DIY Christmas


It’s no secret that my family are a wild bunch of creatives, this Christmas I have noticed that we have all went over board on the deco’s and some have even dabbled in DIY to make Christmas that little bit more authentic.

My Step Mum is a machine on the end of a skill saw, we would spend hours making things for the home and garden when I was growing up I just loved it!




This year she sent through some photos of a project she had on the go for the front window display of her homeware store in Te Anau.

These are such a good idea when you want to try a good DIY project for Christmas and adds some character to your home/store front.


My Sister has inherited my mums love for going overboard on the Christmas deco’s.  She is pregnant at the moment so I can only imagine what her house is looking like with the extra time on her hands, her poor boyfriend is probably wrapped up nice and warm with a Christmas jumper (even though its summer here).

Ash is quite the artist so this year she has went for a DIY bobble decoration for the tree. She has put little pokemon inside them haha im sure they look super cool against her white tree.  So easy to do with a glitter jell pen.



My Mum goes ALL OUT every year for Christmas.  Christmas is really important to her so she decks the house out and seems to pack the house out more and more each year.  Some people think Christmas decorations and the like are tacky and annoying but for me it means family, love, laughter and SO much Joy.  I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers so when we are all home together its really something money cant buy so I say bring on Mums Christmas tree and the country chic style that her house screams!

Mum likes a full on tree so she adds some cotton decorations, metal birds, spray painted ferns and even some golden grapes

If you are wanting your house too have that extra Christmas look you could do what mum does and go crazy on the chalk painted furniture, it adds the rustic feel and is so comfy you just want to have a few drinks and catch up with the family and talk about the year that was.


Upcycling Nesting Tables


Nesting tables, everyones grand parents had them (probably still do).  They are the table that we often think are a bit nasty because if the treatments to the wood and the fact that your nana paired them with lovely doilies and the 1970s lamp which had a really dodgy light switch.

With a bit of creativity and patience you can create a piece that the shops no longer sell, Nesting tables will not date, they will always have that place in your heart and add a focal point to a room. Because of the style they will be universal with which ever paint type you choose: Minimalist Luxe – Pastels, Modern contemporary – High Gloss, Boho Chic – Flat and chalk paint.

I have wanted to up cycle a set of nesting tables in this style for a while but the prices on trademe and in thrift shops in NZ are ridiculous. My friends have quite the collection of furniture from generations of falling in love with certain pieces and then storing when a new piece was introduced.  So they kindly gifted me these to put my up cycling powers to work.

Originally I thought that a Pale blue with original brown would work – it didn’t!  Furniture up cycling can be a challenge at the best of times because you really have to think about which colours work together and then if they will work with the style of the pieces and of course fit into your home (a great book to help with this is Your home and garden’s Golden guide to redecorating).

Georgia is great for pulling me back in line, often when your in your creative element you get a bit blind sided so its awesome having her to overlook my projects and I guess the same . Down to Bunnings we went to get our paint, we spotted a new type of paint by DULUX called Dura Max this paint is the business!  It dries fast and hard, has great coverage and looks amazing. The colours we ended up using are “wiggle” which is the Citron colour for the top and “endless dusk” the amazing grey for the legs.

I got a bit eager and decided to tape then thought – I didnt take a before photo!  So here it is taped up ready to go.


Once taped I put new paper around the edges so the spray did’t go on the legs also, I always use a grey undercoat so the colour doesn’t go too bright. I gave the top 1 under coat and 2 good coats with Dulux’s “wiggle”. After 1 hour the paint was so hard I could flip it upside down on a sheet and mask off the tops underside edges and start with the legs – again 3 coats in Dulux’s “Endless Dusk”.

TIP: make sure you always use a high tack painters tape, this paint can take it (peel slowly) and you will have sharp edges like the pros!

What do you think of our colour selection?  We are always looking for a new project, if you want us to try an up cycle for inspiration leave a comment!


DIY Trestle Desk

DIY Trestle Desk

The Trestle Desk

I have wanted a table like this for a while but didn’t want to fork out the cash for one that I couldn’t see in a store (most are available only online).
A friend mentioned that Mitre 10 has a campaign called “easy as”….. Loving the name I went online to check it out and noticed they had an awesome video of how to make one.  The dimensions etc were perfect for our office space and the guy in the video describes how to make it in such a kiwi way I couldn’t help but watch it through.
A few weeks went by and I was walking through the hardware store buying vege plants and the 1800mm pine top caught my eye – next thing I knew $110.00 later I had everything I needed to make a trestle desk, walking out to the carpark I was stressing that it would fit in my Mazda Axela – it ended up fitting just fine.
Check out this link to Mitre 10 Megas videoyou can play around with the finishing in the timber and the table top.
The finish I have went with is just adding water to white paint and rubbing on the wood with a cloth, it only needs one coat to take the bland look from the wood. I have paired it with a replica Eames Chair from Kmart. The large image is The Mound II by Ruben Ireland.
The video as mentioned above literally was “easy as” to follow, I might make another for Georgia – better yet – make it with her!
Would love to hear if you have made one – feel free to leave questions if you have any, this saves you roughly $200.00 and gives you the satisfaction of building it yourself.
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