Op Shopping in October 

I do love to op shop and my latest trip was fantastic. So many treasures!

From jewellery….

To decorative bits and pieces…..

These two gorgeous throws…..

And this stunning shawl which I decided was too beautiful to sit in my wardrobe….

And a pair of paisley cushion covers …

Such lovely items, I’m thinking someone with the same taste as I had a clear out! Lucky me!

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New Patchwork Project 

I have been working on a new Patchwork project, another blanket. This time in blues, browns and reds. I’ve never done squares before and I love the result!

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$4 Occasional Table Makeover 

When I saw this ruined little table in my local op shop for $4 I wasn’t sure exactly what I’d do with it, but I knew I couldn’t leave it behind!

It had what looked like pink nail polish all over the top, and lots of scratches and what looked like puppy chew marks (I speak from experience).

So the top required sanding no matter what I decided to do.

I had been leaning toward painting the table in a charcoal grey colour, however at this point, the table reminded me of my parents’ gorgeous Victorian dining table with dark stained carved legs and varnished pine table top.

So I figured I would see how it looked if I continued sanding and just varnished the top. (I can always paint it grey at a later date).

 Not bad for $4, huh?

I also picked up that sweet granny square crochet rug for $4 too. ❤️

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Telephone Table Update 

It’s been nearly two years since I updated this little telephone table (see This Post )

And one naughty cat, who might or might not be called “Frodo” has done some damage to it since then.

I found some gorgeous blue and white hand blocked Paisley fabric from India on eBay that was crying out for a special project, and this was it!

First I had to decide whether to paint the drawer again, or strip it. I was feeling ambitious so I went with the stripping option.

With several layers of paint to get through I started with some paint stripper.

And that’s when I discovered why I’d always painted it before. 

Turns out the table top and front of the drawer were topped with laminate!!!!

Aargh. These things always turn out to be more complicated than you first think!

With the aid of a trusty screwdriver and a sharp knife I managed to get the laminate off. Of course doing this ripped chunks out of the top.

A heap more paint stripper was required to get the glue off, and then I set to sanding and trying to repair the gouges.

Turns out some parts were made of a pretty maple coloured wood but other bits were made from plywood. At this point I was wondering why I’d ever decided to do this project. 

But I wasn’t giving up just yet. I decided to try and stain the wood. I mixed some water based polyurethane varnish with some brown acrylic ink, and plunged in with brush and rag …

It looked great!

Until I got to the table top. 😢

More sanding. A lot more sanding.

After several hours I gave in, and decided whatever imperfections remained would add “character” and “patina”.

“Meh” it will do. (In hindsight, I should have just bought a new piece of timber for the top, but I didn’t think of that at the time!)

Anyway, here it is in all its glory.

And with a pretty vintage lace cloth and some bits and bobs on top, I reckon it’s a success! I love the fabric!

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September Bed Post

It’s officially Spring, so florals were an obvious choice!

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African Inspiration 

I keep seeing images of African baskets on walls, such as these:

Source:West Elm

Source: Decoist

And these

Source: Maria Killam

I was really wanting to do a basket wall display just like this in my entry hall. I had a couple of flat baskets already, but I really loved those African designs. Time to find a way to make my own!

I was able to get some of those cheap cane woven plates that used to be used at BBQs and picnics to support paper plates. I remember them from my childhood, and picked these up in the op shop but I think you can still get them in discount stores as well.

Then I got my sketch book and watercolour paints out to play with some designs to go on them.

Once I had an idea of design, I used chalk to try and mark the cane for my designs.

Then I painted the basket with watercolour paints.

This was a lot trickier than I thought it might be!!!!!

However, I persisted and simplified the designs a bit, and here they are:

Then I hung them on the wall around the mirror with the other flat baskets I had.

Voilà! African wall baskets that aren’t actually African. 😊

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New Sofa Covers!

A recent trip to IKEA was all about getting some new grey covers for my sofas.

That naturally led to me completely rearranging my living room! Cats and dog supervised this process, generally getting in the way and making things harder than they should be!!

So here’s another room tour:

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