China cabinet makeover with Stikwood

Hello friends.  I was browsing my Facebook feeds one day and discovered this amazing product that I just had to try.  As someone who refurbishes furniture, I am always looking for different ways to transform my pieces.  This product is called Stikwood.  Stikwood is the world’s first Peel & Stik reclaimed and sustainable wood planking. 

If you are a furniture artist or avid DIY'er and love the look of barnwood , you will love this product.  It is so easy to use.  Literally, you just PLAN, PEEL and STICK.  I was so excited by this product that I wrote Stikwood and asked if they would collaborate on a project.  The Stikwood is normally used for planking walls, but I am using it to transform a traditional looking china cabinet by backing the interior with the Stikwood.  This is real solid wood planking!

The Stikwood comes in different-sized lengths, similar to wood flooring.

You can use the Stikwood either horizontally or vertically.  For my cabinet, I installed them vertically with one plank going horizontally to cover the brace.  By installing them vertically for this project, I was able to use just half of the box.

I love the rustic barnwood paired with white ironstone and the fresh white paint.  They just play up so well together.  The cabinet is painted in 'Simplicity' Country Chic Paint, distressed and waxed.

It can get a little expensive if you were to plank a large wall, but using it to transform furniture is reasonable because you use so little of it.  Imagine all the possibilities!  I can see using the Stikwood on some mid-century modern pieces too.  They would look AMAZING!

Here are some Work-In-Progress

The cabinet "Before"

The cabinet "Before"

Because I wanted more of a rustic, farmhouse look and not so traditional, I removed the top moulding piece and the fretwork on the two glass doors.

Because I wanted more of a rustic, farmhouse look and not so traditional, I removed the top moulding piece and the fretwork on the two glass doors.

The planks come in 5" widths.

The planks come in 5" widths.

I planned out how I wanted to align the planks, measured and then cut them with a miter saw.

I planned out how I wanted to align the planks, measured and then cut them with a miter saw.

I then peeled the back and stuck them on.

I then peeled the back and stuck them on.

To make sure it bonded well, I applied pressure with a roller.

To make sure it bonded well, I applied pressure with a roller.

That's it, as simple as that!

That's it, as simple as that!

New moulding was added to the top.

New moulding was added to the top.

The Stikwood is very easy to work with.

The planks are available in multiple finishes and styles.  If you would like more information on Stikwood and their other products, visit their site at

Disclosure: I received some compensation for the Stikwood. I was so intrigued with this product and wanted to share my experience with my DIY readers. All words and opinions expressed are my own.

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Savvy Southern Style ; Knick of Time ; Creative Country Mom ; The Heathered Nest ; 

Bless'er House ; The Curator's Collection ; Craftberry Bush ; Patina Paradise ; 

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Kammy's Korner ; Elizabeth & Co.

Pinspiration for the holidays.

Hello friends.  I am changing things up a bit on the blog today.  Instead of another furniture makeover, this post is about decorating for the holidays and what is inspiring me for holiday decor.  I am drawn more and more to the simplicity of Scandinavian holiday decor.  Simple greenery, twinkly lights, nature's gifts and no fuss decorating.  Here are some of my favorites found on Pinterest.  I've linked all original sources, if available.  As a courtesy to all, please pin from the original source.

Some of my favorite garlands.

The different patterns and graphics on these garlands make such a bold statement!  This is something that can be left throughout the winter season.

I want to make this fern garland!

and this elegant and simple garland made from olive branches and pine cones.

This mini wreath garland made from Rosemary sprigs is really simple to make and so darn cute!

Some favorite swags and wreaths.

I came across this simple winter swag on Etsy.   Its streaming deep chocolate bow is a refreshing color from the typical green and red bows.  It blends so well with the pine cones.

How about this wreath made with Scottish Pine?  Again, I love the choice of the neutral grey bow.  It's not traditional, but festive in its simplicity.

A boxwood wreath hung by burlap in a white-painted frame gives it the centre-stage it deserves.

I've been seeing these naked cakes everywhere.  This winter cake is just so gorgeous and whimsical.  The snow forest is made from sprigs of Rosemary and Winter Savory, dusted with powdered sugar.  Again, it looks simple, stunning and delicious.

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These "dala" white chippy wood horses are adorable with their spanish moss wreaths hung on their necks.

Table top real trees.

I've been inspired by the small real bare Christmas trees enjoyed in their natural state.  Even a Charlie-Brown-looking-tree is so pretty in its simplicity.  So this year I've decided to forego the 8 ft. traditional tree and have two small tabletop real fir trees instead in my dining room.  My sideboard will be flanked by these two trees.  I plan to just add twinkling white lights with the Christmas tree ornaments displayed in big glass bowls instead.  

I love this Farmhouse Style vignette.

and also this little vignette & all the natural elements surrounding it.

I love how graphic this little tree appears in this all-white stairway.

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I also love the idea of clipped fir branches standing in plain mason jars or clear vases.  Here are some of my favorites.  I am definitely stealing this idea!

Table settings.

This natural look with wood slices as place mats feels merry and bright.  I love the pared back holiday feel.


These colourful and festive stockings would look great in an all white room.  It would be a great pop of color.

and for a more neutral look, these wool stockings.

Pomegranates for display, and as a festive appetizer.

Favorite gift wrapping.

Plain brown paper wrapping.

and finally my favourite Christmas/Winter scene.

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Could Santa possibly be real?!!!!!!!!!

