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Recover a Footstool – Fast!

From this to this! A bit of material and a staple gun is all you need!
That’s it you are done, took 30 minutes only.

 

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My Art-Deco Bar! Here Are The Results

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It was a lot more work, but it always is. I love the way it looks now and the cupboards hold all the bottles. The drawer holds corkscrews etc. with the lower cupboard housing overflow.

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This is the neat part, open the top and there is a mixing area for drinks. 

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Here are the new knobs 7 in all. Ready to have a cocktail party and serve a cocktail to Hercule Poirot I think. Fancy dress perhaps!

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My Art-Deco Bar Another Project! The Before

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco
My Art-Deco Bar Another Project!

I saw this online and I thought it would be the perfect piece to store all our drinks as well as look great in our very 1930s dining room. Please note that most of my staging projects lend a contemporary look when staging to sell, but it is always different in your own home, as the way you live is indeed different to when you place your home up for sale.

My latest project had to be repaired and restained as once home, I found it was coming apart at the back and needed to be thoroughly cleaned, repaired, reglued, and reinforced.  It also needed to be restained. New shelves to be made and stained as the old ones had buckled and would not support any weight. It was useful to have them as templates for the ones to be made. New knobs ordered as some were broken and the drawer to be lined. The reveal will come soon. 

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco

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Extra Seating – When You Need It @styleorganization

 

Recovered! During the heatwaves, I like to work indoors with the A/C on! I had these two stools that were beginning to look shabby. and I thought I would have to pay to get them recovered in the same style, or get rid of them which was not that popular with the family. So I decided to take them apart...

Extra Seating - when you need it @styleorganization

Original – The before.

With the top cushion cut off…

Side by side…

The new material which was a fab find that I have had for years and been dying to use.

Completed in a couple of hours with a staple gun. I placed the top cushion on top of the lower footstool and pulled the material tight and stapled underneath. They look great against the back of the leather sofa. I think I may paint the little legs green too now I have seen the pictures.

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Style Organization’s Guide To Shop Like A Pro At Yard Sales & Flea Markets

Flea Markets & Yard Sales
Flea Markets & Yard Sales

Last weekend I traveled up to Grand Bend with a friend to check out The Pinery Flea Market’s Annual Spring Yard Sale. The market is open every Sunday from 8am until 4pm, May to (Canadian) Thanksgiving. In addition to the regular market line up, there are additional sellers for this one sale which was the first one this year. The cost is a $1 per person and includes parking.

We arrived at 8am, parked and perused the stalls. I actually only spent $20 that day while my friend spent a lot more and visited the ATM! My van was filled up! After a couple of hours, we stopped for the hot breakfast and had some coffee. Very convenient! There were proper bathrooms on the premises 

Here are my tips to shop like a pro.

Dress comfortably! Wear your comfy shoes and if the sale is being held outdoors, like the Pinery, which has parking in a field, if it has rained or is  wet, rubber boots or waterproof shoes may be a better option. Wear layers, it was chilly on arrival and as it warmed up I just peeled off a jacket and sweater. Use a messenger style bag so that your hands are free and your wallet safe in your bag.  Sunglasses and sunscreen if you will be out all day.

Arrive Early or at least at the opening time, so you will have the best pick. See if you can do a quick once over to get an idea of what is available.

Once you find your treasure buy it or someone else will.

Bring cash. Most markets only deal in cash (although the Pinery had two ATMs) and bring smaller bills, plus loonies and toonies too.

Have a Plan. Think about what you want, a coffee table or vintage clothing and go looking for these items. Have a notebook with measurements of where your finds may go. Bring a tape measure so you can check the size to see if it will fit.  Other treasures will catch your eye too. I  had seen some pictures of what the vendors were selling but I never found any of the items so the pictures were not current and I had to settle for what was available.

Bring snacks and water in case there is no food or you do not care for what is on offer. Wipes and sanitizer are useful too. Use your camera on your cell phone if you find items that you like but want to see more and then use the photos to compare.

