dresser has been around since my son was born- I just keep painting the front panels and changing the hardware 🙂 ,that we got from Kent. The laundry basket, hedgehog doorstop and clock are from Kent as well! The world map is from Carte Blanche – they carry beautiful artistic papers that also come with hanging hardware if you want. I love them for simple , affordable artwork.
We picked up the bookcase at IKEA for only $55 and the reading lamp for only $16.99. The desk is the same desk I had in my room growing up with the last paint finish still on it that my dad did years ago!! The chair was ordered online from Wayfair- on sale it was the cheapest I could find for the type of chair my daughter wanted. She wanted to be able to curl up and read. The sweet quilt was a yard sale find and matches her colours perfectly.
You can see the Love sign and shelf we cobbled together with pieces we had laying around all refreshed with some Annie Sloan chalk paint as well. And Rebecca made those curtains herself!
We then got some new bedding – duvet and duvet cover set from IKEA, pink pillow covers and pillows from IKEA which were the inspiration for the pink she chose throughout the room, and succulent pillow from HomeSense. The pink throw we found for like $6.99 at Giant Tiger! I painted a simple sign on a piece of MDF I found at the ReStore shop- a few words from a Bible verse I had dedicated to her when she was born- Psalm 139:14- fearfully and wonderfully made.
Her other wish was for some fairy lights ( you can still see her love for Tinker Bell scattered throughout the room :). We found some on Amazon and they do create such a calming, dreamlike atmosphere. I love the little hedgehog night light (also from IKEA).
Well sweet dreams folks. Thanks for reading and following along. I hope this inspired you to refresh some things in your home with just the use of paint as well! I hope to have a future post of a visit to the Lavender fields in Seafoam, NS next week and a visit to one of our local businesses on the Road to Waterside in the next couple weeks as well. My son the Computer Science student is helping me make the blog look a little nicer so hopefully you will see some nice additions in the coming weeks!
I want to start out this week and say thank you for all your kind comments about our last post by my husband Mark featuring his photography. If you are new here, go back 1 post and you can see his wonderful photos there.
Summer is officially here this week! I got a start on some projects for the cottage to spruce things up for the season. I get inspired by furniture painters and DIYers to create or update all the time. It is a great outlet plus it gives me an excuse to paint and create!
A theme this week seems to be tables and chairs. The first table is a standard plastic outdoor side table. The brown was not going with the rest of our furniture so I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint which is an acrylic that can go on almost any surface, has some UV protection in it and is waterproof.
You can rent many of their stencils at Front Porch Mercantile now!
It turned out so cute- I had to adapt the stencil and used my own border around it to fit the table but I like it.
The next table I picked up at a yard sale. I was going to leave it outside too but it has a lip around it that is just going to collect water all the time (was not thinking of that!) so I brought it inside and added a design Mark made for us to represent our area and route we are on. I added some colour to the legs too.
The last table is one I showed before that I tried to redo and I still didn’t like it. I got Lisa from Front Porch Mercantile to help me use the new Stain and Finishing oil from Fusion to get the look I was after. She did one leaf for me then I tried to reproduce it on the rest of the table and chairs. I think I did pretty good. I love how it turned out. It looks more finished and is more durable now. Here are the 3 stages the table has been in with the last being the current one.
I don’t know if I had mentioned but Mark has been busy the last few weeks building decks and door landings at the cottage. They are looking awesome – much better than the pallets we’ve had there for 3+years! We needed some furniture for said deck! I had seen Jennylyn ( creator of Fusion Mineral Paint) paint some plastic furniture for outdoors with her paint so I thought I would try these old chairs I had at home. I love how they turned out as well. The paint went on so smoothly and just needed a couple coats.
The next chairs have quite a story. You can see below how they started and then how they look after I painted them with milk paint last summer. I covered them with 3 layers of outdoor varnish. They looked great for about 2 weeks….
Then they looked like this: faded and peeling after 2 weeks in the sun. I was so disappointed!!
I didn’t give up on them !! Here is what I did about 10 days ago: sanded them really well again and got out my trusty Fusion paint in Fort York Red. They have been out a week in the weather and so far so good. I will probably do another coat for a more solid colour on them.
Well that was fun. Can you tell I love to paint and make things beautiful? It’s so easy! You can do it too! You can find all this paint at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton.
I’ll give you one more glimpse of the decks and door steps Mark has been building for us-I’ll do a separate post later when we’ve got them all syled up. I got an idea to stencil a blue heron on our new areas from Danielle Driscoll’s blog Finding Silver Pennies. She had done a little whale on her wooden door mat that I thought looked so cute. We love the herons in Waterside so I cut out a little stencil on my Silhouette machine. Danielle has lots of nautical ideas and loves to paint as well. She even has a book on painted furniture techniques and does some lovely watercolors as well. You can find her here https://www.findingsilverpennies.com/
We are on vacation next week! Guess where we will be as much as we can? I will try to get a post out for next Wednesday featuring another room in the cottage. Stay well and maybe get in touch with your creative side this week doing whatever makes you happy.
