Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Makeover: Bedroom redos

Welcome to one of my favourite makeovers ever. I’ve been very quiet lately, but it is for good reason. Everyone knows that I love a good DIY project and making our two bedrooms over definitely filled the DIY craving! After new insulation, plaster, skirting boards, architrave, cornices, power points/electrics, ceiling fan, paint, carpet, bench seat, shelves and built-in robe – WE ARE ALMOST DONE. Phew!

And now it’s finally time for the big reveal.  When I say reveal I mean for the time being {of course}, because when is a makeover ever really complete? We accomplished all the big projects and the room is set, for a while at least. I’ll break it down including all the projects I did in another post for now I just want to show off some a lot of pictures!

Both rooms had a ton of potential –good light, the master wasn’t small and there was nothing too tricky about it architecturally. We chose to do a nude, white palette which felt fresh and happy and yet gender neutral. They needed a lot of storage as well, as both rooms will turn into kid rooms one day.

Little by little the look started to come together. I would be lying if I told you that it is complete, there are still things I want to get. But it has been 8 months since we started working on the room, so it’s definitely a work in progress.

Here are some sneak peeks of the bedrooms. I’m searching for the right piece of art above the bed, and can’t wait for the window treatments but really Its going to be a very simple room.

Second bedroom progress:




Master Bedroom progress:



The master bedroom is supposed to be the sanctuary of the house, the place you retreat to and get rest at the end of the day. And now I finally feel like it’s coming together. Last stop is shelves and shutters :)

Dream Home

My dream home is an old Victorian house. It will have wooden floor boards, high ceilings, vintage mirrors and amazing fireplaces. Oh and maybe the odd chandelier!

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

Friday, 28 December 2012

Our Humble Home

Next month is the start of something new for us - our very own house! We are so excited to own our beautiful new home, which is so much bigger than our little apartment, and it's ours. Buying a house has been a dream of mine since I was about 15 and although we owned our apartment, a house is just so much better! We're so lucky to be able to take this step so early on in our adult lives.
We wanted an older house that we could make changes to as we went. We didn't want anything too old, ensuring that it was livable from the get go. We wanted something near parklands and trails (for the future doggie), with a big yard and near transport. The first place that we looked at had it all and so much more. The light and bright layout, high ceilings, ornate cornices, picture rails, separate living and dining and polished timber floors. We came, we saw and we purchased.


We're so excited to think about the improvements we can make to our new home!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Makeover: A Little Bit of Bathroom Paint

It's amazing what a little bit of paint can do! My generous brother offered to paint our house for our wedding present, and we were certainly ready for a change.
The whole house was painted in a few weeks, and we opted for muted and classy colours that toned down the original yellow/orange/pink undertones without giving up any eye-catchability (great word!).
Here's the bathroom makeover, with the other rooms to come.


And during:

Painting the tiles was even easier than the painting cupboards – and well worth the effort (don't you agree that the tiles in this room dictate the colour scheme?). Just make sure that your surfaces are clean and your masking tape is accurately applied so you don't have any wayward paint. To finish off, we used a grout pen which is great for filling in the details after painting.

Revitalising our cupboards was another integral part of the makeover. The key here is to remove the doors from the framework before painting (as this will give you better access to all surfaces). You could also install new handles, but we were happy enough with these as is.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Chalkboard Painting

I know that chalkboard is everywhere these days, but I have only just latched on to this gem of an idea. Chalkboard paint is a great way to turn any wall or surface into a usable writing space, whether it’s a storage container or the side of your deskIt's readily available and one of the easiest {and cheapest} ways to transform an item.

Inspired by the interwebs, I decided to buy some chalkboard paint and paint everything in sight, including my wine glasses, a photo frame and a mug!

While you can find this paint easily in the shops, it's also simple to make. All you need is 1/2 cup acrylic paint and 1 tablespoon unsanded grout.

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (own), 7 (own), 8 (own), 9, 10

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