Half Bath Makeover Reveal week 4

Finally made it to week four of the half bath one room at a time makeover challenge! How exciting!! One more room off the list!! To be honest , if I hadn’t have been asked to join along in the one room at time makeover , this half bath would have been left till next year!! It was nice and tidy as it was but not as stylish as it is now! Thank you to Terrie and Tammy for inviting me to join in this makeover challenge!

My team buddies are Terrie from decorate and more with tip https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/ and Tammy from Patina and paint https://www.patinaandpaint.com/

If you have been following each week you can recap by clicking the links below

Week 2 Powder room makeover one room at a time Friday

Week 3 Powder Room Makeover week 3

Recap!

  • Last week I added wallpaper.
  • Sanded and prepped the wall for paint.
  • Prepped and trimed wallpaper to get ready for the chair rail.

This week I added chair rail trim and painted the bottom half of the wall and decorated!

I usually keep to whites but I decided to change it up and paint it in an off white light grey tone!

Let’s get this week started

First thing I did was measure the length of each wall.

I had my hubby set up his chop saw for me , so I could do the cuts on the chair rail trim.

Please don’t judge our garden , it’s under construction 😊

After I cut it to size I took it back inside and put adhesive on the back.

Then I attached it to the wall.

I then used my hubbies nail gun for extra security. For this part I also used a level so I could keep it straight while nailing it, once the glue goes on it will have a tendency to slip. The spirit level assures that you don’t let it slide and believe me, I let it slide , even with the level. You really have to multi task here and if I can do it so can anyone else!

I’ve never done a trim angle like this before so I did call hubby into rescue me. Once it got filled sanded and painted , you couldn’t notice the gaps.
We were going to take these tiles back down but it got a bit expensive and we really need that money to be put into other areas of the house and garden plus the time it would take would be a little bit time consuming and time is precious.
I gap filled everything that needed filling like all those little nail heads etc
All gap filled now. It looks messy but once it’s sanded and painted , it will be good!
Time for sanding .. I used a fine grit and used gentle pressure
Taped up and ready for paint
I also taped the underneath so paint wouldn’t get on the chair rail / moulding
I did a white semi gloss on the trim.
Taped up and painted
I decided to take away the toilet roll holder and put it on the other side, so I had to fill these holes..
Here’s we’re I added the toilet roll holder , looks better here!
Here a little tip for your quests. Fold the edges of the toilet roll and press it firmly under the tap spout and it will leave an imprint!!
It’s a cool little feature for your toilet roll
I thought I’d show you this photo so you can see the difference in colour .. My wall was originally white . I chose the colour Frozen Waterfall. The photo doesn’t do the colour justice , It’s so hard to see the true colour here , Our powder room is in the Center of the house and has no natural light.. At first I thought there was no difference in the paint colour but once it dried it was ok. Plus it matched the grey tone in the wallpaper! Bonus!!
Here is the paint work all finished , so it’s time to decorate , my favourite part!!!
I hung this picture here as I wanted a little gold and silver combo
I hung a mirror and matching sconces that I had for many many years and added a white vase with gold stems
I added 3 pictures to the side wall but the mirror reflection makes it look like there are 5 pictures 😊
Decorating the vanity
I added these gold candies holders and silver tray
I hung the pictures and styled the powder room. This is the finished project

Here is just a reminder of the start of the project

I hope you got a little bit of inspiration and it will motivate you to do a job that you have been putting off for a long time. Once I begin to visualise the finished project I think that it motivates me to move quickly on a project .. I usually keep putting things off but once I get going I’m on a mission!

Well friends as usual please jump on over to my other two friends blogs Terrie from decorateandmorewithtip.com and Tammy from Patinaandpsint.Com and you will get to see their half bath reveals.. To make it easy I’ve provided their links below. So you can go straight to their half bath makeovers.

Till next time stay blessed all!

Teresa!

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/half-bathroom-reveal/

Terries makeover!

https://patinaandpaint.com/one-room-at-a-time-half-bath-reveal/

Tammy’s makeover!

Powder Room Makeover week 3

Welcome back to One Room at a Time Half Bath makeover

If this is your first time here , no problem I can give you a quick recap on what we are doing.

I joined up with Terrie from Decorate and more with tip and Pammy from Patina and Paint.. The four week makeover is a Half bath makeover . I jumped in at week two and played catch up.. You can check it out here https:/throughavintagedoor.com/powder-room-makeover-one-room-at-a-time-Friday/

Recap!

  • Installed cabinets
  • Installed tiles
  • Installed sink and toilet
  • Installed pendent light
  • Installed mirror
  • Added a towel holder
  • Added a toilet roll holder

This week I hung the wallpaper.

I’ll walk you through what I do when hanging wall paper. first I measure the wall and eyeball the height that I wanted the papers length at , in this case I’m only doing half as I want to do wainscoting on the bottom half of the room so I’m only wallpapering the top!

I use a level to mark out all the walls so I can get my measurement from top to bottom . I cut my paper at 57’ so it will be longer than where I’ll be adding the wainscoting , this gives me room to play with .
The very first piece of wallpaper I start with is in the center of the mirror as this is the main focal point when you enter the room. Then I work my way on either side I find it just works out better to start from the centre of the wall plus it looks even if you have a pattern.
I measure the length I need and cut it about 2’ more , leaving an inch at the top and bottom to be cut
I paste it ..Always read the paste instructions for your wallpapers as some you just need to wet the wall , some you need to paste and some you need to just paste the wall .. This paper needed walls only pasted but I didn’t follow this rule as the last room I did dried to fast , so I pasted the paper also.
I leave it for about 5 minutes or more so the paste can absorb well into the paper . I always fold mine so it prevents it from drying out to fast.
Always join the edges together very closely so the patern matches.
As you can see in the close up , you can’t notice a join . Just take your time till you get it right and before you know it , you will get the hang of it , like a pro 😉
I always use a white cloth to rub the edges together, if you use a coloured cloth you might get dye on the paper , especially at the edges where the paste oozes out and the paper is wetter! Some people use plastic tools like a scraper and some use paper rollovers . I just use a cloth , I find it easy enough using the cloth method!
I started to go anti clockwise till I got to the back of the door and then went to the other side and worked my way right around.

Just a quick tip .. When I get the join just right , I start brushing out the air bubble from the middle of the paper and work outwards and upwards , then I work on brushing outwards at the end .. The paste makes the paper slippery so it’s easy to move around and get it in place at the joins.

I hope this tutorial helped you get a bit of an idea of how to hang wallpaper.

Stay tuned for the reveal week.

Stay tuned for week 4 of the half bath makeover! This will be the final week and you will get to see the final reveal. Next week I will be doing the wainscoting and decorating!!

If you have been following each week , Hop on over to my two friends Terrie and Pammy and see where they are up to on their half bath makeovers.. I have provided their links below.

