The Suite Extension Plan

The frame is already up and as I type this the roof is going on (yep!) though before I get to sharing the build progress, I thought I should divulge the plan.

As mentioned in my last post, this will be a second story addition to my parent’s 1960’s house. They currently have a triple-split-level home (that makes it sound huge though it’s a regular family-sized home) and the addition will be going over the middle section.

Before

In conjunction with the extension, they’ll also be making-over the exterior and doing some landscaping.

Of course, this means the size of the suite is dictated by the existing underlying level which is around 7 meters/22′ square.

We played around with a few different layout ideas though here’s the basic plan my parents settled on…

House Floor Plan Rendering

Rendering Overhead

House Rendering

Overhead Rendering

Rendering

View Suite Extension in Chief Architect’s 3D Viewer.

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Although these plans are to scale for the most part, they are just rough (we had official drawings created by a qualified draftsman), and the inclusion of most fixtures, furnishings and materials is merely suggestive at this stage. As much as I’d love for mum to go for an emerald green vanity, I’m not sure that’s on the cards (we’ll see!).

Along with the overall size being governed by the underlying level, for budget reasons as too is the position of the bathroom and powder room which sit directly above the main bathroom below. Fortunately, this works out well anyway as they are on the ‘blind’ side of the house, which leaves the living quarters open to the glorious view and little balcony.

There won’t be anything overly “designery” or extravagant about this build. Far from some additions where a charming old home is juxtaposed with a striking contemporary extension with all the bells and whistles, my parents want to keep things simple and consistent, which I think makes sense. They will retain the same basic architecture as already in place throughout their existing home, and in many ways this decision to remain homogeneous is actually a blessing, in that it eliminates the need to agonise over every…single…detail!

The stairs will go up at the far end of my parent’s entry hall, where there is currently an external door (which basically leads to nowhere), and a secondary passageway to the lower level (there is another access point to the lower level which you can’t see in this pic – hidden behind the open front door).

Entry Before

The staircase aesthetic hasn’t been locked-down yet, however it will just be relatively simple in-keeping with the existing style of the house.

As mentioned earlier, the build is already underway and this is the current state of things…

Obviously at this stage you need to use your imagination, so to help give my parents a visual idea, I created this rough rendering (not fully to scale)…

Exterior 3D Rendering

The completely different colour palette might surprise you, and whilst this is just a vague preliminary concept, my parents really want a light house with dark accents. I’m not entirely sure how it’s going to evolve yet, but the possibilities are exciting!

 

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A New House Project

Now that the sun has well and truly set on the flip house, it’s finally time to share what I’ll be working on next!

Some of you may have caught snippets of this if you follow me on Instagram or through my Facebook group, and I’m excited to reveal that I’m helping plan, design and decorate a house extension!

I’ve never worked on a new build before and am not sure whether this different direction will excite or disappoint you guys. I’m not even certain how to feel about it myself yet!

As much as I’d love to announce the extension is for my own home (that is on the cards, one day), it will actually be for my parent’s house.

They currently have a four bedroom, two bathroom home (you may have seen a few of their spaces in my past projects – Bathroom, Laundry, Living Room, Master Bedroom). They’ve lived in it for almost 40 years and have made some major, and lots of minor, improvements over that time. This extension will be a second story addition in the form of a suite.

The suite will include a bedroom, living and dining zone, kitchenette, bathroom and powder room. It will be like its own tiny home!

In conjunction with the extension they will also be giving the entire facade a fresh makeover! A big job given that over half the house forms the facade!

The decision to extend came about for three main reasons…

:: To re-capture their lovely views which were partially blocked when a large new house was recently built beside them.

:: To provide accommodation for visiting friends and family.

:: To satiate mum’s need to always have a project on the go! And, of course, to boost the value of the property without over-capitalising.

