Laundry Room Makeover: Customize Ikea Cabinets

More and more people are realizing that you can customize IKEA cabinets. Even the most experienced carpenters we know buy IKEA boxes and then build their own doors. You just can’t beat the price or convenience. So that’s exactly what we started with when we renovated the laundry room in our basement! Continue reading

Spice up Your Life: Waste Not Want Not (Part II)

As you saw in Part I of Waste Not Want Not, in trying to live a more a sustainable lifestyle, it’s important to us to reduce food waste. In Part II, we’re taking it another step further: along with reducing food waste, we’re reducing water and excess packaging waste.

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Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto is the payoff after we previously showed you how to set up an indoor herb garden! My personal favourite herb is basil and we use it in a lot of dishes. It’s not only great as a pesto, but in a bocconcini, tomato and basil salad. As you’ll see later, we also love to use it to simply top a burger. Continue reading

Sustainable Sunday

Planning the upcoming renovation for my Mom’s accessible shower has proven to be a time consuming process and my time for DIYs has crawled to a standstill.  Over the course of the next few Sundays, we’re going to be filling in those gaps. Welcome to the sustainable living series we’re calling Sustainable Sunday! Continue reading

Foghorn Leghorn Clock – Ikea Besta Hack

During the long winter months we grabbed videos from the library and hunkered down for some marathon TV watching on Sunday mornings. One day hubs came home with a series of Looney Toons cartoons – famous for characters such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian and Foghorn Leghorn. Did you know that Bugs Bunny even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?! Continue reading

Transform an Ikea Wall Cabinet with a Crackle Finish!

Have you ever thought about transforming an Ikea wall cabinet with a crackle finish? Neither have we: this update was a fluke! Hubs and I are supplement users so when our local pharmacy started a twice a year anniversary sale, we wanted to take advantage of the huge price savings. Unfortunately we didn’t have anywhere to store a 6-month supply of supplements until the next sale! Enter Ikea! Continue reading

The Making of a Craft Studio (VI): The Final Reveal!

A few weeks ago was moving day. With the help of Hub’s brothers, all the heavy equipment was brought over from my old studio. While I still have some unpacking, I can’t wait to show you the reveal. Here is what we started with in the basement…. Continue reading

Paint Chip Portrait

As a painter, Hubs had amassed a huge collection of old paint chips and defunct paint decks. I also had a growing collection that I held onto from years of renovating and flipping houses. Curious to see what one could do to recycle paint chips, I did a Pinterest search. I came across a portrait of Marilyn Monroe done completely with paint chips. Such a novel idea! What better way to immortalize Hubs, than with a paint chip portrait of himself? Continue reading

Ikea Stenstorp Kitchen Cart Hack

We ran into a problem with our kitchen design when we couldn’t fit two pantries along the fridge wall. Due to traffic flow issues, our renovator had no choice but to change the plan. That left us with an awkward blank spot to fill at the entry to our kitchen. Not only was it awkward to look at, but the lack of a pantry left us terribly short of storage space! Continue reading

The Making of a Craft Studio (Part III) – If You Build It, She Will Come!!

In part II of The Making of a Craft Studio, I showed you how to use Ikea’s Pax Planner to design a storage solution for your craft studio (see Canadian version and US version here). Continue reading

The Making of a Craft Studio (II): Design Your Space Using Ikea’s Pax Planner!

I couldn’t have designed the storage for my studio without the help of Ikea’s Pax Planner. We’re almost at the finish line with the installation of Ikea cabinets to help corral what was once a messy eyesore in my previous craft studio into an organized storage solution for my new space. Continue reading