1 Month down!

Hello! For those who have been to the clinic in March and again since, you have seen a little bit of change every time.

I thought it was time to do a little update about some of the projects that I have been working on and completed. It has been fun overall. Lots of work, some sweat, some swearing LOL but I do like things to be done correctly, first time preferably, and trying to appreciate the time it takes to get things done.

Big things! – I have doors on the treatment room now! They look cool, but more importantly they work well and don’t slam like traditional doors. These door were given to me from the New West Share group -they are heavy as stink, but look great. So thankful for the Share!


Plumbing and electrical ….grumble grumble…finally hired a Plumber and electrician. Hopefully once they get in the walls to put pipes where pipes should be, then I will know if I can actually have a washer and dryer in my suite. I have a excellent washer and dryer currently collecting dust…but hopefully in the next few weeks this frustrating (unnecessary) experience will be behind me. Note to a potential leaser – When given a Blueprint of existing plumbing in a suite you want to lease….still have a plumber investigate if its actually there – sound weird and stupid? Yep. But turns out, pipes can magically disappear!! ( and magically the landlord doesn’t take responsibility for it!)

I have been focusing on a re-purposed, re-used, shabby chic, Local to New West kinda look. Some projects I have completed are some Side tables, towel rack and a plant stand.  ( And that Cool White fence post candle holder in the background: I bought from a New West company called StrongNfree – and it is made with Fence posts from a Queens park heritage home – they are Old! )

Resized before drawers

I picked these drawers up of in the Queens park neighbourhood. I had been searching for drawers, without the dresser, of a certain height and width. One morning skimming Craigslist for wardrobes I came across this ad for Free Drawers! and what do you know…perfect! not only perfect in height and width, but also their back story!

I explained to the Giver of the wooden drawers my plan for these and the clinic and this was her response : “The man who made those made quite a bit of the big wooden pillars you see around the queens park area. Except for his own house! His son later on used his lythe to make ours. Any way the point is, the drawers are rich in New west history! I couldn’t just toss them in a dumpster.  Glad I didn’t.”   I am so glad she didn’t either!

I may still add a shelf inside these but they are working well for now :



When I have my Sinks and Laundry  installed, this will be more handy, but this re-purposed Rocking chair back is now a funky shelf and towel rack. This rocking chair was left in the rain on Mott Crescent.



This Plant stand was a FB marketplace find on a whim. Its an old plant stand with the older style to it, but I thought it would be charming in my space with some cleaning, fixing and paint.

I picked it up from a happy fella in Sapperton for $30. Some paint, some TLC….and voila! a sweet little plant stand ( for now, May be home to a fish tank in the future, or a beverage station…ideas ideas ideas) I have ordered a little white, sparrow shaped, ceramic drawer pull just to up the charm.



The-Happiest-people-dont-have-the-best-of-everythingThank you for checking out my blog and my recent creations. If you have any old Wardrobes or furniture that you are looking to give away, please contact me up and see if they could work in my space. I am so thankful and appreciative of the New West community! I am so happy to call New West my home!

With a happy heart, Renée Caines RMT, CIMT, CPMT


email: sparrowrmt@shaw.ca

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