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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Recycled Chicken Coop on: March 09, 2010 04:07:05 PM
This was a pretty big challenge for someone who had NO experience with carpentry, almost NO decent tools and NO money for decent materials - but sometimes I just get this idea into my head where I think "I can do that, yeah - no problem" and just go for it.


wardrobe as the frame on the base (free - left in the shed when we moved in)
planks from wooden pallets for the floorboards (free from freight company, I just rang and asked)
fence pailings and timber for cladding and frame (leftovers from a previous project)
sheet metal for roof ($5 a sheet from a scrap yard)
I bought the hinges

Plus I used a hand saw (yes, all those cuts were made by me, by hand. I really need an electric saw), hammer, nails, screws and a drill

progress shots

and of course some happy chickens, we got them at 10 days old and they are now 5 months. Pekin Bantams for those that like their chooks  Grin

he smuggled that one inside when I wasnt looking  Roll Eyes

Comments are welcome and thoroughly enjoyed!!  Grin
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / its amazing what paint can do. . . before and after's on: March 09, 2010 03:25:17 AM
Just a couple of quick, cheap makeovers.

The previous owners of this house were horrific decorators. Really terrible. Seriously.

Unfortunately we don't have the budget for major reno's so removing wallpaper, sanding back and re-painting is as far as we've got.

The first room we did is my daughter's (she is 4);

Cream walls with terrible dark green sponging, yellow cornices and frames, mint green wardrobe doors, a peeling wallpaper border with birds on it; morphed into bright purple walls, clean white trim and a sequined curtain instead of doors.

The second is the main bedroom;

More cream walls with half wallpaper and a border. The window frames were mint green and the carpet is a thick pile dark green (hopefully going to be something really special in a few months, stay tuned  Wink). There were FOUR different window treatments on the window, this has been cut back to the external roller-shutter and some roman blinds that are in my to-do pile. The room is now a simple blue-gray with my awesome wall art thanks to a tute from a fellow craftster (link here)

I had already chosen the gray walls before seeing the wall art tutorial so it just seemed perfect.

Thats it for now - nothing awe-inspiring but I'm very pleased with the transformations. Next is the lounge room and my son's room so hopefully more pics to come!  Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Roman Blinds! (first thread, plz be gentle) on: December 19, 2009 06:04:40 AM
Hello! Long time lurker, first time poster  Wink

I've been wanting to change the lounge room curtains since we moved in over a year ago. They were full length and generally not-so-hot. Not to mention the accompanying lace curtain that offered absolutely NO night-time privacy.

So - my first homewares project was born - calico Roman Blinds working out to around $50.

They are a bit wonky (pretty much everything I make is!), so I might spray them with water and hope they dry a bit flatter. Then again, for a first go and not having even examined a roman blind before - I'm just happy they are functional!  Grin

and the before shot;

thanks for looking!!
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