Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer Lakehouse Mantel

I'm a bit behind sharing some decor changes for summer here on the blog but life gets busy sometimes. Today I want to share our family room fireplace mantel decorated for early summer with a lakehouse vibe. 

One of the beauties of a base of neutral colours is being able to easily add pops of colour. For our family room I am adding blues in lake house inspired shades. 

The shiplap and board and batten that we added to the fireplace wall of our family room is still one of my favourite DIY's to date. It allowed me to add the faux beam mantle that is fun to decorate seasonally. 

I started by making a bunting with string and little canvas pieces from Michaels. The big galvanized sap pail is filled with birch limbs and cotton stems. Cotton is not natural to our beautiful Ontario outdoors but it is a nice filler until I find something else.

The mason jar filled with river rocks reminds me of our beautiful lakes and rivers. The glass vase is filled with sand and a votive. 

I painted the sign last year and the napkin ring Muskoka chairs (or Adirondack chairs to those of you south of the border) are some of my favourite things to use in summer. Scrabble letters spell out BEACH and LAKEHOUSE.

The mantel decor may change as summer approaches but I really like that I pulled this off using items already in my decor stash. After some unseasonable cool weather, and even snow flurries and hail last weekend, we are enjoying warmer and nicer weather heading into our long Victoria Day weekend, also known as our May 2/4 weekend (Two Four as in a case of 24 beer lol.) Thanks for visiting and I would love to know if you have been able to plant flowers yet. We can finally do it here in southern Ontario.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Guest Bedroom, A New Throw and A Giveaway

Our guest bedroom is coming along nicely, especially with the addition of a few accents like a soft woodgrain print throw and a sign I painted. Stay with me to the end of this post for the details on the giveaway.

While I am trying to keep the cost of this makeover to a minimum using items we already have, repurposing and making some items, it is nice to add a few new pieces. I shared the before, the inspiration and the early progress of this room makeover in this post.

The 'white wood wall' print double layer fleece blanket I ordered from arrived and I love it! I love how soft this throw is and my photos don't do the wood grain print justice.

The 'life is beauty full' sign that I painted was inspired by the one in my inspiration photo but I chose to use black lettering on a grey background with stain and a whitewash. I need to either paint the night table and cannonball bed or deal with the scratches that time has brought to this antique set that I bought when I was 19. 

The throw adds some interest without overpowering the neutral and white colour scheme. I also think the pattern could easily blend with other seasonal pillows and colours.

I love that trays can add some pretty details and yet be moved aside so easily. 

The collage frame with boat and dock photos is the only other item on the wall in this small room.

A wood plank barn door will be added to the closet when the budget allows but for now I added a basket and white pillows to the top shelf and a quilt rack with extra throws. I will add some wood hangers for guests, but otherwise we have lots of storage space and this closet can be just for guests.

The 2" wood blinds are staying for privacy but they will get a good spring cleaning outdoors as soon as the weather improves. I also plan to hang simple white curtains from a black rod.

There were so many great images that I could have had printed on this double layer fleece blanket but I am very happy with the white wood wall pattern that I chose.

Black is one of my base decor colours so I chose a black fleece backing. Super soft and it ties in with the black lines between the planks on the front.

Although there are some other projects that I still want to complete, our guest bedroom is guest worthy at this point and that feels really good. So for the giveaway... the throw I ordered is from Vision Bedding and they have offered one of my readers a coupon code for $100 to use on their products. They sell bedding, bath decor, wall art, murals, pillows and other products with so so many great images to add or you can add your own image.

The rules are fairly simple: 
  • Open to readers (and hopefully you're a follower somehow too -bloglovin', on your blog list, by email subscription etc.) of Rustic Maple here on the blog and/or follow rusticmapleelizabeth on Instagram.
  • There are up to 2 chances to enter. Comment here on the blog (one per person with a valid way for me to contact you ie. your blog or email) and/or comment on my IG account rusticmapleelizabeth on the Giveaway! photo
  • I am Canadian so this giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. readers (note that I am not responsible for shipping.)
  • Entries end Wednesday April 20th at noon at which time I will combine all entries from both the blog and IG and draw one winner for the $100 coupon code to use at

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

I was compensated for this post with product to provide opinion on the product and services. As always, the opinions expressed are my own, I will always give my honest opinion, findings or experiences on this topic or product. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Guest Bedroom Makeover in Progress

Our guest room has been getting a makeover these past few weeks and I am excited about some of the changes and plans that I have for this room. I just want to say that these are iPhone photos as I had left my Nikon at a relative's home.

I chose Simply White for the walls (Benjamin Moore.) You can see from this post that I love white walls. I am keeping the pine cannonball bed frame that I bought with money I saved from my first Nursing job back when I was 19. My guys are attached to it and were not too happy when I said I might replace it. So it stays.

Lake House Lovin: Lake Muskoka:

This photo from  is my inspiration for the room. Light, white and airy with a 
coastal or lake house feel. 

One of my niece's who lives close by volunteered to help with the painting. I did a lot of patching and then we sanded and primed the walls. The room was one of our son's rooms before we did a three way switch. He liked posters and got a bit carried away one day hanging up some hockey memorabilia.

Primer and first coat on and it looked better already. 