Welcome back to the cottage tour! We will go across the hall to my son’s room. I had a lot of fun using some recycled pieces, some new pieces and some DIY with lots of milk and chalk paint to create his nautical themed room.
Here are some before pics of the space and pieces of furniture before their transformations!
See later on how I tried to cover that electrical box!!
We used old fence boards for a planked wall feature. We just washed them really well and sealed with Fusion’s Tough Coat. We also built a platform bed and covered it with fence boards as well.
A sad garage sale find. It looks much better after with a little paint and decoupage!
Got this antique dresser for a good price- the drawers are a little wonky! I had a vision for this one!
Here are the after photos taken by my resident photographer!
I didn’t get any photos of the headboard being made but it’s just a piece of plywood we cut out, glued and stapled some batting and fabric- voila!
That chair in the corner was the 1st piece I ever painted in chalk paint. A piece of found wood on the beach stands in the corner with all the original color left on it.
I really love that Artissimo blue milk paint and the decoupaged maps on his dresser. I was inspired by a wonderful furniture painter named Danielle from the Finding Silver Pennies blog who redid a dresser with this similar style.
Thanks for coming along on this tour! Enjoy the Spring weather and we’ll see you again on The Road to Waterside!
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Wow where did those 4 days go? It was wonderful to be back in Waterside! I hope you all had a lovely long weekend. I had so many projects to tackle that the 4 days just flew by. I wanted to get them at least started before the season got underway. I hope some of you got to visit some of the businesses in Albert County who had an open house for the Fundy Studio Tour or maybe you got to Fundy or Cape Enrage for some of their grand openings and celebrations.
Here is a little recap of what we did:
This is our dining table and a chair in its current state:
I love the base but don’t like how my original paint job is looking on the top- I wanted a driftwood look but I am not loving it and wanted to try something different.
I sanded the table and seats all down to the original finish. I was going to try a new product by Homestead House called Stain and Finishing Oil but I couldn’t get the look I wanted on my samples.
So I went back to a layered look with just Fusion mineral paint. That way if I still don’t like it down the road I can still paint over it without any trouble. I’m still not sold on this look but it looks much better than my 1st go round. The kids think it looks the same as what I had before. I will keep you updated on what I do next. Any suggestions are appreciated!
The second project I wanted to do was reseal our IKEA counter tops. They are still looking good but I hadn’t sealed them again since we 1st installed them in 2015. When I went to take a soap dispenser off the counter when I got to the cottage Friday there was a slight black ring beside the sink and I knew some water had gotten under the surface. The counter tops just have a thin wood veneer on top and I was scared to sand too much but I heard you can do that to try to get stains, water damage ,etc out of it. I sanded it lightly but not sure I made much of a difference.
These are a couple before shots:
During: putting on the tung oil.
And the after: I don’t know if I see a difference. The counters appear richer and renewed in person but that spot beside the sink is still noticeable. I will need to be more careful with what gets left on the counters!!
We did get out for a short drive on Monday- I wanted to see the new pavilions and Visitor Center at Wolfe Lake and the Chignecto Recreation Area across from Chignecto campground. This new recreation area will have bikes for rent for many new trails that have opened up for bikers.
Here is the new visitor center at Wolfe Lake- it will also have a smaller version of the Fundy Guild’s gift shop here too.
The new outdoor recreation center isn’t completely finished but is in a similar style to the Visitor Center. We had a lovely chat with a staff person and I even tried out a couple bikes! I love bikes! One was a Fat bike and one was a Plus bike. It felt like I could ride anywhere or over anything with one of those! See the smile on my face 🙂 Would be fun to ride on Waterside beach! Even a couple of those kids behind me pretending not to know me tried out the Fat bike.
Outdoor Elements is the company from Sussex who will be in charge of bike rentals. They are also now in charge of boat rentals at Bennett Lake. We will miss “Sinc’s Boats” but look forward to what Outdoor Elements has to offer Fundy for further use and enjoyment of the Park. You can check out the Outdoor Elements website for information on rentals under their “Fundy Adventure Center” tab. (https://www.outdoorelements.ca/rent ) It looks like you will be able to book your bike, boat or camping experiencing online in the future. They are going to have a small retail outlet in Alma to hook you up for your outdoor essentials. They are hoping to have some packages in the future as well, teaming up with some local businesses for an even better experience! They will be offering winter adventures too so those of you who love to get out in winter will have choices in Fundy to stay active as well. They also have a Facebook page ” Outdoor Elements” or “Outdoor Elements-Fundy Adventure Center” so you can follow along with their updates and services as the season progresses. We love what they are doing so far!
Rebecca’s getting a makeover! Or more precisely, her room is getting a makeover. It has been long overdue but we are finally committing to it. We have done a few things over the years but this will be a little more grown up with some input from her. I love a new project!! We have (had) a limited budget and will be keeping most of her furniture but updating it with paint and putting in some DIY accessories. She has become an avid reader the past couple years so she does want a big bookcase and a comfy chair to read in. She wants light and fresh with touches of light pink and maybe gold or grey touches. We are hoping to get a lot from IKEA as well to accessorise.
