The Staged House | ‘Guest’ Bedroom Reveal

I’ve been slowly working through some of the photos I took of my late mother-in-law’s property (which, for ease, I’m now coining ‘The Staged House’).

At first I wanted to share an over-arching post inclusive of all spaces (similar to what I did for my gran’s house) but given I’m a little stretched for time at the moment, it’s just taking too long for me to get everything together. Sorry.

So, room-by-room reveals it is! Starting with the ‘guest’ bedroom.

This was my mother-in-law’s home-office/catch-all (we’d already started clearing it out when I took this before pic), but for sale purposes it just made sense to stage it as a regular bedroom.

Bedroom Reveal After

We didn’t have a spare bed to use so I scoured Marketplace for a free queen-size mattress and base, then I added a simple skirt using my curtain trick from The Flip House. Except this time I didn’t even need to buy curtains!

For sale purposes we had decided to remove all of the window furnishings in the house to help make things look bright and clean. At first I was simply going to throw the old curtain panels away, but right when I was about to use them as a rag for my grubby paint-covered hands, it dawned on me that they might actually be useful. And clearly they were!

The white curtains you can see in the guest bedroom before pic were used to make a skirt for the master bedroom (I’ll share that space soon!). And the curtains for my guest bedroom skirt were taken from the third bedroom. Here they are before…

Curtains Before

And here are some of my rough progress pics (refer to my past post for a complete how-to tutorial)…

Curtains to Bedskirt

It took me about 15 minutes to completely finish. It’s so quick and easy!

Curtains to Bedskirt

The mid-century side tables were originally in the master bedroom, but I decided to steal them for this space because they work so perfectly.

Bedroom After

The master bedroom is actually a tad smaller due to the ensuite and this room could handle the bulk of them better.

I already owned the rug (you might recognise it from the girl’s bedroom at The Flip House). It was originally from Spotlight.


One of the more indulgent elements is the artwork over the bed. I was very lucky to be gifted this gorgeous piece from Urban Road which just works so beautifully in here.

Wall Art

Pardon the reflections!

From the start I knew I wanted to include some tall greenery, but for staging purposes I have used my free cheat of ‘borrowing’ a tree (sometimes I will use a substantial branch) from the paddock behind my house (don’t worry, there are still 5,694 more to choose from!). Sorry, but I actually have no idea what this particular tree is – feel free to share if you know!

Bedroom Reveal After

I’ve found that if you sit an established woody cutting in water it can last for several weeks. Here I’ve placed it in a large glass demijohn (unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of it but you can just see it peeking out from over the bed).

Most of the bedding, and all of the decor items, are things I already owned.

You might recognise the lamps from The Flip House.


Again, this is just a total staging cheat where I’ve used inexpensive vases (large ceramic lamps can be so expensive!) with shades resting on top. I didn’t add any light source when I used these in The Flip House but this time around I included some battery operated puck lights. The shades are a little smaller than I would have liked though the larger original shades I had were stolen when The Flip House was broken into. So, I’ve just made do with these smaller ones I found in the shed. They aren’t ideal but they do the trick. I would also have liked to paint the bases white, but that was a low priority and never happened. Oh well.

The rust accent cushion is from Target, the faux leather cushions are from Kmart and the striped cushions are from IKEA. They are my new favourites!

I bought the throw a few years ago from Etsy and the white quilt cover is just an old one of mine from Target.

Oh, and the ‘flat’ sheet is actually a Kmart tablecloth! This is another little hack I often use for staging purposes as I find the extra weight in the fabric helps it sit more neatly and appear less translucent than most regular sheets. When no-one is actually going to be sleeping in the bed you can get away with anything!

Wall Art

I didn’t really have a set plan in mind when bringing this space together. For the most part I was just working with what I already had, though I just adore the way things evolved. To me it almost has a subtle Santa-Fe kinda vibe, which is something a little bit different to my usual modern-cottage style.

As always, here are the comparison pics…

Bedroom Reveal After

Bedroom Makeover Before and After

Because I’m a little behind in sharing these room reveals, I haven’t really had a good chance to post about the whole sale campaign. Well, just to quickly summarise, our first open for inspection garnered a record agency attendance which was super flattering news. We received twelve separate offers within the first week and the house was under contract in just eight days! Less than two weeks after hitting the market it was officially SOLD – for just shy of 100K above the top price in our listing range! Great result.

Looking forward to sharing more spaces soon. Thanks so much for being patient with me.




