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Gotta love this door makeover

Milk paint door makeover in french enamel. Now this old wardrobe door is the perfect decor in my cottage home.

Hello my sweets. How is life treating you? I am happy and sore. Happy because I just had a long weekend and it was such a nice long weekend. Sore because we started on the first stretch of a 500K long distance hiking trail that we are going to do with friends. We did 15 K for the first stage of this journey . I was fine for the first 12 and than everything started to hurt. Still lots of muscle ache now. Ah well it just proves that I really need to move more, and that waving around a paint brush is not exercise.

I am really looking forward to this hiking adventure though. I think there are about 26 stages in the track, it will take us from the most southern tip of the Netherlands (very close to my home) to the outmost northern tip. The landscape will be diverse but mostly flat. We had a bit of hill last Sunday and I think the next stage will have a hill or two and than we will be in flat Holland country side. Lots of woodland, sand dunes, polders and moors will be waiting for us. I am sure I will get to see and get to know parts of my country that I would otherwise never ever see. We have not set a time-frame in which to finish the stretch but we have good intentions….

Of course this will mean I will have to start to train a bit more in between as well. Because this stiffness and soreness after a mere 15K is kind of confrontational and lets say embarrassing too.

Milk paint door makeover in french enamel. Now this old wardrobe door is the perfect decor in my cottage home.


What is not embarrassing is this latest project I did. I turned out as a bit of a surprise for myself too. But a very happy surprise.

Fruit crate storage shelves

Make these simple junk-style fruit crate shelves and add some more storage space to your home.


Howie sweet folks. Popping in today to show off another little project I just finished. Can I say that I am still after all these years hesitant to show off my latest bit of DIY/ decorating. I have been at this blogging thing for quite some time now, and things have changed so tremendously. Back in the old days one would paint something white (for the US ladies that would preferably have been heirloom white, being from Europe I still don’t know what white that is exactly), and you would get 50 or more comments saying how wonderful that little makeover was.

These days it seems nothing less than a complete room makeover will do, furniture needs to be built from scratch and vintage furniture receives intricate paint treatments etc. I am in awe of the ladies who accomplish all of that. Many now do it for a living and I tip my hat to them and I think they deserve every penny they earn that way and then some. They work hard and inspire so many people to do and try things they never dreamed they could accomplish.

But I am so not that. I decorate my home that I live in and that home does not have a dozen rooms I could change on a whim. I generally pay for all my projects with my hard earned money that I have had to spend hours at the office for to get, so I really must love and use it, or I won’t hand over my cash. And of course my time and energy is limited since I have to divide it between grown-up work, spending time with the ones I love and doing just the things one has to do when one has reached the ripe age of mid forties.

Doesn’t mean that I don’t dream though. That I don’t look online for different houses from time to time. Preferably houses that need a little fixing up, that have lots of rooms to play with and that I could create into the beach cottage that I dream about (even if they are still no where near the beach). Or that I don’t make plans in my head about tables I am one day going to built, whole kitchens that I am going to give the Songbird treatment or if I could get away with switching out rooms and furniture.  But that is just dreaming. Doesn’t hurt anyone, and never has actually enticed me to go out and look at other houses or start ripping my kitchen apart. I am quite content with what we’ve got.

Anyway what I was starting to say, before I went of on this side trip, is that I kind of feel a bit hesitant to show you my latest project. Not that I don’t love it, I do. But I am afraid you all will be a bit underwhelmed. It can hardly be considered original, nor does it involve lots of skills.

As usual my kind of project is easy, rather laid back and can be done while thinking of other things (like whether or not I could get away with buying another smelly candle, or if I have time to run out and get more chocolate).

This project involved white paint, lots of sanding, a little drilling and a bit of stenciling.

Army Crate Makeover and some Outdoor Decorating

Outdoor decorating on the terrace with an old army crate makeover with Fusion paint and Old Signs Stencils, burlap pots, and lots of white flowers.


Hello my friends, welcome to my little nest on the web. Today I have a little decorating, a little DIY, and a little craft to show you. I have had a week of Spring break and I have used it to work on several projects all at once. Hardly any are finished but todays makeover is. I had to make sure it was finished, because months ago I signed up for a fun blog-hop. Of course in true Songbird fashion I thought I had oodles of time and then as always I was hurrying at the last minute to finish everything up. I never learn, do I!

Todays army crate makeover project was my first time working with Fusion Mineral paint. Fusion mineral paint is a new paint on the market. It works as a primer and top coat in one, it comes in amazing colors and it is totally an Eco friendly project.

I was offered several colors to try out, and of course I jumped at the chance of some free paint. And in all honesty I love this paint. It is so easy to work with. It spreads like soft butter, does not drip, it has great coverage (one coat is usually enough to change colors immediately) and it does not stink at all, so can be used inside without a problem.

But todays project takes us outside on my terrace. Where my crate makeover inspired a bit of outdoor decorating.

garden terrace army crate makeover-7



White Painted Staircase

white painted hallway and staircase


So you thought that when I was taking my extended blog break in the summer that I was lounging in the hammock, hanging out at the beach and taking three naps a day? Well, not exactly.

We did a bit of all of that and more, but mostly we were very busy.

I was busy doing one of my favorite things in the world. Paint stuff white.

Very white…..

A lot of stuff…..


Come see my white painted staircase and more….. CLICK HERE


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