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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Busy, busy, busy!

Well, you know I can't just sit still, don't you. :)

I've been jumping around a bit with projects this week.

Firstly, I finished repainting the main hallway to tie in with the new entryway paint colour.  

Then I decided to give the laundry a tidy up.  I had a lot of my work tools stored in there and lots of paint cans.  They have all been moved outside into my work bench cabinets. I took out the free standing garage shelf I had in there and packed all my laundry and cleaning products into the cupboard, out of site.  The cupboard could do with a bit of better organising, but with the door shut, no one will know and I can do it at a later date. :)

I sewed a new curtain for the laundry window made from spare white cotton fabric.  Gee those ruffles take a long time!  But I love how it looks and it was one of those projects that kept getting shuffled to the end of the list. Cross that one off! :)

Yesterday I made this very large sign for the laundry wall.  I wanted it to be big enough to cover the high wall mount for the dryer and the washing machine taps and a powerpoint (as seen in pic).  And it is huge!  I just have to hang it now. Then I can show you the finished laundry.  It's a tiny room, but now it will be less crowded, more functional and just a tad prettier. :)

I always cringe when I walk into our bathroom and see the water soap marks on the shower glass.  It feels like one of those jobs you have to do everyday if you want it spotless.  I'm not that keen on cleaning the shower every single day.  So today I installed a shower curtain rod over our existing glass shower doors and hung a white shower curtain. Whoohoo, water marks all hidden. :)  I also bought a white bed sheet and plan to sew a ruffly cotton curtain to hang in front. But those ruffles take such a long time! :)  Add it to the list.  I'm also thinking about repainting the bathroom mirror and vanity white ....

Seeing the kids are back at school next week, I did a big clean and tidy up of Holly's room.  And Lochie's room is in the process of a full makeover.  I plan to do the board and batten walls in his room as well, and repaint the walls.  In the meantime he got a new Disney Cars quilt cover and wall poster. Plus I printed and framed some pics I found online.  As much as I wanted to do a more vintage inspired room, he is only 3 and that is what he wanted.  I've also moved a lot of his toys into his bedroom from the sunroom.  I'd love to get them all moved at some stage!  

The back verandah had amassed a large amount of furniture awaiting restyles, and so I tied that up too.  But no pics just yet. :)

So I have been keeping busy and crossing small things off my list.  I'll get there eventually. :)

Happy Australia Day long weekend to all my Aussie followers! Hope you had a lovely day yesterday.  We enjoyed a traditional lamb roast lunch. Yum! And todays rain has been a cool welcome, especially for our country's Summer bush fires.  Unfortunately, our upper state of Queensland is now being lashed with floods and cyclones.  My thoughts and prayers are with all those effected.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Lounge and Dining Room Makeover - The Big Reveal!

Welcome to my Lounge and Dining Room Tour January 2013!

I'm so excited to show you my restyled lounge and dining rooms. Almost all the items in these rooms are either hand made/DIY, restyled or re-loved.  I love the ambiance of these rooms and hope you do too.

As you enter the lounge room you pass through our French doors.  They were originally plain wood and I repainted them white.   

Almost everything in this next picture was DIY including the cushion covers, the drop cloth table cover, lamp shade, curtains and wall print.  The corner pedestal side table was a yard sale find.  The leather lounge we purchased new about 3 years ago. 

I originally purchased the lamp new and have just recovered the shade.  I used scrap burlap and scrap sheet fabric.   My adorable little birdie was purchased new and is one of my favourite things as it looks good where ever you put it. I also recovered some drink coasters I bought new at the Cheapie shop using old sheet music and Modge Podge.  The large book on the table is a very old edition of Little Women and Good Wives, and the smaller one is an old Oxford Dictionary that I got at a Church sale.

For this art work I used an old picture frame and repainted it white and did some distressing.  I covered the background with drop cloth and printed my wording on brown paper and stuck them on.  I love how inspirational this saying is.

I picked the silver tray up at a yard sale and gave it a coat of DIY chalk paint.  It rests on my gorgeous white chippy round wooden coffee table.  I wanted a coffee table like this for ages and finally found this one at a yard sale cheap.  The small jug vase was a charity store find that I spray painted.

 I love our white Plantation shutters.  They let in so much light. The feather and burlap wreath I made at Christmas and have kept it up because it is so pretty.

The old ladder was a yard sale find and I'm using it to hang my throws. The white stand in front of it and the basket of pine cones were also yard sale finds.  The little dresser table I got at a charity store and painted it white. (We use the matching side tables in the bedroom.)  

