Category Archives: Furniture/interiors

Free kitchen

An oily ragger has been in touch recently to tell us how they ended up with a free kitchen. In fact, it was better than a free kitchen. The young couple had bought an older style house and was in the process of doing it up as they could afford it, including the kitchen. Now […]

Diana, Whakatane.

I make my own postcards using a collage option (Picasa have one, as do most editing programmes). e.g. I did one using various shots of young grandsons whilst they were here on holiday – printed it at one of the stores for next to nothing…eh voila a personal postcard. Probably cost less than the stamp!


Don’t throw away old candles. Melt them down in a saucepan. When wax is melted pour into tins (you can save old tins for this), to which a piece of candle wick has been added. Then allow to dry.

JB, Whangarei.

Looking around our home, I realise most of the furniture is recycled. My husband made the dining table out of planks from his Dad, the chairs don’t match but I painted them all the same. When my mother in law downsized, I painted all the garden furniture which she had no need for. The lounge […]

Natz, Nelson.

If you want original looking furniture go to hospice/opp shops or look in the local paper (buy/sell/trade) and buy cheap furniture take it home, sand it down and paint it whatever colour/s you want. It’s cheap and gives you a hobby while furnishing your home with the colours you want.


Tired of looking at the same wallpaper? Then paint over it. If you want a textured finish, buy some cheap Hessian, paste it in the walls and paint over it.