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Friday, 19 June 2020

Quick & Easy Wall Decor

It was actually some time ago I did this, but just realised I never shared it before & it's so easy to do! The hardest part could be finding an old baluster or bed post like I did. I found two posts for just $15 from a local antique store. I only used one post for this - that's just $3.75 per new wall decor!

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

French Provincial hutch makeover with stamped design

Take one drab brown 1980's/90's faux country buffet hutch and convert it to a sweet French Provincial inspired craft room cabinet - all for under $100!

Monday, 23 December 2019

Mirror - Gold glitz to faux whitewashed wood

I picked up this sweet vintage round mirror with floral themed frame locally, along with a small cupboard for a just $30.

I liked it's feminine style for the bedroom but was not so in love with the gold paint finish! I wanted to paint it, but also wanted some depth in the finish to make the faux carved detail stand out. So I experimented and found a lovely effect that simulated white washed wood so it actually looked like it was real carving. Bonus!

Sunday, 15 December 2019

French Provincial Style - Bedroom Sideboard

This gorgeous feminine sideboard has been waiting a long time for it's finishing touches.

Purchased 3 years ago for $50 off Gumtree it had to wait for our farmhouse to be finished first, then wait in line for other pieces to be finished that were in the main living areas. It made it into the bedroom last Christmas but only a few months ago did I finish white waxing it!

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Winter's Magic Moments

The last month of Winter has arrived but mother nature isn't slowing down with her Wintery presence here on the farm. Here are some of the magical moments captured on a very frosty morning - sometimes it's worth getting out early and braving the cold to enjoy the magical moments of Winter!

Monday, 22 July 2019

There is more to books than words and pictures...

With the growth of digital books many thought that paper books would all but disappear, but instead they are making a comeback. Whoever made that prediction of real physical books disappearing from our lives must never have read a real book......

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Flea Market / Antique Store Finds - Some of my favourites

If like me you love vintage or antique finds but don't love the price tag in the retail stores, then flea markets and garage sales are probably one of your favourite places to spend and hour or so on a weekend.

Finding the perfect piece for a project, or just finding a piece you had no idea you wanted until you saw it is a big part of the fun - and even bigger fun - getting said piece at a bargain price!

These are some of my recent favourite flea market finds!

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

A review of the IKEA Domsjo farmhouse sink

After more than 18 months the white porcelain farmhouse sink we bought from IKEA is standing up to the day to day use better than I expected. But don't get too excited......

Saturday, 11 May 2019

10 Things to consider when building a new 'old' house

So many people dream of having an old farmhouse but more often than not they actually build a new house to look like an old farm house - but so many just don't look the part. What do they get wrong?

If you are building or renovating an existing home and want to achieve a more authentic farmhouse look, then you may find my top 10 of interest.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Feature Framing - Quick & Easy

Take an old 1930's wooden oak frame that is starting to part at the corners, has lost it's glass and maybe isn't quite 100% square anymore - what do you do with it? Frame something of course - but not in the usual way!

Framed plates decorated simply in earthy tones for Christmas

Friday, 14 December 2018

DIY Fireplace Mantel - In the nick of time for Christmas

We took on the challenge of building 2 fireplace mantels in our new farmhouse.

The first one went up fairly fast as we needed to get organised so the gas log fireplace could be installed in time for Winter. The second mantel, well not so quick, in fact we only just did it a few weeks ago so I could decorate it for Christmas!

So many things to do in a new house and this poor fireplace stood bare for nearly 9 months.

Here is a DIY tutorial on how we made the mantel just in time for Christmas decorations!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Old Christmas Tree - New Identity!

This being the first year in our new farmhouse I have found so many new spaces to decorate for Christmas, and I decided that the family room was the perfect recipient for a second Christmas tree.

But, a wide tree would take up too much room - so I searched the internet for options and discovered the super slim Christmas trees. I longingly looked at image after image of those super slim trees, but they are not readily available here in Australia at a price I could afford, or at a quality worth having. So seeking a way to fulfill my slim tree dream, I hit upon the idea of seeing if I could convert my old wide tree into a super slim.