Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Fireside bench seats

We now have a new place to sit.

On Saturday I went out to Ikea to pick up some things to make the fireside bench seat cushion.
For $59 each I got two toddler bed mattresses made from foam. I also bought some white material from Ikea (could be a mistake as they are already getting kiddie finger prints on them so this may change to navy or something more forgiving. Dave bought some chipboard from the hardware shop and I borrowed his staple gun. Here are the bits waiting to be assembled.
 And here is the bench before.
I managed to cut the foam pretty easily with just my sewing scissors.
Then I cut out the fabric and stapled it to the chipboard with the foam in between.
Here it is finished. Much cheaper than the $360 each I was going to pay for an online company to make it for me.
Then I went to Kmart and bought a few new cushions.

 Then I saw a Reindeer cushion in Kmart a few days later and added that for a festive look.

It is a great place to sit and the kids love having a little nook to sit in and read (who am I kidding, they are playing on the smart phone).

Here are the details of the products:

Ikea Vyssa Slappna Mattress for junior bed 2 x $59
Ikea Minna white fabric $35
Chipboard $15
Kmart lattice cushion 2 x $10
Kmart dream big cushion 2 x $10
Kmart reindeer cushion 2 x $10


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Moving the kitchen bench

So yesterday after work, Dave's brother helped Dave move the stone bench top off the kitchen island and they put it into Heidi's room.

Then we rotated the bench around so that Dave can pull up the floorboards, dig holes and put in some new stumps.

Dave's brother disconnecting the benchtop with Sammy watching on.
 Benchtop gone.
 We will keep it safe in Heidi's room until it is time to put it back on.

And here is the kitchen with the bench spun around. The whole room feels different like this. I would like to keep it this way and re-do the kitchen. Well a girl can dream.


Sunday, 8 November 2015

It's like camping

You know when you go camping and you are surrounded by bugs and cooking smells mix with the smells of the earth. Well our kitchen feels just like that at the moment. Dave is digging holes under the kitchen floor so every so often mud gets splashed up and dirt is wheelbarrowed across the floor. The kitchen smells of dirt (most of it untouched for many years) so I have been burning scented candles to try to disguise it. Mind you those candles don't do much do they.

So here is what I am talking about.
 Ok so maybe you don't get the sound of a jack hammer when camping. Just an added bonus for us.

Got to love washing mud splatters off the walls.

While he was doing that, I did the first gloss coat on the stair risers in case the floor sander comes this weekend. He suggested doing one coat of gloss then sand then the last coat or two.

We have a plan to get the floors down before Christmas. Let's see how that goes.