DIY Rustic Console Table for the Flip House Entry

If you follow me socially, you may have seen a snippet of this console table.

I had no intention of writing a dedicated blog post about it, though I’ve had so much interest and so many questions that it just seemed to make sense.

Do you remember my concept board for the flip house entry?

I was inspired by the new season of House Rules on Channel 7 to come up with my own set of guidelines to help dictate the style direction.

Well, after searching and searching for the perfect console table at the perfect price, I was near biting the bullet and just forking out for an expensive piece, when I happened to notice this pile of timber beside our driveway…

Wood Before

Now, when I say ‘notice’ I don’t mean that I abruptly became aware of it like it had appeared out of nowhere. Quite on the contrary, it had actually been sitting there for over twelve years (left behind by our previous home-owners) so I well and truly knew it was there. However, suddenly, I was seeing it for the first time.

“I’m gonna go build a table out of the wood in the driveway,” I announced to hubby.

“Um, okay. You know that cypress is worth a fair bit?” came his reply.

“Well, at the moment it’s worth nothing,” I said.

“True,” he agreed.

So I drew-up a very rough plan then started trimming my timber.

The base is simply old treated pine. I cut it on a slight angle to give the table a gentle splay.

Cutting the Base

Here are the legs before being glued and screwed together. As you can see, the design is pretty basic. Really, anyone can have a go at building them.

Console Table Legs

The top is made from one plank of solid cypress.

It wasn’t wide enough on its own so I cut it in half then biscuit joined the two pieces together.

Trimming the Cypress

Sanding the Top

Although I loved the ashy weathered finish I wanted something with a tad more warmth so decided to sand the top to enhance the natural colour of the timber as well as remove any overly rough areas and level things out a bit. It came up beautifully (ignore the speckled look in the above pic – it was raining).

Then I simply attached the legs to the top with some glue and screws.

Attaching the Legs

Once the glue was fully cured I stood the table right way up. And to my surprise it seemed pretty perfect!

I was concerned that the slender pine legs may be too skimpy for the chunky cypress top though the proportions are fine. I also thought that the base may need some kind of structural brace however it’s incredibly solid as is.

To finish I decided to add little angle brackets. These are simply screwed and glued in place and although I added them purely for decorative purposes they also work to increase the overall strength of the table.

DIY Rustic Console Table

The dimensions are around 83cm H x 150cm W x 30cm D/33″ H x 60″ W x 12″ D

It’s unusual for me not to share a pretty after photo though that will come when the entry is revealed. At this stage I still need to oil the table top and paint the base a deep green. I know it looks okay in its natural rustic state though it’s not quite the look I’m going for.

Hope you like it. Can’t wait to share more!

 

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*UPDATE*

Here is the finished table! You can see more over in my entry reveal post HERE.

DIY Rustic Console Table

 

 

The Flip House Entry

With the exterior finally nearing completion (yay!), it’s time to turn our attention to the flip house interior (double yay!).

As much as I’ve loved transforming the facade, and as exciting as working on my first ever curb appeal makeover has been, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to getting cracking inside.

If you’ve been following along with the flip house from the start, you might recall that in my very first post I shared a rough guide outlining our intended scope of works (you can catch up on it in full detail here). As my friend had no interest in undertaking any major renovations and wanted to keep the budget at around 12K, our plan was pretty simple; make the most of what we already had. In essence, strip it down then dress it up, baby!

At this stage we’ve managed to create a relatively fresh blank canvas by removing all furniture and decor along with any un-needed/un-sightly fixings and fittings, by patching and spot painting walls, ceilings and architraves, as well as painting some feature walls (as much as I would have loved to paint the entire house, it just wasn’t going to happen), and laying new carpet.

Although there’s still lots more to do, including LOADS of cleaning, I finally feel ready to begin dressing some areas….starting with the entry.

From the start it’s always been my vision to create a great first impression by ensuring the facade looks amazing, and it just makes sense to capitalise on that by carrying the standard inside with an equally striking entry.

Here’s how the entry looked at the very beginning of the flip…

Before

Entry Before

And here it is from a week or so back (before the walls were painted and the carpet was installed)…

Entry Before

Doesn’t just removing all the old stuff make such a huge difference? This is why I consider de-cluttering so important.

So, now that I have my relatively blank canvas, it’s time to start considering ‘style’ – and I must admit, I’ve been struggling with this!

