A Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Refresh

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors


Well, hello there!

Remember me?

Sorry I disappeared for a few weeks.

I know it probably seems like I was doing little more than enjoying the summer sun, however, amidst sipping rosé and splashing in the ocean waves (which, let’s face it, are obligatory tasks), some serious decorating has actually been going on!

Just prior to Christmas I was asked to participate in a room refresh competition for Angie’s List. Although I wasn’t super keen about “contending” (#insecure), it sounded like a fun project and was a great motivator.

I had around five days and just $500 to transform a laundry room from blah to beautiful – this was my kinda challenge (well, minus the tight time-frame…I think we all know how awesome I am with tight time-frames!).

Given my laundry room is in need of much more than a mere “refresh”, I decided to recruit my parent’s space. Not only did their room have more potential, though enlisting a second party meant I also got a free labourer – thanks mum! Nothing like having a grateful lackey to do all the boring jobs. Ha, ha!

I’ve been hanging out to share this project and am so excited it’s finally go time!

Here’s what I started with…

Laundry Room Makeover Before

Laundry Room Refresh Before

Laundry Room Makeover Before

Laundry Powder Room Before

Laundry Room Redo Before

Utilitarian much? Thing is though, it needn’t have been. There is ample cupboard space available to house all of the unattractive necessities.

And, aside from the fact it’s clearly a functioning laundry room, it also acts as a powder room of sorts to service the adjacent water closet. This means it’s often used by guests. The real kicker however is that this space is off a main hallway in the house and is completely open! Yep, with no dedicated door (or even doorway!) this laundry room isn’t even it’s own “room” at all.

So, given the time-frame and budget (plus my weird need to dodge avoidable mess and work!) the plan was simple…prettify this space by making the most of as much as possible.

Given the go-go-go of it all, I didn’t really have a chance to stop and share progress posts as I went. Instead, I’ll be back soon with some tutorials and source lists. In the meantime, you can read a bit more about my ideas and processes over on Angie’s List.

Anyhoo, here’s the room now…

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

Pretty Powder Room/Laundry Room

Laundry Makeover with DIY Vintage Door Decal

DIY Door Moulding

DIY Budget Laundry Shelves

Laundry/Powder Room Vignette

Powder Room Basin

Just a tad more appealing!

It can be tempting to throw the baby out with the bathwater, though as you can see, I kept the cabinets, tiles and flooring and dragged them all out of the past with some fresh and thoughtful “accompaniments”. Breathing new life into the existing elements in a room is one of my favourite ways to redecorate.

I’m so, so proud of the way this space came together. Mum and I did all of the work ourselves and chuckled from time-to-time about our new careers in plumbing and carpentry!

Here are a few side-by-side before and afters for comparison’s sake…

Budget Laundry Room Refresh

Budget Laundry Room Refresh

Budget Friendly Laundry/Powder Room Refresh

DIY Door Makeover with Moulding

DIY Laundry Room Barn Doors

Powder/Laundry Room Basin Before and After

Laundry/Powder Room Refresh

Like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t participate in this campaign for the competition aspect, though I am up against nine other talented, and popular, bloggers. To save me from looking like a total loser, if you like what I’ve created, I wouldn’t hate it if you have time to stop by and give me a vote (it’s just one click, well, technically two).

Vote for Me

Thanks soooo much for your support.
If you’re especially keen, you can even vote once daily for the duration of the contest which concludes on January 28.

I know this isn’t a spectacular transformation though it was a fast and fun budget-friendly one. I really hope you like it and that it helps inspire.


PS As touched on above, I’ll be back soon to share all of the source info and DIY tutorials.

DIY Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Refresh



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An Easy DIY Bauble Wreath…though not what you might expect!

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath using faux fur covered baubles

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a cumbersome stash of old Christmas baubles taking up way too much precious real estate in your meager Christmas storage space.