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/half-bathroom-update-one-room-at-a-time/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=half-bathroom-update-one-room-at-a-time

https://patinaandpaint.com/one-room-at-a-time-friday-reveal-week-2/

Stay Blessed all and have a great week!

Teresa!

Powder room makeover one room at a time Friday

Hi all and welcome to my week one of my half bath makeover..

Over the next three weeks I’m teaming up with some friends to do a half bath bathroom makeover..

My team buddies are Terrie from decorateandmorewithtip and Tammy from Patina and Paint . I’ll add their links at the end of my post so make sure to pop on over and check them out, y’all get to see what they are up to on their challenge

Ny inspiration Board

I wanted to bring in some greys gold and silver tones into this little half bath room, I know it sounds a little mixed matched but I thought , what the hec I can always change it if I don’t like it, right ?

Basically the room was a blank canvas and we got the professions in to do what we weren’t aloud as here in Australia they have strict compliance rules. Things we can’t do ourselves are as follows

  • Plumbing
  • Electrics
  • Tiling in certain areas

Here is our powder room as a blank canvas

So the first thing we installed was the vanity

Then the sink was installed and tiling got done on the same day
The electrician came and installed the pendent light for me.

We managed to get a mirror put up over the vanity and the plumber came to install the Taps. Bonus!!!

I installed a simple towel holder as I didn’t really know how my powder room would turn out like, especially with mixing silver and gold tones so keeping it simple is best for now. I can always change it out later on if I need too.

As the room stands today

I hope you liked the beginning of my half bath makeover challenge. Don’t forget to pop over to Terrie and Pammys blogs

I’ve put the links to my other two friends below so check out their makeovers . I’m pretty sure they will have some great tips and lots of inspiration for you all!

Stay tuned to see my update next week!!

Stay blessed all and have a great weekend!

Teresa!

https://patinaandpaint.com/one-room-at-a-time-friday-update/

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/how-to-bleach-cabinets/

TV Console Makeover

TV Console Makeover!

In the raw

I found this piece on Market place and immediately fell in love with it.. I was scrolling through my phone at 6:30 am and by 2 pm it was in the back of my truck going home with me. I knew exactly where it was going (temporarily ) and what I was going to do with it.

This project had me a little tiny bit reluctant in its makeover.

Why is that you may ask , well you see I’m a white girl and love white furniture and can say with my hand on my heart that I’m not a dark furniture girl at all!! But with this makeover I just had to do something completely different..

In our new build I promised my hubby that he could have some say in decorating the media/ cinema room .. So I had to try do something that was not so girly but yet have a classy look while still having some masculinity to it..

Let’s get started

So the first thing I did was , get my sanders out and completely sand the top and get it ready for stain and waxing.. I find that doing this has a great durability and makes the piece look so much classier and richer ( in my opinion) But this time I decide to paint strip it first ( just the top only) and this made life so much easier 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 happy dance!! So I seen this technique used on YouTube and thought umm!! I’m gonna give that a try.

Here it goes!

  • Put your paint stripper on
  • Then put cling wrap on it
  • Wait for the recommended time on the tin..
  • Then , while the cling wrap is still on use your scraper to strip the varnish/ paint off
  • Don’t do what I did and do the entire piece at once , do it in sections maybe half and half as it dries fast..
See how easy it came off

Then I got my belt sander ( sorry not shown in the pictures ) Then I used my orbital sander with a medium grit and then I used a finer grit for the final sand.

Next Step

I filled any holes , which to my surprise , had very few! Then lightly sanded the areas I filled..

Moving on 💃🏻

Something I’ve never done before is spray paint yay!! So much easier when your dealing with shelves etc .. I taped up the top of the tv console where I had sanded and also taped up the glass on the two doors and started to spray. I did leave the handles on as I intended to keep them. But , at the end of the project I decided to change them out for something more timely looking on the piece .

I just sprayed in strokes across the piece

The doors had a metal insert behind the glass ( hated the colour) so I took those out and sprayed them also.

I then peeled off the paper from the top

How beautiful does it look.

I actually debated with myself wether to white wash the top or give it a bleached look so after stepping away for an hr or so I decided to keep the top dark. After all this I’d fit my hubby and not me.

So out comes the Java gel

I gave it about two or three coats . Just randomly all over the top until I liked the look .. Always apply it in the same direction as the grain.

This is the first coat
Second coat

These are the door handles I decided to use (awesome)

And the finished product

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Media Room Makeover

I’ve joined up three other blogging buddies to do a diy challenge which is hosted by Terrie !!

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/

This months diy challenge is going to be a diy home improvement or can be anything that will spruce up your home inside or out!! I chose to do a room spruce up!!

My challenge is my media /movie room!

Just so you all know , even though this house is a new build there are lots of things we are doing ourselves!

Basically in a nutshell, the media room or movie room as some call it, is actually one of the last rooms on our agenda to style. It actually become a dumping ground and we just couldn’t use it , so when our host Terrie from decorateandmorewithtip.com came up with the challenge , I just couldn’t say no and decided to join in.

Here are some before pictures of the room

Pretty pretty messy

All that knows me knows that I’m not into colours too much , I love everything white and nuetral.. but in our new build I promised my hubby that he could have some say in decorating the media/ cinema room .. So I had to try do something that was not so girly but yet have a classy look while still having some masculinity in it..

The first thing I did was add curtains.. especially for privacy !! Our ceiling are 2.6 high and I wanted them to hang high from the ceilings . Being a media room there could be no light seeping through unfortunately they don’t make curtains that high and it would have been thousands to get them custom made. I had two sets so I joined them together and made them longer adding a ribbon at the seem join! I also change out the pleating tape an I also bought material at half price for the black backing!

I added ribbon to the end so the join couldn’t be seen. That inspired me to add a black sheer curtain to the back ( which I made myself )
My hubby hung the double rail from the ceilings. This also allowed no light to enter into the room if we were watching movies during the day..

The room had no where to put our new 86” TV and our solos system.. So the second thing I had to do was buy a tv console table so that’s the very first thing I started with started with was make over on this tv console that I picked up last week on market place. You can click the link here https/throughavintagedoor.com/tv-console- https://throughavintagedoor.com/?p=2492 to see how I did the makeover on this.

This is a before photo of the console!

Now that I had curtains and a tv console table I could move on and decorate! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

So I started rummaging through my garage I and opening up boxes to see what I had. I hung a few pictures and my huge clock that I love.

The sun was shining so photos where hard to catch .. But this room is a movie room so It will need to be dark.

Over all this room has become a lot better than just being a dumping ground.. It’s actually cosy now!!

The corner is basically the only area I let my hubby have.. So I let him put up some of his sports pictures ( you may notice that they are at the back corner of the room lol!! )
I kinda feel a little bit bad considering I promised him he will have total say in how the room will turn out but suppose you just have to use what you got at that moment and he didn’t have much stuff
🤷🏻‍♀️
I also painted my giant vase white , it was to much on the terracotta tone!!
Pulling the curtains to get the effect.

