Antique Sheet Music Flourishes

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Solve your DIY problems
I was browsing the web recently and I came across a site called  A site advertising "a team of professional tradeswomen with all of the skills needed to solve your DIY challenges".  The team of females will tackle everyday jobs such as hanging pictures, shelves, mirrors or undertake larger projects such as a bathroom refit.  Members are qualified  as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, decorators and handywomen.  

I think this is a great idea for those females who are unsure about having tradesmen in their homes and many females would be more comfortable and confident in allowing another female into their home.    

The company are currently trading around the London and Manchester areas but are looking to expand.   I would welcome their expertise in my part of the world or maybe I will take up a new trade and join their team.....

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Work in progress - my lounge
Some time ago I introduced you all to the commencement of  renovation work to my lounge, when I removed the old blue carpet and cleaned and stained the floorboards.  Four weeks ago I placed an order for a new sofa and advertised my two old terracotta sofas for sale.  Here I am four weeks later with old sofas moved on to a new home and a gorgeous new sofa and tub chair now in situ.   I did have second thoughts about ordering cream furniture but now it is in place I definitely think I made the right decision.

The new scheme is now starting to take shape.  I have a new black chandelier to be fitted, and  new curtains which are soon to be delivered.  I can't wait to bring an old sideboard from my parents house which I will be renovating to blend in with the scheme.  Future plans also include the purchase and fitting of a fireplace to create a focal point in the room.  The fireplace and chimney breast wall were removed many years ago by a previous owner.

I will keep you all updated on future developments as work progresses, in the meantime thanks for dropping by and watch this space.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Take two old rusty lamps 

I have been having a clear out in my cellar recently and I came across these two old rusty lamps which I thought had great potential for a revamp.  I started by rubbing over them with course wire wool to remove any loose rust before applying a special paint for metal which acts as a primer and undercoat.

This was left to dry overnight to ensure that it adhered sufficiently to the metal.  Though I have a confession to make, they were then  left unattended for over a week due to other commitments, before adding a coat of Fired Earth "Verd-Antique" in a matt finish.  I will have to give them a second coat of "Verd-Antique" for a more polished finish but I am sure you will agree a little time spent on these lamps has brought them back to life.  They will look great lit up at night for a summer evening barbeque.