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Monday, 14 May 2012

Upcycling, Part 2

Just a quick little post, today, thought I'd just give you lovely people a glimpse of the progress being made on the furniture I showed you a couple of weeks ago. Steve and I have been busy with the Farrow & Ball, weather permitting, painting the pieces in between dodging showers, downpours and hurricanes!


This was the magazine rack, before.  And after ...


with a coat of Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre (my favourite at the moment), it's actually the same paint as the chest of drawers behind, but looks a lot lighter.  Think I might keep this!


Little cupboard, before ...


and after, painted in F&B Clunch, which I love.  Was going to distress it and cover inside with polka dot sticky-back plastic (a la Blue Peter), but think I like it as it is.  What do you think?  Have actually just noticed that it has side panels that are definitely crying out for a bit of floweriness!


Haha, think I might keep this!

And my poor old tea trolley, looking very dejected, before ...



And here Tessie is now ...



I am going to distress and wax her, and then line the cutlery tray with something pretty.  I just love her now!  There is a tray that fits to the top but I haven't photographed that as it is still dirty dark brown, and covered with filthy felt that is proving very difficult to remove!  I am keeping her because she will be invaluable at Vintage Fairs, filled with cutlery and linens, and in the meantime will live in my bathroom to store toiletries.

Hope you like them, but if I'm keeping them all (!) will have to find some more pieces to actually sell!

The weather is ok at the moment, (by which I mean it's not chucking it down!), very windy, but bright.  For once I don't really care about the weather, as I'm off to Lanzarote on Thursday, for five days, with six of my lifelong friends, eeek! am beside myself with excitement!

Here come the girls!!!





Hope it stays nice for you all, and see you soon!

Love, Claire xxx

28 comments:

  1. Wow you have been very busy and...what a difference. Love the trolley/tabel. Wouldn't mind one of those myself! Have a lovely week. Joan

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    1. I know Joan, I was very lucky to get it! Me and Maria (Rosey Tinted Spectacles) were only just discussing these, and a matter of minutes later I found it! Have a lovely week xx

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  2. Lovely paint jobs! You remind me of myself when you say you're going to keep things. I do that all the time! I love the colours you've chosen.
    x

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  3. Thank you for your lovely message
    so envious off the sunshine lucky you

    Denise

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    1. Thank you, hope weather's kind to you xxx

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  4. Hi Missy, thanks for your lovely comments! I set out with good intentions, but then like things so much don't want to part with them ... but I must, or I'll have to move house! xxx

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  5. Hey! you have been busy with the paint brush...They look fab! May not see you before you fly off to warmer climates...Soo have a fab time!! (Bet you still blog by the pool) haha x

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  6. Love what you have done with the makeovers - amazing the difference a coat of paint can make! Have a great holiday with your friends.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thanks Liz, I'm sure I will, looking forward to feeling the sun on my face, forgotten what it's like! Enjoy your week xxx

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  7. Thank you Maria, I won't be blogging by the pool I'm afraid, will try and see you before I go, have a lovely week xxx

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  8. These all look lovely! I wish I had the motivation to do things like this. I have a cabinet in my kitchen half sanded down before I got fed up with it. It looks so sad and really needs to be finished! What sort of paint do you use?

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    1. Hello, thanks for stopping by my little blog! I always use Farrow & Ball paint because I like the colour range, and the names are fabulous! I have been told that Annie Sloan paint is great for painting just about anything and you don't need to sand beforehand, so that sounds like a good option! My husband does most of the donkey work ... I just take all the credit! Have a lovely week ... xxxx

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  9. What fanatstic upcycling! I am about to start my own two dressers soon, hope they turn out as well as yours Claire! * a quick hello from your newest follower, Hazel x

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  10. Hi Hazel, have left you a comment on your blog ... it's lovely! Am sure the dressers will turn out fabulous! It's amazing what a bit of paint can do to turn something dated into something divine! xxx

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  11. Brilliant transformations. I love painted furniture and F&B has so many gorgeous colours. I'm not surprised you want to keep these as they are perfect.
    I really want to try Annie Sloan paint but I'm stuggling to find a local stockist.
    Hope you have a great weekend away with the girls xx

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  12. Thank you very much! Will tell you all about it when I get back xxx

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  13. its not really "keeping", its just "stock in hand"!
    Works for me anyhow!
    x

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  14. Ooh you clever thing! The furniture looks beautiful - I love them all but my face is still the little cupboard! Loving your paint choices - vert de terre is one of my favourites too :)
    Victoria xx

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  15. Your have done such a good job on all the furniture it looks amazing! We bought an old bench last year from a furniture restorer and I asked what the colour was as I wanted to match it. Although it looked like Farrow and Ball he had used one of those machines and colour card to get a very close match.
    Sarah x

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  16. You're all very kind, thank you! I find the pieces, Steve sands and paints, I sometimes help, if I have to, I distress them and tutti ate them so I can't take all the credit, it's a joint venture! The F&B paint chart is lovely with names like Dead Salmon, Mouse's Back and Elephant's Breath ... You can get them fromHomebase, very entertaining! Have a lovely week, Clairexxxx

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  17. Hello Claire - lucky you off for a spot of sunshine in Lanzarote - I'm VERY envious - how wonderful!
    Your furniture painting is SO inspiring - I'm about to paint a couple of table's myself, so it's lovely to see the difference a spot of F&B makes to your lovely finds - and I don't blame you one bit for keeping them!
    Enjoy your holiday!
    Paula xxx
    p.s. Thank you for your lovely comment - I'm inching closer, and closer to getting the chickens. I have a feeling that during the next spot of good weather that I may just bite the bullet and get them. I've been told that it's a bit like having children (ha ha!) - it's never going to be the 'perfect' moment, but once they're there it all fits into place - here's hoping! x

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    1. Hi Paula, ours settled in very quickly, was worried about our dog, a Patterdale that goes for everything! She was accidentally let out when the chucks were in the garden, rushed at one, and it flew up and scratched her nose ... Since then, 2 years ago, they've all just mutually ignored each other! Xx

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  18. Hi Claire enjoy your hollys and your make-overs are spectactular! Julie xxx

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  19. Hi there!
    I love the trolly (and the colour is fab)
    Enjoy your holiday and the sunshine and have a large one for me
    xx

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  20. Thanks Ladies! Am sure will enjoy my hols and see you all very soon! Enjoy your week and hope weather is kind to you xxx

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  21. Hi, its funny you should say about 'losing' my blog!! for some reason i have lost lots of blogs off my following list!!!

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  22. all very gorgeous, you are so clever, but i think you will need an extension soon!
    happy holidays!!!! i am excited for you :o)
    love jooles x

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  23. Hi Jooles , thank you, not really clever at all! They all live in my sons room now he's left home, don't know what I'll do if he comes back for weekend! See you soon, xxx

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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