Here are some before photos and some of the building blocks we are working with to recreate her space.
I think we are going to stick to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a custom colour for sprucing everything up. Stay tuned for the final reveal!! We have most of it done now. It has turned out really nice. Rebecca is pleased so that makes me happy too!
We are heading to the cottage this weekend- finally!! Making plans for some outdoor projects and maybe repainting and redoing some furniture I initially painted in 2014.We’ll check out all that is happening in Fundy ( like the new Mountain Bike Trail and Wolfe Lake Visitor’s Centre! ) and just soaking it all in. I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and I hope you get to head down the Road to Waterside as well this weekend. It should be lots of fun!
Time for another look at our finished cottage. We are moving to the master bedroom. I was going for a peaceful, French inspired feeling in this room with lots of whites and neutrals and a touch of black. Again we used lots of collected pieces from yard sales and kijiji and the magic of paint and fabric to make them new and pretty. I will show you some of the projects we also made ourselves to keep costs down.
A bed was 1st on our list. This simple design was off the Ana White/Shanty 2 Chic websites. Besides finishing off trim in the cottage, this was one of Mark’s 1st forays into building furniture. I think he did a great job!! We love the bed, I remember feeling so rested when we had spent the 1st few nights down there. It’s peaceful and quiet and dark. Some nights we keep the window open to hear the fog horn from Cape Enrage and the waves off the beach. It’s so easy to sleep there!!
You can see a bit of the bed peeking out here. I painted it in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Schloss- I love this color! I have used it quite a bit in the cottage. Topped it with an old door for a headboard. It was starting to chip and peel in places so I just took off what wanted to come off and left the rest of the old paint as is.
I took this little old table/desk and lamp and turned it into this:
I painted the table with Fusion mineral paint, made a little skirt out of drop cloth and stencilled a French script over it.I also painted that little luggage holder and gave it some new webbing.
Next we had to put a door on the utility closet. I loved the look of the barn doors everyone seemed to be doing and we thought it would work the best in the space so decided to try to make one ourselves. We got the hardware from our local Coop farm store on the advice of Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile. She had done a sweet barn door on her bathroom in her shop in Lower Coverdale so she let me in on how they had hung theirs for a fraction of the cost of commercial hardware.
Here is the prep for the door: just plywood and 1×3 ‘s and used a decorative faux tin panel for the top.
Here it is in place, painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Farmhouse White and more Schloss. The hanging hardware is quite plain with the bare metal. I still haven’t decided whether to paint it or not.
A few more shots from around the room- The license plates were found in an antique shop in Halifax representing the years we were born. The New Brunswick sign was made by Follow Your Heart Woodworking in O’Leary, PEI.
I still love our room. I wish I had a bit more room for extra furniture but it is definitely comfortable for a cottage bedroom!
Next week we will be focusing on projects and ideas for Mother’s Day! Thanks again for stopping by.
Remember our new blog address is simply www.theroadtowaterside.com !
Welcome back to our cottage adventure! We are now getting to the fun and pretty part of the construction. We had fun emptying our house of collected stuff, seeing if things would fit where I thought they would and had fun decorating the space in a coastal/farmhouse vibe. Totally different from our home in Moncton!
Let’s start with the main living space which has a vaulted ceiling and floor to ceiling windows facing the Bay. We wanted to be able to enjoy the view and seat as many people as we could so we painted and slip covered this scary looking chair ( along with 2 other chairs and a 3 seater couch ) with Fusion mineral paint and drop cloths. I made a few cushions, made some end tables ( at a short lived woodworking class) and painted those in Artissimo milk paint. I painted and stencilled a basic wooden chest and some foot stools with Fusion paint and milk paint again.
We then move on to the eating area. I took our kitchen set and painted the chairs and base in various shades of blue with Annie Sloan chalk paint and Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. I love the commode I got at an auction and painted it in a pretty shade of milk paint. I painted a few crates, hung up an old door that already had a matching colour on it ( another Kijiji find ) to use as a coat rack and also painted some oars for coat hooks as well.
Let’s next move on to the kitchen area! This area really came to life after we got more shelves and things on the walls. We used basic brackets from the hardware store, some rough cut lumber for the the bottom shelves then got some lovely old barnboard from Phillips and Chestnut http://www.phillipsandchestnut.ca/ in Truro , NS for the upper shelf along the top of the kitchen area.
Remember the IKEA stool the kids put together? Here it is painted up in different milk paint colours to match our decor. The brackets under the countertop also came from Phillips and Chestnut- made with raw wood and then painted to match the cupboards.
Well I think that is enough pictures for 1 day! This was the largest space to decorate. As you can see, you can repurpose a lot with a little paint and stay within a budget!!
Thanks for visiting! Leave a comment if you spotted the name of our cottage! See you next time on the Road to Waterside!