This is not the style I had planned out for the room , but however , it’s now functional and looks so much better than a dumping room. So for a temporary fix to an unwelcoming room I’m thinking this looks pretty cosy!!

I hope you enjoyed my quick room makeover. Don’t forget to check out the links below to get some more inspiration from my blogging friends.

Stay blessed all!!

Teresa!

>Terrie Decorate and More with Tip

Tammy Patina and Paint

Teresa Through the Vintage Door

Shae Sweet Southern Grace

Wicker Chair Makeover

I have the pleasure of joining a new blogging group this month hosted by Tammy from Patina&paint. https://patinaandpaint.com/.

Today is Under $10 on the 10th! Where a group of bloggers get together and share ideas that cost less than $10.00.

A few months ago I purchased an old wicker chair from our local thrift store that was probably just fit for the bin. But hey, at six bucks , I was definitely going home with it.

It looks better in the photo than what it really was. It has black marks , cobwebs and some broken bits .
This is after washing it down , you can see the black marks

So , the look I want to achieve will be sort of a greyish look, like it’s been outside in all types of weather, and then the sun hits it and bleaches it.. Not sure how it will turn out but hey, it was only $6

What you will need

  • Old wicker chair
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Rag
  • Any type of white paint except chalk paint (I used exterior white )
  • Some paint sheets (I used old curtains )
I didn’t end up using the roller.

Tbd first thing I did was washed the chair down with soapy water, and boy was it dirty. I actually ended up lightly hissing it with the power hose. Very lightly tho , as not to take off the varnish. You will not want to take that off or you will get wood bristles and they don’t look good

You can see some strands of wicker missing from the seat, but that ok as it’s not noticeable once a cushion goes on it..

I then began mixing a little water and very little paint in the bowl and then taking a rag and rubbing the paint on the chair.

I used the brush here to get a little deeper into the wicker , but not too much

I just kept rubbing on the paint and rubbing it back off again. With tbd watered down paint .. On tbd edges of the chair and wherever it had some detail I put full paint and didn’t water it down as I wanted these parts to slightly stand out .. Then I began scrubbing the chair again with tbd diluted mix. I have to say that this part of the process does take a bit of time so make sure you have a free day before you start your project

You can see I used neat paint on tbd details here
Some areas I used neat paint just to help the detail stand out.

As you can see below that I decided to paint all the legs and cane with a neat paint and let it dry off a little bit because I’m using exterior white paint I had to be careful not to fully leg it dry otherwise I can’t wash it off to get that lime look bleached effect.

I actually went inside and made myself a cup of tea ( my favourite thing when I’m doing a project ) 😊

After a few minutes and before it completely dries , get your cloth and keep rubbing as much as tbd paint of as you can. At this stage you will need to keep adding and taking off the paint .. Everyone has different taste so this will be exactly up to you and how far you want to go..

This is as far as I wanted to take the piece

As you can see it’s looking more weathered and bleached. I’m happy with the stage it’s at so once it’s completely dry I’ll start decorating it with a simple cushion and a throw

When your doing a new build a lot of your money has to go on landscaping driveways ,walls , fencing and so on. Luxuries like patio furniture and garden decor gets put on hold. So that makes me a great believer in thrifting stuff and refurbishing it and just trying to make the space look pretty until I can afford what I really want.. So for six bucks I think I may have just achieved that here..

Check out the finished project and let me know what you think.

Every evening I watch the kangaroo’s coming out of the forest and it’s so beautiful to see! I thought I’d give you a quick shot of tbd view that I have from my new chair!

Later on in the evening I decided to switch on my outdoor tv , tgrab a glass or two of wine and just cuddle up and chill out on my own.. I lit all my candles and cuddle up in my throw and just chilled out for a while.. So glad I joined in on this challenge this week otherwise that chair would be still in the back of the garage.

Check out all the other ladies crafts. You can click on all the links provided below.

Tammy- https://patinaandpaint.com/fairy-lights/

Terrie- https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/paint-your-own-stepping-stone/

Nikki- https://lifeasaleowife.com/2022/05/10/outdoor-plant-stand/

Happy browsing peeps and hope you find something that will inspire you.

Stay blessed Teresa

DIY Stone Vase

I had this old gold plastic or type of resin vase that I purchased at the thrift store for little or nothing .. I’ve carried this around Australia with me from house to house as I liked it at the time .. This pot has been in my bathroom , hallway and even out door collecting dust as it became so grubby. Now it’s a display piece in my new house on my countertop and I am loving it..

I know I did a lamp for my last project but that project is what inspired me for this one.. here is the piece before I did anything to it

What you need

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • White chalk paint or white latex paint
  • (Chalk paint spray optional)
  • Paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Old vase to work on

Start the project

Grab your vase and wash it down with soapy water

Get your paint and give it a coat or two so you have a base for the plaster to bind to

Grab your bowl and add a small amount of water and start to mix your plaster of Paris . I added a spoon or two of my latex paint but this is optional! You will need to move fast as it dries quickly , you can add water to loosen it up and it up.

Begin to spread it on the vase in strokes and try create some lumpy bits as you can sand these off later. You will notice it gets hot as you work it around and hardens quickly on your hands but it’s easily washed off.

Let it dry , which will dry fast and then get your brush and paint your piece randomly .. begin your sand it how you want and repaint it all over or just in places that you like . I didn’t paint the complete piece and I sanded it randomly.

So here is the finished piece

Hope you found this easy and has inspired you to get that old vase you may have lying around and do something new with it.

Be blessed all

Teresa

Home Tour Before and After

Hi friends, for a long time now I’ve been wanting to post a home tour of the before and after pics of our recent renovation and now is the perfect time , why? Because I’ve been asked to join in with some of my blogging buddies as they bring us through their homes to see their before and after photos too . Big shout out goes to Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap and Emily from Le Cultivateur for hosting and getting us all together to present our home tours . This has been a long time coming and has literally kicked my butt into action and get my act together.. Since we fully renovated this house, it is now sold , yay!! I’ve started off below with the Before and the After Shots.

Before!
You can see how ugly it was
After!
This is the final look of house , the day we put it up for sale

Lounge Room! Let’s move onto the sitting room or as some may call it the lounge room! J actually call it my living room !! I just adore relaxing in my lounge room in this house, it’s one of my favourite places to be. Check out the before and after photos here!!


This is what it looked like on viewing day
This is the lounge the day we moved in and in my mind those two arches were gone and the wall behind the TV unit was pushed back, the door was going to be blocked up and that window would become a patio door. That’s exactly what my plan was.

Check out below for the after result!! Totally different!

You can see on tbd right side of the room, the arch has completely gone
Here is a better picture of we’re the arch used to be. Much much better
And this is the result , not bad if I do say so myself! See the patio door has been replaced where that old window was.

Kitchen Time! Who doesn’t love a new kitchen makeover, can I just say “everyone” we all love a kitchen makeover don’t we.. This kitchen has actually went through two transformations which I will blog about in another post.. One transformation was temporary but yet I had a soft spot for what did do..

