Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Repurposed Old Loaf Tins

I have been working on lots of little things lately, including finally making something with these old loaf tins I picked up a few years back. 

I used some of the scrap cut offs from our planked dining table to create a backboard.
I simply glued them to a sheet of MDF with Liquid Nails to hold them together.

Then I attached my pans by drilling holes in the back of them and screwing them to the planks.

Finally I added some faux greenery. 

Another project to tick off my list!

:) Julie
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DIY Towel and Bathroom Signs

Recently I shared my bathroom makeover with you here.

Since then, I've made a few rustic/farmhouse signs to go in the bathroom.
I took another trip to Masters and scored some more half price planks, including one especially for the bathroom. And I also utilised some of the off cuts from my dining room table makeover.

For the large bathroom signs, I applied a black stain. For the wording, I printed off my lettering, cut it out and glued it on. I haven't used this method before but found it actually quite easy. I'm out of clear varnish, but I'll add a few coats when I pick some up, just to ensure my wording is protected from any steam in the bathroom.

I also wanted to make some personalised towel hook signs using our initials. 

The hooks came with the house and I've never really liked them, but given you don't see them when the towels are hung on them, I decided there wasn't much point replacing them. 

 Plus it was so much easier to just attach the signs above the hooks. 
Again, all I did was cut my off cuts to size, apply a walnut stain, then trace my letters on, leaving an indentation, which I coloured in with black marker. I'll coat these with clear varnish shortly also.

Here's a quick look before and after I hung the signs ...

I love our new bathroom signs. No confusing which room it is, that's for sure!

:) Julie

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Planked Farmhouse Dining Table - Finally!

I have been wanting to plank our dining room table properly for so long, but the cost of wood was just too much to justify it. So, instead I ended up faux planking it about 2 years ago.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Farmhouse Bathroom and Toilet Makeover

Our poor bathroom and toilet were also struck down with the "blue bug" a few months back.

I painted the window frame in the toilet, and

the bathroom vanity, and

the bathroom mirror frame. 

I'm happy to say all blue has now been removed. 
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

2016 Spring Home Tour

I can't wait to share my Spring home with you.
I've been giving my house a total farmhouse style overhaul, incorporating contrasting wood tones, together with beautiful neutral farmhouse furniture and decor.
I've been stripping paint off doors, repainting and rearranging furniture, as well as adding lots of greenery and some new decor and DIY projects.



I recently shared my drop front secretary, now a gorgeous shade of white again.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Farmhouse Style Home Office

I recently stripped back my white sliding french doors to their natural woodgrain. I love the contrast they provide to an otherwise very white lounge/dining room.

And behind those doors is my newly renovated farmhouse style home office. (And our cat, lol.)

I just finished repainting the walls in Dulux Limed White. It is a gorgeous shade of white that looks like a taupe/stone sort of colour. 

I also just made this new office sign from a plank of old wood and a printed stencil. 

This is what you used to see. Besides stripping the doors, I removed the curtains and old paling curtain hangers.

I usually keep these sliding doors closed, but with such a cosy new farmhouse style office and beautiful contrasting woodgrain french doors, I think they will be staying open more often. 

:) Julie
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

White Dining Room Sideboard

While I was "de-blueing", my paintbrush landed on my sideboard ... again!
Do you remember I added some blue to make it blue and white?
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DIY Farmhouse Style Lamp

I've had this lamp in my living room for years. I have covered the shade a number of times, and now decided to give it a bit of an updated farmhouse look.

So I mixed up some brown chalk paint and gave the base 2 coats.

And added a new shade I bought from Target.

And I have a new farmhouse style lamp for a total of $10. Way less than buying something similar.

:) Julie

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Farmhouse Style Display Cabinet

When I caught the "blue bug", my display cabinet got off easy, with just the inner background receiving a coat of light blue paint. But with the bug now gone, the blue had to go too.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Little White Drop Front Secretary

In January, I was bitten by the "blue bug". Not an actual bug, just an obsession with the colour blue. Hence, a lot of stuff got painted blue, including my entryway drop front secretary.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

As we go into Spring here in Australia, it feels like I'm coming out of a Winter DIY hibernation. I have been crazily doing lots of stuff around the house, which I'll share with you shortly. But in the meantime, here is a little sign I whipped up a few days ago. 

It's one of those quotes you want to live your life by, and for your children to practice also. Sometimes we forget how blessed we truely are to have loving families, good health, a roof over our heads, money to pay bills and buy food to eat. I love this little reminder.

For this sign I reused an old photo frame, removing the glass and replacing the background with canvas drop cloth.  The wording was a free printable I got from Raquel Dorsey's website.  Thank you Raquel! I simply printed off the wording on a sheet of A4 white paper and stuck it to the centre of my canvas.

Happy Spring everyone!
Julie :) 
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Master Bedroom in Blue and White

You might remember in December I got a new bed ...
The room was painted in Natural White, with neutral bedding and artwork,
and sheer white curtains.

Well, we still have the bed, I've just made a few changes to the rest of the room ...

I guess the big change is the wall colour. I went from Dulux Natural White to Dulux Canadian Sky, but only on the opposite walls. I kept the middle two walls Natural White. I love the contrast in the corners of the room.
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