March 27, 2017

It's just over two years since I took on the project that was 9 Hinemoa Street.

I fell in love with this place the second I walked in and realised the potential the old girl had ... but she wasn't pretty.

There was a lot of room to improve, but that's where it sat. I knew if I purchased, I'd have a big job on my hands for the foreseeable future.

Buy hey, who doesn't like a challenge?

Now I don't want to ruin a nice blog with old pictures. But if you really want to see some of the befores - here they are:


The outside needed some work landscaping wise & the weatherboard was in a bit of a sad state after years without any maintenance.

But it came up very nicely with some prep work and a few coats of pigment sealer/Resene exterior white paint.

We tried a few different colours and even went as far as painting the front of the house Resene Cape Cod - a dark grey/blue colour.

But after a trip to Hanmer Springs with some...

February 13, 2017

I love making things out of unwanted junk/scrap. Nothing gives me more pleasure than taking something that's meant for the scrap heap and turning it into a functional (& hopefully beautiful) piece of furniture. That turned out to be the case with this one.

I understand it can be a bit daunting to just pick up an old door and say ‘yup – I’m going to turn that into an office desk’.

But honestly – it’s not that hard. It’s all about just getting into it, giving it a go and not expecting perfection first time out.

Almost every single piece I’ve made since I started doing this as a hobby five or so years back have ‘character’ … and by character, I mean – they have imperfections and don’t look shop bought.

But that just adds character no? And I also love the fact that it’s not just another factory mass manufactured cheap piece of laminate.

Turns out to be a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a similar item from a high-end furniture shop most of the time too … if you’re smart about you’re shopp...

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