Thrift store challenge September

Hi all (waves) Welcome to another thrift store challenge hosted by my blogging buddy Tara!

As usual the rules are that the item can be purchased from a thrift store, garage sale or it can be an item found at a curb etc , you get the picture!!! . Or it can be simply something that you have thrifted a while back and is lying around your house..

Other than drawing closer to the end of my renovations these challenges get me so excited , they have become my little break away from the madness of this renovation and actually these challenges feel like a breath of fresh air if you get what I’m saying!!! Moving on 🙂

This months challenge is this little dough bowl (pictured below) that I found at a thrift store for only $10. I’ve spent a lot of time debating on wether or not I should paint it but and after a whopping five months , yep only five months, Ive decided to just leave it as is .. So to be honest it’s not very exciting , the only exciting thing about it is the purchasing price, as I scored it for only ten bucks and these usually retail at around $100

Sometimes we come across bargains that just don’t need to be up cycled but purely just loved and styled.. Have you ever looked at something that you’ve thrifted and wondered why someone didn’t want it ? Well in this case I did exactly that , wondered why it ended up in this shop…. As my friend and I headed to the counter to pay for our goods she made it very clear that if she had spotted the dough bowl first seen the item first that she would have wiped it up … My friend couldn’t believe I got it for 10 bucks!!!

One day I might paint it but for now I’m just going to love it and leave it just as it is!! I feel that this thrifted throw away in its present state can blend into many of my rooms just as it is , for now anyways!! Right now I’m using it in my bedroom…

As always I am leaving all my other blogging buddies links below so be sure to check them out.. They are amazing!!!! 🙂

Here is how I styled the little dough bowl by just adding some simple pumpkins and faux flowers!!!

As always I am leaving all my other blogging buddies links below so be sure to check them out.. They are amazing!!!! 🙂

https://stilettosandshiplap.com/thrift-store-challenge-tables-graphs/3488

http://sweetsoutherngrace.blog/2019/09/22/vintage-diy-chenille-pillows

https://thisfulllife5.com/2019/09/23/vintage-chair-makeover/

https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/table-centerpiece-thrift-store-challenge/

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

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/make-your-own-towel-shelf/

July Thrift Store Find

Hello everyone my thrift store find for July has brought me great excitement!!

I’m just loving teaming up with some of my awesome and talented blogging friends!! And once again our beautiful host Terrie @decorateandmorewithtip has set the challenge again with an item of our choice but must be within a reasonable budget!! We where allowed use a thrift store marketplace or a garage sale.. I used marketplace!

If I told you that all I spent on this challenge was a whopping 10 bucks would you believe it? Because I just couldn’t believe I found this table for only $10 … Oh and by the way it had four chairs!! I didn’t like the chairs so I just used 4 chairs that I had in my storage!!

Y’all know I’m doing a renovation job and this Reno is only a tiny house.. We were renting for seven years , wow where does the time go , hey?

Anyhow in our last house we had two dining tables and two lounges etc I won’t bore you all with the details , but during the the move my beautiful table top got damaged and my other dining room set was way too big to keep using and I was a little worried it would get damaged during the renovations, so I sold it!!

I was thinking about making a table top as I already had the pedastal left but then this little table came up and I thought yay!! For 10 bucks , that will do me for now!!

So as you can see below it wasn’t a very pretty sight but I recon I could make it work with a little TLC 🙂

I’ll be honest it actually looked better in the photo add than it did in person, but I bought it anyhow as I just needed a quick fix for when the kiddos come and stay!

So I got to sanding the top with my belt sander and orbital sander , I made sure to use a fine grit as I didn’t want to sand it too much! I then finished off with a fine grit by hand!

I then used two coats of rustoleum java gel to stain it. You can see that the first coat has darkened it a lot but not as dark as I wanted.. I wanted to get the tone as close as possible to match all my other wood decor! By the way peeps, java gel by Rustoleum is only supped to be used over chalk paint but I’ve always been a girl to break the rules and my moto is if it works then it works!!! 🙂

when it dried I then used three coats of Annie Sloan dark wax! I’m kinda sorry that I didn’t use the rustoleum top coat rather than the Annie Sloan dark wax.

Using the Annie Sloan wax didn’t really hold up to the wear and tear, and that was just after only one day but it still looks great, I’m just fussy and notice everything, I’m pretty sure no one else would notice the little marks but I do , so I’m recommending that you use the rustoleum top instead!!!

