Monday, 8 January 2018

french provincial bedhead makeover

The bed in this room turned out better than I had dreamed it would. Don't you love it when that happens? 
 I was gifted the bedhead  by the owners of a second hand store.They were trying to clean out pieces that the previous owner had purchased but they didn't think would sell.The dresser, tall boy and mirror were the original pieces I saw and purchased.You see them in this post here  latter the owners found the bedhead and foot board in a storage shed. They kindly said I could have it if I wanted as it was part of the set. It was missing the side rails, slats and the foot board was slightly damaged but I can work around that.  

 I knew I loved the set and that painting it would give it a more updated look. I purchased the draws, talboy and mirror in 2014 and was originally doing the set up for a customer, but her circumstances changed and the sale fell through. I was disappointed because I had started working on it but part of me was kind of happy because I secretly wanted to keep it.After that it just sat around half done for years.
 Have you ever done that? put off doing something because if you are honest with yourself you are not really whole hatred about your decision? well that's what I did. I've found that I love doing things for others but find it hard to do things for myself because I feel its selfish and I don't want to be selfish. I am working on that so I decided I would keep it and turn one of my rooms into a guest room. This to me felt like middle ground It was for me but for others at the same time. Well everyone needs to start somewhere I've  been toying with the idea of doing a office/inspiration room just for me maybe i'll do that next.                 
Back to the bedhead .The wood had a glossy finish so first I gave it a light sand then painted it with Zinsser Primer for shiny surfaces then in Annie Sloan old white chalk paint last I painted it with Paris grey by Rustoleum. This was the first time I have used this brand of chalk paint I used a spray gun and it worked well. 
once it was painted I wanted to add some dimension & definition to the carving so I used a wet cloth and rubbed it back on the high spots and where I thought it needed it. This let the white show through.  

This definitely added the detail I was after. It was like seeing it come to life from drab to fab.   

Here it is half rubbed back I think it makes it pop don't you agree? once done I waxed it with Annie Sloan clear wax and buffed it. 
The mattress was a great find that's probably not for everyone. There is a store near us that is closing down so they are cleaning out damaged or returned items. this mattress and base was next to the bin and was in near new condition. We brought it home then realized it was lumpy part of the inside had come lose.        

I decided to unpick the stitching and see if I could fix it.I was a little fearful but its not like it cost me anything so I relay had nothing to loose with that thought I got to investigating.  

sometimes Its good to embrace the child inside and get curious.I was surprised to see how it was constructed. It had these cells in it that were all suppose to be glued down but they has mostly come loose. I lifted them all off and used adhesive spray to glue them back in place. This was a easier fix than I thought it was going to be. 
Once they were all glued down I simply put the top back in place and reused the binding and hand stitched it back in place using strong embroidery thread. Can you believe a mattress that retails for $1,200 and was gong to end up in land fill? It only cost me a little bit of  time and work and I now not only do I have a good quality mattress but I have helped do my bit to save the planet. I can tell you that thought will give me a good night sleep.       .   

The quilt is a Morgan & Finch quilt that I found at good Sammie's for $5 I just found it online at Bed Bath N' Table for $299.95  All up not including the bedhead just the mattress,base & quilt if new have a total retail value of $1,499.95 but were now considered to be worth only $5 and landfill and the bedhead cost me a total of $30 in primer paint & wax.What can I say one mans trash + a bit of  creative thinking =  this women's blessing.

Enjoy Leanne x           

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Guest room by Christmas challenge

Last Saturday My in-laws George & Sue are arriving from Sydney to say with us for Christmas. They have stayed with us before and do not expect anything special to be done for them. But this is the first time that they have come since my Kids have moved out. So this time its just us and them and we now have a few extra rooms I ceased the opportunity to make one into a guest room for them.So I set myself a challenge 10 weeks to transform my daughters old room into a relaxing guest room.              

this is how it looked before I started working on it. It had become a bit of a dumping zone. I have been hording up all kinds of things that I would like to up-cycle so a bit of a clean out was needed. 

The room looked lovely when the girls were younger, I was so proud of the stenciled boarder I had done. As my girls shared this room at the time I painted it both there favorite colors pink & purple. but this is so dated now its definitely time for a face lift. 

