Three years ago I painted our dining room – a change from white, we went uber dark. The room hasn’t changed since then and, although everyone else in my family assured me it was gorgeous and fine, I never warmed to it. Repainting this room was also daunting. It’s a lot of work (two coats, priming etc), expensive (It took 2 gallons at least to paint) and I wasn’t sure what colour would work. So the room has sat like this, unchanged, for three years. Continue Reading →
I’m going to show you in the upcoming weeks the reveal of the back studio / garage build (the exterior of it at least). It was a big project and we’re still working on minor additions to the exterior. Part of the exterior was building a semi privacy screen much like we have elsewhere in the garden. But I’ve started to think we need to paint or, do a dark stain. I drive by this house often in our neighbourhood and LOVE the colour of the lattice. I almost knocked on their door to ask what colour it was, and if they didn’t know, I was going to be prepared with my paint decks, ready to colour match. It’s the perfect colour for a fence. Not too light, not overly dark. Kind of has some green undertones, which is perfect when you have trees. I decided to post it to my facebook wall.Continue Reading →
Happy weekend. Since I just showed you my trick of how to get the best looking gold frames, here is a post that will give you some inspiration using Ikea. First of all I love Ikea frames – they are economical and are offered in a variety of interesting sizes so you can create interesting displays on your wall. I’m regularly hacking Ikea frames. (Remember this piece?) Above is an example of my latest DIY project, turning an Ikea frame to be a gold shadow box with modern art.
Step 1: Start with this Shadow Box Frame from Ikea
Step 2: The frame is three parts.  The frame  The shadow box insert and  matting. Paint the frame gold. See my tutorial here. Spray paint the shadow box insert (#2) black and you can leave the matting white, in the photo above I experimented with spray painting it black – which worked, but wasn’t the look went with for the end project.
Step 3: For the art, I had left over paint swatches that I loved, and simply put them behind the matting… creating some mod art. Just collect swatch colours you like and start arranging them behind the matting – occasionally flipping over the mating to see how your arrangement looks.
That’s it! I think it’s a pretty good Ikea hack. Living room is still coming together… 🙂