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From garbage to gorgeous – transforming a three panel screen

I stumbled across this rattan screen about 4 years ago. It was 7.30am, I was driving to work… my attention was drawn to a skip sitting outside a house in our street. Sticking out the top of the skip was a small portion of this rattan screen/room divider – It looked promising! So much so, if stopping to check it out meant I was late to work, it was a risk I was willing to take.

With years of experience under my belt, I would call myself a seasoned collector of junk from the footpath or skips. Even with that label clearly tattooed to my forehead it doesn’t make me feel any more comfortable about fossicking through other people’s junk. This morning was particularly awkward with a spectator sitting on the front porch of the house next door… monitoring my swift stop, reverse, park, inspect, grab and squeeze!

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Restore and decorate a chest of drawers wallpaper paint nursery baby kids interior styling
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Upcycling – A chest of drawers for the nursery

We inherited a hideous orange coloured wooden chest of drawers when my grandmother moved into a nursing home. It didn’t go with our decor at all, but was sturdy, and the drawers were large, and we needed the extra storage space. I couldn’t let it last a week in my house looking like that, so I painted it white immediately (using a gloss acrylic paint).

It has been a wonderful additional storage unit for a good 3 years year now.

Its usefulness is now being extended … it has been turned into a clothes drawers for the baby’s nursery.
It has been a wonderful additional storage unit for a good 3 years year now.

It’s usefulness is now being extended as clothes drawers for the baby’s nursery. Being all white was a little boring, so I decided to jazz it up a little by adding some wallpaper on the front of the top drawers.

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Scrapbook – a blog about something I love doing!

How did I stumble across this?

I was emailing our landscape designer (Derek from http://www.facetdesign.com.au) about my new blog http://www.lot271.com, to tell him that I was about to write about the design he did for our new home, and he emailed back to tell me that he loved the idea of the blog, and that his wife had also started one ….

Scrapbook

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Circle of Friends Award

This post is dedicated to my long-time school friend Chris (AKA Twirling Betty http://www.twirlingbetty.com.au). She has been twirling away on her blog for many more months than I have… and was in fact the reason I started Hey Bernice! five months ago. Over coffee one day (whilst discussing her new blog) she said to me ‘you should start a blog’ which was all that was required to get me started.

I had a few mental hurdles to overcome before I took the plunge into the blogshere….

I didn’t know what to write about (I have never been short of a word, so not sure why I thought I would be short of something to write!)
If I started a blog, what was I going to call it (not a good enough reason not to do it)
I didn’t think I was a writer (I soon worked out that if I talked in my head, then typed it down I could overcome that hurdle)
Not only was I not a writer, how could I be sure anyone would want to read what I wrote (I also realised it didn’t matter, as long as I was still enjoying it)

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A new look for an old lampshade

I don’t know about you, but it is really hard to find a good lampshade these days. It was time I took things into my own hands and created what I was looking for.

I had received a hand-me-down lampshade from my grandmother (via mum). It had a rather grand marble base that could also second as a lethal weapon, which had a chip out of the bottom corner (which begs the question… once upon a time, ‘did Gran test this out as a weapon’). I could handle the chip in the base (whilst intrigued as to how it got there!)… I simply turned the base so the chip faces the back wall – problem solved. What I particularly liked about it was the oval shaped lampshade. What I didn’t like about it was the cream lampshade looked washed-out with the white marble base.

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Donation Central… Bernice inspires the masses (maybe not that many, but some of you)!

Since launching Hey Bernice! in December I have had a steady flow of donations from family (Thank you!). The picture here is a sample of the beautiful asian inspired paper my sister gave me at Christmas time. They are small squares of gorgeous patterns (my generous god mother Norma kindly gave my sister and me kimonos made from similar patterns when we were young). I have plans to get crafty with them tomorrow, and will be sure to write a post about the outcome (I’m still mixing and matching options in my head for this exploit).