My new craft room!

Ladybug Dec 2011Globug’s Studio

was going to wait until my craft studio was perfect before posting any photos on my blogs. But, since that’s never going to happen, I thought I’d show you what I’ve done, so far. This studio is a lot bigger than the one at our old house, which makes it a lot easier to organize my ever-growing inventory of craft supplies. But, alas, it’s still a work in progress.

Here’s what the room looked like when we moved in. We have no idea what the former owners had in mind when they split the clothes closet into two and added the funny little doors. Whatever they had in mind, it wasn’t working for me!

Frame_13 Tripp-Before (8)Peter and I ripped out the doors and other paraphernalia, painted the room and added a warm and cozy carpet. We placed my Ikea shelving units in the closet and I added some awesome storage bins that fit perfectly–brand new item at IKEA ($6.99 each). I labeled each bin with pretty scalloped circles that I cut out on my Cameo.


The storage bins are perfect for organizing my craft supplies, as are the striped boxes on the top shelf. Here’s a closer look at my cute labels.




Having my own studio kind of makes me feel like a teenager, again. All my cool stuff is in one room!!

As we round the corner from my storage bins, you can see the tall shelf that stores my sheet music and the “My Stuff” sign that I got at Winners for $3 because all the pegs had fallen off. I glued some sparkly jewels on over the peg holes and it’s better than new. The jewels were from a pair of sandals that fell apart–I saved the jewels because I knew I would find a use for them.


This is my digital piano that my husband bought me for Christmas about eight years ago. It was such a fantastic surprise! The pretty curtains really soften the light in the room and give it a cozy ambiance. The curtains were super-long, with a lovely scalloped border on the bottom–where it would never been seen. So, I turned the top over to make a valance and hung them upside-down. As you can see, they are still long enough and they look like they were made that way!



On the third wall, is my side desk, which holds my Silhouette Cameo (die-cutting machine), my printer, my embossing machine and a storage cube for some of my small designer card stock. On the wall are some of my favourite pieces–each one has a story and I love having them all in sight to inspire me.


These handy wall shelves from Michael’s keep all of my glitter, glue, bling, buttons and other crafting supplies out in the open, where I can see them.




Frame_DSCF1123This is the wall in front of my work space–another inspiration wall, that continues to evolve.



There is lots more to come. This room evolves almost daily, as I add, subtract and relocate my “stuff.” I hope you enjoyed this short tour and I hope you will come back, soon, to see what’s new in Globug’s studio.

Happy Easter…and Happy Spring!

Turning an “unsweet” into an ensuite

 And the make-overs continue. . .


We’re still pretty busy getting organized in our new house. It takes time to find a place for everything and put everything in its place.

We’ve got the main floor in pretty good shape, except for the two bathrooms. The main bathroom is next on my list of make-overs, but for right now, I just have to tell you the story of our ensuite, which could be more aptly called our unsweet.

The plan was for me to do this make-over on my own and turn this little “mistake” into a sweet ensuite just for me. Before I go any further, though, I  have to thank my husband, Peter, who came to my rescue every time I couldn’t reach or lift something and when I needed an extra brain, third hand or a second opinion. He is always there, with his never-ending good-nature, to help me with anything and everything. I thank God for him, every day.

From what we can tell, the main bathroom originally had a doorway from the hall and another from the master bedroom (designers call it a “cheater ensuite”). One of the previous owners, however, decided to build a wall that would cut the room into one main bathroom and one teeny tiny laundry room (which could only be accessed from the master bedroom)–strange, but true.

The house was next owned by a family who, just a few years after buying the house, were transferred across the country. In an effort to sell the house quickly, they decided to turn the laundry room into an ensuite.


Unfortunately, these folks weren’t about to win any do-it-yourself awards, as  you can see from the photos. The ensuite was just one mistake after another. Look at what I found when I took the toilet tank off!

Holes in the wall were patched with scraps of plywood placed over other scraps of plywood.

