Through a Vintage Door

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by my page I’m Teresa Taylor AKA Through a Vintage Door. I’m an Irish gal Living in Australia and life is just so good over here we are just so spoiled.

Ive started this blog so that all our family and friends back home can follow us on our little journey in creating our new home, but saying that all are welcome to follow us and see what we are doing (Oh trust me, we are always doing something)

Im a DIY fanatic and a crazy christmas loving gal , which you will find out! I’m the type of gal that will put my hand to absolutely anything and my moto is, if it works it works! and if it doesn’t work ,don’t worry i’ll make it work!

Being in Australia for 6 years!, yes 6 whole years! I just cannot believe it, since we original only came for a 6 week holiday, wowser! Me and my one and only have decided its time to stop renting and time to buy our first home in Aussie land.

We just bought this little fixer upper and I’m so super excited to start renovations and styling my new nest in just the way I want it to look. This is a quick sneak peak of the outside before we sadly but happily rip it apart.

9 avon ave

I’LL BE POSTING MY CRAFTS AND DIY PROJECTS THAT I WILL BE PUTTING INTO MY NEW NEST AND ALSO OUR ROOM BY ROOM RENOVATIONS. WE ARE AIMING TO HAVE ALL THE RENOS DONE IN ONE YEAR 🙂

Morning cuppa with a happy face

Morning Cuppa

Good Morning guys 🙂 amongst all the chaos in our living room right now I can still have a little smile on my face and say yay! God is good which means life is good 🙂  , Im feeling thankful for even the smallest of changes that we are making day by day. Yesterday we had the tree removal guy’s work there their stuff to create some space for our sheds/garden seating area., (see photos below)  Im really happy with the guys we chose they were efficient fast and did a great job of cleaning the garden and also cleaning all out tree branches from where we had cut some back …And then there was me working on all our files and office paper works which has caused me to scroll through youtube on how to compact a huge supply of office works into a tiny space. Which leads me to thinking that I will need to put in a crafts /office area which wasn’t really planned but greatly needed. Hubby doesn’t know this yet,  but Im feeling it needs to happen. I’ve way to much material and craft stuff and i’m thinking i’ll need the space for when I start to launch all my tutorials on here , I mean comon guys were’s a girl gonna work ? ya know what I mean 🙂  Sooo back to the garden progress. Heres a few pics.

Remember that messy corner I posted yesterday

What a mess

WHOOPA!!!  Well guys here is the progress, we were going to keep the blue palm, but after it was trimmed back , it just didn’t look great, so it had to go. As you can see in the second photo its far more spacious. So now we just have to wait on the excavator to come and destroy all that bad patio work and remove all the tree stumps and boulders . Apparently this corner hosted some kind of a water feature and also a mosquito haven, oh yeh! glad its gone because I’ve got some great plans for this corner 🙂 Oh and guess what I found in this corner after the tree removals , a table tennis table yes that right and its a big one too , not one of those little ones ,oh no sir.  Anyways back to the pics

After we removed those Golden Canes , well , all I can say is wow you guy’s , the space just looks so amazingly big, it looks like we just got given a whole new garden. I know it may not look that big from the photos but believe me its a whole new space we didn’t even think we had , oh we found a car seat hiding in among all the tree stems , goes to show ya ,we didn’t even know that was there. Here is the space now and I am loving it.

Today we are waiting on the guy’s to come back and remove two more stumps for our shed slab to go in tomorrow.

I have to say I am happy with who we chose and as I said above it took us more than half a day’s work and a trip to the skip but these guy’s got in and did the job so good , they even took away the trees that we couldn’t fit in our trailer and we didn’t even ask them too. We will definitely use these guy’s again. See below who we decided to use.

