Spray Paint Door Hardware Update

Hey all! Just chiming in with an easy, non-earth shattering, little spray paint project…

As with our two built-in robes (one in the master bedroom and one in the nursery) which were originally fitted with ugly beige metal tracks and surrounds, we also have an external sliding door complete with the same unsightly hardware with the added bonus of a clunky, though kinda necessary, locking handle. The sliding door forms what is technically a side access-way (into our soon-to-be-finished home office space) though due to logistics, more often than not, it’s actually used as the house’s main entrance.

Sliding Door Update Before

Sorry I don’t have a shot of the door in its entirety – at the moment it’s kinda tricky to photograph though when I reveal my home office I’ll include some better ‘whole’ images. Anyhoo, as you can see, along with wearing messy remnants of timber stain and paint from the previous home owners, the beige track and handle are clearly old, tired and just plain yuk. In the future I might consider replacing the sliding door completely with some lovely french double doors though for now I’m simply after a quick, affordable freshen-up.

When I first decorated our master bedroom I transformed the metal robe surrounds with some white spray paint…

Barn Style Wardrobe Door Makeover

I did the same thing in the nursery with black spray paint…

Chalkboard Alphabet Wardrobe Door Makeover

So again, rather than fork out unnecessary cashola to replace our perfectly functional sliding door track and handle, I decided to make the most of what we already had and opt for an easy, budget cosmetic update.

I considered using a metal effects paint (like antique bronze or iron black) though instead decided to camouflage the handle and track by spraying them white to match the existing door frame. This made the painting process relatively easy as over-spray wasn’t too much of a concern. I simply cleaned the metal thoroughly, taped-up the nearby carpeted areas, put down an old towel and carefully painted everything in situ.

I applied around four or five fine coats of gloss enamel spray paint from all attainable angles until the coverage was even and thorough. And, no, the spray paint wasn’t colour matched to the existing door frame. Using an aerosol is pretty forgiving so I just bought an off-the-shelf white and it blends in seamlessly.

Simple DIY Sliding Door Hardware Update

It’s a subtle change, and whilst the door isn’t suddenly beautiful, it’s no longer an out-dated eyesore. Finishing the hardware to match the surrounding architraves makes for a much more cohesive and clean overall look, with the previously prominent handle and track now ‘disappearing’ into the woodwork (at least I like to think so).

I completed this project around a month ago now. We use the door frequently and so far the new paintwork is holding up great with absolutely no signs of chips or wear. As a cheap and easy temporary fix I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Gotta love spray paint!

Like I mentioned earlier, it’s certainly not an earth shattering project (well, hey, I guess I can’t be super fabtabulous all the time :-) though it is a very do-able, simple yet effective one.


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Charlotte’s Nursery in Little One Baby Magazine

Little One Baby Magazine Feature

A few weeks ago we were lucky to have a photographer from Little One Baby magazine at our house to shoot Charlotte’s nursery for an accompanying article in their now released summer issue.

Thanks to editor Amy Doak and photographer Rebecca Gray for the feature. It’s lovely to have something in print to remember Charlotte’s first room by – especially as it soon may be undergoing some changes to suitably accommodate the new impending little being.

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And Then There Were Four…

…well, technically five if I want to avoid canine discrimination (dogs are family members too, aren’t they?), and six if I also count the vacuum cleaner which I’m sure Charlotte thinks is her pet miniature pony.

Either way, there is to be a new little bee in our busy hive…

Baby Ultrasound

Due mid March 2013. We can’t wait.


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Removable String and Peg Picture Holder

At my parent’s house, my brother’s old bedroom has been converted into a nursery/playroom for their expanding army of grandchildren. To suit their evolving needs (and growing accumulation of toys!), Mum is constantly re-arranging the space and has found decorating with any sort of permanence a real inconvenience.

Though with her understandable reluctance to commit to anything enduring, wall décor in the room has suffered.

