• DIY,  Favorite Finds,  Home Decor,  House

    13 Affordable Decor Finds for a Wonderful Canadian Christmas!

    Classic Christmas Decor

    Christmas is my favourite holiday by far! And although red is one of my least favourite colours, I tolerate it for the sake of festive Christmas decor. I’ve stepped outside of the traditional Christmas colour scheme box a few times, but always end up going back to my classic beloved red and green theme.

    Canadian Christmas Finds

    I have a ton of Christmas decor already, but there is always room for a few upgrades right!? I’ve been browsing around and thought I’d share some of my affordable favourite finds!





    1. Boxwood Berry Wreath from Canadian Tire

    2. Ceramic Farm Canister from Wal-Mart

    3. Burlap Charger Plate from Wal-Mart

    4. Plaid Stocking from Jysk

    5. Plaid Dinner Plate from Wal-Mart

    6. Appetizer Plate from Wal-Mart

    7. Pre-Lit Eucalyptus Leaves Garland from Canadian Tire

    8. White Chunky Knit 19″ Stocking from Wal-Mart

    9. 24″ Galvanized Potted Tree Mug from Canadian Tire

    10. Candleholder from Jysk

    11. 3-Tier Marble Tray from Canadian Tire

    12. Checkered Tree Bucket from Jysk

    13. Wicker Tree Bucket from Jysk



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    Quick and Easy Console Table goes from Trash to Treasure!

    Searching for a Console Table

    I’ve been searching online for a console table for our living room wall forever. The biggest problem was that it needed to be at least seven feet long so it was wider than the wall sconces. For an item that was at the bottom of our priority list of things to spend money on, I just wasn’t coming up with anything budget friendly online.


    Getting Creative

    That lead me to explore DIY options. I wanted something that I could build mostly on my own without requiring too much assistance from my husband because he was much too busy working on more important things like our master closet! I found tons of ideas on Pinterest that I considered replicating.

    It wasn’t until we took a load of trash to the local landfill and I spotted a frame of some sort at the top of the scrap metal pile. There it was, in amongst old appliances, bicycles and junk… exactly what I needed. It was the perfect length and depth. I have no idea what it used to be.

    Transformation Time

    My supplies were simple: a couple cans of spray paint, some driftwood boards from Home Depot and four casters. Less than $100 total.

    The overall frame height was only 24 inches. I wanted it to be at least 30-32 inches high to be proper console height. Affordable Princess Auto casters to the rescue once again, raising my project to the perfect height! I sprayed my slightly rusted “recycled” metal frame and ugly caster wheels in flat soft iron by Rust-oleum. Then it was assembly time!

    I am excited that I was able to turn trash into a useful furniture piece. It may not look expensive or fancy or perfect but it will do the job for now!

    Decorate and Style

    The best part: Iโ€™m looking forward to adding decor to this empty console table and big blank wall. Maybe a tall mirror… maybe a DIY farmhouse sign or two… maybe a few large vases… check out my instagram feed soon to see how I style it!

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    Old nightstands made new again with a bit of love and paint!

    I purchased two nightstands to stage our master bedroom before our bungalow went up for sale in Whitecourt, AB. Because of a fantastic realtor who lived on the crescent behind us, our house didn’t even go on the market! She had it sold before we had a chance to list, all while we were away in Disneyworld. The nightstands, along with most of our other belongings went into storage while we started building our craftsman in the country.



    DIY nightstands get some love…

    One of drawers got a bit of water damage on it during it’s long stint in storage. Not a big deal, but still required a little TLC.



    I wasn’t super excited about having to repair the dang things before I could paint them so they sat in the garage collecting dust for quite a while. Until one day I was looking for something in Lowe’s and walked by these rolls of veneer and decided it was time to tackle the nightstands.



    Fixin’ em up!

    Such a quick and easy thing to do I can’t believe I didn’t do it months ago! A quick iron, trim and sand and it was almost as good as new.



    The top needed some water bubbles buffed out. The mouse sander took care of that in just a few minutes. And finally I was all set to paint.



    And finally… some fresh paint…

    I chose to use Annie Sloan Old White because I had it on hand. I wanted a bright neutral to go against a dark wall.




