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HOW TO | Sand and Seal Wooden Floors

Sanding and sealing wooden floorboards is a daunting DIY task for first timers. But with a bit of prep before hand and the right equipment, you definitely tackle this project yourself. With a weekend of sanding equipment hired for $306 from Kennards Hire - this is an affordable DIY option to bring new life to your floors - saving yourself some money at the same time.

HOW TO | Build a Workbench on a Budget

A workbench is an essential addition to any workshop. And building a DIY workbench does not come much easier than this, or cheaper. With a goal to build an affordable workbench, here’s a great way to give your workshop a boost.

Posted on November 7, 2018 and filed under HOW TO, Inside Project, DIY.

HOW TO | Paint (if you are a Rookie)

As The Rookies get set to start painting for The Reno Race, I have put together my tips and tricks for painting for the first time. Painting is a massive project to take on in a renovation, but if you are trying to save money it is something you can do yourself. While most people can paint, a few simple techniques can save you some frustration and confusion. So if you are about to start your first painting project - this may be exactly what you need!

HOW TO | Hang Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper

Time: 1 hour per roll | Tools Needed: Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper, Size, Paste, Brushes, Wallpaper Smoother, Sharp Knife, Large Ruler, Sponges all from Guthrie Bowron. Drop Sheet, Stringline (or plumb-line), Bucket, Stirrer, Ladder, Scissors.

Step 1: Ensure you have prepared your walls for wallpaper, for more advice on this process read Wall Surface Preparation - for Wallpaper.  Make sure you seek advice from your local Guthrie Bowron store to find out what preparation is required for your walls.

Step 2: Apply size to the wall/s you are about to wallpaper. Follow the instructions to mix the size and then apply to the wall with a wallpaper paste brush. The size will make it much easier to position the wallpaper when it is time to start hanging. You can hang the wallpaper as soon as the surface is fully dry.

Step 3: Make a plumb line - a straight line from ceiling to floor, it will ensure that even if your ceilings or floors are not level, the wallpaper will still be straight. Always hang your first strip of paper next to a plumb line.

Step 4: Create your wallpaper paste as per the instructions. Paste the section of the wall you are about to hang the wallpaper on. Allow some overlap by pasting slightly more of the wall than just the width of wallpaper.

Step 5: With assistance unroll your first length, slide the wallpaper into place and check the pattern match. Do not rush this process. Smooth the wallpaper with a wallpaper smoother and ensure the wallpaper is fully fastened to the wall. Leave a generous amount of overhang on both the top and bottom for movement that may be needed to match each wallpaper length.

Step 6: Repeat this process for the entire length for your wall/s taking time to ensure the ends match perfectly. Using a wallpaper smoother or damp sponge, lightly brush out any air bubbles starting from the centre and working toward the ends. If you have any excess paste, it is easily removed with a warm damp sponge or cloth.

Step 7: Finally trim the wallpaper overhang by holding a large ruler next to your trim and/or wall corner and steadily move a sharp knife along it, removing the excess wallpaper slowly.

Step 8: Enjoy the minimal clean up and the stunning design impact of your new wallpaper!

To find the latest range of designer wallpapers visit for local Guthrie Bowron store or their online catalogue.

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: 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.