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 Fabric.com. 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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The front porch makeover.

For months now we’ve been working on the front porch.  I spent many hours stripping back the layers of paint so we could have a nice smooth surface to work with.  It’s eventually going to be closed in with Plantation shutters and the front door will go.  But for the meantime we thought we’d use up the left over paint from the bathroom and give the porch a bit of a make over.

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My mother added a trim of yellow ‘rick rack’ to the euro pillowcases

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I brought at Adairs. And I brought the ‘home’ cushion from Adairs at Indooroopilly. I was tossing up whether to return this cushion as I’m kind of thinking that this decorating style using letters, quotes and words has been ‘done to death’.  I left the tag on the cushion and decided to give it a day or two.

The following day, I walked through the front door after a long day at work and saw the HOME cushion sitting on the sofa and said to myself  ahhhh… home sweet home. So Yes I decided to keep it.

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In the latest issue of  Home Beautiful I spotted an outdoor rug that I thought would look good on the porch. It’s made from recycled polypropylene.  I was going to order one online but decided on Saturday afternoon to go for a look around the shops at East Brisbane and Wooloongabba and saw the rug for sale at adrift.  It was meant to be.