So I painted the pedastal with rustoleum in the colour white .. I just love this product !!! I used three coats only because I wanted a full coverage .. Please note that I did sand in between each coat lightly with a fine grit sandpaper and then when it had fully dried I put one coat of Rustoleum top coat for protection!

I took out for of my chairs from storage that I previously purchased on market place two years ago .. Yep that’s right two years ago, I can’t believe that next month I’m into two years of renovations phew!!! When I purchased the chairs and table ( the one that the top got destroyed during the move) I also purchased some material to recover the chairs.. Oh! And yes that material was also purchased two years ago and also at clearance!! 🙂 I will have to recover them at a later day as time was not on my side to get them covered for this challenge…

I have to say guys that this months thrift challenge has really got me moving on my chair project which I’ve been putting off for two years , so can you imagine how happy I am right now! During summer we could use our outdoor space for eating but now we are in the middle of our Australian winter so we have been eating off our laps because it’s just way to cold to dine outside!!! The joys of renovation lol!!!

I managed to get my old chairs painted which I used my paint spray gun.. I did three coats as I wanted no streaks (umm!! Unusual for me because I’m a lover of chippy paint) I purchased the cheapest spray gun and the chairs came out silky white … Loving them 🙂 I didn’t care about prepping or using tape to guard the material as I’m recovering them…

So here is my finished table , I’m thinking it turned out pretty good for a $10 find!! How about you?

Don’t forget to drop over to my other blogging buddies and check them out!! All their links are below …They always have something amazing to share!

Have a great day all!!

https://lecultivateur.com/2019/07/22/thrifted-treasure-July/

https://stilettosandshiplap.com/thrift-store-challenge-joining-the-crowd/3013/

http://sweetsoutherngrace.blog/2019/07/18/some-of-lifes-greatest-treasures

https://thisfulllife5.com/2019/07/22/vintage-washboard/



https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/my-thrift-store-louver-door/

July clearance challenge

I’ve teamed up again with some blogging friends to do a clearance challenge this month!

I want to thank Emily over at LeCultivateur for hosting this months clearance challenge so make sure to check get out I’ve added her link below!

So please make sure you check out all the other participants below , they are truly all amazing!

I almost didn’t make this challenge because I haven’t been shopping for clearance items lately… But how and ever it just happened that we needed to go buy a new bedside lamp for my hubbies side table! But with me both lamps have to be marching!! No debate about that… Right now money isn’t quite growing on our trees yet! 🙂 So I decided that it best to just change the broken switch!! So I set off to my local hardware store and picked one up but looking at the price my jaw dropped to my knees , Whaaaaat $20 for a little switch nooooo!! I can’t pay that!! Anyways I had too I had no other option! BUT!! 🙂 just before I went to pay for it there was a clearance rack and this girl had to go check it out and low and behold a marble lamp was on sale for $10. Marked down from $62 so I’m thinking I’ll just take the switch off this and use it for my beside lamp and discard the marble lamp base as it’s not my style … I’m like yep!! Your coming home with me.. So back to the shelf with the $20 switch and into the basket with the $10 lamp.

So I took the lamp out of the box and removed the switch. I just cut it off with a sissors as there was no way of dismantling it…

I’m thinking oh dear I can’t throw you in the bin let me see what I can use you for.

So I’m thinking YES!! You are going to be a candlestick holder!! And I know where your going to go!!

So peeps it’s just a simple project , not a big deal but I still got to kill two birds with one stone for $10!! I didn’t have to do anything with it but just simply style it!!

Here is my simple finished project and I’m liking it and glad I didn’t throw it away!!

Now you can pop over to all the links below and see what all the other ladies have done and get some great ideas and tips!! 🙂

Terrie, Decorate And More With Tip

Dori, This Full Life 5

Emily, LeCultivateur

July Stacked Book Challenge

Hi all!! well I’m back again with another challenge given by our wonderful host Terrie @decorateandmorewithtip. You can find her link below! You will LOVE her!!!!!

This months challenge is going to be for all those stacked book lovers out there. So the challenge is that we must use three books and do what ever we like with them! Yay! So guys I’ve teamed up again with some amazing and talented ladies! And boy are they talented so be sure to check them out, I’ve left all links to them at the end of this post!

