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Graphic Transfer – Easy DIY Hot & Cold Indicators

Graphic Transfer – Easy DIY Hot & Cold Indicators

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Bathroom, Blog, How To Tips, Random Chit-Chat | 10 comments

Graphic Transfer - DIY Hot & Cold Indicators

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend.

This past weekend we celebrated my Dad’s 83rd Birthday {yes…83… you go Dad!!!}  and remembered and honored my Mum – which is something I do everyday, not just on Mother’s Day, and celebrated my 12 year anniversary with M-M-M!

I had also planned on transferring a graphic onto my bathroom corner cabinet but with all that was going on, not very realistic time wise. So instead, I turned my attention onto something much smaller; my worn out Hot & Cold Faucet Indicators.

Does the pic below look familiar?

My ‘H’ is totally worn away and the ‘C’ is slowly disappearing as well.

Worn off Hot & Cold Fawcet Indicators

I was going to order replacements from Moen but then thought – why not try a DIY quick fix first?

Transfers work really well on furniture, furniture hardware and other surfaces like fabric, glass, and metal – so why not try on porcelain or plastic indicators?

I’m so happy with this easy font transfer – it’s too good not to share!

Graphic Transfer Text DIY Hot & Cold Indicators

First I cleaned the surface of both indicators with rubbing alcohol.

Cleaning Hot & Cold Indicators

I removed what was remaining of the ‘C’ with a high grit sanding sponge and then sanded both indicators to create some tooth for good adhesion.

Sanding Hot & Cold Indicators for Transfer

Using a regular ink jet printer and online photo editor, I picked a few fonts I liked and then tested them out for size and design on my faucet.

Picking Custom Font for Hot & Cold Fawcet Indicators

Picking Font For Hot & Cold Indicator Transfer

Once I picked the font I liked, I printed it out in REVERSE and then sprayed the printed side with Krylon Workable Fixatif.  This stuff is amazing. I used to use it a lot when I drew charcoal and graphite portraits for fun.

It protects prints and drawings and it’s acid-free, archival-safe and non-yellowing.

The interesting thing is, it also works as a transfer medium – but it’s NOT water based.

Perfect for faucet indicators that will be getting a ton of use numerous times a day!

DIY Transfer - Hot & Cold Tap Indicators

While the paper was still wet from the Krylon Fixatif, I placed my letter(s) in the center and rubbed it on with the cap of a BIC pen.

*Note – My first attempt on the ‘H’ turned out crooked so don’t worry if your first attempt turns out less than perfect. I just removed the off-centered ‘H’ by sanding and started again.

Rubbing on Ink Jet Transfer

Any sort of burnishing tool will work including a coin, butter knife, popsicle stick or even your fingernail.

I rubbed for a minute or two and then pulled the paper back leaving the majority of the ink on the indicator plug.

Font Transfer on DIY Hot & Cold Fawcet Indicators

There was a small amount of paper residue left over. It came of easily when I wet my finger and gently rubbed. Then I cleaned with rubbing alcohol. The ink did not budge!

Ink Jet Transfer on Fawcet Indicators

After it was all clean and residue free, I topcoated and protected with a Non-Yellowing Varathane. When topcoating, it’s important to apply very carefully making sure not to over brush because the ink may bleed. Another great option is to apply a few coats of spray-on topcoat.

Topcoated Hot & Cold Fawcett Plugs

While I waited for the topcoat to dry, I took the opportunity to clean all the residue from around the Moen faucet. For those of you looking for an easy way to cut through hard water and calcium buildup around your taps, Hydrogen Peroxide works amazing!

Hydrogen Peroxide for Hard To Clean Fawcets & Sinks

My sink and faucet look brand new and I’m loving my Easy DIY Hot & Cold Indicators.

Custom Hot & Cold Indicators


DIY Custom Hot & Cold Tap Indicators


DIY Hot & Cold Fawcet Indicators


DIY Transfered Hot & Cold Fawcet Indicators


Transfer Font On Fawcet Hot & Cold


Ink Jet Transfer Hot & Cold Fawcet Indicators


Ink Transfered Hot & Cold Indicators

I’m hoping to work on by bathroom some more this week. Loving my restyled vanity with my new mirror! And as I mentioned, I’d really like to transfer a graphic onto my corner cabinet!

Refreshed Bathroom Sink

I’ll be sure to keep you posted… and feel free to chime in on what you think of this easy transfer! I’m also curious what you like to use to transfer graphics and images?

Have an amazing day.

Denise x


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Refreshed Hot & Cold on Fawcett

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Guess What I Picked Up Last Night…

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Blog, Furniture Repair, Painting Furniture, Random Chit-Chat | 16 comments

Guess what I picked up last night?

