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You may (or may not) recall the daybed I freecycled in 2012. While it was in immaculate condition when I freecycled it, leaving it in the garage with the mattress on top of it was…a massive mistake.

The mattress got damp, and the top layer of plywood on the base warped and got mouldy. Even after treatment with Eucalyptus oil, the daybed needed restoration.

I ditched the mattress (but I did keep and clean the cover because it was RAD), but finding another one that matched the actual size of the daybed was challenging: it’s about 10cm longer than a normal single mattress, and about 10 thinner too.

So the restoration needed two parts:

  1. Rip out the plywood and replace it
  2. Purchase a king single foam mattress, which is cut down to the size required and then sew a cover for it (way in the future, as I don’t currently have a working sewing machine in the house)

I ripped off the plywood top in December, as part of my activities over my Christmas holidays:


Mostly before photo: Just after I’d torn the first strip off, and remembered I wanted a before pic

That took an hour or so, and made a lot of mess because the plywood sits in little niches so you couldn’t take it off in one piece easily.


After photo, but before I’d cleaned up the mess.

I then went on a hunt to find plywood that was about 3.6mm thick (you read that right 0.36cm) and that I could cut into the shape required (there are little notches at each corner, so it’s not just a standard rectangle).

I started by finding somewhere online where I could get it cut to order, cost $180. And then I asked DIY Dad if this is something we could do together after my sister (and new niece) had visited in February, and after I had been to Canberra in March (bridesmaid duties).

We were on track to do the plywood purchasing and cutting in April…then DIY Dad fell off a ladder and broke his ankle while I was away in Canberra.

After a long recovery, and allowing time for DIY Dad to catch up on all the DIY things he’d wanted to do prior to falling off a ladder and breaking his ankle, we were in the position to look at when we could restore the Daybed in August.

The first thing that DIY Dad did was check my measures (Which I had annotated using InDesign, so we weren’t referring to confusing hand written notes):


So much easier to pick up and put down a project over the course of 10 months when you have really clear and neat notes and measurements

I am pleased to announce that our measures only differed by 0.03cm on one side (and it’s the one I could have gotten away with because there were no niches on the lengths).

We bought the plywood in August and I stored it in my spare room until we could tee up a day when we were both free to cut it down.


DIY Dad mugging for the camera

We cut the plywood down in September using my stone table as our cutting base (we measured and were very careful about positioning the plywood and cutter to  ensure at no point were we going to cut the table):


DIY Dad in his preferred place: doing the DIY and using the sharp implement, me in mine: supervising

We used a stanley knife to cut the plywood, and the DIY Dad used a tennant saw to cut the notches (he really wanted to use a saw at some point, why deny him that joy?):


DIY Dad cutting one of the last divots out of the plywood

We manouvred the plywood into the niches, and use a mallet to reattach the bed together (it’s held together by wooden dowels that I loosened to get the original plywood out):


Fancy Mallet Photograph

Then DIY Dad applied 2 coats of varnish, and then 1 coat of a marine varnish (if anyone sleeps on the daybed, we don’t want the plywood to warp again as a result of the mattress getting condensation in it): house-1083

I still have to sand with wet and dry then apply the last layer of marine varnish, but I managed to catch a horror cold – it came on the day after we cut the plywood – so it will be another weekend or so before I apply that final coat.

Once that’s all done, it’s off to Clark Rubber to get a foam king single mattress cut down to size AND sew a new cover (at that point: working sewing machine will also need to be in place). Then – finally – the daybed will make a treck up to its new home in DIY Dad’s beach house.


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Although the daybed has to be moved back into the studio, the housemates are getting in some srs nap time while it’s in the living room.


Proving that occasionally, the housemates can share

While the daybed is out in the lounge, I don’t have to fight so hard for space on the sofa

Super cute when sleeping, super grumpy when woken

They are not normally this cooperative or sharing…

Some of us are still sleeping, some of us are trying to wake up

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Progress has been made on the great Laundry Storage Crisis as well as the Too Small Fridge Front!

