Still painting so here is a partially done room with partially empty paint tins.
I forgot to take a photo at 10am this morning, but this is what we have been doing all day, painting our bedroom. We only got the primer on, but already it looks so much better. Also loving our makeshift curtains!
We originally just wanted to paint the nursery, but then we expanded to the hallway, to the master bedroom, and now the living room and entrance way. In the process we’ve been patching the walls, ripping up the horrible skirting boards, doing some rewiring (there was a switch on the wall that didn’t even go anywhere), relocating weirdly positioned power points (4 clustered together halfway up and right in the middle of a wall) and of course accumulating all sorts of different paint (primer, ceiling paint semi-gloss for skirting boards & windows, top coat for walls). And I thought that painting would just involve painting. Silly me. I can’t wait to get rid of the horrible green.
Okay, so we’re not really creating or being creative, but we patched and primed the walls of the hallway, ready to paint over the horrible olive pastel green that currently engulfs our house. Even though it’s very patchy, it already looks 1000 times better than what was already there. Can’t wait to get the top coats on.
Also discovered when painting that the previous owners didn’t bother to unscrew any fittings when they painted and just painted around what was there but didn’t even mask them so there’s green paint everywhere, a few of the door frames are made with skirting boards instead of doing it properly, the light fitting was only screwed in with one screw and it wasn’t even a plaster screw just an ordinary screw, there were two random screws in the ceiling that they just painted over the top because they were too lazy to remove, there was a giant hole in the wall that they didn’t even patch properly and just put some filler over the top to cover but didn’t actually fill the hole itself, and none of the door frames are flush with the walls. One door frame sits about 1cm forward than the other and they’ve just put some kind of filler behind it… Makes me want to go all hulk like with frustration.
At the moment all spaces in the house are pretty messy. We’re in the process of getting lots of things around the house done. The husband generally likes very modern, clean lines and mostly minimalistic, whereas I like colour and patterns and different textures. Luckily he likes these little origami lanterns so I hang them in the bedroom and we can both be happy. Eventually I’ll get rid of the horrible green walls. This house needs a lot of work before I’ll actually feel like it’s my space.
Here are my pretty lanterns all lit up. I would have preferred to have the warmer yellow lights but unfortunately Bunnings doesn’t have a very big range when it comes to fairy lights. The white lights look pretty good with this pattern though.
Hooray! Some origami lanterns are finally up. Expect many more pictures of these in the future with better lighting. I love all the pretty colours and patterns.
I’m a bit over folding, so I’ve decided to take a break and start blowing up the lanterns and putting them up. I really like how they’ve turned out and I think they’ll look really great on the walls. I’m well on the way to finishing something at last! Although I don’t think the husband really likes me leaving them in the middle of the living room floor while I’m putting it all together.
I’ve been doing more folding for my paper lanterns, which I am determined to finish in the next month. I love the pretty colours. The striped pattern is probably my favourite. Only about 120 more to fold before I’m done.
I’ve been adding more patterns to the collection of growing origami lanterns. It almost seems like a shame when I have to blow them up into proper lanterns because they look so pretty in their current state.
I’m still working on that DIY lantern project. I really like the pattern on these ones.
Some more coloured paper for my lantern project. Such cute colours.
After sourcing some colourful paper, I’ve started folding the lanterns to put on the fairy lights. It’s not quite as thin as origami paper, but I think it’ll still work. I haven’t puffed them up yet, because they’ll take too much room to store while I’m folding the rest. You can see the prototype I made a few weeks ago here. They look so pretty just as they are. I’ve got 250 fairy lights and I’ve made 10 so far, so only 240 to go!
To add to my many enthusiastically started and yet to be finished DIY projects, I want to try and make some paper lanterns to put on fairy lights. I made a prototype using a Target catalogue and it seems to have turned out quite well.
What I learned from making this is that I need to remember to not wear lip balm when inflating the balls because this one ended up with lip balm all over it. Now I just need to source some pretty origami paper (or any coloured paper really) instead of catalogues and get folding.
Here is the finished product of my husband’s DIY shoe rack made out of 150mm PVC pipe. It actually turned out quite well and I’m very impressed. It also clears up the clutter in the doorway, which is always a bonus. The only downside is that it only just fits all the shoes that we have, so no more shoe buying for me unless I cull a few pairs.
PVC pipe shelf FAQs
I can’t believe this is the most popular post on my blog.
Here are a couple of handy hints to assist you to make your own shelf.
We sourced the pipes just from our local Bunnings (hardware store in Australia). They’re 150mm in diameter and easily fit 1-2 pairs of my shoes (flats, heels, work shoes) or one shoe each (runners, husband’s shoes). Just pick a size that will fit your shoes. Most hardware stores should be able to cut the pipes into smaller lengths. Unfortunately Bunnings wasn’t very helpful in this regard so the husband used a hacksaw. I’m sure there are better ways to do it, but that’s how we did it. To determine how long the pieces would be, we just measured the longest shoe and made it a few centimetres longer than that.
He washed all the pieces down in our shower and then started stacking them in a formation we were happy with. We used some bookcases as a guide and placed the pieces flush against the wall so that all the pieces would be aligned at the front. They’ll probably be some writing/print on the pipes, so just place these bits where the joins will be to hide them. There are lots of different formations that would work for this rack, but we just decided to go simple.
To glue it all together there’s a special pipe glue/cement that’s sold near the pipes. Just brush it along where you want the join to be and press together. Clothes pegs were used as makeshift clamps and we added some old textbooks on top of each layer as it set to weigh it down. I know, we’re so fancy and high tech. This glue smells pretty bad and I’m pretty sure it’s toxic so make sure you do it in a well ventilated area.
Once the shelf was done, we just put it up against the wall, no need to mount it as it’s very stable (depending on how deep you made it I guess) and there was very little risk of it toppling over. Once the shoes are it, it makes the whole thing pretty heavy and sturdy. The husband was very annoyed when he discovered I had some secret hidden pairs of shoes, so he went out to buy more pipe and added a few extra columns.
There are much better tutorials out there, but I hope this gives you an overview of how we did it, well, how the husband did it I mean. Feel free to leave a comment or ask me any other questions. Thanks for visiting!
Cutting PVC pipe with a hacksaw in the Bunnings carpark is a totally normal thing to do on a Sunday afternoon, right? To put this into a bit more context, the Mr wanted to make a modular/arty shoe rack using PVC piping as our shoes are starting to overflow our current rack. Unfortunately Bunnings were not very helpful (actually not helpful at all) and refused to cut the pipe into more manageable lengths, so our best option for getting it home safely was to cut it in the carpark to fit into the car.
I’ll post a photo when the shelf is done, but it should look pretty good.