DIY Holiday Mantle Garland

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I made a “real” garland for the first time last Christmas and was super happy with how it turned out. I was really looking forward to making another one this Christmas, but to be honest, I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out. It’s way bushier than I intended it to be, but I also don’t care enough to redo it, haha. I’m learning how to be less of a perfectionist. There’s a time and a place to be relentless, and a time and a place to accept things and move on.

I still think it looks good, and anyway, the process was still super satisfying, as DIYs tend to be. Here’s how I made my Christmas fireplace garland from real evergreen branches!

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DIY Holiday Planter Arrangement

DIY Christmas Holiday planter display

You may have noticed by now, but I love decorating the front door with the seasons and holidays. It just adds a little extra something special to the joy of coming home after a long day out. This year for the holidays/winter season, I decided to use my trusty porch planters to create a lively evergreen porch display. Here’s how I did it! Continue reading “DIY Holiday Planter Arrangement”

Fixing Front Steps Part II: Grinding, Concrete Repair and Textured Paint

Fixing Front Steps Part II: Grinding, Concrete Repair and Textured Paint

One of the most urgent home repairs I wanted to make sure we finished before winter sets in, was finishing our DIY concrete step repair. If you haven’t read my Part I post, you can check it out for more detailed steps on the actual concrete repair process, which I won’t be going over in this post.

Once again, Kyler took the lead and basically did everything, but in my defense, I wasn’t around at the time. And unless you have multiple sets of tools, this is really more of a one-person job. Here’s how Kyler finished repairing our concrete steps before the snow sets in: Continue reading “Fixing Front Steps Part II: Grinding, Concrete Repair and Textured Paint”

Fixing Front Steps Part I: DIY Concrete Repair

Fixing Front Steps Part I: DIY Concrete Repair

Our front steps have seen better days. The winter shoveling and salt did a number on the paint and some of the concrete started chipping. The biggest piece came off the bottom step and when Kyler started poking around to assess the situation, more and more kept coming off. Since there wasn’t any integral structural damage, we decided just to repair it ourselves (and by we, I mean pretty much just Kyler). Here’s how we did it: Continue reading “Fixing Front Steps Part I: DIY Concrete Repair”

Painting The Front Door Red DIY

Painting The Front Door Red DIY

I’m very happy and thankful for our house and I’m slowly chipping away at making it “ours” in every way possible. I’ve always dreamed of owning an English-storybook-meets-Victorian-style house with a peaked roof, brick chimney and climbing roses over a gated arbor. But for less than a million bucks inside the city? I think not…

I guess you could say we settled for a typical Montreal abode, a basic rectangular brick number, attached on both sides. Needless to say, I felt the urge to inject some personality into an otherwise drab facade and had been flirting with the thought of painting the front door a bright red for several months. Over a recent long weekend, I finally took the plunge and here’s how I did it:

painting front door red DIY before and after Behr exterior paint and primer in one red geranium

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DIY Backyard Remodel | How To Grow Grass From Seed In Your Yard

DIY Backyard Remodel | How To Grow Grass From Seed In Your Yard
The backyard of our new house was under the “pro” column when we decided to buy it, but by the first winter, we realized we didn’t enjoy it like we thought we would and made a plan to completely transform it. And being the super gung-ho impatient crazy lady that I am, I insisted we tackle it as soon as the snow melted, so we could enjoy it all summer. Here’s the whole long growing a new lawn from seed story, the only kind of story I know how to tell!

Wooden Crate Display Shelves DIY

Wooden Crate Display Shelves DIY

There’s this little part on the outside wall in our dining room that kind of juts out a bit more than the rest and I thought a console table would be perfect to house some of the prettier things we had that were just sitting inside kitchen cupboards. I’m still holding out for the perfect pre-loved hutch to complete the dining room, but as my fellow thrifters know all too well, it can be a years-long waiting game when your heart’s set on vintage furniture.

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But rather than spend several hundred bucks on an attractive console table that would be large enough to fit this odd indent in the room, I decided to try making my own out of wooden crates. If you’re into the rustic chic look, this makes a really interesting-looking display shelf or bookcase!

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