I have 6 months before I go back to work. I want to get a LOT of stuff done around the house before that happens, so I need to get a wriggle on.
Here’s my list that I want to get done this month!
- Paint Bathroom cornice and ceiling (and post final bathroom reveal)
- Buy new TV cabinet
- Get quotes for Living Room blinds
- Weed pavers (left area)
- Put all weeds and branches etc in trashpak
- Pull weeds from big front garden bed
- Paint timber sides of skinny front garden bed
- Transfer soil & wood chips to big front garden bed
- Plant new plants in big front garden bed
- Get blinds installed in Living Room
- Move BBQ
- Set up pot plant light out the back
Ok that’s probably enough for this month!
This year I cut down my own tree! And it’s AMAZING, even if I say so myself =)
I went to Christmas Tree Keng, a property out past the Tulip Farm on the Highway to Sydney that grow radiata pines specifically for Christmas! They hand prune their trees to be the perfect shape, and you can cut them yourself so they are super fresh. Any tree costs $48 no matter what size (cheaper than the Belco Markets!)… Can you tell I loved my experience? I’ll be going here every year from now on =)
So on the 1st of December out I went, and surveyed the options.
This baby was about 1.5m tall (perfect to put on top of our dining table), and was nice and close to the path (I was wearing thongs and there was long grass, perfect for snakes!). So down she went!
And she fit nicely into the back of my car alongside the pram =P
It took me three days to finish the decorating (babies are time consuming), and 2 weeks to blog about it, but it’s up and I’m very happy =D
Happy Holidays everyone!
So we have now been without a working shower for around 17 days (who’s counting?), and it will be another 7-10 days until the shower screen goes in. Luckily, with besties and in-laws and parentals living so close, we are not that stinky, and have been bathing regularly =P As of today though, the silicon is dry, and we have the go ahead to turn on the taps again! So, screenless, I will be having a shower tomorrow, with our fancy now shower head pumping out hot steamy goodness onto my shoulders (it’s a 3 star water-saver, not great, but not too horrible, just have to keep the showers short!), and probably also onto every other surface in the room and out into the hallway…
Here are some progress photos of the job so far (I LOVE my tradies, they have all been excellent, and big props go to long time friend Robbie for organising everything for me):
Of course when it came to waiting for the shower cement base to set, Bella was not very helpful:
And what we’re up to as of today (but I’ve now swept it out a bit):
Can’t wait for the mirror cabinets to go in so I can put all the junk back away! =)
After a long long wait (almost 2 years since my last post about it!), buying all the parts, finding the right people and saving enough money, our bathroom renovation is finally under way! As I type this from my mum & dad’s place, my friend Rob is at our place de-tiling, patching and whatever else needs doing to prep the room for it’s makeover. He came around last night and bashed a few good holes in the wall, so there was no turning back from there!
I’ll post some progress photos over the next couple of days, but this is the bathroom in it’s “before” state:
I can’t wait for it to be done, it’s going to be so fantastic! =D
After revealing the nursery the other week, I promised a follow-up on all the bits and bobs, where I got stuff and how much it cost.
So here it is! I’ve broken everything down into sections, to make it easier in my own head.
Wall Decal – Etsy, LeoLittleLion, with shipping total cost $120, DIY installation
Lamp – Red Berry Designs on special at Mathilda’s Markets, $40 (handmade!)
Cloud Mobile – DIY Project, total cost about $6 (handmade!)
Green mobile – Ikea Kids, $10
Elephant Mirrors – Scoops Design at the Handmade Markets, gift from my muma =)
Elephant LED Mobile – Little Night Delights at the Southbank Markets in Brisbane, $35
Green Baby Owl – Plushka’s Craft, $30 (handmade!)
Teddy Bear Playmat – Babies Direct, another gift from my lovely mum =)
Wall Flowers – Unit Concepts in Braddon (or find them online here), $40
Giraffe Growth Chart Mirror – I’ve had this since I was a little kid! No idea where it came from, sorry…
Carpet – Bunnings, approx $250, DIY laying
Walls – Bunnings, “Dulux Plunge”, approx $65, DIY painting
Blinds – Metal Venetians on sale at Spotlight (not the right size for the window), $45ish, DIY installation
Curtains – Spotlight eyelet curtains by the meter, 3.5m (I actually should have bought at least 6m in hindsight), $150ish (including rods etc), DIY installation
Doors & Trims – White Enamel paint from Bunnings (to go over a pink trim, we tried using water based and it sucks, stick with enamel for this), $40ish, DIY painting
Crib – Toys’R’Us on sale, $150 down from $400-ish originally
White bookshelf – Aussie Junk (2nd hand at the tip), DIY repainting, $5
Chest of Drawers – Malm Chest from Ikea, $99
Shelves – Lack Floating shelves from Ikea, $70 for 3, DIY installation
Glider – 2nd hand off GumTree.com.au for $20, DIY seat cover and new cushion, total cost $85
So, by my calculations (which could be slightly off), this entire room cost only $1240 to complete, top to bottom. That’s pretty damn good if you ask me. Especially if you think about what it looked like before:
As promised, here is our baby room, all finished and ready for the kid to occupy =)
I will post a “Part 2” soon with details of everything (where to buy and DIY’s).
Let me know what you think!
And for a sense of scale (the room is not tiny but baby furniture is huge!), room overview: