DIY :: Painted Outdoor Patio Bench

BEHR Paint Project - DIY Painted Outdoor Patio Bench

Hello! So hard to believe that September is just around the corner! With Summer drawing to an end, I’ve been spending time enjoying these last warm days and also frantically trying to complete the list of “to-dos’ I had set out long before. Glad to say I had a successful weekend accomplishing both!

We have two outdoor balconies in our townhome, one on the main level where we do most of our lounging and BBQ-ing and the second is set outside our bedroom suite, which we don’t occupy too often, but it’s a great private outdoor space for cozy nights. When we moved in two years ago, we placed our old patio set from our condo terrace onto the top floor balcony. After suffering from two winters, the patio set endured some harsh weather and it was time to get it some TLC again. With the cooler weather ahead, I thought it’d be a great time to transform our top floor balcony into a Fall oasis by first giving our patio bench and table a new fresh coat of paint and dressing the rest of the space with comfy cushions and snuggly blankets.

Alas! I’m thrilled to reveal my first paint project as one of BEHR Paint’s DIY Experts with this newly upgraded outdoor patio bench!

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DIY Varathane Challenge :: Marquee Sign Charcuterie Board (on wheels!)

DIY Charcuterie Board Marquee Sign Varathane

It’s been sometime since I worked on a home DIY project. I’m extra excited about the reveal of today’s project! I hope you guys really like it! I was asked to participate in an fun Varathane #LoveYourWood challenge alongside 9 other talented bloggers to show just exactly how creative a can of Varathane wood stain can get.

We were tasked to create an original wood project using a surprise box of items and a can of wood stain. I obviously couldn’t turn down the challenge! After racking my brain for days, I finally came up with the idea of creating an oversized, moveable charcuterie board! Charcuterie boards and tables are fabulous, but sometimes, those things can be so elaborate and hard to move around from one end to the table to the other. Therefore, I added an element of function but securing small caster wheels to the bottom of my creation! In addition to amping up the functionality, I also wanted to add an extra element of design. Inspired by lit up marquee signs, I drilled holes through the board to create the illusion of a lit up marquee sign – thoughts!?

I hope you like this DIY oversized moveable marquee sign charcuterie board!

I’d really appreciate if you can cast a vote for me on the Helping You Finish Facebook Page to help me win a grand prize of $2500 and you can win Varathane prizes too! I promise I will share bigger and even better DIY projects in the future!

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DIY Inspiration :: Paint Projects with BEHR

BEHR DIY Expert Paint Projects

I must admit, leading up to our wedding, planning occupied most of my time and I put several DIY projects on hold. Now that the wedding has been perfectly squared away, I’m totally ready to get back on track with the list of home decor projects on my list! I’m thrilled to share with you that I’ve been invited by BEHR to join an elite team of 18 other BEHR DIY Experts! What does this mean? Means I’ll be sharing monthly DIY paint projects, inspirations, and latest paint trends sure to get you geared up for your own paint and home renovation plans. Feel free to suggest some future paint projects for me, I’d love to work on a few that you’d like to see!

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DIY :: Sequins Beach Hat with Joe Fresh

DIY Summer Beach Hat Joe Fresh

Happy Monday! Thrilled to share with you my latest DIY contribution for my friends at Joe Fresh (psst, they’ve also got a face lift on their blog!).

A giant floppy sun hat is a must during the summer season. I’ve managed to collect a wide variety of sun hats over the years and they are all fairly similar to one another. Gearing up for this summer, I decided to make my newly acquired Joe Fresh hat ($12-16) stand out by embellishing it with a sequins trim and a nifty phrase. Nothing speaks vacation mode like a “See u later,” right?

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DIY :: Gold Leaf Sandals {Birkenstock}

DIY Gold Leaf Sandals Birkenstock SoftMoc

I’ve been totally dying to add a new pair of Birkenstock’s to my collection of Summer sandals, and was uber excited when SoftMoc approached me on a DIY and style challenge. You often relate a pair of Birkenstock’s to camping, cottaging, or an outdoor activity. But honestly… have you seen the metallic Birkenstock sandals on the market?! They’re super fashionable and for those of you who own a pair (I know many of you do!) they are incredibly comfortable and long lasting.

