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

Thursday, 17 October 2013

A Simple Budget Bathroom Makeover for Under $1500

Home Decorating:


After 3 and half years of living in my 1963 bathroom, I've finally been able to kiss goodbye to my lovely pink bath, basin and toilet!

My original plans for the bathroom were for a complete rip out and redo, but as circumstances changed I needed to pare back my plans and look at what I could do on a minimal budget but having the greatest impact.



I myself can’t hardly hammer a nail in the wall, but luckily my darling partner is a genius at all things building and came to my rescue, along with his parents!!

Being built in 1963 my bathroom is clad with asbestos. So to keep the costs to the minimum we decided to keep the existing tiles and paint them with tile paint ($79).

Most significantly, missing from the bathroom was any form of storage. So the pink basin had to go. We replaced it with a simple white vanity from Bunnings ($399) and a large mirror ($40).



For the floor to save some money, and time, we retiled over the top of the existing mosaic tiles. They were lovely, and it was a hard decision, but I wanted to try and achieve a calm feel for the bathroom so we chose a basic  30cm x 30cm porcelain floor  ($2.95 each – total cost $188.10).

We also replaced all the fittings ($137) along with a new shower curtain and rod ($24) and new towel rails ($9).



The toilet was also replaced with a new white one ($97). Finally, all the walls were painted Dulux Lexicon Quarter ($105 – but this was under coat and bathroom paint in 4ltrs as I will be using it in the kitchen as well).

I hung a basic modern print on the wall above the bath (see my post from last week) and the total cost of the renovation came in at under $1500 which includes all the extras I needed including paint brushes, grouting, silicone, drop sheets etc.

I'm so happy with the feel of my new bathroom, I have no idea why it took me so long to do it! I can't wait to tackle the kitchen next!

I hope this inspires you to see what a big difference you can make on a small budget!!

X Caity 

Monday, 30 September 2013

Ideas for Updating a Toddler’s Room

Home Decorating:


This is my little boy James’s bedroom as it looks right now! Recently I changed it around a bit as I wanted it to reflect his age (he’ll be 3 at the end of December), and to show more of the things he likes at the moment.

Of course, my makeover was very simple and cheap! I didn’t want to go to too much trouble or expense for the moment. So, his room basically has all of the same things in it that it had when he was a baby.

The paint colour is also exactly the same. But, post-makeover, the look of his room is completely different!


I really only changed and added a few things. Firstly, I added some colourful pictures and artwork to his walls. I stuck all of these things up with Blu-Tack. Surprisingly, he only pulled these off for a few days… I persisted and kept putting them back… and he eventually gave up! Great!

His sister Poppy kindly painted the canvases for him. I just love the underwater scene one. The other pictures are things that Poppy has done at school, a drawing from a cousin, a lovely gift card from someone, and some little wooden fish from a magnetic game. Really, you can stick up whatever your child likes!


The ‘sharks’ picture with accompanying warning (courtesy of sister Poppy) is particularly handy. (!)


I've now got baskets under his cot so that James can easily get his toys out, and put them back – not.

I added a big European pillow for sleeping on and a couple of other decorative ones. The duck one I had made in a previous post, and the beautiful patchwork dog is a cushion that I had when I was little.


I have also made a little library by lining up some of his books along the bottom of the wall.


The only thing I purchased for his “new” room was a rug. From memory it cost about $40 posted to me. The rug looks nice and retro, plus he does play on it a bit with his cars!

And James loves his room! However, at night times you wouldn't think so because he spends so much time getting out of the cot and hanging around in the corridor, trying not to go back to bed!!

Enjoy any decorating or re-arranging that you get time to do this week!

Emma

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Updating a Guest Bedroom

Home Decorating:


We have great friends coming to visit this weekend. It inspired me to get cracking on redecorating my guest bedroom. The room is pretty simple. A bed. A desk (needs to double as my study). A couple of old stools I use as bedside tables. Lamps. Comfy chair.

So I needed to brighten it up without adding too much more 'stuff'. It was a great way to use my collection of Enid Blyton books. I added a fern and a small pot of ground cover. 