Catch up on all the previous posts about ‘The Staged House’ HERE.





A Quick & Simple DIY Plant Pot Update

I know I’m supposed to have shared at least some of the pics from my mother-in-laws house staging project, though I’ve been so flat out with client work lately I haven’t even had a chance to properly look through the photos yet! So sorry!

One project I can quickly share however is these plant pots I transformed to dress-up the front entry.


My mother-in-law had a heap of random pots laying around, but I wanted something cohesive for beside the front door. Of course, buying new pots would have been pricey and a bit excessive, so once again it was paint to the rescue!

Plant Pot Makeover

I was on a tight budget and time-frame so simply used some supplies I already had on hand – regular house paint mixed with Plaster of Paris.

If I’d planned things out ‘properly’ I probably would have used something more suited for outdoor conditions, such as mortar mix and exterior paint instead. But, Plaster of Paris can be sealed for outdoor use and although I never sealed ours it has held up perfectly for almost three months now! Yay!

All I did was pour some plaster powder into a bowl then gradually add paint, stirring with a stick paddle until I had a toothpaste-like consistency. I wasn’t fussed about bumps and lumps so there were plenty – which I embraced!

To apply the paint I used a large brush which I haphazardly slapped around the pots until they were fully covered (around two-three coats). I undertook this project on quite a hot day so thankfully the paint dried fast which enabled me to layer it up quickly.

Plant Pot Makeover Before and After

Sorry I don’t have step-by-step tutorial photos though I literally did this in a frantic twenty minute window right before I needed to collect my kids from school. That’s how quick and easy it was!

In terms of plants, as you can see the Euphorbia was existing, and I added a Prima Donna tree (Elaeocarpus Reticulatis) in the large pot for height and lushness, and some pretty Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia Maritima) in the smallest pot for a bit of fluffy cottage charm.

To conceal the exposed soil some fine Euchi Mulch did the trick.

Right at the beginning of this house staging project, when we were initially decluttering, no-one really knew what to do with these random pots. At one stage they even almost ended up in the trash! So it’s nice to have given them a fresh lease on life.




Catch up on all the previous posts about my mother-in-laws house staging project HERE.


Preparing the House For Sale…and a special reader offer

This post is sponsored by Fantastic Services.

All images and opinions are my own.

Bedroom Makeover

One of the inevitable tasks when preparing a house for sale is cleaning.

And, I’m not gonna lie, it’s definitely my least favourite!

In fact, I was actually really dreading it for my mother-in-laws property. Although the house itself isn’t particularly large, it’s quite vast due to high vaulted ceilings, and also has lots of fiddly rustic details. On top of this things had been a bit neglected over the years so it was never going to be a quick and easy chore.

Obviously we already had a very long ‘to do’ list, and although cleaning was always a priority, every time I thought about it my heart sank a bit. I know that’s melodramatic, but it’s honestly how I felt. I guess the strain of the past year had just left me a little more stretched than usual.

Coffee Table

So it was such a relief when I was contacted by Fantastic Services.

They offer a wide range of home services, from regular domestic cleaning to end-of-lease cleaning, gardening and pest control, to specialised tasks such as surface honing and appliance cleaning.

Dining Table

Not being one to usually consider hiring cleaners, accepting this opportunity felt a little bit indulgent, but also incredibly liberating! It was like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

We were fortunate to have two cleaners attend the property to undertake Spring Cleaning. This is a one-off service you can fully customise to suit your needs.

Once they’d finished working their magic, and I walked inside the house, I finally felt the motivation needed to start the staging process. It wasn’t as though they had simply cleaned the house, but also cleansed my mind! Does that sound crazy? Regardless, I’d probably never felt more sane!

I’m still working through all the after photos so am just sharing these sneak peeks for now.

Bedside Table


I’ll be back soon to share all the “proper” after pics, but I wanted to publish this post for now because if you’re in need of some help around the house, Fantastic Services has been kind enough to offer all of my readers an exclusive $20 credit!

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If you missed my introduction to this house staging project, check out my original post HERE.

A New House Staging Project

Just in case anyone has been wondering where I’ve been…







Sorry about the quality of these photos. I never took “proper” before pics so these are merely phone snaps. Some are taken after I already started decluttering (hence the lack of stuff), others are taken mid clear-out (hence the abundance of stuff).

Several weeks back I started work on a new house staging project which I never intended to share here (sound familiar?).