I was planning on sharing the extension progress in real-time though things got underway whilst I was still wrapping-up the flip house so I’ll be playing catch-up over the coming weeks. Can’t wait to share the design plan and some of the decorating decisions we’ve already made! Not to mention the actual build progress.

Speaking of decorating decisions, whilst I’ll have a hand in the overall design, this is my parent’s extension so obviously the general vibe will be driven by them. My mum has great taste though leans a bit more classic and conservative than me. Still, she’s open to a bit of risk-taking in the less permanent elements (and she trusts me – sucker!) so it will be really fun and interesting to bring everything together!

Whilst there will be an element of DIY and lots of budget-friendly inclusions, my parents are at a point in their lives where they don’t want to tackle every single project hands-on, plus they aren’t opposed to buying a few splurge items (nothing crazy of course, just some mid-range pieces in the interest of quality). They’ve worked incredibly hard, and made plenty of sacrifices, to get to where they’re at financially (which, by the way, is still far from wealthy), so good on them!

Obviously, this new build won’t progress quite as quickly as the flip house though to me that’s actually a good thing! I’m looking forward to working on and sharing some other personal projects on the side.

Will be back soon with the plans and some photos.

 

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Easy Upcycled Terracotta Herb Pots

DIY Hand Stamped Herb Pots

I don’t do a lot of crafts, though every now and again I get a hankering for an easy little project.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve been growing plant babies as per the Woolworths Discovery Garden initiative.

Herbs

Well, those babies got quick fast! And after just a few short weeks were ready to be transferred into new larger homes.

The veggies and flowers will make their way into our garden, though I wanted to keep some of the herbs near the kitchen.

Initially I was just going to plonk them in plain terracotta pots (which would have been fine and dandy), though whilst I was brainstorming a way to label the herbs I decided a bit of upcycling was called for.

Of course, there are a million different ways to label potted plants and I was originally just going to use wooden pop sticks, but this was an easy and cute alternative.

I started with some new terracotta pots and saucers (which cost just $3 each) and made sure they were clean and dry.

Herb Pots Before

Next I masked off a section with painter’s tape, making sure the tape edge was really well sealed.

Taping the Pots

Then I painted the remaining portion of the pot with some water-based paint I already had (it was just a mix of left-overs and included some chalk paint and mineral paint too – it created a nice velvety matte finish). It took two coats.

NOTE: Sealing the interior of the pot is an optional additional step. As terracotta is porous, there is a chance that water seepage may effect the paint over time, resulting in peeling or cracking. As I’ve had great long-lasting results in the past without sealing the interior, I didn’t bother. Plus, I’m not opposed to a bit of an aged weathered effect if the paint does deteriorate a bit. Just bear in mind that sealing will also diminish the breathability of the terracotta which can result in excess water retention in the soil.

Painting Pots

Before the paint was entirely dry, I peeled the tape off (removing the tape before the paint is totally dry just means the paint is still a bit “soft” which helps avoid little chips).

Tape

Once the paint was nice and dry, I used my daughter’s rubber stamp kit to add the herb names.

Stamping Herb Pots

The kids helped and the words are deliberately a bit weird and wonky which I think adds charm. Ideally I would have liked lower-case letters, though I only had these and they’re fine.

DIY Stamped Herb Pots

I wasn’t sure how the ink would hold-up to the possibility of getting wet, so I tested it prior and it didn’t run at all. I guess you could seal the pots if you really wanted to protect the finish though I think they’ll be fine. Plus, I don’t mind a bit of grunge if the paint or ink does end up wearing a little.

So simple and cute.

 

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PS Now that the flip house is entirely wrapped up (settlement was yesterday!) I’ll be back soon to share the new design project I’ll be working on…very excited!

 

Easy DIY Rope Wrapped Headboard Tutorial

DIY Rope Wrapped Headboard
It may have taken way longer than I imagined, and used about 200 times more rope than I anticipated, though I’m still glad I did it, and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it as a great DIY project to try.

