Friday, 29 June 2012

Happy Friday! And for those of you in Canada, happy long weekend!

Just wanted to share some of my new prints that I have just listed in the Rose & Cole Etsy Shop. A whole bunch of cuteness for the nursery:

Check them out at

Have a great weekend!


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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kitchen Re-do

Happy hump day! I've been wanting to blog about my kitchen transformation before I even had a blog, since my hubby refinished the cabinets himself (After I lovingly convinced him to). We used Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations in Espresso, which cost us only $100 to do the entire kitchen. Before we went ahead and purchased the kit, I searched all over the web to find reviews on everything from the process, the complexity, and the overall finish at the end. The general consensus was that it was pretty easy but time consuming. The beauty is that you don't need to sand anything as it comes with a de-glosser, but it did take us (him) a few weekends to complete. I would have participated, really, but I was 8 months' pregnant at the time and the hubby wouldn't let me (I swear!). This is the before pic (taken before we even moved in to the home):

And this is the after (We also installed new hardware, changed the floors and painted, in case you were wondering):
He did a pretty good job, in my opinion. The kit can be purchased at Home Depot and Lowes I believe, and cost us about $100. We got the dark kit, and had them mix it to the Espresso colour. We spend about another $30 or so on brushes and drop cloths. So total investment was about $130 for what would have cost us thousands of dollars to get done professionally. Not too shabby, considering we had already exhausted our reno budget on flooring, paint, new baseboards, new bathroom vanities and other small details. 

If you have any questions about our experience with Cabinet Transformations, drop me a line. 

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Tea for two

Hello! Just a quick post for today. Wanted to share with you an awesome find we picked up over the weekend; it's an antique tea cart that has made a home in our dining room. It's a nice addition as our dining room is pretty modern, but we love some antique pieces here and there. Also, since we collect antique mismatched china, we thought it would be pretty fitting. Here it is!

Not doing any work to this, it's perfect just as it is. I do want to learn a bit about its origins though, as we purchased it from a contents sale. I'll let you know if I do!

Night night,


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Monday, 25 June 2012

My New Etsy Shop

Happy Monday! Not sure if anyone is reading this yet, but in case you're out there, I have now opened up my new Etsy store. I'll be selling my original nursery prints as well as abstract art, and my mother's handmade natural stone jewellery. Here are some shots of what you will find:

Check us out and share the love! Our Etsy shop can be found at You can also follow me on Pinterest here:



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Sunday, 24 June 2012

DIY bench makeover

I found this awesome pine bench on Craigslist for $50 and originally planned to transform it into a linen chest for my bedroom. But when I picked it up, the hubby and I realized it would look kinda awkward where I wanted it to go. So I figured I'd paint it first and then figure it out.

The before:

The in-between:

The after:

I sanded it just to get rid of the glossiness, then painted it with two coats of Behr ultra premium paint in semi-gloss (the colour is custom as I brought them a sample, but it's a stunning teal/aquamarine). Then, my best friend who happens to be an interior designer (Erica from House of Design), threw two of my existing pillows from my family room to finish the look (purchased from Etsy). I'm so happy with how it turned out. My next project is a toy chest for Nathan, my 11 week old. I got it off youbidlocal which does estate and content sales online in my area. It's pure cedar and I'm pretty excited to get my hands on it. Here's a preview of the before:

Stay tuned for that project!


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50 shades of grey - literally

Happy Sunday! So, for my first DIY tutorial, I thought I'd jump on the trilogy that's sweeping the nation - 50 shades of grey. I'm currently on the second book (which is way better than the first so far, in my opinion), and a few days ago got the idea to turn it into a painting. No abstract interpretation in this case though - this painting is a cool, modern and literal 50 shades of grey. No, really: the painting actually consists of 50 shades of grey.

What you'll need:

-A canvas (I used a 16x20 but any size will do)
-Painter's tape (I used 1")
-Black, white and silver paint (I used acrylic) and paintbrush

First, measure your canvas and split up in even sections so there are 50 boxes in total and attach the painters tape to create a grid:

Next, start with a blob of white paint and with each box, slowly add and mix small amounts of black paint. The idea is to go from light to dark grey, getting darker each box, until you get to about the middle where you'll reach the darkest grey. At this point, I went backwards and went gradually lighter but this time, added some silver to get different tones.

Once you're done, let dry (this is where I'm super impatient and had to really stop myself from pulling the painter's tape off.

Once dry (for real dry), pull off the tape carefully. I didn't like how perfect they looked with their straight lines, so I took my paintbrush and dry brushed the boxes with some white to create a more natural look. I then covered the entire canvas with a glaze to create a uniform look.

Et voila! Your very own 50 shades of grey painting. Right now it's sitting on my fireplace mantle but we'll probably hang it up in the bedroom. Because, well, that just seems like the appropriate place for it.

Have fun!


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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Well hello there. I'm Monica, and I've finally decided to start a blog. I'll be posting my DIY creations, paintings and prints, antique and estate sale finds, recipes, and other cool things. Maybe even a few tidbits about my life.

A bit about me: When I was about 5 years old, my old friend and I used to draw pictures on lined paper and sell them at the park for $0.50 each. It was the Etsy of my time, and an early testament to my entrepreneurial sprit and my need to just...create. I've always been creative; constantly working on my next project.

10 years ago, I started a home business called The Designer Cookie, where I specialized in cookies, cupcakes, wedding cakes and other goodies. 3 years ago, I decided to quit my Marketing gig and open a retail bakery in Toronto. It was a challenging and rewarding experience, where I learned many things not only about business, but about people, and life.

In one week, my little pink bakery will be closing. I am sad, but ready to move on. This blog, however, is not about my bakery. It's about my need to move forward, to push on, and to keep...creating.

I hope you enjoy what I have to share.


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