I painted the bottom purple half with a light colour paint I had bought for the Kitchen & didn't like how it looked so it made a great base coat. I patched and started cutting in     

 then came the good bit roller painting 

I cant believe the difference a coat of paint can make. I also painted the ceiling as Tamara had put posters on the roof and they had left tape marks.Them the window and trim needed painting the beige was just not the look I was going for it had to be white.

over the next 10 weeks I up-cycled or made nearly everything you see in this room. The paint was the most expensive part the wall & ceiling paint I brought when Masters was closing down so I got that for next to nothing. But the paint I used for the Furniture was chalk paint and cost me $100 for for 2 one litre tins of paint. I love how it turned out George & Sue were very pleased with it & Marty & I have been enjoying them staying with us.        

the overall feel of the room is peaceful and homely with my style of vintage with a slightly quirky feel,   
to read about the bed check out the post Here

 I made this sign out of pallets and add a quote that sums up how I feel about my home.
this sign is available in my Etsy store here

My mum was throwing out these butterfly so I rescued them, & they became the inspiration for the room.I have always loved insects & butterfly's are just beautiful.

the black frames my sister was getting rid of so I added butterfly's I printed on vintage music sheet and the dragonfly's are printed on a vintage dictionary page. 

the wooden Prism is my own design you purchase from my Etsy store

the cute little lantern I was for tea light candles but I turner it into a electric bedside lamp. The side table is a log slice my husband cut and I used a stool I found on the road side for the base.  

 I Purchased this furniture from a second hand store I got all of it for only $400 and gave it a makeover myself post on that coming soon  
orchid from aliexpress & the Large glass bowl was a $2 purchase from tip shop I used oasis foam & bark chips to plant the flowers.  

I adding some personal items help to make our guests feel comfortable.
I hope you enjoy time with your loved ones this Christmas. 


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Dreams don't work unless you do.

I've had two stand out dreams all my life: Be a  mum & decorate/renovate my home.
I was 18 years old when I had my first baby and had all three by the time I was 22. My young age made realising my second dream difficult. I did decorate but on a limited budget, and for a time I found myself as a stay at home single mum,raising loving kids took priority.
November last year I turned 40 And my baby's are grown and all got there own life's to live,so I am going after dream number Two.

 Me and my hubby run are own wedding and home decor business Saw Dust Art  were I love Designing new products. This gives me a creative outlet but I still find myself dreaming about renovating, we don't have are own home (yet) so this seamed pointless. One night Marty asked me if I would go crazy if I never got my own home to renovate since I spend so much time dreaming about it. This question got me thinking about who I am what I'm here for and how to live the life I belive I was created to live.that's when I decide it's time. So what if I don't own my house,we live in a homeswest house it's a lovely old house and needs work.

 Homeswest sent us a letter letting us know are place was listed as one of the homes to be demolished. This was 10 years ago seams they ran into budget problems to. This has left our house in limbo they don't want to spend a lot fixing the place but are happy for us to do work on it so that's what I'm going to do.of cause we're not  going to sink heaps of money into this place I'm not giving up on my dream to renovate my own place.I'll be doing all I can to build my buisness and save like crazy my chalange here is to renovate using thrifty finds donated iteams and a hole heap of DIY.

 I'v heard it said that vision is seeing the invisible,that sounds like dreaming to me.Whatever you call it I can tell you its scary! There are so many uncertainty it takes courage & determination to make the invisible visible. But what has the potential to send you crazy is having vision  and no where to release it. I mean if someone is constently describing things to you saying can't you see it and you look but there is nothing there wouldn't you think there maybe crazy? There must be a reson why I have been given the sight to see things the way they could be.So from this point on I'm going to face fears,learn a whole heap & transform the space arround me to look the way it looks In my head or maybe it's my heart what ever I'm going to get working and I'll be recording my journey here.

Do you have a dream or vision that you need to embrace? What's holding you back?

                                           Leanne 😀

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Sweets tray turned office display

This was a nice and easy little project that has not taken away from how pleased I am with the finished piece.

Its home for the last 35 years has been on a wall in my dads shed. Holding all kinds of bits and peices; old hinges, rusty springs and things that no one realy knows what they are. As a kid I use to love rummiging through Dads shed looking for treasure. Who am I kidding, I still do.

