To my husband’s dismay, our home is filled with items I found on the side of the road, second hand EBay and Gumtree bargains and some really awesome treasures from the local scrap yard. In my opinion, these cheap finds can easily be turned into some ravishing pieces, so read below if you would like to learn some secrets…
1. PLAY WITH COLOUR, ORNAMENTS, TEXTURES AND PATTERNS
Our entry way has been redecorated several times in the last few months – who doesn’t like the look of surprise on a guest’s face when they come for a visit! This pine hall table was a lucky Gumtree find. It only needed a coat of paint to earn it’s rightful place at the front door. I added a dash of colour, stuck some pictures on the wall with washi tape and added a few ornaments from a local home ware store. Cheap, cheerful and easy to change for when the next visitor comes! This green suitcase was bought at Doug up on Bourke for the photo shoot of our Sisterhood cushion collection. It has also created great visual impact at a recent Vanilla Slate market stall and makes it easy to cart our home ware around. The red timber crate is from a second hand store in Bowral and the soft animal throw from IKEA. Add one of my authentic patterned backgammon boards from Egypt, and a ceramic footstool and you have a super interesting display!
2. USE IT FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE THAN IT WAS INTENDED FOR
One day I saw a beautiful, old solid timber wardrobe on the side of the road. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that it was badly damaged, but fortunately, the drawers were still in excellent condition. I decided to take it home and replaced the worse for wear top of a cane tray stand with the drawer I found. Now this little nook at the bottom of my stairs ensures that keys, mail, wallets, spare change and library books that need to be returned, don’t end up on my dining room table!
3. DRESS IT UP WITH A PENDANT AND CHAIRS
After a frantic call from a friend to “please come see what you can do with this table at the corner of my street”, we quickly dragged it to safety. All it needed was a good sanding, a stain and a fresh coat of paint and it was almost ready to be put on display. The “look at me” factor was created by adding some replica Tolix chairs which I ordered online, a pendant from our very own online store and we were ready for breakfast…
4. CHANGE THE HARDWARE
This little gem at my front door was an EBay find, a pine buffet and hutch with nothing special to offer. With an elegant lick of paint and a change in hardware, it became a welcoming sight for the postman, baker, candlestick maker as well as the tea drinking brigade. I am of firm belief that a vase of fresh flowers can even make a toilet look pretty, so stick something green in a pot and watch how the beauty unfolds. If you would like to read more about this buffet make over, follow this link to view my previous DIY blog.
5. PAINT IT OR STAIN IT
During our recent bathroom renovation, I searched high and low for the perfect size cabinet to adorn the limited space between the shower and bath. Of course there were a few, but what about personality? This little number was found at Knotts Pine in Castle Hill, but needed to be turned into the coveted piece I was pining for (pardon the pun). I stained the top (it had an orange tone) to have the same tone as the timber look floor tiles (if you would like the look of these tiles, go see Pieter at Beaumont Tiles, Castle Hill). I then painted the rest white, changed the knobs and added a free standing bath to complete the look. More about the ups and downs of our bathroom renovation later…
6. CREATE AN ART DISPLAY TO INCREASE THE “WOW” FACTOR
The entry way is the first place visitors see when they walk in the door, so make sure it’s a welcoming sight they won’t forget. An inexpensive pine hall table can pack a punch by adding a collage of art above it. Our local Salvo’s has an array of frames for sale that doesn’t cost the earth. This monochromatic look really calms the senses when you enter a home.
Have you upgraded a piece recently? Let us know how you did it, we would love to hear from you!
Cheerio ’til next time!