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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

French Inspired Framed Meal Planner

If you are anything like me, you do your shopping list each week with a rough idea of what you will be having for lunch and dinner.  Then when it comes to actually preparing meals, you can't decide what to make or what ingredients you bought to make which meals.  And quite often we waste a lot of food. All very frustrating.  

I made us a Photo Frame White Board French Inspired Menu Meal Planner to hang in the kitchen.

Each week I'll fill in what meals we will be having with a whiteboard marker as I do our grocery list.  It can then be wiped clean the following week or amended. :)

This was very easy and fun to make. The photo frame was given to me so no cost there.


I mixed up my own gorgeous shade of turquoise paint using white, blue and green acrylics and a sprinkle of tile grout to give it that chalky paint look.

After 2 coats of paint I gave it a good sand and distress on the edges.

On the computer I designed a French style menu template to suit our needs which included lunch and dinner every day, and a space for items to add to the weekly shopping list.

I also added a French label to the top of the menu to make it look more authentic.

To hang our menu, I added a metal pull ring on the back.  I'm collecting them now. :)


I had to purchase a whiteboard marker for $5, but that was my only expense.


So now I have a cute wall menu and I'm hoping to be a bit more organised with meal planning.

:) Julie
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Little Girls Beautiful Bedroom Make Over



I'm very excited to share my 4 year old daughter's beautiful new bedroom make over. 

Enjoy the tour. :)


Although I don't have a good before photo, almost everything has changed.

Firstly, the walls were painted in Antique White USA.  
Then I chose some very cute pictures and framed them in white frames.  I arranged them close together collage style on one of her walls.  I love the arrangement.

Her original white wooden bed was positioned on the opposite wall under the window.  It has now moved to my 2 year old sons room.  Her new bed was an ebay purchase.  I love the vintage design. 


Her dresser was a freebie that came with the bed and was repainted turquoise. 
(You can see the tutorial in a recent post.) 

Her matching side table (also a freebie) was repainted white. 
And her lamp base was painted white (originally pink) and the shade (originally pink also) was recovered in red and white check fabric I had in my material stash.

I splurged on the bedding from Adairs about a year ago but it ended up in the cupboard when I bought her a different one.   So technically it didn't cost me anything for this make over. :)  I love the vintage patchwork design incorporating gorgeous tones of pink, turquoise and aqua.


Her door sign was also a DIY project I featured in a recent post.  
On the right of the door is her mirrored wardrobe which takes up the entire wall!
 

We had new lights put in the entire house recently and this is the crystal antique bird cage style chandelier I chose for her room.   Gorgeous, isn't it. That would have to be the main big splurge.
 



She used to have heavy yellow/cream coloured block out curtains.  I've replaced them with sheer white tab tops and tied on cute little ribbons across the top. 



This is a view below the window. The storage basket under the stool came with a Christmas gift basket, and the white cane basket was a gift. We use it for soft toy storage.
I'm thinking of moving the doll house to on top of the stool, instead of the dresser, so she can play with it. The stool was also a garage sale find and has been repainted and the seat padded and covered in polkadot fabric.

I'm not completely finished.  I still have a blank wall above her bed.  I might try to find some large pretty prints for here or perhaps some shelves. :)



Overall I'm really pleased with the make over and I now have one vey happy little girl. 

:) Julie


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$1 DIY Glass Apothecary Jar



At Christmas I saw a lot of glass apothecary jar displays and fell in love with them.

The cost of purchasing one new was not so lovely though. 

Then I saw some posts where you could combine glassware to make your own!  Woohoo!

So I went through my stash of jars and this is what I came up with.  

From this...


To this ...


Or even this ...


Love that I can change it round depending on the look I want.  

I can see lovely candles in it most the year and a gorgeous snowy scenes at Christmas!


And guess what, both items were 50 cents each at yard sales.  Therefore my total spend was $1!!!



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Friday, January 20, 2012

Numbered Crate on Wheels!


