What sort of price might you pay for a new bed?

The average adult should be getting between seven and nine hours sleep each night. If you do not have the right bed to sleep on you may find that getting this amount of sleep can be a problem. Arguably, the most important feature of a bed is the mattress. If your mattress is old and worn, or it is not providing you with enough support, sleeping well could be a real issue. We are going to take a look at how much money you would be likely to spend if you decided to buy a new bed, and why investing in a new bed could be so important. How much should you spend on a bed? You may be thinking about buying a new bed, to help you get a better night’s sleep. If you are, then you may be curious as to how much money you are likely to spend on the bed. The answer to this question is that price you pay can vary a lot. Much of this depends on what you want from a bed. You could buy a bed frame from a store like Ikea for around AU$150 to AU$350. This is not a great … READ MORE

Inexpensive Fall Decor Ideas

With our remodel at a standstill (hopefully it’ll get going again soon!), and the state of MESS in our home, I sadly probably won’t be decorating for fall this year. It would kinda be like putting lipstick on a pig. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still dream. I hit Pinterest in search of some (inexpensive, of course) fall décor ideas. Here are some that I would make if I had a space to put them in. diy-falling-glitter -leaves-garland painted acorns leaf mason jar candle holder       diy chevron pumpkins  diy birch bark candle fall wreath with acrons glittery acorns dried orange and cinnamon ornaments burlap-bubble-wreath Gourd candle holders Enjoy your fall decorating! … READ MORE

Garden Fresh – Restoring Your Garden Back to Its Former Glory

If you’re lucky enough to own a garden, the chances are the winter has taken its toll on its appearance. But never fear: March represents an excellent opportunity to get your garden back in shape before the summer starts. Sweep paths and surfaces Really, you should be doing this regularly anyway. However, if you’ve neglected the superficial aspects of your garden over the winter, this is an excellent way to kick-start proceedings. Trim hedges This is another area of garden maintenance that can get away from you all too easily. The longer it’s left, the harder it gets. Could this be the year you invest in a proper set of hedge trimmers? Buying guides are easily accessible, with a number of manufacturers providing useful information online. Mulch ado about nothing Using organic mulch is not only a good way of sprucing up your garden; it can also save weeding, improve the soil and make up for nutrients lost in the rainy season. Clean and mend If you’re planning to spend the summer eating outside, then it’s sensible to check the state of your garden furniture. If it’s been left exposed to the elements, some of it may need to be re-oiled, repainted … READ MORE

Plans For The Master Bathroom

Ok, so I’ve been going back and forth on the style for the bath and I finally pinned something down. It’s basically a mix of a crisp and clean background (walls, floors and fixtures) with a few rustic/industrial touches thrown in. I’ve already started gathering up some of this stuff… 1. I fell in love with this Barn Wall Urban Bronze Outdoor Wall Sconce at first sight. Best part is that I got them on sale! And they’re already sitting safe and sound in our bedroom. This is sort of the vibe I’m going for, just a little more chic than rustic. You can check out my Pinterest Bathroom Board for more inspiration 🙂 Source 2. The bathroom is fairly small and I want to keep feeling as light and airy as possible. So, I’m going with a light warm gray on the walls. Not this color exactly, but you get the picture. 3. I want the vanity to bring in a large part of the rustic factor into the room. I’m thinking of going with something like this sideboard. I’m having a really hard time finding something with similar bones that doesn’t break the bank. We might have to diy this … READ MORE

Beginnings Of Our Master Bath Reno

I’ve been M.I.A. here at the blog for a while now, I think about a year. My little etsy shop has been keeping me busy and to be honest I haven’t done anything in the house (diy or otherwise) in all that time. Well, other than a couple of dressers I rehabbed for the master bedroom (which I’m not going to show yet cause I’m thinking of changing the color again!). We have been doing a few things since the beginning of the year. We had our popcorn ceiling tested again (at a real lab this time) and it came back negative for asbestos!!! So we had someone take the whole thing down. First in the guest bedroom, hallway and then in the master bedroom. We also had them add another layer of insulation while they were at it and had an electrician put in recessed lights and a new ceiling fan in both rooms. Here are a few pics of the process… The guy used duct tape to hold up the old insulation overnight and this happened. It was a huge nasty mess! Our new recessed lights… I saved about $20 on each set by buying them at a local electrical supply … READ MORE

In need of a little bathroom inspiration

So we’ve started tackling the upstairs little by little over the last few months. Just adding some lights and removing the popcorn ceiling. We moved into the guest bedroom and we’re now working on the master. Our initial plan was just to do a few cosmetic fixes for now and then tackle the bigger projects down the road. But moving to the other room was such a pain that we decided to finish the master completely before moving back. Part of this plan was to perform a small facelift on our master bath; just replace the vanity, tub and wall tile. But we went a little nuts this past weekend and demo’d the entire bathroom. No plan in place as to how the room will be put back together of course, so now I’m scrambling to come up with a design. Our old bath was blah, cave like and stuck in the 70/80’s. All I know is that I want the opposite of that. Yep, that’s all I got so far. here’s plan of the before… The vanity area is open to the bedroom and the tub and toilet were enclosed by a door making the whole thing pretty claustrophobic. I want it … READ MORE

How to remove paint from hardware

Ok, so I finally got around to refinishing the new(ish) dressers we bought about 8 months ago. Where does the time go?! The hardware was not in great condition and they were a dark brass color. I wanted more of a gold. I looked online for an easy way to paint over them. But soon realized (by other’s trial and error) that I was going to have to remove the existing finish if I didn’t want them to start chipping after a while. Most of the ways to do this involved using nasty chemical strippers of some sort of manual scrubbing (I don’t think so). I finally found this solution How to Remove Paint from Brass Fixtures; boil them in vinegar! In the pot they went… How to remove paint from hardware Here are some tips: Use an old stainless steel pot that you can throw away after (probably not a good idea to cook with this pot again since the paint could contain lead) Open the windows and turn on the exhaust fan (boiling vinegar stinks!) Try plain water if you can’t stand the vinegar (I didn’t try it, but it probably works just as well) I didn’t turn the heat … READ MORE

Souvenir Notecard Gallery Wall

I’ve been working on the ‘Project Gallery’, which right now I have to say looks awful. Please don’t look, it’s embarrassing! And I realized that I never posted a tutorial on the guest bedroom souvenir notecard gallery wall.

I love using pretty souvenir postcards and notecards as wall art. Not only are they inexpensive but they remind you of a great trip every time you look at them.

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Magazine Christmas Tree

Here’s a quick and easy project you can do in front of the tv. Take an old magazine you no longer want and turn it into a magazine Christmas tree. Magazine Christmas Tree Magazine Packing tape roll Ribbon Open the magazine to the back page and begin folding each page one by one using the steps below moving  towards the front page. You may need to adjust how much you fold in this part depending on how long and wide your magazine is. The tree will begin forming on it’s own. Keep going until you reach the front page. Then do the same thing with the front and back covers. For the base I used a roll of packing tape with a ribbon wrapped around it. But you can use anything you already have as a base; candle stick, small cake stand. upside down martini glass, pretty gift box… Linking up to some of these great parties: C.R.A.F.T., Crafts Keep Me Sane,  Craft 0 Matic, Todays Creative Blog, Hope Studios, Coastal Charm, Not Just A Housewife, A Diamond In The Stuff,  Homework, Domestically Speaking,  Sew Much Ado, Restore Interiors,  Primp, My Repurposed Life, Shabby Creek Cottage, Crafty Scrappy Happy,  The 36 Avenue, Beyond The Picket Fence, Craft Junkie … READ MORE