29 January 2012

Saturday Splendour No. 8

Here are a few features from a couple of weeks ago:

I adore the turquoise colour!


I want to try this on a desk I have sitting in the garage


Ann Marie does amazing work!

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If you were featured please go ahead and grab a button!

Meg and Mum's



Now on to the party!  There's just a few simple rules, no biggie:


1.  This link party is for furniturefurnishings and room makeovers only.  If you've made it, revamped it, repurposed it or restyled it, you can link it here.
2.  Please link back to your actual post, not your main blog URL.
3.  Please grab my button and display it anywhere in your post, side bar or link party page.  This is so others can see the party and join in.  You can find this below or in my sidebar.
4.  I will do a happy dance if you become a follower of my blog, that way you will remember to link up again next week!
5.  If you have some time, kindly stop by and comment on some of the other links and share the love. 

Meg and Mum's



Next Saturday I will be featuring some of those entries.


(When entering your link you are giving me permission to use any part of your post to feature your entry.  I will only feature those who are followers of my blog)


Megs x

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25 January 2012

Green Side Table

Actually the official colour is "Peat" and I've finally finished after it being put aside while I had my BFF here and then my little trip over to Melbourne.

Here's the before:



It was topless when it came to me, but Mr T made a new top for it with his nifty router.  Here it is now:




I repainted the hardware and used it again.  They are quite pretty and there was nothing wrong with them.


Of course I had to line the inside with fabric...




Lucky for all of you I'm not one of those morons who take photos of reflective items in the nude and then post  them on the web to sell (i.e. the lamp).  Have you ever seen those?  They obviously didn't look very closely. Yuck.

Anyway, I received so much interest in my blue side table I decided to do one similar so I'm hoping this baby will sell pretty quickly.  Next on the agenda is a sideboard.  I have to try and stick to my goal of completely clearing out the garage by end of March.  Hmm... can't see it happening, especially not in this heat!

Happy Australia Day for tomorrow to all my fellow Aussie bloggers out there!  I can already smell the sausages on the barbie!  I think we might do the beach thing and then a barbie at home with a couple of beers.  I hope you have a great day whatever you're doing.

Megs x

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20 January 2012

MIA

Hi there everyone.  I realise I have been missing in action for a little while but I have my BFF here visiting from Darwin so I have been spending every second with her.  There will be no Saturday Splendour Party this Saturday as I am leaving to go to Melbourne for a few days to spend some time with my stepkiddies.  But it will be back to business as usual as of next Wednesday when hopefully I will have some photos for you of a side table I have just finished.

Take care and see you soon!

Megs x

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16 January 2012

Saturday Splendour No. 7

Good evening everyone! Yes, I'm a bit late I know. I've been a bit lazy busy and totally forgot about my own party.  I think the school holidays are getting to me.  Only three weeks to go - hooray!

Here a few standouts from last weeks' party:

Firstly lets start with this stunning piece of artwork from Karin at Art is Beauty.  A dear friend of hers lost his brother tragically to suicide the other week.  She painted this masterpiece to donate to an auction held by a suicide awareness organisation - something very close to my own heart.



Cassie from over at Primitive and Proper got totally crafty with a spare closet!  Everyone needs a Cassie - well I do anyway.



Look at this little cutie pie from Rita at Curbside Creations.  I'm crazy about this colour!

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If you were featured please go ahead and grab a button!

Meg and Mum's



Now on to the party!  There's just a few simple rules, no biggie:


1.  This link party is for furniturefurnishings and room makeovers only.  If you've made it, revamped it, repurposed it or restyled it, you can link it here.
2.  Please link back to your actual post, not your main blog URL.
3.  Please grab my button and display it anywhere in your post, side bar or link party page.  This is so others can see the party and join in.  You can find this below or in my sidebar.
4.  I will do a happy dance if you become a follower of my blog. I will only feature those who follow.
5.  If you have some time, kindly stop by and comment on some of the other links and share the love. 

Meg and Mum's



Next Saturday I will be featuring some of those entries.


