DIY Book Page Quote Sign…using a Peel & Stick Fabric Poster

Last week one of my daughter’s closest friends celebrated her 9th birthday.

She is obsessed with Harry Potter, and her mum is an author, so for something special I decided to make her a custom book page sign.

Harry Potter Book Page Sign

Yeah, I know it’s not the funnest kids’ gift in the world, though I knew she would appreciate it.

I’ve made a few of these signs in the past using regular poster paper, but this time around I decided to experiment with a different kind of material – self-adhesive terylene.

Not only is it more durable than regular poster paper, it has a nice canvas-like texture too, and is a bit easier to apply.

You see, although I’ve gotten pretty good with using regular poster paper, it still has its risks in terms of bubbling, waving, bleeding or tearing during the gluing process. Most of these issues can be avoided by using the ‘dry-glue’ method (where you coat your surface with adhesive, allow to completely dry, then reactivate the glue with heat – usually using an iron – to attach the paper) but it’s still not fool-proof. Plus, I just wanted to try something new.

Of course, the first thing I did was decide on a quote and design the image.

Hermione Granger Book Page Quote Sign

I’ve created a few custom Harry Potter book page signs in the past, most of them with deep and meaningful quotes, but I wanted this to be a bit fun and quirky. This Hermione quote might be a little left of center but I know it’s a bit of a favourite among the kiddoes. The page number (97) represents the year the book was first published.

I used Photoshop to design the image though you can also use a basic publishing program (such as Word) or any other photo editing or graphic design software.

My original book page quote signs are large poster size (60cm x 90cm/24″ x 36″) however I decided to make this one smaller at around A2 size (42cm x 60cm/16″ x 23″). Due to the fact I planned to build my own custom frame I didn’t need to size it specifically. If you intend to use an off-the-shelf frame, then be sure to design your image to fit.

Once I was happy with my image I had it printed through Officeworks using their Self Adhesive Poster option. My A2 print cost just $15 (which is actually cheaper than their satin regular poster paper!).

Note: Most print stores will provide a self-adhesive option. If you don’t have an Officeworks near you, check what your local print store can offer. Or you can order online through Officeworks.

To back the print I bought a 12mm/.5″ deep MDF off-cut from my local hardware store for $2 and cut it to size. I used my trusty track saw though you could use a regular circular saw or even a jigsaw. Or, ask the hardware store to cut it for you.

DIY Book Page Sign Art

I made sure the MDF was nice and clean, positioned my print in place on top, then gradually peeled the backing away, before smoothing it down.

DIY Book Page Quote Sign How To

Sorry, it was a bit hard for me to take photos of this process as I needed both hands, but it was really easy. Just like peel and stick wallpaper. And unlike conventional vinyl contact, which can easily bubble and crease, I found this super forgiving.

I then trimmed off the white excess and pressed the remaining poster border around the side of the MDF backing.

DIY Quote Art Sign

Note: Because I was making this as a gift I wanted it to look super neat and professional. As such, I didn’t want any of the excess poster fabric visible from the back. Under different circumstances I wouldn’t have bothered trimming it and would simply have wrapped the entire thing around the MDF.

To frame it, I used some simple pine trim ($8) which I cut to size and stained a warm walnut.

DIY Wall Sign Trim

I attached it directly to the MDF backing using some wood glue and fine finishing nails, which I later countersunk and filled with co-ordinating wood putty.

DIY Quote Art Frame

You can also simply colour the nail heads with a black or brown permanent marker and they should blend right in. The frame is supposed to be a bit rustic so there’s no need to worry about making it perfect.

Note: The nail isn’t centered because the trim is deeper than the backing (not because I’m ridiculously bad at lining things up – however that may also be true – LOL!).

It’s that easy!

DIY Book Page Sign Art

Because the frame is deeper than the backing you can simply hang it from the top piece of trim using a nail or two.

DIY Wall Art Frame

All up this custom piece of special wall art cost me only $25 and less than an hour to create! Not bad.

Custom Quote Art Sign

If you’re looking for some artwork to try this project out with, don’t forget to check out my Free Printables gallery.