    New again…

    Two coats of chalk paint is all it needed to cover nicely. Instead of using furniture wax for my last step, I decided to spray it with a clear coat. The only time I use wax is if I am wanting to distress the edges and give a piece an antique look. My favourite spray is the Varathane Diamond Wood Finish. It goes on super fast and leaves a nice protective finish over my projects so I don’t have to worry about the surface getting damaged.



    I anticipate our new mattress will sit quite high off the ground so I wanted to add a bit of height to my nightstands without adding a lot of cost.



    An accidental find…

    Because I am the errand-runner for my busy husband, I was unlucky enough to visit Princess Auto one day to grab him a few supplies. I accidentally hustled down the wrong aisle and happened to see a bunch of casters and couldn’t believe how cheap they were. I believe the ones I chose were on sale for $1.39. Sold! Who knew I’d be coming home with goodies for myself from Princess Auto.



    So here my nightstands sit, against my navy shiplap, lonely and waiting for a bed to fill the space between them. But the best part… they are finished! Not sitting in a heap of dust taking up space in our garage anymore! Fresh paint. New pulls from Home Sense and cost effective casters from Princess Auto.



    I am attempting to make use of all the furniture pieces we already have around our house, garage and in storage. My preference is to paint, stain, repair or re-do instead of buying new. By doing this I hope to save on a bunch of pieces in order to splurge on a few new furniture items. The next DIY on my list is turning some old side tables into glossy black beauties for our master sitting room!

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    Master Under Construction

    Our master suite is nearing completion. This space was put on hold while we finished other projects in and around our craftsman in the country. I am excited to finally be back up there and making a bit of progress.

    Stairway & Railing

    It will still be a wait before we start using our master suite due to the extensive railing project ahead. The supplies have arrived and we are prepared for the considerable amount of time required for staining, painting and installing. Once we have railing in, it will transform our master suite into a safe! and well deserved space that we look forward to enjoying. But first, summer. Sweet, short Saskatchewan summer. First comes camping, beaching, paddle boarding, travelling and yard work. Then comes railing! I might actually look forward to fall this year.


    The feature wall in our soon-to-be master bedroom has been navy (Hale Navy – Benjamin Moore) for a couple of years. We decided to join the millions of ship lap lovers and give it a go. The subtle change is good enough for us! Initially I had planned to add a very intricate diamond detail using thin strips of trim but settled for simple ship lap, in-stock at Home Depot. And of course our king bed will cover the majority of the wall. So I think we made the right decision to go with quick and easy ship lap rather than yet another time consuming custom feature.ย I have a couple of old nightstands in the garage that I will be repairing and painting soon for this room, hopefully becoming my first DIY blog post!

    Sitting Area

    We are currently in the process of painting doors. We chose Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore in a glossy pearl finish. Once those are complete and installed we will start on the laundry chute cabinet and media cabinet on either side of the fireplace in the master sitting area. Black granite counters are cut and waiting to finish off the cabinets. I’m hoping I can talk Mike into some open shelves above too.


    Our shower awaits a husband in juuuuust the right mood to apply the messy grout. The tile installation took several hours and way too many trips up and down the stairs to the tile saw, but the end result is perfection. All that cardio was just an added bonus! Once the grout is done we can choose some glass walls and a glass door. Some day soon(ish) I won’t have to share a bathroom with my children and that excites me more than you could imagine.

    The gold (eek!) sink taps are in. Mirrors and wall sconces will complete this side of the bathroom. I cannot wait to get all those drawers filled and organized and not have tiny hands all up in my stuff anymore.



    I opted out of posting a photo of the current state of our messy, full of boxes (and a tub) walk-in closet. Our closet plan/design is a combination of Ikea Komplement products that we’ve purchased and some custom additions – made by Mike – my handy husband (and stained or painted by me because I am super helpful). It’s been more than a while since I’ve had a real closet so the completion of that room cannot come soon enough.


    I’m beyond excited to share our finished master suite with you. But I’m even more excited to actually live in it! Watch for update pics on my instagram account:ย https://www.instagram.com/brooke_craftsmaninthecountry/


    Sweet Dreams.


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