Everything on and under the table were yard sale finds except the milk can which was 70% off at Freedom.  The old clock key artwork on the wall I created using an old frame, old book pages and genuine old clock keys my father gave me.

The little aqua metal clock is a favourite of mine, as is the framed sketch of Bridge Street, Sydney in 1887. 

The gorgeous display cabinet was an eBay purchase and was handmade by the seller's husband many years ago.  I re-covered the back with old music sheets.  The old cameras, old mik bottles and old typewriter were all yard sale finds.

And this is my newly restyled dining room.

We purchased the table and white chairs about 3 years ago new and repainted them white.  The black chairs were from eBay and were resprayed black.  The bench seat is from our outdoor setting and I sewed the drop cloth cover. 

I just finished this sign for the dining room yesterday.  I used a sheet of MDF and painted it semi gloss white.  Then stenciled on my wording in pencil and painted in the words.  

I then used some spare strips of wood to make a frame.  I like how it looks a bit like a whiteboard. 

The tray on the table I got at an after Christmas sale for 75% off.  The vase was a yard sale find that I spray painted.  And the old clock in the back ground was from my Dad. 

 I also painted the sliding doors and frame white from their original wood colour.   The corner wooden shelf unit was an eBay purchase that I repainted.

The trinkets on the corner shelf are all from yard sales or charity shops. 

The hutch was also an eBay purchase. The prints on the wall were a Target on sale purchase.  I splurged on the clock at Ikea just before Christmas.

The old oil lamps were given to my by my Dad.  The mirror behind was also a yard sale find and was repainted and distressed.  

I repainted the walls a week or so ago in Dulux Hog Bristle Half Strength and totally love it.

The TV cabinet was purchased new a few years ago and I repainted it white. The TV is a hand-me-down from my brother. The corner cabinet was a yard sale find that I repainted and distressed. The pictures of the kids are all framed in old frames that have been spray painted black.  The clock was a big splurge at a cute shabby boutique a few years back.  While the French sign above was a recent DIY project.

The white window frame is a faux DIY and the black mirror was on mark down.  The bottled olive branches were also on mark down at Target.  I added the burlap to the base, and the chippy porcelain bowl was a yard sale find.  The old binoculars were also a yard sale find.  And the candle holders were a gift.

The cute white nesting tables were an eBay purchase that I repainted, distressed and stenciled with numbers. 

The brown check parlour chair was a yard sale find which I recovered with new fabric that I scored at a Church sale cheap.  The cushion is from Target, when they had 40% off.   The numbered crate on wheels was restyled from a free old used crate to hold magazines.

And that concludes our tour.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what you can accomplish on a budget restyling old items that you can relove. :)

Please post a comment.  I'd love to know what you all think of my restyle.

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Photobucket  The Shabby Nest

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

La Chen Maison Sign

Now that I know how cheap and easy you can make your own signs, I'm on a roll.  Here's one I whipped up out of a cutting of MDF.

It was as easy as brushing the entire board with white paint.  Then I created and printed my French wording stencil, which translates to "The Chen House".  That is our family name. :)  

Then I used the pencil rubbing method to transfer my words. I coloured in the words with black marker and then did a black paint "wash and wipe" over the top.

It came out a bit dark initially so I used some more white paint to dry brush over the top and  then lightly wiped. This blended everything nicely.

I didn't have any spare strips of wood on hand, but I think I might at a later date add a frame to the back to make it look deeper and more like a real plank of old wood.

But in the meantime I'm super happy with our personalised French family sign taking pride of place above the TV in our lounge room.

I'm currently still tweaking the lounge/dining rooms.  AND working on another sign for the dining room.  I'll do a big reveal shortly, including a new set up in the dining room which I'm really excited about.

Keep you posted!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

You Are My Sunshine Sign

I whipped this little sign up yesterday and thought I would share.

I got the wooden frame at a garage sale for $1.  I think it is supposed to be used as a cupboard door?

All I did was roughly brush it over with white paint.  Then transferred my words (created in Pages on my laptop) and coloured them in with black marker.  Then I brushed it over with a watered down white paint as a wash to give it an aged sanded effect.  I've learned you can't sand texta, but you can brush paint over the top to give the same effect.

I've hung it in the sunroom over my old book page flower which looks amazing when the light comes in the Plantation Shutters.

And I'm really happy with my $1 wooden sign. :)

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homework  A Diamond in the Stuff 

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