Sure, a few nail holes here and there is no real biggie (doesn’t bother me one bit – if only you could peek behind my existing frames!), though she was after something a little bit different which could be easily and swiftly removed and repositioned. So, we put our heads together to come up with a simple, effective and thrifty DIY solution using some bits and pieces she already owned.

String and Peg Picture Holder

Certainly, string and peg artwork holders are nothing new, and there are loads of gorgeous variations out there, though here’s how we chose to create our light-weight, semi-permanent alternative which is a great option for temporary seasonal displays (such as Christmas cards) along with for renters or the just plain fickle-minded!

Easy DIY Removable String and Peg Picture Holder Supplies

1. Cabinet knobs or similar.

Ensure they aren’t too heavy and that their base has a large enough surface area to affix a reasonable amount of adhesive to. We used plain pine knobs and left them natural though you could easily paint or embellish yours or use some off-the-shelf decorative ones.

2. String or twine.

3. Clothes pegs or similar clips.

We used dolly pegs, and again, we left them natural though you could easily paint or embellish yours.

4. Good quality double-sided tape or similar.

You can try using just about anything, from blu-tack (sticky tack) to purposefully designed removable picture hanging strips – see the ‘At a Glance’ section at the bottom of the post for some links. We used adhesive velcro dots because that’s what we had on hand. Depending on the surface area of the base of your knobs and the pre-fabricated size of your adhesive you may need to trim it slightly.

5. Artwork, photographs, greetings cards etc. to display.

As it’s a kid’s room we used some of my niece’s and nephew’s drawings along with a few scraps of decorative paper.

Easy DIY Removable String and Peg Picture Holder Process
1. Simply cut your string to length and tie each end around a knob.

Don’t make your string too long. You need to ensure your chosen adhesive can bear the weight of your art. Our string is around 1 meter (1 yard) long and comfortably holds five pieces of standard paper.

2. Determine where on your wall you want your holder to be positioned (both height and width wise) then mark each end point with a pencil.

Don’t forget to allow space width-wise so the string can dip slightly.

3. In accordance with the manufacturers instructions, attach your adhesive and affix your knobs to the wall where marked, pressing firmly.

4. Allow a few minutes for the bond to settle before hanging your desired art!

Our holder has been up for well over a month now and hasn’t shown any signs of budging. I’m actually tempted to convince Mum to hang an additional one (or two!) just above to create a tiered effect.

We found the gap in our dolly pegs was too wide to grip our paper, so neatly folded a corner of each sheet over the string first. Depending on the type of pegs/clips you choose to use this may be unnecessary.

Do note that our string and peg holder is being used purely for decorative purposes. I wouldn’t recommend a semi-permanent solution like this for functional applications (such as for a memo holder in a home office) as constant use may weaken the adhesion over time, giving it a tendency to fall down.

The point of this particular project was to create a temporary display which negated any need to bang holes in walls. As mentioned above, a great solution for renters or the fickle minded and for semi-permanent décor such as Christmas cards. If you’re not adverse to a few nail indents then there are numerous beautiful and inventive ways to create something similar.

To remove the knobs from your wall with limited risk of damaging the paintwork simply blow with a hair-dryer (or shoot with a heat gun) for around 30 seconds or so to soften the adhesive first then gently peel back.


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Some Magazine Features

I was recently fortunate to have my canister labels featured in the September issues of both Ideal Home magazine (UK) and Art & Craft magazine (France).

The Ideal Home mention may have been just a tiny note in the Editor’s Letter though I was still majorly excited. The mag isn’t available here in Oz though the admin team were sweet enough to placate my pleading and send a copy on over.

Ideal Home Magazine

Being French-based, Art & Craft magazine is also unavailable here, though once again they were kind enough to send me a copy. I was pleasantly surprised to find my labels with a generous double page spread as the opening project for the mag’s Décor section.

Art & Craft Magazine

Thanks to all my international readers for contacting me about the features. And loads of gratitude to both magazines for choosing to include little ol’ me. It’s surreal to see the virtual pages of my blog come to life on tangible leaves.

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