I wanted it to look feminine and somewhat vintage. I was so excited! And, Peter is perfectly happy with the main bathroom, so I don’t have to feel guilty for claiming this little space as my own. By the way, we have another full bathroom downstairs that also needs sprucing up. . . but I’m saving that one for the last.

Back to my ensuite makeover. I started by turning off the water to the toilet, draining the tank and removing it. That gave me access to the mess of boards that had to be removed before I could install the new wall board. See the photo above…that’s what it looked like once the tank was off. You can see the dryer vent hose and some pink insulation.



Next, I removed the mirror, which was too big for the space and totally off-centre.

And, the paint colour–oh brother!!! It definitely had to be changed. I was so glad that the previous owners had left a half-gallon of paint that would be just perfect for this room–light tan/taupe/beige (I never know what to call it). Good, another $50 saved. Every penny counts when you’re on a very skinny budget!

So far, $0 spent.



Next came the bead board–you know, it’s that 4′ x 8′ wall board that looks like individual boards. I needed two sheets, at a cost of $26 each. Not bad. As you can see, I ran it horizontally, rather than vertically. Creative decision? Nope, the board-cutter guy at Home Depot cut it wrong, so I just went with it. Actually, I rather like the effect.

In keeping with the vintage look and my skinny budget, I rooted around in the basement until I found this simple white-framed mirror that my mother gave me years ago. It was just the right style and size for my pint-sized ensuite. And, the price was right! (You’ll see in the final photo.)


I wanted to put up a small medicine cabinet to store my tooth brush, medications, and so on. Given the petite size of the room, I knew the cabinet would have to be quite small. A couple of weeks of on-line searching didn’t turn up anything that was both small and vintage-looking. And then I remembered Winners. It’s the one place where you can always find something unique and priced to sell. Sure enough, I found the perfect little cabinet. It’s just the right scale and it’s very vintage. The only problem was that the door had ugly purple grapes and gaudy green leaves painted on it. But, that could be easily fixed with a sheet of pretty card stock from my craft room. I forgot to take a “before” photo, but here’s how it looks, now.

Frame_DSCF1101The window in this room is very high up on the wall and is certainly not a feature point. To deal with that, I bought a pair of full-length lace curtains from Sears for $30. They are so pretty, with their long, attached, scalloped valance. They make a beautiful feminine and vintage statement.


Next, there was this big and ugly fluorescent light that had been very crudely installed in Frame_DSCF1107the ceiling. Yep, a big hole was cut in the ceiling and the light was stuck up there. Period. Replacing the whole ceiling and the light was not option, so I created a frame around it with leftover baseboard. A huge improvement!

And last, but not least, a few decorative touches. I wanted to hang something pretty on the wall that would tie in with the vintage theme and match (or at least not clash with) my new medicine cabinet. Back to my stash of designer paper and down to the basement to find a couple of old frames. Flying pigs and a muted vintage floral pattern.

Here is the finished room. It’s so tiny that it was impossible to back away far enough to get everything into the photo. What do you think of the results?





Here’s a summary of my costs:

Paint: $0
Mirror: $0
Frames and pictures: $0
Medicine Cabinet: $25
Beadboard (2 sheets): $52
Baseboard (3 lengths): $15 (this did the both the floor and around the light fixture)
Curtains: $30
Other decor items: $0 (re-purposed from the old house)
Total room makeover cost: $122 + tax

I was hoping to do it for under $100, but I always plan at least 20 per cent for contingencies. And, I always need it! Oh, yes, and Peter just reminded that this project required three trips to Home Depot. He has a rule of thumb that every DIY project requires at least three trips to Home Depot!

Beauty and the Beast: our first winter in our new home

The BIG snowstorm on Wednesday, February 27, pretty much brought Ottawa to a halt. Hundreds of city buses had to be towed, leaving public transit commuters stranded in blizzard-like conditions. City plows worked around the clock to keep the roads passable. Cars in ditches, everywhere. What a mess!

But, as we all know, there are two sides to every coin. Here are some photos that show the beauty and peaceful side of winter–all taken from my front and back porches.

