Friday, 29 June 2012

Re Re-Design!!


If you've been following along, you would have seen this half-table

floating around in a few posts before :)


This belonged to my great-grandmother and it was painted brown when I got it.

Then I redesigned it to what you see above...only I never quite felt like it was me.

I really liked it, but just felt like something was missing.


I wanted it to be more contemporary but still look like an old table.



So I did this...






I love it now!!

It's so much more 'me'!!

One of my favorite trends at the moment - besides the fluoro trend - is half painting.

Love it. It's definitely something I want to explore a bit more!!

Half painting is exactly what it sounds like...painting half a piece of furniture and leaving the rest natural timber. Or in my case above, heavily distressing the existing paint work.

Here's how I did it:

My Fast Five Details


1. Thoroughly clean the table.
2. See below

3. Spray paint exposed table with high gloss white paint and allow to dry
4. Heavily distress the existing paint work with orbital sander.
5. Wax and buff. I used beeswax mixed with a walnut colored furniture wax I have. Apply with soft cloth.

So there you have it!

I'm bringing this out into the light of day now. (I had it in the guest bedroom!) So it can be used and loved again!!


Have a wonderful weekend!!

Courts xx

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A Quirky Furniture How-To


Well this how-to is kind of a no-brainer really...I bet at some point in your life you've done this.


You may even be doing it right now :)


Sometimes when you see someone else doing it/talking about it, it reminds you how easy it is and perhaps you'll do it again.


So what on earth am I talking about??


Well, I'm talking about instantly updating the decor in your home for little if no money and about two minutes of your time.

Specifically - a chair/couch/sofa.


Maybe something like this.......


that you inherited and love that you just haven't got around to recovering all 10 of those cushions yet :)
(there's 2 x chairs as well!!)

Or maybe you bought a new couch five or so years ago and you don't quite love it as much as you did when you first bought it, but it's still got a lot of mileage left in it.

What do you do?

You raid your linen closet, your mum or grandmas linen closets or you go thrifting

and hopefully find a cool old tablecloth or doona cover or sheet

or a vintage bedspread...


that is just you...



and you spend a good two minutes tucking and flattening and then...



ta da!! 

You have a piece of furniture that is a bit more you!!!

Plus you can throw it in the wash, dryer and throw it back on.

Easy peasy!!


This one has had a table cloth tucked over it for an instant update.

It's a fantastic way to try a little color in your home too!

You could even just drape the fabric over the back of the couch/chair or do each cushion in a different color.

The options are endless!!

So off you go now! Check out what's stashed in that linen cupboard of yours and update your couch.

Change is as good as a holiday!!


Happy tucking!!

Courts xx



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Friday, 22 June 2012

Chair LOVE!!


A few weeks ago, I promised to show you some of the awesome finds I've come across lately, and there is a few!! So I'm about to come good on that promise! 


Some of the finds I haven't started re-working yet.


Some are midway through the process.


And some are already perfect just as they are :)


Like this...



 I paid $4 for this!!!

Oh Yeah!!!

I LOVE this chair!! 

It's made from beech and is a Ligna chair, made in Czechoslovakia.

I don't know too much more about it, except that it did once have 6 back support slats, but
I kinda like it with three :)

It's staying as it is and is now as office chair.

Speaking of our office, plans are in the works for a photography day with my good friend Bianca from Ivy loves Jack!! So afterwards, I can show you some photos of our place!! Bianca has been at me (well, only once or twice!) to do a home tour on my blog. I don't need much arm-twisting, just as long as she takes the pics :) She's very handy with a camera, as well as a super-creative girl herself :) If you love all things vintage, you'll LOVE her blog!!

A snippet of her home -
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So stay tuned for a house tour!! Give us a little time to get our act together ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend...it's almost here!!!

Courts x

Monday, 18 June 2012

Washi Tape LOVE!!!



If you haven't yet heard of japanese washi tape, I am going to introduce you!!

This is what it looks like...


and it's uses are only limited by your imagination!!


I first became aware of washi tape when I read this post on StyliZimo blog for DIY antlers.

Nina is a super-creative girl and a beautiful stylist/photographer - her blog is definitely worth checking out. (especially if you love nordic style!)

You may have seen washi tape in magazines holding up pictures or the like in funky colors and patterns.

like this -

I looked into buying some tape online, but then didn't want to wait...and then on Friday I found some at a brand new store here locally!! And only $4 each!!

If you're local, the shop is kawaii kids in Roberts Avenue and if you're not local - they have an online store too!

So I thought I'd have a try at my own antlers.

This is how they turned out -




This will just peel off easily - and leave the paint intact - when I'm ready for a change!

Other uses include -:

Decorate gifts/homemade cards
Canvas art
Decorate a vase
etcetera!!