Dad retired 2 years ago him and mum have done a bit of travaling and enjoying life.
 Dad has now decided it's time to clean out his shed and get rid of the old to make way for the new.
In the process he asked me if I wanted this thingy... Is he kidding, of cause I want it! He asked me if I knew what it was, I said "what do you mean it's that thingy off the shed wall it held all those bits and peices." He Then said "no before that?" I had no idea.
 Dad went on to tell me that it had been on the counter in the deli he owned when I was a baby. it use to hold all the 1 & 2 cent lollies. 

I love how things can bring back memories and share stories between people, making them much more than an object. I felt as though it was my mission to save it from the tip and preserve Dads story while adding my own. This now had family history to it.

I didn't want to change it too much because it was already beautiful, it was just a little grubby. I gave it a good brush down to remove the dust, took the back off oh and the plastic pricing strip on the side was removed. Then I gave it a good scrub with sugar soap, water and a damp cloth.

   I love that while I was washing it Bianca, my sons girlfriend, arrived home. (my son and Bianca live in the granny flat at my parents and
  me and my hubby run are buisness from my dads shed extension, my parents are the best) Any how, Bianca was like "Ooohhh what you doing?" Well next thing I know, we are  brainstorming ideas of what to use as the new
  backing. I had; wall paper, 2 types of chicken. wire, chalkboard & pressed tin all as options. We held each one up behind it to see how it looked. Then I thought about the Room Im going to use it in. We both agreed the chalkboard worked best and would make my vintage peices I'm going to display in it pop.

I love how it turned out but most of all I love the memories and new stories that this peice now hold 
And to me that is what restoring is all about; building relationships and creating memories. 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Sweet little side tables

So I have this lovely rustic wrought iron table set (there are 2 of these) anyway they have been sitting around waiting for me get get some inspiration. Then...... there it was I knew what I was going to do with them.So down to the shed they when for a make over.                               

 Pallet wood is all the rage at the moment, but these tables with all this scroll work needed more than just straight forward pallet wood tops.I love the Chevron look and have seen it in some lovely material lately and herring bone is lovely for wood flooring so why not my sweet little tables.                              
The end results worked out better than I have imagined. I was so pleased with them I was already planing the photo shoots I would use them for.        
I love that the stack neatly away like this....
But was soooo happy that they stack like this to making them so versatile.  
 I had so many ways I would use these to display my work on at my next Market stall dancing through my head. They would be up for sale to but I was going to use and enjoy them for however long I had with them. Little did I know how short that would be. You see my shed is at my mums house and in my excitement I was eager to show my sweet little tables off to someone. hearing my Mum and sister in the kitchen I ran in to showed them I started ranting about there versatility and how I loved how they turned out. Helen (that's my sisters) said "Ok stop the sales pitch I'm sold, how much?" The rest is history they are now her's and I'm  happy with that. See the little bears on the table? they are some of Helen's creations.                
they are so soft and adorable. Helen has won many awards for her bear making skills. these ones are mink and their puffy cheeks are hand sculpted by Helen giving each bear its own character and personality.          
Below is a picture of her second issue of her Magazine Bear Beautiful I recommend you follow the link below your wont be disappointed.

Ill leave you with one final picture of our combined work :) 
have a lovely night 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Wedding sign

I recently made some wedding signs for a lovely couple. There wedding was yesterday so it's safe to post pics now. 

Congratulations Andrew & Claire 

These signs are proving very popular :) 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Mushroom garden feature

The other day I was making these cute little bird houses which lead to this cute mushroom 

which In turn gave me the idea of turning this ugly stump that I have in the garden 
down beside my driveway into......

this!want to know how?


                                           you will need:
                                                              mission brown spray paint
                                                              heratage cream spray paint
                                                              foam gap filler
                                                              cup cake pans
                                                              foil pie tin
                                                              liquid nails

fill the pie tin and cup cake pans with a small amount of foam gap fill follow the directions on the side of the can. it will puff up over the next few hours 

once the foam fill has set take the knif and cut the top of just above the 
patty pan this will be the top of the mushroom.

put the mushroom top on a stick or a screwdriver and spray paint it with the hearatage cream paint. make sure you paint the bottom were you cut it this will seal the foam.

   paint around the edge with the mission brown paint to add detail to the mushroom.Once the paint has dried its time to glue them onto the stump.


Place a dob of liquid nails on all the stump ends that you are going to turn into a mushroom and..... 


 tadah, there you have it your mushroom garden feature. This little fellow moved in straight away.
I hope this will inspire you to get out into the garden and turn some ugly area into a piece of art.