Tree lopping company

Well guy’s thats todays update so stay tuned as hopefully i’ll have more at the weekend. Stay cool guy’s

Exhausted But Happy

Well guys its been quite a while since i’ve blogged about anything as this little nest of ours is proving to have its ups and downs. One of the problems is getting people to come out and do the work we need. I know I said id have pics of the Laundry up on the blog but unfortunately we are still awaiting an available plumber and electrician to come out at the same time to move our water tank outside ,  soooo this has led to a bit of a standstill on the O’Connor laundry reno. On a brighter note 🙂 tomorrow the tree guys come out to take down some of our Palms and canes that are in the way of us pouring the slab for the sheds.  So hopefully the slab will go down on wednesday or thursday and the sheds can go up at the weekend and we can finally get most of the  stuff out of our bedrooms and into the sheds and start  working on some rooms whoo whoo!! Oh and hubby removed the bathroom wall that separated the toilet. The toilet had no wash basin in it ,which I just hated that , so hubby removed that wall to make the space bigger and im loving it … Also my one and only removed some of that ugly brickwork at the end of the bath/shower  , why it was there is kind of a puzzle to us , and to anyone that visits us. That piece of ugliness made no sense at all, and to what purpose it served has had us flabbergasted to what it was and why it was ever built  LOL!!

So guys heres a few before pics of our messy garden and messy trees that will be gone tomorrow YAY!  And  a few pics of the bathroom/ toilet wall removal, the rest of the bathroom reno is a little while away but it has made life is a little tiny bit simpler 🙂

So below is our right hand corner tree mess which also hosts a water feature that cannot be seen and maybe host some snakes too . So tomorrow this gets cut back ready for the escavator to come in and do what it does best , and that would be to remove all the ugly bolders and cement

 

Below are the Golden canes that we spent most of the day cutting down and and two trips to the tip and got nowhere! So it was time to call in the professionals and let them have the headache. which is tomorrow 🙂 YAY!!

Below is that ugly brickwork at the end of our bath/shower which served absolutely no purpose at all.

 

Below you can see how small our toilet was and also how small our bathroom is , we will also be taking down the toilet door and extending the whole bathroom and maybe adding a new window, debate on this one wether we will replace it or not .. I want too, but hubby doesn’t , sooo folks stay tuned in a few months to see who wins 🙂

Well Guys Ill get around to posting some pics  of the tree removals  tomorrow cant wait to see all the open space.. Its gonna be amazing and some more sun in that right hand ugly overgrown corner. Stay cool you guy’s

All moved in

So we have finally moved in and handed back the keys to our rental property. Things around here have been pretty pretty hectic, I should say crazy hectic. its been a two week journey of very mixed feelings. Ive literally had to climb my way over furniture and boxes, trying to find places to store stuff before I find it a home has not been an easy task. At one point we had only one seat to sit on and at one stage I couldn’t even get into my bedroom. Hubby still working away and only home at weekends so it hasn’t been easy at all.  Ive found myself standing in the one spot just looking around the kaos wondering where oh where does one even begin..  But on a more delightful note the kaos has led us to start immediately on the renovations. Our fridge wouldn’t fit into the spot it needed to go .. So down came that wall which put a huge smile on my face.

So when we seen the difference that made we decided to take down another part of the wall so we could fit the dining room table in. I even got in on the action with taken down the wall one brick at a time, and of course I helped with the clean up too.  Our good friend Steve just happened to arrive to see what we were upto and he couldn’t resist but lend a helping hand.

Well I must say that this little quick fix job has made life so much easier around here. With that wall gone I finally feel I can breath in this little nest and just makes such a difference.

When I first viewed this property I just seen the word potential scream out at me and I just had this dream of what I could turn this little gem into. So as you guys can see there is no waiting around in the O’Connor household we got to work on making our dream happen straight away 🙂

make your dreams happen mug

We have decided that the first room to work on will be our Laundry which should be finished by next week. We just don’t have anywhere to store all my kitchen items such as wok pressure cooker slow cooker etc etc. Our kitchen right now is just way too small , so its best to get shelves up and use it as storage at this time. Later on this little laundry room will become our walk in kitchen pantry. As for now we will just have to do with what we have and make the best of it. until all our planning approval is passed. Heres a quick look at the Laundry now. Hopefully by next week or so it will look completely different.

