Chalk Board Frame

Chalk Board Frame

I still haven’t gotten round to painting S’s room. Or the bookcase. Neither have I finished beautifying my binders. Want to know why (apart from going on vacation)? Because I found this – the Ung Drill frame – at Ikea, and all my other projects went out the window. I marveled at it’s beauty for a second and then I realized I simply had to buy it and turn it into a chalk board. Obviously. The black plastic wasn’t doing it for me, so I pulled out my Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer. It… View Post

Refurbished Wooden Patio Set

Refurbished Wooden Patio Set

Last weekend, my lovely husband sanded and sealed our patio set – phase one of prettifying the balcony… {Before}  {After} Okay, I know it doesn’t look like a huge transformation, but the wood was really suffering before and now it’s all rich and lovely-looking again (and, thankfully, less orange). We got the set for about $100 at the end of summer a few years ago (best time to buy patio furniture) and it worked well on our old balcony… The style (and color) is slightly at odds with the industrial look of our… View Post

Ikea Goes Glam: A Lack Hack Coffee Table …

Ikea Goes Glam: A Lack Hack Coffee Table Makeover

Ladies and gents, I give you a rather sexy Ikea Lack coffee table makeover: She came from humble beginnings: I didn’t have room in my living room budget for a “proper” coffee table, but after trawling Ikea Hackers, I was inspired (especially by this similar Lack hack). I shelled out twenty big ones for an Ikea Lack coffee table and set to work giving it a face lift. Here’s how… Coffee Table Makeover Supplies: An Ikea Lack coffee table Spray Adhesive (this might also work with wallpaper paste, but I haven’t tried… View Post

How to Paint Horizontal Stripes

How to Paint Horizontal Stripes

I am completely in love with the new striped wall in our master bedroom (I posted the big reveal here). It took a while, but it was totally worth it. It’s subtle but fun and makes a huge difference to the room. It’s really not hard to paint stripes, but it can be time-consuming. Here’s how I did it… You will need:Two colors of paint (I used Sherwin Williams Rainwashed and Window Pane, only a shade apart)Painter’s tapeDrop clothLevelRulerPencilRoller (I’ve heard that there’s less chance of bleeding with a foam… View Post

Recipe for Bird’s Nest Treats

Recipe for Bird’s Nest Treats

Happy Easter! Though this blog is not going to have a lot of recipes, this one is super quick, ridiculously easy and just too cute not to share! Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: NoneServes: Makes about 10 treats What You’ll Need:4 oz shredded wheat cereal4 oz crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies or Koala Crisp)8 oz milk chocolateSpeckled egg chocolate candy (Cadbury’s Mini Eggs or similar)Cupcake liners Directions:1. Break up the shredded wheat until it’s basically crumbs – you can use a rolling pin or something similar but I find that… View Post