Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Door to tray in 2 clever steps!

You know how when you drive by a second-hand store full of broken doors, ancient looking mirrors you think that's something I could make something nice with? Well my sister-in-law (you can follow her on twitter) didn't just think it, she made it happen :)

She found an old door that someone was discarding and simply painted it up in a gorgeous green (love the green she chose).
Door painted green

 Not to let it's doorsy-ness be forgotten, she added these lovely gold handles and turned it into a tray. What a simple idea and what a beautiful outcome.

gold handles door painted green

I absolutely love the tray!

from door to tray green

I simply love the creativity and I can't wait to do this too! 

I'm always on the look-out for cool ideas for the home. If you have something you'd like to share, email me at sonaljhuj at gmail!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Prettying-it-up: the walk-by basin

Mumbai homes are pretty cramped and almost everything has a 2-in-1 function.
I've lived most of my life up north and I wasn't too happy to note that my new home had a wash basin in my corridor! That's a 2-in-1 I wasn't too pleased with.

It just looked like you were walking through a bathroom to get to the rest of the house.

Having just moved in, remodeling the house was really not part of my budget so I decided to head to the nearby Home Town store for some inspiration.

I spent a little over 600 rupees [$10] and bought myself this lovely oval mirror framed in a beautiful rustic wood frame.

I especially chose this one because it's rustic feel meant that I could get away with a little bit of dust that would eventually settle on it. (for everyone living in India, I feel your pain. Dust is *not* a sign of our laziness but simply a reality we must deal with every single day!)

The task of hanging the mirror was palmed off to the husband who did a fabulous job in spite of the thick POP our walls are laden with.

The mirror really did make the basin look at least a little less clinical.
But I wasn't too happy about the naked CFL up top but there wasn't enough room for a nice shade.

I dug out my diwali lights from last year and decided to encircle the mirror with them.

Not a very professional job, but hey I still think it's a big improvement on what I started with! :)

Drop me a line if you have any ideas for me or want to share your before and afters!