No… get your mind off the hotties and take a look at this vintage beauty! 😉

Kijiji Antique Buffet Before

Kijiji Vintage Sideboard Before

Kijiji Vintage Sideboard Before1

You all know I L-o-V-e restyling vintage sideboards and china cabinets!

I’m so happy with this Kijiji find. It’s 5 feet long, elegant, and has gorgeous detail and curves.

And have you ever seen such a long drawer? It stretches the full length of the buffet!

5'long drawer on Vintage Dresser

Both side doors need repair but other than that, some cosmetic work will turn this gorgeous. I can’t wait to start working on it. I’ll keep you all posted!

Buffet before Repair

And for those of you following me on FB, I did eventually find a bathroom mirror for above my refreshed vanity.

It took me a while though.

I had to really search because most of the mirrors I liked were way too large for my space. My bathroom is a modest 6×8 so everything needs to be on a smaller scale.

HomeSense Mirror

Cracked Mirror Frame

Close Up Of HomeSense Mirror

This HomeSense mirror was reduced and sold as-is because it has a small crack in the frame – but that’s easy enough to fix.

I even love to rescue the unwanted pieces from retail stores. 🙂

Do you ever do retail rescues? Chime in and share your retail bargains!

Have a great day and an amazing weekend!

Denise x


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Furniture Stripping – Refreshed Bathroom Vanity Makeover

Furniture Stripping – Refreshed Bathroom Vanity Makeover

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Blog, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday, Uncategorized | 24 comments

Refreshed Bathroom Vanity


Old Dresser turned Vanity Sink


refreshed sink and dresser vanity-2


Hi friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! In my last post, I found the perfect white for my bathroom walls. The walls look amazing, so this inspired me to refresh my bathroom vanity.

I wish I had a before pic of this vintage dresser when I first bought it back in 2008.

It was purchased at my local ReStore for $40 and came with a shapely swivel mirror that I desperately wanted to use as part of the ‘look’.

M-M-M did his best to fit and raise the mirror so it wouldn’t interfere with the sink installation, but unfortunately, it looked awkward and way too small.

Over the weekend, I added some much needed personality to my vanity. It needed a makeover after 8 years!


Bathroom Vanity Before


I stripped the drawers of the original white paint, then applied a whitewash technique to allow some wood texture to peek through. Although the body of the vanity didn’t need an entire repainting, around the drawers was long overdue for a touch up.

Paired with some large cute knobs and fresh silicone around the sink, I’m loving this new look.

And the best part is, this restyle only took a few hours!


Refreshed Bathroom Dressser Vanity


White Washed Vanity Drawers


White Washed Bathroom Dresser Vanity


RePainted Bathroom Vanity


If you’ve ever stripped a wood finish before, you know the process is easy enough. But let’s be honest, it’s NOT fun. Stripping furniture is not my favorite thing to do. It’s messy and stinky.

Safety precautions like good air circulation, covered floors/surfaces and protecting your skin and eyes are a must.

Supplies & Tools:

Paint Stripper – Here I used Heirloom but I’ve also used Circa 1850 and a few other brands
Scraper/Putty Knife
Coffee Can or Container Lined w Silver Paper
Stripping Pads and/or Wire Brush
Plastic or Cardboard Floor Protection
Rubber gloves
Safety glasses
Mineral Spirits


Paint & Varnish Remover Supplies


Drawers are flat and straight forward to strip, but if you’re working with a detailed piece, it may take more time and patience to get into all the nooks, crannies and crevices with a wire brush or stripping pad.


1.  To protect floors and surrounding surfaces, cover with thick cardboard or plastic. Work in a well ventilated area and always wear rubber gloves, long sleeves, pants and protective eye wear. Stripper will sting your skin if it gets on you!

2. Pour a generous amount onto the surface and then use a chip brush to spread the stripper over the entire surface.  Let the stripper work it’s magic for a few minutes. You will notice the paint starting to lift and bubble.

3. Use a putty knife or scraper to scrape off the old finish once it has bubbled but is still wet. I scrape it off directly into a plastic Folgers coffee container lined with silver paper. If the stripper has not removed all the paint on the first try, work in layers and apply another application.

collage- Stripping Paint Off w Stripper

4. Use an old sponge and water to clean and rinse the remaining bit of stripper off the furniture. Once it’s all removed, let dry.

5.  Once all the stain is removed and it’s wiped clean, pour Mineral Spirits onto a rag and wipe the surface clean.  Then use a damp sponge or rag to remove it.  Allow the surface to dry 100% before applying another paint or stain.

Once the drawers were stripped of the old paint, I sanded them, opened the wood pores with a wire brush and then applied a white wash.

