Oak Swivel Chair Makeover

An oak swivel chair has always been on my wishlist. I admired the solid construction of vintage chairs because they don’t build ’em like they used to!  Every time we go to an antique market, I’d always point them out to Hubs. He knew I wanted one, so I was pleasantly surprised when Hubs showed up one day with one in-hand! Continue reading

Bathroom Light Fixture Planter

If you’re anything like us, you try to complete your inside renos during the winter months so you can enjoy the great outdoors once the good weather arrives. We just finished an accessible bathroom renovation for my Mom, so in this tutorial we’re showing you how to turn an unwanted bathroom light fixture into a planter for the garden. Continue reading

Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket Inspired Upcycle

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Growing up, I always admired the Hudson’s Bay point blanket that adorned my Great Aunt’s bed – with it’s iconic stripes! When I saw this knock-off at my local Value Village, I grabbed it knowing that point blanket stripes would inspire this project.  Continue reading

Repairing Veneer

Repairing veneer isn’t as scary as it seems. There are plenty of things to spook you this Halloween season, but cracked and missing veneer shouldn’t be one of them! I love to try new things and then pass that learning along to you but instead of my usual abundance of information at once, I’m splitting this project into manageable chunks and will get to the final reveals another time! I promise, it will be worth the wait (there are links at the end of this post)! Continue reading

Retro Bathroom Scale Makeovers – Step It Up!

Hubs had a thing for vintage metal pieces even before he met me, so when he came across a vintage display holder for a retro bathroom scale he stepped right up and bought it. I’m a Star Trek fan, so I instantly loved the ‘Borg’ reference! Once we wed and started frequenting antique markets together, we kept coming across scales. It wasn’t long before he found a Borg scale to accessorize it at our favourite antique market in Aberfoyle! Continue reading

‘Partners in Grime’ Planter – Snazz up Metal & Terra Cotta with Milk Paint!

The ‘partners in grime’ planter is a celebration of 14 years of DIY. I feel like we’ve come a long way since my husband first raised his eyebrows when he helped me replace all the ‘perfectly good’ door knobs in my house soon after we met. The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks! It wasn’t until he agreed to help me install a little pond beside the front walkway that I realized he really was a DIY wannabe. Little did he know what I had in store for him after we wed! Although we’ve only been documenting our DIY pursuits on Birdz of a Feather for a few short years, since tying the knot he’s become my one and only ‘partner in grime’. We really do enjoy DIY’ing together. Continue reading

How to Get Milk Paint to Stick to Anything!

I always avoid indoor paint projects because of the fumes. Even with low VOC paint, I don’t want to pollute what precious indoor air quality I have in my basement craft studio – especially in the winter months when I can’t even crack a window open. Did you know that there are no VOCs in milk paint? Because it’s truly non-toxic, I get to keep every brain cell so I can keep dreaming up new projects! Continue reading