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Tuesday, 29 March 2011


A Story of Restoration

My Lounge floor
I have finally managed to complete the floorboards in my lounge.  What a transformation.  I am so pleased with the final colour and finish and it now blends in nicely with my Dining Room.   There is still    more work to do in this room so keep watching for future updates.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

My Favourite Places to Shop
Wentworth Antiques Centre &
Situated in The Old Builders Yard on the outskirts of the quaint village of Wentworth near Rotherham, is Wentworth Arts, Crafts & Antiques Centre and Wentworth Emporium, along with other small businesses, including Lime Tree Interiors.

If you are in search of vintage/shabby chic furniture and bric-a-brac, antiques or that special something for your interior it is well worth a visit.

I purchased a beautiful Victorian style balloon back chair from the Wentworth Emporium, which is fully stocked with shabby chic style furniture.  

 I have already found a home for my chair in my Boudoir and it fits in perfectly with my current decor.  I was in awe of all the lovely pieces of furniture that had been lavished with attention to bring them up to date with the current trend for vintage and shabby chic.

Situated next door to the Antique Centre is Lime Tree Interiors, a haven for those interested in interior design and decoration.  You can purchase everything from upholstered furniture, curtains, wallcoverings and extravagant chandeliers to cushions, lamps and pictures or votives and oils to make your interior nicely fragranced.
There is also an iron monger and a beautiful little shop selling traditional style fireplaces.

Elsecar Heritage Centre
Situated a couple of miles the other side of the village of Wentworth is Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley.
Here you can purchase antiques & collectables, flooring, french style furniture, lamps and decorative items.  There is a small art gallery, printers and a cafe/restaurant.

Both of these centres are well worth a day out to browse at your leisure and who knows you may well pick up a bargain at the same time.


Friday, 18 March 2011

Bringing original floorboards back to life
Last section of blue carpet
I have lived in my Victorian property for 10 years now and I could not bear to look at the horrid lounge carpet that I inherited any longer, it had to go.  A few weeks back I proceeded to remove sections of carpet to reveal the original floorboards beneath, which appeared to be in a reasonable condition and just required some care and attention.  There were only two damaged boards which would need sections replacing and I just happen to have salvaged a few pieces from previous projects around the house.
Floorboards revealed

The floorboards just required a good clean because they had been covered with floor-covering.   I used Nitromorse and course wire wool to clean deep into the grain of the wood then followed this with hot soapy water and a scrubbing brush and the boards came up to a reasonable standard for staining.
Cleaned floorboards

Working in sections and around the furniture situated in the room I have started the process of staining the floor with a coloured varnish and stain in antique pine.   There are
still a few hours work left yet to bring the
floor to the required standard and each section
requires 3 coats of stain with 16 hours drying
time between coats.  Below is a picture of where
I am to date and it is my intention to complete 
the whole project during the course of the next
week, so watch this space for the finished product.
Staining begins

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

From Shabby to Chic in a weekend  
Take one Footstool

Being a lover of all things old and traditional pieces of furniture I could not bear to discard my footstool to the scrap heap so I decided to give it a revamp with some paint.  Firstly the stool was given a light sanding down and a base coat in "Verde Antique" from Kevin McLoud's Fired Earth collection.  This was then left to dry for the required time before moving on to the next stage.         

I strategically brushed on  petroleum jelly in different areas of the stool before proceeding to the second coat of paint.   I used "Stone Ochre" from the Fired Earth Collection for the second coat and this was then rubbed over lightly with fine sandpaper when dry to remove the top layer randomly, revealing the "Verde Antique" colour beneath and giving a distressed finish.   

I decided to decorate the top of the stool with a pretty stencil design using "Grape" and "Georgetown Lime" toned down with black.   Voila..... now the stool will be proudly displayed in my kitchen for all to see.