DIY : Reclaimed Rustic Pallet Tray

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Materials Needed:

A pallet that has qualities you would like to see in your tray. Old, beaten up or smooth and finished.
Measuring tape.
Hand saw.
Sanding block.
Pencil for marking lengths.
Wood glue, screws and screw driver.
Water based clear coat such as Benjamin Moore’s Stays Clear in Low Luster. Or Benjamin Moore paint in a pearl or semi-gloss.
A brush for the clear coat or paint.
Two handles, knobs or drawer pulls.


  1. Decide how long you would like your tray to be. Measure and mark three planks of your favorite looking pieces of wood from the pallet. 18” to 20” will be proportionate to 3 boards across.
  2. Cut where marked. Sand edges.
  3. Place these three pieces of plank together and measure how wide they are when side by side.
  4. Use this measurement to cut two more planks. Sand edges.
  5. Place the two pieces of wood across each end of the three pieces of wood. Glue and screw these from the underside of the tray.
  6. Clear coat or paint the tray. Two coats minimum.
  7. Once the tray is totally dry attach the handles.

And voila! A cool tray is born.

DIY : Clipboard + Chalkboard Weekly Calendar

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This is a fun and easy way to stay organized for the week! Write important notes in chalk and clip loose odds and ends on the top. Have fun with Benjamin Moore’s colour palette and chalkboard paint, now available in any BM colour! For our project we chose Ash Blue 2057-40.

- 3 clipboards
- Benjamin Moore’s Chalkboard Paint
- 1 mini roller kit and tray
- 3/4” green painter’s tape
- 3 nails & a hammer

1. Tape the outer edges of the clipboard off then section off the interior so that you create 7 boxes between the three clipboards.
2. Using yours small roller and tray, paint the interior boxes. Let dry for 4 hours then re-coat.
3. Once your second coat is dry, remove the tape carefully. Now, try to contain your excitement, you must wait 3 days to chalk it up!
4. Hang your clipboards on the wall with a a few nails and your hammer.

DIY : I Love BC Painted Tray

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Benjamin Moore: OC-17 White Dove, HC-144 Palladian Blue and 2123-20 Caribbean Teal. Get creative and feel free to substitute BC for your province or even for the shape of something you love!


·         1 plain wooden tray

·         1 med/fine sanding sponge

·         1 plastic binder divider

·         1 ultra-fine point sharpie

·         1 exacto knife

·         Spray on stencil adhesive

·         Tape

·         Scissors

·         1 small foam roller & tray

·         Paint, we chose OC-17 White Dove. Benjamin Moore’s Aura line in any sheen would be ideal.

·         Stencil brushes


Make your own Stencil:

1.      Search for an image of a shape that you would like for your tray on Google images. We searched for “outline map of bc” and found a great image from

2.      Click on the image and then click on the view image button. This isolates the photo. You then right click on the photo and select print.

3.      Once printed, cut the page down so that you can tape it to the back of the plastic binder divider. Once taped in place trace with a sharpie.

4.      Once your sharpie trace is complete, cut out along the lines to reveal your stencil.

5.      We repeated this process for the heart.

Stencil your tray:

1.      Using the stencil spray adhesive, lightly spray the back of your stencils and let dry. Once tacky apply stencils to the tray, gently smoothing the edges down.

2.      Paint the stencil area using your roller and brushes. Apply 2 coats. Let dry and remove stencil.

DIY : Terrarium



DIY Terrarium

With snowcapped mountain tops and the snowline creeping down to our valley in Whistler it is a great time to bring some reminders of our lush BC forests into the store.

Terrariums in all shapes & sizes are all the rage these days. Whether it is to add a bit of the outside in your home or as a gift that will be sure to make someone smile, they are so easy to make and will keep on giving.  Terrariums are low maintenance and built properly will keep green & growing as the moisture they release will keep the plants thriving.

In just a few hours and a walk through the forest was all it took to create this terrarium. Supplies needed: A glass container which can be open or closed and of any size. Ideas range from clear glass Christmas balls to jars to cake stands or any decorative glass container. Filler of gravel or crushed rock, potting soil, moss, small plants and added decorative items.

First layer: crushed rock or gravel to create some drainage (enough to fill 1” deep)

Optional layer: a thin layer of activated charcoal which helps to keep the water fresh and prevent mold and mildew from building up

Second Layer: potting soil (1- 2” deep)

Third Layer: Moss- I choose a few different types but be sure to choose ones that have clean roots and do not show signs of rotting or decomposing underneath.

