Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The other side of the bathroom door...the hidden hallway

Here's the hallway I've created at the other end of the old bathroom.
I bought the wallpaper with tiny chairs on it when I went to visit Kim in America.

(Yes, I know the window trim is falling off in some of the pics. But if I stop to take new pics this will never get posted!) 
You only get a little glimpse of the linen cupboard through the bathroom door.

 I've always wanted to build a linen cupboard and the hallway seemed the perfect space to create one.
The doorway beside the cupboard is the entrance to the stairs up to the third level.

 The linen cupboard won't really be able to be seen unless you look through the window from the outside...and even then you need to pull the window out to see it properly - which is why the window trim keeps falling off!

Still room to add a few more things in there!
I just have a 'thing' for pictures on glass at the moment. 
When I found the chair picture on the Graphics Fairy site I couldn't resist adding it to the glass to go with the wallpaper.



Sabiha made the window cleaning supplies and I made the tin basket to put them in. 
Sylvia made the wooden box.

Maybe it's still a bit too tidy...yes, definitely room for more in there!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Vintage Lavabo for the Farmhouse Bathroom!

What do you do when you see something (in real life) that you have no hope of ever owning...
well, if you're me...you make it in miniature!
And that's why I had to make an antique lavabo for the farmhouse bathroom.

Oh, how I'd love a real one! But I've never seen one here in NZ.

And here's a little peek through into the hallway behind the bathroom...there's more to see around the corner!

Thank you to all the wonderful people who took time to leave such lovely comments on the bathroom post. I'm thrilled that so many of you like it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Farmhouse Bathroom Renovation

And so the little bathroom renovation begins...
Here's the room stripped out and ready to be re-done.
I've never cared much for the bathroom. And this room is much too long and deep to be very useful.
So...I've split the room in two. The end with the window will be a hallway and the front two thirds will become a more manageable size for a bathroom.

 I started by making the bathroom floor. Of course I should have made the floor into the hallway all at once but I was in a hurry to see what the bathroom was going to look like...I might have mentioned before 'I like to see results fast!'

Then I made a very shabby old door from scratch!

I made some new walls with rusty tin wall panelling.

And I made a transom window to go above the door. 
The light shines through the pretty window and door glass but it's very hard to photograph!

I loved the way the bathroom looked but something just didn't seem quite right. I didn't know what it needed until I decided to change the floor...

That was what it needed!
Shabby painted floorboards.

 Oh, yes. I'm happy with it now!

The ceiling - with a little mildew...because everything's a bit run down in the farmhouse.

The bath was an unfinished wood one I bought years ago.


I finally got around to painting it.

I couldn't decide whether the bath should be copper or zinc so I went with copper on the outside and zinc on the inside.


There's plenty more to be done!

I've finally realised I need to finish renovating all the rooms before I fill them with the fun stuff - otherwise everything keeps falling over.

The hallway on the other side of the bathroom door is almost done. Soon to be revealed!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

A birthday party for ME!

At the end of last year I had a significant birthday!
Earlier this year I celebrated with friends and family.
Being a party planner (perhaps with control issues) I staged my own event in our backyard.

Here's the invitation...all hand made by me...but you knew that!

The invite pulled out of the front of the box.

The details were on the inside.
There's a little switch on the top of the box (I had to make the boxes from scratch).

Of course there had to be miniatures in there!
But what's the switch for you're wondering...

Well, that switch turns on a little flickering light!

And now the party...

 I wanted to create an outdoor lounge.
Fortunately we had a lovely summer evening for the party.

I found the old door in a roadside rubbish collection a few days before the party.
Hubby was away so Liberty and I had to load it in the car ourselves...I have no idea now how we managed it. That door weighs a tonne! 

I borrowed the little tables and chairs from a friend.

There's my tolerant husband standing. 
He kindly told me he would do whatever I asked to make my party perfect!

Those are all fake flowers I found at op shops.

A real life version of the invitation.

Liberty baked and decorated the cake...and cut it!

 The backyard lounge...we were out there until after midnight it was such a warm evening.

Of course I made take-home cookies for my guests!

The couch came from an op shop. In my haste to re-cover it I forgot to take a before pic. But you can see the old upholstery on the bottom of it there.
Hubby painted it for me and I covered it with fabric also found at an op shop...sometimes when you're op shopping things just fall into place!

After! Just what I envisaged for my outdoor lounge.

I hung some of my prettiest decorations inside the house. 
I was looking after my two little nieces that day and they helped by handing me the decorations while I was up the ladder.

Although they weren't coming to the party they were dancing with delight when they realised they were here for the starting of the party - the start of the decorating!

I used a photo of the outdoor lounge to make the Thank You card. 


I had a great time with many friends at my little celebration!