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White, Gold and Blue Wreath for the Holidays
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Homemade Foot Stool
Fabric Covered Plywood
Fabric Covered Cork board In Dining Area
Burlap Wreath
How to make your Post-It’s
How to give your terra cotta pots an aged look
Gold Home Office Accessories
DIY mini kitchen rolling cart
DIY project; a basket to organize my kitchen counter
A Homemade Mother’s Day Gift for my Mother-in-law
IKEA bar stools spring makeover
Coming up: next DIY projects
DIY personalized birthday mug
DIY and organizing a pantry (part II)
DIY and organizing a pantry (part I)
3 easy Easter projects
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DIY projects: How paint makes a difference

Kitchen island

Yay! I am excited to be posting my first DIY post of the year.

One of my goals for 2013, is too work on more DIY projects.

As you may already know, I love experimenting with these around the house and I love painting almost everything I can find. I drive my hubby crazy sometimes by bringing up a new-possible project; when we are watching TV, having supper or getting ready to go to bed. His reaction is always the same; looks interested, looks uninterested or just gives me a look that just screams “AGAIN?”.

Well, what do you expect; I spend all day at home with a 19 month old and two dogs, I become obsessed with everything that’s wrong and needs fixing in our house. Believe me, when you spend all day inside, you want your house to feel like a home and love every inch of it  😉 I can’t afford big renovations, so I just move things around and try to fix a couple of them too.

My hubby, often asks me “when are you going to stop asking me to move this chair? I know you will make me move it again”

I will never stop, I can’t. I love rearranging existing vignettes or a complete room (one of our rooms is in progress of being completely rearranged, will post about this later).

I remember my parents buying me a new bunk bed when I was 9 years old, I kept changing it every week from one spot to another in my bedroom. Sometimes, my parents would laugh about it and sometimes they would get mad at me because they thought I could injure myself by moving the bed around. Years later, I haven’t changed and don’t think I ever will.  😉

So, this is a post of a couple of small DIY projects that I promised I would share with you back in December

This post is long because it contains a couple of pictures of the DIY steps, so for those who don’t want to read everything about it and how long it took for me to paint these, feel free to only scroll down and look at the pictures, as I know this is a long post. I promise, I won’t mind  😉

As you can see, I am not a professional photographer and this is the best picture I could find about this mini kitchen island I found at HomeSense Winners  a few years ago. We can’t see the color clearly in the picture, but it was a “pukegreen 😉 with the ugliest black hardware you can find. However, it served its purpose for many years in our house and has now found a new place in our tiny entrance. This piece of furniture might look familiar to you, it is, because it was in a previous post where I showed pictures of my entrance decorated for the Holidays.

Kitchen island before picture

In the picture below, you can see the contrast of the new color vs. old color of paint. At first, I kept questioning myself about the color I choose, but quickly realized any color would look better than the “puke” green.

Kitchen island painted

These are 2 big mistakes I did, so if you ever attempt this you won’t feel intimidated about trying to do this yourself and think you are the only one doing it wrong:



It took 3 coats of paint to get achieve the wanted result, because I painted over the existing green paint, as I mentioned before; big mistake on my part, I should’ve sand it before or at least used a primer prior to the paint. I don’t know why I didn’t sand it for this project, I usually do but I guess I was too excited to see the result of my project ;-( I was lucky the wood of the mini island wasn’t too dry and it didn’t soak up all the paint.

This is the ugly black hardware I mentioned before. Of course, I wasn’t going to keep it. So, before painting the 2 drawers, you need to remove the hardware (perfect opportunity to upgrade)

Kitchen island hardware

Kitchen island 

The day, we went to buy our hardware at Homedepot, I had already envisioned what I was going for, but once there, and faced with all the choices available in front of us, I was overwhelmed and kept changing my mind. I could only rely on my hubby’s taste at that moment, something I would not usually do, but I listened to him and today I’m happy with the hardware we choose 🙂

This is a picture of the mini-island left to dry in our kitchen for a night and day, before putting the drawers back on and buying the hardware

Kitchen island painted in grey 

In this picture, you can see the final-result:

Kitchen island


  •  when you are painting with a brush, make sure it’s dry and clean and if you see some lumps (I had a few), continue brushing over them and then you will see them smooth out.
  •  before you add your first coat of paint, you should lightly sand the piece of furniture you are working with.


Note:  I thought about painting or dipping them in paint; the two original baskets that came with the mini kitchen island in white but decided to leave them as is, to keep this “old fashioned look”

These are close up pictures of the other projects I did; these were so easy to do, only some paint and a paint brush were needed:

This is a picture of how the mirror used to look in glossy black:

black glossy mirror

This mirror became the focal point of our tiny entrance, the turquoise/mint color  brightens up the room, perfect for our Canadian winters

turquoise mirror

I bought a sample of paint from BEHR at Homedepot, in this minty Turquoise color ; (Mint-Majesty 480A-3)

Turquoise mint paint

This is how it looked once I applied the first coat of paint

painting mirror

The frame of the mirror has these small details that had to be painted over with a small makeup brush

painting mirror


The brown box you see in the picture below, belonged to my hubby for several years but was his dumping ground for loose change when coming to the house, and was in a very bad state, I decided to use it in our entrance by painting it.

hubby's box

Here is the same box; transformed with two coats of paint and I glued these 3 letters “FAM” for family to personalize it. You might be wandering where I got these tiny letters from; I bought a sign at the dollar store with the word “FAMILY” on it and broke it and took them from there.

entrance box

box painted turquoise


Below, is an ugly green bowl, I found at HomeSense Winners on liquidation last spring for only $2.50, I knew this was a good deal and that I could work with it and make it pretty:

bowl used in the entrance

green bowl used in the entrance

this is how our $2.50 bowl looks like today

turquoise bowl

Love how everything turned out, what I love the most about these DIY projects is using objects you find around the house, give them a new life with a coat paint and then display them in a room where you can appreciate them again! If you follow my blog, you may have already noticed that I do these small projects very often around our house.