Fourth Layer: small plants- I choose ferns and small plants growing in the forest. But you can really use any plants.

Fifth Later- add dimension with special rocks, twigs, pinecones or figurines.

Lightly mist your terrarium for moisture, cover & enjoy!

Some tips to keep your terrarium  thriving:

Place your terrarium in indirect or filtered sunlight. (think about the forest when trying to find a good home)

For closed terrariums the moisture recycles and needs very little moisture to keep them growing .Do not overwater- once every three months should be ample. I use a spray bottle to lightly mist or an eyedropper is great for smaller containers. Cycles of condensation and evaporation are normal and what keep terrariums thriving. If you notice a lot of condensation building up, remove the lid for an hour to remove the excess moisture.

We love our new terrarium on our front counter- it is sure giving a lot of smiles! Enjoy!

DIY : Grasscloth Wallpaper

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DIY Adding Interest and Texture with Wallpaper

Be creative and make jazz up a small space !

Materials Needed:

Grass Cloth or any Wallpaper

Dynamic Heavy Duty Clear Wallcovering Adhesive

Roller and Cage

Sharp utility knife


  1. Measure the wallpaper out marking with a strong fold where it needs to be cut.
  2. Take the paper to a surface that you can cut on. With a straight edge (eg. long board, level) cut along the fold line. Cut all pieces.
  3. Turn the paper over and roll out the adhesive. Place the first piece of paper on the surface to be papered. Repeat till all the paper is up.
  4. Let dry over night before adding shelves or hanging art.

Vola! A space once boring now made interesting with texture and colour.

DIY : Corkboard

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DIY Corkboard

Be creative and make you own corkboard to show off your ideas!

Materials Needed:


DONA CONNA board 7/16” thick/ or a ceiling tile will work- buy at your local building supply store

Cork – you can but at local building supply

Adhesive- We used Lepages White Lightning- dries quick in 15 minutes

Sharp utility knife

Primer- Optional – to paint the cork board. We used Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start Acrylic Primer

Paint- optional if you want to paint the cork board. We used Benjamin Moore’s Aura Matte shown tinted to HC-145 Van Courtland Blue

Roller & Cage

Brush- If you want to paint the frame


  1. Measure the inside of your frame & have your local building supply store cut the Dona Conna  board and cork to fit the inside frame dimensions. The Dona Conna board will be attached to the cork layer to give you depth to push your pins right through the cork on your corkboard.
  2. Glue the cork layer to the Dona Conna spreading the adhesive around the edges on the Dona Conna board ( not to close- about ¾” from the edge and make generous x’s to cover the surface.
  3. Turn the board over with the Dona Conna upwards and place weights ( we used quart paint cans) to apply pressure till the adhesive dries in 15 minutes.
  4. Once dried, flip the board so that the cork is facing you.
  5. Trim any excess Cork with a sharp utility knife.
  6. If you like the cork look- place the finished board into the frame , attach a hanger and you are done!
  7. Another look is to paint the cork. We applied one coat of Fresh Start Primer and three coats of the Aura Matte tinted to HC-145. This colour matched the colour of our showroom display wall.
  8. Once dry – place the painted cork board into your frame  and hang.

The finished look with the corkboard painted the same as you wall colour makes your Posts stand out and is shown framed in a natural wood finish! You are ready to Pin away with all of your ideas! Happy Pinning!!!

DIY : Mason Jar Vases

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Try Benjamin Moore: Ice Milk CSP-1025, Burnt Ember CSP-120 + accent with Citron 2024-30. The vases are fresh flower friendly too!

- An assortment of mason jars (size is up to you!)
- An assortment of Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint in any colour you like. Aura will adhere to the glass and provide a durable finish all in one!
- Foam brushes
- 50 grit sandpaper or sanding sponge

Note: If Aura is not available to you, use the Stix primer to create a base that will adhere to the glass. Once the Stix is dry you can use whatever paint you like.

1. Paint two coats of aura on mason jars. We painted the outside of our jars to allow for clean glass on the inside to accommodate water for fresh flowers.
2. Once the two coats are dry, use a sanding sponge or 50 grit sandpaper to distress the finish.
3. Remove the centre portion from the metal lids and screw the other potion back on, this adds a little sparkle and finishes the top nicely.

