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Chair Makeover

January 8, 2012

I often get bored with my living spaces. This leads to forever refurnishing and repainting beloved items. Take for example this chair:

I brought it for $5 in this sad state at my local Vinnies. I gave the chair it first make over in early 2011. But I took a short cut and didn’t bother reupholstering the chair and it was rock solid. BIG MISTAKE! Especially with all the sewing I was doing at the time. Here is how it turned out:

I was happy with it at the time. But as I moved everything around and new additions were brought into the house it became very boring. Oddly enough I thought it would be great to use rub’n’buff to make the chair gold. What was i thinking:

ew… It’s so patchy!

It soon became to hard too look at the chair, it was so ugly. Enough was enough. Before I started to spray the chair, I propped it up on two pieces of wood so I could reach everywhere with the paint. I brought some gold spray paint and sprayed away until I got this:

Looking good!

I used some polyester wadding, patterned cotton fabric and hot glue to reupholster the seat, which magically pops out. Yay! this makes the project a lot easier!

First I removed the old (ancient!) seat covering.

To get the new padding just right I cut two layers of the wadding to the same size of the seat, and one layer just big enough to be wrapped around to the bottom of the seat.

I used hot glue to fix the larger piece of wadding in place. I didn’t worry about fixing the smaller pieces onto the chair, the larger piece should keep that contained.

I cut the patterned fabric just a little bit bigger then the biggest piece of the wadding, folded over the edges of the fabric and hot glued it down also.

Put it all together and voila!

A completely new chair!


Tile Coasters

January 2, 2012

These coasters are super cute, cheap to make and easy!

You will need:

  • Scrapbook paper or a selection of photos
  • 4×4″ tiles x 4
  • Mod Podge
  • Clear acrylic spray paint
  • Cork sheeting
  • Rub’n’buff or acrylic paint
  • PVA Glue
  • Stanley knife
  • Paint Brush

And here is how it is done:

Use the stanley knife to cut the scrapbook paper (or you photos) to the size of your tiles. I did this by placing the tile along the edge of the paper and tracing the tile with the stanley knife.


Use the Stanley knife again to cut the cork sheeting, make this smaller than your tile. I did this by placing the tile over the edge of the cork and tracing around the tile with the stanley knife.

Use the Rub’n’buff or your Acrylic Paint to paint the edges of your tiles.

Use a mixture with equal parts of both Mod Podge and PVA to adhre the paper to the tiles and let dry.

Once dry use the paint brush to apply 2 thin coats of Mod Podge over the paper and edges of the tile to make it waterproof.

Once dry use the PVA glue to adhere the cork on the underside of the tile.

Lastly, use clear acrylic spray paint to seal the coasters by applying two even coats and voila!

Have fun!


Cupcake Bathbombs

December 31, 2011

I made these ages ago and they are amazing!

Makes about 12


  • 0.5 kg Citric Acid
  • 0.9kg Baking Soda
  • Witch Hazel
  • Fragrence: anything sweet – I used Strawberry
  • Silicon cupcake/muffin mould
  • Food Colouring
  • 3 Powdered Egg Whites
  • 45 grams Icing Sugar
  • 5 tablespoons Warm Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of tartar


1. Place the Citric Acid and Baking soda in your mixing bowl. Using your fingers break up any clumps that might be in the mixture.

2. Add fragrance, the amount is up to you but use a generous amount as it need to fill 12 baths.

3. Add four to seven drops of colour.

4. Mix the colour and fragrance in thoroughly. This is important as clumps of fragrance or moisture can turn into wart-like lumps on your bathbomb.

5. Use a spritzer to spray the witch hazel 6 times onto the mixture and mix in well. Grab some of the mixture and make a fist around it. If the mixture stays together it is ready to mold. If it does not hold its shape, do 3 more Witch Hazel spritzes until the mixture forms a shape in your hand when clenched.

6. Place the cupcake liners in your moulds and press the mixture firmly into them.  The more dense and packed the bombs are, the longer they will last in the bath

8. Let the bombs harden inside the mold.


1. Mix the powdered egg whites with the warm water

2. Whip the egg whites on a medium speed for 4-7 minutes adding the icing sugar as you go until stiff peaks form

3. Add in some colouring and then ice your cupcakes

4. Let them set and they are ready to go!

Have fun!


Gold & White Tray

December 31, 2011

Unfortunately for this project I don’t have a before shot, but the results speak for themselves.

I found an old plastic green tray in my Mum’s linen cupboard, stored away for who knows how long!

I gave the tray a quick wash to make sure the surface was very clean. I gave the tray an even coverage of white paint on both side. After this had dried and set I used masking tape to create the diagonal pattern and sprayed it evenly with gold paint.

And viola!

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

I use this tray to display my jewelry and to house my Jewelry Tree, as seen here.

Have fun!


Jewelry Tree

December 31, 2011

This project was basically free! All you need is a suitable branch (I took mine from the gum tree in my backyard) a wooden block / small tray (I used two small pieces of left over decking).

Here is how it turned out:

And here is how I did it:

Firstly I glued both wood blocks together with wood glue and set them aside. After allowing them to dry I drilled a whole in the centre of the block and roughly sanded down the entire surface.

Secondly I filled the whole in the wooden block with some wood glue and wedged the branch in.

Lastly after it was dry I primed the Jewelry Tree with Spray Paint and after that dryed I sprayed it again with white gloss spray paint.

Have fun!


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