Thanks again for stopping by!

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  • petit4chocolatier says:

    Everything looks gorgeous! Yes paint does make a difference. I love your story about the bunk beds. I was the same way and I could be your mom; and I haven’t changed either. Your husband has a lot of joy and love to look forward to with your passion for decorating yourself. When you decorate yourself like you do it says a lot about the person inside. You have it all. Love the constant renovating too. I am older and have always been a hands on renovator. I use to weather the furniture too when my children were younger. I love that look.

    Excellent and informative post my dear! Have a wonderful day in all you do 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

    January 6, 2013 at 9:40 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Judy! 🙂 I’m sure you are not old enough to be my mom 🙂 but I’m really glad to hear you used to DIY a lot when your children were younger, maybe it’s a need we have to make our house a home for them? I can’t stop here; I just finished painting our dining room table last night (post about it later) , this morning when I woke up, I couldn’t wait to see it and love it 🙂 Thank you so much for re-blogging this page and glad to know you liked it 🙂 thanks again Judy! 🙂

      January 6, 2013 at 11:02 am
  • memyselfandkids says:

    It sounds like the DIY stuff got into your blood when you were a child. I used to move the furniture around in my room too. Not quite as often as you. ANyway, it was more to remove the boredom. The crazy thing is my room was 8 by 10, so the options were limited.

    January 6, 2013 at 10:13 am
    • now at home mom says:

      ha!ha! 🙂 I’m super glad to hear I am not the only who used to constantly move things around in their bedroom when they were kids 😉 mine too was very small, ha!ha! but like you say; hey maybe it was boredom ha!ha! 🙂

      January 6, 2013 at 11:05 am
  • Nice piece of work says:

    Love your ideas, they’re all gorgeous 🙂

    January 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much 🙂 & Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

      January 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm
  • lemoncake says:

    Ahh how pretty! I wish I was this creative!

    January 7, 2013 at 11:53 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you! 🙂 very sweet 🙂 you are very creative in the kitchen 🙂

      January 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm
  • lvbaby says:

    Your projects turned out lovely! I too am always moving furniture around and playing with the design/ look of different rooms… Love that shade of turquoise by the way!

    January 14, 2013 at 12:56 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much ! 😉 Im glad you stopped by! & yeah! I know still changing things around too, love that 😉

      January 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm
  • mtetar says:

    Very nice and creative projects. Thanks for the tips much needed. The Green Bowl looks better AFTER.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Mtetar you are so sweet! thank you very much! I’m really glad you liked it, it was a very inexpensive bowl and because of the paint I now love how it looks in our entrance! thank you!

      January 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm
      • mtetar says:

        You’re Welcome, and thanks it is something for me to try and share. Be BLESSED, Mtetar

        January 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          Thanks again Mtetar, you are too kind!

          January 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm
          • mtetar says:

            You’re Welcome! Mtetar

            January 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm
  • rhema3one7 says:

    Hi Ingrid ! Hope this finds you in good health and strength. I’m enjoying your blogs. I have a thing to ask. We got this DVD player which I regret for not buying wireless speakers. These speakers are mounted here and there and I absolutely hate the idea of wires lining everywhere. Is there any way I could conceal them either by a decorative item or something you could come up with ? I’m waiting for your reply.

    February 4, 2013 at 3:16 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Hi Rhema ,
      I am sorry to reply so late, I have been with a terrible migraine but I did not forget your question. Sorry to hear about all those cords, I know what you mean, they can take away from your decor too. I have a couple of ideas for you, the first one I tried at home and it works; you can buy a “cord conduit” to hide or cover those wires and then paint the “cord conduit” in the same color as your wall; so they can blend in to the background. You can buy this at a hardware store, you might need to cut it to the size you need. Also, I am a big fan of a Canadian Show “Steven and Chris” and saw this on their show, this is a link to one of their posts, I think you will find great ideas from them too in regards to this subject! I hope this has helped you, again sorry for the delay and please let me know if I can help you more! Thanks again for trusting my advice! Ingrid

      February 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm
      • rhema3one7 says:

        Thanks for your reply Ingrid. Good to know. Take care of your health. I’m staying in a rented house with so many conditions to maintain, restricting my freedom to even stick our picture on the wall 🙁 Let’s see how this goes. Thanks again Ingrid.

        February 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm
  • now at home mom says:

    Thank you Rhema, so sorry I forgot to include the link of the post I wanted to share with you from their show: , you might find what you need, they have these small adhesive cord clamps, just read you can stick them to any surface and secure your cords; take a look , hope this helps! too bad you can’t stick any pictures to your walls either!

    February 6, 2013 at 11:13 pm

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