Unlike decorating my own home, a client’s home, or a friend’s home, in this case there is no personal taste preference to help dictate the direction. So the possibilities are mind boggling!

Sure, there are certain factors to leverage, such as the style and location of the house plus what’s currently on trend, though I really don’t want it to look like every other staged house in the area.

In order to help me I thought I’d take a cue from House Rules (which just started airing its new season on Channel 7 this week!) and create a set of guidelines based around the feel I want to achieve. So, my ‘House Rules’ are…

:: Use black and white with a hint of gold.

:: Add greenery for a vibrant punch.

:: Go for simple lines with a rustic twist.

And this is my rough plan so far…

Entry Mood Board

WALLPAPER

I don’t tend to use a lot of wallpaper, and in general I’m not a huge fan of feature walls, however they definitely have their place. Here, because I don’t love the wall paint colour and want to create a bit of a statement, I’m planning on using this stunning black and white wallpaper from Luxe Walls. It’s actually an Aboriginal painting created by artist Brentyn Lugnan and I just adore it! The paper requires no messy glue and is repositionable and removable so I’m super excited to try it!

CONSOLE TABLE

I’ve been scouring second-hand sites for a table though haven’t found anything which quite meets my style, size and price requirements yet. Sometimes sourcing pre-loved items can take months and unfortunately, in this case, I just don’t exactly have the luxury of time. Have been thinking about maybe building something myself using some scrap timber our previous home owners left behind – over 12 years ago! If I do, the base will likely be treated pine so I may paint it the deep green shade shown above. I was originally leaning toward duck-egg blue, in order to tie the exterior in (remember, I’ve used duck-egg blue on the shutters and front door), however I can’t get this green out of my mind!

OTTOMANS

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved the look of a generous console table with a pair ottomans beneath it. Sadly, my little home offers precious little scope for any such arrangement – so this is my chance! There’s no way buying tailored ottomans is in the budget so I’ll be DIY’ing these. Have been looking everywhere for some storage tubs/baskets/crates/toy boxes/side tables, I might be able to easily hack though most which have the right overall scale are too long. At this stage I’m thinking I may need to build some basic frames myself using left-over MDF we have in the shed. Then I’ll use the foam from one of my friend’s old sofas to create the ‘cushion’ tops before upholstering them.

RUNNER RUG

To add some natural warmth and texture, and help soften the floor tiles, I may use a woven runner rug. Not sure on the exact style or colour at this stage though you can never go wrong with jute.

DECOR

To meet my self-imposed ‘House Rules’ I’m thinking of using a lush plant in a brass bowl, some simple modern frames in black and gold, and a nice collection of vases (most likely inexpensive second-hand ones I will spray paint). In addition, there will probably be a stack of contemporary books and perhaps a few wicker items for texture. Who knows?

 

In other flip house news, the garage door has been confirmed! For those of you who, like me, have been waiting to see the finished facade this is pretty significant. It will be installed next Thursday after which point I can finish the “curb appeal” styling and share the before and after pics!

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Catch up on all the previous flip house posts HERE.

 

The Flip House Garage Door

Hello lovely people!

Sorry I seemed to disappear for a little while back there.

With school holidays, Easter and a week-long family camping trip the flip house got put on hold for a bit.

Though I’m back in full-force now and ready to finish-off the facade!

Remember my initial vision of the black carriage-style garage door?

It was going to be so beautiful, right?

Garage Door Inspo

Well, some things just aren’t meant to be.

After lots of research I had to weigh-up some pros and cons and have concluded that a carriage-style garage door may not be quite right for this particular project.

Garage Door Before

Although it’s do-able, and as much as I wanted to share it to help inspire others, it just didn’t feel warranted in terms of budget, ease and necessity.

I knew from the start that without some DIY a carriage-style door was going to be way over budget. Sure enough, after a few enquiries I discovered I was looking at around 7K – 10K to have one made and installed. Yikes!

My only option was to purchase a new blank door and clad it myself (I did look into second-hand doors too however compatible ones are few and far between).

Although I didn’t love the idea of modifying a perfectly fine brand new door, and knew there would be warranty, load and clearance issues to consider, it felt like an achievable project.

