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Mum transforms a dirty old chair into stylish garden accessory with paint and fabric from Bunnings 

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A creatively-minded mother has transformed a dirty old cane chair into stylish garden furniture with paint and fabric from Bunnings.

After finding a wicker chair abandoned on the side of the road in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, the woman scrubbed it with sugar soap before coating it blue with $13.59 Rustoleum spray paint.

Once dry, she arranged a $6 cushion printed with a floral pattern on the seat and set the chair on her patio where it looks unrecognisable from its original state.

Photos of her budget-friendly DIY have drawn hundreds of delighted responses since they were shared in a Facebook renovation group on Saturday, with many praising the woman for salvaging old furniture instead of buying new. 

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Before: A creatively-minded mother transformed this old cane chair which was abandoned on the side of the road with paint and fabric from Bunnings

Before: A creatively-minded mother transformed this old cane chair which was abandoned on the side of the road with paint and fabric from Bunnings

After: The chair is unrecognisable from the state she found it in, and now sits on her garden patio

After: The chair is unrecognisable from the state she found it in, and now sits on her garden patio

A creatively-minded mother transformed an old cane chair (left) abandoned on the side of the road into stylish garden furniture (right) with paint and fabric from Bunnings

‘This one isn’t going to landfill now! It’s been through a big transformation,’ she wrote in the caption.

One woman replied: ‘Stunning, what a great roadside find!’

‘That looks like the good ol’ cane. Many more years of wear out of it,’ said another.

‘Lovely work and the cushion makes it pop!’ a third said, while a fourth added: ‘Well done, has come up a treat.’

Others shared photos of similar projects they’ve worked on at home.

‘Looks great! I did the same with some chairs for my birthday at the start of the year,’ one woman replied, along with a picture of two cane chairs painted striking shades of blue and yellow.

And it’s not the only affordable home improvement project catching attention on social media. 

Others shared photos of similar projects they've worked on at home, including these cane chairs painted striking shades of blue and yellow

Others shared photos of similar projects they've worked on at home, including these cane chairs painted striking shades of blue and yellow

Others shared photos of similar projects they’ve worked on at home, including these cane chairs painted striking shades of blue and yellow

Queensland woman Hayley Bragg drew praise for transforming an old caravan into a spectacular home on wheels, complete with a king-size bed, a dining booth and a modern kitchenette at a cost of just $4,000.

The 49-year-old bought the 2004 Coachmen Mirada to travel around Australia with her husband and their two dogs Bonnie and Henry.

But after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the self-employed brand developer decided to renovate the interior of the motorhome every weekend for six months instead.

The extensive makeover converted the coachmen into the ultimate cosy escape for a very reasonable $4,000 for upholstery, flooring, paint, repairs and furnishing.

Instead of gutting the caravan, the pair gave the motorhome dubbed ‘Tookawyle’ a new lease of life with a lick of paint, DIY tiles and splashbacks, new curtains and budget décor items.

Before: Queensland woman Hayley Bragg purchased the 2004 Coachmen Mirada to travel around Australia with her husband

Before: Queensland woman Hayley Bragg purchased the 2004 Coachmen Mirada to travel around Australia with her husband

After: But when the COVID pandemic broke out, she decided to renovate it every weekend for six months instead

After: But when the COVID pandemic broke out, she decided to renovate it every weekend for six months instead

Before and after: Queensland woman Hayley Bragg transformed an old caravan into a spectacular home on wheels, complete with a king-size bed, a dining booth and a modern kitchenette for just $4,000

The extensive makeover converted the coachmen into the ultimate cosy escape for a very reasonable $4,000 for upholstery, flooring, paint, repairs and furnishing

The extensive makeover converted the coachmen into the ultimate cosy escape for a very reasonable $4,000 for upholstery, flooring, paint, repairs and furnishing

The extensive makeover converted the coachmen into the ultimate cosy escape for a very reasonable $4,000 for upholstery, flooring, paint, repairs and furnishing

The couple kept most of the vehicle’s original layout but gave the old cupboards, bathroom, dashboard, bench and dinette table a lick of paint.

They replaced the bedside tables with a king size bed, installed a television screen in the bedroom, removed the spare chair and added a desk and shelves.

‘The double bed that was there was too small for us and the two dogs so we took out the shelves beside the bed and made a bigger bed space,’ Ms Bragg told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Instead of having a custom made mattress which was very expensive, we purchased two single mattresses and strapped them together with a bed joiner.’

In the bathroom, the pair replaced the vanity, tiled the toilet, and added a new splashback.

