Antique Sheet Music Flourishes

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

After
Transformation of an outdated bathroom 







Before
This is another large project undertaken on my home, the task involved removing the old out of date burgundy bathroom suite, blocking up the back door to utilise a wasted passageway and to install French doors leading out to the garden, this would also become my new back door.  



The project required new plumbing in the shower room and plumbing for the washing machine, which was to be relocated from the kitchen into the utility room, a new partition wall to separate the shower and utility rooms and new lighting and sockets,  plasterwork and tiling.  It was only a small area and it was important to utilise every inch of space to the maximum.   I decided on grey slate tiles for the flooring, grey emulsion paint and a colour called Lime Sorbet as a contrast colour with black tiles in the utility area and white tiles with black trims in the shower room.  The shower room has been finished with chrome accessories and a beautiful 1920's figurine print.   Grey and black striped curtains add the finishing touch in the utility room and I am sure you will agree it has all come together well.


The shower room   







The utility room   













Thursday, 21 April 2011

After
A herb cabinet revamped
Before
My herb storage cabinet was looking well past its best and had been hidden away out of sight for a few years.  I thought I would devote some time to rejuvinating it and putting it back to good use.


I set about giving the cabinet an undercoat with Dulux "Overtly Olive" then left that to dry before applying petroleum jelly in random spots where the furniture would experience wear and tear over time.   Once this had dried I applied a top coat in "Craig & Rose Chalky Emulsion" from the Authentic Period Colours Range.   The next step was to line the inside of the drawers, I used some pretty wrapping paper designed in charming vintage prints and pastel colours.   


I then proceeded to sand down the cabinet to reveal some of the olive paint beneath and the original wood colouring to give it a chabby chic appearance.  I typed out some labels and fixed these to the drawer fronts with glue.  The cabinet is now fit for purpose once more and has been put to good use to store my herbs.


                         

Sunday, 17 April 2011

My bargain buy   
I just had to show you my bargain purchase of two Cast Iron Fireplaces.  These will be a project that I will work on in the future.  It is my intention to restore them back to their original black colour.  I have space for one fireplace to be housed in my attic room then I will have to consider which bedroom I wish to use the second one in.


I think they are rather cute even if I do say so myself.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Vintage Florals       
Spring is here so why not follow the current trend and bring chintzy vintage florals into your home.  There are a wide selection of floral patterns available at the moment both in the high street stores and online.


Vintage florals need to have a feel of times gone by and there are many fabrics depicting rosebuds in soft pink and sweet peas in pastel hues or bedlinen with pink roses.  Mix and match designs to bring a modern feel to your scheme.     


There are a wide variety of accessories available too - don't be afraid to mix and match cushions in clashing floral designs, lay your dining table with floral table linen and pretty patterned china.  The more eclectic the mix of colour and pattern, the better the overall effect will be.              


Mix together baby blue, pale pink and lilac or candy stripes with tiny florals. 





The above pictures were sourced on the internet from three lovely sites, Kimberley Dawn, House Decor and Meggymoos, well worth a visit if it's vintage style that you are looking for. 
                                                                              

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

My Boudoir         
One of the rooms in my home that has barely been touched apart from a coat of paint, some new wallpaper on the chimney breast wall and new soft furnishings to complement the colour scheme.  I am rather proud of this room but there will be a lot of work to do once I decide to start the renovation process to match the woodwork to the rest of the rooms throughout the house.     



I have a selection of trunks and hat boxes which make great storage for handbags, scarves and costume jewellery and these have been collected on my travels.  I also have a collection of Theatre Programmes from shows that I have seen over the years and some of these are displayed together on one wall.








                                                        I am happy with the look of this room at the present time considering that it has had minimal decoration work carried out on it.  Think I will leave it for the moment but I will keep you updated should I make any changes.