 

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Master Bedroom Mini Refresh

I’m interrupting my regular suite extension posts to share this impromptu little make-over of my master bedroom.

Bedroom Makeover

Not having anything pretty or finished to show you guys has been bugging me (and probably you too!), plus I’ve been going a little crazy with nothing to decorate or style, so yesterday I decided to play around with some of the decor left-over from the flip house in my own home.

My bedroom has been pretty much exactly the same for the past seven years, and to be honest, that doesn’t bother me one bit! Though I’m getting to that point where I’d like to make a few big changes, not because I don’t like things as they are, mainly just because I want to experiment with injecting a slightly different feel in the room.

For now though I’m content to simply freshen things up with just a few minor tweaks. That’s the advantage of decorating in a relatively neutral and somewhat timeless manner right from the start.

One of the biggest changes was switching out the floor rug.

Bunnings Rug

Originally I had an IKEA ‘Tarnby’ rug in here.

Bedroom Rug

Above is the Tarnby rug in this photo of my bedroom from 2013!

I loved it but around six months ago one of the corners (which had been slowly unravelling for a few years) started to completely deteriorate. It was a shame however I figured I’d got my money’s worth after almost a decade of use!

I’ve replaced it with this Bunnings ‘Wemyss’ rug which I used in the sitting room at the flip house.

Sitting Room After

And it’s pretty much perfect!

Bedroom Refresh

To dress my bed I used some cushions and the coverlet from the master bedroom at the flip house.

Bedroom Makeover

Bedroom Makeover

As you can see, the two rooms definitely have a similar vibe. I think it goes to show just how powerful decor alone can be.

And to bring in the mustard from the headboard I used in the flip house, I added this textured throw from Linen House.

Line House Throw

Which also works beautifully with the gold frame over the bed.

Bedroom Refresh

Bedroom Makeover

I think someone else likes it too!

Bedroom Makeover

I haven’t done much with the decor. Just a bit of ‘house shopping’ and basic rearranging.

Bedside Table

Bedside Table

No matter what, I always come back to using layers featuring vintage books, ferns and blue-green glassware!

Vignette

Sometimes I try to be minimal and trendy, I really do, though I just don’t think it’s in my genes!

I’m sure you noticed that Cooper managed to get his boof head in almost every one of my pics! I usually like to include him in the odd shot, though yesterday he had no interest in moving so I just went with it. I also managed to get a quick snap of sweet Rose (who we are dog-sitting at the moment) though she’s not usually permitted on furniture so we won’t tell her mum I allowed this – shhhh.

Bedroom Makeover

They just looked too cute together!

 

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Suite Extension Progress

If you follow me socially (via Instagram, Facebook or through my Facebook Group) you may have seen some progress snippets over the past few weeks. I’ve been holding-off on posting here because I was so eager to have something finished to share, but the fact is we’re still between projects at the moment. So unfortunately another ‘progress report’ will just have to do for now.

Still, we’ve been doing quite a bit so there’s plenty to reveal. Here’s where things are currently at…

 

BATHROOM

The bathroom is soooooo close! I know I’ve been saying that for a while, though it’s essentially finished. I’m just waiting on some cabinet pulls, wall hooks and pretty towels to arrive in the post.

Cabinet Pulls

Robe Hooks

Towel

My custom wallpaper arrived not long after Christmas and I hung it in early January.

Wallpaper

It was tempting to share some wide-angle pics, though I don’t want to give too much of the room away whilst it’s still incomplete.

It was such a relief to open the package and see it looked just like I had hoped! Ordering anything custom, especially something you’ve designed yourself, has its risks.

After quite a bit of research, I ended-up purchasing from a company called AJ Wallpaper (they are relatively local to me though ship worldwide). They offered a very competitive price (the most affordable I came across) and had great customer service too, plus the delivery was very quick, especially considering it was right near Christmas time. I opted for their premium canvas peel-and-stick material which cost a total of around $280 for the room (about 5 square meters). As with any wallpaper, it wasn’t difficult to hang though it was a bit fiddly and time-consuming. It probably took me about three-four hours from start to finish.

