Tuesday, 30 September 2014

new office blind, the cheap way

One project finished.

And what an adventure it was!

You already saw a preview yesterday...

This is what the blind in the office looked like before.


Like everything else in this house when we bought it.


I wanted a new blind. I've been wanting a new blind forever, but since I made over the office its been a lot higher on my list of 'wants'. But I didn't want to spend a ton, or even a little...

Enter the painting the blind idea.

First I planned to paint stripes; paint the blind white, then paint stripes in pale grey with a distressed look... to kind of match the kitchen blind but to not be identical.

But I didn't have any light grey paint. I did have aqua, so I mixed up a batch of light aqua and got ready to paint stripes.

Have I ever mentioned my bad relationship with numbers?

I hate measuring things... hence my slapdash creative methods.

Well, suffice it to say I stuffed up the stripes.

So, I did what any self respecting DIY-stuffer-upper would do... I painted the whole blind aqua.

Then I decided to try chevron ... cause its so much LESS numerically demanding!

I have no idea what I was thinking. I was in the zone.

I looked up 'how to DIY chevron easily' on Pinterest and found a suggestion that I grid up first. I used a book as my 'slightly off-square' shape and pencilled in a grid.

I then used an off-cut of timber to achieve the width of my stripes... and very soon ended up totally off my grid.

Eh. No one's perfect.

I masked off my stripes and used a mini roller to paint in the stripes. I only gave them one coat using the chalk paint mix I was using on the chests of drawers and wardrobe* so that the effect is a bit uneven and 'washed out' in spots. The old look I was after.

The masking tape lifted up a few small spots of aqua as well, thus giving it an even older, more distressed look...

Oh well, it may not be perfect, but it looks ok... As my mother likes to say "many will see it, few will notice".

This morning I erased all the darn pencil lines and painted the back all white. One happy accident was the difference in the aqua vs white. The aqua is semi gloss and the chalk paint is matt so the blind now has both colour and texture.

However, this is one adventure I'm not likely to repeat soon. If ever.

I do enjoy painting, measuring not so much. And painting on the floor I can live without.

The difference in the office is amazing.

Take another look at how it was before:

And now:

Much better!

Today I also went a little crazy and added pom poms to half the window.


Cause I could.

Cause I had the pom poms and didn't know what to do with them.

The photo sucks, but the pom poms are kinda pretty. As long as you ignore all the bird poop on the window and the view of the garage.

All in all, its been nice to finish something, even though it wasn't really on the To Do list for this week.


* My DIY approach is simple: once you get a paint out and start painting, paint anything and everything you can in that colour while the brush is wet.

Monday, 29 September 2014

lazy no more

Well, the wierd lazy thing I had going on at the beginning of the weekend is over.

Since my post complaining about my lack of energy or desire to DO anything, I got this urge to start something...

First I decided I'd vacuum the bedroom. Which lead to moving furniture. Which led to deciding, well... since I've emptied the furniture to move it, why not paint it? I've always meant to after all..

Then, since I had the paint out, I decided I could paint something else...

It just escalated from there. I didn't go to bed till 3am last night (morning?) and I woke up at 6.30am cause I was eager to keep working.

I've been working on my projects all day again today and I'm exhausted and just want to go to bed...

But right now this is what the bedroom looks like:

I'll have to move all that stuff and un-bury the bed before I can go to sleep.

Here are a few glimpses of what I've been working on... first my first (and absolutely last) attempt at a chevron pattern:

My chests of drawers:

And my boring pine wardrobe:

Still a way to go.

I'll keep you posted.


Sunday, 28 September 2014

farm fresh

This is a little project I did a couple of weeks ago in another burst of inspiration I didn't ignore. I mean, if you just sit down and wait, it passes and you can continue to just be lazy.

But while organising the pantry, I decided it was high time I put the baskets I bought off ebay to use. See, I bought these little beauties cheap on ebay (and paid way too much for postage) so I could keep onions and potatos in style.

Problem is, I had nowhere to put them!

You'd think the perfect spot would be in the dark and gloomy entry, near the pantry. But there's absolutely nowhere to put them in there. Not enough room on the wall near the door, behind the door won't work, alongside the wall where the fridge is just interferes with the door opening... Its already so squishy in there you can't have one person at the fridge while another is trying to get in or out of the house.

So what do do?

Well, I decided that the only spot I could conceivably put them as on the side of the kitchen cupboard. But no way was I going to put hooks onto that!

I measured the side of the cupboard and went out to the casita for a scrounge. Sure enough, I had the perfect thing. This was a narrow door off something I picked up from somewhere sometime long ago.

I put one of those galvanised shed hooks (for brooms and gardening tools) on the back and just hooked it over the side of the cupboard. Perfect.

Excuse my blurry photos. Taking photos inside is always dodgey without proper lighting. I have proper lighting... I'm just too lazy to get it!

I did have to do some cleaning, some sanding, remove the rotted support slats on the back and replace them with new ones... and paint a sign.

It might have been easier to just make the thing from scratch with pallet wood... but it wouldn't have that "I just got saved from the rubbish pile" look to it.

Its kinda funny too, cause today I saw this project by Denise On A Whim... we seem to have had similar inspiration on our signs. Of course her writing is much neater than mine.

Unfortunately I couldn't leave the baskets 'au naturel' because the bird wire has spikey rough edges. I can just see reaching in for an onion (smaller, top basket) or potato (bigger, lower basket) and ripping your hand to shreds.

Or more like Wayne reaching in and ripping his hand to shreds.

So I lined the baskets with a table napkin (top) and a flour sack (bottom). I guess that's better anyway cause it keeps the contents in the dark. Dark is good for potatos and onions...