This is actually the house of my beautiful mother-in-law who sadly passed away late last year. I won’t go into things too deeply, but obviously it was very difficult and certainly not made any easier by the whole COVID-19 fiasco here in Melbourne at the time.

Needless to say there were quite a few false starts with the house preparedness situation given pandemic restrictions, so the process has been quite unpredictable, but that’s not the main reason I never intended to share it.

You see, unlike some of my past “flips” where we undertook minor (and even some major) home improvement works to bring the property up to a certain standard, the scope of this project never extended that far.

Although totally liveable, the house is a bit of a fixer-upper, so short of tackling a full-on reno prior to the sale (which, very fairly, no-one was interested in), it just made sense to leave the bones be to allow freedom for any new buyer to put their own stamp on things.

This isn’t to say that there was little work undertaken. Properly preparing any house for sale is never quick and easy – and deceased estates often bear the additional burden of emotional stress. We all spent several weekends gardening, decluttering, packing, fixing, cleaning, and so on. And general maintenance will persist until the hammer falls.

Given there was no hiding the fact the house itself was a little outdated, our plan was simply to make it look as stylish as possible so any prospective buyer can see the imminent appeal, along with envisaging any future potential.

Of course, as a result of the current state of the house though, I didn’t have a particularly fresh and modern canvas to build upon. And this, paired with time and budget constraints, meant we were never going to have an especially amazing outcome. I mean, staging can be powerful but it’s not exactly magic! I even told myself not to go to too much effort.

But that’s easier said than done!

As per usual I got carried away…painting furniture I said would be fine as is, scouring Marketplace at 2AM, driving over an hour to collect a table because it was “such a bargain”, raiding friend’s homes for quilt covers they clearly didn’t need, coming up with resourceful ways to use old curtains. You know, all that usual stuff that totally sane people do all the time. Honestly, the past few weeks have been little more than a blur of sandpaper, broken fingernails, too many scatter cushions and full-to-the-brim car trips!

But as things started coming together in the house, much more successfully than I’d ever anticipated, I found myself feeling freshly optimistic – maybe staging is a bit magic after all!

I decided that whilst the house was never going to be perfect, it still deserved to shine as brightly as it could. It was time to take my fuss-pot hat off and share this project: warts and all. I’m pretty certain you guys will appreciate it and I can’t wait to divulge more!

I actually finished staging the house a few days back so it’s already completely done! I’ll be back with the after photos soon.






Easy DIY Shaker Peg Rail

Of all the ways to add a bit of custom charm to a standard DIY kitchen, I think shaker peg rails might just be my favourite!

Shaker Peg Rail DIY

This rail wasn’t part of my original plan for the suite extension kitchenette, but over the past few months it’s like they’ve been teasing me by showing up in every kitchen I’ve happened to come across! Of course, that’s not literally true, though in the kitchens they have appeared in, they definitely did jump out at me.

I think it was a sign.

DIY Shaker Peg Board

But more than being a momentary flight-of-fancy, shaker peg rails are incredibly classic (and super lovely!) so will easily stand the test-of-time in this suite extension where longevity is an important part of the brief.

This was such a quick, easy and affordable little project, costing less than $18 all up!

Here’s how I did it…



DIY Shaker Peg Rail Supplies

1 Wood

This is for the backing board. I used a sheet of  18mm/.7″ deep MDF which I got as an off-cut for $8. I found this to be cheapest and best-sized material but you could also use plywood, pine or hardwood.

Note: Ensure your backing board is deep enough to accommodate your shaker peg screws/tenons otherwise they will protrude through the back.

2 Shaker Pegs

I was so excited to come across these right here in Australia for such an amazing price! I found them at Wooden Bits & Bobs for under $2 each. I chose the 76mm/3″ screw option but they have a variety of styles and sizes to select from.

3 Paint

So that the peg rail fitted in perfectly with the kitchen I used the same paint we applied to the cabinetry (Dulux Aquanamel Semi-Gloss in ‘Oyster Linen’). Fortunately we had plenty left-over so didn’t need to buy a new tin.

4 Screws/Wall Anchors

We couldn’t locate our wall studs due to the pressed tin backsplash interfering with the stud finder (and my dad wasn’t keen on me making a bunch of holes trying to hit one!) so I used heavy duty wall anchors in the plaster. If you’re able to find your studs then screws alone will do the trick.

5 Filler/Caulk/Putty

I used timber putty to cover the screw heads, and filler to conceal any gaps around the edges of the peg rail.


