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An Australian mum has shared how she transformed an old second hand chest of drawers from Facebook Marketplace into a stunning piece of furniture.

Christy, from New South Wales, said she used to paint furniture for a living but hadn’t done so in three years due to chronic back pain.

But after having a cortisone injection she decided to revive her passion and shared before and after images to the Hacks and Product Reviews Australia Facebook group where she was met with gushing comments. 

BEFFORE: An Australian mum has shared how she transformed an old second hand chest of drawers into a stunning piece of furniture

BEFFORE: An Australian mum has shared how she transformed an old second hand chest of drawers into a stunning piece of furniture

BEFFORE: An Australian mum has shared how she transformed an old second hand chest of drawers into a stunning piece of furniture

AFTER: To lighten the dark wood, Christy sanded the multiple drawers and painted the top and sides black and used the rust-oleum chalk paint purchased from Bunnings Warehouse

AFTER: To lighten the dark wood, Christy sanded the multiple drawers and painted the top and sides black and used the rust-oleum chalk paint purchased from Bunnings Warehouse

AFTER: To lighten the dark wood, Christy sanded the multiple drawers and painted the top and sides black and used the rust-oleum chalk paint purchased from Bunnings Warehouse

How did Christy complete the transformation? 

Christy found the chest of drawers second hand on Facebook Marketplace and painted and sanded back the drawers. 

Mirror: Kmart

Print: Ikea

Plant basket on cabinet: Kmart

Basket on stool: Bunnings (Laundry Basket) 

Lamp: Kmart

Paint on cabinet: Rustoleum Chalk, Bunnings

Sealer: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Wax in ‘clear’ instead of varnish

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‘I’m so happy to be back to wanting to decorate my house – it used to be such a passion and I just lost it all,’ she said online.

To lighten the dark wood, Christy sanded the multiple drawers and painted the top and sides black.

She used the rust-oleum chalk paint purchased from Bunnings Warehouse. 

The online Facebook post received more than 1,200 likes and hundreds of social media users were impressed with the home project.

‘Beautiful space. I hope you get to continue to do this, you’ve done a gorgeous job of the drawers!!’ one person said.

‘Omg I love this, I’d pay you to paint me one like this,’ another said.

A third added: ‘Great that you found the passion to paint again.’

The online Facebook post received more than 1,200 likes and many were impressed with the home project

The online Facebook post received more than 1,200 likes and many were impressed with the home project

The online Facebook post received more than 1,200 likes and many were impressed with the home project

To match the new look, Christy purchased multiple woven products from Kmart, Bunnings and IKEA.

The wall art was bought from IKEA, the round mirror, plant basket and woven lamp was purchased from Kmart and another plant basket was bought from Bunnings.

Christy hopes she can continue her passion without impacting her back further.

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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Sad-face emoji, but the writing might be on the wall for reading

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Dr Lydia Wilson told us on Monday in The Secret History Of Writing on BBC4 that man’s greatest invention is the alphabet.

It enables us to send words around the world, she said, and set down ideas on paper for future generations to discover.

It upsets me to say this, but Dr Lydia’s grand insight is too late. Literacy has never been less important, and Sandi Toksvig proves it inadvertently with her two-part series, The Write Offs (C4), as she helps eight adults learn to read.

Sandi Toksvig (centre) helps eight adults learn to read in her two-part series, The Write Offs

Sandi Toksvig (centre) helps eight adults learn to read in her two-part series, The Write Offs

Brainy Sandi, whose own son struggled with reading, can’t imagine life without the printed word. Neither can I — for a start, I’d have to go back to my first job: scrubbing pots in hotel kitchens.

Though illiteracy is certainly an obstacle for Sandi’s students, technology helps them overcome it. One man, 30-year-old Craig, uses an app on his smartphone to do his reading: the camera scans the words and an automated voice speaks them aloud.

