Saturday, August 27, 2011

Caravan-style eating nook.

The little space where the old wood stove once went, has a low positioned window. Which meant the kitchen cupboards couldn't continue along into the space. We thought an open shelf pantry might work, if you didn't mind your food seen or a storage bench along the window wall, however we decided to build a quirky little eating nook with storage underneath.

Mr CH used some Aussie hardwood offcuts that he stripped down and routed the edges for the benchtop edging. He picked timber with a red colouring to contrast with the lighter pine. We bought 3 'Porta Panels" @$60 each and used 2 for the benchtops and 1 for the eating nook including the piece cut from the sink space.We had 10cms left which Mr CH used to test gluing of the edging.

Blanket-box style seats for storing vacuum or Christmas tree etc.

The carpenter hard at work.

Taking shape.

The crew testing out the nook. If you had kids playing in the backyard you have a great spot to enjoy a cuppa while keeping a watchful eye. Mr CH is a clever boy. Doors we are using for the kitchen cupboards are heritage profile in gloss white.

The littlest thinks it's pretty cool!

Benchtops and eating nook have been varnished with polyurethane with a hardener added, paintbrushed on. Three coats to be sure.

Blue masking tape.

A telescopic stay for $20 is our solution for the pantry door/ceiling dilemma.

The gap between the walls and benchtops had been filled with silicon sealer while we decide what we will use for splashbacks.

I'll show what we've done in the bathroom next post, until then enjoy what is left of the weekend. 40+ml rain overnight!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back on line.

After a few weeks without a fully functioning internet connection, I'm glad it's all fixed. Not that I've missed it as much as I expected. Of course we only discovered the modem was turning on and off at random after we had said we would do the census online!

So what have we been up to? We've had another Birthday for no.3 son, with a Spongebob and Patrick cake. Apparently I made Spongebob's legs too long and didn't get his eyes right (no.2 said) but no.3 son loved his cake. Just as well, it took me long enough.

A sort of under sea look.

Our one and only niece is getting a little sister after Christmas. Which came as a total suprise for everyone as little H is a trache-child (breathes through her neck) and has been from birth after her Mum was exposed to a virus before she was born (while working in a remote community) which caused her lymph glands to go crazy. She can't talk much but is such a happy/funny little chickadee, has been lots of hard work for parents and grandparents. Makes me thankful we have ridiculously healthy kids. Also my favourite Uncle has been placed on life-support because his lungs are finished, such is the up and down nature of life.

Not wasting time on the computer has let me finish a few small projects, like this cane table from the op-shop. We spent a lot of time purging our house of grey walls,ceilings and floors after we moved in so there was no way this could stay grey!

I bought it because I liked the woven top, not very old though.

It had to be green, though I haven't decided where it might go yet

Green and red rambling roses, from a bush from Mr CH's late Pappy, an old variety that strikes well.

Too much rain and then a dry winter had the grass looking pretty gross so I used some bricks we had saved from old garden edging to tidy up the gateway.

before after(a girls job!)

It's straighter than it looks,he-he.
I also finished a little stitching I started about six weeks ago, as I usually do only in winter as an excuse not to get out of bed too early. I find it hard to find oval shapes to use so I traced around a paper mache box.

Colours picked to go with our bathroom cupboard that I found in a country shop years ago.

No.1 daughter has started a new job, Mr CH and the boys helped some relatives move into their first home, a stranger took some photos of bees in the orange trumpet vine for a book about bees, and I have been painting windows(as usual) and I am up to no. 11 and 12 out of 28 windows! I have lots of reno pics to share next time.

Until then enjoy the weekend! Yay!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wicker and flowers.

I haven't done much op-shopping lately, so I was happy to find this table for the veranda. I thought it would make a nice change from the old trunk we have been using. I left another older style one behind at the oppy on the last visit and it was gone when I went back. So after a good scrub down,undercoat and topcoat, I think it will satisfy the "picket fence girl" lurking beneath the surface.

Unfortunately it probably won't look like this for long.(all previously from the opshop)

But will be hidden under the weekly junkmail and probably a few feet as well.

I brought home this little alabaster trinket box also.

I love this kid's room in the August issue of Real Living magazine. Nice bright colours,wall-sized map and curved Kartell bookshelf. Also has some pics of "The Block" houses.

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post. For those of you who don't have flowers in the garden at the moment, you can share some of mine. Taken this morning while soaking up some sun instead of doing chores.

Clerodendrum ugandense-blue butterfly bush. I have wanted one of these for a long time.Another abutilon.

Shrimp plant?


Iboza teradenia riparia-misty plume bush.

More salvia.




Self-seeded petunias.

More petunias.

Dirty dog rolled in something stinky, about to get a bath.

Have a lovely week everyone, enjoy this perfect winter weather.

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