My initial idea was to use a monolithic tilt door. Tilt doors are constructed from one single panel (hence the ‘monolithic’ title) and don’t need to fold so I figured it would be the easiest to work with. However, after some research I learned they are one of the more expensive styles (I was looking at around 3K) and aren’t ideal in all circumstances, such as where there is a ground incline or lowered lintel – both of which we have here.

Next I looked into using a sectional door (around 2.5K). As sectionals come in four or five panels which need to partially fold it would mean more work in terms of measuring, cutting and attaching the trim – which I really wasn’t looking forward to. I mean sure, I could do it, though I kinda didn’t want to. I know that probably sounds lazy. For my own home I wouldn’t hesitate though I just wasn’t sure it was worth it for this flip house. Plus, new sectional doors can look quite schmick in their own right, so altering one felt a bit excessive and self-indulgent.

Finally I checked out the Gliderol range available through Bunnings. At this stage my carriage-style door ambitions were seriously waning. I was even beginning to think that a timber finish might work better than black. Although my budget would never extend to real timber, I found that Gliderol offers faux woodgrain doors in a few different styles and colourways.

Gliderol Sectional Garage Door Styles

I was initially leaning towards a traditional style door, like the Hampton, though eventually determined that the Tuscan, with its simple planked design, would lend itself well to the modern cottage feel we were going for.

Gliderol Timber Look Garage Door Colours

Although I’m yet to settle on a colourway at this stage I’m thinking the Golden Oak may work best.

Anyhoo, after some negotiation I was able to secure a fantastic deal (around 1.2K – usually 2.5K). Seriously, how could I say no? Not only is the price amazing though it will look fantastic and eliminates my need to do any work. SOLD!

I’m still waiting on an official ‘check measure’ to confirm things though am hoping it will be installed by the end of next week. Fingers crossed because, sans styling, it will mark the completion of the facade!

In other flip house news, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen that I painted the gable fascia black.

Gable Fascia

Ignore the dirty windows and unfinished garden.

It was a quick and easy change which just adds a bit more oomph and depth to the overall scheme.

Although the original white wasn’t wrong, to me it just felt a bit stark and prominent given it was the only section of fascia not shadowed by guttering.

DIY Gable Pediment

The black also allows the timber to really pop and just comes across as a tad more modern.

Fascia Black and White

Now that the facade is almost complete we’re going to begin working on some small jobs inside and I’ll start thinking about furniture and decor – yay!

 

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You can catch up on all the previous flip house posts HERE.

More Progress on the Flip House Facade!

You know how on home renovation shows they can completely transform an entire house in just five days?

Yeah, well, this in’t a home renovation show. Clearly.

We’ve been grinding away at just the facade for over a month now and the finishing line is finally coming into view!

I know it’s not the fast-paced, instantly-gratifying kinda makeover most consumers seem to crave, though I hope it offers some real-life perspective, and possibly even inspiration, to those of you who also can’t commit long uninterrupted days and a massive team of people to your own home renos.

Last week my $14 DIY gable pediment went up.

DIY Gable Pediment

It’s simply attached directly to the brick with some right angle brackets and masonry anchors.

Gable Bracket Attachment

At the moment it’s lightly stained and oiled, and I love the rustic warmth it brings, though I’ve been contemplating painting it black. It’s currently the only natural timber element at the front of the house, and whilst I like the fact that makes it a real feature, I’m just a bit concerned that in the end it might look a little lonely. I’ll wait until everything else is in place before I decide whether or not to change it though at this stage I think it will probably stay as is.

On a different note, the above pic shows the cool texture effect of the specialty Dulux paint we used really well.

I have also hung the shutters.

DIY Decorative Shutter

Now, I know some people loathe decorative shutters (especially those – like mine – which are clearly too small to give any impression that they may actually function), though I personally don’t mind them. To me they’re just like any other decorative element which is designed to do little more than look a certain way. I just wanted to add a bit of charm, interest and colour and they do that perfectly. If they bother you maybe pretend they’re the fancy kind which fold. Or just loathe them in secret.

You might recall that I planned on painting them a soft duck-egg colour so it kinda makes sense that I landed on Dulux Weathershield Semi-Gloss in ‘Duck Egg Blue’. Go figure.

Duck Egg Blue Dulux Paint

It’s a gorgeous soft blue-green which just may be my most favourite exterior accent colour ever.

The dark indigo front door got the same splash of colour.