I focused mainly on the desk and wall behind it. First I hung some cute prints I'd bought on etsy about a year ago - they are of each of my favourite cities - London, San Fransisco, New York and Paris.

The frames are from Ikea - just $14 each which is great value.


I also relocated my aqua chair to pick up the blue in the prints. Sitting on the chair is the family of birds cushion


The room feels so much brighter and welcoming for friends now - inspires me to get a few more projects done around the home.

Happy home decorating!

Caity x

Friday, 16 August 2013

Yellow 'Pop' Mirror

Home Decorating:


Spring must be on its way - we had a mid-week public holiday this week and instead of relaxing I spent the day reorganising my home!

In the process of this I found this mirror I had been given a few years back. It had the old shabby chic paint job and I figured it could do with a bit of an update.


I simply gave the mirror a light paint with a sample pot of Dulux 'Happy' - gosh I love the name! And it really makes me happy just looking at it.

It now sits on top of the old cupboard in my dining room, which used to be the toy cupboard in Thom's room. 

Happy decorating!

Caity x

Monday, 29 July 2013

Decorate The Dunny!

Home Decorating:


OK, I know it seems a little strange to be decorating my loo (!), but this looks really nice in my children’s bathroom! As you all know, I’m very keen about low cost makeovers, and it occurred to me the other day that another very low cost way of changing the look of your bathroom is to give your toilet a makeover! There are also so many really ugly toilet seats around (think lace, glitter and swimming dolphins), so I wanted to do something that was a bit more funky and modern.

This project could be especially nice if your toilet is in a room of its own, and the room is otherwise unable to be decorated much. In my case, the toilet in my children’s bathroom is in the smack-bang-centre of the room and therefore is the main focus of the room!

Of course these photos are more about the concept rather than the finished product. There are SO many options with this project! Whatever you wanted to put on there, really! You just need to be able to still sit on it and clean it! I also tried adding more material onto the toilet seat for a different look too. 


If you wanted to try something like this in YOUR bathroom, all you’ll need is some fabric or paper, scissors and some contact.


Firstly, give the toilet a quick clean!! Then trace the area of the toilet that you want to stick something onto. I traced straight onto the back of the contact. Then I cut the shape out.


Cut out the shape of the material or paper that you’d like to use. Just make sure that you’re going to have enough contact around the edge of your shape to keep it stuck firmly on. 


I then gave my material a quick iron. 


It was then a simple matter of sticking the material onto the contact, 


and then sticking it onto the lid of the loo. 


It’s still very easy to clean, and you can just rip it off and chuck it out when you’re sick of it!

It's just for fun! Enjoy your decorating!

Emma

Monday, 15 July 2013

Cheap Decorating with Fabric in Old Photo Frames

Home Decorating:



This project’s a great one for re-using stuff that you might have stored in a cupboard somewhere, particularly old wooden photo frames!

I know that the ‘framed fabric’ concept is not a new one, but I thought I’d use it as one of my projects for the blog because it fits in nicely with the ‘using what you've got’ decorating style.

This is another bedroom in our ‘guest cottage’, which is a spare house on the property that I did up myself for friends and families to stay. As I've mentioned before in previous posts about this house, I tried to spend the absolute bare minimum when decorating it.


I was very lucky to already have a good supply of second-hand furniture (all of the furniture you can see in these photos is second-hand), and I was also able to find some good bargains for the soft furnishings. 


For example, (in one of the other bedrooms in this house), the material that I made the curtains and cushions out of cost me $1 per metre from a Spotlight bargain table. In this bedroom featured here I purchased these doona covers on special from Ezibuy, but used everything else that I already had.

I had lots fabric leftover from another ‘red’ project that I’d done, so I used it again in this room for the cushions. Then I wanted to coordinate some artwork with the bed covers.


So I simply cut out some pieces of material, placed them inside the photo frames, and hung them up again. So quick and easy!

Happy decorating!

Emma

Monday, 29 April 2013

Hang a Basket Upside-Down for a ‘Pretend’ Lampshade

Home Decorating:



Last week I was very lucky to be able to attend a local Basket Weaving Workshop - it was run by a visiting artist by the name of Harriet Goodall. Amazingly enough, we all went home at the end of the day with a basket that we’d made!