In addition, you will need a saw, sandpaper, drill, paint brush/roller and screwdriver.



STEP 1 | Trim backing board to size.

DIY Shaker Peg Rail

You may be able to have the hardware store cut your backing board to size for you, but I just trimmed it down myself using a track saw. I cut it to fit between our overhead cabinets perfectly (which was around 1100mm/43″ long) and decided to make it 110mm/4″ high.

STEP 2 | Sand and paint.

Painted Rail

I figured it would be easier to paint the backing board before attaching the pegs so gave any rough bits a light sand then applied two coats of our chosen paint.

STEP 3 | Attach pegs.

DIY Shaker Peg Board

Once the backing board was dry, I measured out and drilled five holes for my shaker pegs before screwing them in by hand. It was super easy!

Attaching the Shaker Pegs

There’s no real reason I chose to use five pegs. I just wanted a nice spacious look. Here it is with the pegs still unpainted.

Shaker Peg Rail DIY

You could certainly leave the pegs natural, or stain them a deeper colour, if you wanted some contrast.

Note: Be sure to use a drill bit around two sizes smaller than your peg screws so they fit snuggly. You can also use some wood glue.

STEP 4 | Sand and paint pegs.

DIY Shaker Peg Board

If necessary, give your pegs a light sand (I found some of mine were quite rough) then paint.

STEP 5 | Attach to wall.

Drilling the Holes

Drill holes through your backing board sized to accommodate your screws (I went with two holes for the length of my board) then hold you rail in position on the wall, making sure it is nice and level, and poke the drill bit through each hole, just to mark the points on the wall where you will need to drill.

Note: Yes, you can hold the peg rail in place and drill through both the backing board and wall together though as the rail is kinda long and awkward it can be tricky and things might shift. Doing it separately is just an easier and more fool-proof method.

Using those points you marked on the wall, drill holes sized to accommodate your screws (if going into studs) or wall anchors (if going into plaster). Not gonna lie, drilling through the pressed tin was a little bit daunting! If you make a mistake you can’t just patch it like plaster!

DIY Shaker Peg Board

Note: Because wall anchors are so large I like to start by using a small drill bit to create a pilot hole before moving up to a larger drill bit. The smaller bit just allows for greater control and accuracy.

At this stage, if you are using wall anchors like me, push them into the wall until they sit flush.

Plaster Plugs

Sometimes you need to bang them with a mallet or hammer.

Next, using a drill bit slightly larger than your screw heads, drill shallow counter-sinking divots in the backing board at the point of each screw hole.

Countersinking Screws

These will allow the screw heads to be recessed so they can be concealed later. If necessary, sand any rough exposed edges.

Note: Go slowly drilling your counter-sinking holes. Large drill bits can bite-in really easily and before you know it you’ve gone too far through! You can even try drilling in reverse to avoid this risk.

DIY Shaker Peg Board How To

Finally, hold your rail in place so that the holes in the backing board and wall align, then screw in your screws so that the heads are recessed and the rail is nice and firm.

STEP 6 | Fill holes and paint.

Filling the Holes

Use some timber putty to cover the screw heads. Once it’s set, sand it back as needed then paint to match the rest of the rail. If you find the finish is uneven you may need to repeat this step.

Note: You may find you also have some small gaps around the edges of your rail. If so, use some regular filler or caulk to conceal them before painting.


DIY Shaker Peg Rail How To

DIY Shaker Peg Board

For under $18 it’s such a great little way to add some custom charm to a kitchen…or any other room for that matter!

How To Make a Shaker Peg Rail

For now I’ve just used some random decor bits and pieces we already had on hand, but the pegs provide the perfect avenue for getting creative with pretty yet practical styling and storage. I’m especially enamoured with the little hanging herb vessel I attached. It would be cute to have a collection of these to hold a variety of fresh sprigs from the garden.

Hanging Herb Bottle

We will be adding some floating shelves above (in fact, I’ve already started on those!) so ignore the fact things are currently looking a bit sparse.

DIY Shaker Peg Rail

As you can glimpse, the handles I shared in my last post have finally arrived and are attached, plus I made a decision on the rug I asked you guys about…


It was Number 1 for the win!

When I asked for opinions there was a really mixed response so I just went with my gut. Granted, I think Number 1 was possibly the least preferred option so if I don’t like it I guess I only have myself to blame!

But there are certainly no regrets concerning the shaker peg rail.



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Shaker Peg Rail DIY