If you missed the initial reveal post, this is the bed from the ‘guest room‘ at the flip house.

We started with this basic pine bed which we picked up for free from a Facebook ‘Buy, Sell, Swap’ group.

Bed Frame

It was okay as is, though it just felt a little generic.

There were a million different ways I could have upcycled it, but for some reason I can’t even explain, wrapping the headboard in rope needed to happen!

As with most of the projects from the flip house, I didn’t have time to stop and take millions of progress photos, so I’ll do my best to explain the process using the pics I do have.

The first thing we did was lightly sand the bed base and paint it black using some left-over paint I had.

Next I removed the length of capping from the top of the headboard. It was just screwed on so came off easily.

DIY Rope Headboard

Due to the way I wanted to attach the rope, I then notched out a section at each corner of the headboard using a hand saw. It literally took thirty seconds.

DIY Rope Headboard

DIY Rope Bedhead

They provide a perfect little niche to house the ends of the rope running along the top of the headboard.

Rope Headboard How To

I used 10mm/.4″ sisal rope which I bought on a 100 meter/32′ reel from Bunnings. I haven’t calculated it exactly, though in the end I think it probably took around 90 meters/29′ to cover the entire headboard!

And to attach the rope I simply used about one exact truck load of hot glue.

DIY Rope Headboard

Basically, I simply applied glue where needed, pressed the end of the rope into it, allowed it to set (which only takes a matter of seconds with hot glue) then stretched the rope tightly along the headboard. If needed, I used a few extra dobs of glue here and there to keep things flat and in place. Once I established the length the rope needed to be, I trimmed it to size with sharp scissors then glued it in place at the opposite end. Pretty straight forward.

Once the top was covered (which only took three lengths of rope) I moved onto the front.

Although it was initially tempting to wrap the rope right around the entire headboard, I worked out it was just going to use waaaaay too much rope – and the rope isn’t cheap! Instead, I simply wrapped it about 6cm/2″ around each side.

So, using the same process as already explained, I applied glue to the rear of one post, pressed the rope into it and allowed it to set, then pulled the rope tightly across the headboard before trimming it as needed and securing with glue to the rear of the opposite post. Easy.

No matter how tautly I pulled the rope it still sagged a little in the center due to gravity. And no matter how closely I attempted to position each length, there was still some separation between them. I could have remedied these issues by gluing along each length of rope, though to save time (and glue), I just glued along each third length (making them the ‘anchor’ points). This worked perfectly to keep everything straight and snug.

DIY Rope Wrapped Bedhead

The glue worked well for the most part, though it’s not magical. If you pull on the rope super hard, especially before the glue has had a chance to properly set, it has the potential to fail. For this reason, if you can wrangle in a second person to hold the rope in place whilst you stretch it across the headboard, this project will be soooo much quicker and easier. My initial idea was to use a staple gun in conjunction with the glue – just for extra insurance – though I found the staples too shallow. I did use a few nails in places, hammered into the actual glue (not the rope), to secure some areas which were lifting a little.

So, I just continued attaching rope in this manner until I got to the vertical slats where a small problem emerged.

Being slightly recessed (as they are shallower in depth than the end posts) the rope had nothing to attach to across the middle of the headboard – unless I pushed the rope back, which created a noticeable dip. An easy solution was cutting pieces of corrugated cardboard and gluing them to each vertical slat to bring them up to the same level as the end posts.

With that issue resolved, I continued attaching rope until the entire headboard was entirely covered.

Floral Fabric

DIY Rope Wrapped Headboard

At which point I stood back to admire my work and noticed another small problem.

This wouldn’t be an issue if your bed is going to be positioned against a solid surface, though as ours was in front of a window, there was a pretty obvious inconsistency with the way the light shone through the headboard. I don’t have a pic though I think you can probably imagine that the rope over the timber slats appeared opaque and somewhat dark whereas the rope over the open gaps was semi-translucent and quite light. Basically, you could clearly see the outline of the slats.

