Bambou vs. Noisettier, le match

Nos canisses en noisettier, vieilles de 3 ans, se délitaient doucement. Des paillettes de bois pleuvaient sur la table Fermob à chaque averse.

J’ai tout enlevé il y a 15 jours et depuis il faisait chaud en terrasse!

J’avais prévu de commander en ligne des canisses en tiges entières de bambou de diamètre 2/3 cm (reliées entre elles par un fil en acier galvanisé). Mais bon, fin d’année chargée entre le boulot et les fêtes d’école et autres vadrouilles de week-end…

Ce week end, on est passé chez ma grande soeur…et c’est finalement mère nature qui va nous fournir! Elle a une petite forêt de bambou qui a besoin d’être un peu allégée…

On a fait une petite séance de coupe-coupe et d’effeuillage, et me voilà revenue avec un 10aine de grosses tiges (et des ampoules au doigt).

Il m’en faudrait au moins 40 de plus il va falloir que j’y retourne!

Ca va être canon. Merci grande soeur!

Avant:

Avec les premiers bambous:

Overdue update: 10€ table upcycling

A long overdue update from our DIY day…I have not accomplished all that I wanted to, but here is a quick win I ca report on:
Ingredients:
– A garden table top in very bad shape. Legs broken, and green paint badly damaged by melted candle wax and the years gone by.
– A 5€ Ikea stool from the cellar
– 4 screws
– 2 coats of exterior paint, here dark grey (“gris orage” from Leroy Merlin)
Et voilà!  This upcycles the old table into a garden ‘coffee table’, perfect for the terrasse’s aperitife corner!
What do you think?

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Child Labor, but good

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10 AM, I got started, and a few minutes later, came out 2 of the boys: “Mum, I want to help you, can I paint?”
“Mom, can I sand wood?”
First, it freaked me out.
DIY is a one-man (or woman) thing, isn’t it?
Then I reasoned. And started delegating. I let go of personal productivity to spend more time showing and coordinating.
Of course, being kids, they rarely stayed on a given activity for more than 20 minutes, and ended up playing ball next to me for lengths of time. Still, having them help meant there were indeed simultaneous workshops, and that gave the impression of a busy garden factory. Plus Superman was coming and going, he too ticking things off our list, often with the youngest in tow: mowing the lawn, fixing a shower bar and shelves in the boy’s bathroom, cleaning the car…

It was a great day! Smooth family moments. Sunshine, and DIT,…Do It Together.

Before going to see a friend, our 9 year-old told me he loved it.
Whit Monday is off for us tomorrow, so we still have time to make progress…
Report out tomorrow night!

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Game on!

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Almost 10 A.M…(yep, I took 2 coffees)
List: 3 chairs, 2 nightstands, 2 stools, 1 broken table to upcycle.
Ambitious?
Ok, phone off, music on, and game on!
PS: My only issue is: there is no off button on our 3 boys…

Today is DIM day!

After looking at, and pinning, so many DIYs online, it’s high time I get organized to do a few Myself.
The list is long.
Very long.
The question is: how many, if any, will I manage to do today?
Ok, first, coffee.

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After…

Brother and sisters together, we checked away the to-do list items…in good spirits and with good music.
Outside work was cut short because of snow…in May!
I love my siblings. Very very dearly.
Before is here.
After below:

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Outside work, on the terrace, was cut short by the snow fall…and the cold!

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Testing WordPress galleries 2: garden, before, during, after

Testing, with more pics and a different format…this time the evolution of the garden

Frames 101, and shuffling furniture

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I like shuffling furniture around from time to time. The couch has been around the living room since we moved here.
Last Friday I decided to reshuffle a bit, and also, it was high time, to hang a few frames together. I read a couple of blog posts providing advice and different layout options, and then I went ahead.
Ok, now I have to chose art to actually put into the empty frames!

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Testing, testing…

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Still work to do!
But that will be enough for a weekend.

Painting the old damaged mirror

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This old family mirror was quite damaged. Some of the gold and pieces of old plaster were long gone, and it was looking battered.
Superman had bought plaster and a little pot of gold to take a shot at an amateur yet proper restoration.
The missing plaster was replaced and molded manually… And then we changed our mind on the gold and decided to use some left over gris zinc paint from Leroy Merlin.
I’m happy with the result.
On this one, I think a proper restoration could not have suffered our amateur skills!
This was a year ago, but a post on “Our French Oasis” blog just reminded me of this!
Finding a battered treasure, and deciding what to do with it , and then actually doing it (my weakness definitely), is an interesting journey, every time.

Houzz: mes nouveaux consultants!

Je kiffe Houzz: Regardez quelques-uns des montages proposés par les internautes de la communauté Houzz, en plus de plein de conseils techniques pour poncer et repeindre la porte….enfin, je devrais dire les portes parce que je constate une quasi unanimité pour repeindre aussi la porte du salon!! Aaaaaah, un projet en plus?!

Thank you Houzzers! Your ideas and kind advice on our front door are giving me the energy to move forward on this project!

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Même le bleu Melville:

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Merci les “houzzers”!