BEFORE!
Smallest kitchen area in the world
Smallest entry way in the world, yes I did say entryway!
BEFORE!
Smallest dining area in the world

Now check below for the after photos! YAY!! One of my favs

AFTER!
This is the Kitchen after we completed the renovation .. you can just barely see the dining area in the background.
AFTER
This is the only caption of the dining and entry way I have at the moment

Pantry/laundry Makeover!! Whoo whoot! This tiny house had no pantry in it and anyone who knows me , knows I need my pantry.. Even when I was on the hunt for a new house before I considered building, even the estate agents would see me walk through the door whilst nodding their heads and saying in the one breath “ T, this house is not for you , no pantry” I’d been looking for the right house for so long and at this stage all the estate agents new me so well at this stage but there was nothing meeting my needs, not a single house out of the 100’s we viewed … Hence the reason I’m just about to start a build designed solely by myself… Even though I’m building a whole bed home , I just loved my pantry … Here are some of the before and after of my pantry/ laundry. This was one of my favourite transformations…

BEFORE!
This was what we bought. Not sighting at all !! Some would just run and view the next house, but na , not me , I like a challenge to much!! So we got to lifting all those tiles put in new walls etc and it was worth it
!
BEFORE!
Here we put up a few shelves for storage we also blocked up the door that you can see, there was also a door on the opposite end to this which we also blocked up and then punched a door way in through the Centre from the kitchen so we had an entry way in.
AFTER!
The door was blocked up and we made these shelves
AFTER!
I’m pretty happy with this and you would never have known there was ever a door there. I chose subway tiles , why? Because I love subway tiles
😊
AFTER!
We also blocked up the other entry door and put up all these shelves. I’m taking g this photo from the new entry way into the pantry / laundry. Can you see the wallpaper on the wall to the right just behind the shelves? That was a roll I had left over from a project I did.. I don’t waste of throw away anything! I always find a purpose lol!
And this entry way into the pantry , is where the old stove was.
Hubby came hone from work and there was a massive whole in the wall , which is now a door. Yep that’s what I do and I can’t help myself!
A little bit of styling ( At Christmas )

Bathroom before and after.

Oh boy , talk about a challenge!!! Yep here it is. So this bathroom/ toilet was two seperate rooms and both where tiny , tiny spaces.. So what did I do, smash down the wall and made it bigger of course , just as one does…

Umm! Very very glamorous, I think NOT!!
You can see here how we knocked down the wall from the toilet and bathroom to make it one big room!! Love it! Oh and of course, does tiles >>> Gonzo . Say no more…
AFTER!
Well I must say that I just love this bathroom! My next one will look very similar!

Guest Bedroom!! We took out the wardrobes and used that space to make the lounge room bigger.. I needed to fit my big Christmas tree in my lounge lol!! Who does that?? Apparently ME 🙋🏻‍♀️

This photo is when we took out those wardrobes and made our lounge bigger.. So glad we did that..
Whooopa!!
Done and dusted!

Bedroom number two!! The smallest of the three bedrooms. As small as it was turned out to be my favourite bedroom!! This is the room that I blogged a lot about on Instagram!!

We added bead board and everything got painted white
Most after photos of this room are decorated for tbd seasons and I don’t want to put them here.. I will be adding them to my seasonal decor later on..

Master Bedroom! Last but not least, my little haven .. Oh did I have a love hate relationship with this room but in the end I did grow to love this tiny tiny master bedroom… I never got to finish it the way I truly wanted it. But it was time to move on and enough money had been spent on this house already!

Yep! My room used to look like the above. Who would ever have believe it..

Sold! So guys I hope you all liked my home tour.. I will be doing a more detailed blog on each individual room.. I will also be blogging about the new build as soon as they start.. So for now goodbye old house you served us well while we lived there.

Goodbye old house you served us well while we lived there.

Don’t forget to check out my buddies below!! All links need just one click and it will take you to another paradise!!

A “Before & After” Home Tour

https://lecultivateur.com/2021/08/05/cultivating-home-one-project-at-a-time/

https://www.thehousehouse.com/decor/before-after-home-tour

https://worcesterrun.com/post/anniversary-home-tour

Hope you all have enjoyed the Hones Tours..

June Thrift Store Challenge

It’s been a while since I’ve done a thrift store challenge and I’m so happy to have caught a bit of time to join in this months challenge with some of my favourite ladies… Tara from Stilletos and shiplap and Emily from LeCultivateur is hosting this months challenge and Oh boy can they turn nothing into something, so make sure you jump on over to see their projects and I’ve linked them all at the end of my post..

So let’s begin the project! But first of all let me just say that when I spotted this vase I knew exactly what I was going to do with it, and I knew I was going to keep it really simple. Have I mentioned that I’m building a new home 🙂 Well peeps in my new house I’m going to bring a lot of earthy items so this vase and it’s shape was going to fit in perfect … The moment I set my eyes on it the vision was swirling around in my head.. The bonus of it , it only costed $9 Yep! That’s right here it is in its store glory…

Before I started to do anything with it
$9.00 what a steal
  • Vase
  • Gloves
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Plaster of paris
  • Water and dish
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Paint brush ( optional )

So the fist thing I did was clean the vase with soapy warm water and then dried it off. Then I gave it one coat of paint all over so it had an even coat. The paint I’m using is chalk paint by Canterbury Blue and the colour is Fresh White. Please note that if you try to use plaster of Paris straight onto the vase, it won’t stick… It will just crumble and fall off .. You need a paint so the plaster can’t adhere too.

When the paint was fully dry I then mixed up the water with the plaster and then added a teasooon or two of bicarb to the mixture , I don’t know why I do this , I just always seem to do it this way . Just my thing I suppose!!

Then when it was mixed I put on the gloves and began to smear the mixture all around the vase. The gloves become floppy and acts as a paint brush.

Make sure to get the paint and plaster of Paris inside the rim of the vase, this will give you a more realistic look and gives the illusion that’s it’s stone through and through.

But then I decided to use my Annie Sloan paint brush to smooth it out even more … Just be careful to make sure that your strokes are even all around . Doing this will look more natural . You can keep wiping off or watering down the mixture until yih get the desired look your after.

When this is fully dry you are ready to mix up another batch and redo the exact same process over again.. Below is the second coat

Smooth it out to the way you want it to look.. I took my time with this part.

Here is a few photos of the end product..

I think the candle really brought out the stone look.

I hope you like what I’ve done and you can now jump onto all the links below to see what all my other friends have done for the thrift store challenge.

Hope you all got some inspiration from this simple project..

Thanks for dropping by. Stay blessed all.

