Saturday, 28 March 2015

Ta da !!


Here it is, my hall, stairs and landing all finished.

 
I painted all the wood work white, including the floor. Then there's the blackboard wall on the left that I showed you after Christmas. The rest of the walls are painted in a grey I mixed myself (from some white and about ten old tins in the shed) and once again based on Farrow and Ball's Lamp Room Grey (I did a lighter version in my bathroom). On the right is the radiator cover that got a new grille and beyond the mirror, the wall display that I showed you in the last post.


Then there are the stairs, whoever thought of dressing up stair risers first, thank you, thank you, thank you.

I nearly went with the words from a poem or song, and have you seen the ones painted to look like books, there are so many fun ways to decorate stair risers; but after finding the Chinese dogs (on the radiator cover) in TKMaxx, I knew I wanted some bright turquoise blue's, so I chose maps showing a lot of sea.


I've had the maps for years and years, in fact I wrote about them here. I'm so happy that I'm a hoarder and that after over 30 years of holding onto them, I was able to put them to good use.

I decided the chalkboard wall needed a map too and did one of the world and wrote a couple of paragraphs from Moby Dick around it, which was once again inspired by something I'd pinned.


Apologies if you live on an island or a peninsula somewhere, I couldn't get in every detail of every continent !


The mirror got a makeover too, some turquoise paint, then black paint washed back a little to allow the original gold to show through.

Between the Chinese dogs, there are two pots filled with driftwood and moss, then a basket with book boxes, to hold the items one needs to take a dog for a walk (sorry if I've just lowered the tone of this post haha).


Rufie's leads are back on the end of the newly made over rad cover (he's hanging around because it's his dinner time).


I like the fact they're hardly visible from the other end of the room and no-one notices them when they come in the door.

 
I kept the doormat that's fitted to the front of the hall, but I'm looking for an old Persian runner rug in deep reds to pick out the red in the stained glass, because although my brother and I can take our shoes off, my little dog.........er.........can't, and that white floor won't be white for much longer.

The landing looks refreshed with the new grey walls and white woodwork but I've got a few projects to do up here, to make it more interesting.



The large mirror is going to get a makeover and then I have a few ideas for the wall between the guest room and my room. Also as you can see, there is one step up to the landing that runs to my bedroom so I'm still contemplating adding a map to it as well.


This area looks very dark but normally I don't shut my bedroom door, it's just that it's not photo worthy. The white thing sticking out on the left is the loft hatch which is permanently down because my brother has the whole of the loft as his bedroom.


Ok, I guess you can have a proper look, it's all quite plain for me isn't it.


And now, I guess I really should go and give Rufie his dinner, he's been patient enough, but I'll leave you with some before and after shots.

 



 
Yes, my hall is definitely darker, but personally I love the drama, it's just so much more interesting than before.
 
 

 

Saturday, 21 March 2015

more dust collectors (and a peak at my hall)

 
My bf gave me a couple of cutlery trays last year and I immediately knew how I wanted to use them.
I had seen an idea somewhere on Pinterest that used cutlery trays as shelving, and you know me, I love to display stuff and I love to dust...............not !
 
 
I looked out two other pieces that she had given me before (more dust collectors), an old drawer turned into a box frame for dried flowers, and a piece originally used as a tea caddy.
 

I used Rustoleum chalk paint in Graphite on all four pieces and papers from the collection below.


I painted the tea caddy inside and out and waxed it and added various pictures.
 

The old drawer needed a bit more work, I couldn't get the didn't have the patience to get the inside completely clean so I painted it and left the outside as it was.


You might recognise a very familiar graphic.


The cutlery trays also got a lick of paint on the inside only. I love the graphite when it's waxed but didn't want to lose all of the wood look.


I used different papers on each piece, but as they're going to be full of beach finds I tried to use naturalistic pictures that included birds, bugs and butterflies.



Then I hung them all outside the dining room door, a wall that had been crying out for something for a long time.

On their own, the four dust collectors shelving units didn't fill the space enough, so I added a piece of flat driftwood.


I didn't want to do the same thing to the driftwood that I'd done before but remembered a piece of rusty wire and fixings from the back of an old frame that I'd stashed away.


Both the wood and the wire were the perfect size to make a sort of pin board for postcards and photos, using miniature pegs.

So far I've styled the shelves with items from my ever burgeoning stash of beach junk, but there's room for lots more.





 
So, you've had a sneak peak at my hall, with the grey walls, and white panelling and next time I'll post the big reveal, and I might even do a little bit of dusting before then !


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I've had a smashing time


When I showed you my hall that I wanted to makeover, I mentioned disliking the grille on this radiator cover.


It was sandwiched inside the mdf frame, so the easiest way to get it out was to smash it out.


Truly, smashing things up is very therapeutic, as long as you don't get carried away and destroy the thing you want to save.........which I did...........almost.


I wanted to use chicken wire as I have some left over from this project. I tried to push it into the gap where the grille had been but it was a bit of a nightmare, so in the end I filled the gap with caulk, painted the radiator cover white and then stapled the chicken wire on the back.
I tried two fabrics behind the chicken wire, but the darker hessian (burlap) with the more open weave definitely looked better, and it's half the price at £2.99 a metre (you'll probably see some burlap cushions here sometime as I have some left over).

So here is my newly made over radiator cover........and I love it.


And I do love the old paint splattered floorboards as they are, but I had to paint them white so that the hall would look wider.........or was it because even I can't cope with that much shabbiness.


 
The hall ? it's nearly...........nearly all done.
 
 


Thursday, 19 February 2015

spot the difference



I love those competitions in magazines and newspapers where they put two (almost identical) photos side by side and then ask you to identify a number of differences to win a prize, I love the challenge and I love looking at details.

Here are some small changes I made in the kitchen, can you spot the differences ?


First I just swapped something round because I was always unhappy with the position of one thing.

You might notice it a bit better in the picture below.


Then I decided something needed painting because although I love all the wooden touches, one of the items is practical but not very pretty.


You can see it better here, where you can also see my new black kettle. Chronologically this all happened before I painted blackboard walls in my hall and loo. The desire to paint things black had been growing in me for quite sometime, so I started small and it grew and I think it's still growing.


Something very large also took place, can you see it ?


Now I'm sorry but there aren't any prizes for noticing the changes.
I really disliked the vintage black scales on the windowsill, somehow they looked out of place, moving them onto the microwave seemed to work much better.
The knife block was old and tatty, so I painted it black and that's when I decided to get a new black kettle................the old one always spilled when it poured so it was time for a new one anyway.

The biggest change was a new window........yes ok, there is more frame with the new upvc window than there was with the wooden one, but I hated all the tattiness of the old wooden frame, you can't really see it but trust me it was very untidy. The new white frame looks much nicer and cleaner.


Luckily I dissuaded the salesman and the surveyor from trying to persuade me to have a central bar down the middle of the window (giving me two large windows whose handles I could reach). No, I can't reach the top windows without jumping up on the side, but when I'm old I'll get a pair of steps out coz nothing is going to spoil the view of my garden...............


and I'll still be here when I'm old because I'll be paying for the window for the rest of my life anyway !!!