Summerhouse coffee table makeover. An old pine coffee table given a shabby - vintage re-vamp using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. Undercoat of Linen, top coat of Boxwood with hemp oil and antiquing wax to finish. The inside of the summerhouse is slowly getting there…!
Exterior, summerhouse makeover. Our summerhouse is about 3 years old now and, after being a craft room, was now needing some TLC to turn it back into a use-able outdoorsy space. I painted it in a lovely shade of ‘Bonsai’ from B&Q’s own brand outdoor wood paint range.
Girl’s wardrobe makeover. IKEA Leksvik wardrobe decorate with chalk paint and vintage rose decopatch paper. Green liner to add detailing / finish off edges.
Frozen gift box. A quick little project to house an Elsa wig and costume for my daughter’s birthday…. Providing they fit in of course! Standard sized silver shirt box from Paperchase, plus decopatch snowflake paper and some printed off Frozen lettering!
Oak Dining Chairs. I picked these beauties up for a ridiculous £14 at auction. I love the gorgeous Arts and Crafts style detailing on them. After a jolly good clean (these chairs had been well loved and well used!) we added some staining to worn sections and then I set to work on re-covering the seat pads. I chose a mustard and grey houndstooth design, which I hoped would be fairly timeless while complimenting the colour of the wood. The total cost per chair (purchase cost, inc commission, plus price of the fabric) works out at around £9, which I still think is a total bargain! Plus, the chairs look great with our existing table!
Vintage Dressing Table. I’m afraid I can’t find my ‘before’ photo for this one! Basically it was dark wood, French Polished. I covered the drawers in Decopatch paper and painted the structure in Miss Mustardseed Milk Paint, with varnish to finish. It’s a project I’ve had in mind for a while, but wanted to hold off and make sure I got it right….. And I love it! Most importantly, so does my daughter!
This plain clock cost me just £5 from Matalan. I used some left over Decopatch paper and Modge Podge, from another project, to decorate. I think it’s pretty sweet! The clock now lives in my daughter’s bedroom on her re-vamped dressing table… But that’s another story!
I decided to give my 9 year old IKEA coffee table a little makeover! I used a recipe I found online to make my own chalk paint and mixed up a lovely teal colour for the top coat. I roughened it up a little and then used clear and dark wax to finish. It’s quite drastic!
Did a fantastic intro course on using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint this morning. Totally organic paint pigments all the way from Toronto. Produced some interesting wood samples using various techniques and bought pouches of “Linen” and “Eulalie’s Sky” to brighten up a lovely vintage dressing table I bought for my daughter’s bedroom. Thinking of branching out after that and brightening up our tired Ikea coffee table, in the living room, with a darker green… Nothing is safe!
This was my other, most recent, auction bargain. A lovely pine shelf unit! It really was a blank canvas - would I stain it, paint, distress it? Well, in the end, I decided that I quite liked the ‘rustic’ look. However, it did lead me to decide to do a bit of impromptu redecorating in my kitchen - as a walk that was previously creamy / White was re-painted a nice fresh green shade (which I happened to discover in our shed, earlier that day!). Very pleased with the result.
Another fantastic auction purchase - only £8 for this amazing box of (modernish) willow pattern dinner plates, side plates, cups, saucers and serving platters! What made it even better was that the size and pattern matches our existing plates, almost exactly. That was a huge bonus because the shop I’d bought them in had run out when I went to buy more.