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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Garden Ornaments  
Just in case you have been wondering what I have been getting up to over the summer months I thought I would share with you my 10 minute transformation.  
I had this rather large wall plaque of Tutankhamun in my cellar, which was given to me as a gift and I was unsure where it would fit into my current decor.  I decided to purchase a can of black spray paint and transform it to use as ornamentation in my garden.

I think it looks rather good amongst by garden pots and herbs don't you agree?

Thursday, 4 August 2011

My bargain buys
Well the holiday season is upon us and I have taken time out to go on various shopping expeditions in search of items old and new for my home.  I took a trip to Hemswell Antiques Centre and came across these gorgeous side tables which match my new lounge scheme perfectly, they were purchased for the bargain price of £10.00 the set,  I could not believe my luck.     
I have  visited local garden centres too in search of plant containers and came across two tall painted aluminium planters at a bargain price of £5.00 each, due to them being damaged and the paint finish scratched.  Of course I could see the potential and bought them for a future project.   
The finished project will be on my site at a future date so don't forget to drop by and take a look.

From shabby to chic in 3 weeks 
My lovely sideboard which has stood in my dad's garage for years has finally had the opportunity to be brought back to life.   I would never have let this lovely piece of furniture end it's life in the skip and it has been on my wanted list for years.    It finally arrived at my home approximately 3 weeks ago in a rather dilapidated state and I started work on it immediately.  First I gave it a quick sand down and then painted specific areas with petroleum jelly before painting with the first coat of paint.     I have used Ivory eggshell finish paint from the elements of colour range by Fired Earth.

The sideboard was coated with 3 layers of paint in total then I proceeded to rub it back with sand paper in specific areas to reveal the dark wood beneath and give an aged effect.  The shelves inside , the inner panels of the doors, the base of the drawers and the top have been finished with wallcovering in "Lilac" dark linen by Laura Ashley.  Once dry the wallcovering was treated with 2 coats of clear varnish to protect it from everyday wear and tear. 
 The final addition was a set of pretty black ceramic door knobs.  The sideboard now forms part of my new scheme in the lounge and has also given me the opportunity to display my set of Art Deco cards and pictures that I have been collecting and framing during the course of the past few months.
I am certain that my grandparents would be very proud if they could see their piece of furniture brought back to life and being put to good use in my own home.