Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Anna Spiro Rosey Posey Trellis Lampshade {DIY}

I completed a quick and easy little lampshade DIY late on Sunday night after we arrived home from dinner, I have been on a creative roll lately and decided to add a bit of fun to our dining room lamps with my Anna Spiro (For Porters paints) Rosy Posey Trellis sample that I picked up whilst completing the furniture painting course recently.

9:30pm Unscrew lamps
9:31pm Roll out wallpaper and trace lamp shades on backside of wallpaper
9:35pm Carefully cut out tracings (ensure to leave a 2cm gap for overlap)
9:39pm Use double sided tape on the lamp shade and affix wallpaper to lamp shade
9:40pm Screw lamp shades onto lamp base

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I love how the completed lamp shades look, it will be super easy I decide to change my mind and you know I will and go back to the original burlap lamp shade finish.

I purchased the wallpaper sample from Porters paints (2 x off samples = 1m total for $14).

A girlfriend purchased this sweet little monkey print to cover a lamp for her baby's nursery, I know it is going to look adorable!

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Got a spare 10 Minutes?

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Porters paints - Furniture painting course {DIY}

I recently attended the Porters furniture painting course, I needed professional guidance as I’ve had many failed attempts at furniture painting (spray can in hand).

So for the Porters paints furniture course you are required to bring one piece of timber furniture to paint, I decided to bring along my little round side table that I purchased on Ebay for $13. This poor little side table had already been through a failed painting escapade (I undercoated the table however I was too impatient to wait for it to dry and started painting colour a few hours later). To get the table back to raw timber I used paint stripper, paint scraper, sandpaper and a lot of elbow grease.

As our home is decorated in tones of black white and grey I decided to paint the table in a dark grey colour using Porters paints Milk paint, the paint is organic and is made from milk by-products (Protein) and mixed with powdered oxide pigment. Milk Paint comes in powdered form (1Kg bags) and you mix it with water by hand and strain it though a stocking, it is super easy to paint has fantastic coverage and a beautiful rustic, chalky appearance.

I only needed to paint one coat on my little table, the paint dries very quickly and once it was dry (you don’t make that mistake twice) I beeswaxed the whole table, I left it for 30 minutes and then came back and did a final buff of the Beeswax. I love how the finished table turned out.





Courses are $150, for more information check out the courses/ classes on the Porters paints website Porters paints
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Sydney Flower Markets {Flowers}

On Saturday the girls and I headed to the Sydney Flower Markets at Homebush in an effort to see just how many flowers one can fit into the boot of a car. We arrived at 8am with all of the usual Saturday vendors selling flowers at very reasonable prices.

We did a lap first and sussed out all of the bargains and plan our arrangements, the best deals of the day were 4 bunches of carnations for $10, 3 bunches of roses for $10 and 1 bunch of 25 long stem roses for $15. All up I spent $25 and managed to make a number of arrangements for our home, don’t be afraid to bargain with the vendors just a little, I think they actually like it Vendor: “$2 a bunch” Me: Hands over a $5 note “You can keep the $5 if I can have 3 bunches” (hehe I am a cheeky bugger).

The car boot (room for many, many more flowers)

Florists assistant (Bella the Chihuahua)





And a little something to brighten my work desk.

Hope you all have a fabulous Monday!   

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Friday, October 26, 2012

My Brain: In an image {Inspired}

This picture stopped me in my tracks, it is a shopping list and absolutely everything I could ask for in a lounge room, smooched into just one inspiring image!
  • Ironwork Industrial style window archway mirror
  • Pairing of linen chairs
  • Zebra cushions
  • Painted coffee table
  • & some seriously great looking Lamp flanking! 



Via: mycolorpaints

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Monday, October 8, 2012

That's GOLD {Nursery Ideas}

One of my girlfriends is having a baby, so of course I am very excited about the decorating prospects as I know she has great taste (oh yeah and of course getting to meet the little one). We have been chatting about ideas and I know she has a modern and clean style just like that of Maria Fe of Layers of Meaning. I absolutely adore what she did with her son Jack’s room.  

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I love the white and gold  as a colour scheme, it is gender neutral and I imagine will grow along with the child. 

The below image gives me shocking, horror, terrors, nightmares.  

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