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Friday, April 28, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Shelf in the Main Bedroom

Before I post our "master bedroom in grey" reveal, I thought I'd share a little project which forms part of our bedroom makeover.

I made this rustic farmhouse style shelf from 2 planks of scrap timber. 

All I did was screw 3 metal brackets to the underside of the shelf to hold the timber in place. Then dry brushed the entire shelf with white paint. 

To hang the shelf I added two picture hooks to the back.

For "hubby's side", I added some more masculine pieces. 

And some more feminine pieces on my side.

I look forward to sharing the rest of our room with you shortly.

:) Julie
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My New IKEA Ektorp Sofa Covers in Lofallet Beige

I have always had white Ektorp sofa covers. I love my white covers, UNTIL they start to look grubby. I also only have one set of covers, so it takes a whole day to remove and wash and dry the covers, and in the meantime, no one can sit on the lounges. 

And so this was my justification for buying some new covers, especially going into Autumn here in Australia, I wanted something that would bring warmth to the room. 

I went with the Lofallet Beige as it is the least expensive of the colours available and it is also a beautiful neutral colour to match in with the rest of my decor.

The fabric is slightly softer, but this might be cause they are new and haven't been washed a lot. 

And after living with them for almost a week, I really do like them!

The room is still very light and bright and it actually feels like we have brand new sofas.

Here is the comparison of colours. On the left is the beige and on the right is the white.  I'll still keep my white for Summer, but for Winter I'm happy with the beige.

I've read reviews that say the beige is more forgiving with dirt and pet hair, so fingers crossed they wont need washing as often.

:) Julie
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for $20

I have been wanting to add farmhouse style shelves to our house for ages. Problem was I couldn't figure out how to use our stud finder properly and didn't want to hang the shelves into bare plasterboard with the worry of them falling down.  But with hubby to the rescue, we found the wall studs in the lounge room and I was able to make my dream come true. 

After marking up where my brackets would be placed, I took a trip to Bunnings for my supplies. 

I picked up 4 black metal wall shelf brackets for $1.50 each and a packet of black screws for $4 (technically I only used 8 screws worth $1.60 though).

I also bought a plank of pine measuring 1.8 metres for $12, and cut this in half to make my two shelves.  I haven't varnished or stained them yet, as I wanted to see how they looked up for a little while. 

And here's how I did it. For the first shelf I put up my first bracket, making sure it was straight.

Then I held my second bracket on the wall in line with the stud, and placed the shelf and the spirit level on top.
Then when everything was in line I screwed in my second bracket. 

I did the same with my second shelf. I haven't screwed the shelves onto the brackets yet as they sit on quite securely as is.

I really love how easy these shelves were to create and now I want to put up more!

To decorate my new shelves I added a few touches of Easter.

And my chalkboard "Gather" sign.

Plus I added a framed sign on the other wall.

And while I was putting the new shelves up I also decided to give the walls a coat of paint. I tried out the Dulux Snow Season Grey (same as the hall) in half strength, but it was still too dark for this room  and sort of looked a bit bluish, as you can see below.

So I went with Taubmans Breaker Beige, which is a warmer shade than the Natural White that was already on the walls and provided a nicer contrast to the white trims.

I also replaced the white nesting tables in the corner with a black round table.

And here is my corner before the shelves, repaint and restyle...

And after ...

I had been considering buying some shelves from Ikea which were $35 each, so this was a huge saving.

:) Julie
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Toilet Room in Snow Season Grey

So remember I recently shared my
Snow Season Grey and White Board and Baton Hallway.
You can see the full post here.

And I also recently shared
How to Create a Framed Pencil Sketch Portrait of Your House.

Full post here.

And now I'm sharing my Toilet Room where I carried through the same grey colour paint from the hallway, and added the pencil sketch portrait of our house. 

Here is a before photo with Natural White walls...

And now...

Before ...

And now ...

I love the way the grey makes the white window frame, skirting boards and tiles pop.

And on the window ledge I added a few new faux plants.

This one doubles as a scented stick holder.

And I really love the pencil sketch of our house and they way the black frame pops on the grey wall.

Here is the hallway tying in perfectly with the bathroom.

I'm looking to bring some of the beautiful grey into the bathroom but haven't decided how yet.

In the meantime, I'm hoping to share some changes in our master bedroom shortly.

:) Julie
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter Decor 2017

I hope you enjoy some little Easter touches on display in my home this year.




(Recently painted grey. Reveal coming soon!)


:) Julie

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