The old kitchen that became a bedroom.


It has been quite a few months since our 14-year-old was able to move into his new bedroom that used to be a kitchen and I thought an update was long over due.

The photos aren’t the best but I hope that you’ll be able to see what we’ve done.

The photo below is what the kitchen looked like a year ago.

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And this is what it looks like now. I found the old set of drawers on Gumtree.  They sit in the old alcove where the oven used to be.  The old slab of terrazzo has been left as a reminder of what the room once was.

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The old possum house (the cupboard at the top) has been sealed off and the old pantry has been cleaned and painted inside and is now a wardrobe.

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The old back door and ‘dunny’ have gone and replaced with a lovely little study nook.

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The study nook is painted using Wattyl – Midnight Seas. It’s a nice contrast to the bedroom which is painted using Dulux – White on white

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The table was given to us by our neighbours who were moving out and it was on its way to the dump!!! I stripped it back and painted it yellow.

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The desk lamp was a bargain at Target, $35!

I found the fabric for the blinds at I was looking for something that would suit a teenage boy and not look out-of-place as he grows into a young man.   The fabric  was  $8.47 US per yard.

This is a great price as many of the fabrics that I’d looked at here in Australia were around the $30.00 mark for similar fabrics.  Shipping to Australia was approximately $30.00. We needed quite a few metres for the three windows, yet the total bill (including shipping)  was under $100.00!!!

Just recently, I bought some shelves for the study nook at the Freedom mid year sale.  They were too hard to photograph so I’ve borrowed the image from Freedom’s website!!!

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Fabric for the downstairs windows.

For the past year or so I’ve had my heart set on using some beautiful fabric that I saw hanging in the window of Brisbane Fabric Market, East Brisbane. The fabric is called Harlequin Delphine.

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But… for $128 AUD a metre and we needed 20 metres!!!! it just wasn’t an option.  I’ve spent the past few months looking for something special.  I was looking for something fun, fresh and colourful but not too twee!

Wow wee, I’ve found some great fabrics but when I showed them to the family I received funny looks.

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In the end I remembered that I had some odd bits of fabric that I’ve bought at op shops over the years sitting  in a box in the wardrobe.  It was exciting to dig through and I discovered that I had over seven metres of the fabric below.

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Please excuse the poor quality of the photo.  I believe the fabric is Barkcloth but I haven’t got a clue how old it would be.  Anyway… I thought it would make perfect roman blinds for the kitchen, dining and lounge area.  Mr F liked it but it was a little harder to convince my mother, who would be making the blinds for us.

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We’re really happy with them and now that they’re up I think that they’ve got the ‘seal of approval’ from mum.  I’m also really happy because of the money we’ve been able to save.