Saturday, August 29, 2015

More Recycling

And this time it is old Rimu T & G floorboards, the worst job is getting rid of all the layers of horrible polyurethane and for that the best thing is a belt sander, with a  nice coarse sandpaper, works a treat.
As always I wear lots of safety gear, mask, goggles and ear protection and have the shop vac going to collect as much dust as possible.
But the results are always worth the effort and the timber looks amazing.

After the sanding and removing the polyurethane, so much nicer.

Finished, with several coats of shellac on the timber and spray painted on the frame.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sewing Days


It is just too cold to be out in the garage to finish my latest woodworking project ( a new outdoor seat), so I have been sewing, that was after my old (30+ years) machine finally died and I bought a basic Elna machine. It does everything I need and it works really well, without all the rattles and clunks of the old machine, RIP.

The Fabric Store (formerly Global Fabrics) has finally returned to Christchurch after losing their shop in the earthquake and have a gorgeous new shop at the Tannery. And I am so, so enjoying being able to buy their fabrics again. And since it is the winter it's the perfect time to be thinking and planning ahead for spring and summer. No better place to get ideas than Pinterest !

I bought these three fabrics and started sewing !

Now what can I turn these in to ????

Copper coloured silk
Navy and cream feathers cotton
Grey and bright pink silk

White linen

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Weather

It is proving to be a good winter here with some snow and a couple of amazing frosts, firstly the snow in June, on the way home I stopped near the top of Dyers Pass and took a couple of photo's of Lyttelton Harbour with the snow capped Mt Herbert, Mt Bradley and Mt Evans behind.
What a truly beautiful place to live !

Lyttelton Harbour
And then the last two mornings, we have had frost and then as usual, a beautiful sunny day.
Renga's covered in ice
Ice crystals on ceramic ball
Knot garden

The front garden

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New storage

With one 6m barge board left over, I didn't want to waste it, so I turned it into shelving for some lovely old wooden boxes.

It fits nicely next to the vertical storage I made previously. I really loved the old boxes, but they were a bit dark and grotty looking, now they sit nicely inside the shelves, to hold shoes, jandals and the ash bucket. And the dog biscuits and bowl on the top, plus the wire bucket we use for recycling.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Office/old bedroom

Our son has left home and it has taken just over a month to finish the renovation of the bedroom into an office, and first up was to clean out the room of the old unwanted furniture. Some went to charity and others to the dump, no one wanted it. The only pieces we kept were the desk and bookcase, all of the books we put out at the gate with a "free" sign and they all went, plus any games and DVD's.

 I use Resene Lumbersider paint, the darker wall is Cape Cod and the other walls are Boulder, all of the trim and ceiling is Resene white. And now it is all done and looking pretty spiffy.

The After
Just two shades of grey on the walls.
Looking in to the room, the desk was sanded back and had a few coats of shellac. The desk lamp is very cool with an LED light. The pictures are from our son when he was about five and I had them framed.
Roman Blind and notice board
On the large window I made a Roman blind from some IKEA curtains I had bought and had no where to use them, I just loved the fabric, botanical print with flowers and bugs. The cork notice board was spruced up with some gold spray paint on the frame and a star burst.
Desk caddy
I had made the desk caddy ages ago, it should hold a lot of pens !
IKEA Poster
We don't have IKEA in New Zealand, so my friend sent the poster to me from Australia and I put some battens on the wall and then used double sided tape. The bookcase I made from pine and then stained it several years ago.
Fire Fighter helmet and kiddy chair
My husband is a volunteer fire fighter and this old helmet was given to our son, the chair he used when he was little.

The Before

The walls are hardboard and had lots of staples from posters, so all the holes needed to be filled and sanded back. There was also some earthquake damage that needed some "No More Gaps". The door looks much better now, with new putty and several coats of paint.
The original colour and lots of patching prep work

The very ugly strip light had to go
The ceiling is Pinex, so when the strip light was removed by the electrician, some of the ceiling came with it, nothing a few coats of paint couldn't fix. I replaced the section of quarter round to meet in the middle for the new pendant.

Starting on the lighter colour
Once all the prep work was done, the actual painting didn't take too long, about two coats  with a roller, it definitely gives a much better finish than a brush. I used a mini roller on the door frames and window, plus a cutting in brush.

Putting the first coat of shellac on the desk
All the desk really needed was a sand back to remove any marks and then several coats of shellac to restore the wood.
The secret store of food from 2009
When we were cleaning out the room, this is what we found under his bed, the biscuits were all gone, but the muesli bars (dated best before 2009) were still there.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Out walking

Yesterday was a lovely Autumn day and I haven't had a walk for ages, and this is what I get to look at. This is Lyttelton Harbour from our side, the hills in the distance are the Port Hills and on the other side of them is Christchurch.
I took these on my phone at about 9am.

looking across the paddocks to the Port Hills

A nice gentle slope after puffing my way up what I like to call "killer hill".

The port of Lyttelton across the harbour

The water tank.

Vertical firewood storage

I found a really cool photo on Pinterest of a wood storage unit and it was exactly what I wanted to make for our mudroom, it would take up much less room than the box I made previously. And as usual I wanted to use timber I already had, and there was quite a lot of left over from the reroofing, mainly 2x4's and barge boards, excellent.

It fits ! 
And here are a few photo's of the build, it started with a base of 2x4's and then I ripped down some of the barge boards to make the sides, back and top. The barge boards come already primed, so were nice and easy to paint.

Going well

The bottom shelf was offcuts from the stereo shelves

Outside and ready to paint

A little bit of trim to cover up the raw edge