Saturday, 19 January 2013

Flowers and projects I’m working on

I’ve spent the week researching and pricing out my kitchen spiff up; man, stuff is expensive!  Now I’m thinking I may have to scale back my project.  Another thought occurred to me too, why don’t I just refresh the kitchen and use the money that I would have spent on a vacation!  Somewhere warm, with free flowing cocktails, tropical breezes, lots of eye candy and a vast ocean.  I haven’t had a holiday in 3 years.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on a few projects, but first I wanted to share some flowers with you.

A girl that I was very close to as a child asked if I would make a balloon flower bouquet for her daughters 16th birthday today.  Yep, happy to. The bucket that they are in is a waste paper basket from the dollar store.

balloon flower bouquet -

The amaryllis that I got from my best friend last year bloomed again this year!  This is a miracle for me as I usually kill all plants.


I mixed up some diy chalk paint using a free sample pot that I picked up at the recycle centre. The colour is Benjamin Moore’s Mount Saint Anne which is very similar to the ASCP robins egg. I painted yet another cutlery chest, added some gold to the edges and gave it a couple coats of wax.

diy chalk paint -


I also recovered a storage ottoman that will sit at the built in desk, in the kitchen.  I will be fitting it with a hanging file folder frame, which will provide some needed storage. 

recovered storage ottoman -

Last but not least, I’m working on painting a three piece set of tables that I bought a couple of months ago.  There is this end table, a sofa table and a coffee table, all three pieces were only $55. I plan on selling it and buying a new built in microwave for my kitchen update, pretty clever huh? lol

diy chalk paint -

I know!  Lots going on but I’m doing it all at my leisure, no pressure.  Have a great weekend.


  1. Wow! You've been busy! The table is looking great so far! Are you going to show us some before pictures? Love the fabric you chose for the storage ottoman, and what a great idea to use it as a hanging file holder. That will really come in handy! Love the diy chalk paint color you used, too. But my favorite is the balloon bouquet. Whaaa?? Did you take lessons on that or something? Who knew you had this hidden talent? That and keeping an Amaryllis alive for a year...that requires TRUE talent! ;) Have a super weekend Mel.


  2. Cute bouquet! I love the ottoman too. My amaryllis is just about to bloom. I hope it's as pretty as yours.

    Have a great day.

  3. Can not wait to see how the tables come out-- I really need to find something to paint lately, I've got the itch!

  4. I love your flowers :D
    You are keeping busy and I wanted you to know I was so inspired by your list I took a sledgehammer to my dining room :)

  5. You have been busy...not an easy feat for a stay at home gal, but even more difficult given you work full time, mother, work a side business, feather your nest and also find ways to fund your kitchen renovation. Wow wee are amazing!!

  6. Mel, I love that bouquet and all the other projects! You're pretty talented, they all look so professionally done!

  7. You have been BUSY! I'm always impressed with your balloon art! A tropical vacation does sound lovely right about now!

  8. Hi~I LOVE everything about your blog. I just finished browsing it for the 2nd time around. Super Duper talented and I am thrilled I found "Junkin Junky". When my blog grows up I want it to be just like yours!! I am also, your latest follower and look forward to seeing what you come up with next! Oh ya, you have found some amazing thrift finds, I am green with evny =0)

  9. Cute bouquet! I love the ottoman too!1 I love your blog!!