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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DIY Rustic Side Table

I'd been wanting a larger side table in the living room but everything I saw was a bit out of budget.

So, I built my own, from scrap timber we had, for free!

I used dark walnut stain on the side posts.  The top and bottom shelves were already clear stained so I left them as is. And to attach the shelves I used contrasting black screws.  For the side posts I used chunky metal bolts.

I've placed our new side table between the sofas for the moment.

It has plenty of room for our peace lily (caged so the cats don't dig it out), some marble drink coasters for our coffees, and ...

a blanket/cushion basket below.

I love it's rustic appearance and that it is a bit higher than the previous side table.

And did I mention it was free?!

:) Julie
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Snow Season Grey Master Bedroom with Extended Board and Baton

As promised, here is the reveal of our master bedroom!

After painting the walls Taubmans Snow Season Grey, I decided I wanted to extend the white board and baton up the wall so you could see it instead of it hiding behind the furniture.

So, as with all my board and baton projects, I grabbed a few sheets of MDF and cut them to size, attaching them to the wall with Liquid Nails. Usually I would nail them as well, but this time I used extra Liquid Nails, so the nails weren't needed. And, as the MDF was only 3mm, I didn't need to caulk all the boards either, just the seams. 

And this was the finished result. 

I love how the grey and white contrast with the stone coloured curtains and black curtain rods. 

I made the shelf above the bed from scrap pine. 

And I added some deep grey sheets and a fleecy blanket for contrast against our white quilt cover.

The board and baton was extended on the other walls too.

I also purchased this really cool round mirror.

Typically I'm a very beige sort of neutral girl, so I'm not sure how long the grey might last, but for the moment, I'm finding the grey quite calming.

:) Julie
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Friday, April 28, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Shelf in the Main Bedroom

Before I post our "master bedroom in grey" reveal, I thought I'd share a little project which forms part of our bedroom makeover.

I made this rustic farmhouse style shelf from 2 planks of scrap timber. 

All I did was screw 3 metal brackets to the underside of the shelf to hold the timber in place. Then dry brushed the entire shelf with white paint. 

To hang the shelf I added two picture hooks to the back.

For "hubby's side", I added some more masculine pieces. 

And some more feminine pieces on my side.

I look forward to sharing the rest of our room with you shortly.

:) Julie
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My New IKEA Ektorp Sofa Covers in Lofallet Beige

I have always had white Ektorp sofa covers. I love my white covers, UNTIL they start to look grubby. I also only have one set of covers, so it takes a whole day to remove and wash and dry the covers, and in the meantime, no one can sit on the lounges. 

And so this was my justification for buying some new covers, especially going into Autumn here in Australia, I wanted something that would bring warmth to the room. 

I went with the Lofallet Beige as it is the least expensive of the colours available and it is also a beautiful neutral colour to match in with the rest of my decor.

The fabric is slightly softer, but this might be cause they are new and haven't been washed a lot. 

And after living with them for almost a week, I really do like them!

The room is still very light and bright and it actually feels like we have brand new sofas.

Here is the comparison of colours. On the left is the beige and on the right is the white.  I'll still keep my white for Summer, but for Winter I'm happy with the beige.

I've read reviews that say the beige is more forgiving with dirt and pet hair, so fingers crossed they wont need washing as often.

:) Julie
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for $20

I have been wanting to add farmhouse style shelves to our house for ages. Problem was I couldn't figure out how to use our stud finder properly and didn't want to hang the shelves into bare plasterboard with the worry of them falling down.  But with hubby to the rescue, we found the wall studs in the lounge room and I was able to make my dream come true. 

After marking up where my brackets would be placed, I took a trip to Bunnings for my supplies. 

I picked up 4 black metal wall shelf brackets for $1.50 each and a packet of black screws for $4 (technically I only used 8 screws worth $1.60 though).

I also bought a plank of pine measuring 1.8 metres for $12, and cut this in half to make my two shelves.  I haven't varnished or stained them yet, as I wanted to see how they looked up for a little while. 

And here's how I did it. For the first shelf I put up my first bracket, making sure it was straight.

Then I held my second bracket on the wall in line with the stud, and placed the shelf and the spirit level on top.
Then when everything was in line I screwed in my second bracket. 

I did the same with my second shelf. I haven't screwed the shelves onto the brackets yet as they sit on quite securely as is.

I really love how easy these shelves were to create and now I want to put up more!

To decorate my new shelves I added a few touches of Easter.

And my chalkboard "Gather" sign.

Plus I added a framed sign on the other wall.

And while I was putting the new shelves up I also decided to give the walls a coat of paint. I tried out the Dulux Snow Season Grey (same as the hall) in half strength, but it was still too dark for this room  and sort of looked a bit bluish, as you can see below.

So I went with Taubmans Breaker Beige, which is a warmer shade than the Natural White that was already on the walls and provided a nicer contrast to the white trims.

I also replaced the white nesting tables in the corner with a black round table.

And here is my corner before the shelves, repaint and restyle...

And after ...

I had been considering buying some shelves from Ikea which were $35 each, so this was a huge saving.

:) Julie
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