Who isn’t loving Kmart’s Homewares range right now! From lamps and rugs to pots, vases and storage, they’re got some really cool products for really low prices! Last week I gave my workspace a little update with the Kmart pegboards. An absolute bargain for just $29 each and super versatile and stylish. I tried my pegboards in about four different spaces before finally deciding to keep them in my workspace. They looked great next to the boys desk, in the boys rooms and also in the playroom too.
I placed my pegboards side by side and played around with the shelving heights depending on the object size I wanted to add. Here I’ve just styled them with bits and pieces I already had plus a new print from Hark Home.
My vintage caravan makeover is moving along faster than I can post so to bring you up to speed I’m going to share all the latest updates. Since building the bench seat I’ve laid a beautiful new vinyl plank floor, made some upholstered cushions for the chairs and bench seat, installed some lovely new lighting and electrical switches, and made my own leather cabinet pulls and handles.
Lets start by talking about those floors. I chose these vinyl adhesive planks from Bunnings. They were lightweight and very easy to lay. Cutting around corners was probably the trickiest part, so if your tackling a similar project be sure to buy more than you need to allow for mistakes and off cuts. Before I started I watched this video which was so helpful. Before you start laying your vinyl planks make sure your floor is really clean then give it a coat of bondcrete which needs to dry for 24 hours before you begin.
For the upholstered seats I bought a combination of medium and high density foam from Clark Rubber when it was on sale and they cut it all down to size for me which was a great time saver. The front cushion seats are 100mm high density foam and the back rests and bench seat are 750mm medium density foam. Before I made removable covers I lined each cushion with calico for longevity and to disguise the colour of the foam from peeping through the cushion covers. I used a heavy durable cotton fabric from IKEA to make the cushion covers and added these zips from spotlight so that the covers could be removed and washed.
As for the lighting and electrical, I bought replacement architrave light switches and power points from Bunnings and had my electrician install them. I also bought the exterior bunker light from Bunnings and my beautiful concrete pendants and pretty globes are from Freedom. I’ve strung them across and secured them to the ceiling with white pendant hooks from Beacon. Whenever the caravan is mobile I just wrap them in bubble wrap and secure them in the overhead cupboard .
I love the look of my leather cabinet pulls! I’ve wanted to try making leather cabinet handles and pulls for a little while so I was excited to be able to use them in the caravan. They’re really simple to make, all you need is leather cowhide strips (mine were 1 inch wide), a leather punch, Stanley knife, screws and bolts. I found this DIY video really helpful (although they use a full hide and paint the hide before cutting it down) and I also read this step by step tutorial before I began. I used the existing hols in the cabinet doors and drilled new holes for the handles on the bench seat.
I’m so happy to have the interior almost complete. I just need to give the window frames a good clean, replace the adhesive dust seals, and do a little touch up painting. Then the most fun part, accessorising. Oh and I forgot to mention that I’ve also replaced all the broken glass and dodgy scratched and discoloured perspex in the windows. Don’t they look so much better. I went with 4mm clear toughened glass, it won’t discolour and is considerably stronger than regular glass.
Unfortunately my vintage caravan makeover is now on hold for a few weeks. Before I can begin any more changes, my little caravan is headed back to the workshop. Sadly her chassis has cracked and caused some of my framework to break, and my floor to bow. This is a bit devastating to my budget and my morale. I was on such a roll. Apparently the chassis is beyond repair, so after lots of consideration and chatting to repairers and metal fabricators, she’ll be getting a whole new chassis. This is quite a difficult and expensive procedure so I’m leaving it up to the experts. Fingers crossed her body stays in one piece and she’ll be back soon, stronger and safer than ever.
During the school holidays my son Zavier turned 11! And to celebrate I organised a Go Kart Party at Kingston Park Raceway with four of his friends and his brothers. It was an action packed 3 hours of Go karting, amusement rides and races down a giant slide. They had a so much fun!
There was so much to do so I kept the food really simple, with an afternoon tea of cupcakes, cinnamon doughnuts, Oreos, Wagon wheel pops, and popcorn. To add a little extra detail to his dessert table I used these free racing party printables and made little flags from toothpicks and the checkered paper (from the printable). It was such an easy and stress free party, and most importantly all the boys loved it!
The last of the big interior building tasks for my caravan renovation was to build a bench seat with storage. And gosh what a difference it has made. I’m so happy with how it turned out! Remember what the old bench seat looked like before?
My goal was to keep the bench seat as light as possible (because we’d already added quite a lot of weight with the new bifold window and cabinetry) but still strong enough to sit or lay on. The original framework for the old bench seat/bed was in good condition so we kept that and started by lining the inside of the bench seat with 4mm ply.
I then overlayed the existing ply on the front of the bench seat with vj panelling and secured it in place with liquid nails.
For the top of the bench seat I used 7mm Marine grade ply. After it was cut to size we screwed it to three horizontal supports (which would lay across the existing framework) and attached it to the fixed ply at the back with two long hinges.
To finish off I gave the bench seat a couple of coats of fresh white paint, and then added some leather handles and a strip of 19mm pine quad trim. All it needs now is a comfy upholstered cushion. Oh and in case your wondering about the floor (isn’t it lovely?) I’ll be sharing all the flooring details plus my DIY leather handles soon.
If your new to my blog and interested in seeing more of my caravan renovation, you can start here to see all the pics of how my caravan looked when I first brought her home.
I’m in love with naked cakes right now, they’re so simple to make yet full of charm and whimsy. I made this one for my Mum’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. It’s an easy naked carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, so delicious!
All it is, is three packets of carrot cake mix, topped with fresh flowers. Simply bake your three cakes (following the instructions on the packet) then allow them to cool completely. Once they’ve cooled trim the top to make them flat and add 1/3 of the cream cheese frosting between each layer. To finish off roughly ice the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting and garnish with fresh flowers. Naked cakes make a gorgeous birthday cake but they would also be lovely for a wedding, christening or garden party too.