Well I’ve finally finished giving some love to my 1980′s pine television cabinet.
After sanding, staining, top coating and a little bit of upholstering, the item is complete.
As an Interior Decorator working mostly with families, my plan was to create a piece that would suit a family home. Storage is always a sought after commodity with a growing family, so a piece of furniture that could be used as storage, look good and also be used as a seat would be a great asset.
This little piece would be equally at home in a child’s bedroom, family room or entry.
Now it’s your turn to help the Salvos Stores. As from 9 May, you can bid on this piece and the other pieces of furniture that are being Re-loved by designers across the country.
Check out the pieces here and keep an eye out for the opening of the bidding.
A big thank you to Feast Watson for inviting me to participate in this project.
If you would like assistance sourcing storage furniture for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
The first step was to remove the doors, broken back panel and castors and then give it a good sand. Now I’m not a big DIYer so took some advice from the expert (aka my husband). I tried the electric sander but didn’t seem to get very far. It was a bit big to get into the shelves and didn’t seem to be hard enough.
So out came the little iron sander and all that horrible orange varnish from the 80′s turned to dust.
I wanted a gender neutral colour so used a little of the black and alot of the yellow to create a fresh, happy colour.
A brush and a rag were used next. I applied the solution with the brush and then wiped it off with a rag. The longer you leave the colour on the item the more intense it is.
Now I just need to give it a top coat, add an upholstered seat and a couple of legs and she’s ready.
Don’t forget you can check out the other items in the project on the website. And in just over a month you can join the auction fun and grab yourself one of these restored pieces and help raise funds for Salvos Stores.
Have you renovated a piece of furniture before?
If you were born before the year 2000 then it’s highly likely you have seen one of these. Perhaps you had one or your parents had one. It’s a pine TV unit. These were the “must have” furniture piece to house the video recorder and tapes and the big fat TV sat on top.
Now you’re probably wondering why I am showing you this beautiful specimen, circa 1980. Well I’ve taken on the challenge to remodel this little unit into something else. It’s called the Re-Love project and along with 8 other designers, various pieces of timber furniture will be transformed into something more appealing for today’s market. Feast Watson are providing the necessary timber care products and on 9 May bidding will open on these wonderful new creations. All monies raised will go The Salvos Stores.
So I have a bit of work to do over the next 10 weeks. It will be fun to see the transformation of the 9 pieces of furniture. You can follow our progress on the Feast Watson Pinterest page. And of course, you can also bid on one of the finished pieces.
You just mind find a piece to re-love!
Have you made your list? I’m a big list maker and have them on everywhere. But at this time of year it’s the gift list I’m checking. That means two lists – one is my gift “wish” list and the other is the list of friends and family for whom I will buy a gift.
So it’s music to my ears, (or words to my eyes) when I receive notification of sales and reductions. I thought you might want to check these out too.
Next up is Miss Jones Christmas Warehouse Sale. Samples and End of Line items are up to 85% off with prices starting at $5. Now there will be some great Secret Santa gifts there, I’m sure. Sale is at Factory 9, 80 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria from 6 – 8 December.
And the clever people at Project 82 have opened a Christmas Pop Up Shop. If you call in on a Thursday evening, you’ll not only find some great gift ideas for you or someone else but you will also be treated to a drink and something to nibble on while you browse the wares. If you can’t make it to Surry Hills, you can shop from your own living room via their online store.
I hope you manage to grab a bargain and tick a few things off your list, or maybe add a few things to your own list!
That’s it for November, can you believe it? This year has just flown! Hope you have a great weekend, are you putting up your tree?
If you would like assistance sourcing furniture and other items for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
If you are in Sydney and wondering what to do this weekend, head over to Moore Park, especially if you love to cook, decorate or entertain.
The Home Food and Wine Weekend starts today and runs until Sunday with workshops, tastings and demonstrations on all things Home, Food or Wine.
I’m heading over to the Brownie Making Demonstration only because my daughter wants to go. I suppose they’ll be giving taste tests too. Oh well I’ll just have to indulge.
