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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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fabric Covered Office Chair

I bought this office chair from Office Works a short while ago. 
It is super comfortable, just not very pretty. 

I saw this chair at Ikea and it gave me an idea to cover my current chair.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Our Farmhouse Style Combustion Wood Fire Installed

We had our wood fire installed on Friday. It almost didn't happen. It was raining on Friday morning so the installer turned up at 7.30, brought the unit in and says he'll be back on Monday when the rain stops to install it. He couldn't open up or roof while it was raining which was fair enough. But it was still disappointing.  Arrrugghhh!

So we stood in front of it with our sad faces on, rubbing our hands and pretending it worked. 

Then guess what, the rain stopped. Then installer came back and started the installation. Woohoo!

To get the exact location to install our fire, the installer poked a wire hanger up in the ceiling in the position we wanted it.

Then he went up on the roof and removed a few tiles so he could get into the roof and see where all the wood beams were and where he could install our flue. It was about 15cms over from where we had wanted it but we were still happy with that.  

The first part of the flue was installed into the ceiling.

And then some more.

And after the inside was finished, the outside flue was installed on the roof.

And just as he finished installing our wood fire, the rain started again! We consider ourselves very lucky to have had that gap in the weather. 

Then we were ready for the first lighting.

Lots of oohs and ahs here please. 

Hubby adding another log with his special gloves.

The cool vintage looking fire tools on a stand we got at Bunnings.

 And we are using the numbered crate on wheels that I made a few years back to hold our logs.

I'd love to make a faux mantle to go behind it, but maybe at a later date. 

I think it looks perfect on our DIY hearth

It's the perfect addition to our lounge / dining area. 

And toasty warm too!

I spent today rearranging the furniture to make our wood fire a focal point in the room. Once I'm happy with the arrangement I'll post some more pics. 

:) Julie

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Monday, June 15, 2015

How to Make Your Own Hearth for a Combustion Wood Fire

I told you all recently that we are getting a combustion wood fire for our lounge room. Hubby has been wanting one forever, so I finally relented. Lol. It's being installed this Friday and we are all very excited.  When we ordered it a few weeks ago, we were advised we would need a hearth to go under it and the going price was $600. We did some research and knew we could make our own for a lot less than that, and so we did! :)
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Farmhouse French Doors Final Weathering!

I recently striped my white French doors, stained them, and attempted to achieve a weathered wood look. It has taken me a few tries to get the look I really wanted.

I went from white ...
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