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Spring Cleaning – the 50s way

In the 1950’s, it was expected for a housewife to keep her house spotlessly clean and well managed.

She was also expected to keep the family well organised and cook meals at set times. It was her mission in life for the household to be well organised and everything cleaned regularly!

The cleaning routine would usually begin as soon the kids walked off to school.

Although expectations of women in society have changed (thank god!), some of their cleaning tips could still be relevant today…

To start spring cleaning here are some tips:

Firstly, put on your favourite 50’s music, a 50’s spring dress, an apron and begin!

1. Cleaning mirrors or windows –

  • Collect supplies in your cleaning caddy to easily move from window to window
  • Use a lint-free cloth to save heavy scrubbing
  • Moisten the cloth with methylated spirits in water
  • Use lengthwise strokes outside and crosswise strokes inside to see if you missed a spot
  • Polish with a dry duster

2. Washing curtains –

  • Simply wash in the washing machine
  • Hang out to dry in the sun

3. Cleaning blinds –

  • Hang blinds out on the clothesline
  • Wash with a hose, scrubbing at the same time
  • Leave them in the sun to dry

4. Cleaning the stove –

  • Newspaper is ideal for cleaning tops of stoves
  • Inside stove, remove all removable parts and clean in warm soapy water

5. Cleaning the refrigerator –

  • Defrost with a bowl of hot water placed in the fridge. Replace it each time it starts to get cold.
  • Clean the inside
  • Wipe over the exterior of the fridge with a cloth smeared in vanilla essence

6. Cleaning the sinks –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or warm flour for an added lustre
  • Wash your wooden cutting boards with hot water and vinegar to eliminate rawness
  • Use baking soda to unblock drains

7. Cleaning kitchen cupboards –

  • Remove all the items
  • Wash the inside and outside of the cupboard
  • Hang dried lavender in the kitchen to help make it smell lovely
  • Combine lemon juice and borax to remove rust from porcelain and ceramics
  • To remove rust and stains from stainless steel utensils, use a fine grain sand paper,ย  then rub with a slice of onion and rinse in hot water
  • Once the cupboard is dry, tidily place back all the utensils

8. Cleaning the shower curtain –

  • Take the shower curtain on to the lawn and scrub with a nail brush and warm soapy water
  • Hose it well
  • Allow the shower curtain to dry on the clothesline

9. Cleaning the toilet –

  • Wash with borax and water, then flush well. You can scrub any stains with lemon juice and borax

10. Cleaning the bath –

  • Smear wet soap powder over the bath, leave overnight and rinse well the next day
  • Vinegar or salt and lemon can remove stains
  • Wrap a bunch of eucalyptus around your shower head to keep shower head and bathroom smelling fresh

11. Cleaning the tiles –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or kerosene

12.ย  Cleaning brushes and combs –

  • Remove hair from brushes and combs
  • Soak in water with a few drops of ammonia

13. Cleaning the floors –

  • Remove all items and furniture
  • Mop bathroom and kitchen floors
  • Steel wool can be used for marks on lino floors

14. Polishing furniture –

  • Pour olive oil on a clean cloth and rub wooden furniture
  • Polish lightly with a dry lint-free cloth
  • Wicker furniture can be rubbed with vegetable oil to protect from cracking
  • For water rings, put a dry cloth over it and warm iron
  • If your books smell musty, sprinkle a little baking soda over it and leave to dry
  • Rub vanilla extract on light globes for a sweet swelling room

15. Cleaning the carpet –

  • Remove all items of the room & thoroughly vacuum
  • Stains can be removed with baking soda mixed in water

16. Cleaning the walls –

  • Remove all pictures and hangings and clean them
  • Clean walls with a duster
  • To remove mould from walls, spray area with undiluted white vinegar

17. Cleaning winter manchester –

  • Manchester must be washed and hung out to dry thoroughly
  • Fold in linen cupboard with a few drop of vanilla essence on a piece of fabric on each shelf

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All images from Woman’s World-ย  M.A. White

Home remedies can sometimes produce even better results than store-bought products! Hope you have a fun time trying these tips, and let me know how it all goes!