Remember from my last post I was hoping to make a crate for the kids books similar to this ...
Rolling Storage Crate eclectic toy storage

Here is my original crate.  I found it at a market and when I inquired the price, the man gave it to me for free.  He said I could plant a herb garden in it.  As if.  It was really dirty and I was reluctant to take it, but it was a crate. :)


So I got out my electric sander and gave it a really good sand to get off the old paint marks and smooth down the wood.


Then I added some cute little wheels to the bottom that I picked up at the hardware for $1.88 each.



Then I stuck on my number template using scrapbook letters and old paper number templates I used for my cane drawer makeover.  I used the number 52 because that is our house number. :)



I couldn't find a sponge, so I used a dish brush refill (clever) and sponged on my black paint.

After it dried I gave it a light sand.

Then I applied 2 coats of poly.

And wow!  I absolutely love it.  In fact, I think it might just be one of my favourite projects yet. :)
And total cost $7.50!

No, the kids are not getting this one.  Sorry, but I can just see them pushing each other down the hall in it.  Grrr...


x Julie


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Turquoise Dresser Restyled

Here is my daughter's new turquoise dresser.  


This is the original cream coloured dresser we purchased secondhand about a year ago. 

So I've finally a year later got around to making it pretty. :)  First of all I gave it a white undercoat.  

I mixed up a gorgeous shade of turquoise using flat white paint, mixed with blue, yellow and green acrylic paint.  All of which I had in my paint stash. :)

I also gave the cute little drawer knobs a spray of white paint.  They originally had been a shiny silver metal.  I was going to totally replace them, but the white is perfect.

Then I distressed all the edges and gave the entire piece a light sand.  I'll also give it a coat of clear gloss when I can get to the hardware to purchase some more. :)

I love it!  

:) Julie


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Friday, January 13, 2012

Teal Blue Shutters


I found these brown wooden shutters at a Church sale.  I had been looking for shutters for a while and when I spotted them hidden away behind some other stuff, I pounced on them, literally!  And for $5 the pair, how could I not buy them.  Score!

At Christmas I decided to put them up on our lounge/dining room wall, just to get them out of the way and fill up the blank wall while I pondered what colour to paint them.  I had toyed with a distressed white, a distressed grey or a bright red with a black stain.  Decisions, decisions....

I usually paint everything with a brush or roller, but knew this project was going to require spray paint or it would take forever.  I'd heard the raves about Krylon, but unfortunately I could only find one stockist in Sydney, Australia, and they wanted $12.95 a can, plus $12 postage.  I've read Walmart in the US stocks it for $3.99!!!  Perhaps we should move. :)  Previously I was paying $10.95 a can at the hardware store.  Again, just a bit too much for a thrifty budget.  Then I thought about an automotive shop.  They have lots of different colours and majority, if not all paint, is metal friendly, so worth checking out for various projects.  I was right.  $3.45 a can.  Gotta be happy with that.   I was initially looking for a turquoise colour but they didn't have anything even close.  So instead I picked up a can of very light blue and a can of teal blue.  I'd decide which colour to use later.

I'd bought a can of Birch white undercoat last week at Spotlight for $8.  (Again, not very thrifty.) This was just enough to cover both.  Ouch!

After this dried I decided to be brave and go with my lovely "Teal Blue" spray paint.  The quality was quite good and I'd happily use it again.  One can was just enough to cover both shutters with a decent coverage.  Okay, it was a bit sparse in a couple of places.  Anyway ...


After this dried I got my sandpaper and started distressing the edges.  The paint was quite shiny so I had to do a lot of sanding to give it a more matt finish.  In fact, I had to sand every single slat.  Super dooper time consuming and rough on the hands.  So I saved heaps of time with the spray painting, but the distressing became distressing. ;)

I only managed to get one shutter finished today, but really wanted to show you the finished product.  I'm really happy with the result.  I was a bit hesitant about the teal, but actually love the pop of colour on my Antique White walls.  I'm guessing I might still add a coat of spray clear varnish, when I find a cheap can. ;)

Don't you just love my matching shabby teal ceramic bird. :)


I'd also like to add a shelf underneath so I can add some bits and pieces in front of the shutters.





:) Julie
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