Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bedroom Makeover

I have been planning for some time now to redecorate my youngest daughter Tilly's bedroom and the opportunity finally came this week. With Tilly safely packed off on school camp I got to work. She was away for 2 nights so that gave me 2.5 days to paint walls, doors and knick-knacks, replace door handles, install a "desk" and hang curtains (including curtain rod).
She was so thrilled to see it when she got home today. She has only come out to have her dinner and then gone straight back in to sit at her desk.

RELAX letters from Spotlight, painted red. Small blue velvet cushion I embellished with the red star. Curtain rod incl. rings and brackets $15 from op shop.

I desperately wanted to paint the bedside table white but Tilly loved the natural timber. Actually I think it gives a bit of depth to the scheme.

This is the smallest bedroom in the house and was probably intended to be used as an office so furniture placement was a challenge.

The hutch was a $20 garage sale find. A coat of white paint and it looks so pretty. The desk still needs a chair but I told Tilly I'd let her choose one herself.

Plenty of hooks for hanging things up.

Great to get the school bag up off the floor.
I'm sure the fish appreciate being able to see where they are going. You wouldn't believe how filthy the tank had got.

Mirror was a bargain(!) off ebay.

I found 2 of these shutters tucked under some stairs in a 2nd hand shop.

I have one very happy camper home safe and sound :o)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lamp Makeover/Dining Room

I won 2 (more) lamps on ebay recently and would love to share the before and afters with you. Firstly though, I would like to show you my dining room as it is right now. (Yes, that does imply that there are absolutely no guarantees that it will remain this way for any length of time).

Okay, a sneek peek of the lamps....

So this is our dining/family room. It is not a large space and sometimes I feel like I am trying to crowd too much in but that's usually when it is cluttered with family 'stuff'. When it's tidied up I'm okay with it.
The brown TV cabinet is on my "to paint" list. I may go grey I think.

You may/maynot have noticed that I STILL haven't finished my wall stripes. They should go to the corner. I'm afraid I'm one of those decorators (please tell me I'm not the only one), once I can see how the idea in my head looks in reality, I'm satisfied. That's when I lose my motivation to finish the job. Sadly, I'm not the best finisher.

I love my IKEA jute rug, love it! (BELOW)

So here is one of the lamps before, (ebay $30 the pair).

And after......I would like to put a white band around the top also but I ran out of ribbon. Maybe it would be over-kill, what do you think?

Here they are again, before. The ebay seller was quite possibly the sweetest lady I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her husband, on the other hand, was an old grump. How does that happen??? As I was leaving, I had the feeling that I didn't want to leave her there alone with that man.

And here they are after.
I, personally, am in love with them. They make me smile, alot :o)))))
Only one small problem. I painted the shades and when they are switched on, the brush strokes can be seen. Any advice gratefully accepted. Maybe another
coat of paint.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Spot The Difference

The fact that I actually thought about digging my shorts out from the deep dark recesses of the rear of my " bottoms" drawer today, has horrified me! (pun intended btw). The weather here is crazy. It's the second day of August and I feel as though Summer is not just around the corner but is, in fact, upon us. The forecaster assures me that we are in for some cooler nights, phew.

Weather aside, do you feel like playing a little game?

I won this chair on ebay recently for around $50. The brand is Molmic which I know nothing about apart from the fact that the chair is Australian made. I am guessing, by the quality of the workmanship, that it is a rather good brand, (feel free to enlighten me:o))

Can you spot the difference. Compare photos 1&2 with photos 3&4. The answer is in photo 5. No cheating now!

I realise that was a pretty easy ask and hope I didn't insult your's just me trying to be creative with a blog post :o)
I just remembered that there is only an arm-protector on one arm of the chair. We have turned the house upside down looking for the other one, to no avail. Where on earth does an arm-protector go on it's day off???