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How to Create a Retro Bedroom

Bedroom decor has changed over the decades. I love the look of mixing retro items with some modern day necessities, while keeping the retro feel to my decor.

Below are some examples of bedrooms through the decades to use as an influence.

1950s style bedroom

1960s style bedroom

1970s Style lBedroom

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For my room I have decorated it in a vintage inspired retro style.

JH Lynch & Johnny Cash artwork & 50s wall vases & retro ornaments

50s bedroom chair that I covered in retro fabric and left the grey fabric on the skirts, flamingo light & retro style mirror

Some retro ornaments on shelves that we made by cutting into the wall

My moulin rouge style bedroom light on a hat box that I made into a bed side table by adding retro furniture legs, sourpuss tattoo print umbrella, sourpuss pillows & Sailor Jerry tattoo print quilt that I made by sewing the fabric to the centre of a black quilt (and my cat ๐Ÿฑ)

Vintage suitcase set stacked up which is useful for extra storage, vintage hairdryer, vintage sewing mannequin, Jolley Big eye prints, and reproduction circle shelves, retro style matching frames that I placed Marilyn Monroe movie posters in, which I purchased as an old movie poster book from a Salvos store.

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For my daughters room, she wanted it decorated in a retro tiki vibe.

The quilt is a modern tropical theme with flamingos, palm trees and pineapples

I accentuated this peacock chair by painting it white then added flowers to go with the bedroom theme

Pops of colour through the room add the the look. I made an old suitcase into a bedside table by painting it and adding retro wooden table legs

More pops of colour

A round beveled edge vintage mirror, flamingo, tropical print & surfboard, bamboo tree and more colour add to the theme

A Cuban print and Barsony lampshade and to the accessories of the room

And a retro tiki room would not be complete without a kitch hula doll

Coconut containers with flowers attached, that I found in a St Vinnies store are handy containers for hair ties and clips

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There are many options for creating a vintage bedroom. Here are some ideas for that retro feel:

  1. Use vintage lighting
  2. Use vintage textures and patterns
  3. Do a feature wall in retro wallpaper
  4. Get your hands on vintage artwork or prints and place in vintage frames
  5. If you don’t have a vintage style bed then make a statement bed head
  6. Add an ornate vintage mirror
  7. Buy some vintage furniture
  8. Get some vintage ornaments
  9. Get some vintage Manchester or create your own in a vintage style using florals, gingham or retro fabrics

Whatever retro style that you go for in your bedroom, you have endless options in creating it. I hope I have inspired you! Have fun creating!!

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How To Revamp a Cork Memo Board

I mentioned before that I would show you how to revamp a memo board…. This is a quick and easy project and can be useful artwork in your room!

Here are two that I created. For both,ย  just purchase a cheap cork memo board in whatever size you require.

1. Cork memo board in a frame

I made this cork board to match all the other frames in my bedroom.

The two frames in my room that I put Marilyn Monroe movie posters in, and my mirror

Here are the steps:

  1. Take the mirror or picture out of the frame. Take the cork board out of its frame and trace the mirror/picture shape onto your memo cork board.

2. Next get a jigsaw or knife and cut out the shape.

3. Place the memo cork board into the frame. It is best if your frame has the metal clips to bend back into place. If not, you could hot glue it into the frame. If it is a wooden frame you could use small nails to keep it into place.

4. Voila! You can put your new memo board up and start using it.

2. Cork memo board covered in fabric

I made this cork memo board for my daughter as her room is retro tiki inspired. Here are the steps:

  1. Pick a fabric and iron the piece, as it works best with no creases.
  2. Take the frame off the memo board, carefully, as you will still need to use the frame. You should be able to take it off by opening only one corner.

3. Next carefully staple the fabric onto the cork board at the back. Carefully pulling the fabric tight at all times, prior to each staple, and fold over corners tidily.

4. Place the frame back onto the cork board. Use a staple gun to close the one corner that you opened.

5. Your frame is now ready to use!

3. Some other ideas are:

Example 1

This example is just a cork board divided into 9 sections with each section decorated individually. You can paint them with normal paint or blackboard paint, or cover it in fabric, or leave it plain. Decorate in any style you prefer!

Example 2

The above example is a piece of wood covered in fabric and stapled on the back, then ribbon crossed over and again stapled to the back. In each X section add a pin for decoration & for sturdiness.

