DIY Advent Calendar

There is no limit to the function of our Wall Mounted Storage Rack. It could help bring order to the chaos of a busy entry way, or be an accessory in your kitchen for the chef. All of the hooks, baskets, and shelf can be removed allowing for quick accessibility, easy sorting, and endless personal customization.

This is the Product Overview from the Wicker Emporium site. Isn’t it a perfect description? It was exactly the point I was trying to get across when I painted this multifunctional shelf that you can order here.

When I first thought about how it could be used, an Advent calendar did not come to mind. With so much inspiration online, I thought that with a little creativity, this could be turned into a one of a kind Advent calendar.

I made a quick run to the nearest Hardware Store and picked up some red paint swatches in different shades and cut them to the perfect size, stenciled on some numbers with white paint , added those adorable little clothes pins and voila!!

I wanted to add some color and I figured that red would pop with this beautiful Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint color called Eulalie’s Sky. I have it all over my own home and it is a nice alternative to the traditional green and red Christmas colors that we have come accustomed to seeing.

Who would have thought that this unique shelf could be transformed into an Advent Calendar and become part of your Holiday Décor? The possibilities are endless.

Head on over to Wicker Emporium to check out my original post.

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Fusion Mineral Paint…What is all the buzz about?

I just checked and my last nine posts have been about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Every single one of those nine posts was NOT sponsored, I paid for the paint myself and was happy to do so.  I love that paint. I love every single thing about it. It’s unpredictable, it can be clumpy, it can have a life of it’s own and it’s the paint that I will always use as my “go to” for furniture.

Now…having said that, this is a post about a different paint.  One I hadn’t tried yet (but was excited to) and had been buzzing all around the Blog world and I knew that I would HAVE to try.  So, when Wendy from Front Porch Mercantile asked me to write a little blog post about Fusion Mineral Paint (who just happens to be manufactured by Homestead House, the makers of MMSMP), how could I resist?  I was so curious to see what all the buzz was about.  I had checked out the colors on their website and was looking forward to giving it a go.

And…psst…I was a little excited that this was my official “sponsored” post.  So Wendy kindly provided the paint and has asked me to write my honest opinion about the product.  So, here goes.
I chose these two little night stands that I’ve had kicking around the house for a while now.  I went through a phase where I painted everything white.  It just seemed like the thing to do at the time, I know…YAWN!

First of all, it is nothing like Milk Paint. Nothing. It is straight out of the bottle, apply, dry and you are done! Ya, that’s right, DONE! I didn’t even sand these little night stands. I almost felt like I was cheating as I just painted and put them somewhere to dry. Oh…I did put the knobs back on, so I guess there was one extra step!
It is by far the EASIEST paint I have ever used. Although I now use Milk Paint, I used to use many many different paints to re-finish furniture.

Okay, so what do I mean by easy to use? You shake the bottle to mix, open bottle, pour some paint into a plastic container (for some reason I end up using empty washed out Feta containers), insert paint brush and do your thing. Yes that is it.
Now…the coverage. It goes on like butta people. It glides along the surface so smoothly and levels out so you don’t end up with a streaky look where you can see all the bristles from the brush.

This is the paint for people who love to paint, for people who are not sure about painting and even for those who dislike painting. I’m not saying that you’re going to be transformed into a “painter” but I can almost guarantee that you will be happy with the end product. It kind of does a little of the work for you, that’s how smooth it goes on and how easy it is to use.

I would love to hear about if you plan to use it, or if you have any questions about it, leave me comment.  Maybe you’ve already tried it and you want to share your before and after pictures?  I’d love to see them!

Here are some pictures of the nightstands that I took a couple of weeks ago.


This is where the nightstands are for now.  I like the way they blend with my Eulalie's dresser.

Before I had a blog

I love painting/refinishing furniture. Before I had a blog, I did it a lot. I bought furniture on Kijiji and painted it, I painted old dressers that were hand me downs and I basically painted everything the same white color with black fixtures. I never thought to take before and after pictures because…well, why would I ever need them, right?!!! I curse myself now for not doing that so that I can share the transformations of the some pretty ugly furniture that turned into some of my favorite pieces.

The little night stand with the lamp and framed quote, that came with a huge dresser, mirror and hutch and I got all four pieces on Kijiji for $60. When the guy delivered it (for a fee) he said he was just about to throw everything out to the road because he never imagined that someone would want to pay money for it. It’s all Canadian made and very solid, I however, cannot imagine throwing out anything of that kind of quality.
So here are some of the pieces of furniture that I’ve re-done over the years out of necessity and my need to find a cheaper way to furnish my home. I hope you like them as much as I do.

This dresser belonged to my parents so it has sentimental value.  It was a hunter green and was in need of some TLC, I still haven’t gotten around to putting handles on it but I love the look of it just the way that it is.

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This sign was one of the first real DIY projects I did. It was a long process but I still love how it turned out. Now if only I could everyone to follow the rules!
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This is the hutch that came with my Kijiji buy. I plan on painting it, just haven’t found the right color yet. A fellow blogger in Moncton front porch mercantile is opening up a shop in November and I’m hoping to get down there to find the right color of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to jazz up that boring hutch.
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The inside of the hutch, where I store my favorite dishes. Notice how I didn’t paint the inside? Waste of time…I know my mom begs to differ, she’s probably horrified that I’m showing it to you unfinished!
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My little nightstand that was the same color as the inside of the hutch. I painted it white and distressed it a bit then added a coat to furniture wax. I’m aware that I have a handle problem going on…
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This dresser was painted a horrible horrible faux wood when it was given to me by my best friend Karla. I painted it white (shocking!) and added the black handles for a brand new look. It sits at the bottom of our stairs in the basement with some of our beach glass finds.
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I got this little chest many years ago at an antique place near by. I don’t really know what to do with it but I don’t want to give it up either.
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This is where you will find me any night of the week. It’s quiet and cozy and I feel like we are in our own little world when we are down there. Actually that’s where the good t.v. is and truth be told, I cannot live without my shows. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without all of those hours of useless, uninformative, trash t.v. In fact, I’ve already missed the first seven minutes of Chicago Fire, gotta run!
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