I’ve also booked into the Tea Party with Royal Albert.
And the Window Fashions trends with editor of Belle, Neale Whitaker.
Should be a great weekend. Don’t forget to register before you go so you’re not disappointed that your chosen event is booked out.
Have a great weekend.
What happened to that week? I know it was a short week but wow, it just flew!
I couldn’t sign off for the weekend without dropping in to wish you a Happy Easter.
Easter is all about new beginnings and that’s exactly what will be happening here over the weekend. Here’s a sneak peak.
Have a wonderful time with friends and family.
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As I’ve mentioned previously, when decorating the entry of your home, a table not only creates a welcoming vignette for visitors, but also provides a handy spot for putting keys, mail and other items you need to either bring in or take out.
This lovely image caught my eye with it’s smart black console table, silver lamp and arrangement of family photos in white frames.
There’s a number of items here in Australia that will help you replicate this look.
The La Maison Console Table can be purchased through us for $690 plus freight.
The silver based lamp with black shade unites the black console table and gives a touch of luxe to the vignette. This one is available for $653 plus freight.
I love art walls and what better place to hang a cluster of photos than at the front door. Grab a set of white frames from Corban and Blair for your precious memories.
Then you just need to rifle through your books and decorator pieces and place items on the shelves underneath and on top. Remember a vase of fresh flowers is always a lovely welcome at the front door.
Have fun putting your vignette together this weekend!
If you would like assistance with the decor for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
I sent my monthly newsletter out yesterday. Do you get a copy?
This month I looked at Feature Walls. I still think there is a place for them as they create such an impact with very little effort.
What do you think? Do you still favour Feature Walls?
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Whenever I’m engaged to assist clients with colour selection for their home, one of the questions that usually pops up is “What gloss level?”
These days there are so many choices in finishes of paint and it can become confusing. Different paint companies will have different names for the finish. Below you will find a basic explanation for each of the types of paint.
However, my usual response is – Low Sheen on the walls, Flat on the ceiling and Gloss on the woodwork or trim. Naturally this gets altered depending on the age of the building, the style of the building and what effect or mood the client wants to create, but it’s a good starting point if you are planning on doing it yourself.
- Flat Finish also called matt finish will diffuse the light and minimise glare. It will also conceal a multitude of flaws. It is usually used on ceilings or to mask joints or patching.
- Low Sheen is a great all-rounder with a subtle sheen. It is washable so ideal for most walls in the house.
- Satin and Semi-Gloss provides brightness without the glare, sheen without shine. This finish needs more preparation and is great for kitchens, bathrooms, children’s rooms and high traffic areas.
- High Gloss gives a very shiny, durable, easy maintained finish, but can show up imperfections. It looks great on doors, window frames and skirting boards.
- Glaze has a shimmery pearlescent, mother-of-pearl finish with rich lustre. It can be applied over a base coat for a luminous colour.
- Fresco or Stucco is an old style of textured paint, originally applied in a plaster mix, but now also available in synthetic. It can also be coated in a wax finish for a richer finish.
- Milk Paint is milk powder and pigment mixed with binders which gives a soft finish and can be mixed to any strength.
- Metallic paint uses finely ground minerals to create a shimmering modern effect. For best effect use a cross-hatching method of application.
If you require assistance in choosing colours or gloss levels for your home renovation, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
Aeria Country Floors is holding it’s Annual Warehouse Sale starting today with up to 70% off!
If you are renovating or remodelling and looking for tiles or mosaics then you shouldn’t miss this one.
Aeria is well known for their great selection of fine quality, fully imported natural stone tiles and slabs as well as stone sinks and Antique and Ceramic Accessories.
Natural stone bathrooms are still very popular giving a luxurious retreat feeling to a bathroom.
The sale is for 5 days only at the Sydney Warehouse, 2 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest between 8.30am and 3.30pm starting today. Don’t forget to take your quantities with you.
If you would like assistance in creating a luxurious bathroom in your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.