Well I’ve been wanting to do another few chalk painted white books for my bedroom, so this challenge turned out perfect for me!

Items I purchased

  1. A few hard back books from my local thrift store for $3.00.
  2. A small roll of white burlap $2.00
  3. A black sharpie marker $2.00
  1. A small letter stencil $2.99

Items I had on hand

  1. White chalk paint
  2. Twine
  3. Gold ribbon
  4. Glue gun
  5. Metallic paint
  6. Sugar soap ( I always have this product under my sink)

So I first wiped the books down with a damp clothe and some sugar soap to make sure there was no grease on them. This product is so awesome guys I just love it!!

I left them to completely dry and got to the painting part…

This time I used a sharpie pen to trace out the letters and then just coloured them in by using the sharpie pen!! It’s so much easier than trying to dab the stencil with paint… I used self adhesive stencils (bonus) 🙂

Tip! No leakage, no washing the stencil and much faster if your a busy person like me!

I decided I wanted to put the burlap on the top , yep, just to be different from the other twenty books I’ve painted lol!! Yes you read that right , twenty!!!

Because the books are for my bedroom I took a favourite scripture of mine from Job 33 v 15-18 … I thought what better scripture could one have next to their pillow .. I put the scripture reference on the burlap and then just narrowed down the scripture to When deep sleep falls! This scripture talks about how God comes upon man in deep sleep and reviles things to us. This scripture is also very detailed in telling us that God let’s us know through dreams when we wrong do! Yes that’s right !! Therefore through the dream we can correct ourself , isn’t God awesome!!!

I wrapped the burlap around the books so they would stay stacked and in place then I used some twine and gold ribbon around the books to add some character and I also glued a piece of the gold ribbon at the top front of each book, I thought this looked nice. Here are the stenciled books

So this is how I styled my finished project . Let me know what you think?

Don’t forget to check out the other participants below! Terrie over at Decorate and More with Tip[/caption] Kelli over at Olympic Nest Patti over at Pandora’s Box Jessica over at Jessica B Simmons Sheri over at Sheri Martin Interiors Dani over at The Taborhood Danya over at Just Another Farmhouse Teresa over at Through a Vintage Door Hollie over at Heyitshod Shae over at Sweet Southern Grace

 

https://blueskyathome.com/how-to-decorate-with-books-in-your-home-decor

 

June Anthropologie Basket Challenge!

Hi everyone! Our beautiful and talented host Terrie atdecorateandmorewithtip.com asked me to team up in this months challenge  again with some amazing ladies to do an Anthropologie basket challenge. Make sure to check out the links below to see what they came up with!

The challenge So the challenge was to make our baskets resemble the one on the picture below. I have to say it looked easy but boy it ended up being hard from the very start, therefore this project certainly lived up to its name challenge! and challenge it was!! Well as you can see mine didn’t quite come out like it. From the very start I was unable to come across the jute rope and when I did finally find it, it was just far to expensive so plan A went out the door.. So plan B was actioned!

My project is my laundry basket which was heading for the shed for its retirement or heading for the trash then my mind was changed when I was asked to team up in the challenge! As you can see below it’s not a pretty site hey?

below is the one that we needed to replicate. Umm! Mine came out nothing like it but how and ever I continued on, after all I did start it and I was on a mission to finish it regardless how it was going to end up like!

Since I newly gutted and renovated the bathroom I needed something that would blend in with the look!

Making the lid The first thing it needed which it didn’t have , was a lid… I purchased some plywood for $7.00 and got my hubby to cut a circle shape with his jig saw to fit the right size of the basket.

I had this little wooden trim that I purchased from a craft shop for $3.00 and decided to use it in the centre of the lid so I could use around the handle. I also decided to only paint the middle section of the lid where the little wooden trim would go because the rest of the lid would have rope around it!

I placed the trim piece in the centre so I knew where to glue my first piece of rope. I once I had my first piece of rope glued I was able to remove the wooden trim to glue the remainder rope making sure I was glueing it tight together so I could see no gaps and continued in a circle till I wrapped all the plywood lid with rope.

I then glued on the wooden trim and drilled a hole in the centre and placed a little glass handle that I had left over from another project!

I got my hubby to make me some wooden pieces that I could glue underneath the lid so it would stop it from sliding off. That was the lid completed.

