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A few months back I spotted this desk in my grandparents’ basement while storing a few things and I immediately fell in love. When I learned that it actually belonged to my mom when she was a teenager I knew that I wanted to restore it and turn it into something that I can use in my new home. I decided that a fresh coat of paint and colour update was exactly what it needed and decided to use Premier Paint from Canadian Tire to bring it back to life!

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The desk was so pretty but definitely needed a little bit of TLC to fix it back up and restore it to how lovely it used to be and I knew it would take a little work. I decided to go with the Premier Active line because it has primer built in, which means less work in the long run, and great coverage. It’s also stain resistant, something that will definitely be useful for a desk.

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Looking for a fun DIY project of your own? Follow these steps to paint an old desk (or other furniture)of your own; you can use a piece you have kicking around or try checking out garage sales and buy & sell groups on Facebook to find something that will fit into your home.

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  1. Sand! The desk that I used already had paint on it, so I had to remove this before I could paint. Use a coarse grit sandpaper (I used 80) to break through and remove the existing paint or varnish. An electric sander is great for this and definitely makes the job easier. Afterwards, I went over everything with a fine grit (220) sandpaper to finish and prime the wood for painting.
  2. Clean the desk up. I used a vacuum to remove sawdust from the area so I wouldn’t have to worry about it getting into the paint and used a damp cloth to wipe down the desk and remove any dust from it.
  3. Prep the area! Make sure you cover anything nearby that you don’t want to get paint on so you don’t have to worry about accidents. Garbage bags work great for this in a pinch!
  4. Paint! I got to work with my Premier Active Paint from Canadian Tire in three shades (I used the shades Shy Rose, Powder Room & Charming Rose). You don’t need to prime the surface with this paint so I could get right into it. Make sure you paint all visible surfaces, including the top of the drawers and sides as they’ll be seen when pulled out. I went with two coats to maximize the look of the paint and it turned out great!
  5. Apply hardware to finish the look off. I picked up these great jeweled knobs at Canadian Tire and decided to keep the original handle for the long drawer as a nod to the original desk.

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What do you think of my desk makeover? Do you have any fun DIY projects in the works? If you decide to try to paint an old desk I would love to hear about it!

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Canadian Tire but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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While I’m reluctant to admit that fall is here (even though we finally have summer weather in Toronto), today’s the first day of the new season and I can’t deny it any more. I’m a summer lover but I’ll admit that I’m a big fan of fall colours and the entertaining opportunities that come with this new season. I’ve pulled together a few of my Thanksgiving entertaining & fall decor must haves to give you a little inspiration as we head into autumn. Oh, and if you’re looking for fashion inspo I have you covered!

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Yes, of course, fall totally means pumpkin spice. If you’re a big fan, you’ll definitely need some cute pillows that show off your affinity for everything PSL-related.

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For me, one of the most fun things about fall is the candles that start rolling out. I absolutely love candles and find that they’re such an easy way to transform your home. I can’t wait to get my hand on these Old Factory candles – this set comes with three candles scented like pumpkin spice, cranberry and autumn leaves.

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I’m always one for a good photo booth and these adorable props would make for a great one at a Thanksgiving party. Throw them in a basket and add an Instax Mini camera for the perfect setup.

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When it comes to Thanksgiving entertaining, the drinks you serve are as important as the food. Moscow Mules are perfect for a fun, easy cocktail and these copper mugs are exactly what you need to serve them in.

 

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In my head, there are a few things that make a get together successful, and cheese is one of them (just ask my friends Jenelle and Sandra). Of course, if you’re going to be serving cheese up you need a great platter to do so on; this bamboo serving tray looks great and hides serving utensils in a sneaky drawer for easy use.

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Light up your party and humble abode with these pretty string lights decorated with fall leaves. They provide a really nice touch running up the banister and I think would make a pretty centrepiece down a long table!

 

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Finally, greet your guests with a taste of fall right at the front door. A pretty fall themed wreath is an easy way to decorate – sometimes keeping it simple and light with your decor is all you need.

 

What other suggestions do you have for Thanksgiving entertaining & fall decor?

 


Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate and this post contains affiliate links. As always, opinions are 100% my own! xo

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As some of you may know, I’m getting ready to make the move to Toronto in the spring.  While it’s still a little ways away (April), I’ve been totally distracted with thoughts of what I’m going to do with my space.  I haven’t even found a place yet but I’ve definitely been doing a little preparatory designing in my head.

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When it comes to decorating my space to make it my own, one of the things that I’ve become obsessed with lately to add a little flair is prints.  There are so many different options available and it’s nearly impossible to not find something that will fit in with your home and style.

 

I’ve recently come across a new site which is going to be the perfect pal for my inner decorator come move in time.  Minted, an online stationary store.  The really neat thing about this online store, which sells a variety of printed items including prints, stationary & invites (many of which is customizable), is that everything comes from a global community of artists, making everything so unique.

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Naturally, I headed straight to the art collection to take a look at the prints and to scope out what would fit nicely into my future apartment.  I was so happy to see such a wide variety of prints available, ranging from geometric shapes to photos to beautiful typography for starters.

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I was definitely drawn to some of the more geometric patterns and the gold foil art, as these have so much character and would easily add a ton of flair to any room – especially my future office.  I also have a bit of an obsession with foxes, and the Swift Fox print instantly caught my eye.  I’ve got a few of these ready in my cart waiting for me to make my final decision.

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I’ve also taken a peek through some of Minted’s other offerings and I must say I’m sold.  I’ve got my eye on a few different business card designs right now – perfect timing seeing as I just ran out of my current cards!

Have you taken a look at Minted?  I would love to hear what some of your favourite designs are – it might give me a little inspiration 😉

 

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I will admit I’m not the craftiest or most creative person in the world.  My mom’s an amazing artist and can make just about anything, but those creative “genes” seemed to bypass me and went straight to my brothers.  Needless to say, I found myself in a bit of a pickle when my best friend decided we should give each other DIY Christmas gifts this year.  Of course, I went right to Pinterest to find some inspiration.  I found this amazing idea to make a DIY Jewelry Shelf out of an Ikea cutlery rack from The DIY Mommy and thought it would be the perfect gift for my jewelry loving BFF. You can follow her instructions at the link above or check out mine here – I made a couple of little changes when I made mine!

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What you will need: 

  • Cutlery tray (I used the Rationell tray from Ikea)
  • Spray paint
  • Contact paper (found at dollar store)
  • Decorative knobs (found at Target)
  • Picture hanging kit (found at dollar store)

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Directions:

1.  Start off by spray painting the tray and hooks you will be using with your choice of colour.  I used a couple of coats to make sure the colour was perfectly applied and even.  Leave to dry.

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2. Measure and cut sheets of contact paper to fit in each of the compartments.  Contact paper is so easy to work with – peel of the backing and stick it right on to the wood – and you can find many pretty styles to suit the look you’re going for!

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3.  Time to add the “hangers.”  I used pretty knobs in the slimmer compartments to loop necklaces around, attaching them with a glue gun.  I then screwed the eye hooks into the square compartment for earrings, and attached the other hooks along the bottom so that longer necklaces could hang off when the shelf is on the wall.

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There you have it – an easy, inexpensive DIY jewelry shelf.  You can play around with the colours you use to make it your own and create the perfect fit for your decor.

How do you store and display your jewelry?

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