Hello and Happy Spring! It feels strange to be opening up this blog and writing again. I have been focused on the books for the past few weeks and have missed sharing with all of you. My study time is nearing the end – only a few weeks to go. Whether I pass or not at least I have learned a lot! I did take a few hours this past week to work on a few Easter creations. You know by now that I love to decorate for the seasons and holidays so this was a good distraction.
When I picked up a couple wooden bunnies at the Habitat Restore for Farm Fresh Style’s thrifting challenge a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to create some bunny themed items for Easter. I also had this cute little child’s rocking chair my dear friend wanted me to paint so I thought they would go well together.
As of this evening it is officially SPRING!!! We made it through another winter. Congratulations if you don’t like winter! That would include me but getting down to Waterside the couple times we did this winter instilled a desire to try to do more outside despite the winter weather. Anyway, enough of winter. Time to think of Spring which a lot of you have ,after being at the Seedy Saturday a couple weeks ago. When I think of Spring, I think of new craft projects and home decor ideas.
I was inspired by Lori at Farm Fresh Style to get in on a thrift store challenge this winter. When I go to a thrift store I am always drawn to wooden objects because they paint up so nice with milk paint. One of the things I picked up at the Restore in Moncton was an old cutting board. Here was the loot I picked up that day for around $20. ( You may see the bunnies appear later in Spring )
Hi there! As I was thinking about what to share this week , I realized we hadn’t completed the cottage tour! We missed the bathroom. Everyone needs to know where the bathroom is 🙂 . I had fun creating this space. The creative juices started with a dresser of all things! When I was looking for ideas and DIY solutions for a sink and vanity, I came across lots of people who had converted a dresser into their vanity. I found the perfect dresser on Kijiji that was the right height and drawer configuration to be able to convert it to a vanity. Mark was able to get holes cut and drawers shored up to be able to get the plumbing in and through the back. We can still use the drawers which is what I was hoping for with this type of dresser. It was on the narrow side so I had a bit of a harder time to get a sink to fit but we found one.
This is a quick little post to show some additions we’ve made to the walls at the cottage lately. I love signs and original wall art and was inspired by some art I have had for a while and by some new items we just picked up. Of course it involved a little paint but they were all easy to do and anyone can do it!
There was so many events going on this past weekend!! I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you celebrated! We ended up inviting friends and family for an open house in Waterside. It was a gorgeous weekend for weather so we were glad it worked out the way it did. Next year we may do it a different weekend because people were so busy with other Canada Day celebrations!
We had some neat visitors for the start of the weekend that we weren’t expecting. Mark captured some wonderful shots of these old cars that passed by in front of our place. They were part of “The Great Race” featuring vintage cars travelling from Buffalo, NY to Halifax, NS. We had a hoot watching them come down the hill in their various decorations and attire. Mark captured some beautiful images of them and added some artistic flair. I just love the vintage feel they evoke. Makes you feel you were back in the 1900s!
I picked up some neat items at a neighborhood yard sale a couple weekends ago and was so excited to include them in our decor. First was this display case. I thought I had taken a before pic but I must have deleted it. Here it is finished with a layer of typewriter black milk paint with schloss over top with a little distressing. It looks soo much better- it was a dark reddish tone before- I really love it and can’t wait to display different items in it. I need to find a little handle for it!
I found this cute wool hooked rug at the yard sales too- it was $20 . I couldn’t resist those maple leaves and the colours. I whipped up these pillows for the day as well using these pennants I got at My Home Mercantile in Moncton on Main St. It is the cutest shop hosting many local handcrafted and Maritime wares. They also house My Home Apparel https://myhomeapparel.com/ featuring clothing with a Maritime and Canadian flavour that are made in the old Stanfield Warehouse in Truro.
I stencilled up this little sign using a Dollar Store Canvas and Fusion Mineral paint.
Here are some pics of the actual party on Canada Day with food , sun and people . What a great combination! Notice the extra little visitors we had in the morning- we had a Mama groundhog and her 3 littles visit the yard. They were cute but how will they be when they grow up??
We had a great time. Thank you so much for spending your day with us all the way down in Waterside!
This was the day after the party when we felt more relaxed- a day on the beach, post party food and general relaxation on our last vacation day. I did bring out a blanket on the deck but that only lasted a few minutes. It was hot in Waterside this weekend. So grateful and blessed.
