Saturday, October 24

Surprise hardwood

There is nothing like renovating an old character home and finding what your hoping is still intact...the originals!  Solid quality hardwood, original trim, all the goodies. Today we ripped up carpet in an old home to find this beautiful untouched original hardwood! 

Some rooms were covered over in a 70's floor tile but underneath lays more original wood, nothing a good sanding and stain/refinish can't fix up.

Repurposed. Renewed. Re-loved.

Monday, October 5

Fusion Mineral Paint at the Toronto Home Show

Getting a tips and techniques from
Jennylynn Pringle, president of Homestead House and designer Michael Penny on using Fusion Mineral Paint at the Toronto Home Show!

Tuesday, August 18

Sunflowers, an old garden favourite

This was the first time I grew sunflowers in our backyard in Halifax.  They were late bloomers compared to some locations in the city that I noticed bloomed in early August.  Every year I tend to try my hand at growing something new :)

Happy Gardening,


Monday, July 27

chalk paint chair makeover


This chair was a great deal at a local antique auction.  It cost $40, the fabric and the wood are overall in excellent condition.  I prefer not getting into reupholstering chairs unless its a simple seat cover replacement so I decided to try chalk painting this piece due to its complexity to reupholster.  It turned out perfectly!

Materials used were Annie Sloan chalk paint,  Annie Sloan clear wax, painters tape, sand paper, tooth picks and of course my paint and wax brushes.

First I applied two coats of chalk paint to cover the all the chairs fabric in dark grey.  Once dry I taped off the stripes with green painters tape and applied two coats of the lighter color 'Paloma'.  I also painted the wood work the in this color.  Next I removed the tape and gave the chair a day to fully dry. 

After all the painitng was done I lightly distressed some of the wood work using sand paper and tooth picks then applied the clear wax generously and finally buffed the wax it into the chair.

Here is the finished product, very french ticking inspired, don't you think?

Happy DIY'ing,


Tuesday, March 3

Cedar bench DIY

Here is a DIY project I completed back in December.  Simple mid-century modern hairpin leg benches for the entryway!

The cedar was locally sourced, I purchased a few logs then had a friend cut it with an Alaskan chainsaw into two slabs approximately 56" long at 4" thick.

Since the wood was already so dry from sitting for a couple years the bark was starting to peel.  We removed the remainder and left the live edges untouched. The cedar then stayed inside and as you can see above, one piece split down the middle.  Even though wood may appear to be dry once it's brought inside it always changes.  If anything consider these changes adding character to your pieces!

For each bench I used four custom-fabricated brushed-stainless 14-Inch Hairpin Legs ($19 per leg) from

As you can see below we easily mounted the four legs onto the bottom of the bench, setting them in slightly about 2" from the sides and ends so that the hairpin legs do not go outside the parameter of the bench.

Lucky for me I have lots of helpers...

Now everyone has a place to sit and remove their boots. 

Happy DIY'ing.

Kelty xo

P.S - The coat hooks are also a DIY project, soon to be blogged about...

Tuesday, January 27

River build great room

Here are some pictures of the great room in our home.  I was asked by the window supplier to take some photos so I am sharing them with you too.  The windows are by Marvin.

We are still working on the kitchen, once the counter tops are installed pictures will be posted!


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