Another great find for a DIY job I did a few months back

Well guys I picked up this beauty at a second hand shop and it was pretty much scratch up. It wasn’t as cheap as I would have liked but it certainly had potential. I knew it was a genuine piece and when I got it home there it was right in the drawer the stamp that I wasn’t expecting to see. I googled the maker and the item popped straight up, in fact one link took me straight onto gum tree and the item was for sale second hand and selling for $550, wow $550 how cool was that! . Im not sure if i’ll sell this or just hold onto it in the new house.. Oh dear,  what to do what to do. Decision time again I suppose folks. I have such hard time with deciding what pieces to keep and what pieces to let go and then theres what pieces am I going to use in our new nest, oh and then theres whats going to fit and whats not. Going from a four bedroomed one office two sitting rooms two dining areas and two bathrooms to a little three bed house with one bathroom is going to be a real game changer and a challenge for us. It will definitely be one step at a time and one room at a time. Well I suppose i’ll just go get a cuppa tea and think about this piece keep or let go? Ummm!!!

 

Over excited

Ok guys! Happy Friday …. I need to share how  soooo super excited I am today that I am  beyond myself right now, why? because its only three days to move in YAY!!  I can’t explain how over whelmed  I am with happiness right now that I literally have to keep making myself a cuppa tea just to try calm myself down. Umm!! at that thought I suppose I just have to bring out one of my favourite mugs 🙂

Well I’m off to play tennis after  I finish my second cuppa tea , maybe that will keep my mind of the move for for a while or maybe not! I’m pretty sure that knowing myself so well that my move is most likely all I’ll talk about on court. Anyways for now its one step at at a time or should I say one cuppa at a time untill Monday comes and throws those new house keys at us.

Happy Friday friends , roll on happy Monday!

One cup at a time

Little DIY Project 

Isn’t this just adorable, I love this little printable that I got from littlevintagenest . I’m using it so much in various places in my home , I must say it does move around quite a bit. It just seems to want to fit in anywhere I place it . So if an item can do this for me then it’s a bonus 

Good Morning World

Well I’m now counting the weeks till our move in which is ummm!! 4 weeks and 3 days from now to be percise and things start to change as from today. Hubby goes on a new job site for four weeks. He left the house about an hr ago at 3am and I’m just not able to sleep. I don’t sleep well anyways but my problem this time is not that I can’t sleep, its purely from my head is just spinning and spinning with idea’s about this new blog. For the first time since we have entered into our winter months all the way across the other side of the world in what is called the land down under my flannette sheets are unable to hold me in their warmth and cosiness and boy is it hard to drag me away from those soft warmth sheets these days. Twisting and turning and thinking about this blog and oh boy! some of those thoughts are,  am I going to fail with this blog are people going to like my posts who am I that anyone would bother to follow my reno and styling journey and then reality kicks in … Im doing this because of that voice that has been gently speaking in my ear for months and months to start this blog journey. I’m thinking that obedience is better than fear right now. Well guy’s I know I cant stop going on about how super excited I am right now about the new house that we soon move into and all renovations and styling idea’s in my head right now and setting up this new blog and also my new facebook page that I have set up where I’m hoping to start selling some of my wreaths and crafts and chalk painted furniture, you can see my page Right here   I just feel like i’ve got a million and one things to do at the moment and yet I’m enjoying every moment of it because of the excitement 🙂 Well Im going to do what I do first before I get ready and head for a game of tennis and that is have my cuppa morning tea and read a bit of my favourite book ever , my bible .. By the way I just cannot function unless I have two cuppa’s in the morning , thats just a me thing. Well its gonna be a busy day packing for the week and then I drive up this evening to meet up with my hubby. God is so good too we even have somewhere to stay during the week while hubby works, then back home at the weekend .  Well its tea time folks happy Monday all

Tea cup and Bible

Seasonal Decor

I totaly fell in love with this little table when I saw it at the back of our friends dad’s house. I didn’t even know it at the time but it was destined for the Skip. I asked my friend  why its around the back of the yard and he said “I told my dad to paint it or get rid of it” Suddenly I just lit up as I do when I see something like this, I “said please don’t throw it out ill take it’ 🙂 What I love about this table the most is all the paint chippings etc. As much as a chalk paint fanatic that I am, I just felt this gem speaks for itself, I just couldn’t take its charactor away and  I love the rusty stand too. I used it at Christmas and I’m pretty sure i’ll fit it somewhere in the new house. Vintage table

