Thursday, 28 February 2013
They arrived early and 4 of them went at it and finished mid afternoon. Sadly, although it was the same guy who made such a great job of the back of the house, he couldn't do the window sills like we wanted. Probably because this is such a thin layer of render and it is on a painted wall so it is hard to adhere to it. If it were thick layers it might all fall off I guess.
It is a gable end so quite high which is why we are not bothering to try to do it ourselves and we won't be painting it. I just worry one of us will fall off a ladder - the most common diy accident there is!
So that is the philosophizing for today.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
More later with after shots!!!
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Here is my finished coffee table!
We needed a coffee table. We didn't have one for years and years and this was because our house was a tiny one bedroomed house and all our stuff was piled up everywhere and we had no room for a coffee table. Once we had renovated our house and it was large I thought I wanted one but obviously I didn't buy one. I was just looking out for one to make its appearance.
And this was it.
So when I saw this by the side of the road I recognised the potential.
I tried to get it in the car. It is heavy! Sadly I couldn't get it in because I had my two children in the car in their carseats. So after trying for 5 minutes or so I had to admit defeat and go away. I went back that evening to collect it. It wasn't that local, so I knew I was a hardcore street collector. I just cannot help myself.
Monday, 25 February 2013
from pinterestI think it is just the most gorgeous bed for a little girls room I have ever seen. Only problem is it is about £1200. Yes, that is in £.
So there must be another way to come close to this. And here it is!
Saturday, 23 February 2013
from pinterestI thought about what knobs to use. For a while I was planning on using knotted ropes as I didn't want to spend money on knobs. But I would have had to have buy the rope. I thought it would be hard to open the drawers. Then I bought some porcelain door handles on gumtree. For $20 I got 12 porcelain gainsborough door handles with 2 privacy sets and 7 cupboard door handles to match - exactly what I needed for this chest! So I used these.
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Anyway, this quilt is for my little boy and I hope to have it ready for winter (this year).
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
I call it Dottie! I haven't finished the fireplace yet but just keeping it real. I couldn't afford Damien Hurst's painting so decided to make my own.
Here is what you need:
A canvas of whatever size you like, or you could use wood, board - whatever!
A LOT of those paint chips from DIY stores
A circle cutter.
optional: spray mount adhesive
I got my canvas at riot art and it was half price, but places like the reject shop and $2 shops are generally cheaper.
Cut out loads and loads of circles and arrange them as you like. I did random, but it would be really great to have a face in it or something.... If you work out how to do that, let me know.
Then I stuck them down with decoupage adhesive using a brush and I applied the adhesive to the circle. Biggest problem you will encounter is that they curl up once they are on the canvas. The less adhesive you put on the circle the less curl you will get due to the amount of water in the adhesive going into the paper. Stick them on anyway and once you have them all on, or any number, first line them up straight, then lie the canvas on a table the other way up and allow to dry. This will flatten them down. If you are worried it will stick to the table put cling film/cling wrap/glad wrap over the circles surface first to stop this. The trick is to not put too much adhesive on so it doesn't come out of the sides. With decoupage you usually do have it all squeezing out of the sides but you might use thinner paper and layer it up which means you don't get the lift. So remember, with the adhesive, less is more!
Another option is use spray mount to put all the circles on, which gives high tack with no water. They stick them all down using this. You get less lift that way.
Once they were glued on before drying I moved them around a little to get them in straight lines. I didn't want to mark the canvas as I thought it would be hard to get marks off later so I did it by eye and also used a large ruler to line them up. The image above shows them wonky before I lined them up!
See above picture where the sides are lifting up. Don't worry you are going to fix this.
Then I added a few coatings of decoupage adhesive. Water based varnish is also good. I would use semigloss or even matte. After a few coats and drying in between it is finished!
Sunday, 17 February 2013
delilah by tanya whelan. For the hexagons I do not have a plastic template to work from. I used word and I drew hexagons and printed out the pages and cut them out. I tack the fabric to them and do not use adhesive.
The chair is painted my favourite colour.
Friday, 15 February 2013
I love the softness of hand quilting and that it makes a really special gift. I think I will give this one to my sister when it is finished.
See that wavy edge on the top? That is where the border is too long because I didn't measure through the centre. Instead I just sewed a border on to whatever length it wanted to be and the distortion from the triangles has caused it to be wavy. Always measure through the centre or you will get this phenomenon.
There were two like this which was great as I wanted a pair. I didn't hate the material but it was all stained due to some cleaning chemical that has been used and it had gone yellow over most of it, but not evenly. So it needed changing. I am not sure how old they are but they seem to have been reupholstered once before.
I looked for blogs on how to do it. I found very few, but one or two were really good. I set to work removing the covers.
Then I looked at what was the last piece to go on and it was the back. It was held on with a kind of metal grip so I sort of unbent it all the way round. I removed the fabric and labelled it with '1' as it was the first piece off, and 'back' so I knew what it was. I labelled all pieces as they came off with numbers and names. There was a thin layer of foam underneath which I removed the kept. It was yellowed but I later decided to reuse it rather than have to try to find more.
I did the back rest and bottom parts and also the arms which I mostly did but left the arm ends until later as these were the tricky bits.
I know what you are thinking - I have children and I reupholstered an almost white chair. Yes, I know, but I am going to make a new seat cover which I just haven't got round to yet and arm covers which probably won't be white, and I can do more than one set and these will make it a little more practical.
I found that anyone can do upholstery if they try and give it a go. What can go wrong????