Is that even a word? If not it should be, especially in my house.
The problem is, although I am quietly plodding along, I tell myself not to post until the room in question is fully finished. Unfortunately, as my children will testify, I am very bad at ever entirely completing a task.
So here is a mishmash of all the little things that have appeared recently (well over the past 6 months anyway 🙂 )
The printers tray I picked up on Ebay, probably around 2 years ago, has finally been cleaned up of all the old remnants of ink covered paper in all the tiny sections. I placed it on the mantelpiece in my bedroom but it didn’t look quite right. Grabbing one of the many tester pots in the shed, thanks to my indecisiveness, I slapped a fuzzy rectangle a few inches larger than the tray onto the wall before mounting the tray on the chimney breast. Eventually all the tiny spaces in the tray will contain items of interest but for now it includes a small dog, elephant and turtle, a chirping bird and printing blocks of my children’s and my own initials (and two wind-up racing snails on top, because why not!).
We picked up a lovely secretary bureau from a local charity shop to fill the alcove in my youngest child’s bedroom. Another thing to become a container of interesting objects. It already houses a skull, antique books and a selection of tiny bones all categorised and labeled.
Even though all our “new” purchases still tend to be old with a bit of history to them, introducing new furniture can make my existing items look a little shabby, and not in a good way! So that is when I pop to the local DIY shop (in which I am sure I should have shares) and have a quick wander around until inspiration strikes. In this case the set of drawers I had from my grandfathers house ten years ago needed a bit of a makeover.
I’d read good reviews online of Farrow and Ball’s paint for revamping furniture so I decided to try their Estate Eggshell in Down Pipe. True to their other satisfied customers words, the paint went on really well, no odour and a lovely colour. I gave it a quick spray with clear varnish as things tend to get bashed and bumped quite a bit in our house.
After adding some new handles I’m pretty pleased with the results and have moved both sets of drawers to the living room. Unfortunately this made the rest of the furniture in there look a little worse for wear but more about the consequences of that another time…
Another furniture revamp. This time for a desk.
Painted white with all surface paint so no need to prime, wallpaper on the sides and cupboard front, and marble effect sticky back plastic on the top. One desk to go into the summer house and hopefully provide me a peaceful place to do some uni work.
Not one to waste anything, the left over sticky back plastic along with three bargain fake succulent plants from the charity shop,, also inspired a quick mini makeover of the kitchen window sill 🙂 (Ignore the grouting, that will be freshened up another day!)
And finally, I’ve even managed a couple of creations for the children I work with. Turning a cable reel into a toadstool and a wooden pallet into a car track.
Don’t have a before photo of a pallet but use your imagination, add a sheet of marine ply, some black gloss paint and a metre of artificial grass and there you go – one car track. Must admit I’m a little bit in love with this one and it was simple to make too.
I think that will do for now as I really must write some more of my dissertation and stop being sidetracked. My reward if I write enough over the next week is to start wallpapering the living room 😀
Future projects already in the making (but of course not yet finished):
- Revamp of living room – wallpaper and paint, and dyeing a sofa (mammoth job!)
- Dining room into music room – cupboard building and fireplace restoration, and more!
- Decking extension – currently just a few scattered pallets in the garden…