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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Grace upon grace to you Mothers out there as we look forward to Mother’s day. (This post is a bit reflective and creative so hang in there!) We don’t always get it right and we walk around with a lot of guilt sometimes. Can I get an amen? As I approach Mother’s Day each year I always start to feel the baggage and guilt of what I haven’t done well as a mother and how my journey as a mother is not how I imagined it. I feel like I have not taught my kids enough, not been kind enough, not listened enough, not memorised enough Bible verses, etc. The list could go on and on.
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Now let’s get to the creative side which is much more fun and lighthearted and keeps me sane on the days when chores and work seem to be the only things I do. I need this creative side as an outlet to fill my tank so that I can be a better wife, mother and worker. You can check out this article from Focus on the Family that really spoke to me too lately. https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/content/why-self-care-is-important-to-your-marriage
So I usually host Mother’s Day and I hadn’t started planning until a few days ago. When I finally sat down Sunday night to figure out my theme and how to present and DIY some gifts I had bought at IKEA recently, I came across a sweet printable set for Mother’s Day on thediymommy website http://thediymommy.com/french-country-inspired-mothers-day-printable-card-tags/ and that got me thinking about having lavender themed items. I have been a little obsessed about lavender the last few years. I have even tried planting some in Waterside and hope they thrive! My daughter and I travelled to Seafoam, NS last summer for their Lavender Festival. What a beautiful drive along that shore. We stopped at a few other places recommended by Lori of http://www.farmfreshstyle.ca/. I think we are going to plan an overnight trip next time because 1 day was not enough time to see everything! The lavender festival is July 14th and 15th this year. You can check out their website and Facebook page also to find out more! https://lavendercanada.com/
As I mentioned I had picked up a few items at IKEA to use in my DIY gifts and I picked up an old wooden shelf at Alter Girl in Hopewell Cape recently as well. I thought they would all go splendidly together with some Milk Paint. I am always on the lookout for wood or fabric that I can paint or stencil !
Here you can see the sweet little cards and tags I printed out from thediymommy as my inspiration. I gave the wooden utensils a little pattern with Farmhouse White and Dried Lavender paint colours and sealed with hemp oil for protection.
Next is the shelf painted in Trophy and the lovely linen tea towel stencilled with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.
I love how it all came together!!
I had one of my daughter’s photos from our Lavender trip enlarged to be used as place mats, picked up some Lavender plants at our local grocery and garden centres which made for some quick table decor.
Thank you to my wonderfully talented and patient husband for his carefully curated photos and putting up with my craziness the last 2 days.
This is a photo taken from a few years ago of my niece, mother-in-law, mother, me, daughter and grandmother on another Mother’s Day. Most of us will be around the table again this year. Thankful for God’s grace and mercy. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day not matter what role you find yourself in this year.
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.
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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!
Is it really Spring? The calendar says so but it seems to take so long here for it to actually feel like spring and we are expecting more snow this week! It’s my favorite time of year though when everything is springing up new with so many vibrant colors to behold. My spirit gets renewed as well when we can get back outside and dig in the dirt, smell the blossoms and go for a walk. I also look forward to yard sales starting, to feed my need to paint and upcycle some old things. I’ve been switching out the winter decor for spring decor at home and thought you’d enjoy a few inspirational photos too. Of course I had to paint some new things as well!
I just realised most of the painted pieces were done with milk paint this time. I just love how it goes on to raw or weathered wood.
Love how this old chair turned out with a custom milk paint color thanks to Lisa at Front Porch Mercantile. I had to put one of my favorite quotes on it too. We were going to use it for my daughter’s new room because it was the perfect shade of pink she wanted but the chair doesn’t fit under her desk so I will have to find a spot for it unless someone really wants to buy it.
This photo below was taken at the cottage with a clipping from one of the old apple trees on the property. I love all kinds of spring blossoms! Looking forward to seeing them again this year! And pussy willows! Who else loves pussy willows? I look for them every time I am out for a walk in the spring and bring some home.
To encourage more readers to my site, I would like to give away the little square Spring sign with the apple blossom branch on the chair above. So for every like, share, comment, etc, either here, on Facebook or Instagram, I will draw a name from all the entries and send it to you. I am loving sharing my ideas and other businesses on this site and appreciate you all reading as well.
I will be featuring another business next week that you will want to visit on the ” Road to Waterside”. Stay tuned! Happy Spring!