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February 2013 (1)And, back to the other side of the coin…

My car

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 Peter’s car

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 Spring, sweet spring is just around the corner…at least we hope so.

We are all wintered out!

What do Home Depot and Murphy’s Law have in Common?

What do Home Depot and Murphy’s Law have in Common? Well, in our life, everything!

It all started when we moved into this 1972 bungalow. The house definitely has “good bones,” to use  designer lingo, but it also has some quirky (nice word for “ugly”) features, too. But, Peter and I are motivated and fairly handy, so we took on the challenge of turning this old house into a charming and comfortable home.

The two-hour bookcase project that took eight days.

You’ve probably heard the expression, “I spent a week there one afternoon.” That pretty much describes our bookcase-building experience. Before I begin my story, though, let me show you a photo. Notice the space to the right of the fireplace? That’s now the home of our new hand-made bookcase. but, I’m getting ahead of myself…here’s the before photo.

Frame_13 Tripp-Before (6)Of course, before we could tackle any DIY projects, we had to put first things, first. Unpack. Get organized. In the meantime, we put our old tall and skinny IKEA bookcase next to the fireplace. It was definitely too small. Puny, in fact.

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After considering the long the list of DIY projects posted on our refrigerator door, we thought we’d take a shortcut and build the bookcase out of laminated MDF board. Our rationale was that it would be quick and easy, with no painting required. It would match the white wood trim in the living room. And, we would save time and money! (OMG, what were we thinking?)

Trip Number One to Home Depot.

Instead of waiting around for the. Home Depot Guy to cut our 1″x12″x12′ MDF boards into the exact sizes we needed for the bookcase, we decided we would just do it ourselves. After all, I do own a 10″ compound miter saw. That said, meet Mr. Murphy. Problem #1: a 10″ compound miter saw cannot cut all the way across a 12″ board. Problem #2: the laminated melamine coating on the MDF cracks and chips like crazy if you don’t have the right blade…which we didn’t. And it did!

Trip Number Two to Home Depot.

Back to Home Depot to buy more MDF. “Please Home Depot Guy, can you cut these boards for us? Sure, we would be glad to wait.”

And so, we begin the second iteration of our two-hour DIY bookcase. Nice new MDF boards all cut to the right length. Awesome! All we have to do is screw them together, right? Uh, no! We screw the first shelf to the sideboard–yes, we did pre-drill the holes–but as soon as the screw breaks the surface of the MDF, crack, chip, crack. Stupid MDF board! We carry on, hoping that we will find a way to disguise the chips around each screw. When we finally get it finished and into place, we HATE IT! It’s too white. It’s too deep. It’s too chipped!


“Let’s live with it overnight,” says Peter, with his usual wisdom. And, we do.

Day Two-8 a.m.: Peter and I head straight to the living room to see if somehow, overnight, the Big Ugly has somehow become beautiful. It hasn’t. Surprise!

Trip Number Three to Home Depot.

Wood. It’s the only way to go. We need to build this bookcase out of wood. We should have done it right, in the first place.

Back to Home Depot. “Hi, Home Depot Guy. Can you please cut this nice wood for us. We would be happy to wait.”

Ah, the wonderful smell of wood. I was itching to get my hands on it. But, it’s Sunday and my mom always has Sunday dinner with us. So, my beautiful wood will have to wait until tomorrow.

Day Three: stain one side of the boards. Let them dry. Stain the other side.

Day Four: Clear coat one side of the boards. Let them dry for 24 hours.

Day Five. Clear coat the other side of the boards.

Day Six. Do a second clear coat on one side of the boards.

Day Seven: Apply a second clear coat. Let them dry for 24 hours.

Day Eight: Assemble the bookcase. No chipping. No cracking. No crying. Stand back and admire our creation. So beautiful..I guess. Really, after what we’ve been through, cardboard boxes would look good!

LR-1-Frame_DSCF1079I have more books that will go on the bottom shelf–as soon as I get around to unpacking them. As Shakespeare said, “All’s well that ends well.”  As I say, “I’ve built my last bookcase!”