Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Can't wait to show you the finished chest of draws after I have finished with it!
I have also finished the book case that I have been working on, love the result! I will post some pictures soon. It the mist of unpacking stuff that I had to pack up from preparing for all of the redecorating.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Kind of feels like we are moving or just moved in. I don't like the feeling of disorganisation and things not having a home. The money we have made by selling our old furniture is going towards one new piece of furniture that I have had my eye on for a year & a half, it is from Ikea and will hopefully contain alot if not most of the stuff that we have littered around our house at the moment.
All I have to do is sell our old washing machine, which I am hoping to get between $50-$100 for. That way I can have alittle extra spending money when we go to Ikea to get some other things that I would like (pillows, a blanket).
Thursday, May 13, 2010
And here is the finished notebook, this is very much a work in progress but I am quite happy with how it has turned out. What do you think? I already have two more notebooks of the same size (A5) underway and am thinking of making some smaller as well.
The word 'Notes' is made with acrylic paint and a stencil, love using acrylics as they dry fast and give great coverage. I have other decorations ideas, like fabric flowers and using the collection of stamps that I have. But I do like the simplicity of just the word 'notes' in this lovely bold tealy colour.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The word 'lunch' is painted chipboard, using my favourite paint colour, it is called burnished bronze. I have had this tube of paint since I got married 5 years ago, I used it to make my wedding invitations. The best part about it is that there is no need for an undercoat, and you get this lovely rich colour.
Friday, May 7, 2010
1. Bookcase (my husbands, it is one that belongs to his Dad so it is quite old)
2. Dresser draws (mine, had it for a couple of years before we got married)
3. Bed side table (these we have had for about 5 years, bought not long after we got married)
First is the bookcase, mostly cause I already have the paint. It is left over from when I stained and painted our bed a few years ago. I forgot to take a before picture, but this bookcase started its life (before it came into my life) black, then got painted the colour that I am use to seeing it which is a beige/pinky colour, and now it will be a chocolate brown glimmery colour.
Here is the bookshelf after two coats of white base coat/primer and one coat of the final colour, the paint is quite thin since I have applied the first coat with a brush. The more coats that go on the less the brush strokes will be visible, and the final coast I am planning on applying with a roller to give a nice flat finish.
I also have plans for the dresser draws, found the picture below on the American Better Homes and Gardens website, and I would love to recreate this look. I have a very similar dresser except that mine is taller and will be living in our bedroom instead of the kitchen as a kitchen island (though love the idea of using two chests of draws and a solid cord door to make this kitchen island.....maybe when I get my own house)
Have absolutly no idea what I want to do with the bedside tables......thinking maybe painting them black but not sure.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Here a before picture of our medicine draw (love to have a funky metal medicine cabinet but being renters we have to make do), I don't think that I am totally alone in seeing this sight everytime a draw somewhere in your house is open.
For a while now I have been saving the butter containers after we have emptied them, havn't been sure what my plan was for these containers (I have used some as seedling containers, and have one that I propagate succulents in).
I emptied out our medicine draw and used the cleaned out butter containers to neaten and organise the draw. I am really happy with how it has turned out. I did discover that for some reason we own ALOT of sunscreen! Maybe it's because my husband has European white burns instead of tans skin and I am fair and covered in freckles....but it is still weird. A slightly unexpected plus is I know know at a glance what I need to buy at the supermarket.
I also organised the other 2 draws in the bathroom as well as the cupboard under the sink. Finally got around to cleaning up the four shelf basket unit that we use for extra storage, it now holds our spare towels. Moving the towels into the bathroom is something I have wanted to do for a while, afterall it is the logical place, and it saves the run across the house when you forget the clean towels (not that I have ever had to do that....thankfully notice before I turn on the shower).
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Yesterday was 'Slave Day', a group of the youth & young adults @ our church are participating in Relay for Life (a fundraising event for the Queensland Cancer Council), and their fundraising involved a silent slave auction. Basically every member of the church relay for life team put themselves up for doing anything that anyone is willing to pay them for. Me and my husband put some money forward to get our garden weeded and some piano lessons (my talented hubbie has taken up the piano, and is teaching himself). So thankful for the work that got done yesterday, hardly recognise our backyard, the only thing left is to sort out some of the rubbish that was discovered (joys of renting). Great job guys!