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Sunday, January 30, 2011

even more ideas

Another collection of random things spotted that might one day be useful...

I love this concept for painting stairs from Maryam's blog... stencilling, with a different pattern on each.

Or how about a roof shingled in old vinyl? (via Treehugger)  It could be interesting for something like a carport where it didn't matter if it wasn't 100% watertight.  Apparently this guy just put a nail through the middle holes in the record and that was enough to hold it down.  (There's more photos at Treehugger site)

Perry Bird Pickets
 - a brilliant store in Melbourne that sells all kinds of cast ironwork to go on verandahs and fencing.  It isn't cheap, but is nowhere near as expensive as I'd expected either - in some cases even cheaper than wooden fretwork.  

Finally, a couple of my favourites from Martha Stewarts "50 tips for the kitchen"...  (yes yes I know - even though no-one could do all she suggests without a fleet of staff, she still has some brilliant ideas).  I like the idea of having glass storage positioned partly in front of a window so that you get light shining through it (tip 11).  And I really like these "birds beak" shelves (tip 2) - apparently it's an old carpentry style for adjustable shelving.  It's functional but also decorative.  


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