Remember the time you thought it would be cool to have a multi-coloured tree? Then there was the “white” year. Followed by the “natural” year. Preceded by the “gold” year.

Those baubles sure do add up!

Well, here’s a fun, easy and affordable DIY which up-cycles some of those excess baubles and helps you re-claim precious space in that overflowing ornament box! Not to mention produces a pretty and unique Christmas wreath!

You will need…

DIY Fur Bauble Wreath Supplies

I wanted something flat so made my own wreath disk from some thick card I already had. You can easily make your own too (ensure you use something relatively sturdy to avoid sagging) or simply purchase a ready-made form (just be careful it isn’t too domed or your wreath might look overly bulky and it could take heaps of baubles to cover it). You could also buy a cheap finished wreath and remove or cover the existing “adornments”.

Although I designed this project around the up-cyling of old baubles, you can use anything round. Polystyrene balls would work well. I simply used my old and broken baubles in an assortment of sizes.

I used some affordable faux fur I found at Spotlight for just $8 meter (on sale). The more expensive faux furs were tempting though this cheaper one works well because the backing isn’t overly thick, so is easy to meld around the baubles, and the nap is medium in length, so it conceals the gather lines with ease.

I couldn’t find the ribbon I had envisioned so decided to combine two – a thick white satin ribbon with a fine red organza ribbon. Of course, you can use whatever ribbon you like.

I used a Bosch Glue Pen. This pen is fantastic because it’s cordless (no more wrestling with power leads!) and has a very fine tip which allows for precision gluing.


The process…

STEP 1 Cover baubles with faux fur.

This is pretty straight forward though getting the hang of it can take a bit of practice. Now, I don’t claim to be any kind of faux-fur-bauble-covering-expert, as this is the first time I have ever done it, though after lots of trial and error this is the method I personally found quickest and easiest…


How to Cover Something Round with Fabric to Make a Fluffy Ball

1 Cut a square of fabric which just covers the bauble.

2 Place the bauble, nodule side up, in the center of the fabric square and gather up the sides, holding the base of the bauble securely.

3 Squeeze a generous-ish amount of hot glue around the nodule.

4 Pull up the fabric and secure it tightly around the bauble, bunching it together in the same way you might wrap a bon-bon or make a wonton. Smooth and press as needed, ensuring all of the gathers are fixed in place with some glue. This is where the faux fur works so well – the nap of the fabric conceals any gathers which would be obvious if you used regular material.

5 Whilst the glue is still warm, trim off any excess fabric then press and smooth the cut ends down into the glue. Although you wont be able to see the area where the fabric meets once you make the wreath you still want it to be as neat and flat as possible.

6 You have created a nice round fluffy ball!

Now repeat that process thirty-seven times – LOL! It does sound tedious, though is actually quite fast and easy.


STEP 2 Attach baubles to wreath form.

How to Make Faux Fur Wreath

There really is no right or wrong way to do this as far as I’m concerned. I simply started by gluing baubles, join side down, around the outer edge of my wreath, ensuring I was covering the edge of the form. I then worked my way in, finishing by gluing small baubles on top to fill any gaps.


STEP 3 Attach ribbon.

DIY Faux Fur Bauble Wreath

I wanted my ribbon to sit neatly though was having some trouble due to the deliberate unevenness of my baubles. So, I wrapped a strip of cereal box cardboard in a faux fur off-cut then glued it to the wreath beneath where I wanted to position my ribbon. Voila! The strip is just narrower than the ribbon so is concealed yet provides a nice smooth surface for my ribbon to rest on (sorry, I tried to get a photo of this though all the fur just blended together so it wasn’t very clear!).

As mentioned earlier, I couldn’t find the exact ribbon I was after so I combined two – a thick white satin ribbon accented with a thin strip of red organza ribbon. To keep everything in place, I secured the ribbon to the rear of the wreath using a small dollop of hot glue.


STEP 4 Hang and enjoy!

