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Installing a Vintage Sliding Door

There’s lots about this house of ours that made us fall in love with it. Little quirks like two staircases, hidden character, and slanted ceilings.  When we bought the house there was a lot that needed improving. The wood chip wallpaper painted peach was one of the first victims of our restyling, along with the… Continue reading Installing a Vintage Sliding Door

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Toy Grocery Shop Restoration Project

Several months ago I wrote a post about my two restoration projects for Number Three’s birthday. Unfortunately only one of them, the rocking horse, was completed in time. The other, the little old-fashioned shop, remains in the garage and makes my conscience cringe with guilt every time I see it sitting there unfinished. Bad mother,… Continue reading Toy Grocery Shop Restoration Project

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My Long-Awaited Kitchen Blackboard

Chalkboards are in, apparently.  I didn’t really realise this. Since we moved into our house five years ago I have wanted to paint one on the kitchen wall. But The Bavarian wasn’t so keen. I still bought the paint and I renovated two old blackboards, one for the kids and one to hang in the… Continue reading My Long-Awaited Kitchen Blackboard

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Coat Rail Makeover with Mini Door Knobs

You may or may not already know of my love of bringing new life to old furniture. Sometimes I take it to extremes, taking something that really doesn’t have a lot of potential, hidden beauty or any other redeeming features and making something out of it. The Bavarian despairs of me when I refuse to… Continue reading Coat Rail Makeover with Mini Door Knobs

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Horsey, horsey, don’t you stop….

Back in May, I announced my intention to renovate a shabby, wobbly old nag of a rocking horse as a present for Number Three’s first birthday. I was full of inspiration and enthusiasm and had a baby who slept for about 90 minutes mid-morning, so I got off to a good start.  But in mid-July,… Continue reading Horsey, horsey, don’t you stop….

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How to Make a Window Mirror – An Upcycling Tutorial

I *may* have mentioned before that I have a thing for salvaging furniture. A few weeks ago I think I reached a new low. It was pouring rain and I should have been driving directly to Kindergarten so as not to be late.  But it was Sperrmuell day on part of your route. Sperrmuell is… Continue reading How to Make a Window Mirror – An Upcycling Tutorial

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Our Hall, Stairs and Landing Transformation

When we first moved into our house, we hadn’t the time to renovate or decorate anything that didn’t need immediate attention. That meant that the dark and gloomy but otherwise fully functional hall, stairs and landing was not a priority. The ugly peach coloured woodchip wallpaper was given a very hasty coat of white emulsion… Continue reading Our Hall, Stairs and Landing Transformation