Restoration Project: Mid-Century Armchair

Just a quick update for tonight. I completed another restoration project last weekend (hooray!!) – a mid-century armchair.

When we got the chair, it came with original white leather covers, which have turned yellow over the years. And it made this really annoying squeaky sound when you sit on it that goes, POOOH-oooshhh…! I decided to give it new coats of varnish and new covers so we won’t have to sit on the dirty, used covers and also so it doesn’t make that funny noise when one sits on it.

The sewing part was not easy, just as I expected, because it looked quite difficult having to make holes on the back cover for the metal frame and screws at the sides to go through. Nevertheless, I managed and it didn’t turn out so bad-looking after all!! Phew~ But I think I’ll take a break from sewing for quite some time, haha.

This was taken using a DSLR.

And this by iPhone. Not bad, huh? I actually think the iPhone’s one looks more vintage-y. Haha!

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Restoration Project: Retro Telephone Table

This is my latest completed restoration project – a retro telephone table.

Retro Telephone Table 1

I reupholstered the seat as the old one was extremely dusty and dirty. Also gave it new coats of timber varnish.

Retro Telephone Table 2

Haven’t decided whether to keep or to sell as I would’ve preferred a different set of legs on it.

Funny how it’s called a telephone table and I don’t even have a telephone on it, haha! The thing is, we don’t have a telephone socket where we placed the table. Mr S was suggesting that I buy a vintage phone to place on the table but not use it, haha!! I might just do that, I think. 😉

Creative Project: DIY Headboard

Hello lovelies! I finally came across something blog-worthy this week, hehehehe. Yours truly completed another DIY project with Mr S this week (actually Mr S did most of the tough job while I just gave him instructions, lol! :lol:) and I can’t wait to show you the final outcome!

So, WE completed a headboard this week!! I’ve been wanting a tufted headboard ever since I saw this one from Urban Outfitters. Targets in US sell plenty of nice looking headboards as well for reasonable prices. But I can’t seem to find any within my budget in Perth 😦 I tried looking for them on Gumtree as well but no one seems to be selling them at all, boohoo. So when I found out that people actually MAKE their own headboards, I thought, AHA! Maybe I can make my own too! And onto the to-do list it went!

Last week, we finally took the time to finally begin this long-awaited DIY project idea of mine, haha. Honestly, I thought I might never come around to actually doing this project because that’s how slacked I am. Anyway, I’m glad we decided to just go for it because we really love how it turned out, yay!!!

I won’t go into lengthy discussion of how we actually made the board, you can find plenty of tutorials online by searching “DIY headboard”. I took instructions from a few different sites and combined them. The duration of the project took longer than I expected though because other bloggers made it seem quite easy! Maybe we’re just not very good at DIY, lol! 😦

Okay, let me show you some photos I took of it today!

Headboard

Our DIY headboard! I’m not very good with the tufting so you can’t really see the “diamonds” here. Or it could be just that the fabric that I used wasn’t the easiest to deal with. I got the fabric (premium linen) from Spotlight in “stone”. This was actually the second piece that I got because the first piece that I got wasn’t quite what I wanted and I only realized that when I got home and put it against our bedroom wall 😦 Now I just have to find something to do with that first piece of fabric that I got.

Headboard leg

The legs are from Bunnings. I didn’t actually know that Bunnings stock furniture legs as well! What a pleasant surprise! And I painted them white.

Bedroom 1

This is our bedroom now. It looks more “finished” with the headboard against the wall! I LOVE IT!!!

Bedroom 2

One more from the front. I’m thinking of adding more colors to the bed – thinking of getting cushions with pop of colors or with funky patterns to liven things up a bit more.

Bedroom 3

So, what do you think of our new DIY headboard? Yay or nay?

A Twist to Our Glass Base Table Lamps

A Twist to Our Glass Base Table Lamp

Repost from my Instagram account. Sorry if you guys have seen this already.

Partly filled our glass base table lamps with pebbles last week and I quite like how they turned out! ❤

Can’t wait for our next DIY project but it will have to wait till next year though since I’ll be flying home in less than two weeks’ time. Getting all excited already right now, hehehehehe… It’s a shame Mr S won’t be accompanying me this time around ‘cos he has to take care of Koko at home so we won’t get to spend Christmas together 😦

Oh well, there’s always next year darlin’ 🙂

Creative Project: Glass Base Table Lamps

Hi everyone, glad it’s the weekend once again. How’s yours been so far? The mister and I have been kept busy the whole day today. Spent the morning doing gardening in our front yard, trimming hedges, pruning overgrown plants and weeding. There were light showers in the morning so we stopped a little in between. We finally got everything done after lunchtime, hooray!

I started surfing the net for table lamps after lunch. I’ve been hunting for nice table lamps for our bedroom for quite some time now but the ones I fancy are just too expensive. For example, I came to like Wilshire table lamps (with stacked crystal balls) but the nicer looking ones would cost over $150, boohoo!! Here are two that I fell in love with from Pottery Barn itself alone!

Stacked Crystal Table Lamp from Pottery Barn. So pretty!!!

Atrium Glass Table Lamp from Pottery Barn. So amazing that one could put different unique items into the lamp base! Love the idea of this.

Since these lamps are way over our budget, I decided we should just make our own table lamps! I pestered the mister to accompany me shopping for the materials needed for this DIY project and he very reluctantly obliged, lol!!! Reason being he was in the middle of his Assassins Creed 3 gaming session hahahaha!

Anyway, we spent the next two and a half hours shopping for the materials, can you believe it? Had to get each item in different shops altogether, most of our time was wasted on just driving alone.

Once we got home, I couldn’t wait to start working on the project right away, lol! In the end, I didn’t end up doing anything, ‘cos the glass drilling bit seemed too dangerous and I was a little scared to do it as well, so I got the mister to do it instead hahahaha! As expected, he worked on the electrical bits as well. I took charge of holding the glasses in place while he drilled holes in them, washed them, towel-dried them and placed them on our bedside tables. Phew, that was a LOT of work back there 😛

And this is the final result of our DIY project!!!

I love it to bits!!! And they cost less than $50 each!

Can’t wait to work on our next DIY project soon!! Yayyy!!!

Creative Project: The Laundry

Hiii! I’m alive, not dead! Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog at all. I’ve sort of lost my touch with blogging these days. I no longer have anything interesting enough to blog about, boohoo. My life used to be so dramatic! What happened then?!

Anyhoo, I have some spare time on my hands tonight, plus Kin’s out fishing tonight so I have the whole house to Koko and I, teehee. I had a long, hot bath just then ‘cos it’s just been another crazy day at work today. I wanna grab some bath essentials this weekend if possible. But, as much as I love nice, long, hot baths, I can’t do it very often since I gotta save water for summer.

Oh and before I forget, I gotta reveal what the synthetic turf was used for as mentioned in my previous post.

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Creative Project: Synthetic Turf

Kin and I are both spending plenty of time and energy on the house now – mainly on DIY projects since buying the actual stuff to accomplish what we have on mind appears to be too costly.

We are going to revamp a couple of areas around the house by ourselves instead of hiring tradies and or handymen to do the job for us. This is all very exciting for us since we’ve never done it before (fingers crossed everything will turn out okay!) plus it’s such an awesome feeling when we see the final outcome! The sense of achievement is tremendously satisfying, hehehehe.

So, we used synthetic turf in one of our projects. Can you guess where this is going?

Will reveal this soon!