Re-vamping the Wardrobe

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In my room there was a wardrobe and two sets of cupboards that had doors with slats, I didn’t particularly like the look of them. Originally I was going to take out the slats, re-enforce   the cupboards and cover the middle with fabric but when we went to look at the materials needed I realised that it was going to cost way to much to do that, so I had to come up with something else. Eventually I decided to take the doors off completely on the two sets of smaller cupboards and replace the doors on the larger wardrobe with extra curtains I had.

So we went out again the following weekend to buy Paint for the woodwork that I was doing, whilst we were there bought some wallpaper to line to insides of the smaller cupboards and bought a metal rod to put the curtains on and the appropriate fittings for the rod.

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When we got home I took off the doors (with the help of my dad) then measured the cupboards with a measuring tape.

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We then cut the rod to the right size before attaching the fittings to the inside of the wardrobe.

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After checking that the rod fitted we slided on the curtain and put it up. (that’s also the wallpaper I chose for the inside of the cupboard above.)

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Here is the final thing, once the first one was done and I was happy we repeated the steps for the second one. I really like how it looks and will be doing the smaller cupboards above soon once I’ve bought the wallpaper paste and sorted out the woodwork.

IKEA Bureau.

After moving the white cupboards out the way there was quite a gap where they were. So to fill this gap I asked my Dad to buy me a white metal bureau from IKEA . Putting it together was not the easiest  thing as IKEA instructions are not the best but with the help of my Dad we got it together and I’m really happy with how it looks.

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When my Dad brought home I helped carry it up the stairs which was easier said then done as the box was rather heavy and oddly shaped so getting round the newel post and the top of the stairs was interesting..

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we then started the assembly process. It took a while for us to understand how to start but once we figured it out it was together quite quickly.

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here are some more photos of the assembly process.

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And here is the final product! Like I said earlier I’m really happy with how it looks, as you can see I put my plants and some of my jewellery on there. Its is a lot shorter in height than I thought is was but I am surprised with amount if storage space it has and I like the fact it has keys so you can lock it.

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Painting

As it’s now the Easter Holidays I decided to paint my walls as I have more time, two of the walls already had 1 coat of paint on so I concentrated on the other two. I started by moving any furniture out the way then covering everything in dust sheets and getting the paint.

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The paint had separated so I gave it a good mix before finding the smallest paint brush and learning from my Mum how to ‘cut in’. ‘Cutting in’ is painting around the edges of the walls to get a neat edge around the skirting board, ceiling and anything else the wall touches. ‘Cutting in’ was definitely the most tedious part of the process.

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Once the first coat had dried, I noticed the the wallpaper underneath had started peeling of the wall. I think it was the moisture of the paint that caused this, but to fix it me, my Mum and my sister went to the Range to buy some wallpaper glue ( to stick it down) and some filler to fill the gaps that there were. Whilst we were there I picked up some free wallpaper samples, to use in my portfolio as part of some pages on texture I’m doing.

To stick the wallpaper down I used one of my sister’s little paintbrushes, this worked really well as I was able to easily get underneath the bit that had peeled up without peeling up anymore. It didn’t say on the tub how long to let it dry so I left it over night just to be sure. The next day I did the filling, which was also pretty straight forward. Using my finger to apply it to the wall the a scraper to scrape off the excess. After a few hours it was dry so I sanded it with some really fine sandpaper to get a smooth finish and make everything even.

The next day I did and second coat on both walls, I only just had enough paint to do it and when we went to get more paint to do a third coat we realised that the colour I’ve used, melon sorbet, isn’t made anymore so we’re going to have to go to B&Q and get it costom made which it a bit annoying but at least there is a way of getting the colour I need. so instead of doing another coat I sanded the woodwork, tied up the painting stuff, vacuumed, and put my room back to how it was.

I really like the way the colour look on my walls, it looks fine with two coats but three will look better. now that the majority of the paintings done, I can start the decorating which is going to be the bset part of this whole thing I think.

Mood Board

My Mum got me some design magazines so I decided to make a mood board out of them, to put all the things I  like in them together.

materialsphotoMaterials :

  • Portfolio
  • Design Magazines
  • Glue dots
  • Scissors

 

 

Method:

 

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I started by looking through the magazines, cutting out anything I liked the look of including room layouts.

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I kept going until I had a good amount of pictures.

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I next placed out all the pictures and played around with the layout until I was happy. I then took a photo of this with my phone to use as a reference so I could get it exactly the same.

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I then stuck everything down, using the photo on my phone as a reference.

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Here is the finished mood board! I will probably make more of these as I find them a good way to my my ideas together in one place but I also use them for inspiration.

First Furniture Moving

On Sunday the 18th February I did the first of the furniture moving.

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Here is a before photo. As you can see there is quite a lot of stuff on there, I thought that it looked really messy so I wanted to move these cabinets out the way and all the stuff with them.

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I had the help of my Dad and little Sister. These are rather heavy so My Dad helped me lift them but first I took everything off and packed it away into boxes which are now stored away until I’ve finished decorating. My little Sister really wanted to help so she took the doors off and helped with taking the shelves on and off to make it easier to moved around.

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I then packed everything off the unit that was currently next to my bed, before moving my bed out the way to hover the area and to dismantle the wooden unit. My Dad and I then lifted one of the white cabinets into the alcove next to my bed and the other one into the alcove next to my Sister’s bed.

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My bed was then moved back, and my beanbag has put in the space where the cabinets were for now but once I’ve painted my room the space will be filled with a metal table-cabinet thing from Ikea which has storage space inside it and quite a large top where I display my plants and things of the sort.

