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

Rainwashed Master Bedroom Reveal with Striped Feature Wall

Rainwashed Master Bedroom Reveal with Striped Feature Wall

This has been a rather long time coming, but I think I can say that our master bedroom is done, for now at least. There are a few things I want to tweak, and I might make some more bedding (with my mad sewing skills – ha!), but here it is… We bought our bedroom furniture about four years ago, with money that my grandparents had saved for me as a child. It was expensive, but it will last years and years (I hope). The fabric painting over the dresser… View Post