Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our visit to the EKKA 2015

It was a perfect day. First time in 20 years for me and the first as a family. 
It brought back so many childhood memories. 

The day in photos:

Lou x

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our main bedroom is nearly there!

Here is our main bedroom as it is today. I still need to find the perfect small storage unit for the corner of the room, but otherwise the room is all done. We are keeping it fairly minimal and calm. I looked for a few months for real retro bedside tables. I finally found them via eBay, but they needed a very good clean, sand and a repaint. We are loving our room, with it's high angled ceiling and large wardrobes. As a special treat we also got automatic block out blinds. Divine!

One of the finished bedside tables. We chose a very similar turquoise paint to the original, but painted the drawers white instead of yellow, Also see in the before pic that the feet had been painted over, I stripped that paint off by my little trick of soaking the feet in a jar water for a few hours, then just peeling the paint off by hand.


After - same window as above

The view from the bed of my wardrobes!
Lou x

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Little girls bedroom makeover - before and after...

Before - same corner of the room


After - Same angle as above

Room Details:

We have filled holes and cracks, painted ceiling and walls white and the wardrobe and window a semi gloss white. Removed the double curtains and replaced them with white block out roller blinds, the floors have been sanded and finished in a water based satin finish, The timber floors have turned out beautifully. Installed a new pendant light, wardrobe fixtures and a new door stop.

Due to all the hard work getting the walls all blemish free at the moment we are very reluctant to hang anything up on them and therefor having to put holes back in them. So for now, our walls have that minimalist look, which we are liking, but I am sure in a few years we may be ready to hang a few things up on the walls.

The only pics I had to use as the before photos are what I took during the building and pest inspection. It's a bit hard to compare different peoples furnishings, but it is a good example of how a room can be decluttered to make it look bigger and window treatments changed to make a room look brighter.

All furniture I have used is all reused from what I already owned. All of it is vintage hand me downs, lucky kerbside finds and op shop purchases, I painted a few of the items mint green, including the bedhead. The only new purchases are the Sheridan bedspread and the $5 kmart cloud pillow and the Flamingo pillow from Freedom.

My daughter is loving her room, It goes from spotlessly clean to extremely messy in a matter of minutes!

Lou xo

PS.. Sorry the photos are poor quality, they were taken on my phone, which is packing it in.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Nan's buffet...

Finally, we have a home that has the most perfect spot ever for Nan's buffet.
 I have owned this for years now, it has served as a beauty room work bench, as storage in daughters room and then a room divider.

Finally in a spot that was made for buffets, it holds my collected and inherited china, just as it was meant to.

 Lou x

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Painting, painting and...... more painting!

This is the biggest paint job we have ever done. It shocked us that it took over 4 weeks just to prep the entire top floor. Being old there was so much to clean, scrape and putty. 

We decided to spray paint every room, then go back through and brush on the gloss onto the trim. It took a week alone to just thoroughly tape everything off. We got the spray painting done in 3 very long days and we are still at it with the gloss paint now.

Almost every window had to be tuned up, as many had been painted shut or too swollen to open easily

Resting the aching back and checking our work

We set up a little door painting warehouse

Lou xo

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tile ideas...

I'm still scoping out tiles for the kitchen splash back and for the bathrooms. I liked looking at the new renovations at Garden City Shopping Center. I took a few shots of ideas I liked...

Have always loved breeze blocks and they will definitely be used somewhere around our house eventually.

Lou x

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our butterfly roof house - internal shots - the good and the bad

The last month has been so busy for us. We have been working hard at the house whenever we get a spare moment. There are so many things to consider, research and plan. Then trying to coordinate it all to run smoothly is a challenge. Anything that we can do ourselves, we do. But the big things we have hired the professionals for.

So far the professionals have removed the old asbestos roof and reroofed with colorbond shale grey with a new and improved box gutter and insulation. We took 3 full days to then remove the 'textured' the main ceiling which was made form a very strong horse hair plaster/cement. All the work we have been doing has been making the house look worse rather than better. But things soon will start to look so much sweeter, now that a great plasterer has put in a fabulous new ceiling - keeping the original butterfly shape of course. About 5 days left of painting prep, then a painting marathon will follow. I can't wait to show you more as the pretty stuff starts to happen.

These photos are just quick shots of when we first inspected the home and within the first few weeks of us owning it. Some are not pretty, but it's a good record how it really looked.

Short wall dividing the kitchen and lounge

Kitchen and tiles have now been completely removed and a new kitchen ordered

Obviously not the original kitchen. We think it was installed about 12 years ago, ready for tenants.

Loved this door bell speaker the moment I viewed the house. it is no longer wired to anything but will be kept here You can just see the textured main butterfly ceiling.

Damage where the box gutter had leaked years ago before new down pipes were installed.

I am thinking this is an original, complete with grey/lilac paint splatters in the main bedroom.

Also loved the stairs when I first met this house.

Sadly an outside laundry, even though I promised myself my next house would not have that, like my first house. But we have plans in store to fix this, eventually.

Lou x