39 days ago

My Resene Upcycling Award entry

Marilyn from The Brook

My up-cycling used some old furniture on my deck. It also required a new deck which was rotten and dangerous. I was looking at new furniture for the deck but decided to posh up the old pieces which have more interesting stories. The brown bench seat was a throw out on the side of the road from one of the Brook St, Nelson neighbours. It was barely holding together so I used some screws and bolts and filler to get it stable and tidy. A sand and coat of stain helped bring it back to life. My kind deck builder (who I found on Neighbourly) suggested he use some of the mesh (used for a corner of the deck to support my pot plants) to infill the ends. The church pew came years ago from the Church of Christ in Rutherford St in Nelson and was falling apart after sitting on my deck for so many years. Again my kind builder repaired it voluntarily so I diligently sanded, filled and undercoated with Resene undercoat and top coated with Resene Paradise. The table was old untreated wood, grey with age and with no protective coating so another sanding job and some more filling. Undercoating and a number of test pots of Resene Bullion saw a golden top, and legs in sparkling deep blue Resene Sputnik. The framework of the deck roof I sanded, undercoated and top coated in Resene paint, this time in Sunflower. A coat of the same Resene paint I used to paint the bamboo screen. I finished off with a recycled duvet cover in mustard and white fabric to line the roof. Last weekend a lovely woman was selling a bench seat squab on Neighbourly in the exact colour I needed and perfect size! The finishing touch was a Smashing (Resene match) hibiscus in a Hot August (Resene match) pot from my daughter for Mother's Day. This project was completed over a number of months. Had I realised I would be entering this competition I would have been more careful with my photography and the odd unintended props!

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Post-COVID symptoms?

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9 hours ago

Free Fruit

Tony from Tahunanui

Free Citrus Fruit

I have been admiring the thoughtfulness of two of our neighbours who have been putting the harvest from their citrus tress (one grapefruit, one lime) outside their front gate ‘free to good home’. Earlier in the year someone put out box after box of apples

It has brought to my attention the fair number of citrus trees laden with fruit I see when out walking. Our place is ever only overloaded with grapes (easy to give away) and then feijoas (less so) but I wondered if there is anyone else who might care put their excess fruit outside their gate in these times that some are finding a bit difficult?

13 hours ago

Experienced cleaner needed

Nicki from Richmond

Looking for an experienced cleaner for a short term to help get my home spruced up for the market. Looking for someone to either come for a few hours a week to do the basics and also work on areas that need a bit of a spring clean, or someone who can do a big one off spring clean. House will be on the market during September, so need someone available from last week of August to get started. Hourly rate negotiable. References from previous jobs would be welcomed. Ring Nicki for more information if this sounds like you. PH: 021 950235