Lifeboat Farm

Wardrobe Upgrade
August 12, 2008, 4:22 pm
Filed under: Building, Decorating, The House

In our guest room we have a slightly wonky wardrobe. We assume it happened when the house was moved five years ago – the wardrobe isn’t square. You can see in these first two pictures, the angles at the corners don’t look quite right.

The sliding doors don’t fit squarely and the cupboard at the top has the same problem. What better wet day project than to demolish (and rebuild) a wardrobe?

When we repainted we removed the reproduction mouldings from around the wardrobe (they were pressed MDF and pretty unpleasant). The plan is to replace them with nicer wood mouldings when the wardrobe is finished.

As for the painted MDF sliding doors…let’s just say they aren’t staying. Come to think of it, the wardrobe lining isn’t flash either so that will be replaced in phase 2.

Here’s the wardrobe with all offending crooked pieces removed. The only original piece left is the beam on the right – it is plumb – everything else was off in one dimension or another.

Keep an eye out for the next rainy-day posting once I have the new mouldings and some rimu facing for the inside edges of the beams. Then it’s doors!


May 2, 2008, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Decorating, Energy, The House

With Winter approaching we took advantage of Karen’s parents visiting to enlist Anne into curtain making duties. We managed to get the entire house sorted, including four roman blinds – quite an effort. As chief measurer and cutter I can take responsibility for any imperfections (not that I could find any) and it was great to pick up a few sewing pointers on the way. I managed to whip up a few draft stoppers for some of the draftier doors.

The fabric was snaffled in Auckland on sale by Anne and it’s thermal lined so should make a big difference to winter warmth with some of our big windows. A huge thanks to Anne and Dave for paying such a productive visit.

The finished curtains (well some of them).

One of many pieces we cut out.

Our Masterton sweat shop team in operation (AKA Anne and Dave).

Draft stopper in action (covering a half inch gap under the door).

Fiona’s Art
May 1, 2008, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Decorating, The House

Karen’s sister Fi presented us with these three amazing paintings before she and Tom headed off overseas. They are the perfect addition to this large wall in the lounge and the toitoi design connects the inside of the house with the garden just outside.

House Pics
August 1, 2007, 4:17 pm
Filed under: Decorating, The House

Some outside pics…

And some inside pics