Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hidden Bedroom Charging Station

I often have my phone and laptop in the bedroom at night,
so I also have the chargers in there too.
I also have my Kindle charger next to the bed,
plus my clock and lamp cords.
This adds up to one big mess of cords.
And this drives me crazy!

So today I made myself a hidden charging station.
What do you think?
Can't see it?
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Bedroom Tallboys Restyled

I have been wanting to restyled our bedroom tallboys for a while. 

I was growing bored with the stuck on old book pages and they were looking a bit grubby. 
So I removed all the drawer knobs and took to them with my scraping blade. It took a few days!

Then I applied a few coats of new white paint, 
followed by a couple of coats of clear poly.
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pianola Roll Cabinet

I found this vintage Pianola Roll Cabinet at a Church sale a few months back.
I had never seen one before and didn't even know what it was until
the seller explained. How cool, right?

Here it is in it's full original purchased state. It must have been sitting in an old
garage for a very long time cause it was filthy.
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

White Sideboard Makeover

I love my white dining room sideboard. 

Here is how it has looked for a while now.
I had painted it all white using chalk paint, highly
distressed the details and sealed with clear wax.
But I find the way doesn't seal as good as varnish and my
lovely dresser was getting quite grubby on the
 drawers and top and was not cleaning up well.
The large mirror on top was in the same condition as when I
found it on the roadside and I really wanted to clean it up a bit.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Black, White and Grey Bathroom Makeover

Back in January I gave our bathroom a mini makeover 
and tried to convince myself to love our orange 
floor and wall tiles. 

Who was I kidding!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

No Door Knockers Sign ~ Best Project I've Ever Done!

Okay, to some this may seem a bit inhospitable, but for us, it is the best project I have ever done!

This is the sign that greets "strangers" at our front door ...

We used to get a large number of electricity companies and solar energy representatives banging on our front door at all hours of the day, some just refusing to take no for an answer, no matter how nicely we declined.

It became stressful and upsetting to the point where I decided to take a stand.

I hung this sign near our front door.

(It used to include baby sleeping which was true to some extent cause I did have a toddler who took afternoon naps. Lol.)

And guess what!

In the whole like 3 years or so that I have had it hanging out there, only one "door knocker" has been brave enough to ring our door bell.  I didn't kill her, but I wasn't very happy. All I can say is lucky it was hubby who answered the door.

The postman and parcel delivery guy all know this sign is not for them and ring our bell when need be, and that I don't mind at all.  Who doesn't love getting deliveries!

Some people like to joke about our sign, but seriously I love it.

In fact, I also took a stand with our telephone line given the extreme amount of similar telemarketing calls we were receiving both from Australia and overseas.  I simply unplugged our phone. Now we get none. I don't have to run to the phone anymore or dread answering another painful foreign telemarketer.

Both these measures have made life a lot more peaceful. I am in control of who I communicate with and when. I like to think of my home as my haven, and by blocking out these intrusions, I really do.

:) Julie 
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Monday, July 27, 2015

DIY Wall Sconces

I have been wanting to make some wooden wall sconces for a long time.
I love candles and seeing them lit up  on the wall makes the room feel so cosy.

So, last week I put together my first wall sconces. 

I used some scrap wood and cut 2 different size rectangles and nailed 
them together at right angles. I also had some scrap moulding
 which I attached to the front of each sconce with Liquid Nails. 

Then I painted them white and added a picture hanger to the back. 

I had the glass candle holders in my stash, awaiting their new sconces. :)

I also drilled two holes on either side of the glass holders and 
threaded twine through for decoration and to hold them in place.

Then I hooked them securely over nails on the wall.

I've placed them on the wall in the lounge/dining room so I can 
enjoy them at night and during the day.

And here they are all lit up.

:) Julie

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Friday, July 24, 2015

DIY Charging Station Cupboard

I have had this unusual little cupboard/side table/shelf thingy for a while now. 

It has had many makeovers, but none that I have been really happy with, until now.
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Framed Vintage Clock Keys

I had a few old clock keys I wanted to display and some cute frames which needed filling ...
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Winter Lounge and Dining Room Tour

With our new wood fire recently installed, I decided to rearrange the furniture around the fire to make it the focal point of the lounge room.  This was a difficult task given the shape of the room, but I found something that works.

So the lounges were moved to frame the fire, and the TV moved to the far wall next to the fire. So this is the new view when you walk in.  The little green table that was in the corner I sold.
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