Monthly Archives: January 2017

Follow the build – Mudgee Part 13


I did want a polished concrete floor throughout the house but had some hesitation about slab on ground in the bush. I know it’s done everywhere but I do like the under house ventilation a frame gives you. So I went with steel screw piers as we know, timber frame, and hebel flooring and tiled the entire house with Travertine tiles from Beaumont’s. We finished up with a great look, nice and warm due to the hebel and underfloor heating and a terrific feel under bare foot.






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Follow The Build – Mudgee Part 14

It’s always good to start fitting the house out – bathrooms and the like but it’s the kitchen that’s always fun. I love wood stoves and Rayburn still make the same wood stove they’ve been making for years. So I ordered one with a smalle ... [read more]

Follow the build – Mudgee Part 12

TILING THE BATHROOMS It’s always hard to choose tiles for the wet areas, so many choices at Beaumont’s but with the help of the girls there, I came up with some great ideas. I just hope Shayna, Neil and Darren don’t come over for a barbie. ... [read more]

DIY Art Boards

These art boards are a great way to show off your kid’s art work and knowing how many masterpieces come home each week from school, its also an easy way to update the displays.

Have a look at the how- to video and the pictures below, to check out the easy instructions, including a safety tip when using power tools.



Step 1: Position A4 paper


Position A4 sheet and bulldog clip on top of the timber.

Step 2: Mark out the border


Use a pencil and ruler to create a border around the sheet. I did 280mm across and 370mm down to create an equal border.

Step 3: Cut the timber


Cut the timber to size using a drop saw or handsaw.

Step 4: Shape the edges


Use a hand planer to shape the edges of the timber. This will create a smoother and cleaner look while also making the sanding process easier. The best way to plane timber is by starting with the side grain (two longer sides), then across the end grain (top and bottom) to ensure the ends don’t split.

Step 5: Sand the timber


Sand the timber well for a much smoother finish.

Step 6: Stain the timber


Use a cloth to stain the timber. Latex gloves are essential to avoid staining your hands. Leave to dry.

Step 7: Mark the drill point for the bulldog clip


Position A4 sheet and clip onto the timber. Measure halfway across the top of the timber and find the centre point. With a 285mm top the middle point sits at 142.5mm. Place bulldog clip on the 142.5mm point, bringing it 1cm down from the top.

Step 8: Screw the bulldog clip


Screw bulldog clip in place using a drill and clip in the artwork.

Final Step: DIY Art Board



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