D I Y, Home Decor, Makeovers, T U T O R I A L S, WOODEN Projects

Furniture ( Wooden Chest) Makeover

One of the first projects I tackled in my new home was the chests’s that we bought from Dubai.  We bought three of them through cargo. They are solid wood but have moved several homes domestically and internationally, hence the the scrapes and scratches.

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It was a labor intensive project and time consuming but the results are fabulous.

I hope to transform the new home into a cross between coastal and shabby chic.  With that in mind, we bought grey sofas and grey chairs for the dining table from Teppermans.  I must confess, I am not pleased with the sofas, as I find the cushions, not firm enough, also not having a velcro patch under the cushions to keep them fastened, makes them slide out of position. Rather annoying.

The chairs are fabulous though.

Back to the project at hand.

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After a good sanding and clean up, we gave the chests, three coats of paint.  The wait time was not as too long. But the time between 2nd and 3rd coat is longer.  Once they were done, I decided against distressing them and straight away, went into completing the project with two coats of varnish.

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I used the roller for the paint and brush for the varnish.

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Here is the end result.

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The lounge room is still not completely presentable.  And just incase, your wondering, why there are white sheets on the sofa – 2 REASONS. I have 3 teenager sons and 7 cats who use the lounge sofas more than we do !!
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The Courtyard/ Garden transformation ~ part 2

For those of you, who arent aware of whats going on, please view my first post on the Courtyard/Garden transformation ~ 1

One of the first things that I had bought for the courtyard were these very cute wall mounting terracotta half pots. 6 years later, not only have they aged but the color has turned really pale and ugly.  So naturally, that was on top of the to do list.

Unfortunately these pots are mounted in such a way, that they cannot be removed for cleaning purposes, hence I had to manage painting them while they were mounted which seems like quite a challenge. Therefore, I’ll just have to give myself that much leavage for the marks spread on the side 😦

The next project was this bench that I have had for a couple of years which has also borne the brunt of the heat and weather. I have been so inspired by all the coastal & shabby chic look these days, that I decided to paint it white. It isnt perfect by any measure but I love the new look of the bench. So inviting and ideal of an afternoon tea !

The bench was moved from the old location, closer to the entrance and the area behind it with the wire rack where we previously had wine leaves spirally and which later turned into a junk magnet  ~~~ was finally cleared !!!

Although it seems the progress is very slow, it is really a lot of hard work and I just know, its going to be worth it. Inshallah. There are many more projects at hand, so I’m just going to link this post to the following parties now :-



Dittle Dazzle
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
Making the World Cuter
Motivate Me Monday
Polly Want a Crafter
Making Monday Marvelous
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds 

Making Monday Marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.
I made the world cuter today @ Making the World Cuter
Just Something I whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Motivate me Monday @ Keeping it Simple
Brag Monday @ The Graphics Fairy  
Photo Challenge @ I Heart Faces
Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty

Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you found some inspiration in my garden makeovers and do visit me again to see how the transformations are coming along.

Till then,

Have a very beautiful week ahead.