Painting the Laundry Basket

When I finished glueing the rope around the lid I gave it a quick coat of white linen chalk paint! I was already painting up some furniture pieces so why not give it a fresh coat right? Sorry about the painted hands but what’s a girl gotta do when she is working lol!

I then decided to paint the bottom part basket in the same colour as I painted my bathroom wall. I decided to spray paint the top half in chrome.

Weaving the wool/Macramme around the basketI decided to weaves one wool that I had around the top of the basket. I first glued a piece of rope around the top leaving some spaces so could insert the wool to start the weave. I simply just looped the wool around the glued rope. I used two pieces of wool for a thicker look and i doubled the length of the wool by the length of the basket so I wouldn’t run out, but I did!!!! I paid around $2.00 for the spool of wool in a thrift store around three years ago and this is the first time I used it , which I’m happy 🙂

I had no idea how to do this so I took an idea from you tube and wasn’t successful so I decided to just use the simple net look which is pretty easy to do and just use my head to work out the pattern I got here

I wanted the pattern to be on the top half of the basket so I glued a piece of rope around the center of the basket as a guide so I could work the pattern to the centre point.

Well as you can see from below my basket went in an opposite direction to what I wanted it to turn out like and that’s ok because with DIY projects sometimes they just take on a different dimension than you planned.

At the end of the day I’m happy with my achievement and I’m thinking it’s going to blend in very well with the decor in my bathroom .. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow.. And this was one of those times. (Plus I did already have a basket that looks like the one we were replicating!)

Products I used for the project.

Glue gun and glue rope, chrome spray , wool , wooden trim and glass handle. I used some left over paint from my bathroom wall colour, it was too big of a tub to fit in this photo! Therefore any water based paint will work ok!

The final look

This is how I’ve styled it

Don’t forget to check out the links to the other ladies challenges . You won’t be disappointed!!

Decorate and More with Tip ¦ Pandora’s box ¦LeCultivateur

This Full Life 5 ¦K’s Olympic Nest¦Barnhousemess

Uncommon Designs¦Savvy in the Suburbs¦Chasing Quaintness

Sweet Southern Grace¦Bluesky at Home¦Through a Vintage Door

Jessica Simmons

Terrie over at Decorate and More with Tip
Patti over at Pandora’s box
Emily over at LeCultivateur
Dori over at This Full Life 5
Kelli over at K’s Olympic Nest
Danya over at Barnhousemess
Trish over at Uncommon Designs
Sheri over at Savvy in the Suburbs
Benita over at Chasing Quaintness
Shae over at Sweet Southern Grace
Carol over at Bluesky at Home
Teresa over at Through a Vintage Door
Jessica over at Jessica Simmons

Thrift Store Challenge

Hi all!  I’ve been asked to join a thrift store challenge with a wonderful and talented group of ladies so be sure to check out their finds and what they have done! I’ll add all their links at the end.

The rules are to find an item thrifted and show how you can use it in our home!

Anybody that know’s me well, will know how much I love thrift stores and believe me I will go to them everyday. I just LOVE! them so much!!

So myself and a good friend of mine went further afield to some new thrift stores and boy did I come home with lots of stuff..

I have no idea why I went for these three trays but how and ever I thought to myself yep! I can easily do something with these.. As you can see from the back of them I picked them up for little or nothing.. $4.50 for all three trays BARGIN!!! I also picked up this little wooden ribbon for 50c and a black family sign for 50c but I forgot to take a photo before I chalk painted it. I also picked up ten hard back books for $5.00 which I painted and got to stenciling my favourite scripture onto them! (I used them in a few of the photos)

So I get started on painting the trays and the ribbon or bow what ever one wishes to call it.. I used my favourite chalk paint!

When the paint dried I decided to stencil all around them with a metallic paint that I have on hand called Wattyl aged metal.. I love this product!!

The stenciling didn’t take me that long but as I moved along I seemed to be getting a little better at it!! I then decided to go over it in certain areas with my serenity blue Rust-oleum chalk paint, and I loved that idea!! For a change I also painted small strokes around the inside of the tray and around the edges with the serenity blue to give that shabby chic look rather than sand them.