The pair added a chic splashback along the kitchen bench and used leather straps as the handles on their cupboards

The pair added a chic splashback along the kitchen bench and used leather straps as the handles on their cupboards

The pair added a chic splashback along the kitchen bench and used leather straps as the handles on their cupboards

The couple installed their own shelves, decked out in budget décor

The couple installed their own shelves, decked out in budget décor

They tiled the toilet with trendy mosaics

They tiled the toilet with trendy mosaics

The couple tiled the bathroom, added new flooring and installed new shelves, decked out in budget décor

They also added a new splashback in the kitchen, replaced all cupboard handles with DIY leather straps, recovered the couches, dinette and pelmets and installed a roller blind for the windscreen and new curtains for the side windows.

‘The curtains I purchased were ready made and I cut the length to suit. Then I just re-hem them. I used the remnants from that to make the curtains for the pelmets. So I got all the curtains from just one pack of curtains,’ she said.

‘Instead of getting custom roller blinds, we bought standard ones and cut them down to fit. I bought leather straps from a saddler and cut the handles out. I used Chicago screws to attach to the doors and cupboards.’

Other adjustments included installing new flooring, a stereo and fans. 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Woman, 49, ‘sets a girl’s hair on FIRE on a bus in an unprovoked attack’ 

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A woman has been charged for allegedly setting a girl’s hair on fire during a bus ride in Adelaide.

The teenage girl was travelling through Davoren Park north of the city on June 29 when the unprovoked attack happened.

She suffered minor burns to her scalp.

A 49-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated assault causing harm and handed a three-month transit barring order, SA Police said on Friday.

She was bailed to appear in Elizabeth Magistrates Court on December 3.

A woman has been charged for allegedly setting a girl's hair on fire during a bus ride (file picture)

A woman has been charged for allegedly setting a girl's hair on fire during a bus ride (file picture)

A woman has been charged for allegedly setting a girl’s hair on fire during a bus ride (file picture)

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How to deep clean your toaster: Mum shares her simple five-step method for a sparkling device

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A Melbourne mother has shared her simple five-step method for deep cleaning your toaster, and all you need is a hairdryer, some dish soap, vinegar and a cloth.

The woman, who goes by the name Mama Mila online, said deep cleaning your toaster every month is vital for keeping it clean from crumbs and grime. 

‘It’s so easy to clean your toaster; you can do it while dinner is cooking,’ Mila posted on TikTok.

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A mother has shared her simple five-step method for deep cleaning your toaster (pictured), and all you need is a hairdryer, some dish soap, vinegar and a microfibre cloth

A mother has shared her simple five-step method for deep cleaning your toaster (pictured), and all you need is a hairdryer, some dish soap, vinegar and a microfibre cloth

A mother has shared her simple five-step method for deep cleaning your toaster (pictured), and all you need is a hairdryer, some dish soap, vinegar and a microfibre cloth

Mama Mila, from Melbourne, recommends you unplug your toaster (pictured)

Mama Mila, from Melbourne, recommends you unplug your toaster (pictured)

Then remove the crumb trays and wash them with some dish soap in your sink (pictured)

Then remove the crumb trays and wash them with some dish soap in your sink (pictured)

Mama Mila, from Melbourne, recommends you unplug your toaster and then remove the crumb trays and wash them with some dish soap in your sink (pictured)

So what do you need to do? 

The first and most important thing, Mila said, is unplug your device at the mains.

Next, she said you should remove the crumb trays, rinse them out and then wash them with dish soap.

‘Use a hair dryer to blow out any stuck crumbs,’ Mila said. 

‘It’s much easier than lifting it as when I do, I always feel like I’ll break it.’ 

Finally, just clean the outside with a spray bottle full of vinegar and rub it clean with a microfibre cloth.

Then, just replace the trays and your toaster should be ready to go.

'Use a hair dryer to blow out any stuck crumbs,' Mila said, explaining that it's easier than lifting your entire toaster (pictured)

'Use a hair dryer to blow out any stuck crumbs,' Mila said, explaining that it's easier than lifting your entire toaster (pictured)

‘Use a hair dryer to blow out any stuck crumbs,’ Mila said, explaining that it’s easier than lifting your entire toaster (pictured)

How to deep clean your toaster

1. Unplug your device at the mains.

A Melbourne mum shared how she deep cleans her toaster (pictured)

A Melbourne mum shared how she deep cleans her toaster (pictured)

A Melbourne mum shared how she deep cleans her toaster (pictured)

2. Remove the crumb trays, rinse them out and wash with dish soap.

3. Use a hair dryer to blow out any stuck crumbs.

4. Clean the outside with a spray bottle full of vinegar and rub it clean with a microfibre cloth.

5. Replace the trays. 

Source: Mama Mila 

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Finally, just clean the outside with a spray bottle full of vinegar and rub it clean with a microfibre cloth (pictured)

Finally, just clean the outside with a spray bottle full of vinegar and rub it clean with a microfibre cloth (pictured)

Finally, just clean the outside with a spray bottle full of vinegar and rub it clean with a microfibre cloth (pictured)

Finally, just clean the outside with a spray bottle full of vinegar and rub it clean with a microfibre cloth (pictured)

Finally, just clean the outside with a spray bottle full of vinegar and rub it clean with a microfibre cloth (pictured)

Thousands who saw Mila’s clever trick were impressed and said they couldn’t wait to try it at home.

