RE-PURPOSE. UP-CYCLE. RE-CYCLE. IMPROVE.


SPACE GAIN!

Do you need more space in your teenager's bedroom? Add a "room" to your home without adding one....Move the bed under the ceiling and gain a living space underneath . Ceiling height needed: approx 3.10 mtrs.

 


REPLACE YOUR COOKTOP EVEN IF THE NEW ONE DOES NOT FIT ! WE MADE IT WORK

YOU CAN BUILD YOUR OWN "BENCH-FILLER"  TO FIT THE SPACE,

FOR JUST OVER $100. DUE TO IT BEING IMPOSSIBLE TO MATCH OLD CAESAR STONE TO A NEW ONE, WE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT:

WE USED SMALL TILES TO AVOID CUTTING THEM WITH A BLACK GROUT 


Chair make-over

I wanted a certain style chair for my modern dining table and could not find anything I liked, so I decided to buy odd chairs at antique auctions. These were chairs that were solid and strong with a comfortable cushioned seat and beautifully shaped legs. I painted them all with milk paint and replaced the ugly seats with linen fabric. Even though the shape of each chair is not the same, they come together due to the matching paint and fabric. 

 


Back-Rest.

To create a cosy reading corner in bed,

simply hang large cushions from a steel pipe.

Before
Before
After
After

Side table rescue.

This table was in bad shape. It had a broken bar at the back and was generally neglected. It was ugly, dark brown with bird poo all over it, and almost ended up in landfill. I replaced the broken bar with a broomstick, glued and filled the cracks on the top and painted it with milk paint. It now has a new life as a side table in a hallway! 


If you do not like plastic shower curtains…

I made one out of fabric using antique linen “pressing cloth” from Germany. These cloths were used in the old pressing machines to protect items going through the press in the 1940's. 

 

They are antique fabrics, some of them have embroidered or cross-stitched initials in them and they often have small holes mended by hand which gives them a rustic look. The linen is very tough and is still going strong as a shower curtain. I have designed mine so that I can look over the top edge out the window. I had marine rope cut to the length I wanted and then used marine knots to position the curtain to my desired length.


Re-purpose old fencing material.

This fence was about to go to council clean up, when the grain of the aged wood caught my attention. I scrubbed it, dried it and then painted it with wood-wash. I love the effect and decided to use the old fence for a number of things: Presentation of my daughters HSC Art Major work (it was handy she had painted birds, and now they were sitting on a fence-), a pin board with a difference, a hook-board for my pots, a planter box for herbs- Who would have thought an ugly piece of fence could be of any use?


Transform a cheap stool.

This was a cheap and very plain pine stool which I needed to reach the top shelves in my kitchen cupboard. I decided to paint it, matching my shower curtains- (yes, I do have a passion for red stripes)

A dark base coat, followed by a sealer, then milk paint sanded back to your liking. Now a few stripes and a clear top-coat. Done-


Unusual objects can look great being re-purposed.

Here I used an old trough I found in a barn in the Australian Outback. It is the perfect “shelf” for my flowers. Old wood has so many stories to tell, I love it!


A bike on the wall.

Simply use a strong angle bracket and glue some anti-slip on top of the bracket. I used one with round nobs and the bike sits in between 2 of them. What a relief it was when the bike was finally off the kids bedroom floor J