Welcome ...

Welcome ...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shabby Little Antique Drop Side Table

I know I haven't been posting much lately, but I promise I have been very busy. :)

Today I finished this shabby little antique drop side table ...

All I did was give it a thick coat of white chalk paint, then distressed it all over and gave it a coat of clear furniture wax. 

Isn't the shape and all the details absolutely gorgeous!

I'm not sure of the age, but I've never seen one similar.

And there are 2 cute strips of wood which you turn to hold each drop side upright.

I'm way behind with my business so this little table is for sale.  If you live in Sydney and are interested, feel free to drop me an email.

Kitchen reveal coming soon, I promise. :)

x Julie
Read More »

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Blue Dresser for my Boy

Getting my son's room makeover done was a goal I set for February. It's now mid April and I'm getting close. :) I thought I'd share a dresser I completed this week for his room. 

Here is the before. I rescued this dresser from the roadside and have been debating whether it was worth fixing up. After closer inspection, the main frame of the dresser was solid wood and in excellent condition, so I decided to give it a go.  First I had to pick all those lovely mirror stickers off, then give it a really good sand to get the varnish off.  I also had to replace all the drawer bottoms and the back with new MDF as the old ones were warped and falling apart.  I used 2 sheets costing $12.  Notice there are no handles or drawer knobs? Strange, hey?  I drilled these after picking my hardware.

I picked a happy blue colour and purchased a sample pot of paint for $6.  First I primed, then applied 2 coats of blue paint and it come up so lovely.

I had the 2 top round silver drawer knobs, so I just purchased 3 long matching silver handles for $9.

It's perfect for all his clothes. And the total cost of the makeover was only $27.

I took out the large wardrobe I purchased a little white ago.  It was just too big for such a small room.

And if you look closely at the wall behind, you can see the new board and batten I'm currently adding. :)

I'm hoping to do a full reveal next week.

Read More »

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Woohoo! I bought an Ektorp Sofa!

Woohoo, I'm officially part of the club.  After wanting one for so long, it's finally mine! I'm too excited.

I had been saving and quite honestly hoping our old sofa would just fall apart, when I spotted this sofa for half price advertised at a furniture clearance store on Wednesday.  I emailed the seller and they said I could come look at it on the Friday. I had been up all Thursday night being sick with a lovely bug my daughter brought home from school, but I was lucky to have hubby say he would drive me Friday morning.  So I wound down the car window and prayed to make it there and back without being sick (especially on the white sofa). Luck was on my side.

Usually I wouldn't buy a second hand sofa, but this was less than a year old and in excellent condition. Plus it was half full retail price and hubby haggled in free same day delivery as the middle cushion is a slightly different shade of white.  Way to go honey! So there was no way I could refuse.  I saved around $340! So now I can easily afford a spare set of covers too.

Being a super clean freak, I gave the original covers a good wash yesterday and they came up perfectly. That is the best thing about this lounge, super easy cleaning. I know all about the worry of white sofas, but everyone who has one doesn't seem to worry at all given how easy it is to wash the covers.  But we'll see how patient I am when the first "spill" occurs. ;)

So from all the reading and drooling I've done on everyone else's blog who own the same sofa, now I just have to stock up on some Napisan Oxiaction, Spot Cleaner, and a lint brush. :)

I L.O.V.E my new sofa.

I love how pretty and bright the white makes the room feel, and it is super comfortable.  And now we are heading into the cooler months, I'm sure it will be much warmer than our old leather one.  Plus now my cushions won't keep sliding off all the time! Does anyone else have that problem with leather? Very frustrating.

Eventually I'd like to replace my black leather 2 seater with another Ektorp, and maybe a different rug. :)

x Julie
Read More »