Hanging a Wreath using a Thumb Tack

To hang the wreath I simply pushed a thumb tack through the ribbon into the top of the door. Easy! I didn’t trim the excess ribbon as this door always remains open so the rear is never visible. Of course, you could simply trim the excess or for something pretty and different, why not allow it to overhang the door and tie it in a bow then secure it to the door with some sticky tack or an adhesive strip.

DIY Christmas Faux Fur Wreath

I love the way all the little white mounds mimic snowballs though also give a nod to Santa’s fur trimmed suit. So festive!

DIY Fur Covered Bauble Wreath

To add a natural hint I played around with some live clipped greenery. It’s simply nuzzled into the cavities so can be changed as needed. You could adhere some faux greenery for a more permanent finish. I also like the idea of incorporating a few scattered pinecones or star anise for an earthy, organic touch.

I know Christmas is fast approaching though if you’re still in need of a pretty festive wreath this one is fast and simple to make. And maybe if time doesn’t permit you can save the idea for next year (there’s a pinnable image below).

Have a great lead-up to the big day all!


DIY Faux Fur Bauble Wreath

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Living-Dining Room Makeover | Sources & Projects

As promised, I’m back to share all the details about the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house.

If you’ve been following along from the start, you’ll know this was a DIY, budget-focused refresh so everything has been thrifted, up-cycled, bargain-hunted or hand-made!

I’ve included a complete source list at the end of this post though I also wanted to talk a bit about some of the projects and items I haven’t yet mentioned in my previous posts.

DIY Skirted Ottomomans

We made these from scratch. Although there were two ottomans in the room previously (refer to the ‘before’ pics in my reveal post), they were a little pokey for the scale of the space and their frames had begun to sag.

Making these involved constructing a cuboid (rectangular cube) from plywood, attaching a foam pad to the top, covering the whole thing in wadding/batting, then sewing a pleated linen slipcover to fit. Obviously, if you’re competent with power tools and a sewing machine, this is a relatively straight-forward project, however it might seem a little complex and daunting to those of you who aren’t.

An easier alternative is to find some inexpensive little tables or storage cubes then upholster them using a staple gun – no building or sewing required!

I think each ottoman probably came in at around $30.

Dresser Styling

I’m sure many of my fellow Aussie readers will recognise this $19 Kmart captain’s mirror. Bargain!

We didn’t have a stud in the wall where we needed to hang it so the wooden peg (which is actually the end of an old broom stick) is only there for cosmetic purposes. The weight of the mirror is really being taken by two screws under the rim.

Dresser Vignette

I have wanted a bust for ages! Problem was…all the ones I came across were super expensive. I found this guy in the Emporium of Art eBay store for just $60. Unfortunately (or fortuitously for me?), there was a shipping mix-up so I eventually ended up with two – one for me and one for Mum!

Block Printed Pillow

I kept all of the throw pillows light in colour to help off-set the dark sofas.

The plain square covers are from H&M and Mum made the long lumbar one. All of the inserts are feather-filled and came from Ikea.

The block-printed cushions are hand-made. Although I didn’t write a dedicated blog post about them, you can find my block-printing tutorial here.

Living Room Makeover

We already had this and adding it to the room was a last minute decision. It just provides an extra layer of interest, helps anchor the coffee table and ottomans, and references the brown from the sofas. It’s a faux cowhide rug we got from Kmart for $49.

Living Room After

Although the room was already painted in a neutral shade, it was a little dull and yellow. To freshen things up we painted all the walls Dulux ‘Antique White USA’.