Teresa!

https://stilettosandshiplap.com/thrift-store-challenge-coffee-table-makeover/7843/

https://stilettosandshiplap.com/thrift-store-challenge-coffee-table-makeover/7843/

https://lecultivateur.com/2021/06/17/thrifted-treasure-silver-candlesticks/

https://lecultivateur.com/2021/06/17/thrifted-treasure-silver-candlesticks/

https://www.thehousehouse.com/thrift-store-finds/retro-end-table-makeover/

https://www.thehousehouse.com/thrift-store-finds/retro-end-table-makeover/

https:/throughavintagedoor.com/June-Thrift-Store-Challenge/

https:/throughavintagedoor.com/June-Thrift-Store-Challenge

https://www.worcesterrun.com/post/the-old-train-station-filing-cabinet

https://www.worcesterrun.com/post/the-old-train-station-filing-cabinet

Hope you have enjoyed hopping over to all the above blog accounts

https://www.robynsreverie.com/2021/6/17/junethriftchalleng

https://www.robynsreverie.com/2021/6/17/junethriftchallenge

Quarantine Upcycle Challenge: Painted Suitcase

This months makeover challenge is hosted by Tara from Stillettoandshiplap and Emily from Lecultivateur

The challenge!

Revamp something we already have!! How appropriate for the time we are in right now! I think we are all getting a bit fed up with the whole conflict that this virus has brought into our lives right now! It’s every where we look!

Switch on the tv and whoopa there it is Covid 19.

Go to the grocery store , whoopa there it is again! Afraid to touch our shopping trolleys and baskets not to mention the squeeze between people in the isles 🤷🏻‍♀️

Pick up the phone ,there it is again! The whole conversation is about the virus 🦠

Go onto Facebook, yes faithful Facebook will constantly remind you the virus is still lurking! Everywhere!! 🦠🦠🦠🦠🦠🦠🦠

Use your toilet , yep!!! probably the biggest reminder because your constantly watching your toilet roll supply!! 🧻🧻🧻🧻🧻

Now try going for a walk !!! Before you even take your first step outside your own home into this world that has become so unknown to us is just beginning ! Yes social distancing! Even a fresh walk isn’t pleasant these days!

Take a little time out!

Well friends! why not distance yourself from this virus for just one moment! You know it’s ok to take a break away from the kaos that’s going on! Switch off the tv, don’t check the news or Facebook , don’t even pick up your phone and just take some YOU time!! Do something that you love doing , for me , it’s Diy crafts or decorating! For you it could be gardening or just getting inspiration for your home! What ever it is just do it!!

This is exactly what I’m doing today.. Taking some me time! And how I’m doing this today is revamping a little old suitcase that was given to me a year ago by our best friends father!!

My Project!

So the story about this suitcase is, it’s already had a bit of a revamp but a disasterous revamp! So disasterous it was shoved into one of my spare bedrooms and hidden under a chair out of sight!!

Every time I moved the chair and caught the slightest glimpse of the suite-case, I would promise myself I would take it out and redo it again, but that didn’t happen! A whole year went by! Anyways this challenge got me going on the redoing the suitcase , after all , a promise is a promise right?

So here’s the suitcase when it was handed to me… Not the most prettiest! Hey?

Up cycle Failure!!!

Which I have no photos!! But originally I had grey stripes on both sides!! Did not look good. I taped up all the clasps and handle and painted around them, but tbd redo made me change my mind on that!

Can I just add , that this project literally took me hrs and days! The paint was so hard to adhere to the suite case!

When I looked at the supposedly finished result!! I mean really!! That’s when it got pushed to the side!!

Originally I had decided that I didn’t want to paint the handle or it’s clasps so I taped them up with some masking tape! And proceeded with tbd painting… Soooo tedious of a job!!

When I painted tbd stripes (sorry I’ve no photos) Trust me I’ve spared you the horror

When I looked at the supposedly finished result!! I mean really!! That’s when it got pushed to the side!!

Taking the project back on again!

I painted out the grey stripes and gave it three more coats , and surprisingly the paint went on much better!

But this time I decided to just paint the whole lot handles clasps and all

I took some sandpaper and sanded the handle locks and side clasps … The edges also got a sanding ! Then I painted it again ( until I was happy ) and sanded again!!

What’s the project going to be used for?

So this little baby is going to be so functional! It’s going to house my Christmas present!!!! Whoot whoot ! Well temporally until we move!

My hubby bought me a Cricut for Christmas and it was just laying around the floor behind my sofa. I literally had no table no extra draw , I mean I had absolutely nowhere for my Cricut machine to go! It just collected dust behind the chair!!

I can’t express how happy I felt , everything just fitted into the suit case just perfectly…

Finished!

Where does it go now!!!

Sometimes it’s hard to try fit things into areas when you don’t really have the space. So I had to find somewhere for it and make it look ok!

Well , the Cricut machine went right back in the spot where it was collecting dust! But now it had a house! I had nowhere else for it to go so it stays here under my window.. On the plus side, it’s easier to dust a suitcase than to dust the machine, winner!!

So not it just meant styling it, or around it!!

Well guys here’s my finished project I hope you liked the revamp…

Doesn’t a project look so different through out the day! If you switch on a light or open a blind or even when the glorious sun starts to move and cast shadows or illuminates brightness throughout the house!

Do you have a particular time of day that you love? You know that time of day when you find your self leaning towards running to a certain area item or place in your home because it’ brings a smile to your face and you just want to dwell in its beauty , for just a moment! Yep!! I do that a lot! For me I love it all day or night! I love the morning sun and the glow it brings through in certain rooms and then I love the night when tbd lamps go on and brings that settlement of peace and coziness after a long day!!

Don’t forget to go over to all the other participants and see what they have done for this revamp challenge!!

http://avintageflarefarmhouse.com/2020/05/09/dresser-makeover

https://wordpress.com/post/clochesandlavender.com/11406

https://www.thehousehouse.com/upcycling/quarantine-upcycle-challenge

https://stilettosandshiplap.com/quarantine-upcycle-challenge:-crib-to-patio-bench/5423/

http://jessicabsimmons.com/quarantine-upcycle-challenge:-closet-makeover/

https://lecultivateur.com/2020/05/11/quarantine-upcycling-challenge-from-bunk-beds-to-day-bed/

Styling around a tv

Hi all!! Welcome to another monthly challenge hosted by Terrie @decorateandmorewithtip .

Challenge: Styling around your tv console or mantle.

If you have just arrived on my page you have most likely just been over at Liberty’s blog from B4 and afters! I’m sure you got great inspiration over there! How cute was her styling!!

How difficult can it be to try style around a tv unit? Not difficult at all some would say but for me! Yep, it’s difficult I hate it! It can be so hard when you can’t figure it out right?

This month Terrie set the task , style your mantle or if you don’t have a mantle style your tv console!!

As much as I haven’t got much problems styling other areas in my home when it came to my tv areas I just ran away cause I hadn’t got space in my brain to think about it! Nothing ever seemed to looked right .. So this is how it looked before I took up the challenge…

Pretty plain Jane, hey?

So the first thing I decided to do was take everything off the wall and restart things again ( sorry I’ve don’t have any pictures of Pictures of the bare wall because my adorable husband admitted to deleting some photos to free up storage on my phone!!)

