BFD Projects: We Made a Table!

A friend of our s was getting sick of her dark wood, condo-sized side tables in her bedroom and saw our post of Keith’s (and therefore also OURS) post on these little coaster tables we made and asked if we could make something like the below for her.

While the folks at Humboldt Art Dept made a lovely version of a larger table on their own…

We decided to have 4 small tables attached per table instead… and we were thinking that this would still be able to fit nicely on the nail legs we get from Home Depot (yes those are 12″ nails we used for legs. Which meant using tools and cutting stuff.

Started with 4 x 11.5″ high pieces cut from 6×6″ wood beams from Home Depot
(one 8 ft beam is $30)

And we thought that maybe then we could just add in more nails to better support the structure… but we were wrong. The nails looked dumb and Beetlejuice-esque but without the Harry Belafonte party in the shrimp cocktail. So Keith then thought, what about wood doweling instead (you know, it looks like a curtain rod?) on the exterior of the 4 sides? Also easier to level as opposed to getting it right with like 10 nails. Ew.

See? Tables & doweling! It’s a table leg! It’s a curtain rod! It’s magic!

We weren’t sure once the tables were put together if we needed to add in more colour or take some away… But our friend we were making them for has had about enough of the wood look for the moment…

You can see the painted white and gold tops, but them rest of the tables are naked as the day they were born!

So we painted the rest of the sides with white gloss spraypaint (and some of that leftover gold paint from our stumpy art project) to lighten things up a bit and voila!

Up next! Side tables for dogs! (jk, but at the same time we live in a pretty dog crazy area so….)

Happy Canada Day, everyone!



BFD Sunday DIY Project: A Side of Tables

So Keith is a big weekend project kind of a guy who gets antsy when he’s not projecting, and a long weekend means a lot of free time. So he made some stuff!

Cost of nails: $15.

Cost of wood: Free

Cost of style: Inherent

Final Cost: Still just $15

Not bad, eh?

Hope you had a good long weekend, y’all!


DIY Sunday Afternoon Project

Now you do it! I’m done.


Lady Lair Mood Board: Move over Man Cave!

We were asked by, a most excellent online style drool centre and shop, to choose some barstools to incorporate into the a female equivalent of a ‘Man Cave’ on a mood board.  (You can check out their whole bar stool collection here ) We immediately went with the Findahls Mobelfabrik Danish Bar Stools ($895 USD for 4) because duh, look at them. Also, because they actually look comfortable and relatively easy to move around in a Lady Lair for various lady-related activities like dancing like no one’s watching (snort ,eyeroll), kung fu and eating cupcakes on the floor because why the hell not, it’s YOUR Lady Lair.


  1. Stars Wallpaper – White & Black by Andrea Lauren from $5USD/ft

  2. Fibs and Secrets Porcelain Canisters starting at $128USD from
  3. Within the Tides Rosequartz Credenza By Monika Strigel $999 USD from
  4. Set of Three Pendants in Brass and Glass $1,001.13CAD per item from
  5. Enseigne ancienne de coiffeur €590 from
  6. Findahls Mobelfabrik Danish Bar Stools $895 USD for 4 from
  7. Wrong for Hay Hackney Sofa $3,700.00 CAD from 
  8. Marimekko Pieni Unikko Cushion $55.00 CAD from
  9. Malakos, Malachite 20″ x 14″ Decorative Throw pillow $41.94 CAD from
  10. Art Deco Style Lucite Three-Tiered Bar Cart-Trolly $1,394.87 CAD from
  11. Blondie Photograph Print – (BL001ES) Photographer: Edie Steiner Edition: 25 starting at $950 from

Obviously because this is a ‘dream’ moodboard, we went a little nuts with a few choice vintage pieces from 1stDibs… And that citrus dream sofa? With the 2 dogs we would never, but in a fantasy Lady Lair, eff yes! Given the point of this post, explaining Debbie Harry’s presence in a women’s salon is obviously not required (though if it is, you’re reading the wrong blerg my friend). We envisage the photo to be above the couch, in the largest size available which is closer to a 33″ x 46″. Because #badass. And that antique French Perfumerie sign? From one of our favourite Paris antique shops. Because who cares about paying for shipping and customs when you have a $3,500 couch? Not us. Not today.

