Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DIY Chevron Renter's Decor

Its quite a challenge to D.I.Y when you basically don't have any materials for the "I" part - considering the major offload usually done at the time of move! Yet the mind is a restless thing - wandering incessantly when you're unemployed and have all the time of the day. You would think of all possible ways to savour this time and enjoy the stillness and laziness of this moment - but when you are trained to time-manage to the nth second of the day, it kind of becomes like "WTH happened?"! Well I always said, "Bad weather and a pair of scissors is a dangerous combination!".
 
So today we have a very easy, very fast and very fun DIY Renter's D├ęcor:
 
What you need:
  • A pair of scissors (even blunt ones will do!)
  • Chevron printed duct tape
  • Items of furniture you find rather bland ;)

 
Step 1: I started with the door. Start from the top and slowly smooth over the duct tape onto the side of the door up till the latch. Right above the latch cut the duct tape in a straight line.

 
 
Step 2: Fold over the extra duct tape at the side towards the front and neatly cut the extra in a straight line. Save the extra cuts. At this point the duct tape should cover the door side exactly. Fold over any additional tape backwards on the door back. Ensure that this is not more than 1-2 mm to preserve neatness.

 
 
Step 3: Align the extra cuts to match the pattern at both sides of the latch. Trim off the additional tape if any.

 
 
Step 4: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the bottom half side of the door.

 
 
Ta-da! Here you have your chevron door that you can plain-down any time you want! Restricting yourself to the door is a hard thing to do though!

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shiftin' and Driftin'

It's been a while since I wrote here and I really want to tell you why. I mentioned in a few of my previous posts about a big change due. Well, here it is! I've moved continents to Australia!
 
Moving is both exhausting and exciting, especially when it offers possibilities of new beginnings. For those of you who know me, I'm not the kind to stay in the same town/house for a long while. Call it restlessness or a desire to start afresh, I love the idea of offloading all the *junk* in my life, streamlining it and starting simple and fresh again - it has a way of reminding me of all the things I have been blessed with in my life and pushing me to re-evaluate all that I really need to be simply happy. Although I dearly miss my family and friends already.
 
Shifting almost plan-less to a city as new and as activity-rich as Melbourne is an adventure, albeit one that's scary as hell too! What does this city have to offer? What makes it tick? What's hidden in nooks and corners? It is interesting to note the significant cultural differences and subtle ways the city starts changing your perspective.
 
While I'm walking around aimlessly (and figuring out how to re-establish here) here are some unedited shots of Melbourne in an excitable new-comer's eye:











 Cheers!