(When entering your link you are giving me permission to use any part of your post to feature your entry.  I will only feature those who are followers of my blog)


Now, bring it on :)


Megs x


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11 January 2012

A Recap

Seeing as I hosted a Greatest Hits of 2011 linky party, I thought I would show you some of mine.












You've probably noticed that most of the photos are taken in the same spot.  That is because the rest of my living areas have concrete floor still waiting to be tiled and it looks terrible.  I'm sick of it.  Fingers crossed in the next few weeks it will be happening!

I've been blogging for about 15 months now and looking back at my previous posts and photos I can't believe how much I've done, and more importantly how I have improved.  I'm learning so much as I go.  I would like to thank my husband Mr T for providing me with a bloody awesome spray gun!

When I started blogging my first thought was that I needed to keep up with all those other fantastic bloggers out there - their beautiful furniture, the articulate and humorous way they wrote and not to mention the professional looking photography.  I also believed that I should stick to the one style of furniture.  But I very quickly talked myself into staying true to myself and create whatever was manifesting in my brain at the time.  I have never been a slave to fashion in any way, so why should I start now (and at the end of the day, it really just comes down to one's perception of it doesn't it?).  I'm not saying everyone is, and don't get me wrong I LOVE doing the French/shabby stuff.  I think it's really beautiful and the process of creating it is quite rewarding.  However my home doesn't really lend itself to that style, and to be honest I don't think I could look at a house full of it every day.  I get bored too quickly.  I like some in yer face colour and boldness and I have always had a love of quirky, retro and interesting pieces as well.  Do you ever walk into a room and see something and think "far out brussel sprout!"?  You don't know if you love it or hate it, but it definitely grabbed your attention and made you think.  THOSE things are really my cup of tea.  I'm amazed at how artistic some people can be with their creations.  It's so personal and honest - and so them!  In saying that, I also think the soft lovely rustic look can also really depict one's character and personality and I still get excited when I see that kind of art on your blogs.  I'm just sayin' I like a bit of everything :)

I feel I've really "blossomed" over the last twelve months.  As well as being practical, I have always been quite a creative girl.  I love to sing and used to perform in an awesome 9 piece band for a few years before I had my kidlets.  I truly believed this to be my passion until my babies came along and it all changed.  I also liked to paint but I hardly ever developed an idea of my own or drew inspiration from something.  More often then not I had to "copy" something and maybe change it around a bit to make it my own.

Much to my surprise and delight, when I now see some lonely, crusty, busted up, unloved piece of furniture sitting by the side of the road I can look at it and know immediately what can be done with it.  The mental picture forms instantly.  There are times when I look at something totally random and out of nowhere I will get an idea for that old dresser sitting in my garage.

I hope to be blogging for a long time yet.  Occasionally I like to zone out of the blogging and project thing for a couple of weeks - hey we all need a break.  But I know that when I come back you will all have something to show me that will leave me absolutely gobsmacked and inspire me no end.

Anyway, I know this is beginning to look like an essay so I'll conclude by saying just how much I truly dig what you ladies do (I say this because I don't have any male followers).  I have made some awesome online friendships and you are all incredibly amazing.  I'm so excited to see what you have in store for us in 2012.

Happy New Year my bloggy friends and remember to always stay true to who you are and don't let other people's opinions stain your heart or mind :)

Megs x


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09 January 2012

Saturday Splendour No. 6


Well what a week!  I am so overwhelmed at all the amazing comments I have received on my post about my kitchen dresser and I'd like to thank you for all your support and encouragement since I began this old blog of mine 15 months ago.  Each time you leave a comment it gives me a big kick up the bum to keep going.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Now I am going to show you some features from last weeks Greatest Hits of 2011 party.  Out of the 45 entries, most of them showcased all your favourite projects of 2011 so it took me a while to get through - and I loved every minute of it!

Andrea from Decorating Cents received the most clicks for her room makeovers.  I love the colours she used, especially the prints:



Next is from Kirb Appeal. Check out clever-Canada-lovin' Kirby's dresser!  (Love the blog name by the way)...