The deer head picture was a diy project I did last year! Not only am I in love with wreaths but I’m in love with anything deer headed , yep they are almost in all my rooms! The one that was in the original photo just didn’t seem to fit in over my tv and my hubby didn’t really like it in the spot, so that’s in my bedroom waiting to be hung!

So I took my diy deer head project from my bathroom where I originally had hung and decided to hang it above the tv , which to be honest I do like it better!

Then I rummaged through my shed and found these vintage wooden door mirrors which to be quite honest I had no idea where to hang them and was going to keep them for my next house and I wasn’t going to say , but I will, I had kinda forgot about these!!

Is anyone else like that ? Forget what you have ? If my hubby would have thrown them out I would have forgot about them!!

My problem is I throw nothing away and it makes my hubby go crazy sometimes!! I’m the kinda person who will try make something out of nothing… Ya know 🤷🏻‍♀️

The next thing was trying to find things to go around the tv and I wanted to keep the same look as the rest of the room which is kind a mix between vintage and French shabby chic … I simply used some of the decor that I already had like these candlestick holders. Being in lock down forces you to go with what you have on hand!! So I simply located them on the other-side of the tv console and added some floral!

Then I found these two table legs it chair legs I got them at my wood turning club and rescued them from the bin!

I also took the beads from my bedroom space where I used to just spread them at the end of our bed but now they have a purpose!! (Smiles) I just wrapped them around the table legs…

I used to have a little table in the corner with a lamp and some candles but I felt it made it all look like there was way to much was going on , so I had a little table and a vintage vase filled with faux floral hydrangeas that I up-cycled in my spare bedroom and just put it here in corner to add a bit of vintage flair!!

I then added some garland greenery and a little wooden freedom sign! I brush painted the freedom sign with some white chalk paint as I was doing some another project and I thought it turn out ok , a little more vintage!!

The very last thing I did was added some faux floras around the DVD box which I think made it it look a little better !

So here’s the finished look!! I hope it inspires some one and if I can do it, so can anyone!!

As always please check out all the other participants BELOW! for some fantastic inspiration!!

So right now you should be heading over to Patina and paint for some more stunning inspiration.

Well friends I hope you’ve enjoyed this months challenge and got some great inspiration from it and if so drop me a message or send me some of your photos

Be blessed all!!!

Teresa!

Spring Wreath

April Challenge!

Hi friend’s!!! Welcome to my April DIY challenge! I’m so excited ,yay!! because it’s a wreath!!

You have most likely arrived here from CD Living and what a beautiful wreath she has created!

Who else is in love with wreaths?

When our host Terrie from Decorate and more with Tip presented the monthly challenge (decorate a grapevine wreath and do anything you like with it) there was just no way I was backing out of this challenge,. Only thing was , I was unable to find a grapevine wreath in our shops so I had made my own !!

As usual, I’ve teamed up with some blogging buddies so don’t forget to check out all the other participants at the end of the post 😊

Before I go any further , if you haven’t checked out Terrie’s blog , you need to go follow her. I can’t express how much I adore this lady , she is amazing at everything she does ( no joking here) I can truly guarantee that you will find something that you will love and can create from her blog… You can find her here >>>>> http://www.decorateandmorewithtip.com

I’m a little OTT when it comes to wreaths . my house is full of them and peeps I mean FULL of them! Wether it’s a proper wreath or a picture with a wreath on it , I’m either gonna buy it or make it 😀

Ok on with the challenge !! After starting the project, I did discover that spotlight stores did stock the grapevine wreath but it was $20.00 and I’m sorry I’m not paying that for a wreath that has nothing on it , I just refuse!! So I decided to carry on with my own hand made one! You can check out the full details on how I actually make my wreaths in the link here How to make a wreath from scratch >>

Ive been making my wreaths out of grapevine fencing panels , they usually retail over here for $60-$70 or more but I picked up two for $6.00 at a garage sale years ago and at the time I had no idea what the hec I was buying them for. Most likely I bought them for fencing privacy in our last property. Then I found another alternative for them, yes, wreath making !!! You can see from the photo I was coming to the end of the fencing panel , so I hadn’t got much to work with as the end was getting thin and scrawny but how and ever I made it work…

I started to tie it together by bunching it an and squeezing it tightly together I was able to use the tie wire that was already on it but I also liked the look of the twine as it just adds a rustic look to it
Umm not looking too bad at all!
I don’t like to waste anything so as I was shaping it I decided not to cut the ends , so being Easter I was going to slightly shape it into an egg shape .. After Easter I can easily change it out.

So here’s my wreath which costed nothing and below is the one from spotlight. To be honest I think I prefare my own
$20.00 Nooooo way!!!!

When I started making this wreath , the stay inside and don’t go out unless you really need to policy had hit us. I always have plenty of faux flowers on hand so used some of what I had in Stock !! I always have plenty of greenery etc because I make a lot of wreaths and florals etc . Here are the florals I used.

Stem floral x 2
Greenery x 1
I’ve no idea what the greenery is called
I just remember loving it when I seen it!
Anyone else with me on that one ???
As you can see I’ve devided the whole stem in half . I didn’t want to cut the stems into individual pieces because I actually like this piece and I’ll reuse it in another project later on!!
I also divided one of the floral stems in half and didn’t cut that either!
Trailing faux floral x 1
Floral garland stem x 1
Egg nests x 3
A couple of these eggs
Egg sprig x 1
Tie wire and wire cutters
Twine
Quick hack!
Don’t throw away your natcho dip jar…
Wash it out , cut a whole in the lid and simply feed your twine through the hole..
This is a favourite hack of mine..

Sissors x 1
Don’t worry if it doesn’t have the added glue all over the handle , like mine does…
It won’t affect your project at all ( wink wink) added pun!! 😜

Ok, so let’s get moving on!

The first thing I did was added a twine tie to the top, held it up to see how it would hang. Then I laid it flat.
I divided the trailing floral stem into various sizes (as shown)
I proceeded with the first step of the wreath and positioned the floral garland were I liked it! It’s totally up to you how you do this!!
I tied the floral garland with the twine ( once it was in position )
Second step . I got the trailing floral stem that I cut up into various lengths and used the single flowers and positioned those in random places around the wreath.
I then took the floral stem the one in half and simply place it in position , slightly at an angle to the left
Once I positioned the floral stem I tied it .
Can you see how dividing the stem and not cutting it , leaves a gap in middle? You will see how this will come into play later on in the tutorial!
I did the exact same thing with the greenery stem as I did with the previous floral stem , halved it positioned it and tied it in place!!
I added the second floral stem but didn’t divide or bend it in half . I left it whole Nd just placed it above the greenery on tbd left hand side of my wreath!
Next step , I took the egg nest and the tie wire and cut a long enough length so I could feed it into the nest and then straight into the wreath to tie it in the desired area .. I did this with the three nests .. I did have to play around with this for a while.
I positioned the eggs!!
Remember the gap that I made from bending the floral and greenery stem? Well this created a little kind of of ledge so I could place the nests on .. Just perfect!!
This is an example of the length of the trailing floral I used for the bottom of the wreath .. I liked the length of the trail here!