I’m loving my refreshed vanity. Small changes can make a big difference!


refreshed sink and dresser vanity-6


refreshed sink and dresser vanity-4


What’s your favorite furniture stripper?  I’ve heard good things about Citristrip but I haven’t given it a try yet. Chime in – I always love hearing from you!

Have a great day and happy painting!



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The Perfect White

The Perfect White

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog, color | 16 comments



Yesterday, I spent hours trying to choose the perfect white for my bathroom walls.

When I shared on Facebook, all your comments made it apparent I’m not the only one who has a hard time picking this neutral! You’d think choosing a white paint would be much easier than a ‘real’ color, but for many of us, it’s the exact opposite!

This is because white is not really white and it’s whats underneath that counts!

The underlying color(s) that are added in small amounts are what gives a white paint its unique character. Yellow undertones create a warm white where as blue undertones create a cool white. Then there’s also red and green undertones that give another totally different hue. Now add on how natural and artificial light and the paints sheen affect the look, and this explains why choosing the perfect white is both fun and frustrating at the same time!

SW Whites

So, before committing to a white paint, here are three things to keep in mind:

  1. Lighting
  2. Undertones
  3. Sheen

… and that’s exactly what I did … eventually!

First I tried SW Extra White 7006 (which my trim and beadboard are painted in) because I thought it would be bright and airy for the entire bathroom. But when I painted one wall, it looked awful. It was way too stark and sterile looking. Then I was tempted to go with Sherwin Williams Alabaster which was voted Paint Color of 2016.


COTY2016-Alabaster 7008sw-img-alabaster7008

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Alabaster is gorgeous but I wanted something slightly more beige – but not as yellow as the antique white that I currently had. So back to the drawing board of another 2 hours of going back and forth trying to pick a perfect white.

Long story short, I must have mulled over dozens of shades before I found my perfect white – SW Natural Choice 7011!!!

Now, my photo’s may not be as glamorous as the Sherwin Williams pics, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new bathroom color! 🙂


Sherwin Williams Natural Choice 7011

SW- Extra White & Natural Choice


So, a big thank you to all of you who chimed in on my Confessions of a Creative Procrastinator…or should I say Creative Procratinator… {embarrassed laugh}. Your comments encouraged me to START painting my bathroom… yaaay!

Do YOU have a favorite white?  Or maybe some more tips for picking the perfect white?… you all had some great advice on FB! Chime in – I always love hearing from you!

Have an great day and happy painting!



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Confessions of a Creative Procratinator

Confessions of a Creative Procratinator

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog, Mindset, Random Chit-Chat | 34 comments

Have you ever put off doing something fun or creative?

Maybe you’ve always wanted to start your own business, or try something as simple as cooking a creative new dish… or maybe paint your grandma’s antique tea cart? Instead, you busy yourself with things that need doing and then realize you don’t have the time.

Well, I can relate.

Lately, I’ve been suffering from a bad case of creative procrastination.

A perfect example is this post you’re reading.  I love writing. It’s a creative outlet for me and I’m so blessed and grateful that blogging is a part of my business. Yet this past weekend, when I had some time to blog, I kept telling myself “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Now it’s almost midnight, I’m getting tired, and I wish I had finished this yesterday.

There are so many other things I really enjoy doing and really want to do – so why am I putting them off?

  • writing
  • build my own furniture
  • plant my gardens
  • paint & restyle my bathroom
  • restyle a new SI Blog theme
  • draw or craft
  • cross stitch or string art… etc

It’s easy to tell myself that I don’t have time, but the truth is, there’s something more going on!


Well, I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do believe, it partly comes down to this – as odd as this sounds, starting an enjoyable creative project may initially cause discomfort.

Being our most creative selves means getting lost in the moment and enjoying the activity while putting all other responsibilities aside – which is sometimes difficult to do.

Also, taking creative action means taking emotional risk. The emotional risk may be fear of failure, disappointment, feeling vulnerable or even stressed. And when we have so many other demands and responsibilities in our lives, sometimes it’s just easier to stay in our comfort zone rather than venture into unknown territory and risk feeling any of the above.

So here are a few inspiring ideas to get the ball rolling. I’m writing them as a reminder to myself… and hopefully to encourage you if you’ve ever been a creative procrastinator too. 🙂


Give yourself permission to create something less than perfect!

If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to create something ugly… or even less than perfect. But the truth is, creative skills are learned over time… like building a muscle.  The only way to develop this creative muscle is to show up – try – and work at it repeatedly. You may end up with a few dud projects, but give yourself permission to be less than perfect along the way. Some of the best artists and most talented creatives have taken years, if not their entire life time, to perfect their skills.

I love this Picasso story!

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

Quote Resource

Inspiration comes from doing!

