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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

10 DIYs of Summer: Part 5

A brand new renovation has just been completed at Casa Ribena. I've gone classic and affordable with the permanent fittings, and now what we need are the unique personal touches. Stay tuned for my 10 DIYs of summer - maybe you can be inspired to do something for your own space! Here's part 5...

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A pair of bargain ex-hotel bedside tables are my next pop of colour for our new bedroom. After a jolly good sand to give the new colour some grip, a coat of primer and 2 coats of gloss yellow (Dulux 'High Alert'), they now have a hot new look and are a cheerful burst of colour to wake up to in every morning!
I also made the cushions from Spoonflower designers fabrics, and re-covered the light shade with scrapbooking card and an edge of bias fabric trim, it's on the Rodd wall light from Ikea, a nice compliment to the ceiling light.
 
Purrdy! xxx

Sunday, January 15, 2012

10 DIYs of Summer: Part 4

A brand new renovation has just been completed at Casa Ribena. I've gone classic and affordable with the permanent fittings, and now what we need are the unique personal touches. Stay tuned for my 10 DIYs of summer - maybe you can be inspired to do something for your own space! Here's part 4...
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 I've always loved this chair, though I always knew the fabric wouldn't look good for long. Pretty quickly the kid's vegemite and yoghurty fingers had it ruined and a makeover was much needed. Better to keep it safe in the new divine setting of my bedroom with some glamourous peacock teal damask, which once had been a bedspread!

 Now it has a thicker, softer layer of fabric on it and it's the perfect chair to perch on by the window to put on a select pair of shoes from the collection! Oh, the shoes!


 A little bit nanna, and a lot contemporary. Another bold pop of colour in our new bedroom... I LOVE!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

10 DIYs of Summer: Part 3

A brand new renovation has just been completed at Casa Ribena. I've gone classic and affordable with the permanent fittings, and now what we need are the unique personal touches. Stay tuned for my 10 DIYs of summer - maybe you can be inspired to do something for your own space! Here's part 3...
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The previous owners of our little house had renovated the bathroom, with ill considered super-cheap everything. One of the many things which bothered me was the mirror frame, leading me to vow to wow when given the chance. Now, as part of a complete re-do, I've worked on an absolute beauty.
I found this large mirror with a fantastically ornate but tacky gold frame (obviously not antique) at a garage sale for $50 and I've given it a sexy satin black coat, now on the wall in our considered, conservative new bathroom... she's just the shot of glamour we need...
It pained me a little to use a hacksaw on it to notch a spot around the mixer tap, but it looks wonderful in place.
Now I'd just love another one for my hall table!

Monday, January 9, 2012

10 DIYs of Summer: Part 2

A brand new renovation has just been completed at Casa Ribena. I've gone classic and affordable with the permanent fittings, and now what we need are the unique personal touches. Stay tuned for my 10 DIYs of summer - maybe you can be inspired to do something for your own space! Here's part 2...
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Lighting the way in my new boudoir was always going to be something interesting and unique. While big name designer lights are covetable and showstopping, they also come with big price tags - and even still don't end up entirely unique anyway. Naturally, the only option for me is to customise something in a way unlike anything you can buy...

I chose a fairly Plain Jane 'Renata' 5 arm not-quite-chandelier at Bunnings and chose some urban romantic papers from Typo to give the shades a new look.
 I also simultaneously watched evening television and covered my fingers neatly in glue.... lovely!

Darling, it's totally glamorous in a non fluffy-girly way.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

10 DIYs of Summer: Part 1

A brand new renovation has just been completed at Casa Ribena. I've gone classic and affordable with the permanent fittings, and now what we need are the unique personal touches. Stay tuned for my 10 DIYs of summer - maybe you can be inspired to do something for your own space! Here's part 1...
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Our little ensuite has now been built, and, as a tiny all-white space - a splash of colour is just what it needs.

I found this large metal ampersand on sale at Typo at DFO for only $20, but I hated the colour. About to walk away, I thought "what if I painted it?"...

I chose gloss Dulux "High Alert" for instant sunshine...
 
Other ideas you could do with letters and typography:
  • Paint it with chalkboard
  • Decoupage some fabulous paper to the front of it
  • Mix it up with a cluster of different sized letters and fonts
  • Add a 3 dimensional word to the top of a huge canvas as a bedhead
Have you used typography in your decor?

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