Once I had the three little nests in place , I added some of the pieces of trailing floral that I previously cut up , and again I just placed them in random places but just at the bottom of the wreath!!
Then I placed the eggs in Random places on the wreath!

I hung the wreath to see how it looked before I did anymore to it!
Then I decided to add the egg sprig to the top left of the wreath!!

So guys below is the finished project!! Usually I make a more subtle wreath but this time I wanted to go larger than normal.. I wanted this wreath to be full of life and sprig time. I wanted it to represent a woodland feel and what spring would look like in the middle of a woodland with the little nests hidden away in a cluster of beauty and sunshine!!

The Theme! My favourite bird is a Robin red breast, have you ever seen how they build their nests? Well one year my neighbour had a flower planter on her front window ledge, it was just beautiful. In the very center of the clusters of blooms was a little robins nest with its little eggs!! A sight I’ll never forget!! In this challenge I wanted to replicate that in my wreath and I think I simply did this here!!

I moved the wreath around the house to see where I wanted to keep it and I think this spot works best !! I’m forever doing that now lol!! Moving things around!!

Take a look at Patina and paint below how elegant is that wreath?

So guys as usually , make sure and check all the links below!

Be blessed all!!

Teresa!

Valentines DIY Challenge.

It’s weird! I never really decorate for Valentines! I usually just cook a nice dinner , light a few candles, watch a romantic movie, buy my hubby a little special gift and a card . I’m sure you get the drift! I like to just create a nice atmosphere and that’s really about it for Valentine’s Day for me!!

This month our host Terrie from  @decorateandmorewithtip decided that since this challenge is in February let’s do something hearts 🙂 literally anything hearts from diy to food , anything at all!! And as usual all my blogging buddies links are below, so you have to check them out!!

So now all of a sudden I’m liking the valentines decor but I don’t have anything that’s valentine teamed in my home except for a few hearts that’s permanently scattered through out the house all year long!!

How and ever all I seem to want to do now is valentine themed stuff so this will be my very first hearts/valentines diy project!!

But I’m keeping it simple…

The Challenge!

I had idea what I was going to do until I spotted all these little things all over my garden and street!!

I have absolutely no idea what you call these but I’m sure they came from either one of the trees in my neighbours yard or in the middle of the verge outside my house.

It’s hard to explain the texture because they feel like little pieces of wood!! I’m sure the cars driving by would have laughed and wondered what the hec I was doing picking up these pieces of so called rubbish , but I didn’t see rubbish I only saw beauty and a project

So here we go!

These are the pieces.

So I get an old bucket and wash them in soapy water! Oops you can see a leaf or two in there!!!

Then I rinsed them off to get all the suds and sand from them (Did I tell you I live on an Island ? Everything gets so sandy here because everything is built on sand)

After rinsing them I then had to leave them in the sun to dry off…

Ummm! They seemed to be much brighter looking since I washed them , which I like ..

I tried bleaching some as you can see below but it took a day and I didn’t want the cost of the bleach as this project is supposed to be money friendly! Plus I’m not sure if I truly like the bleached look for this particular project! (See below)

I had a diy wreath in my craft box which was given to me from a neighbour. It was one of those diy wreaths which came with little felt Christmas items. I put those away as I only needed the wreath and my local store had none in stock. It’s a little old and tacky but you want notice it when the project is completed…

When all the little wooden tree petals were completely dry I grabbed my glue gun and glue and just started to glue the petals onto the wreath one by one…

I glued them in bunches of fours and fives starting at the top , then the bottom and moving into the sides then started filling in the gaps so it would all look evened out..

I then started to fill in the outside and inside if the wreath making sure I filled in all the gaps so you couldn’t see any white styrofoam!

I then used some red and cream stock card that I had on hand

I was going to use my new Cricut maker that I got for Christmas to cut out the hearts but decided to cut them by hand after all it is a diy project and I wanted to show how easy it is to cut the hearts by hand . It didn’t take too long. I just kept folding and drawing hearts and then hand cut the hearts out of the card.

I had some beige burlap ribbon that I used in a few other projects. I turn the wreath around do the back side of it was now facing me and just glued the burlap to the wreath so I could easily hang it.

I used 20 inches so I could double up on the burlap… I made sure I checked out the position I wanted it to hang before I glued the burlap to the back of the wreath.

You can cut your own desired length at all , what ever suited your space!!

At the back of the burlap I glued a small loop of twine right at the top so I could hang it straight.

I also so added a piece across the back of the wreath just for an added feature on Wreath! ( that was just a moment of inspiration, not planned at all lol! )

I turned it back around so it was facing me and then I added some love heart cut outs to the burlap!! First I just wanted simple red then I decided to add some smaller white in the middle and then I decided to put even smaller red on the white hearts so this was three layers of hearts . The smaller the hearts got, the harder they were to cut .. but perseverance is the key , if I can do it then anyone can!!!

Can you see how small that heart is compared to the others beside it? Yep! It’s pretty small…

I really wanted something very simple and I think this turned out exactly that way…

I then added some of the cut out hearts to the burlap, then randomly scattered the hearts around the whole wreath . I tried to make it as pretty as possible without going over board.

As you can see on the part that I’m using to hang the wreath, I put heart within a heart within a heart!!

Hearts galore!!! Lol!

And more hearts!

And even more hearts!!

I hope you liked the simplicity of this project . Anyone can do this! You can use card to make the petals or wood chippings or dried leaves!

Finished project!

Things I used!

I just worked with what I had!

Sissors

Pen or pencil

Glue gun and glue

Red twine

Burlap ribbon

Red and white card stock

Wreath ( styrofoam )

Wood petals or wood chippings

Happy project making peeps!

Be sure to check out all my blogging buddies below and see what they came up with for their heart challenge projects, as usual you want be disappointed!!

Have a great day all!

Teresa

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/chunky-yarn-heart-wreath/

Jessica B Simmons
Cloches and Lavender
Blessings by Me
Patina and Paint
 

https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/monthly-diy-hearts/

Barn House Mess

DIY Dollar Tree Challenge by

Hi all! I’m so excited with this months challenge because it’s all christmassy yay!! I can’t believe that a year has gone by so fast , I mean as fast as zoom!!! Rather shocking really .. I’m not a lover of the saying that my grandma used to say ” The older you get the faster time goes by” naw!! I’d rather just pretend I’m not ageing and time is just flying by lol!!! But I’m not getting a day older, yep I’m sticking with that one!!!

Christmas has always been my favourite time of year and our beautiful and talented host Terrie has once again come up with a wonderful challenge for this month which happens to be a tree from the Dollar Tree store.

