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August 12th, 2010

I am sure someone could make some money out of this one.

My lovely wife bought our two Jack Russel’s new dog baskets which are basically a canvas / wood construction. Although the dogs loved them they actaully took up a fair amount of space. The idea was to turn them into double bunk beds to halve the foot print.

As they have a wooden frame it was simply a case of screwing the legs together using a small block of wood. The result works really well – old man Oscar sleeps at the bottom and the young upstart Daisy takes the top. I can only see it being a problem if your dog cant jump  up – since our Daisy is regularly  caught on our much higher bed this isn’t a problem.

Here they are trying to look cheerful (actually bit suspicious of bosses intentions as it is nowhere near bed time) :

Dog double bunk

Dog double bunk


May 30th, 2010

Part of the renovations for the house involved creating a entrance from the kitchen through to the scullery. The challenge was that the scullery was a previous extension to the house, so the door frame was through what was originally an external wall (280mm thick).

To compound things we din’t actually want a door through to the scullery as it was nicely hidden away round the corner. As a result we ended up with a rather large imposing opening which frankly looked a bit odd.

So my lovely wife came to rescue with the idea of turning it into a chalk board – come shopping list. I admit I was skeptical at first but once the frame was painted with chalk board paint (water based PVA) it looked stunning. It also is surprisingly practical – when I need to go shopping a simply take a picture with my cell phone and I am good to go.

I have included some pics below to give you an idea of how it looks – the lintel (top part) I use for recording my rainfall figures until I get time to capture them in a spreadsheet.

Chalk board Door Frame

Chalk board Door Frame


August 17th, 2009

My better half liked the look of a glass splash back which is painted on the back (I admit I did as well till we saw the price – R3500 :- $350). Because I couldn’t help it, I decided to see if I could do it myself – I mean how hard could it be?

Actually it all turned out surprisingly easy and I must say at less than a third of the price, well worth the effort.

I approached the supplier who did my frame-less glass shower and got him to supply me with a sheet of 6mm toughened glass. I then gave one side a light sanding with 1200 grit water paper (just to give a slight key to the paint). Then with thinners I cleaned and then cleaned again the side to be sprayed.

Then it was simply 2 coats Acrylac spray paint and some double-sided  tape – here is the result (painted side goes at the back):

Glass Splash Back

Glass Splash Back (bamboo sides)

Glass Splash Back

Glass Splash Back - (Top doors still to come)