Refinish & Re-purpose Wooden Home Decor

Country Chic Paint Projects

This past summer I had a little “me time” in Buckhorn, ON. It’s a really beautiful, quaint town with some eclectic shops that carry unique items. My favourite shop was Style Your Nest; I could have spent a year’s salary in there if I didn’t know better.

I did however walk away with a beautiful purchase made by Krieger Customs. It was a very raw and rustic wood piece that acted as a blank canvas for me. I also happened to discover another amazing Canadian company, Country Chic Paint who among other things, makes Furniture & Home Decor Paint (chalk-based) and All-in-One Decor Paint (clay-based). They happened to have a special that day where you could receive one small jar of paint for free.

To say I was inspired is an understatement. I quickly went to work gathering the other materials that I needed to create the piece that you will see below in our video. I am quite proud of our finished product that we are using as a wall-mounted key and mail rack. A list of materials used and links are included below.

Check out our video and let us know what you think!


DIY Chalk Paint

  • Country Chic Paint All-in-One Decor Paint in Chocolate Tart
  • Country Chic Paint All-in-One Decor Paint in Dune Grass (Spring & Summer Limited Edition colour)
  • Country Chic Beeswax Distressing Bar
  • All purpose paint brush
  • Various grits abrasive sanding sponges (really any type of sandpaper will do the job)
  • Paint brush (I used a cheap, regular paint brush, but read Country Chic Paint’s tip as to why that was probably not the best choice)
  • Sealing wax (I used some I had leftover from another project, but you can use Country Chic’s Natural Wax as it does not contain any mineral solvents)
  • Lint-free cloth or wax brush
  • Hooks & screws
  • Drill


Country Chic Paint Before and After

The piece in its original state was beautiful on its own, but I really loved refinishing and re-purposing it to fit our colour scheme in our home and to fill a void; our front entrance is very narrow and doesn’t fit a table so this was the perfect solution.

DIY Chalk Paint with Country Chic Paint

Do you have a favourite chalk paint project? What items would you love to refinishing and/or re-purpose?

Thanks for reading!

City Mom

Our New Home – Part Two {Video}

Our New Home

As promised, here is part two of our new home; this video features the other two floors (main level and basement) of our new house.

Those who know me well, know that there are two things that really make me “tick” (other than all the obvious ones) and that is the beach and Paris! Once you see the video, you will know why I fell in love with this little home.

A couple of months before buying our new house, my husband and I attended the Lifestyle Home Show here in London. One of the vendors had this gorgeous, weathered beach house flooring. Knowing that colour scheme and style would have never fit in with our downtown condo, I jokingly asked my husband if we could redo just one room in the condo to get that vibe in our home.

Though that flooring is not a part of our new home, the vibe and colour scheme is. As you can see in the video(s), the top two floors have a fresh and airy colour scheme with small “beachy” elements here and there. And the basement? Well, it’s just a Paris-lover’s dream come true!


Buying a furnished model home allows a unique privilege to move into a home that has been professionally staged and designed. But I am still a DIY’er and wannabe designer at heart so I have been having fun adding my own touch to the house to really make it ours.

If I had my choice, I would live in a rustic, shabby-chic beach house for the rest of my life (and visit Paris on the weekends), alas, at this time in our lives, that can not be a reality so, bit by bit,  I am going to try to create one here in the city.

Stay tuned for some fun additions that are both cost-effective and relatively easy to implement to enhance the theme and/or design of your home.

Thanks for watching!

City Mom

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