Sofas | Already Owned | Furniture Trader
Armchairs | $185 each (discontinued) | Ned’s
Coffee Table | $10 | eBay
Drop-Leaf Side Table | $50 | eBay
Piano Stool Plant Stand | $30 | eBay
Grey Side Table | Already Owned | Home Pine Furniture
Ottomans | $30 each | DIY
Canvas Trunk | $130 (discontinued) | Schots
Fireplace | $180 | Deals Direct
Dining Table | $80 | eBay
Dining Chairs | $75 each (on sale) | Early Settler
Grey Dresser | $80 | eBay

Natural Rug | $150 | Ikea
Faux Cowhide Rug | $49 | Kmart
Pendant Light | $170 | eBay
Downlights | $45 each | Beacon Lighting
Curtains | $30 pair | Ikea
Block Printed Cushions | $10 each | DIY
Mudcloth Cushion | $12 | DIY
Square White Cushions | $8 | H&M
Long Lumbar Cushion | $12 | DIY
Green Demijohn | $60 | eBay
Heron Art | $45 | Thrifted & DIY
Botanical Gallery | $30 | Thrifted & DIY
Wooden Lemon Bowl | $15 | Early Settler
Large Blue & White Ceramic Bowl | $20 | Early Settler
Black Lamp | $10 | Thrifted
Cane Basket | $14 | Kmart
Canvas Cases | $80 set of two (discontinued) | Temple & Webster
Round Grey Pot | $10 | Kmart
Bust | $60 | Emporium of Art
Black Candle Holder | $5 | Kmart
Captain’s Mirror | $19 | Kmart
Brass Lamp | Already Owned | Online Lighting



Electric Fireplace Makeover       Dresser Makeover

DIY Mudcloth Pillow       Free Printable Botanicals

Piano Stool Makeover       Ikea Curtain Hack

Leadlight Door Makeover     Downlights

Spray Painted Lamp Update       Free Printable Large Scale Art

Farmhouse Dining Table       Block Printing on Fabric


For further info about the space, check out my previous posts or feel free to ask any questions.

Have a great week all.



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Refreshing a Dated Lead-Light Door

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about the room makeover at my parent’s house.

Before I share all of the source and project info, I wanted to chime in with a quick post about one of the most mentioned elements – the “new” grey door.

Painting a Leadlight Door

It’s one of my favourite things about the space and was a super easy and affordable project.

This is what it used to look like…

How to Refinish a Leadlight Door

Don’t panic people. It’s a reproduction glass-pane door from the 1990’s and in no way a valuable antique.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a great before shot of it in the room though you can glimpse it in the top right corner of the below pic…

Room Makeover Before

Although it isn’t hideous, I knew it wasn’t going to work with the new scheme for the space, however replacing it seemed so unnecessary.

Surely there was another way.

Well, it took a bit of persuasion though I eventually convinced mum to simply paint it – glass and all!

We used Dulux Wash & Wear (Matte) in a colour called “Ticking” and gave the entire door three coats after lightly sanding first.

I must admit, I was somewhat skeptical about how the glass might look and wear though it turned out perfectly! You can’t tell it’s glass at all and the finish has help-up fantastically well over the past twelve months. Not one scratch!

Living Room After featuring painted door

I know some of you are probably worried about the implications of hiding glass behind paint though we’re pretty easy going and it hasn’t posed a problem for us at all. I guess if you’re a “safety-safety” kinda person you could cover the glass with a thin sheet of MDF or plywood prior to painting it.

So, there you go. If you’re ever contemplating replacing your dated glass pane doors, save yourself some hassle and cashola by considering the power of paint first!



Paint Your Dated Lead-Light Doors - Glass and All!

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Living-Dining Room Makeover | The Final Reveal!

It’s done. Finally!

If I hadn’t initially proclaimed it would likely take me forever to finish this room re-do, I might be feeling even more sheepish than I currently do sharing the reveal over a WHOLE YEAR from when it commenced. Yikes!

Am I really that sluggish? Wait, don’t answer that.

Anyhoo, I got there in the end and am totally loving this ‘new’ space!

It’s not only the look and feel and function that I adore, though also the fact this transformation has been completed on a super realistic budget incorporating lots of thrifted finds and DIY goodness.