If you haven’t already checked her out , you need to go and you will find her here http://www.decorateandmorewithtip.com ….you won’t be disappointed!!!

Don’t forget to check out all the other participants which I have linked at the end.

The Challenge!

Purchase a tree from the dollar store… Unfortunately we don’t have a dollar store in Australia but we do have a similar store but it doesn’t sell the trees that Terrie wanted us to use for the challenge. Terrie allowed me to use one that I thrifted so I could be in this challenge.

So my tree costed $5.00 , not very much hey!!!

So here’s my tree below in its full glory before I got to work on it. I used the tree on the right for this project because it’s a little less fluffy…

I wanted to use the idea from an instagramme account I love and follow. But mine is a dressed up version of hers as she didn’t decorate hers at all .. She titles her her project , Skinny tree

The first thing I do to make my tree skinny is start by cutting all the branches .. I kept mine to approximately 1/2″inch as I didn’t want it to look like a scolded cat!! but you can go as skinny or thick as you wish!! I just used an ordinary sissors for this and had no dramas… It took a bit of time but I got there in the end and it wasn’t that bad!!!

Just before the cutting stage I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do but somehow I manage to put the tree right beside a basket that was destined for the shed !! The reason it was going to the shed is because I purchased it two years ago and never used it but when the tree landed beside it, I said what the hec! I’ll use that!

In the bottom of the basket was some rope that I purchased last year as I was going to use for a shelving idea I had but didn’t get around to it so low and behold my project was unfolding before my very eyes!!! Oh and a bonus was that this rope has lights on it 😊

As I’m looking around the house to see what else I could use to dicky this project up I noticed a box of maybe 20 poinsettias which I usually use as a shirt for my tree!!! But because I’m getting my house ready for a sale I didn’t want to clutter the house up with lots of Christmas decor.. At the moment I have some off market people viewing the house…

I’m such a lover of poinsettias and literally would put them everywhere in my house…I really didn’t want to put these back into storage so what better motive did I have to keep them out , hey , just use them on my project !!!

So I needed something to give my tree some height, so I used a bowl from my cubbard.

I used some baubles that I had on hand

And I used three little poinsettia flowers. And a small pine cone as a tree topper!

So firstly I put the bowl in the basket for some height

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Then I add all the poinsettias ( I used five) I put them around the bowl and they fitted perfectly…

I then placed the tree in the middle!

I started to decorate it with the rope… I used two ropes for this tree ..

Then the baubles and tree topper went on! And whoopa!!! My project was finished!! Simple but effective and I had everything on hand all I purchased was the $5.00 tree…

Hope I have given you some if only even a little inspiration today!!

Don’t forget to pop over to the other participants just click on there links…

Be blessed all and Merry Christmas!!!

Teresa!

First I want to show you this tree from Jessica isn’t it just so cute and elegant and would fit in to almost any space

Jessica – Jessica Welling Interiors
 https://jessicawellinginteriors.com/decorate-a-dollar-store-mini-christmas-tree/ 
 

And then there is this pretty project from Michelle from blessings by me.. who would ever of thought of turning a tree into something so pretty!

Michelle – Blessings by Me
https://www.blessingsbyme.com/?p=4491 

Terrie – Decorate and More with Tip
 https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/dollar-tree-tabl…p-christmas-tree/  
Kelli – K’s Olympic Nest
https://olympicnest.com/blog/dollar-tree-christmas-tree-hack-creating-a-farmhouse-buffalo-check-christmas 
 

Shae – Sweet Southern Grace
https://wordpress.com/post/sweetsoutherngrace.blog/1001 


Rebecca – Rebecca Anne Home
http://rebeccaannehome.com/?p=315 
 
Dayna – Just Another Farmhouse
https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/diy-christmas-tree 
 

Christine – CD’s Country Living
https://cdscountryliving.com/diy-rustic-mini-christmas-tree-centerpiece/ 
 

Dani – Welcome to the Taborhood
Http://www.thetaborhood.com/blog/mini-tree-diy 
 

Tammy – Patina and Paint
http://patinaandpaint.com/diy-challenge-dollar-tree-mini-tree  

Carol – Bluesky at Home 
https://blueskyathome.com/3-ways-to-style-a-dollar-tree-christmas-tree 
 

Mary – Shady Oak and Sassafras
https://shadyoakandsassafras.com/dollar-tree-thrift-store-christmas-tree-challenge/ 
 

Jessica – Jessica Welling Interiors
 https://jessicawellinginteriors.com/decorate-a-dollar-store-mini-christmas-tree/ 
 

Teresa – Through a Vintage Door
https://throughavintagedoor.com/03/12/diy-dollar-tree-challenge/


Michelle – Blessings by Me
https://www.blessingsbyme.com/?p=4491 
 

Jessica – Jessica Simmons
jessicabsimmons.com/decorating-a-mini-dollar-tree-christmas-tree 

Thrift store challenge makeover

So friends, I have teamed up again with some talented ladies (Make sure to check them out I’ve added all the links below)

I am just so excited about this months thrift store challenge because I found this item for $20.00… I don’t think I’m going to find a bargain like this ever again.. This is definetly what you call a score!

It was a little grubby but not not much scratches on it. This is one of my items that I got to work on the very next day after I purchased it. Sorry guys, my hubby lost the original photo before i started to sand it!!!

The first thing I did was wash it all over with sugar soap (inside and out) I then sanded the top with my belt sander , orbital sander and then some really fine sandpaper, and used my special tool which was just a little teeny bit of elbow grease , no hard core sanding!!!

I completely sanded the top part only .

I started with the top and put two coats of wattyl interior one step stain and varnish in satin and the colour was walnut. To be honest I didn’t really like the texture so I lightly sanded it and went over it with Annie Sloan dark wax… Now this I loved and it seemed to match in with all the other items that’s I have refurbished in my home…

I then put two coats of white chalk paint from Canterbury blue and put it in my lounge area . I didn’t like the coverage so I used one more coat of chalk paint from Rust-Oleum and then used Annie Sloan clear wax as it’s sealer.

I have to say that I really love how it turned out, it’s not perfect but it’s me.. It’s such a big change from the dark one I had and don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved my dark TV unit but I’m going to be selling this house and I needed something a little brighter in this small house…

So below is my new TV stand and I’m loving the size of it. I feel it fits perfect into my home and blending in with the look that I’m trying to achieve!! I haven’t fully decorated it yet as I like to take my time and not rush with styling plus apart from the TV I can never decide fast enough in what I want to put on it..

Don’t forget to check out all the other participants below , you are going to love them all!!

http://www.clochesandlavender.com/thrift-store-challenge/

http://sweetsoutherngrace.blog/

https://lecultivateur.com/2019/06/24/thrifted-treasure-june/

Thrift Store Challenge: Rustic Bench

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/mirror-mirror-at-the-thrift-store

https://www.thehousehouse.com/thrift-store-finds/thrift-store-challenge-june-2019/

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

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.

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

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

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 🙂