DIY : Pallet Coat Rack

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DIY Pallet Coat Rack


- Paint pallet

- Sand paper or a sanding sponge

- Small hooks, screws & screwdriver

- Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer

- Multiple colours of paint

We used Benjamin Moore Aura for its durability and as we are doing a coastal theme in the store display, we chose Benjamin Moore Trend Colours for 2013: Van Courtland Blue HC-145, Simply White OC-117, Tranquility AF-490, Lemon Sorbet 2019-60 & Stratton Blue HC-142.

As we also have a Benjamin Moore Paint store attached to Mountain Home Décor we have an abundant supply of paint pallets in all sizes. We chose one with five slats for our Coastal Colour Trend which has five colours.


- Sand down any rough wood that might later catch on clothing hanging.

- Give the whole pallet a coat of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer & let dry.

- Apply two coats of each colour , letting dry in between each coat.

- Attach screws – we did them at varying heights.

And hang to any wall surface and voila, you’re finished!

DIY : Rock Weight Banner + Dipped Feather Garland

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Spool of jute
Hole punch

1.       Cut cardstock to desired size. Ours are approximately 5” x 6”.
2.       Using your pencil rough out block letters, one per card.
3.       With your medium tip sharpie trace pencil outline of the letters. Fill “shadow” with a fine tip sharpie using swift diagonal lines. Feel free to get creative with your lettering!
4.       Lay out your banner and determine how many rows and columns your will require. This will be helpful in the jute feeding process.
5.       Using your hole punch, punch holes in all four corners of your lettered cards and feed your jute through from front to back.
6.       Once all of your letter columns of fed, fasten them to a stick or wooden pole.
7.       To prevent them the banner from swinging around too much and also to add to its natural feel, tie rocks at the bottom of each string by wrapping and weaving the jute around.
8.       Voila! Your very own adorable, earthy banner. Fun for every occasion.


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Fishing line
Leftover Paint (preferably vibrant)

1.       Cut cardstock into a basic feather shape, we freestyled ours but you could always trace the shape of one from a photo online.
2.       Fold a crease down the centre of the feathers to immolate the spine.
3.       Cutting on angles into the “spine” we create a feather texture. Be sure not to cut all the way through!
4.       Dip feathers into  a tray or small pot of paint. We taped ours up on a ledge with cardboard underneath to dry.
5.       Poke holes through the card stock using a sharp pencil tip. Take care to keep holes as small as possible.
6.       Feed fishing line through tying knots under each feather to prevent them from sliding down.
7.       Tie fishing line to a pole or twig and hang for a whimsical dipped feather garland.

DIY : Chevron Bookcase

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Chevron Stenciled Bookcase

Material List:

Chevron Stencil Template: We used ours from the internet

Clear Mylar

Black Permanent Marker

Exacto Knife

Metal edged ruler

Stencil palette tray

Plastic putty knife

High Density Foam Roller

Paper Towel

Tape or Stencil Spray Adhesive

One Litre of Paint- we used Benjamin Moore’s Citron 2024-30 mixed in the Advance. You could really choose any product but as our bookcase was previously painted in Advance pearl , we decided to also paint the chevron in the same product for adherence and pearl  to match the sheen of the cabinet which was painted Benjamin Moore Ivory White CC-130.


  1. Print out stencil template and enlarge on a photocopier to the size you want your chevron.
  2. Place your stencil under a sheet of clear mylar & trace the template with a permanent marker. Marking on the stencil which alternating chevron patterns you want to cut out. I left a 1” solid mylar border- on the top, bottom & right edges,  so you will not roll off the edges of the stencil.
  3. With a sharp exacto knife and metal edged ruler score and cut out your stencil.
  4. Pour a small amount of paint onto your paint palette and draw down a smooth layer with your putty knife.
  5. Using the high density roller – roll and load the foam roller with paint. As these rollers hold the paint inside the foam- you do not need a lot of paint.
  6. Before you start- always roll off any excess paint onto a paper towel. This will ensure there is no excess paint that will bleed under the stencil.
  7. Place your stencil on the surface and attach with either tape or stencil spray adhesive. I started a few stripes down from the top and on the left side as I had cut that flush to place against the cabinet .
  8. Continue painting – using your overlapping stencil all the way to the bottom of the cabinet.
  9. Let the paint dry and apply a 2nd coat if necessary.

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What do you think of this easy DIY? Such a great way to add personality and colour to your space!