2016 Black Friday Deals and free Trello board
Nov 24 2016

Black Friday Survival Essentials, Deals and Free Trello Board

  Do you have a Black Friday survival kit? You know, the essential items you bring with you to survive an insane day of holiday shopping -  My must haves? Caffeine: There is now way I am functioning before 9 am without at least one strong cup of tea Water: You know you need to stay hydrated with all that mall walking Comfortable Shoes: duh. Snacks: See functioning comment above. iPhone: Keep track of deals and wish lists in Trello and...

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Recreate this space green and marble kitchen
Nov 18 2016

Recreate This Space #1 : The Green and Marble Kitchen

This is a new series where once a month I will show you how I break down some of my favourite spaces into DIY plans to recreate them in your own home. For each room element I will either give  a high or low price point for purchasing a similar item OR a buy or DIY option! No matter your budget or DIY skill level you can recreate these spaces in your own home!   If you have a favourite photo you would like to see featured please email the photo and any related links to: recreate@housebythebay.ca   This month’s space is this gorgeous kitchen...

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diy thread rack
Nov 13 2016

DIY Thread Rack for your Sewing Space

While working on my office makeover earlier this year I tried to find a simple thread rack to attach to my pegboard of sewing and craft supplies. I was shocked to find that none of my local shops carried them and shipping one to Canada would have been ridiculously expensive. What's a girl to do? DIY on of course! This DIY thread rack took me a couple of hours and cost about $10. Materials One 4' piece of  ¼” x 2” hobby board 2-3 ¼” dowels One length of 11/16” Quarter Round Power Drill with ¼” and 3/16" bits Wood Glue 12 small screws ...

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DIY Renovation Planning + a Free Worksheet

As you may know, I’m currently wrapping up another One Room Challenge makeover - our main bathroom. These makeovers require a lot of planning and budgeting before I ever get started and today I thought I’d share exactly how I do that.   Keep a Bucket List   I have a DIY bucket list of all the projects I’d like to do, big or small. That way if I never forget an idea (no matter how crazy). I like to group ideas by room or space and add labels to indicate the size/craziness of the idea (recover a footstool vs tearing down a wall)....

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Bathroom makeover shiplap walls
Nov 02 2016

Shiplap Walls and Bathroom Makeover Progress for the One Room Challenge

Well, true to form this week has been my "Casey makes a big mess" week - which means the makeover is almost finished!   I had a few stops and starts this week which have been frustrating, but not the end of the world. I started painting the vanity (woo!) except the paint was REALLY streaky and I don't like the semi-gloss finish (boo!).     So that's getting repainted with Benjamin Moor Advance - the same paint I used for our kitchen cabinets last year. Not sure why I didn't start with that in the first place...

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