Max the doodle in wet paint

Painting the Cottage Wooden Floor

Our summer cottage had an old wooden floor painted forest green which I did not love. We gave it a coat or two of neutralizing paint for a quick makeover.

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Painted brick fireplace

Painting a Brick Fireplace

Painting the fireplace in our Northern Ontario Canada cottage. A DIY Before and After story.

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This year goose island

How High’s the Water?

The Water level is rising at our Ontario cottage. We keep asking each other “How High’s the Water?”, which reminds us of a Johnny Cash song.

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close up photography of yellow flowers

Signs of Spring

This past week in Southern Ontario we have had a lovely quick blast of summer temperatures! We are heading back to colder temperatures again next week, but we’ve had a wonderful time of it while it lasted!

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Spring Head Start – Seed Starting

Get a jump on spring gardening with simple seed starting tips. Learn how to choose the right seeds, create the perfect environment, and care for your seedlings for a bountiful harvest.

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Ice harvest

Ontario’s Ice Harvest History

Our mysterious island barn is a legacy of Ontario’s historic Ice Harvest industry.

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How to Remove Carpet Underpad

How to remove carpet underpadding that has been stuck to hardwood flooring.

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window frame near doors in new house

Painting old Radiators

Painting radiators in our 130 year old house wasn’t difficult, just time consuming and a little messy. What paint to use and how to apply.

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The Ugly Cat Door

The Cat Door Needed to Go

How to remove and fill in a pet door or cat flap. Nothing against cats – we just don’t have one!

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Metal roof

Fiddling with the roof

Having to fix a roof or replace a roof is just no fun at all. It’s one of those things that has to be done, it’s likely going to be expensive, but just how uplifting is it to spend money on something that’s just not that interesting.

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Crackle mirror

DIY Crackle Paint

How to make Crackle Paint with white latex paint and white glue. A story about refinishing a thrifty mirror with a crackle finish.

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Dark stained butcher block

Kitchen Reno – Dark Stained Butcher Block

Solid wood butcher block countertops – how to darken light wood counters with food safe stain.

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