Example 3

This example is a vintage frame with chicken wire stapled to the frame back. You could use fabric or an artwork on the back for a different look. Memos are held on with small pegs, that you can pick up in a craft store.

I have given you some ideas…. but the possibilities are endless! Let your creativity go wild. Show me your creations, I would love to see them!!

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How to Revamp a Peacock Chair

I am so excited that I finally got to buy a good retro peacock chair and at a great price.

My peacock chair

I found this beautiful chair on eBay. It wasn’t too far away and got it at a great price of $75. What a steal!! Most range from the $300 to $600 mark, so I was super excited to get it!

But it definitely needed some TLC. So here were my steps to revamp it:

  1. You will need to clean it up with a small brush. I used a dust pan brush.
  2. Next, use your brush extension on the end of your vacuum cleaner hose to do a final clean.
  3. Cut off any broken bits or tighten them up.
  4. Get a good primer spray and thoroughly spray coverage on the whole chair

The chair once sprayed with primer

4. Repeat to ensure you get full coverage of the chair.

5. ย Wait a full 24 hours for the primer to set

6. ย Spray the chair in whatever colour you desire. I chose white, as I can change its accessories for a different look. ย White looks fresh and bright, and can blend into any decor.

7. You will need 3 spray cans for each coat. You need to spray each way that the cane goes. For example with my chair I had to spray in an x Criss-cross motion to make sure of full coverage on all the cane slats.

7. Once completely dried (24 hours), do a top coat. Again you will need about 3 cans. Then wait another 24 hours for the paint smell to subside and for complete drying time.

Top: front of peacock chair -finished

Bottom: back of chair -finished

8. Now to decorate the chair. I choose a black velvet round cushion and a black faux fur throw, to enhance the white peacock chair. ย I recovered the seat cushion by buying another matching throw. I cut 2 layers of the throw 5 cm around the cushion and sewed them together. With the cushion inside, I hand sewed the opening shut.

My peacock chair finished

You can decorate the peacock chair with flowers, coloured paint, pillows, throw, butterflies, ribbon, bows or anything you desire. Here are some other ideas for decorating a peacock chair

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Bottom right

Have you decorated a peacock chair? Send me photos, I would love to see.

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Get Crafty on a Vintage Suitcase

My daughter wanted to store her craft and sewing in a box, so I suggested we decoupage a large vintage suitcase with pictures that are inspirational to her.

Here are the steps to decoupaging a vintage suitcase.

What you will need:

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Vintage suitcase
  • Small paint brush
  • Clear paint spray or decoupage clear gloss

1. Pick your item

First you need to pick which vintage suitcase you want to use. Pick one that closes up securely and is big enough for all your items.

Above: The vintage suitcase we chose to use

2. Cut out your pictures

Get some of your favourite magazines and cut out some inspirational pictures. You can also download images, use newspaper, music sheets, concert tickets, photos, children’s drawings, or any paper items. The possibilities are endless!!

Trim each picture to not overlap. Then set them out on your suitcase as to what looks the most aesthetically pleasing for you!

Above: magazines to use to cut out pictures

Above: cut out inspirational pictures

3. Glue your pictures

Use a strong craft glue and stick your pictures on. With a small paint brush, spread the glue out evenly on the back of the picture. Glue the images where you prefer, as you can see I preferred to cover all sides of my suitcase!

Above: one side of suitcase

Above: Other side of vintage suitcase

4. Drying Time

I prefer to leave it a few days to dry completely. Each day check that there are no pictures lifting off or peeling at the edges.Ensure to glue any flapping edges back on.

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5. Finishes

The suitcase is completely dry and you are happy with the look… NOW you can finish the project! Give the suitcase either a clear coat of spray paint or enamel. You will need to do a few coats to protect your images and leave the relevant amount of drying time between each coat. The more layers that you spray on your suitcase, the better the suitcase finish will be. Another option is to cover it with decoupage clear gloss if you prefer a thick glass coating. Then you will need to leave it a few days again.

Image above: finished product

The above process can be followed to decoupage any item.

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Have you ever decoupage a product? Send me photos, I would love to see them!

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