Dulux Duck Egg Blue Painted Door

Although indigo can be lovely it was just a tad too dark and uninviting given the recessed entryway.

Door Before

The duck-egg helps brighten everything up and now you can actually see the front door from the street – which is a nice novelty. LOL!

Front Door in Duck Egg Blue

To add a touch of charm I dressed it up with these sweet nickel numbers.

Door House Numbers

In addition we’ve started painting the concrete block retaining walls.

In the below pic the yellow is the original colour, the stone-grey is the new colour.

Retaining Wall Paint

I was tossing up between black for drama, white for continuity and stone-grey for subtle contrast – obviously, stone-grey won out and I love how simple it is. The colour is Linseed by Dulux and I used Weathershield Masonry Matt which is fantastic to paint with!

Masonry Paint

Unfortunately I don’t have a great before shot which shows all of the walls though they are pretty extensive. For this reason we were originally going to leave them. They look like quite a neutral sandstone colour in the below pic though are definitely more of a mustard yellow in reality.

Retaining Walls Before

Although the colour could be worse, it had little relationship with the new scheme so I decided to try painting just the small wall around the front of the house (you can see it – after one coat of paint – on the left in the above pic).

Even though I only intended on painting that one wall, it was such a surprisingly quick and easy job that I figured I’d just keep going! After painting around half of all the retaining walls I finally ran out of paint so will finish things off next time.

There’s been some progress in the garden too. A few new plants have gone in including Viburnum, Westringia and Pittosporum.

Plants

Given we’re just coming out of a long, hot, dry summer and don’t have the budget for lots of large established plants the garden is proving a bit of a challenge. Still, we’re up to the task and will do our best to make it look as nice, neat and fresh as possible.

For me though, the most exciting aspect of our progression so far is the purchase of a few decor pieces!

From the start I envisioned one of these box lights in the entry and I couldn’t love it more (still need to add a pretty bulb).

DIY Batten Fix Box Light

Makes such a nice change from the plastic “eyeball” light which was originally in place.

Front Door and Light Before

And I’ve also been playing around with some modern pots and a geometric door mat.

Pots and Mat

Deciding on plants for the pots has been tricky – in a good way!

My initial idea was for pretty cottage style shrubbery with white blooms, then I thought maybe something more rustic like a little olive tree and some rosemary would be nice, now I’m leaning toward lush statement greenery like a bird of paradise and blousy fern. Any preferences?

Anyhoo, that’s where things currently stand. It’s soooo close!

I’ll be back as soon as I can to share further details, hopefully including the barn style garage door!

Thanks so much for following along.

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Catch up on all of my previous posts about the flip house HERE.

Flip House Facade | The Plan & Progress

I must admit, from the start it’s been the ‘street appeal’ transformation which has had me most excited about this house. I haven’t had the chance to work on many (any!) full facades so it’s something I’ve always been super keen to tackle.

House Facade Before

Whilst the original state of things was clearly far from spectacular, I think the classic style and basic bones offered so much potential.

Of course, there are lots of different ways we could have gone with this however to me the general design lends itself to ‘cottage’ so we’re going to try and inject some modern country charm. Not only will this help distinguish the house from most of the other (numerous!) nearby properties on the market, though it should also impart a homey welcoming vibe and work with the semi-rural location (oh, and my personal love of contemporary cottage may or may not have influenced things slightly!).

Obviously we’re on a tight budget so for the most part I’ll be looking for easy and affordable ways to update existing elements and layer character on top.

PAINT

It goes without saying that one of the best ways to transform a house is with paint.

Now, some of you might like to look away because I know not everyone will like this however…the brick is now painted!

Painted Brick

Although the original brick wasn’t completely hideous (bear in mind it does look much better in the photos than in reality though), when teamed with the ashy roof and black trim the whole scheme simply came across as dated and lackluster. There was just no zing!

I wanted to create more contrast and after playing around with a few options eventually decided on white.

When choosing the white I wasn’t sure whether or not we would be painting the existing cream fascia and eaves, and also needed to account for the nearby yellow-toned boundary fences and retaining walls (which we probably won’t be painting) so settled on a warm white which would harmonise well. Dulux ‘Antique White USA’ is a rather creamy white which actually presents as quite crisp outdoors yet still has a hint of softness.

