Showing posts with label cheap decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cheap decorating. Show all posts

Monday, 4 November 2013

Budget Red and Blue Kitchen Makeover

Home Decorating:


This is the little kitchen in our guest cottage. This makeover was definitely budget - basically as cheap as they come!



These before photos show just how LOVELY the kitchen was before I started fixing it up.



This is a basic list of what I did to this room to make it look heaps better!
  • Huge amounts of cleaning
  • Huge amounts of no-gapping
  • Painted all the walls and ceiling
  • I painted the floor the same way that I did for the other rooms in this house
  • Our builder very kindly gave us some leftover tiles he had to do the splashback and we also did the top of the bench with leftover floor tiles. I also added a ‘H’ and a ‘C’ above the appropriate taps
  • I took off all the doors of the top cupboards, to open the room up a bit
  • I took out the ill-fitting drawers and instead sewed a curtain to go in the middle of the bottom cupboards

  • I changed the handles of all the cupboards
  • I added a shelf above the stove to break up that wall a bit
  • I added a little cabinet that I’d bought from the Salvos for $15 at the end of the benches.
  • And then I decorated the room with lots of things that I already had! I was especially pleased to be able to use all my lovely blue and white things in this room. They look so good next to the red

It’s a very functional little kitchen and is certainly a MAJOR improvement on what it originally looked like!

Hope you are enjoying any makeovers that you’re doing at your place!

Emma

Monday, 8 July 2013

Cardboard Wall Dots For Simple Party Decorations

Craft:


This weekend we had my daughter Poppy’s 6th birthday party at our lovely local Memorial Hall. Our Hall is very large and consists of several rooms, so I had to find some cheap and easy ways to decorate it (nicely!) for the party. I decided to focus on decorating a couple of key areas for maximum impact, which led me to my idea for my Cardboard Wall Dots.



I also made up some new No-Sew Bunting to go with my Wall Dots, which looked very nice.



My Cardboard Wall Dots were very simple to make! They also hardly took any time to do. The only materials you’ll need are:

-          Fabric
-          Cardboard boxes
-          Serrated knife for cutting out the shapes
-          Spray glue

Firstly, cut (“slice”, I suppose I really mean) your shapes out of the cardboard with your serrated knife. 



Then place the dots on your fabric and cut around them. Leave a bit of material right around the dot, so that you’ve got enough to fold over once you’ve applied your spray glue.


Give your dots a quick iron to get rid of any creases. 


Then spray the wrong side of the material with spray glue, and place your cardboard dot in the middle of each piece of material. 

Give it a while to become sticky. Then fold the edges over the cardboard and give them a little while to dry.


Then simply stick them up on the wall with blu-tack. They will look terrific.

If you decide to try this project, I hope you enjoy it!

Emma

Monday, 8 April 2013

Colourful Blu-Tack Pictures for Children’s Bedrooms

Craft:



This project is a really cheap and easy (and non-permanent!) way to decorate your child’s bedroom! I still have my Blu-Tack Scandinavian-StyleChristmas Decorations on my wall… and the other day I thought I’d expand on that idea and create something for our son James’s room.

James is two now and so I have started to add a few ‘toddler’ things to his room, but his room is really still in the in-between stage. I am going to change it around and make a new bedcover etc for him in about 6 months’ time… but until then, I wanted to put something up that was very easy to change again!


All you’ll need for this project is a few packets of coloured Blu-Tack (which usually costs around $3 per packet). As a guide, I used a full two packets for my decorations here; Poppy used another one for hers).


There are an ENORMOUS amount of options for this project! I just did something up quickly to show what the Blu-Tack can look like. I decided to go with a train, a kite, the number two (seeing James is two, and he says that a lot!), a few letters of the alphabet, and a simple circle, square and triangle.

You could do something along the skirting board, or even something on the roof! A little boy would love an aeroplane! Even Blu-Tack bunting would look fantastic! You can create whatever your child likes at the time.

If you have trouble getting the shape right yourself, just do a google search and find something that you can copy. You can do simple shapes or detailed pictures; stick with one colour only; do large or small designs.


You could also ask your older children to make pictures for the younger one. Poppy did this car… 


and this kite… 


and this lovely little mouse for James!


James loves his pictures. He was talking about them this morning when he woke up in his cot, and I also saw him yesterday trying to put his cars into the carriages and make them stick. So cute!

Happy decorating!

Emma

Monday, 1 April 2013

Make it Pop with Plastic Bottles Wrapped in Packing Tape

Craft:


This weekend (in between the Easter celebrations of course!) I wanted to give myself another decorating challenge. I wanted to make something nice that is REALLY easy and REALLY cheap! I also wanted to only use materials that I already had.

And they don’t come much more cost-effective or simple than these packing-tape-wrapped plastic bottles!


I had some leftover packing tape from one of my Christmas projects, and I also had a few plastic water bottles in a drawer.  


The results are some lovely bright and colourful shapes that really stand out! They are perfect for decorating a room where you don’t really want anything breakable (eg. a bathroom, kitchen or child’s room).

This project requires absolutely no time at all and NO skill whatsoever! Simply place the packing tape on one end of the bottle and start winding! Just smooth the tape down a bit as you wrap. You’ll be done after about one minute per bottle!



Mine are currently on my bedroom shelf for a little ‘pop’ of colour.



Happy decorating!

Emma