Snapshots – Paint brush shopping
Jan17

Snapshots – Paint brush shopping

The one on the left is a special brush for varnish but sheds a lot of hair. I’m in the midst of restoring an old wooden bed of my mother’s and needed paint brushes. I had new brushes at home but they shed worse than my dog and I wasn’t game to use them. I needed some wood filler as well, so when I stopped by the hardware store, I asked the woman who was serving me for brushes for varnishing wood. Sure enough she...

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Snapshots – Chair restoration
Jan12

Snapshots – Chair restoration

On the eve of completing my third chair restoration, I can’t help but remember the very first chair I stripped and made new again. The most important lesson I learnt then was to take pictures! I don’t have any record of the sanding, stripping and recovering process.  All I have are pictures of the finished chair ( on the left)  and how it looks in its new setting (on the right). I bought the chair at an auction...

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Hoping for heapings of gooseberries
Nov16

Hoping for heapings of gooseberries

While walking around Bunnings this weekend, I came across a plant I’d never seen before. It’s called a Cape Goosebery or a ground cherry. From what I read it grows well in Sydney. So I’m going to give it a try in the new backyard that is sunny and bright and not shaded by huge gum trees. This is what my gooseberry bush looks like after I brought it home and planted it into a larger pot.   I layered potting mix...

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