Great-grandfather Tommy, 66, asks the ‘digital assistant’ Alexa to spell tricky words for him. Dean, 34, couldn’t easily read a map, but why should he? We’ve all got satnavs these days.

The truth is that reading has become optional, and spelling is downright irrelevant. Nothing marks you out as a fuddy-duddy faster than using correct grammar in texts and emails.

Every millennial can hold entire conversations without writing a word, just by stringing together ’emojis’ — cartoon doodles of faces depicting all possible emotions. And if emojis fail, there are ‘gifs’ or two-second film clips.

Only a social media nerd would bother writing, ‘I am fed up to the back teeth with lockdown,’ when you can say it on WhatsApp so much more pungently with an animated picture of Mr Bean tearing out his hair. No words required.

Full-frontal format of the day:

Channel 4, home to Naked Attraction and shows about swingers, has announced a new competition… called Drawers Off. Five painters will do ‘life studies’ of each other in the nuddy. Well, it’s art, innit?

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Sandi’s well meaning experiment has come precisely at the moment when reading has ceased to be essential. Worse, I worry that in the future it will become a source of embarrassment, a sign of educated ‘privilege’. When gifs and emojis are the universal language, the written word will be seen as snobbish.

And TV reviews will be condensed to a couple of symbols — a thumbs-up, a thumbs-down and, occasionally, one of those silly faces with boss-eyes and a lolling tongue.

Sandi, for all your good intentions, your show gets a thumbs-down, plus a sad-face emoji.

It’s a thumbs-up with a skull-and-crossbones, though, for Professor Alice Roberts and her graveyard archaeology series, Britain’s Biggest Dig (BBC2).

Work on the HS2 rail link from London to Birmingham means major excavations on the sites where each terminus will eventually be built. This involves digging up hundreds of coffins and moving the remains. Apparently, it’s illegal to leave human bones in place, however ancient.

The cemetery at Euston boasted well-known names, including the former slave and champion bare-knuckle boxer Bill Richmond. But the Brummies had the best stories. Many of the children’s skeletons were riddled with rickets. One set had been sawn up, the victim of Victorian anatomists who paid body snatchers to bring them corpses for dissection.

Oddest of all was the woman buried with a Wedgwood plate. Prof Alice discovered it was piled with bread and salt after she died. The food soaked up her bad deeds, before being consumed by a ‘sin-eater’ – a poor man who was paid a few pennies to swallow the bread and take the sins of the departed upon himself.

How macabre… or, as the young people say, a ghost-emoji plus a sickly green smiley-face.

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Revellers enjoy night out before Boris’s Covid crackdown comes into force

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Scores of revellers descended onto the streets of Leeds and Birmingham to enjoy a night out tonight before the Government’s new restrictions to stop the spread of a second wave of coronavirus came into force.

Party-goers, including those who had recently arrived to the UK cities to begin their academic year at university, swapped a night in at home to hit the numerous pubs and bars in the area and celebrate with their friends. 

Crowds of alcohol-fuelled revellers appeared in high spirits as they huddled in large groups without face masks and walked onto the streets of Leeds city centre into the small hours amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile others were spotted queuing outside The Bristol Pear pub in Selly Oak, Birmingham, to enjoy a drink and mark the start of the academic year.  

The scenes came just hours after the Prime Minister set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the disease, including imposing a 10pm curfew on all pubs, bars and restaurants in England from Thursday. 

Revellers hit the streets of Leeds and party into the small hours just hours after the Prime Minister set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the coronavirus

Revellers hit the streets of Leeds and party into the small hours just hours after the Prime Minister set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the coronavirus

A group of students hit the streets in Leeds just hours after the Government announced its tougher measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus

A group of students hit the streets in Leeds just hours after the Government announced its tougher measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus

Scores of revellers and students break social distancing guidelines as they gather together in the city without face masks into the small hours

Scores of revellers and students break social distancing guidelines as they gather together in the city without face masks into the small hours

Revellers and students arrived to The Bristol Pear pub in Selly Oak, Birmingham, to enjoy a night out before the new 10pm curfew came into force

Revellers and students arrived to The Bristol Pear pub in Selly Oak, Birmingham, to enjoy a night out before the new 10pm curfew came into force

In September, students arriving to Birmingham were urged to stick to social distancing rules and Covid gathering guidelines to prevent outbreaks of the virus at universities in the city.      

