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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DIY Kids Wooden Kitchen

I decided to make my kids a toy kitchen for Christmas. Their last shop bought one was made of plywood and was falling apart because it got lots of play time.  

I wanted to make something more solid and more vintage looking.

I decided to use this TV display cabinet that I redid over as a side storage cabinet a year or so ago...

First of all I removed the front doors.  I flipped the oven door round to open downwards and hammered out the wooden insert.  The wooden insert was shaped into a box and reused on top as a shelf and to mount the tap.  The doors and shelves got a coat of vintage green paint, while the rest of the cabinet got a few coats of white to freshen it up.

I also added a sheet of MDF to the back of the cabinet as a splashback and painted it white also.

My big splurge was on the spout and tap handles.  They were $30 new from the hardware.

I cut out a section of the top of the cabinet to house the sink, which was a plastic storage bucket I bought for $3.  I wanted it to look like a country style sink.

The hot plates were cork coasters I spray painted black and glued on.

The oven knobs were spare and spray painted white.
The oven handle and door knob were also spares I had in my stash.
I also added a ruffle of material as a sink skirt which hides a storage shelf.

I added an MDF shelf underneath for the oven and purchased a cheap baking tray.  

The oven door "glass" is the lid to the storage bucket that I used for the sink. I just used the staple gun to attach this.

The other side of the cupboard can be used to store plates, etc.

 The fry pan and utensils were cheap from Ikea.  And the mixing bowls and measurers were a few dollars from the discount store.

Overall I spent approx $50, and I'm really pleased with the result.  
Hopefully it will bring the kids hours of fun. 



I also shared this project at:

  DIY Show Off   button  vif187  Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  The Shabby Nest 

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a safe and merry Christmas!

x Julie
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Christmas Summer Berry Trifle

This summer berry trifle is super easy and extra yummy!

 Simply layer jam rollette slices, apple juice, chopped jelly, mixed fresh strawberries and blueberries, and double thick custard in two layers.  

 Then top with whipped double thick cream, more berries and sprinkle with flaked chocolate. 

I made this last night with the kids and we can't wait to have it for Christmas dessert today!

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas Day!

x Julie
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Little More Christmas ....

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to share a little last minute Christmas decorating ...

 I put together this cute little old music sheet paper chain a few weeks ago with the kids.  Now it's a garland for my little white Christmas tree in the lounge room.

And remember my feather wreath?  It's been tweaked with the addition of a large burlap bow.

And my teal shutters, are now a lovely gloss white.  Yep, I took the plunge and am quite happy with the white. :)

And the white shutters made a nicer background for my dining room Christmas chandelier decorations... 

Merry Christmas Everyone!


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Old Book Page Bird Christmas Tree

I "borrowed" this gorgeous idea from the super lovely Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique.  She created a really cute little book page bird Christmas tree and I knew I had to try and make one for myself. You can see Kerryanne's original post here.

I'm so happy with the way it turned out, and it was so easy to make.

I simply used the template Kerryanne provided and cut out my book pages for each side, and a piece of cardboard for the centre.

I glued them all together, cut out the wings from a brown paper bag and added my own inspirational words by hand.

I plan to reuse the birds for another project so I can look at them all year. :)

Kerryanne, thank you so much for inspiring me to make my own!

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