May 1, 2012

(Light) Strike of Creativity

One day, Heidi was feeling especially creative, and thought to herself "I'm going to make some ugly lamps awesome!" She found these gems on Kijiji for $5!!:

Lucky for Heidi, her dad was able to sandblast them to make the glass part paintable. 

I'm not clear on the shade part of the story, but in any case, two ugly lamps are now awesome!

Thanks for sharing Heids!

January 14, 2012

My Rast Hack

I hacked a rast! I first saw this Ikea hack on Aubrey & Lindsey's blog and agreed that they would be perfect night tables. I really liked the painted drawers and stained sides & top, so I went with that same style. Here is how mine turned out: 

Rast 3 drawer chest, Ikea: $39.99 each
Paint & primer for the drawers - already had this! 
I used Danish Oil for the top & sides. (It's basically a one step process, which I like.) - already had this too!
12 knobs - I got these from Richelieu (which is a wholesaler, but I could order them through work). They were about $2 each. 

Grand total:  $52 per table! Yay!

Love it!

There are tons of Rast hack ideas online. They are fun & easy! Here are few of my favorites if you want to try it for yourself & need some inspiration:

April 4, 2011

A project 20 years in the making...

When my parents bought their house in 1990, this is pretty much what the kitchen looked like:

 This past fall it was FINALLY time to update this baby! I think this room is pretty much last one on the old reno list. I don't know what my dad will work on now :)

Looks great mom & dad!

(cabinets by Adora Kitchens, but everything else, including that concrete countertop, done by my dad!)

March 29, 2011

Bar Hutch Revolution

In January I bought this ugly cabinet from MCC. Low cost projects people!! (Although has anyone else noticed that MCC has really jacked up their prices since moving to the new store?) Anyway, the total cost for this project was under $100, so I think that's pretty good. I am considering putting fabric on the back wall of the shelves...thoughts?
 L: Before, complete with wine glass storage and glass sliding doors
R: Before completion...(This photo was not staged...seriously)

L: Madeover!
R: Extra bedding storage!

Cabinet - MCC
Paint - Kilz primer from our garage (left from another project!)
         - Cloverdale, colour: Lovely Lace (I used an oil based paint, [which is pricey, yo] but that is no longer being manufactured in Canada. You can buy up oil paint that is already in stock for the next two years, after which remaining stock will be pulled from retail shelves...FOREVER!)
         - spray paint we already had for the handles

I also still have the glass doors, and may put them back in. I am concerned about the shaking from the trains though! Although I can deal with the trains going by at all hours, glass rattling would drive me crazy at night!!

January 21, 2011

Dull to Doll

Today I got the very first Ugly to Awesome photo submission from my dear friend Rachel! Thanks Rach, I was excited to read my very first email for this blog!! Rachel is a crafter extraordinaire and is always coming up with great ideas for what to do with her thrift store finds. Her (human size) house is an eclectic mix of treasures - she's got a great eye for design and continually amazes me with her sewing projects and her creativity!

Rachel transformed this little house as a gift for her niece. She cut in some windows and doors and gave it a fresh coat of paint. So simple, so cute!

Thanks for sharing!

January 15, 2011

Welcome to Ugly to Awesome!

Have you ever re-made, re-decorated, or re-purposed something and you can't believe how good it looks?? If yes, then this is a place for you!

I have always loved to create stuff! It's not the final outcome of my creation that I get so much joy out of (although that can be pretty great), but the process of creating. Doing the work of the project - searching for the perfect fabric for that chair that you came across in a thrift store, taking the time to handsew a fancy stitch, or finding just the right paint colour, and then actually ripping apart, sewing & painting...creating new is the good part. There is something beautiful and peaceful and plain old FUN in making something with your own skills and imagination.

Anyway! This blog is meant to inspire you, showcase your projects (and mine) and perhaps to teach you something along the way.

I've love to post something here that was once ugly, but thanks to your talent and creativity, you've made awesome! If you've got something to share, email some before & after photos to!

Happy Creating!