Then I decided that I wanted to make them into a tier tray and I used some old table legs that I had been keeping for around 6 years!! I knew I wanted to use them one day but didn’t know what on! And whoopa now I have a reason to repurpose them!! I cannot throw away anything! So I get going on painting those also…

I used my chop saw to chop them down to the size I wanted. I also reused the tops which I painted white and used these for the four little feet for my bottom tier! I used my glue gun to glue them onto the bottom tier.. I tried my best to use the ends that would screw together to make it easier for myself.

I had pre measured the middle of each tray and drilled a small hole in the middle where I had marked.

I then screw it all together and got to styling it with some of my favourite stuff!

I loved adding some of my favourite items to the trays!

I love this scripture I stenciled on the books which will probable make it into my bedroom at some stage 🙂

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I think I’m pretty happy with the look I’ve achieved for my entry way for only $10.50 😊

Don’t forget to check out all the links below to see what these lovely ladies have come up with and happy thrifting to all the thrifters out there!!!

Tara, Stilettos and Shiplap

Shae, Sweet Southern Grace

Dori, This Full Life 5

Victoria, The Home Envy

Jodi, The House House Blog

Lindsay, Farmhouse Eclectic

Teresa, Through A Vintage Door

Emily, LeCultivateur

Spring Thrift Store Challenge.

You have heard it said that one mans junk is another mans treasure. Well let me tell you guys, truer words have never been spoken!

I’ve teamed up with some very talented ladies to come up with something that I could find in a thrift store and style it or repurpose it!! Well as most of my friends know that would just have me jumping with excitement (Happy dance going on right now) Yehaw!!!

Sorry let’s get back to the challenge item!!!

Who would ever think that one would spot something from a distance and the charge like a crazy lady whilst almost  knocking down any one that got in the way of my direct line of charge!

Well here is the item in its full glory!

As you can see it was very dark and gloomy and in its state I would never have used it in my home. When I found this item I was out thrift store shopping with a very good friend. While she shops for expensive vintage finds for resale for her shop, on the other hand I shop for items I can paint or repurpose and sell it on or in my case most times keep ( I have a hard time parting with stuff)

I purchased the the picture frame for a whopping $10 (Yay bargain) I already had the chalk paint and some dollor tree eggs that I purchased like 10 years ago, well ok not 10 but at least 4 and then I used some berry fonds that fell from my Alexander palm which I made the nest from!

Here is the finished product which took only a few hours to complete!

Nothing screams more spring than little bird eggs right!!!

I started off with chalk painting the whole frame and picture!

Here above is the berry fonds that fell from my tree.. I just dry these out in the sun for a short time and use them for multiple things in my home.

These are the items I used that I have in my home!

Paint of course 😊

Toothpicks for the eggs

Annie Sloan round paint brush

Glue gun

Styrofoam eggs

Styrofoam eggs which I painted with the wattyl aged metal effect bronze… Did I mention this product was on clearance two years ago!! Don’t believe when there is a use by date!! As you can see that my little bronze eggs came out perfect!

So I painted the frame and picture and then made the nest from the berry fonds by just cutting a length and tying it together with some gold thread. I then painted the eggs with rust-oleum chalk paint in serenity blue and the bronze metal effect colour. I then used the toothpicks so I could position it all the way I wanted and then used my glue gun to glue it all together!!

Now we can move on to see how I styled it and were I’m using it

So as you can see I’ve decided to use it mainly in my bathroom! Although I have some Easter pictures that I also made, I can take those away now that Easter is over and I can still use my little beauty for the remainder of Spring

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!!

Happy thrifting to all my thrifting friends!!

Be sure to click on  my friends links below to check out their thrift store finds for some great inspiration. I promise you wont be sorry!

Trash Talk – Decorate & More with Tip

Thrift Treasure – LeCultivateur

You light up my life – Stilettos and Shiplap

The Thrift Store Challenge – The Home Envy

Brass Antique Lamp – The Farmhouse Eclectic

Thrifted Jewelry Case Makeover – This Full Life 5

Thrift Store Find – The House House Blog

Thrift store challenge – Through a Vintage Door

Pretty Bowling Ball – Shabby Queen

Thrift Store Challenge – The Collected Haven

April Thrift Store Challenge – Sweet Southern Grace

Finishing the bathroom renovation. Week 2

I can’t believe how fast this room is moving along. Feels like we have got so much done. The walls are up and plastered the new ceiling and coven is up and I love it , the tiles are half down and the shower has been put in. Today the plasterer comes back to sand the walls and tomorrow I’m off to pick out paint for the walls. Eventually the window will get changed but that will happen when we decide on what windows we want. I. Suppose it all just takes time and patience, which I’m not good at patience when it comes to home styling and decorating. I just want it all now haha!! Whose with me? Here are a few pics of this weeks progress.