For those of you who have been waiting for the free printable downloads I mentioned in my previous wallpaper post, I’ll be sharing them following the full bathroom reveal.

Wall Chart

To finish off the wall tile, mum and I attached some timber trim to the top.

Bathroom Trim

Tile Trim DIY

We were originally going to use pencil tile though this was about 20 times cheaper, plus I prefer the fact that the timber trim provides long unbroken lines. We simply painted it gloss white to match the subway tile.

I really wanted a brass oblong mirror for in here, though after searching high and low nothing I found was quite right (unless my parents were willing to spend hundreds of dollars – which, understandably, they weren’t). I considered DIY’ing something though in the end we decided this $30 Kmart mirror would suffice.

Kmart Round Mirror

It’s basically identical to what I’ve had in my 3D renderings from the beginning, and if the perfect brass oblong mirror happens to show-up, we can always relocate this one. No harm done.

The frame is a little duller than I would have liked so I might give it a coat of Gold Leaf Rub ‘n’ Buff to liven it up a bit.

 

POWDER ROOM

Like the bathroom, this little room is very close to being complete.

The only real projects are painting the walls and possibly doing some kind of mirror hack. And decorating of course – but that’s the fun bit!

Although the powder room has been designed to gel with the adjoining bathroom, I didn’t want the two spaces to match so it was never my intention to use the same wallpaper in here. That was a statement that needed to stand alone.

Instead, my idea was to unite the rooms by bringing the ‘trees’ from the landscape mural into the powder room with colour. Does that make sense? Almost like the powder room had stolen the green from the wallpaper.

I was keen to go with quite a deep olive, though my parents weren’t so sure. Dark colours aren’t really their thing.

Green Paint Colours

So I slapped a few different swatches up on the wall to help us work things through.

Green Paint Swatches

All of these colours are the result of using just two sample pots (one of which I already had). It’s a good little tip…if you’re quite unsure about the exact colour you want, instead of spending money buying a million sample pots, just get two at the extreme ends of your spectrum. If neither are right, try blending them at different ratios until you arrive at something close to what you’re after. You can even experiment with adding touches of black or white, and also other colours you happen to have on hand. Once you’re happy, you can then match your invented colour with a comparable official colour.

At this stage it looks like we might be going with something like this one…

Green Paint Choices

Because there isn’t much space on the little basin, from the start I’ve been considering using a mirror with some kind of shelf. Not sure whether I’ll be able to find something, will have to hack something, or may need to build something from scratch.

Mirror with Shelf

Mirror with Shelf

Mirror with Shelf

Mirror with Shelf

Mirror with Shelf

 

NEWEL

Another little project I’ve been working on is trying to make sense of this messy half-wall-meets-newel-post left by the builders.

Stairs Before

Newel post before

As you can see, it was pretty poorly resolved. The builders weren’t sure how to tackle it so I just told them to leave it with me.

Although it’s not part of the new build it needed to be modified following the placement of some structural steel. There was originally a balustrade where the half wall now is (sorry, I can’t find a photo of it) but here are some other pics to provide context.

Stairs Before

Existing Stairs

Now, I’m not gonna lie, working out how best to deal with this was a total brain melter. There were lots of different components to work around and everything was a little off square.

I started by bulking-up the front of the newel and attaching a chunky skirt before adding some trim (and very messily filling all the gaps!).

DIY Clad Newel Post

Then I attached a shelf to the top of the wall and built a finial to top things off.

DIY Newel Post

Clearly it still has to be painted, and the floor needs a bit of work too, but it’s looking better already.

DIY Newel Post Before and After

Aside from the shelf, which cost a grand total of $9, I just used scrap timber from the shed so it was basically free. Looking forward to sharing the proper after!

 

KITCHENETTE

We’ve finally found some time to sit down and work out a rough design for the kitchenette.

Kitchenette Design

Kitchenette Design

This isn’t set in stone though it’s nice to have somewhere to start.

