Paint Job- Bedroom 2

Hello DIYers hope you have been keeping well in this January heat! I am so grateful i am on leave and therefore can stay indoors! For me being indoors means work though, so much for leave! Since we moved houses, three months ago, the 2nd bedroom of our house has been my storage space, actually, dumping ground is a more appropriate term for how i have used the room. The room where all things that didn’t get unpacked ended up and where anything else i’d rather not see ends up. As you can imagine, it wasn’t pleasant! However, now that 2015 is the year of change, i needed a room that can act as a study (have i told you guys I’ve gone back to school? no? well i have.) and my chill out place since the hubby tends to hog the living room doing his stuff. This room was in a mess!! So many things lying all over that needed to be cleared. I did the work over three days as i kept despairing and going to watch TV instead..it was a better option. Unfortunately i haven’t  got the before photos but i took pics as i went along. Number one thing was to chuck all things out. This way anything that got back in had been vetted.

All things save for furniture in the room waiting for vetting

All things save for furniture in the room waiting for vetting

Second step was to rearrange the furniture. I felt we had not utilised the space well and thats probably why it felt cluttered. The before pics would have been so helpful here…but hey, imagine your worst. After a day i decided i shall be brave and paint one wall! Armed with some yellow paint that was left from the master bedroom paint job and  my one-wall-painting experience, see bathroom paint job , i felt well equipped to handle this project.

Paint ready, floor protected.

Paint ready, floor protected.

Lets do this!

Lets do this!

And indeed i was able to complete two coats. Here is what coat one looked like.

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Coat one done

I am yet to complete the room in terms of putting things away neatly,creating a calm ambiance for studying. Its work in progress and i shall share it with you soonest!! What DIY projects are you working on? Share!! Keep it DIY!!

New Look- Couch Re-upholstery

I would love to change the look and feel of my house at least every 3 years….from couches to curtains and other accessories. But this comes with a hefty price tag.

However, this does not mean that all has to remain the same! There are different things you can do to create a new look and feel to any room or space without breaking the bank.

After we moved houses, i felt that my couch needed a new look. I liked to refer to the couch as “sunburnt” since the colour of the fabric was faded in some areas. This couch and I go way back! I got it from a thrift store near where i lived for cheap! It was in good condition save for being a little sunburnt and some wobbly legs, which were fixed.

Looking sun burnt

Looking sun burnt

I did not want to deviate so much from its original colour so i chose fabric in the same colour family of red only bolder. I got a beautiful reddish-maroonish velvety fabric from TACC Store. I am sure the colour has a name, feel free to let me know what its called. Odhis, my carpenter, had already taken measurements and told me the quantity required. He picked the couch on a Thursday afternoon and brought it back on Sunday.

This was the first major project  in the living room especially since i wanted all other decorating in the living room to be in sync with the couch. Decorating a room, in my experience, can be done in different ways. You may choose to start with one big item and then let the smaller items fall into place after this. Alternatively, you could start with a small item such as an accessory and then base your whole look and feel on this as you move along. I prefer starting with the big and then letting the smaller details follow. What has your experience been?

New look

New look

He also added padding, replaced the cushions and the legs of the couch to smoother ones that won’t damage the floor.

The total cost for this project was Ksh30,000.

What have you re-upholstered recently?

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….And we are back!

Happy New Year! Its not too old to say that until Feb 13. After Valentines day its just mockery to 2015 to call it new. I trust you have been well and crossed over in one piece.

Have you made any resolutions? January is almost over how has it been with the resolutions? What i have learnt over the years is to do it realistically…the fewer the resolutions the better. If a resolution seems too huge a task to accomplish, i have learnt to break it down into smaller more achievable goals that build to the bigger one.

Its been almost two months since i last posted. A lot has happened over this period! We moved house, I got a professional camera, Canon 600D, and under took a basic photography course at PhotoMagic School the quality of images in the blog shall definitely improve!! I also got married and being a passionate DIYer…my wedding was not spared! I shall share details of all these activities and many more here.

Keep it DIY!!