Operation Ugly Frankie: A Bed Upholstery Project – Pt 4

So, Part 3 in the make over of Ugly Frankie saw us get her to the stage where the appliqué needs to be applied. If you need to go back to Part 1 or Part 2, go ahead and read what we’ve done so far. This is the part where we move into the sewing room. Are you ready? Okay then; let’s get cracking.

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How Sharp Are Your Knives?

I am a compulsive knife sharpener…I admit it; every time I use a knife, i wash it by hand, dry it and then use a ceramic knife steel to keep the blade maintained. But, even doing that constant maintenance, my knives are never as sharp as i would like. If you’ve come to this website for the food blog, then you’ll know that I cook…a lot. If you’ve come to this website for the upholstery then you’ll know I use high quality upholstery shears…a lot. So, it’s not a stretch of the imagination that I need and want sharp blades all the time.

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Operation Ugly Frankie; A Bed Upholstery Adventure Pt 1

About six months ago, my youngest child, Ms24 bought this hideous double bed frame with a slat base for $50 from Gumtree which I have since named Frankenstein; I would have left Frankenstein with her previous owners if it were up to me, but alas it wasn’t!

After we picked up Frankie, Ms24 asked me if I would tart her up a bit with a lick of paint; stupid me said yes – I mean helloooo; you can’t make a silk purse from a pig’s ear! If you look closely, Frankie has grooves between each horizontal plank of wood which I detest and i began to think of ways to get a finish that would hide the grooves. I thought of adding a panel of ply but i decided against it; the frame is already quite heavy and if I could get a nice finish without adding more weight then I would. Then I thought about adding wood filler to the grooves. So i spent a good week, layer by layer adding wood filler; alas, the filler kept breaking. So, Frankie was put aside until further inspiration hit….

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Welcome to the latest category: The Upholstery Work Shop

Hello faithful readers! I’m back. It’s been a crazy 9 months since we moved across the country to Brisbane with a lot of personal challenges. It took us three months to find a rental that would take two dogs who live inside and out but we finally managed to find a somewhat suitable house. The oven in the house doesn’t lend itself to baking cookies so i’m not doing any baking at the moment. We lost our my dear father-in-law last October – as a family, scattered far and wide, my partner’s siblings are working hard to stay connected and support their mother. In the whole awfully distressing scenario, the only good thing to come about, has been the reconnection of all of his siblings. There have been some other challenges but that’s enough sadness for this post! Now on to the fun stuff: Upholstery!

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Mother’s Day Nesting Chicken Cookies – Pt 1


I swear, this isn’t a belated Easter post! It’s an early Mother’s Day Post. This past week, one of my (many) De Koekkenbakker orders arrived and the nesting chicken and egg cutters were in the package. I love Mariëlle’s cutters and her decorating style and this design screamed Mother’s Day to me!

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