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Bedroom decorating on a budget

I recently helped a client redecorate her master bedroom and we made a pretty spectacular impact with very little cash. I love how it’s now a space that expresses her fun, loving personality. It all started with a dresser makeover. Since we redid her…

Paint the damn dresser, already!

Paint the damn dresser, already! {Heather's Handmade Life}

You’ve probably been thinking about it for a while, if you read my newspaper column from time to time. Maybe you’ve even gone so far as to look at colour options and even bought the paint. But still, you’ve hesitated. Is painting a dresser…

DIY silhouette art

DIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’m always guffawing at the prices of simple silhouette art in home decor stores. A solid-coloured canvas with a solid-coloured silhouette in the middle — a crown, a dog, a purse, a hamburger (OK I haven’t seen a burger painting but I’d sure like that…

DIY glitter name from foam core

DIY glitter name from foam core {Heather's Handmade Life}

On Monday I shared the fun (and budget-friendly) gallery wall I did for a client’s daughter, and today I thought I’d share the steps behind the oversized glitter-covered “Addy” that’s part of the arrangement. You’ll need:  A sheet of foam core (mine was a…

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps ... and turn one table into two nightstands! {Heather's Handmade Life}

When it comes to decorating around a bed, I know three things to be true … If you have different nightstands, they should at least be the same height. If you have different bedside lamps, they should be the same height and have the…

Makeup table gets a makeover

As much as I love decorating living rooms and kitchens and even bathrooms, my favourite room to decorate is a child’s room — specifically a really girly room. Pink is my favourite colour, I love glitter, and it’s so much fun to choose fabrics…

No, you’re not a monster for painting old wood

There are plenty of people who think it’s sacrilegious when I paint old wood furniture. I know this because they email me about it. 😉 It’s a personal preference and I get it. I really do. Their argument is that natural wood is beautiful,…

Trimming furniture to make it fit perfectly

Sometimes the perfect piece for a room is already lurking somewhere in your house, but you look right past it. That’s what I discovered recently when I was helping a client convert an office into a guest bedroom. She wanted a small desk where…

DIY pallet headboards

DIY pallet-style headboards {Heather's Handmade Life}

I recently made a housecall — yes, I do those — to visit a client who wanted help turning a former home office into a cosy guest room. She had two twin bed frames and I knew immediately I wanted to try building pallet-style…

I am not an interior designer

I am not an interior designer {Heather's Handmade Life}

I spent the weekend working on projects for my very first “home design” client. It’s something that’s been in the works for a couple of months now, and it’s been sort of thrilling, actually. We have plans to work on a bunch of rooms…

Replace broken drawers with shelves

Replace broken drawers with shelves

Broken drawers? Missing drawers? Not a problem! We’ve all had a cheap dresser at some point, and we all know what that means: The broken drawers suck and they eventually fall apart. That was certainly the case with this one. Remember, a couple of…

Chalk, milk, mineral? Choosing the right furniture paint

When I’m painting furniture, how do I decide between Fusion Mineral Paint, FAT Paint, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint? I’ll tell you.