Telephone Table Bench Seat

You know those old-fashioned telephone tables? Like this one….

Most of them have good bones and smart lines (and can be found super-cheap!) and I’ve seen lots of them looking great once made-over though the utilitarian function is some-what defunct nowadays with everyone having cordless phones and the like so I thought I’d do a little re-purposing….

First, I removed the screwed-on drawer (don’t worry, I didn’t just throw it away – I’m keeping it for a rainy day) and old chair pad then painted the base crisp white.

Then on with some jute webbing. Kinda like this….

Next, a layer of foam wrapped in some thick wadding followed by a piece of cute fabric (taupe and cream ticking stripe in my case).

I pulled, stretched and staple-gunned the fabric into place before trimming away any excess and hot-gluing a length of braid trim around the whole bench to conceal the staples.

Some covered buttons were then added for that finishing touch.

So, from this…

To this…

Some co-ordinating pillows and a throw rug really make for a cute ensemble.

The throw is plain taupe polar fleece trimmed with the matching ticking fabric and the cushions have simple faux envelope fronts dressed with some more covered buttons.

In the pic below you can see the braid trim and fabric. To give the base a bit of extra character and a slightly more relaxed feel I lightly distressed the edges.

Here’s the set in my parent’s guest bedroom….

I know as a tutorial this is kinda vague (sorry!) though I didn’t take any step-by-step photos because, to be honest, this was the first project of its kind that I’d ever attempted and I really didn’t know just quite what I was doing and how it might end up (plus who knows if I did it the ‘proper’ way anyway!).

If you wanna give something similar a go though are a little hesitant, seriously, just go for it. Let’s face it, I could hardly have made it look much worse!


We Have a Winner!

As chosen by, I’m sooo excited to announce that the winner of my first ever giveaway is lucky number 88!

Congratulations to Donna of Rosebud and Bluebells! Your prize will be shipped shortly.

Thank you to everyone who entered. I’m sorry there could be only one winner though I’m hoping to have more giveaways in the future as a means of thanking all you guys for your support, encouragement and readership.


My First Giveaway!

I’m soooo excited about this!

To thank and celebrate all of my wonderful readers, as a small token of my gratitude I’m offering this gorgeous little hand-crafted (with love!) tote embellished with a sweet vintage bunting bird.

Fully lined with black cotton and featuring a rustic jute drawstring this charming pouch, amongst other things, could be used; to store your little silk nightie, to perfume a drawer if filled with sweet cedar chips etc, as a make-up purse, on an outing in place of your usual bag, to stow away your sewing or craft paraphernalia etc, as a cute gift bag, as decor hung on a bed post, door knob or chair back….and the list goes on and on!

To be in the running to win, simply leave a comment on this post – easy peasy!

Closed midnight on Monday 7 June (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

A Little Weekend Away

Given we’re lucky enough to be heading down to the beach for a couple of days I thought I’d share these gorgeous coastal inspired spaces.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who follows along, comments on or visits my little slice of blogland. The support and encouragement of this amazing community is nothing short of overwhelming. It truly makes me smile each time I see a new follower or notice a new comment, so….THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Have a lovely weekend.

Typographic Cushions

Alright, I’ll admit it, I’m in love with typography and would marry it if I could….

….you know what they say though – too much of a good thing is never a good thing….

….though does it really have to be so?….

….I mean, surely a letter here and a number there can’t really hurt…can it?

It’s lucky for me and my temporary obsession then that these duck-egg blue babies (below) are destined for my parent’s beach house. One for each of the single beds in the twin guest room – so cute!

They were a cinch to make. I just designed some artwork in Paint.Net (if you don’t have an image editing program and haven’t heard of Paint.Net I recommend checking it out) then printed it in reverse onto iron-on transfer paper, cut closely around each separate component, positioned them where I wanted on some fabric then ironed away. The fabric was then made into the cushions that you see.

If you’d like to try creating something similar I’ve attached my artwork as a free printable (see the ‘At a Glance’ section at the end of the post to view and download). Please feel free to use it.
I’m keeping this newly embellished ampersand cushion though (below). I made it using the same method. Here it is in my living room.

Classic number typographics.
Click here to view and download.