Just to recap, and for anyone new here, this is my parent’s open plan living-dining room which we decided to revamp after the burgundy billiard table (see below) was finally sold after having sat in place for more than 20 years! This gave us the opportunity to reclaim the dining zone for its intended purpose and tweak the lounge area.

For the purpose of this reveal post I’ll spare you all the whys and hows though if you’d like to learn more, or refresh your memory, you can find all my previous posts about the space here. I’ve also included a little gallery at the end of this post to make finding a specific project easy.

So, here’s what we started with…

Room Makeover Before

Room Makeover Before

Before Makeover

Before Room Makeover

Dining Room Before

It was dark and heavy and just lacked a fresh and inviting feel.

And here is the room now…

Living Room Makeover

Living Room After

Budget Living Room Makeover After

Living Room After - Painting a Leadlight Door

We painted the existing reproduction lead-light door (glass and all!) in this lovely moody grey-blue to tie-in with the fireplace and provide some anchorage.

Living Dining Re-Do

I’ve zig-zagged the grey from the linen armchairs through the room, from the little occasional table beside the sofa to the dresser on the far wall. Linking colours in this way helps provide a sense of continuity without being too “matchy-matchy”. Little touches of blue and white (mum’s favorite!) are also scattered here and there to further bolster the feeling of harmony, as are potted plants and clipped greenery, which also breathe life and vibrancy into the space.

Mum already had the eclectic gallery in her entryway. It creates a lovely link with the gilt frames and botanical subject matter in the new grouping above the sofa.

Botanical Gallery Walls

Living Room After

Drop Leaf Side Table

This antique drop-leaf trolley was stripped and left raw. The basket and canvas cases provide storage for DVD’s, remote controls and seasonal blankets.

Block Printed Pillow

Over-Sized Heron Art

Living Dining After

This is one of my favourite pics. Just ignore that hulking air conditioner (a bit of a necessity during summers around here) and focus on the lovely decor. M’kay?

Dining Room After

Dining Room with Antique Table

It would have been aesthetically nice to position a rug beneath the dining table to create some distinction between the furniture and timber flooring, though in all seriousness, how practical is a rug beneath a dining table anyways? If you can get away with one, you’re doing heaps better than us! :)

Dining Room Vignette

Dining Room After

Farmhouse Table Castors

Dresser Styling

Dresser Vignette

This lovely bust is my new best friend. I’ve wanted one for ages and absolutely love him!

If you’ve been following along with this room re-do, you might now realise that we haven’t actually done much to the “bones” of the room. Aside from the new lighting configuration and a fresh lick of paint, it’s really just all furniture and decor. Which is totally fine. That’s all it needed – plus it’s my favourite way to redecorate! You?

I’ve spoken about most of the elements and projects in my previous posts about the space though there are a few new additions I haven’t yet mentioned. To save turning this into an overwhelming monster of a post, I’ll be back in a few days to share all the extra details and recap on everything. In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions if you’re keen to know about something in-particular :)

Now, just for comparison’s sake, here are a few side-by-side before and afters…

Living Room Before and After


Room Makeover Before and After


Before and After Room Makeover


Room Makeover Before and After


Living Room Before and After

The above pics are taken from different angles, though you get the idea.

So, there you go. I know it’s not amazingly awesome though I hope it was somewhat worth the wait. I don’t really have a decent explanation as to why it took me so long (I mean, there was nothing particularly difficult or spectacular about it), I guess I just felt like lumbering over the line. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me!



As mentioned earlier in the post, I’ll be back in a few days with an extensive source list. In the meantime, find a little gallery of some of the past projects below.

Electric Fireplace Makeover       Dresser Makeover

DIY Mudcloth Pillow       Free Printable Botanicals

Piano Stool Makeover       Ikea Curtain Hack

Spray Painted Lamp Update       Free Printable Large Scale Art

Farmhouse Dining Table       Block Printing on Fabric

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