Hope you enjoyed the roundup.  I plan to start my Christmas decor in about a week and I'll be incorporating many of these ideas.  

So what is your favourite Christmas decor?

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It started with a chandelier!

Hello friends.  A short while back you will remember that I introduced you to Parrot Uncle.  An online lighting store that sell beautifully designed lighting at reasonable prices.   I had been drooling over their wooden chandeliers and so when they asked if I would also be interested in reviewing a product, I was more than thrilled to receive one.  But guess what?  I am hosting a giveaway!  Parrot Uncle are providing a $50.00 dollar gift certificate to one of our lucky readers.  Now, whenever I see a giveaway I often don't enter because it usually is not open to Canada.  Parrot Uncle is offering one lucky winner, WORLDWIDE, the chance to win!  You must be 18 years and over to enter.  Further details are at the end of this post.

I had started making changes to my dining room a while back by adding lots of white, but then things came to a halt.  I loved all the white but something was missing!  When I saw their wooden chandeliers, it immediately clicked and it gave me the direction on how to go forward with redecorating my dining room.   That something was the warmth of rustic paler woods.   I love white rooms but sometimes they can feel stark.

So here is the chandelier I ordered and now hanging in my dining room.  It's the 5 lights flask-shaped wooden pendant.  I love the rustic barnwood mixed with the rusted metal.   It is also available in 6 and 8 lights.  I was not disappointed at all when I received the chandelier.  It looks exactly as it appears on their website and was very easy to install.

I'm still working on the table and adding more wood accents.   I will share more on a separate post when it is all finished. 

Parrot Uncle also hold a great collection of vintage&industrial chandeliers and  contemporary hanging light fixtures.  No matter what your style, there is something for every taste, from sconces to chandeliers and also standing lights.  Here are just a few that caught my eye.  They are presently having a Holiday Sale which will run till the end of the year, with 20% to 50% discount on their lighting, and free shipping and returns on any order over $50.00!

This giveaway will close on Friday, November 27, 2015 at midnight, EST.  So grab a cup of coffee and visit their website HERE and see all the beautiful lighting they have to offer.  Then come back and leave me a comment below letting me know which ones are your favorite!  One lucky winner will be randomly chosen and notified by e-mail.  Your $50.00 gift card will be sent to you by Parrot Uncle.


Disclosure:  I have received some form of compensation to write this post but all words and opinions are my own.  I was totally satisfied with my product and would recommend this site to anyone looking for affordable, great lighting!


Hello Friends.  I recently finished painting this tall boy.  This was a contract job and the client's request was to paint it crisp black, satin finish and re-position new hardware.

Here is the client's "Before" picture.  It is a solid piece of furniture so definitely worth recycling.


And here is the end result.  Looks kind of POTTERY BARNish.  Don't you think?

I painted it in Country Chic Paint's Liquorice.  Because the client requested a satin finish, I chose to seal it with the Tough Coat instead of waxing.  If you seal with the Tough Coat, it is IMPORTANT to wait the full 24 hours after painting, especially with dark colours.

I made the mistake of waiting only 12 hours and had to re-start part of it over.  So if you ever wonder why you are getting patchiness like the image below, it is probably because you did not wait till the paint was fully dried before applying the Tough Coat.  It's the evaporation from the liquids in the paint that are now trapped by the top coat.

So the biggest change in this piece came from adding the new antique brass pulls from Lee Valley Hardware.  As you can see from the "before" image, the new pulls had to be re-positioned.  Here is how I went about it.

I removed the old hardware and plugged up the old holes.  

Now to make sure the new holes are precise, I created templates from some scrap wood of the different sized drawer fronts.  

In this case there were two different sizes.  It is a little extra work, but better safe than sorry!

I calculated all my measurements and marked where the new holes would go on my scrap template.  When this was done, I drilled the new holes first on my scrap templates.

I then screwed in the new hardware onto the scrap template.  If all fits well, then I clamp the template onto the drawer front and drill the new holes through my actual piece.  This way there is no second-guessing.  

Don't try and eye-ball it, because you will always be slightly off, especially when there are so many new holes to make.

Perfect black, crisp finish.

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Hello Friends.  Today I am sharing a quick DIY project.  How do you feel about the metallic copper trend?  Like these pretty mugs from Pier 1.   I think the warm copper color fits so well with Fall decor.  

A while back I had painted some plate chargers for a Spring tablescape and when I had the opportunity to sample Fusion Mineral Paint's new metallic paint line, "Matthew Mead Studio Metallics", I knew it would be perfect for painting some thrifted serving platters that are so easily found for a Fall tablescape.  I received some samples in Copper and Bronze, but there are lots of other metallic colors available.

So this is what I started with.


I painted the platters with two coats of the Copper color, and since I also had two random candleholders, I also tested out the Bronze metallic color.  This paint has great coverage with hardly any brush strokes showing.  It was such a quick project, honestly I think it took about 20 minutes per coat to paint 6  platters and 2 candleholders.

I try to look for platters that have very different patterns.  I think it makes it look so much prettier.

My painted pumpkins are making an appearance once again!

The candleholders are painted in the Bronze color for a little contrast.

Now, these platters don't need to be topcoated, but if you wanted a glossier look like the mugs above, they could be sprayed with a glossy clear coat.

I had some paint left over so I decided to paint a few houses from an old Christmas Village I had.  Here is a sneak peek, but you will have to come back and see it all set up during the holiday season!