Budget bed frame

My best friend is a genius when it comes to building things so he was kind enough to share this bed he made on my blog. This is a great way to save money on a bed frame. Enjoy guys!

Building an epic bed

They say you spend around a third of your life in bed. I’d argue I’m closer to half.. so when it was time to buy a new bed I felt it was really important to get the right one.

Until recently, all our furniture at home has been IKEA stuff. I like their furniture but it’s so unforgiving. One knock or scratch and you’re done. Plus the faux timber finish is never as nice as the real thing.

I came to the decision that any new furniture I brought into the house would be really nice solid timber furniture, with the intention of turning over all the IKEA gear eventually.

So I went to the shops to check out our options and found a bed I loved.. and then saw the price! Turns out beautiful solid timber furniture is expensive. Very expensive.

As our tight-arse overlord Dave would say “I love nice things but I’m not f***ing paying that much for it!”

Plus I don’t sleep well and wanted to put more money into the mattress than the bed.

What to do, what to do? Forget it, I’ll do a Dave and steal the design.

Here’s the photo of the bed I wanted.






I copied the design from the photo and based the dimension on the expensive mattress we bought (which I eventually worked out I couldn’t build myself and should be left to the pros)

I designed the joins and slat layout myself, as the bed had joining hardware that I couldn’t buy retail. And I added a layer of material over the slats that protected the mattress from splinters during a turn or move.

It was funny because I originally had concerns that my version would be a rickety cheap version of the bed I saw in the shops. I could see every little detail that I’d missed, got slightly off angle, not sanded enough etc.. but a couple of days after I finished the build I was nearby the original shop we’d been to and I so I dropped past to have a final look at their version. The funny thing was that their version was actually the rickety cheap one.

After building my own and knowing the challenge of getting the mitre joints right, and having to sand and re-coat, sand and re-coat, I could see that this bed that seemed perfect on first look, actually had similar imperfections, but no one had taken the time to go over and correct them. There was overspray, the back wasn’t lacquered, the gaps in the joins were uneven and the hardware that connected the head frame to the rest of it wasn’t nearly as sturdy as the 6 coach bolts I’d used to join my head frame.

So I guess you could say I slept easy after that, knowing the bed I’d build was a third of the price and three times better.

Store price: $1500. Pat price: $474

A special thanks to Mum and Dad for lending me their garage for a few weeks.


Budget Vase

Hi guys!

Here’s a cheap idea for reusing your old pasta sauce jars.

Rather than spending money on some pots how bout reusing old jam and pasta sauce jars. They make a great provincial style look along with having that funky cafe style.

Make sure to use plants like vines and succulents as they love water and can sustain being in the jars without having to be drained.

Try it out!





Cook Book Holder

Hi guys! Here’s a quick idea on how to help you in the kitchen whilst cooking.

When using a cookbook the the frustrating part is that it usually takes up most of the space on the counter so why not do this simple trick that will free up some space and keep your cookbooks clean.

Simple solution? Do it the tight arse way and use a pants coat hanger. Just hook it on to your kitchen cupboard and there you have it, you freed up some space to help cook your delicious meal and you saved $20 from buying a cookbook holder.



Floating Tea Light Tree

I’d like to finally announce a Dave original creation, my Floating Tea Light Tree!

After months of trying to figure out the best possible way of creating this I couldn’t believe how easy and cheap it was.

Firstly you require a tree branch, how big you want is up to you but I used one that was roughly a metre long.

Next you need some clear fishing wire which u can purchase from any fishing retailer but I chose to buy it from Kmart and it only cost me $10.

Next you require the ornaments. I picked up these ornaments during Xmas clearance and managed to pick up a pack of 2 for only $4. I later discovered these can also be bought from various $2 stores so you don’t need to wait till Xmas for them. I used about 5 of the ornaments for this project.

Lastly some clear 3M hooks will hang your tree branch in mid air. Depending on the weight of the branch you need hooks that will hold the particular weight.

Align the hooks in a row and tie the fishing wire around the strongest parts of the branch. Tie a knot at the end of the wire to hook directly onto the hooks. Make sure to have someone help you with this as its hard to do on your own.

Once the branch is suspended make a double knot again on the wire for each ornament making sure they are secure.

Your finishing touch will be the tea light candles placed in the ornaments and there you have it! You very own floating tea light tree. It makes a great decorative centre piece over the dining table and also is an energy efficient lighting source.

Dave’s price: $25







Home made Blackboard

Here’s a great idea on how to make your own blackboard. Sent by Maria Blampied
Buy a round edged piece of wood board and two letters from spotlight but you can buy any style shape of board or can use stars etc instead of letters.

Get some gold paint for the letters from spotlight for less that $5 and blackboard paint from riot art for about $16. Chalk and duster from any $2 shop.

Do two coats of blackboard paint on the board, with two hours drying time for each coat. Same deal for painting the letters. Use a low heat craft glue gun to stick the letters on, you can buy that from any craft store. There’s still practically the whole bottle of blackboard paint left, it goes a long way. Also have a bit of fun with jars that you can buy for $2 from ikea/cheap shops.

Use tape to line around where u want the blackboard label to be and when the drying time is over take the tape off carefully.

Very fun and they make great gifts!



Light up LED tree

I was in Sydney over the holidays and I discovered a Japanese themed store and I was intrigued over these cherry blossom trees that light up that they had in the store and they were selling them for roughly $150.

So I gave myself the challenge to make a cheaper one.

All you need is a branch off a tree (something not too flimsy) I used one from my front yard.

Can of white spray paint from Bunnings at $6. I like to get a white satin finish. You don’t need to spray paint it but it looks a lot nicer in my option. Spray paint 2 coats evenly and let dry for 20mins before a second coat.

You need a small narrow vase, I used one from ikea which was 0.99 cents (see image below)

Lastly you need some led light that are battery operated. The best time to buy Xmas lights is after Xmas when they are on clearance. I chose ones from ikea that were discounted to $2. (See image below)

Lightly place the lights over the branches while trying not to break them. If your having trouble with the vase staying up then use some blu tack.

And there you have it, your own Japanese style led blossom.

Japanese store price: $150

Dave’s price: $12






Home-made Solar Sun Jars

Here is an idea on how to make your own sun jars. Courtesy of Maria Blampied! She was nice enough to share here cool design on my website and its definitely worth making.

You can buy a sun jar for $30 or more in the shops or online. I’ve seen them as high as $60 online not including shipping.

You can use the small $2 “essentials” solar garden lights which are sold separately from target, buy $2 jars with flip lids from the reject shop and Ikea. Lids need to be big enough to fit the solar light underneath.

Can of frosting paint cost about $10 from bunnings but can be used to frost 4 or 5 jars. Best to frost the outside instead of inside as it dries better, looks prettier and is more even. Frost 2-3 coats. But don’t frost the lid bc it needs to remain clear for the solar panel to work effectively! Take apart the solar lights from the stake. You can screw off the panel, battery and wires from the aluminum housing but keeping it is also fine if it fits to the lid.

Gaffer taped the solar panel and guts to the inside of the lid or you can super glue it if you prefer, either way is fine as long as the glue doesnt touch the panel. Wipe any paint residue from the top of the lid just to be sure and keep it in the sun indoors on a window sill.

You’ve got yourself a snazzy sun jar on the cheap and easy! Makes a great gift and a nice decorative element to the backyard.