Monday, August 23, 2010

Lamp Make-over

Found these at a garage sale for $5 - Awful Awful orange colour aren't they


So I had my first attempt and made a bit of a mess - the material was bright floral (much to bright that I got sick of it in two minutes flat!!) and the material was so thin that glue showed through.

So attempt two turned out as below!

Picked up a huge roll of this material for $3 :) score!

I'm much happier with the final result. Now i just need some cute bed side tables to put them on :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fantastic Foot stool recovered & painted

I picked up this little beauty from a garage sale. I had to get in quick though, apparently I picked it up as an old lady was reaching over to grab it. I didn't see her.. honest!!

I have been keeping my eye out for one of these for a few weeks so was stoked when I saw this (it was even worth the half hour wait in the freezing cold waiting for the garage sale to open)

A bit of paint and some decent fabric (I love this fabric sooo much) can fix anything really can't it.

Pretty! Iloveit!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

My kitchen is finished!!!!!

Remember the before? A book shelf to store the plates... No room, no bench space, no draws, no cupboard space.. All pretty random really..

Above: My partner fixing up the walls which came off with the old tiles.. as the previous people used no more nails to stick them up...
This is the mess of a kitchen we lived in for our week of hard work (you should have seen the rest of the house - just as bad, filled of tools, random kitchen appliances etc etc)..

All that work paid off though. I LOVE MY KITCHEN. I was going to have three massive shelves above the kitchen bench but we couldn't find any appropriate studs in the wall.. I shed a tear as I put the rest of my pretty display kitchen items into the cupboard, including all my teacups! Though I think it's for the best as it would probably make the kitchen feel cluttered again...
I love my curtains - I got the wrong ones first as I'm an idiot who read the millimeters all wrong when i measured it.. 1040mm drop not 1400mm!! woops.

In conclusion : I love it! I'm so proud of Steve, who has never tiled before but they look fantastic. I have done two lots of baking in one and a bit days to get the most out of my new kitchen (and its still clean!!!)

and all this cost only about $1200!! - And I think that's including some takeaways as it was so hard having our oven unplugged and sitting in the middle of the dining room
  • The extra kitchen unit was originally a sink unit (for $150) but as we didn't want the sink that came down to only $80 from the demolition yard.
  • The handles I originally fell in love with were $20 each - but the knob versions of the same stuff were only $3.50.
  • Tiles were $1.50 each - We weren't actually going to tile... until I saw these flower patterned tiles.. Steve wasn't very impressed when I begged him if we could tile (even though it should have really been done first and we had never tiled before!)
  • I have had my eye on these curtains ever since we looked for the ones in our dining room - $35.00
  • Paint - we still had my fav colour caramel milkshake left over from the dining room but we needed primer sealer and skirting / window sill paint. 
  • And then all the other bits and pieces - i now have 2 staple guns which i put the staples in wrong in them and they both don't work now :S but have stolen dads. Our halway is now full of tools and bits and pieces as we don't actually have a garage!
  • New Bench top $108.00
  • My pretty new shelves were the expensive part and I can't even put them up now!! So they might have to go up when we do our next project (The lounge)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Budget Kitchen Renovations have begun!!

Below are a few pictures of our before kitchen. We didn't take too much notice when buying the place but when we moved in we realized how we have no bench space and no cutlery draw.
So this week Steve and I have the week off to do it up!

Above is a bookcase we were using to store plates...

Above you can see the little room that we have.. just two sink cupboards which have big holes in them..

Currently the kitchen is in bits but im sure it will turn out great (though after much blood sweat and tears!)
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