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This a photo of one of the cabinets after being moved into the alcove. Its looks rather empty now but once decorating has finished I will display some of my things on there.

Having moved the cabinets the room feels bigger even though one is still in the room and its quite nice to have a change as those have been in that space since we moved into the house ( roughly 9 years ago).

 

My Brief

By May 2017 I must have designed and created a modern style room for a 14 year old girl  (myself) within the budget of £200, documenting my progress of the room,as well as any side projects that will be used to decorate the room at the end, with a digital camera and blog posts. Many of the things used for the room will be from charity shops (as they are cheap ans the money goes to a good cause) but also up-cycling things from different places like car boot sales or things I already have in the house.

The themes/ideas for the room so far are;

  • green, white/cream, copper/gold
  • geometric shapes
  • plants- displayed in different interesting ways
  • lots of out of sight places to put stuff so it looks really tidy

At the end of the project, all the art work will be handed in drawn up in neat in a portfolio and the blog posts (possibly) printed of and displayed in a binder or something of the sort.

Mini Project 2: Creating a Water Garden

I saw this idea on Pinterest, and thought it looked really cool so i decided to give it a go. I went to the local pet shop to by the plants as i knew that they sold fish so they most likely sold water plants. We looked around at the budgies and bunnies before going upstairs to the reptile and fish section. I chose two plants, both self-oxygenating, one was quite tall and almost ‘fluffy’ the other just looked like a regular-ish plant with waxy leaves.

Materials:

  • Glass jar – bought from charity shopIMG_5334.JPG
  • 2 water plants- from pet shop
  • gravel- already had
  • glass stones/decorative gravel/ river pebbles-charity shop

    Method:

 

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First i washed the gravel really well as well as rinsed the river pebbles ect.

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I then made a funnel out of paper and used it to add a thin layer of gravel to the bottom of the jar.

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Then ,using the same funnel, I added a slightly thicker layer of the blue decorative gravel.

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Next I used a kebab stick to dig a hole big enough for the base of the first plant and carefully placed it in with the help of the kebab stick, covering with some of the gravel.

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I was putting in the second plant when I realised it was to tall so I took of the foam and plastic covered wire, then trimmed small amounts off at a time until I was happy with the height. I then repeated the planting steps I used for the last plant.There wasn’t quite enough of the blue gravel to completely cover the base of the plant, so i added more until I was happy.

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I then used a jug to pour in the water onto the back of a spoon to help the water to not disturb the gravel.

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After one jugful (this jug is rather small) I added the pebbles and glass stones. Not entirely sure why I didn’t do this before adding the water but that’s just what happened.

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Here is the finished garden! I added a few extra glass stones and moved some of the leaves around to help fill the jar up a bit. They water will need changing once a week to keep the algae down and keeping it out of direct sunlight should help with this.

My Mum asked the shop assistant about adding snails, she said that assassin snails would be okay so I,m thinking about that but  will probably go ahead as I quite like the idea of having a jar of water plants and snails.

Budget

My budget is £200.

So far I have bought:

February 14th

  • 3 plants for mini project 1- £3
  • A picture frame for air plant feature- £1.50
  • String of light bulb fairy lights- £6
  • Glass jar – £1

Total: £11.50

February 15th

  • 2 water plants- £4.98
  • Decorative stones- £1

Total: £5.98

February 23rd

  • x3 hexagonal shelves-£6 each

Total: £18

February 24th

  • Hippo head plant holder-£4

Total- £4

15th March

  • IKEA cabinet -£70

Total-£70

11th April

  • Lamp shade- £9.99

Total- £9.99

22nd April

  • Wallpaper-£10
  • curtain rod-£13.50

Total-£23.50

30th April

  • 3 plants-£5

Total-£5

6th May

  • 2 medium baskets-£24
  • 2 large baskets-£28

Total-£52

GRAND TOTAL-£199.97

LEFT-£0.03

 

Mini Project 1: Aloe Garden

Creating mini aloe and cacti garden

Materials/Budget:  Photo A

Enamel tray – already had

Soil/Gravel – already had

Shells/sea glass – collected from beach

River pebbles – already had

Plants – £3

Total to be deducted from my overall budget – £3

Method:

I was recovering from flu so stayed at home while my mother and younger sister went into town.  They saw a rack of aloes and cacti at one of the “cheap” shops in town and bought me 3 plants to cheer me up.  We’re not sure if they will survive as all my other succulents have come from specialist shops but I thought I’d give it a go.

Firstly I looked around for a container to make the mini garden in.  I found the chipped enamel plate in the garden where it has been used as a saucer for a plant. Then I gathered the cacti soil, gravel and decorative items that I wished to use.  I already had everything I needed as I had potted up a fish bowl terrarium a few weeks ago.

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I started by placing a thin layer of gravel into the bottom of the dish.

 

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I then filled the dish the rest of the way with the cactus potting mix.

 

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I played around with the positioning of the plants until I was happy.  The plants were VERY dry so I sprayed their roots with water as I was planting them into the dish.

 

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The final positions

 

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I sprinkled the river rocks onto the soil making sure there was a roughly even coverage that still looked natural.

 

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I then picked out the selection of shells and sea glass to add some interesting features to my garden.

 

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The finished garden!  I’ll water it once a week to start off with as I’m not sure how well they had been looked after by the shop.  I’ll have to adjust the water/light levels according to how they are looking over the next few weeks.