Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mudroom - Part One

We've finally made a start on our Mudroom. I'm so pleased with how it's coming together.

We bought a shoe cabinet from IKEA to house some of our shoes.

The ladder was a tip-shop find and the buckets were from Kmart - a bargain at $8 each.

I was given the window earlier this year. It was a freebie, thrown in with the purchase of another window (which we used for our chook shed), but this one had a broken pane of glass. After cleaning it up and removing the broken glass I attached some chicken wire to the back of it so we can hang stuff on it.

We put new handles (matching our kitchen handles) on the shoe cabinet and some number tags that I made (following the tutorial here - however, I used my vinyl cutter instead of stamping the tags).

We had two spare cupboards that were replaced by the builder as they were damaged. I was happy that they left the doors with us because I knew that I'd use them for something one day. So we've made a key holder with one....

... and a display for these gorgeous measuring spoons with the other. I bought these spoons from Anthropology a few years ago. The knob is a handy place to hang aprons on. This looks perfect in our kitchen.

We plan on buying an old church pew to finish off the mudroom, then we'll put up a coat rack over the pew. So now to keep an eye on eBay and Gumtree and hope the perfect pew comes up soon.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tardis Door

I made our youngest a Tardis door for his bedroom as he is right into Doctor Who - he has also got the rest of us hooked too ;-)

The plan

Positioning the timber on the flush panel door

Glueing and nailing the timber onto the door

Painting the Van Gogh Starry Night

I painted the door in Annie Slone's Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint. After applying wax I applied some dark wax to grunge it up a bit in the style of the Tenth Doctor's Tardis. I used my vinyl cutter to do the lettering and printed up a sign for the door, attaching it with drawing pins.

Of course he loves his new door and I do too ;-)

Laundry love

I love having a pretty laundry - some people say that a pretty laundry makes the task easier - well I don't know about that - but it is nice to have a room that you use and go through that looks nice.

I decided to make a light fitting using clothes pegs. I used some wire mesh left over from when we made the aviary. I bought a round wire ring from lincraft and attached the two together. Using a lampshade we cut off the top bit and welded it to the top of the fitting. Then it was simply a matter of putting the pegs on and using a batten fix pendant thingie to hang it up. I'm very pleased with how it looks.

Saturday, February 20, 2016


The lakes district

Garden edging done

Excavation and soil moving

Back in November last year we got our act together and started our lawn. We moved a mountain of soil (20 cubic metres) and then planted and watered and watered and watered the seed. 

Not scared at all of the kanga digger thingie

We have some green grass growing

Trying to keep the dogs off the patchy grass

First mow
This is how it's looking now. Pity the dogs' pee is burning it :(

Our summer veggie garden

Our veggie garden has done very well since I lasted posted. We've certainly had a good harvest of zucchinis and tomatoes this summer.

Butternut Pumpkins


Mini Eggplants