I believe it was Wayne Dyer who said, “You don’t get inspired and then do, you do and then get inspired.”

Envisioning and dreaming about how to start a business, cook a gourmet meal or decorate a room is the start of any creative project. But eventually, you have to stop dreaming and start doing. My home decor is a perfect example. I have a vision of what I’d like it to be. Now I’d like to start working on it to actually accomplish something! Once I start, I’ll bet the inspiration will flow and it will feel great!

There’s NO perfect time or place!

We can always find an excuse.  Not enough time – money – resources – knowledge – skills – or maybe the weather’s not cooperating! The truth is there is NO perfect time or place to start a project.

“Don’t wait. the time will never be just right.” Napolean Hill

Whether you’re creative outlet is painting furniture, cooking an amazing meal, sculpting, song writing or dancing; whatever it may be, I hope you give yourself the time and opportunity to explore it!

So, is there something fun you’d like to do that you’ve been putting off?  Chime in – I always love hearing from you!

Have an amazing day!



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How To Hand Paint Graphics on Furniture

How To Hand Paint Graphics on Furniture

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog, Distressing Furniture, How To Tips, Painting Furniture | 21 comments

How To Hand Paint Graphics on FurnitureParis Painted Bench-Chest

French Script on Back of Painted Bench

We had a gorgeous weekend here in the GTA! My daffodils are finally poking their heads up so I think spring is finally on her way!

This inspires me to start spring cleaning. I don’t know how long this inspiration will last. Anything remotely connected to cleaning usually lasts about a New York minute for me 😉 …but we’ll see.

Along with my cleaning, I’ve decided to focus on a few pieces of furniture that have been in my inventory for waaay too long. Last week I shared the Dijon DIY Chalk Painted Side Table that had been hanging around for years.

This week, it’s this salvaged storage bench.

Wood Spindles added as Furniture Detailing

I’ve been ignoring it for months. It was plain-jane…but with a little paint, added wood spindles for detail, hand painted graphics and distressing, this bench looks amazing now!

The best way I know how to get a professional hand painted graphic is by using an overhead projector. I was lucky enough to find mine on Kijiji for $50.  If you don’t have one, I found a great tutorial on how to make a DIY Overhead Projector from simple supplies like a box, a light, and a transparency sheet.

Finding A Graphic

The French Graphic I used for this storage bench was found on The Graphics Fairy. It’s usually the first place I look because Karen has over 70 categories to choose from and there’s 1000’s of downloadable images for free. Thanks Karen!!!

Printing The Graphic

To print images for the overhead, I always use an everyday-run-of-the-mill ink jet printer and a multipurpose transparency sheet. You can even use self-adhesive laminating sheets which can often be found in dollar stores.

The ink stays wet on the transparency sheet for a good few minutes when first printed, so I have smudged my graphics a few times, but the great part about this is once dry, it’s easy to wipe off and reuse. Another bonus, when I project my image, it doesn’t need to be printed in reverse or even enlarged.

Projecting The Graphic

I position the projector so my image is the ideal size. To change the size of your image, manually move the projector closer or farther away from the piece of furniture.

Then I measure to make sure my graphics are aligned straight and centered.  I tape the transparency sheet down to the top of the projector so it won’t slip or move. Finally, I use a piece of painters tape on the floor to mark the positioning of the overhead projector (just in case I accidentally bump into it).

Now I’m all ready to start painting.

Transfering French Script w Overhead Projector

Painted French Script onto Furniute

This entire graphic took me about 2 hours to complete.  I love the look of a hand painted finish, although it can be time consuming.  Well worth it, in my opinion.

Painted French Script on Bench

Sanding Painted French Script on Furniture

I don’t worry about applying the paint accurately. It usually looks thick and slightly messy…but no worries. Once the paint is sanded and distressed, the graphics will look perfectly imperfect!

French Script Painted On Cedar Chest

French Script Painted Bench-Chest

French Typography Painted Chest-Bench

Paris Stenciled Bench

White Painted French Script Bench

French Script Painted Bench-Chest1

The pink hat and ruffled throw pillows remind me of springtime in Paris. They pair perfectly with my “Fabrique de Bijouterie” graphic.  A fun addition to this newly painted storage bench!

Salvaged Painted Bench w French Script

Paris Stenciled Bench

Paris Scripted Bench

Paris Inspired Painted Bench-Chest

Graphic Fairy French Script on Painted Bench

Distressed and French Typograph Chest-Bench

Graphics are a wonderful and creative way to add interest when restyling a plain piece of furniture.  With so many different styles to choose from, I know I’ll be using my old projector again soon! 🙂

What’s your favorite way to transfer graphics onto furniture?  Chime in…I always love hearing from you.

Have an amazing day!



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