Finishing the bathroom renovation. Week 1

This bathroom seems to go on for ever and ever and this gal is getting so fed up with the length of time it is taking. Between trying to get the back yard prepped for new grass and prepping the patio area, we decided to just leave everything else alone and finish this bathroom mess. I’m pretty pretty sure that the hold up was due to none of us wanting to rip up the floor tiles and remove the wall tiles , so , I got moving on it and that set the task in motion. Hubby started ripping down the walls once the tiles got removed , the plumber got moving on the plumbing and whoopa!! progress started again.. We decided on a mission impossible task to get this bathroom finished in 4 weeks but we do only have weekends to work on it so this will be a challenge for sure . I have to say that this was such a back breaking job, the floor tiles was those weeny weeny tiny old tiles that you just don’t see anymore and where we had taken the wall down between the bathroom and toilet had terracotta tiles on the other side and let me tell you , those tiles were concreted down I’m sure .. Anyways here is a few pics from week 1

Sneak peek at our new floors.

I’m kinda having a love hate relationship with our new floors and boy oh boy am I so undecided on wether to keep them or not. I’m questing that when all the furniture is in place and out new super gorgeous rug goes down I might just start loving them , if not I’ll lift them up and use them in the bedrooms. We got some temporary trims up around our windows which myself and hubby did and I just love them and when we replace the windows I definitely be doing the same trims .. We don’t see these trims much in Australia but so be it I love them none the less .

Bathroom

Hi all its been a while since I’ve posted anything because we came to a bit of a stand still because my hubby has been working so hard and not arriving home till after 7pm some evenings.

But YAY!! I’m so excited that our bathroom is under way. This week I ripped up all the tiles and that gave hubby a bit of kick start in getting our bathroom done..

Here are a few photo’s of the before pics and laying our first tile.. I’m hoping that in two weeks or maybe three weeks , we will have it finished , time permitting of course! I’m just so over the moon to get this room started purely because it’s the worst room in our little house.

Everything you see in these pics will be ripped out. It’s pretty hard when we only have 1 bathroom, but we are working around it. We have taken down the wall between the toilet and bathroom to make one big room or should I say 1 bigger room..

Stay tuned for the reveal 🙂

Lounge Wall Removal

We were debating wether or not to remove the wall in the lounge . It was kinda a bit of a will we won’t we , but when our electrician came out to do some work , well let me just say that will we won’t me led to another decision and we actually had to remove part of that wall so he could wire up stuff . Well that was it, decision was made and the whole wall came down. Here are a few before pics of the demo

Finally Bed Time

Well Guys its bed time all the way over here in Australia in the O’Connor house hold. It was a public holiday today which gave hubby a day off work, oh let me just clarify that guy’s , a day off work but not a day off in the O’Connor household work place . I mean comon how would the reno’s get done if my poor one and only took a rest.

Well let me get on with what we done this weekend. We were offered to a pool party and then my hubby forgot and ordered machinery and crusher dust and garden bark and so on so on. Well we decided to give the party a miss. After paying all that money out for skips and machines we just couldn’t justify not using it. All I can say now is that im so glad we decided to stay home and work on the renos because right now i can hear the sound of rain absolutely pouring down. earlier on in the day it began to rain which led us in and out of the house to to dodge the rain drops, but we seen time going on and decided to just get out and get the work done. Right now my arms and shoulders are aching like crazy from digging and shoveling ,oh, and planting, yep I do like that part.

Hubby had me wearing his nail bag so I could easily managing the nail and hammering and boy was it hot, especially yesterday.

Hubby got to digging and removing all the soil and pebbles from the back yard with hia new little rented stand up bob cat machine

I even got stuck in too and did a little bit of helping with pegging out for the shed slab.

Slab Prep

Well as I said at the start , I’m in bed now so I thought i’d give a little update. I’d like to spend a little bit more time but eyes wont allow it. Anyone got any matchsticks ? This gal need some lol!!

Good night all , hopefully ill get more pics up tomorrow.

Love to all

 

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

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.

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