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The Broke Girls Guide to Decorating: Bedside Table

Step one: Realise you need a bedside table for the guest room but have zero budget left. OOPS! Step two: Scrounge around the house looking for a flat object that could feasibly masquerade as a bedside table in a pinch. Step three: Find ancient trunk collecting cobwebs in a corner and paint the it linen grey… Continue reading The Broke Girls Guide to Decorating: Bedside Table

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Guest Room Update: Sneak Peek

OH how far it’s come!   The sad little room in need of some attention is finally getting some love. Hours spent scraping ceilings, stripping walls and pulling up grotty carpet and skirting board while listening to true crime podcasts and finally we are here. My biggest struggle with renovating is the prep work. I want… Continue reading Guest Room Update: Sneak Peek

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Guest Room Update: Take a Seat

This weekend was a bit gloomy, I was feeling very sorry for myself with a miserable head cold for a few days and it was really stormy outside.  By the time Sunday afternoon rolled around I was getting a bit restless so decided to get to work on a quiet little project in the lounge whilst the hubby had a snooze.    I love snoozes as much as the next girl!  But I always regret them when I wake up feeling more tired than I started so decided I needed something to do instead.

I had been looking for the perfect seat to go with the little desk I painted a few weeks ago for the guest room and stumbled across this drop dead gorgeous fabric at spotlight that insisted on following me home. Time to put things together…

So with the fire lit  I braved the weather and ran to the car to haul out this little stool I bought at the op shop for $25 and have driven around for a week with it in the boot.Does anyone else do that?  No? OK as you were then.

Here it is. I love the simple shape but it has chips and the fabric seat is lumpy and threadbare, so it is time for a makeover.


I had the support crew nearby actively cheering me on.  They are good like that.IMG_3090

I do tend to be easily distracted so a quick pop downstairs to the craft room to grab my painting supplies resulted in a 15 minute tidy up and attempt at sorting out the space, before I realized that was actually no fun at all without the proper shelving that I am trying to convince the hubby to install going to put up myself. That is definitely a project best procrastinated about until I find a day when I have more energy and some wine .

By the time I got back upstairs someone had eaten my last two squares of chocolate. Nobody was admitting anything but my money is on the hound dog, she may be half deaf and blind but there is nothing wrong with her sense of smell when it comes to food.

I set to work painting and it was a nice relaxing activity, there was only one near miss with the giant curly dog getting a bit close with his cone of shame but it all cleaned up nicely and with only minimal swearing.

So, an hour and two coats of chalk paint later I was ready to recover the seat.  I managed to find some quilt batting during my tidy up so added that for a little extra padding and got to work with my cuter than cute fabric and handy stapler.  It took less than 5minutes and is so much more comfortable now.

I am really happy with how it turned out, It was a fun, quick and easy project which brings me a step closer to finishing the guest room.

The Gib stopper has finished now and I have outsourced the painting to eldest son in exchange for sorting his wardrobe and doing his laundry, we are both very happy with the trade and I will pop up progress photos soon so hang in there folks.

Here is the finished project.