It came after the city, which is home to more than 1.5million people, was hit with draconian lockdown rules after the number of coronavirus patients being admitted to hospitals in the city soared.

This month people in Birmingham and neighbouring Solihull and Sandwell were banned from mixing with anyone outside of their own household in private homes, pubs, restaurants or in gardens.

The move followed two days of crunch talks between the Government and local health leaders after Birmingham’s seven-day infection rate rose to 78 cases per 100,000. 

Meanwhile Leeds was teetering on the brink of a local lockdown and was placed on Public Health England’s list of areas of concern after the Yorkshire city, which is home to half a million people, saw its infection rate rise to 32.4 new cases per 100,000 people.  

Earlier this month thousands ministers discouraged young people preparing for university from attending Freshers’ events, with Health Minister Lord Bethell urging freshers and returning university students to resist going to mass social gatherings ‘in pubs, clubs and bedrooms’.

Meanwhile, Universities Minister Michelle Donelan furiously warned large event organisers that police will take ‘serious action’ against them, following reports that some companies have been advertising mass social Freshers’ events.

And Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, pleaded with students to ‘follow the rules’ for ‘the sake of your education and your parents’ and grandparents’ health’. 

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: ‘We are deeply concerned about the spread among students. Some of that spread will take place in universities, and I pay tribute to the efforts of vice-chancellors to put in place social distancing arrangements in universities; we hope that they will have an impact.

‘However, some of the effect is in their social life – in pubs, clubs and bedrooms up and down the country.

‘That is the responsibility of the students themselves, and we are looking at measures to enhance and enforce the social-distancing measures that will stop the spread of this disease.’ 

Revellers enjoy a night out in Leeds city centre

A group of revellers party into the small hours in Leeds

Groups of revellers appeared in high spirits as they huddled in large groups without face masks and celebrated into the small hours

Revellers flout social distancing guidelines as they hit the streets of Leeds and enjoy a night out amid the coronavirus pandemic

Revellers flout social distancing guidelines as they hit the streets of Leeds and enjoy a night out amid the coronavirus pandemic

A group of revellers hit the streets of Leeds without masks and enjoy a night out just days before the 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants comes into place

A group of revellers hit the streets of Leeds without masks and enjoy a night out just days before the 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants comes into place

Crowds of people stand outside a pub in Leeds to enjoy a night out despite the Rule of Six measures now in force

Crowds of people stand outside a pub in Leeds to enjoy a night out despite the Rule of Six measures now in force

People cross a street in Leeds as scores of revellers hit the streets of the city to enjoy a night out amid the coronavirus pandemic

People cross a street in Leeds as scores of revellers hit the streets of the city to enjoy a night out amid the coronavirus pandemic 

Party-goers gather on the streets in Leeds to enjoy a night out and party into the small hours just days before the new curfew is kicked into force

Party-goers gather on the streets in Leeds to enjoy a night out and party into the small hours just days before the new curfew is kicked into force

People gather on the streets of Leeds to enjoy a night out just days before the new 10pm curfew comes into force

People gather on the streets of Leeds to enjoy a night out just days before the new 10pm curfew comes into force

People queue outside The Bristol Pear pub just hours after the Government toughened its coronavirus measures

People queue outside The Bristol Pear pub just hours after the Government toughened its coronavirus measures

Crowds of students flout the Rule of Six as they huddle in large groups without face masks in a nearby par

Crowds of students flout the Rule of Six as they huddle in large groups without face masks in a nearby par

The scenes come as Boris Johnson today announced a new wave of Covid-19 restrictions that could last up to six months- including a 10pm curfew on bars, pubs and restaurants in England.  