 

Can’t wait to have some finished projects to share. It’s not long now!

 

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Easy Kmart Stool Hack

Why, hello there! Remember me?

I’m sorry I’ve been so absent.

Things have been busy, just not in a super productive way. With summer holidays comes lots of family time which means completing projects and writing blog posts isn’t always a priority, or sometimes even a possibility.

Still, I have quite a bit of suite extension progress to share and thought I’d ease into things with this simple stool hack I finished a few days ago.

Kmart Bamboo Stool Hack After

From the start we knew we needed some kind of seat in the bathroom to partner the make-up vanity we had designed.

Vanity

I was envisioning a gorgeous primitive style stool – like the eastern elm ones you often see – but man, those things aren’t cheap!

Elm Stools

Plus, I didn’t love the idea of painting over the lovely rustic timber (as I knew we needed something with some colour to off-set the wood vanity).

In my rendering I had included a basic curved milking style stool.

Rendering

And although I never really considered it ideal, just by chance I happened to notice a very similar stool at Kmart which got me thinking.

Kmart Stool

Whilst it wasn’t perfect, it was only $25, so I figured I didn’t have much to lose by playing around with a few modifications.

This was a super easy, and very affordable, little project.

All I really wanted to do was lose the slats and paint the bamboo.

Not that there was anything wrong with either of those elements, they just weren’t what I wanted in this case.

1 | REMOVE SLATS FROM LOWER ‘SHELF’

The stool comes unassembled which is handy. The first thing I did was cut the slats out of the lower ‘shelf’ component using a jigsaw.

Jigsaw Kmart Stool Hack

I was hoping they might just tap out though they are partially glued.

This left me with just the two side rails.

Rails

2 | ASSEMBLE STOOL AS PER USUAL

Next I simply assembled the stool as per the instructions. Not having the lower slats made no difference. It was really easy.

Kmart Stool

3 | CUT COVER PIECE FOR TOP

To conceal the top slats, I decided to cut a piece of thin timber to fit snugly over them. I just used basic 3mm plywood which I had left-over from a past project.

First I positioned the plywood on top of the stool, pressed it into the shape of the curve (this is important), then marked out a template on the base of the ply by tracing around the stool top with a pencil.

TIP: Line up a corner of your plywood sheet with the stool edge so you have two nice straight lines to begin with. I know it sounds like a no brainer, though it can be an easy thing to forget.

Then I simply used a jigsaw to cut out the shape.

Cutting the Top

Please ignore the mankiness of my plywood. It’s been sitting in the shed for a loooong time.

Although you want to be somewhat accurate with this step, you can always finesse things once the top is attached. If in doubt, always go slightly larger. You can easily trim or sand back excess timber though you can’t add more!

4 | ATTACH STOOL TOP

To attach the top I applied some wood glue to the slats, positioned the piece of plywood in place, then hammered in a few small finishing nails to keep everything secure.

Attaching the Top

If needed, you can recess your nail heads using a prick punch.

5 | FILL & SAND

Using some wood putty, I filled my little nail holes and also the large screw holes on the legs. Filling the screw holes just helps make it look less like a flat-pack.

I also filled the little gaps in the lower rails where I had removed the slats.

Kmart Stool Hack

BEFORE FILL

Kmart Bamboo Stool Hack

AFTER FILL

Once the filler was dry, I sanded the excess back before sanding the stool all-over to provide a good surface for my paint.

Sanding

6 | PAINT

I knew I wanted my little stool to be green and settled on Dulux ‘Shallot Leaf’. I simply used a sample pot then sealed it with a clear matte poly to provide some protection.

DONE!

Kmart Bamboo Stool Hack After

I know it’s not the most earth shattering project, but it was just right for what we needed.

Kmart Stool Hack After

Kmart Stool Hack

And of course, although the bathroom’s still not entirely finished, it was fun to play around with some pretty styling.

Vignette

In other suite extension news, we have just been granted the COO (Certificate Of Occupancy) so can now move on to fitting out the interior. Yay!

I’ll be back soon to share some of the progress.

