Upcycling is a creative way to customize a space uniquely, at a low cost.

At her cabin at White Bear Lake, Deanna Pierce-Colbow has eight upcycled doors adorning her garden space, most of which were thrifted or salvaged. Each door is now a work of art.

"When we arrived here, there were two doors on the fence. I've repainted those and I've acquired quite a few more over the years," she shared. "Originally they were put on the fence, I guess as decor, but they weren't really painted or anything. They were just kind of plain doors."

She said two of the doors were given to her by a nursing colleague she had worked with for many years. One of those was reclaimed from St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Weyburn following the church's renovations.

"It was originally a different color, but it was it was weathering quite badly last year, so I had to put some stain on it because it was actually an indoor door," she shared. "It actually has a sort of a pale yellow glass in the upper part of the door. I have put solar lights behind there, so at night it lights up. Actually, the whole yard is lit with solar lights."

Pierce-Colbow said one of the doors, which looks more like a boat, was a gift from a friend.

"The mast was an old ore that I found somewhere and most of that door is painted, but I always like to kind of leave something original so the very bottom part of the boat is the original door."

Being a creative type, this kind of project has been a natural progression for the Weyburn Horticulturalist Society member, whose cabin garden has become like an oasis in her home away from home.

"It's come a long ways in the last few years. Even my husband, who isn't a gardener per se, he said, 'Gee, your flower beds are looking really good this year, and I said, 'well, that's because they keep growing because the rocks keep moving'. And then I have to put more plants in there."

The yard when they bought the cabin, she noted, was filled with saplings, which they cleared and expanded on the perennials that were there, including six hostas. 

"Now, all around sort of two sides of the yard are flower beds, and I just developed another one the other day."

Pierce-Colbow said she and her husband call it their happy place.

"It's just peaceful out here. There's nature out here. It's reasonably quiet most of the time. So we just love it out here. We spend most of the summer out here."