The 10pm curfew on the hospitality sector has sparked an immediate industry backlash as the UKHospitality group said it was ‘another crushing blow’.    

There are also fears the move could have unintended consequences amid warnings of a potential ‘surge of unregulated events and house parties’.

Tory MPs also expressed concerns about the curfew plans, describing them as a ‘terrible blow’ for the hospitality industry and warning there must not be another ‘major lockdown’.

It was claimed overnight that Mr Johnson had initially backed a total shutdown of the hospitality and leisure sectors before Chancellor Rishi Sunak persuaded him to take a less severe course after warning of economic carnage.   

Under the new measures, plans for a partial return of sports fans to stadiums from October 1 have been ‘paused’ while the number of people allowed to attend weddings is being reduced to 15. 

Mr Johnson also announced the end of the Government’s back to work drive, urging Britons to work from home if they can.

Pub-goers at the Westminster Arms pub in London watch the Prime Minister address the nation regarding new coronavirus restrictions

Pub-goers at the Westminster Arms pub in London watch the Prime Minister address the nation regarding new coronavirus restrictions

Customers at the Westminster Arms pub in London watch Boris Johnson issue an emotional plea to the country

Customers at the Westminster Arms pub in London watch Boris Johnson issue an emotional plea to the country

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Face masks will also have to be worn on public transport and in many indoor spaces, including shops, shopping centres, indoor transport hubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries. 

Those who fail to wear face masks could face a fine of £200.

Just hours after setting out the new measures, the Prime Minister issued an emotional plea to the nation and warned Britons they faced a long hard winter of police-enforced curbs on their freedom to see off coronavirus.

He also hit out at his critics – including Tory MPs and business leaders who warned of the economic impact of the tough measures, adding: ‘To those who say we don’t need this stuff, and we should leave people to take their own risks, I say these risks are not our own.

‘The tragic reality of having Covid is that your mild cough can be someone else’s death knell. 

The Prime Minister said it was necessary to reintroduce the measures to avoid a dramatic surge in deaths and a second, economically devastating total lockdown

The Prime Minister said it was necessary to reintroduce the measures to avoid a dramatic surge in deaths and a second, economically devastating total lockdown

‘And as for the suggestion that we should simply lock up the elderly and the vulnerable – with all the suffering that would entail – I must tell you that this is just not realistic.

‘Because if you let the virus rip through the rest of the population it would inevitably find its way through to the elderly as well, and in much greater numbers.’            

Despite the PM’s new crackdown, some experts have already warned the measures will not be enough after Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said yesterday the UK could hit 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and 200 plus daily deaths by November unless Britain changes course. 

DO CURFEWS WORK AT SLOWING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS?

From Thursday evening, bars, pubs and restaurants across England will be required to close from 10pm every night. 

The move is an ‘intermediate’ step in the fight against the virus, and follows in the steps of Thailand.

When Thailand imposed a 10pm to 4am curfew on April 3 it was counting just over 100 cases of coronavirus a day. By the time the curfew was removed on June 15 this number had dropped into the low tens.

Although the country’s success has been attributed to the curfew, some scientists dispute this, saying that the lockdown and other social measures in force at the time had a greater impact.

The UK is hoping that its curfew may help it mirror the success of the South-east Asian nation.

Linda Bauld, professor of public health at Edinburgh University, told HuffPost curfews are used because ‘we know that night time economy generally is risky’.

‘There have been outbreaks linked to nightclubs and to bars and restaurants,’ she said. ‘We’ve known this for months.’

‘The longer people are in these venues, the more they probably let their guard down and the mix of social distancing and alcohol is not a good one despite the best efforts of publicans and venue owners.’