Stool Before

Kmart Bamboo Stool Hack After

 

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Suite Extension Update

I know it’s almost Christmas and everyone has better things to do than catch-up on other people’s house progress, but I really wanted to share this quick update on the suite extension.

Our original plan was to have the build aspect entirely complete and signed-off (with official Certificate of Occupancy) prior to Christmas, and whilst we got super close, it didn’t quite happen.

No real biggie as this extension is purely an extraneous addition to what is already a fully functioning home. It’s not like my parents have been without a kitchen or bathroom for the past few months, or like there were gaping holes in their main living area walls or master bedroom ceiling (as is often the case when you’re undertaking a large-scale reno).

So, as things currently stand…

STAIRS

The stairs are in!

Stairs

Yes, I know, probably not what you were expecting, right?

I was keen to go next level on these, though my parents wanted to keep things simple, mainly because there was already a small basic staircase off the same hallway (less than two meters away).

Existing Stairs

Stairs

My parents had no desire to change the balustrade of the existing staircase, so it just made sense to keep the new stairs somewhat consistent.

But, we will be adding some DIY decorative trim to the newel posts, and painting the railing and risers, to help make everything look a bit more up-to-date and special. Oh, and that ‘super attractive’ bulky regulation handrail on the wall side just might need to come down – shhhh!

Top of Stairs

BATHROOM

The most exciting progress has undoubtedly taken place in the bathroom!

After a nervous wait, the vanity was installed last week and I’m super relieved to say it looks really great!

Vanity

Sorry, my quick snap doesn’t exactly do it any justice. And the top drawer is missing because it needs to be trimmed to accommodate the plumbing.

As nice as it would have been to have a solid timber vanity, that just wasn’t on the cards, and this vinyl alternative is awesome. I actually had to touch the knots because they looked so real (of course, I realise authentic shaker doors would have the timber grain running horizontally across the top and base rails however that wasn’t an option here).

As you can see the sconce light has also been installed (glass shade not yet attached). We found it on eBay a few weeks back for around $40. I always wanted mixed metals in this room (the vanity will eventually have brass hardware), though the antique gold finish on the sconce is much deeper than I expected, and granted at the moment it looks totally lost. Still, I’ll wait until the room comes together before deciding whether or not to paint it.

The tapware has all been installed too!

Basin

Shower Head

It’s a little bit pretty!

And as you can see above the shower niche shelves (which match the vanity top) are in place.

Finally, the massive glass shower screen panel is in!

Shower

I’ve ordered the wallpaper and can’t wait for it to arrive!

POWDER ROOM

There is a working toilet! With a glorious blue sticker.

Powder Room

And the cute little basin my mum bought has been installed too!

Powder Room Basin

Am thinking about painting the walls a deep olive green and hanging a timber or brass mirror with an in-built shelf.

FANS & DOWNLIGHTS

The black fans have been installed and all of the downlights are in!

Fans

BALCONY

The little balcony is almost complete.

Balcony with View

How lovely is the view?

The railing has been installed, and partially painted, and the plain concrete look tiles (which we plan to jazz up with a stencil at some stage) have been laid.

Tile

KITCHENETTE

The kitchenette was never part of the build contract so we will be ordering and installing the cabinetry ourselves.

Kitchenette
As you can see, it’s currently being used for door storage! Hopefully these will be hung soon once the painting is complete.

FACADE

Whilst there is obviously still quite a bit to do for the exterior overall, the extension component itself is almost finished.

Facade

I’ll be building some simple timber brackets to dress-up the underside of the balcony overhang. These will tie-in with the balcony doors (which I’m pretty sure we’re going to leave natural) and also a pergola that is eventually planned for the main balcony over the garage.

FLOOR

Like the kitchenette, the flooring wasn’t part of the build contract either so we will arrange and install this ourselves.

Originally we were considering vinyl planks, which are a practical and affordable option, however the rest of my parent’s house is solid hardwood and using vinyl just didn’t feel quite right. Lately, we have been looking into the Arbre range of engineered French oak which is just beautiful.

 

Have a lovely Christmas all.

 

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