Dulux Antique White USA

Rather than use regular paint, I decided to try something different.

Dulux Texture Medium Cover is a thick and flexible acrylic paint which provides the rustic look of bagged brick. It’s similar to render though as it allows the brick structure to show through it offers more character – which I personally love.

I’d never used anything like it before and absolutely adore it! You cut in with a brush first, just like regular paint, then apply straight from the bucket using a mitt. It’s a little bit messy though actually fun! Of course it was kinda tricky for me to document the painting process whilst decked out in my stylish painting glove, however if you’d like more information we basically followed the manufacturer instructions and this video tutorial.

Once the brick was painted we decided the cream fascia and eaves were letting the new fresh feel down so painted them to match using Dulux Weathershied in Low Sheen.

Dulux Paint for the House Facade

Our black and white scheme is now crisp and simple and ready for a soft colour pop (more on that below).

GARAGE DOOR

Unfortunately there’s nothing much we can do to salvage the existing dented cream roller door so have decided to replace it.

Garage Door Before

This is one of our biggest ticket items of the entire flip. The garage accounts for almost half of the entire facade so I figure making it look great will be money well spent.

I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing over colour options though think I’ve finally landed on matte black to break up the white and bring in the other black accents. Ideally I’d love a carriage style door though I’m sure you can imagine that they can be pricey.

Garage Door Inspo

This is just a rough inspo idea.

So I’ve been looking into some DIY options and affordable alternatives and am excited to see what’s possible. Can’t wait to share what we end up doing!

ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS

As mentioned above, something I’m exited about bringing to this house is a sense of charm.

There’s not a huge amount of scope for adding decorative elements, and I certainly don’t want to go over the top, though two areas I’ve identified which could do with some zhoozhing are the feature gable and the window wall.

House Facade Plan

For the gable I’m planning on adding a timber accent pediment. I’ve actually already built it (from a $14 length of treated pine) and am hoping the rustic wood will warm up the white and impart some earthy texture.

Making the Gable

Easy DIY Gable Pediment

I had visions of creating something more decorative though decided that was a bit beyond me (and my tools!) so stuck with nice simple lines. Because I built it at home I made it slightly larger than required so I can easily cut it down to fit when I’m next at the flip house.

The large window on the right will be flanked by decorative shutters. Again, I’ve already built them (from $40 worth of cypress pickets) and plan to finish them in a soft duck-egg blue.

DIY Board and Batten Shutters

The front door, which is currently dark indigo and comes across a bit like an unwelcoming black hole due to its recessed position, will probably be painted the same duck-egg colour to provide some continuity and brighten things up.

Front Door

Although black and white alone can be stunning, given the house is quite simple architecturally I want to add one feature colour to provide a bit of interest, liveliness and pop.

GARDEN

When I first saw and photographed the property it was late spring and the garden, although overgrown and weedy, was quite green, lush and pretty.

Garden Before Summer

Then summer hit – and it’s been a long, hot, dry summer. With no-one living in the home to care for the plants many struggled and several died. We’ve had to remove a lot and drastically cut back others so right now things are looking rather brown, withered and barren.

Garden After Summer

We’re going to try and retain as many established plants as possible then fill the key areas and sparse patches with a simple mix of shrubs. Not certain at this stage though given the house is north facing we’re thinking tough varieties like Westringia and Dietes. We’ll see.

STYLING

At this point of the flip adding the finishing touches, such as lighting, pots, decor and furniture, is still a bit of a distant dream though I can’t help but look forward because they are the elements which will bring everything together – plus, to me, it’s the funnest bit! I have visions of matte black lighting, pretty pots and lush greenery, and natural materials such as wicker, among other things.

Facade Makeover Mood Board

DOOR MAT | OUTDOOR SCONCE | WICKER BENCH | BANANA PALM | GLAZED POT

This is just a rough mood board I put together. Like I said, we’re not quite ready for this yet though I can’t wait!

If reading all this has made you think I must be super self-assured and confident, let me tell you that I’ve actually been doubting and questioning myself the whole way! Like I mentioned, this is my first time working on a facade and, just like anyone doing anything new, I’m simply learning as I go. At this stage all I can do is cross my fingers and toes and hope that, just like with my interior makeovers, things all come together in the end!

Thanks so much for following along.

 

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You can catch up on Part One of the house flip HERE.