The linens so far are white sheets and a white matelasse coverlet. I need to work on pillow covers for this pair of 26" inserts. When we don't have guests, which is most of the time, I am enjoying using our guest room as a quiet spot to read. To keep warm and snuggly I decided I needed a throw for the bottom of the bed. 

I wanted a blanket that was nice and soft and that had a pattern that would gently blend into the soft colours of the room. I am really looking forward to getting this fleece blanket that I ordered from  They have so many images and products that you can add images to.  I narrowed my choices down to a wood print and decided on this White Wood Wall double layer fleece blanket. I think it going to look awesome and I can hardly wait to get it.

I wanted to hang these boat prints that I got from freckledlaundry and printed at our local photo shop. Using an old pine frame, some twine and mini clothespins I made this collage frame. 

I think it turned out quite well and I plan to hang it on the wall. 

This is the original dresser that I bought at the same time as the bed (plus a night table) and I painted it General Finishes Lamp Black last year to use as a night table in our bedroom. I decided to bring it back into the guest room. The night table is awaiting a makeover.  I still have lots of plans for our guest bedroom but the changes so far are really fresh and just the feel I was going for. 

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Computer Table and Tool Drawers Makeovers

Late last year I changed the computer area of our family room by making over our old dining room table into a desk and rusty tool drawers into storage drawers. I'm finally getting around to sharing some current photos of this area with a few before photos.

Our family room is long and this end of the room, adjacent to our kitchen eat-in area, is a good spot for our computer, printer, modems and some office supplies. 

The previous table was too small and made it difficult to work at but we didn't need a huge dining sized table either. I compromised and saved money by cutting down an old dining room table.

My brother-in-law had these metal tool drawers in his garage and when I showed interest he gave them to me. Some black spray paint freshened them inside and out, and I added a plank base with wheels. The long drawers are perfect for office supplies. 

Here's a before of the table when it was our dining room table in 2009, and it also served as a work table in my hobby studio for a few years.

I cut down the width of the table and reassembled it.

To save money I cut the rounded edge off the butcher block table top and resized it. After it was sanded down I used Minwax Early American stain and a poly top coat.

I painted the table base with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White then used ASCP Soft Wax and finally a bit of MMSMP Antiquing Wax. 

After spray painting with a matt black, and the drawers in their rusty green condition. They are banged up but function really well.

 I still need to finish painting the chair.

I still need to work on some cord management and I'm thinking of drilling a hole to drop the wires below the table.

The drawers need some simple labels and I have a plan for the printer and a spot for the modems.

I would also like to replace the table lamp with a metal task lamp. This project cost less than $20 because I had all supplies on hand except for buying two cans of spray paint and four wheels ($1 each at a garage sale.) It is way more functional and I think it looks much better too. Thanks for visiting and I hope this inspires you to reuse something you have to make a space work better.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday on Instagram

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Winter Dining Room and Vintage Agricultural Ironstone

Yesterday I shared our winter living room. Today I want to share our winter dining room. Our dining room is a smaller space so I like to keep it simple and light year round. There are only a few additions for winter.

Part of the dining room is also the traffic path from the front entry and living room through to the family room and back of our home so furniture has to stay closer to the window side.

The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Simply White (except for the Revere Pewter wall that runs from the front entry to the family room.)  

My favourite colour combo for our home is white + wood + black and this room doesn't stray far from that. Lots of fabric with the white cotton drapes, white table runner, crocheted tablecloths in the crate and lots of white linens in the buffet and hutch. I have had this little battenburg lace star for years and think it looks so cute hanging from the knob. 

Some wintery type decor with the faux snow and votive cup in the trio of vases. The boxwood clippings from our garden have dried out and are tied on with simple twine. I also like pine cones and mercury glass from Fall right through till Spring. There are mercury glass candle holders on the window ledge and on the buffet.

The small boxwood wreath adds a nice pop of colour against all the white dishes and neutrals.

A few of my favourite things. I don't think I will ever have too many white dishes and serving pieces.

I pretty much paint everything either black or white but this buffet and hutch came black. I am considering re-painting it all black. Time will tell lol. 

This little bookcase is a stand in until I find or make something else for this spot. It holds extra ironstone platters and vintage mason jars. It also gives me another spot to decorate seasonally.

I moved the vintage black and white agricultural scenes ironstone from the living room to this wall. I had to take down the brown transferware plates from either side of the window but I really think it looks better here.

More mercury glass in this footed bowl full of pinecones and some icy twigs in the sap bucket. Did I mention I have a 'thing' for galvanized pieces too?

A few more of my favourite things lol. It is said that you should love what you surround yourself with and I certainly love these items, colours and materials.

And a few close ups of the super heavy ironstone plates and platters. Our 19 year old son is an ag guy, owns a couple of cows and wants to farm one day. He knows that mom sells stuff and has made me promise that I will never ever get rid of these plates. He claims they are his. I should ask him for the $20 I paid for them haha.

Some close ups of the pieces...

The extra large and extra heavy platter. I use the yellow disc hangers so that they are safer.

The large platter.

The dinner plate. There were quite a few in the box but many were badly damaged and I didn't keep them.

I have two of the smaller side plates. Someone once shared the age and details about this set but unfortunately when my old phone died I lost the info.

Well, thanks for visiting today. I have a Valentine's mantel and decor to share soon.