Again, there was an easy fix involving cardboard. We simply cut pieces to fit between the slats and glued them in at the rear of the headboard to block the light. I can’t say it’s the most professional solution, though it did the trick for us (keeping in mind this was done purely for house staging purposes). Of course, you could use MDF or plywood or block-out fabric or any number of more proper materials – LOL!

Guest Bedroom

Although I was conscious of keeping things neat and tidy, for obvious reasons the rear of the headboard isn’t exactly pretty (raw rope ends and copious hot glue!). I was planning on attaching some fabric trim or even a full fabric sheet (similar to what might be used on the rear of an upholstered headboard) though for our purposes it wasn’t really necessary. If you wanted to do something like this for re-sale, or to keep for yourself and it was going to bother you, then it’s a pretty easy finishing touch.

Bedside Table

All up I probably spent around $80 on rope and $20 on hot glue. At $100 I can’t say it’s the cheapest project I’ve ever done, though I really love it and think it was worth it.

Bed Frame

BEFORE

DIY Rope Headboard

AFTER

So, that concludes the flip house posts!

Now, onto the next project…

 

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Find all of the flip house posts HERE.

I know some of you were keen to see a tutorial for the “brass” dining room light, though I didn’t take any progress pics of that project at all, plus it was really just a matter of me experimenting with paint until I achieved the look I was after. Sorry. If I create a similar finish in the future I’ll be sure to document it for you.

 

DIY Easy Slipcovered Headboard Tutorial…plus how to extend a low bedhead

DIY Headboard

If you saw the girl’s bedroom reveal from the flip house, then you’ll already know a bit about this simple bed makeover.

As mentioned in that previous post, the bed was already in the room and originally I was tempted to replace it.

Old Bed Before

It was just so plain and basic that my initial reaction was ‘blah’, though then I figured the fact it was so plain and basic meant it had unlimited makeover potential!

The options here were endless, however due to time and money restraints I didn’t want to do anything too full-on, so decided to keep things simple with paint and a headboard upgrade.

The first thing we did was give the entire base a coat of green paint (which was simply left-over sample pot paint from the console table I built).

Bed Green Paint

You can see the truer colour here. It looks much darker in some of the other pics.

Next, I used some scrap timber I already had to build and attach a headboard “extension”.

DIY Headboard Extension

Of course, if you’re planning on replicating this project, the way you construct and attach your extension will depend on the style of your bed.

There were a million different ways I could have done this, though in the end I just went with what was quick and easy, using things I already had.

Headboard

As you can see, the rear of the existing headboard was recessed so I framed the extension in a similar manner, then I used pine batons and screws to join everything together. It’s no masterpiece but it does the job, plus it was always going to be concealed anyway so I was never concerned about it looking perfect.

To soften things, we then covered the entire headboard with wadding.

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

Now, the fun bit!

I didn’t get images of the slipcover being made, because mum sewed it whilst I was building the headboard, though it was really easy.

Slipcovered Bedhead

I wasn’t quite sure what kind of style I wanted for the headboard, though when I came across this fabric at Spotlight it instantly jumped out at me!

Headboard Fabric

It’s kind of a mix between tribal and boho with a fun twist!

To make the slipcover you just need to cut two pieces of fabric slightly larger than your headboard, place them right sides together, sew around the edge (leaving the base open, obviously), turn it in the right way then sew a small border to create the tailored edge.

Then it just slips over the headboard.

DIY Progress at the Flip House

Once it’s on, simply turn the base under to hide the raw edge. If wanted or needed, you can even attach it at the bottom to keep things taut. If you don’t plan on removing it, you can staple it in place. Otherwise, you could look at adding something like press studs, buttons or velcro which could easily be undone.

Before

BEFORE

Bedroom After

AFTER

And it’s as simple as that!

Girl's Bedroom

 

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Find the full bedroom reveal HERE.