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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Cupboard Love


I promised you pictures of the cupboard I showed you last week,  once I had painted, distressed and papered the inside.  It was a nightmare! The painting and distressing was easy, but the papering not good at all.  I wasted quite a bit of my last half roll of Cath Kidston Paris Rose, because it was very thick and not easily bendable, so had to redo some parts of it


Anyway, this is the finished product, I'm quite pleased with it, and have just spent this afternoon adding finishing touches.  I got a bit carried away and made a little string of paper mini bunting (was shown how to do this on the lovely Lucy's blog, at Attic 24) to hang over it.  What I like is that when it is closed, it just looks quite calm and normal ...


But when you open the doors and drawer, it is a riot of unexpected colour and cheerfulness! A Bit Over the Top, maybe?



I do quite like it though, and it'definitely an improvement on how it looked when I first took it under my wing.

I used Farrow and Ball's All White estate eggshell, and Cath Kidston's Paris Rose (Red) wallpaper.  I don't think that is available now though, which is a shame.  The dottiness is simply provided by paper tape, which is easily removable if the new owner does not like!

A few other little treasures which will be coming along with me to The Vintage Village Hall on Sunday



The Nurse's Dictionary, which looks a little well-used, but is so interesting inside, with adverts for uniforms and all sorts of long gone pills and remedies.  It is inscribed inside

Christmas 1943
To Nurse Everard
From Matron
With Good Wishes

It nearly makes me cry when I see things like that... who is Nurse Everard, and where did she live? What was her life like? Is she still alive, and what about Matron? I'm afraid we will never know the secrets these treasures hold.


This is another lovely find ... a boxed, untouched, Wedding Memories Book.  The box is battered, and the cellophane wrapper crumpled and discoloured, but the book inside has no entries, and I think would make a fabulous gift for a modern Vintage Bride.




I need to go now, as I have loads to do before Sunday's Fair, but I'll update you next week, with lots of lovely pics! I hope that I return home with a much lighter load ...

Before I go just seen a fab giveaway of Mary Jane's Tearoom blog - go to ttp://www.maryjanestearoom.com and you can enter.

Enjoy the rest of your week xxx

16 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed that you return with an empty load! Wouldn't that be wonderful. The cupboard transformation is great - I like the idea of wallpapering the inside.xx

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    1. Thank you, would have been easier if the shelf wasn't there! It was removable and I kept ripping the paper when I put it back in ... If there's an easy way, please let me know! Enjoy your weekend xxx

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  2. Hi Claire, love, love your cupboard I dont think it is overthetop, it is great, I love it and the colours, hope you do well at the fair, where is it.

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    1. Hi Julie, thank you for your kind comments! It's at Greenodd, where your Mum's friend lives ... Pop and see her for the weekend! Xx

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  3. I love your cupboard transformation. The wallpaper makes it so different to anything else I have seen for sale. Your bunting is so pretty too, hope you have a successful day.
    Sarah

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    1. Thank you so much, you're all very kind... The bunting was rather spur of the moment, if you look at Lucy's, you'll see what I mean, hers is far superior! Xxx

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  4. Hello! you have been a busy bee!! a little treasure trove of a stall you will have....xxx

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  5. What a wonderful transformation Claire - look gorgeous - love the roses and dotty tape!
    Victoria xx

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  6. oh my...your cupboard is beautiful and i love the suprise inside...just beautiful
    enjoy your fab weekend
    love jooles x

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  7. Thank you everyone for your kind comments ... They really make my day! Xxx

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  8. You have done a lovely job here - all very jolly. I too have a copy of the same nurses' dictionary and I used to tra la la around with it my apron pocket on the wards (even though it was out of date by the time I got to use it!)

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  9. The cupboard looks absolutely brilliant - I know how difficult wallpapering can be, having just done up a dolls house.

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  10. Thanks for your lovely comments ... I sold the cupboard and have had requests for more! Very successful day at vintage Fair, enjoy rest of your asunday, Claire xx

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  11. Love what you've done with the little cupboard.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  12. hello claire! I arrived here by bloghopping but ive just spent a happy time reading back over your blog! Love the cupboard on this post! ( and all the vintage stuff!) will visit again!

    Leanne x
    talesofsimpledays.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome Leanne, glad you enjoyed it, hope you have a lovely weekend, Claire xx

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I love to hear what you think of my ramblings and value all your comments ... I will try and get back to you, but am sorry if I don't always manage this ... sometimes real life just gets in the way! Claire xxx