The pillows are a must a) because pillows are the best and we need them for #pillowfights because #ladies and #stereotypes. We also need them for forts. You can never go wrong with a little Marimekko print, and Malachite/natural stone prints? 100% the precious at 1/8th of the price. This whole board can’t be ridiculous, we haven’t forgotten who we are (frugal, not cheap). Which is ultimately why we decided to go with the $999 USD sideboard instead of the $6,000 Art Deco sideboard. There needed to be a little more colour to directly contrast with the black and white star palette, and again, with the natural stone print… How could you not? Adds a warm offset to the greens  and monochrome so you can pair those barstools with the sideboard OR the barcart. But goddamn. You should have seen the art deco sideboards we DIDN’T include here. But… because you asked here’s a few we had to let go… Le sigh.

And this…

Not that we’d say no if they showed up on our doorstep, of course, but we wanted to have a pieces that could stand with the bar stools and not be too clashy with the different woods. Clashy you say? Like NOW you’re avoiding the clashy? I know,  it’s not as if we have a problem with that kind of thing normally, but if we are going to put things together that don’t match, make sure they aren’t kind of similar. Cause then that’s forced and annoying, like having to invite the challenging second cousin of a friend over when you have plans with the friend but can’t exclude people. And you have to bite your tongue the whole time and pretend their comments about ‘too many handouts’ and ‘bleeding heart liberals’ and ‘education’ aren’t super stupid and entirely moronic. Except in a style sense.

And there you have it. #ladylair #extraordinaire by #BFDToronto #letsgoraptors




ICYMI: A New Site to Buy Canadian Art is a new online shop that launched in December that features affordable, limited edition prints by reputable Candian artists. From the collection of Paul Conway (go here to visit his other online shop: ), the pieces are an eclectic selection of medium to on the large (er) size lithographs, silkscreens, woodcuts, and more that are available to ship immediately in Canada and the US.  Toronto shipping is free for a limited time. This is the beginning of what is hoped to be a hub for reasonably priced, curated vintage and new Canadian art for your walls. Price points start at $50 CAD and go up to $2,400 CAD.

The highest price point actually belongs to a set of 12 Lithographs entitled Hung Jury by Gordon Haloran, which as you can see would be an impressive addition to a large feature wall in a living or dining room or extending down a hallway. At $200/piece, not a bad deal at all.

Paul Art-042

Yatar – Rita Letendre; Silkscreen 1979 $800

This is another favourite piece of ours. LOVE the citrus hues and the straight lines. A great fit for an entranceway or something at the top of the stairs.

Barbara Hall’s two pieces are fantastic, and a steal at $400 ea. This is the second print in stock, the other was featured in our post from earlier this week.

w - Robert Achtemichuk; Etching, 1982 $800.00

w – Robert Achtemichuk; Etching, 1982 $800.00

e - Robert Achtemichuk; Etching, 1982 $800.00

e – Robert Achtemichuk; Etching, 1982 $800.00











These two work together because they were designed to keep each other company: the two pieces side by side  = WE. Took us a few seconds before we noticed that and were like oh yeah.. makes sense. 😉

Full Discosure: BFD is involved in this project in a design and administration capacity, so just so we’re clear: we have now extended our excellent taste to art recommendations, though this by no means signifies the end of us writing about other stuff. Though we will keep you up to date with new posts featuring new stuff we are excited about.

Sites We Love:

Need art by actual successful Canadian artists that is available, affordable and brag-worthy? Get thee to , a newly launched, Canadian based online art shop featuring vintage, limited edition prints, photos and sets for those of you looking to invest in a piece with some history or a story?  They’re also wiling to do local delivery for free in the GTA so you save on shipping. #winwin  #bfd