Have you played with washi tape yet? What have or would you make with it?


Have a fantastic week!!!


Courts xx

Friday, 15 June 2012

DIY Dropcloth Floor Mats


I've continued on with playing around with painting designs on dropcloths for a unique floor rug that can be thrown in the wash.

This is the one I did first...



It really soaked up the paint so for the next one I tried watering the paint down quite a bit.

Which helped.



I used good old house paint for this! This one is the same color as we painted our house!!

I wanted to do a more organic/modern look so went for the freehand chevron design.

With a little neon thrown in because I'm loving it still!!

Btw, you can see my other projects where I've used neon/fluoro here and here.



This is where the girls get creative. Some fierce coloring and drawing goes on at this little table! :)



My Fast Five DIY Details



  • Pre-wash and cut your dropcloth to your desired size.
  • Hem each side on your sewing machine.
  • Choose your design and tape it out or alternatively just have the design in your head like I do :)
  • Grab your paint colors and mix with some fabric medium and water to get a fairly runny consistency.
  • Paint away! Let it dry then throw it on the floor!!


(Oh and to get crisp lines on your design, painters tape works really well.)

So there you have it.

A perfect, inexpensive way to bring some texture to a room!


Have a wonderful weekend!!

Courts xx

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Lazy Ladderbacks


I found two of these timber ladderback chairs a little while ago and thought I could come up with something extraordinary for them...

(Hi Doyle!! Just snuck his head in the shot!!)

turns out I couldn't.





I really tried. But when it comes down to it...they're just not my style.

Which leads to the question, why did I buy them?







Or why didn't I make them more my style?

Both very good questions.

My only answer is that we all have 'bad days'. I think this is an example of me having a bad day.

I like them, I just don't love them.

But maybe somebody will!!

Here's hoping your week is fantastic!!!

Courts xx


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Friday, 8 June 2012

Confidence And Clothes


When it comes to clothes, I've always had ideas of what I wanted my 'style' to be like, but never felt like I pulled it off.

In my early 20's I could barely afford to eat, let alone buy any clothes at all. In my late 20's I was able to buy clothes when I wanted to but still never felt my look was quite 'me.'
Even when friends paid me compliments on how I dressed, I always felt like they were just saying it to be nice. I didn't believe them.

How crazy is that?!

One of those ideas I've always had for 'my style' was incorporating vintage pieces into my wardrobe.
I did it once in a while as a teenager when I was feeling brave. Then I got older and busier and never really went op shopping so didn't own any vintage pieces.

Now I'm in my 30's. I'm a whole lot braver with my style, have time to op shop and therefore own some cool vintage pieces that I wear regularly. I've reached and age where I feel so much better in my own skin that when someone pays me a compliment I can say "Thank You!!"

I think that we all stumble along trying to find our style -with our homes as well - until eventually it all falls into place.

So having said all that, I want to share with you a little of my style - namely a new (vintage) acquisition.

It belonged to my mum and I vaguely remember her with it when I was little.


I'm not normally a girl who gets giddy over a handbag...but I LOVE this bag!!

Thanks mum for passing it on to me!!


Check out the shadow the bag makes! It looks like a naked, pregnant lady with perfectly curled hair!!

A bag that's handmade AND vintage!!

What more could a girl want?!

What is YOUR style? Do you love what you wear everyday or do you dress for comfort or to meet someone else's expectations of what you 'should' wear?

What would your style be if money/time/confidence was no object?

I'd love to hear from you!!

Courts xx

P.S I will show you some more of my cool stuff I've found along the way!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Vintage Leather!!



I was very lucky recently to come across some small rolls of vintage south american leather in black and tan.

SOOOOO LUCKY!!!

My mind has been spinning with what to do with it. It's not enough to do a full reupholster of anything I've got here. So I thought I'd do a little test project to see how I'd go sewing leather.

This design may look a little familiar...




It is very much like this one I just did!! I must have crosses on my mind lately!

I used a leather needle and some tan upholstery cotton to sew the cross on and my machine handled the thickness easily. It was a fairly quick project...well, kind of!

Here's what it looked like before-


a grubby, fake white leather ottoman in need of an update.



A nice close shot of the beautiful leather -


I cut it out in three pieces as you can see...I wanted to use as little of the leather as possible :)

I used a drop cloth again and had to have a couple of goes at getting the top on right. It came together in the end but I'm pretty sure I may have dropped an F bomb or two during the process ;-)



I've also been experimenting with making floor rugs with drop cloths - just like Christina did!

I need a few more attempts until I get it right, but this one looks good in photos and from a distance!!
I'll keep you up-to-date with that.

Have you ever sewn leather before? What would you make if you had some? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Hope you are having an awesome week!!!

Courts x

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