Inspired by the metallic versions and a recent gold leaf starter kit I purchased for a home DIY project, I decided test out this gold leaf kit on my newly acquired Birkenstock sandals. I am so happy with the end result and can’t WAIT to show you how I style them. For those who have been curious about gold leafing … yes, you can and should gold leaf your footwear!

Keep reading to see the full DIY step by step!

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DIY :: Painted Love Nail Art

DIY paint stroke nails Shoppers Drug Mart

I am a huge fan of getting pampered at the nail salon. An occasional manicure and pedicure is such a nice treat, especially near the start of the warm season. At the salon, I generally opt for a classic French manicure or something that is subtle and timeless. However, when I opt to do my nails in the privacy of my own home, I let the creative cat take over and love to experiment with fun nail art designs.

My inner artist had me inspired to create a nail look resembling an abstract painting. This nail look is extremely easy to re-create and trust me, you can’t make a mistake!

Read further to see how to DIY this “Painted Love” nail look suggested by my friends at Shopper’s Drug Mart (psst, special promotions included!).

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DIY :: Summer Tea Parties with Alokozay Tea

DIY Summer Tea Parties #TEAdays

With Summer fast approaching, I’m looking forward to hosting friends and family for afternoon and evening get togethers. Aside from summer BBQs, I love a good tea party, but tea parties don’t always have to involve mini sandwiches, english breakfast and pinkies up! You can certainly modernize your tea parties with many tea options! On this fine Saturday, I’m here to share a couple of DIY Tea Party ideas with Alokozay Tea that is sure to wow your guests.

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Mother’s Day DIY :: Lavender Pockets and Tea

Mother's Day DIY Lavendar Pocket Chapters Indigo

Mother’s Day is coming up, what do you have planned this year? I find moms appreciate all things hand-made (remember those drawings all over the fridge?!), therefore decided to tackle a DIY with some help from my friends at Chapters Indigo.

Chapters Indigo recently released a collection of DIY Craft Kits that are sure to turn you into a DIY queen. All kits contains everything you need and also step by step instructions. The collection includes an array of selection including DIY Vase Painting Kit, DIY Pillow Making Kit and DIY Mason Jar Painting Kit. For my Mother’s Day DIY, I decided to choose the DIY Lavender Pocket Kit (on sale for $13.50) that is sure to leave to a beautiful scent behind. Each kit comes with materials to make three Lavender Pockets and they smell delicious! These guys are perfect to tuck away in closets and drawers to make clothes (and shoes!) smell fresh of Spring. Read the full article →

DIY :: Celebrating My Sister with DIY Photo Gift Wrap

BLACKS Mothers Day 1 - 700px

For Mother’s Day this year, I want to celebrate and pay special tribute to my older sister. Rufina and I are five years apart and at a young age, I’ve always looked up to her, and observed all her life experiences. Like most siblings, we played, we talked, and we argued and fought. It is safe to say that, during my teenage, rebellion years, I didn’t see eye to eye with her.

As I grew and matured into my twenties, I had the pleasure of observing her grow from my sister to a mother. Having not yet started a family of my own, I’ve learned first-hand from her that being a mother is not easy. It requires love, care, patience, endurance, perseverance, and selflessness, all characteristics my sister has come to be an expert at since motherhood. I have so much respect for her and this Mother’s Day, I’d like to celebrate not only our mom, but especially her.

To showcase the many wonderful qualities and features my sister exudes, I decided to create something fun for her this Mother’s Day. The mother is always the one behind the camera, so this year I curated a handful of photos of her and produced this DIY photo wrapping paper using the BLACKS website.

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DIY :: Oh Dina! Flower Corsage (Crown) Kit

Oh Dina DIY Flower Crown or Corsage Kit

Flower crowns are great for upcoming music festivals, proms, bohemian inspired weddings and much more. I’m thrilled to share with you this charming DIY Flower Crown Kit by Oh Dina! As much as I adore a fresh flower crown, these kits ($30) equipped with silk leaves, greenery and paper mulberry flowers are perfect as they will keep forever! These kits are also make a fabulous gift or party favors.

I decided to put a spin to my kit, and created a DIY Flower Corsage instead (you can also read up on my recent DIY fresh flower crown tutorial). For those of you who may be too shy to wear a flower crown, a corsage is a delightful alternative. Each kit makes two full corsages.

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