‘A blow dryer is such a good idea!’ one woman posted.

‘It looks so clean and shiny!’ another commenter added.

Thousands who saw Mila's clever trick were impressed and said they couldn't wait to try it at home (pictured)

Thousands who saw Mila's clever trick were impressed and said they couldn't wait to try it at home (pictured)

Thousands who saw Mila's clever trick were impressed and said they couldn't wait to try it at home (pictured)

Thousands who saw Mila's clever trick were impressed and said they couldn't wait to try it at home (pictured)

Thousands who saw Mila’s clever trick were impressed and said they couldn’t wait to try it at home (pictured) 

This isn’t the first household trick Mila has shared that has gone viral.

Previously, she revealed shared her simple four-step method to get perfectly fluffy pillows at home, and how you can prevent ‘bunching’ with the help of a tennis ball.

‘Pillows can breed bacteria and dust. Washing them every three to six months is important for your skin and health,’ Mila posted on TikTok.

Previously, she revealed shared her simple four-step method to get perfectly fluffy pillows at home, and how you can prevent 'bunching' with the help of a tennis ball (pictured)

Previously, she revealed shared her simple four-step method to get perfectly fluffy pillows at home, and how you can prevent 'bunching' with the help of a tennis ball (pictured)

Previously, she revealed shared her simple four-step method to get perfectly fluffy pillows at home, and how you can prevent 'bunching' with the help of a tennis ball (pictured)

Previously, she revealed shared her simple four-step method to get perfectly fluffy pillows at home, and how you can prevent 'bunching' with the help of a tennis ball (pictured)

Previously, she revealed shared her simple four-step method to get perfectly fluffy pillows at home, and how you can prevent ‘bunching’ with the help of a tennis ball (pictured)

Firstly, Mila explained that the majority of pillows can be washed in the washing machine.

‘Wash two at a time in liquid detergent. Power detergent may leave a film,’ Mila said.

The mum added that she always adds a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil to the mix, which gets rid of any dust mites.

‘Dry the pillows flat in the shade until they’re nearly dry,’ she said.

When the pillows are nearly dry, you should pop them into the dryer with a tennis ball in a sock.

Mila said you should do this for five minutes, as the tennis ball helps to ‘fluff the pillow and avoid bunching’.

‘It’s important to follow the care instructions of your individual pillows, but this works with most,’ Mila said.

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Amazon is opening a second, massive distribution centre in Melbourne

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Online behemoth Amazon is opening a second distribution centre in Melbourne‘s outer suburbs that’s expected to create 500 jobs for the COVID-19-ravaged state.

Construction has begun on the new Melbourne warehouse at Ravenhall, about 20km west of central Melbourne.

Covering 37,000sqm – almost double the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground – the facility will have enough capacity to house up to six million items.

Online behemoth Amazon is opening a second distribution centre in Melbourne's outer suburbs that's expected to create 500 jobs for the COVID-19-ravaged state (file picture)

Online behemoth Amazon is opening a second distribution centre in Melbourne's outer suburbs that's expected to create 500 jobs for the COVID-19-ravaged state (file picture)

Online behemoth Amazon is opening a second distribution centre in Melbourne’s outer suburbs that’s expected to create 500 jobs for the COVID-19-ravaged state (file picture)

The project will generate 200 jobs during construction and 300 jobs when it opens late next year.

‘Amazon’s investment in a second fulfilment centre will bring hundreds of jobs to the western suburbs of Melbourne, providing local employment opportunities in suburban growth areas,’ Treasurer Tim Pallas said in a statement.

‘We welcome this investment as a clear indicator of confidence in the state and attracting investment from significant global companies, such as Amazon, is critical to drive our economic recovery.’

Amazon also has a 24,000sqm distribution centre in Dandenong South, its first to open in Australia in 2017.

The company said the expansion across the two sites would increase the proportion of items it could ship directly to its Victorian customers from Melbourne and enable quicker delivery.

‘We have invested significantly in our Victorian operations this year to ensure we can continue to improve delivery promises to customers in the state,’ Amazon Australia director of operations Craig Fuller said.

‘This fulfilment centre will also provide additional capacity for Victorian-based small and medium-sized businesses who utilise the Fulfilment By Amazon service to benefit from our expanded capability and seamlessly serve customers across the country.’

The company said it planned to work with the Melton City Council to help nearby schools and community groups.

The expansion comes just four months after Amazon confirmed plans for a $500 million robot-run facility in Sydney’s west.

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