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Stool transformation

There is a story behind most of the items of furniture in our home – I like it that way (partly, because I love telling stories!!).

These four stools have recently become one of my transformation stories.

Where do I get the motivation (and time) to do all this? OK, I’ll be honest, these stools have been ‘on the go’ for close to a year now… my TAT (why should we leave abbreviating things to the gen-Yers!!)… turn around time is something that is not consistent from project to project. If I am going to be really honest… I haven’t finished them all yet. They are a real pain in the backside to sand, it’s not fun… and when it’s not fun, my motivation takes a tumble.

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Rocking horse transformation (I need help with a name!)

I stumbled across Heidi’s Christmas present by accident last year. I was returning to one of my favourite places to waste a Sunday afternoon… The Mill Markets with the intention of buying an old wooden Pinocchio I had spied on my last visit (It was to become another addition to Heidi’s nursery wall). I didn’t buy it the first time because I wasn’t completely certain I liked it. So there I was staring at the Pinocchio, again… still not sure.

I am usually a very quick decision maker, and seldom regret decisions I have made. So, whenever I’m not sure about something I should know by now to walk away. I did end up walking away, and thank goodness for that, or I wouldn’t have stumbled across this gorgeous old rocking horse, at a bargain price of $30!

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Old to new(ish) – dining chair transformation…

It’s official, salvaging furniture from the side of the road and restoring or transforming it is a hereditary trait.

Many months ago I mentioned to Mum that I wanted to replace the bench seats along the side of our dining table with six chairs.

I wanted the change-over to coincide with our move into our new house, but hadn’t seen anything I would be happy to spend money on. Being the thinker that she is, mum suggested that I re-use the chairs she was storing in the garage (my sister was holding on to them for a future use – yet to be determined!). So off we went to the garage to inspect them… they were perfect.

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Heidi’s Nursery – an eclectic crafty heaven…

Heidi’s nursery (whilst temporary) is quickly filling with amazing hand made items, and gifts – making it feel more like home for her.

Knowing that we will be moving in a few months (when our new home is built), I didn’t spend a lot of time decorating her nursery…
a) because I will be packing it all up soon, and,
b) because we will be leaving the bright blue walls behind, and welcoming an entirely new wall colour in our new home (giving me more freedom with colours!).

In addition to what I have done, many other crafty people have contributed in their own unique way to making her nursery feel homely (many have crept out of the woodwork. The quilting fraternity is still alive and well – it seems to be the hidden talent of many!). And those that aren’t crafty (or just can’t find the time – fair enough!) have also provided simply adorable gifts for our little Heidi. This post is a pictorial display of the eclectic hand made items, and gorgeous designs that together make her temporary nursery a warm and welcoming home…

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.