I can’t really tell you here on our blog exactly HOW we were shown to make the baskets (that would be giving her workshop’s secrets away!), but I can talk about how I have used mine since I brought it home.


Recently I set up this little sitting area on my verandah – it’s nice here in the sun all day. I used two metal chairs that my parents dug out of one of their sheds (I wire-brushed and painted them), and had the cushions re-covered in hardy material from Fab Outdoor FabricsI do like yellow at the moment! The scatter cushions are also made from the same outdoor material. 

You can also see that I still have lots of projects yet to do! (Check out the tatty chair on the right in the photo at the top!)

I will be changing the artwork fairly regularly in this spot, so I’ve just simply leaned this picture, one of my black and white squiggle designs up against the wall.

The little table in between the chairs was tiled by my husband when he was about 12 – nice to finally use it somewhere, and the ‘pretend’ lampshade is the basket I made at the workshop! I simply strung it up using a long strip of material and hung the end on a cup hook.


All very simple of course, but it all helps to make it a lovely place to sit with a cup of coffee (or three)!


Happy decorating!

Emma

PS Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away! My project for next week will be a cheap and easy gift to make, but in the meantime, you may like to check out my Mother’s Day projects from last year for some more ideas...


... and here are a few more of my projects to give you ideas for REALLY SIMPLE gifts to make for Mum

Monday, 15 April 2013

Ideas for Sneaking Some More Storage into Your Home

Home Decorating:


This week I had a couple of hours free so I decided to re-arrange my living room (it was raining and I’d finished all my other jobs)! Part of the re-arranging involved finding some more space for storage for my children’s toys and games. I managed to sneak in some more storage under a wooden bench using a couple of spare baskets.

Then I thought I’d do a quick tour through my house to show you all the spots where I managed to sneak in some extra storage… hopefully it may give you a few ideas for your own home, especially if you’re having trouble managing all your stuff!

In my kitchen, I have used some large baskets in my open shelves, which allow me to neatly and easily store bits and pieces like Tupperware.


I managed to find a microwave skinny enough to sit in the shelf above my fridge, to free up my bench space.


I have used the door of my bin cupboard as a display area for children’s artwork. I simply use pegs and blu-tack to put them up – that way the pictures themselves don’t get worn from having blu-tack stuck on them.


I had a large wall at the end of my kitchen, so I put some shelving from IKEA right along the wall. This storage is fantastic and the glass doors make me keep everything neat!


I also have a large hook just for my handbag so that it has somewhere to go when I come in the door!


My living room has another wall of IKEA shelving, for all my books and things.


This room also has our custom-built shelving next to the fireplace. It was built into an unused corner of the room.


And I can’t claim the credit for this excellent wood storage area which sits right next to the wood heater (and is very cleverly accessed from the outside of the house)… it was here when we came!


The shelves in Poppy’s room were built (by the builder) into the recess of the wall.



I have also recently re-organised her clothes and toys in her cupboard so that she can easily get them out and put them back herself.


In James’s room, I have purchased a couple of baskets that sit immediately under his cot and I also use his change table as a shelf for his toys.



In my bathroom, I installed a couple of small floating shelves which fitted perfectly into a difficult corner. I also used an old cup hook underneath the shelves to hang up some of my frequently-worn jewellery.


Outside the house, I also have a couple of places where I’ve been able to find more storage space. I purchased these fantastic hessian-lined baskets on wheels to keep all the sandpit toys in.


This is a dresser that we have on the verandah. It has quite a bit of space either end of it, so I put in a wine rack-box I had and have filled it with stuff that I use all the time, like gardening gloves and a couple of tools.


I also had this cupboard built by our builder – it fits neatly in the space next to the chimney and allows me to store all sorts of things!

And of course, don’t forget the vacuum bags for the linen cupboard! I have recently been using one bag per item (eg. one blanket per bag) as it’s much easier to open only one bag for one item when you have to use them.


I have also featured some of these rooms before in previous posts. You may like to take a quick look at some of them! My kitchen, living room and office.

Happy sorting and decorating!

Emma