This chest of drawers and mirror from 4 the Love of Wood is stunning:



Kelli from The Turquoise Piano showed us her... well, her turquoise piano as well as some other amazing things.  What a knockout!



Sam from The Junk House did an an awesome job with her guest bathroom.  How classy does this look now?



If you were featured feel free to grab my button below or from my sidebar :)

Meg and Mum's



Thanks to everyone who linked up!

There's just a few simple rules, no biggie:

1.  This link party is for furniturefurnishings and room makeovers only.  If you've made it, revamped it, repurposed it or restyled it, you can link it here.
2.  Please link back to your actual post, not your main blog URL.
3.  Please grab my button and display it anywhere in your post, side bar or link party page.  This is so others can see the party and join in.  You can find this below or in my sidebar.
4.  I will do a happy dance if you become a follower of my blog. I will only feature those who follow.
5.  If you are able, kindly stop by and comment on some of the other links and share the love.  You never know, you might be missing something truly spectacular!

Meg and Mum's





Next Saturday I will be featuring some of those entries.


(When entering your link you are giving me permission to use any part of your post to feature your entry.  I will only feature those who are followers of my blog)

Let's rock n' roll!

Megs x


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03 January 2012

A Roadside Revival

Some of you may remember my post a while back of my roadside finds.  Mr T picked up this table for me from a few streets over:


What a lovely orange colour - not.  It had a few light scratches on the top, was dirty and grimy and had obviously been attacked by some little critter, but otherwise in fantastic condition.


I had these chairs sitting in the garage for ages that I scored at the auctions for about $2 each.  I actually have six of them, but only needed the four for this project.  Two of them have a flat top and the other two have the curves.  I liked this idea of having them a bit different - adds a bit of character.


The colour I wanted to use for this project was a light mint green and whaddya know, Mr T had a ginormous tin of it sitting in his work van.  Have I mentioned before how handy it is to have a painter as a husband?

I started by spraying the bottom of the table and the chairs (after sanding of course)...

 Taped up and ready to turn over for undercoating the bottom


I always wait until I do the first undercoat to see where there are scratches, dents or holes that need filling.  I find it much easier to pick out the flaws after a coat of paint.  Although this bite mark was pretty obvious!

In the meantime, for some reason Mr T felt compelled to take a photo of me in my finest attire :(



I know you're overwhelmed by my attractiveness.  I try my best.

I really wanted to stain the top but I was scared that I might have to strip it (which I haven't done before), but to my delight when I started sanding I discovered that the only layer on top was a varnish.  Woo-hoo!  So I went hell for leather with 60 grit sandpaper and it came out beautiful and raw.



Sore arms but this was the result.  Beautiful eh?

I then applied Ash Brown stain to the top and about four coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly.  Firstly, I lather the top with the poly and rub it in, leave it for five minutes and then come back and wipe the excess off.  After that's dry, I do the same process again.  When it's dry I give it a very light sand with 600 grit, clean the top and then saturate it again. This time I use the 600 grit and lightly sand the poly into the grain, then wipe off the excess.  It comes out unbelievably smooth and shiny!  Everybody does it different, but this works for me.

After distressing the bottom of the table and the chairs, I applied an English Walnut stain over the top and wiped off.  Here is the table before and after:



I found the perfect fabric at Spotlight. I cut out some new seats for the chairs as they didn't come with any.  I cut the foam and stapled on the fabric.  The colouring goes so well together I think.







Slight scratch on the edge that I couldn't get rid of.



I think it looks very French country.

I finished this on New Years Eve and it sold last night!  Even better, the lady who wanted to purchase it sent her parents around to inspect it and to make an offer on her behalf. As he was rubbing down the chairs and the table top and inspecting every inch, I told him that I always put a lot of love into my work.  He said that he used to restore furniture for a living and he also did the same Shabby French finishes, but that he was now retired.  He then he went on to say that he could tell I put a lot of love and time into it because it was top quality workmanship!  So you can imagine how proud and happy I was to get such wonderful feedback from an old pro.  :D

I have a goal to finish all the things in my garage by mid March.  This has inspired me even more and has given me the kick up the bum that I think I needed.

Megan x



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