I just love pine cones and at Christmas I just have to have them all over my home .. I found this cute pic on Pinterest and thought id save it here on the blog. This will be a DIY project in my new house this Christmas for sure

How to make a wreath from scratch

How to make a wreath from scratch.
Hi guys the first thing I do is buy as much flowers and folliage as I can when they are on clearance. Don’t worry about over load as you can use them all over the house and when you start making stuff , believe me they will disappear very quickly.
I bought a basket , chalk painted it then placed all my flowers and stems in the basket and just used that as decor on a table. ( I just take them out of the basket and use them as I go) Though you will find yourself wanting to replace them quickly, just so you don’t run out and this is a great way of storing them if you don’t have space , just use them this way , bonus they will brighten up the house too 🙂

Here is the basket I painted and used to store my flowers

You can store them in your display cabinet

Use an used bean can ,just wash it out and spray it with some DW 40 that way it will remove the sticky residue and add shine to the can
Try and buy flowers and stems that have good quality, these will look far better and will look more expensive especially if you are planning to sell the wreaths. You can see the quality of the Orchids i’ve used here in the photo below . You can pay anything from 5 bucks to 16 bucks on a stem depending on how well you want your arrangement to turn out. So keep your eyes peeled for clearance items.

             The quality is so good you can see the veins on the petals in the pic
Items you will need for this project.
Artificial Hydrangeas and their leaves , Orchids, Roses, and some sort of white flowers (name to follow)
Vine Screening
Glue Gun and glue
Tie wire
String
Wire cutters
Secateurs or pruner
Scissors
Cuppa tea or Coffee.
Lets begin the project 🙂
Unroll your vine screen so its laid out flat. depending on the thickness you want your vine wreath to be will depend on how you like it. I like it to be heavy and thick . I usually end up with four vines out of the roll. Get your wire cutters and start to cut the vine screen into sections of your choice.
  1. With one of the sections you just cut, start to roll it together , but don’t put pressure on it if you have decided to go for a more lighter weight wreath. (quick tip) > Sometimes the lighter the wreath then the easier to bend into shape , but I like them thick and heavy
2. Once you have rolled the vine grab your wire or string and tie from the centre first , then keep tieing towards the ends . You will use maybe 5 ties in total ( I used string in this project)
3. When its tied and secured with the string or wire just bend it into shape , but do this very gently or the vines will just snap. Then tie the two ends together making it into a circular shape . Your two ends should over lap. You can make this as small or as big as the you like by pulling it into shape and no need to worry if its thicker on one side than the other , the flowers will hide this. You may have to keep bending and squashing it into shape.

See how the wreath overlaps , Just pull it as small as you like or leave it this shape . The smaller you make it the thicker it will become , so my tip here is , if you want a small thick wreath , just cut your original vine a littler smaller , you may get 5 or more wreaths by doing this.
4. Shape it until you are happy and tie it securely

Secure the wreath by suing string or wire around the whole wreath
5. When you are happy with the look of the wreath get your flowers and arrange them to your hearts desire. (Quick tip) play around with this , you will be surprised at how many times you will change your mind so don’t just settle on your first arrangement.

Arrange your stems on your wreath , arrange a few times so you can acheive your desired look
6. When you like the look you have created start to glue your stems in place. If you don’t have a glue gun or don’t want to glue them, just tie them with wire or string , this will be a bit more time consuming because if your doing two matching and you tie them wrong, it means you have to keep redoing them till they match up the same . But the overall effect is the same wether glued or tied
7. Last thing to do is hold your wreath up and decide which angle you prefare , then centre a piece of string or wire in the centre of your wreath.
8. Finding a home to hang your project …..Hang it in your desired room 🙂

I chalk painted these old shutters a few weeks ago and they just needed a little flare to bring them to life. Mess around with your new wreath and you will soon find its perfect home. You will be surprised at how you will be inspired to make a few , With me it hard to make up my mind where I want to put my projects , but I was inspired with the old shutters that I already knew that these would go here
Happy days you guys , you just made your first wreath. 🙂 Enjoy using your project.