How To | Strip Old Wallpaper

Sometimes the elements that charm us about our renovation are sometimes the things that cause us the most frustration. That is the case when it comes to old wallpaper that needs to be removed.  If you want to remove old wallpaper yourself, the reality is it will take a decent amount of time and needs to be done correctly.

Posted on December 6, 2017 .

How To | Select a Neutral Wall Colour

Selecting a neutral wall colour is a process that most find frustrating, confusing or simply overwhelming! It is no wonder – how do you make a decision that will your most promenitent colour throughout your house from a small colour swatch that you view in-store?

Posted on December 6, 2017 .

How To | Paint A Feature Wall

In our current Rumpus Reno we have been hearing that there is a lot of white. If you know anything about me I like a wee bit of colour and so, to add some depth and life to the space we opted for a bit of colour with a feature wall in both the main office space and the kids play room. Here is a video and a step-by-step guide to executing the perfect paint job for any space you are wanting to spruce up.

Posted on September 7, 2017 and filed under Renovation.

How To | Pot Succulents

Low maintenance – I don’t think there is a better concept. We love getting a maximum result with minimal work involved, that is exactly what succulents are in the the land of house plants. They look incredible, you can plant them in almost anything, they are near impossible to kill and they almost multiply themselves.

Posted on October 11, 2016 and filed under Inside Project.

DIY Project | Recessed Planter Box

Interior plants can soften a room and add life to your spaces. With an opportunity to create a kitchen feature as part of a house renovation, a green herb wall was the perfect option - and recessing it within the studs creates a subtle point of difference. Heres a guide on how to create your own recessed green wall. 

Posted on March 2, 2016 and filed under Inside Project.

DIY Project | Hardwood Shelf

They don't come much easier than this. If impact and functionality is what your after for minimal effort and cost, then this is a project for you. A wall mounted shelf to add some style to your hallway or living space. 

Posted on June 14, 2015 .

DIY Project | Outdoor Cross Base Table

With some leftover Kwila decking timber from building our deck, I had the idea to put this to use and build an outside table. My goal was to make something quick, reuse as much existing timber and something that looks decent.

Posted on May 17, 2015 .

DIY: Hall Table Restoration

After using my sisters hall table in our house for several years, I almost forgot it wasn’t ours. When they needed it back, we began our search for a suitable replacement. Not finding anything to our liking after a month of looking - or at a price to our liking - we decided to do some DIY and restore.

DIY Project - Hall Table Furniture Restoration - Pearson and Projects

Restoring and/or repurposing furniture in most cases can be an easier process than starting from scratch as you already have a starting point, something to work with, and the scope of the restoration project is decided by you. Whether you want to include additional features, only repaint, or replace as much or little of the existing - you can decide. Each restoration project will be unique to what you are restoring.

We searched Trademe until we came across something we liked. The hall table was already in usable condition - so we did have some control over the extent of the restoration. This particular project involved replacing the top, tidying up the base and refinishing all to fit in with the style in our house.  

Before Photo - DIY Project - Hall Table Furniture Restoration - Pearson and Projects

Tabletop Selection:

After confirming the measurements on the size of the tabletop I wanted, we visited and purchased our wood from the Kauri Warehouse in Otahuhu, Auckland. They have a wide range of recycled wood in various sizes and profiles. 

Our selection was recycled Rimu floorboards. We could not find a single piece we liked with the width we needed, so went with 4x floorboards. This would mean more work laminating the tops together, but we would get the detail and finish we were after.

Rimu is one of the most popular NZ native timbers and is regularly seen in character homes in NZ. It is versatile, receives oils and stains easily, and is a beautiful finishing timber. We intentionally chose pieces which weren’t perfect (which is most often the case with recycled wood regardless) which would create interest on completion. 

Progress - DIY Project - Hall Table Furniture Restoration - Pearson and Projects

Next Steps:

Finalise measurements of table top. 

Trim the tongue off the face of the outside floorboard with skillsaw.

Cut each floorboard to correct length.

Laminate floorboards together

  • Make sure all surfaces are clean and dustfree
  • Moisten faces being glued with a damp cloth to add some moisture
  • Fill the groove and add a line of adhesive to the tongue. You do not want air gaps remaining
  • Once all glued and in place, apply clamps and tighten
  • Leave for minimum 24 hours clamped for glue to cure (refer curing times with the glue purchased)
  • I also screwed in 3x strips of timber to the underside of the top as a stiffener. As the top is only 20mm thick, these strips of wood will act as a lateral stiffener to ensure that the top will not cup over time. (With the correct glue, there is no concerns with keeping the floorboards bonded).

Sanding Staining

  • The top had hardened glue out of the gaps. 
  • Starting with 80grit sander on a belt sander, I removed the glue and got consistent level across the top. 
  • Used lighter grit on belt sander and down to even lighter on a orbital sander until happy with level of finish
  • Clean all dust off thoroughly, use damp cloth.
  • Apply sealer coat as first coat (stain diluted with 25% turps - or water if using water based finish). I used a sponge applicator to apply the stain.
  • Dry for 24 hours then give light sand with 240grit sandpaper. Clean dust off thoroughly.
  • Subsequently apply 3x top coats. Allowing 24 hours to dry between each. Apply topcoats in an environment with minimal dust where possible.

When I was happy with the finish on the top, I fixed the top to the base using 4 L brackets from Bunnings. Then went on to give the base a paint using a Dulux semi gloss.

We were very pleased  with the finish product. The detail and colour of the rimu top is the hero of the table. The complexity on the face of the unit provides another element of design and age that is not often found in new furniture.  

Finished Product - DIY Project - Hall Table Furniture Restoration - Pearson and Projects


  • Old hall table $160 - Trademe
  • 6 l.m of floorboard (90mm x 20mm) @ $10lm = $60 - Kauri Warehouse
  • Stain $30 - Bunnings
  • Total Investment $250 (Paint and glue already owned)

Tools Required

  • Skillsaw
  • Dropsaw (preferable, but skill saw adequate)
  • Sanding equipment
  • Clamps

Materials Required:

  • Wood for top (floorboards in this case)
  • Wood glue
  • Stain, applicator, turps
  • Paint
  • Fixings / brackets
Posted on May 3, 2015 and filed under Furniture, Inside Project.