Update, upcycle and rescue any item that you love but is damaged with paint, fabric and more. 

If you are interested in the Pinery Antique Flea & Farmers Market, the address is 10163 Lakeshore Rd, which is 3 miles south of Grand Bend on Hwy 21.  Find them on facebook too.

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The Best Way to Meet Men! Renovate a House

Tudor Revival House 1928
Tudor Revival House 1928

New men have been coming into my life almost daily since I started renovating the house (and to think my husband said as a married woman I would not meet any)! Eric, Steve, Josh, John, Brian, Nenad, and Joe are just a few guys who I can telephone.

Steve appears daily to give the basement a coat of mud. Joe has now completed plastering the cracks. The window for the upper landing has been ordered from Peter and Terry is the one to install it. The bath and tiles have been ordered, we just need to find a vanity and hardware, not as easy as it sounds, as there is some odd stuff out there. My particular dislike is cultured marble, sounds refined but I find it is not. On Friday another man will arrive to replace some glass panes that have cracked.
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Former Glory Restorations – Kitchen/Dining Room Door Restored

 

Dining room side restored
Former Glory Restorations restored the pivoting kitchen dining room door. This was the kitchen door before and after, I do not know why would anyone paint (badly) a beautiful door.
Restored after being painted white kitchen side prior to the kitchen being renovated.

The kitchen door painted white before being restored

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Renovating Our Home Again – This Will Be The Last Home (I Hope)

Renovating
Renovating

Built in 1928, this large 2.5 storey house had a lovely character and I wanted to find out if the house had any sort of history on record. I went to the library archives as well as to city hall to see if I could find some information as there was none with the house. While the house is on the heritage list it is not designated, due to low scores on the heritage property evaluation system, mainly due to the fact that no one prominent or famous had lived here. The builder and the architect remain unknown. What I do know for fact is that it is a very good quality home built in July 1928 prior to the Wall Street crash so money was in abundance and is a good example of the better residential architecture of the period. Interestingly the house has been renumbered from the original. The style is Tudor revival with craftsman details, the bottom half is brick including clinker brick which is ornamental. There is a variety of building materials including limestone, stucco and wood and (now removed) cedar shingles around the dormers. The original roof was cedar shingles with ornate verge board commonly known as fascia. The interior has red oak hardwood floors and sweet gum tree trimming. There is a wonderful fireplace in the sitting room with a green marble hearth known as French marble due to the green colour, even though it does not come from France. All the rooms are large. The sitting room, dining room, and the hallway have decorative ceilings coved (rounded) to the walls. The value was $6175 for the house and $350 for the garage. I do not know if that was the paid price. The family sold it 16 years later in 1944 for $11.900. We are currently still renovating and restoring the house and we love both the street and the city.

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Made Over Bridge Chairs in Windsor On

Made Over Bridge Chairs in Windsor On
Made Over Bridge Chairs in Windsor On

Placed on either side of a chest of drawers in a bedroom these foldaway bridge chairs were in need of new seats, covers, and some TLC. They will come in handy when extra seating is needed around the dining table or as a desk chair.

I do renovate, rejuvenate and update things all the time, so I did have the stain, wood, wadding, upholstery fabric and my trusty staple gun so this was a quick and easy project.

Here is the before, during and after.

The Frame

The Frame

The Seat
The Seat
The Cover
The Cover
The Finished Chair
The Finished Chair
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5 Minute Makeovers – The Laundry Basket Made Over

Laundry Basket Makeover in Windsor Ontario
Laundry Basket Makeover

It is hard to find an attractive & functional laundry basket so when the basketwork started to break down, I simply added some fabric that was on hand that co-ordinated with both the paint and the trim on the basket. Cut to size, folded over neatly to hem and then stapled, this makeover took only 5 minutes.  I love the fabric and so was happy to use it.

Laundry Basket Makeover in Windsor Ontario
Laundry Basket Makeover