Cottage Floors – Paint or Stain?

I need help. You guys are getting used to that right? Do we paint or stain our cottage floors? As we make plans to move to the cottage permanently we are trying to figure out what to do with the floors. I am designed challenged at times (and terrible at decision making). Paint or stain […]

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Easily Update Wicker Baskets

Did you see my cottage pantry updated? The pantry had a couple of baskets that I updated with a painted stripe. I thought I would show you just how easy it is to paint and update wicker baskets. Seriously guys. This is a 5 minute update. For real. What you need to update your wicker […]

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Cottage Pantry Organized On an Itty Bitty Budget

Guys, I really needed to get my cottage pantry organized. Like really really needed to get it cleaned up. When I told Mr. FPM we were going to work on it while we were on our March vacation break at the cottage he said “what pantry?” I had to remind him that the dark, messy, […]

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How to Plank and Paint a Wall on a Budget

Sixty bucks. $60. One hour buying the ship lap. One afternoon with hubby and his saw. One evening painting while watching 3 episodes of Fixer Upper. (I LOVE Joanna and Chip) And….done. Easy. Peasy. For real, this is a great way to add a bit of something something to your space. You know I love […]

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How to Transform A Family Heirloom

Ok. Maybe “heirloom” is not a great choice of words, but “a piece of furniture you love that was handed down” seemed wordy. Do you have a piece of furniture that is special to you but is tucked away in the basement? As we were planning pieces for our cottage renovation, I remembered we had […]

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Easy Front Entry Update

It still surprises me how a coat of paint can make such a big impact. You would think I would be used to it but it still always surprises me how happy I get when a coat of paint is applied. We are still working on our little Fixer Upper in Nova Scotia, today I’m […]

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Easy Affordable Closet Door Solution

    Our cottage is tiny. It matches our renovation budget. But we needed “something” to hide the ugly closets. I ignored the situation until the final days of reno. I thought “hey, maybe I should tackle this”? What to do? We thought about bifold closet doors but there was very little clearance in the […]

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Old Desk Made Cottage Cute

  Quick n inexpensive makeovers? Is there such a thing? Yup. There is. I bought this desk from our friends, I think it was rescued from an old barn. It was in pretty bad shape. Like…I almost threw it out kind of bad shape. It was dirty, full of stickers and in pieces. And HEAVY. […]

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Quick and Easy Mirror Makeover

Sometimes you just don’t have time or energy for big projects. Sometimes you are on a deadline and you have a wall that needs a little something. Sometimes you have a guest room in a cottage and your sister tells you that you need a mirror in the room, and well you just grab what […]

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Cottage Reno Complete

We’re calling our cottage reno done. Our cottage by the sea is ready for renters and done enough for now. There are a million other little (and big) things we plan to do at the cottage but we’re calling it done enough for now. We re-loved, reused, recycled. We upcycled, borrowed, painted, picked and scrubbed. […]

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