First up, I popped into Ikea and nabbed a Lerberg shelving system (hello crossing something off the New Year’s Houseolutions 2013 list). At the moment it’s doubling as my plastic bag storage zone, plus storing a heap of stuff I am in the middle of using for DIY or stuff that I can’t put out in the garage because it’s damp and leaks:


Shelving, rather than a indiscriminate pile of junk that made it difficult to mop and vacuum. YAY!

Once I have done something about the garage and/or finished some of the projects I have got going, the contents of the shelves will be more house-like, and less DIY-like. Either way, progress has been made and order is being restored to the Laundry!

The Ermagerd Lerberg purchase was brought about by an amazing bit of freecycling thanks to DIY Dad (runs in the family, clearly). DIY Dad was offered a bar fridge sized freezer which he took, then realised that he didn’t have much use for it. He offered it to me and I took it up, as the freezer in my small fridge is…somewhat constraining.

It’s now installed in the laundry, which meant a rejig of the layout and items on the racks above it…leading to the Lerberg purchase moving up on my list of things to do:


Laundry, with drying rack capabilities activated and freezer newly filled with discount roasts, dumplings and steam buns.

Speaking of rearranging things, I love that post-rearrangement Eureka moment that happens a couple of days/weeks down the track when you realise the rearrangement allows you to do something else completely rad!

In my case, when I first re-arranged the laundry, I had the garment steamer to the left of the door, sitting in front of the vacuum cleaner. So that side of the room looked a little bitsy and messy…plus I kept on knocking it when I walked passed with stuff in my arms. Then I remembered that the steamer has a telescoping pole, so there was nothing to stop me reducing the height of the pole and popping it on top of the bench space newly created by the bar fridge freezer – GENIUS!

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While I was checking off things I achieved in my 2012 Houseolutions, I realised there were a couple of things I hadn’t told you about and a couple of people I hadn’t thanked or acknowledged for their help achieving some of my goals 😮

So here goes one acknowledgement on the topic of FREECYCLED Retro Pots!!!!! In the middle of the year, The Coffee Fairy found and helped me freecycle two extremely large and very retro concrete planters:

Sanded, planted but not yet painted

Sanded, planted but not yet painted

Being as they were so big, I actually had to drive around with them in my little hatchback for a couple of days until The Amazant Monsieur H came over to help me unload them. Going around corners was fun.

I sanded them, but haven’t painted them yet. The lime tree and the blood orange tree got planted into them as soon as I was done, because they were getting rootbound in their pots.

When I do get it together to get some proper concrete paint, they will be painted…grey. No surprises there, really.

p.s. I just did a search in grey to find I have mentioned it in 21 posts so far…clearly I like grey.

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Nature, and home ownership, abhores a vaccuum.

Hello good looking

Hello good looking

So when you let go of something permanently loan your living room couch to a friend in need, clearly you need a new one to take its place.

Luckily I  had another couch already waiting in the wings. The G-Plan has (re)landed in the living room:


You look familiar, have I seen you somewhere before?

Yes that glorious turquoise and green atomic beauty that the Rule-Britannias convinced me to free-cycle. That one that has been hiding its glory in my office. It really does change the tone of the living room, from subdued to…a POP of colour in your face.

It still took a while for the more skittish housemates to welcome it:

Hai, you're new!

Hai, you’re new!

But they came to accept it into the fold:

Tail curl says maaaaine.

Tail curl says maaaaine.

And now it is their new favourite couch:

Touch my couch, feel my claws.

Touch my couch, feel my claws.

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I planted the other pot of watercress gone wild into another planter given to me by the Rule-Britannias:


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With the Rule-Britannia’s move back over to Old Blighty, the Papa Bear version of my little atomic concrete planter has come back to live with moi. Obviously it also needed to be painted the same colour as the concrete planter family:


With the watercress going wild, I decided to put it outside my back door and plant one of the pots into one part of the trough and then layer it into the other part. It seems fitting that I got from the Rule-Britannia’s should be home to that most  English of vegetables, I am sure they would approve 😉

Settling in to the new abode

It’s been in its new home for a month, and already it’s started taking over:

Multiplying quicker than the amount of crappy reality shows on tv


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