Dear diary…

Ahahaha!!!  I promise that I won’t get that literal with my DIY Diaries section of the blog, but just a heads up…I do plan to share with you some of my recent and ongoing “how-to” and upcycle projects from beginning to end.

As some of you may know, I’m a diehard DIY-er with a more than mild obsession with power tools.  I particularly love to get my wee sausage fingers on un-used, un-wanted, un-loved furniture and give them much needed mouth-to-mouth style resuscitation.

I’m a self proclaimed bargain bounty hunter through and through!

In fact, I’m quite sure that I was born with a freakishly super-human talent!  Aside from my quirky ability to touch my tongue to my nose and bust jaw-dropping dance moves like “the robot” and “running man”, I was born with a heightened sense of smell…a sixth sense if you will, to sniff out an awesome thrifty bargooon.


Oh yes, I am THAT person…the one scouring clearance racks, scouting consignment stores, pursuing yard sales, and even doing a little “curbside shopping” (if you know what I mean).  I love the thrill of the hunt for a fabulously frugal furniture find that’s oozing with potential to work a little DIY magic on.

And now that the warm, toasty summer is in full swing, those joyous yard sale signs have been popping up in my neighbourhood weekly which means my spidey senses have been extra tingly …*insert happy dance here*.

During a quick expedition recently to a local sale, I spotted a sweet little pine somethin’-somethin’ that starred me down and yelled across the lawn “hey you, buy me!”  Besides missing a knob and needing a minor drawer readjustment, this petite dresser had my two favourite “P’s” written all over it…potential and price!  After a little friendly negotiation, I walked away with a $16 steal-of-o-deal that was about to get a youthful refresh…

dresser before

As it turned out, I had the perfect client for this piece…my 6 year old son!

We redecorated his big boy bedroom back in December (which believe it or not was what he requested as a Christmas gift…he’s so my son), but after investing in new furniture, I quickly came to the realisation that the petite night stands were useless!  Sure, they looked great, but when it came to practical storage for a 6 year old, they were absolutely useless!

You should know one thing about my oldest son, Nolan…he is a very enthusiastic artist.  I mean, since he could talk he’s been telling people unprovoked that he is going to be an artist when he grows up (…and a vegetarian), and he literally draws and paints like it’s a full time job.

So, because this fab yard sale piece is smaller than a typical dresser, I decided to use it in place of one of his night stands to house his over-abundance of art supplies and mini masterpieces.

Drum roll please… Ta Da!!

dresser after

I always say that good preparation is key to the success of any DIY makeover.  I gave the dresser a thorough sanding with my Black & Decker Matrix sanding attachment, a coat of primer, and then I sprayed a fresh coat of white paint to the top and sides with my HVLP paint sprayer to give a smooth, near factory finish.  To make this piece truly fit for a budding artist, I added tintable chalkboard paint in a subtle stacked ombre to the drawer fronts which is a great way to keep supplies organized, help your kidlets practice their spelling skills, and give them some creative doodle space to personalize the piece on their own.

He thought it was pretty nifty, and I was pretty happy to have all of his art paraphernalia housed in one place!

*Thank you to Today’s Parent magazine for originally posting this project on their blog!

If you’ve been hanging out with me here for the past week, you know that it’s the final day of the “7 Days of Hue La La Giveaways“.  I’m feeling a little bit sad, and a lot a bit happy… Sad because I don’t want the party festivities to end, but happy to be going out with a birthday giveaway BANG for one of my readers.

Today’s bounty?… A super wickedly fantastico Matrix 20V quick connect power tool starter kit from my dear friends at Black & Decker.


Yep, that’s right…this rechargeable workshop wizard is a drill, sander, jig saw, circular saw, impact driver, etc…ALL IN ONE!!

If you’re a cray-cray DIYer like me, you’re drooling all over your keyboard right about now!!!

For details on how to enter, click here and read my welcome post… And for another fancy shmancy chance to win, tweet the following…

Get your DIY on with @LeighAnnAllaire and enter for a chance to win a @Black_DeckerUS #Matrix kit over at #HueLaLa

And yippee to yesterday’s winner of the Tonic Living $100 gift card…

winner 6 Congrats from one L-A to another!!  Check your inbox, darlin’!!

Wowee wow-wow…what a party this first week of Hue La La has been!  I am completely gobsmacked by the virtual love and support that’s been pouring in from readers near and far!!  Thank YOU!!!

If you’ve checked out some of my previous posts, you know that I love a good rockin’ tune, so today, I leave you with this…  The video is terrible, but the darn song is kinda catchy…and feel free to sing along and change the lyrics to “Hue La La” (just sayin’).



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5 Responses to DIY Diaries…Let’s get thrify!

  1. Lindsay says:

    I so hope this is me! Even though it looks like I can’t spell my name :)
    Love the post L-A!

  2. Kaylynn says:

    I love how you can see the potential in other people’s old stuff. :) I love how that dresser turned out.

  3. I love a thrifty redo – and yours is lovely! I bet your son loves drawing on the drawer fronts – I know I would 😉

  4. Lisa says:

    I want to be you when I grow up. I wish WISH I could do this awesome stuff. I’ll start with those dressers in my bedroom. You know the ones. I still hate them. xoxo

  5. Beatrice Lawson says:

    Congrats, confetti, streamers and balloons! Just got here via Tonic Living today and loving the DYI! Will hang around and heck out the site, loving the name by the way:-)

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