Thursday, 24 July 2014

Before And After: Mod Dresser Number Two


Before I get to today's B&A, I want to say a biiiiiiiiiig thank you to my North American friends who have voted for our daybed over at for their book nook contest
Its still running (up until July 29!) and you can vote daily! hint hint ;-) If the blogger you vote for wins, you are in with a chance to win too! The prize is a $100 Home Improvement gift card, a $50 Amazon gift card and a kindle paperwhite. Not bad!!

Onto the before and after!

So this is the second dresser I wanted to show you and is similar to this one I shared recently.
Similar but vastly different!

I tried something new with this one. A technique I've never tried before and had never seen on furniture before. I think it is a success and can't wait to try it again! If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen this a few weeks ago (sshh, let's not spoil it for the non-IG peeps;-))

Without further ado and all that...

Forgive...that black circle mat is impossible to keep perfectly clean ;-)

So what's so special about this??
I sewed the cross on!! Well kind of...I used string and stapled it on, but that's pretty well equivalent to sewing where timber furniture is concerned, in my book ;-)

I drilled four holes - which I actually measured, instead of my usual eyeballing technique - then threaded, knotted and stapled the black jute on.
I love it!! I have plans to try this with different designs when I find the right piece/s.
What do you think? Simple but edgy? Cool? All of the above? :-)

How it looked before...

Orangey goodness! Just how I like them ;-)

This baby is now in the hands of Five Boroughs in Melbourne who will find it a lovely new home, I'm sure.

That's it from me for now, I'm busy as usual. I'm trying to find more time to blog and read blogs...things get a little out of hand sometimes around here. There are projects galore, plus I still have a half painted house after probably almost 2 years! I really need to work on my time management skills...but then the girls usually throw a spanner in the works if I get too organized. Sigh.

We are all just doing the best we can and I appreciate you taking time out to read this!

Courts xx
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Our Daybed Is Up For Best DIY Reading Nook...And You Can Win Too!

*This competition has now closed


I was contacted recently by the lovely Krista from who told me that our daybed had been chosen to be in the running for their 'Best DIY Reading Nook' award!

So you guys get to choose the winner by voting! Plus if the reading nook you vote for wins, you are also in with a chance to win too :-) One lucky voter is chosen at random to win the same prize! The prizes are listed below and are pretty awesome! You can also vote daily to really increase your chances ;-)

What an honour!! There are some awesome reading nooks also in the running from some other fantastic bloggers, make sure you check them out when you head over to vote!

This is only open to U.S residents to vote, sorry! So for all my Aussie friends, just know that I know you've voted in spirit ;-)

It starts on July 15 and runs for two weeks until July 29.

How to Enter

Visit's blog (here) to select the reading nook you want to win! Remember, you can enter up to one time per day.


The blogger whose reading nook design receives the most votes will be selected as the winner of the contest. An individual who voted for the winning design will also be selected, at random as a winner. Both individuals will receive the following (amazing!) prizes:
  • $100 Home Improvement Gift Card
  • $50 Gift Card
  • Kindle Paperwhite

Official Rules

  • You may vote for your favorite reading nook once per day beginning 7/15/2014 through 7/29/2014. You must provide your email address each time you vote.
  • The blogger whose design earns the highest number of votes will win.
  • Anyone who voted for the winning blogger will be entered into a pool for a chance to win the voter prize package.
  • The winner of the voter prize package will be selected at random and will be contacted by the email address they provide.
  • Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter.

Thank you!

Courts xx

Before And After: Mod Dresser Number One


I know it's been a little while between posts...again. I'm sorry! 
I appreciate you for sticking with me :-) 

Before I get to today's before and after, I want to say a huge thank you to those of you who left such beautiful comments on my last post about my fat loss journey so far - THANK YOU!!!! I truly appreciate it as it was a tough one to put out there. (Especially the photos!) It definitely encourages me to keep going with this healthy lifestyle! 

And now back to the regular programme and the topic we all!!

You may have noticed the post title up there ended in 'number one'? Yes, this is the first of two similar style dressers I've completed recently. 
Which can only mean another furniture post coming up soon! I promise you won't have to wait six weeks for it! Yay!!

I really loved the simple and clean lines of this dresser. My taste in furniture is definitely changing and I'm really loving more timber, less paint in my designs. I love that design always evolves and changes. I love constantly being on the move!
I bought this piece to sell, and when I do that...well I like to push myself creatively and try new things. I also love to create a finished piece that I would be stoked to have in my own home. 
And I am happy to say that I achieved that with this one ;-)

Here is the before -

A bit on the orange side. A little plain. But not anymore...

I sanded my little heart out on this one, which I love...but I was glad that each surface was flat. No fiddly bits equals getting to the really fun bit quicker ;-)

To do the arrow design on the side, (which is only on one side, btw. I love asymmetry!) I measured the width to find centre, then taped my sections by eye, doing one section on each side at a time. I waited until the paint had cured before taping the next one. Otherwise the tape would pull paint off and it would have taken me longer ;-) I'm impatient enough already. 

The whole thing was sealed with hemp oil.

And there you go! This piece is currently for sale at the beautiful store Five Boroughs in East Brunswick, Melbourne. Yay!!

I will be back very soon with some exciting news to share!!

Courts xx
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