Behavioural expert Professor Susan Michie, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said she thought the 10pm time had been chosen to balance the needs of the night-time economy with the need to control the virus.  

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Sir Paul McCartney has spoken about the first time he met John Lennon and reveals how he reflects on the moment ‘like a fan’ and tells ‘how lucky’ he was to meet him.

The Beatles star, 78, revealed how the the pair ‘complemented each other’ after he was introduced to John, aged 16, on July 6 1957, in Liverpool. 

The singer-songwriter spoke to Sean Ono Lennon, 44, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, to mark John Lennon At 80. 

Candid: Sir Paul McCartney has spoken about the first time he met John Lennon and reveals how he reflects on the moment 'like a fan' and described 'how lucky' he was to meet him

Candid: Sir Paul McCartney has spoken about the first time he met John Lennon and reveals how he reflects on the moment ‘like a fan’ and described ‘how lucky’ he was to meet him

Speaking about his memories of meeting John, Sir Paul said: ‘I look back on it now like a fan, how lucky was I to meet this strange teddy boy off the bus, who played music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other!’

However the Hey Jude hitmaker revealed that ‘there were a few songs that weren’t very good’ during his writing partnership with John. 

He added: ‘There were a few songs that weren’t very good… you know, clearly young songwriters who don’t know how to do it’. 

Close: The Hey Jude hitmaker revealed that 'there were a few songs that weren't very good' during his writing partnership with John

Close: The Hey Jude hitmaker revealed that ‘there were a few songs that weren’t very good’ during his writing partnership with John

Sir Paul picked up his guitar during the interview and played an example of a Lennon-McCartney track called Just Fun which they never recorded.  

‘Eventually, we started to write slightly better songs and then enjoyed the process of learning together so much that it really took off,’ he continued. 

Speaking about the Let It Be period, the Beatles’ final studio album, Sir Paul revealed that he always believed it was a gloomy time until he saw a picture taken by his late wife Linda that reminded him of the strength of their friendship. 

Open: The singer-songwriter spoke to Sean Ono Lennon, 44, (pictured) the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, to mark John Lennon At 80

Open: The singer-songwriter spoke to Sean Ono Lennon, 44, (pictured) the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, to mark John Lennon At 80

Band: The Help! singer also spoke candidly about John's insecurities and revealed that his confidence was a 'shield'

Band: The Help! singer also spoke candidly about John’s insecurities and revealed that his confidence was a ‘shield’

The Help! singer also spoke candidly about John’s insecurities and revealed that his confidence was a ‘shield’. 

He said: ‘Wait a minute, there’s this guy ‘John Lennon’ who’s like a genius, clever, witty, confident, and everything why would he have insecurities? Because we’re all fragile beings.’    

Sean also spoke with his godfather Sir Elton John who revealed that he cycled eight miles to buy a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in Hatch End, North West London. 

Fan: Sir Elton John revealed that he cycled eight miles to buy a copy of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in Hatch End, North West London

Fan: Sir Elton John revealed that he cycled eight miles to buy a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in Hatch End, North West London

The Tiny Dancer hitmaker, 73, who performed with John in Madison Square Garden in what was to be his final live gig appearance, said: ‘When I met your Dad I felt like I’d known him all my life and that’s the biggest compliment I can pay him.’   

John was murdered by obsessed fan Mark Chapman outside his New York apartment on December 8, 1980, aged 40. 

The two-part documentary hosted by his youngest son Sean is to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday on Friday 9 October. 

John Lennon At 80 will broadcast on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October, 9-10pm on BBC Radio 2.  

Group: Speaking about the Let It Be period, the Beatles' final studio album, Sir Paul revealed that he always believed it was a gloomy time until he saw a picture taken by his late wife Linda

Group: Speaking about the Let It Be period, the Beatles’ final studio album, Sir Paul revealed that he always believed it was a gloomy time until he saw a picture taken by his late wife Linda

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