You may have seen versions of this all over the internet, they are incredibly beautiful but also incredibly expensive, I saw one that was £500 just for the shade…WOW! So what I decided to do was, feed the kids this month and make my own ;o)
Under my stairs is a treasure trove of furniture, that have yet to be re purposed into something else, all preloved pieces that I have been gifted off family/friends or items that I got for a knock out price, although I may not have a use for them at the time, I store them away until I can find a spot for them or have an idea to shape them into something else. I swear I am not a hoarder! my hubby wouldn’t have it. On a recent trip to ikea I bought this very striking Urn plant or Aechmea fasciata…little bit of latin thrown in there ;o)
Hugely popular right now are wire memo boards, but they are also quite expensive, I couldn’t justify spending £50.00 on what is ultimately a sheet of wire mesh, so I decided to have a crack at making my own, I popped to B & Q and bought this for £9.91
Ive been at it again!! I really cant stop myself ♥ My new dressing table actually started life as a fairly large Ikea black desk, I particularly liked this project 1. Because the desk was a freebie which was offered on a social media site and being the quick clicker I am, I managed to be the first one to comment 2. I got to use my Pink Paint again from Rust-oleum(pink champagne) and lastly 3. I finally have my own spot to pamper myself should I have the energy or time to.
I know you guys love a before and after, so here is what my dressing table looked like originally
As promised here is my latest project, it took a lot of time and elbow grease to turn this table around, it had years and years of reddish varnish layered on, my good old electric sander failed at the task and just resulted in a sticky mess, so we resorted to the heat gun, I say we, but in truth my hubby tackled it, for some reason he didn’t trust me to do it, because apparently I lack patience and 3rd degree burns are not an attractive look!
Following on from my previous post and the reinvention of the dining area I thought id show you all the update on my upcycled dining room table, I wanted to introduce lots of different colours into this room, its the area where all the kiddies congregate (I think mainly because its right next to the kitchen.. so easily accessible to the cookie jar!)but for this reason I want it to be a little more fun and less grown up than than the main living room. Teal is cheerful yet calming and with the white walls as a background it really stands out, its also a far more practical colour than the white I had originally painted the legs, spills and splatters will obviously still be cleaned off, but at least the colour will temporarily disguise the madness that is dinner time.
Good morning all, a little update on what ive been upto this week, Ive been upcycling my little heart out! We, or should I say ‘I’ have become a little bored of our dining/living room area so ive decided to freshen it up and change pretty much everything about it. Ive always loved retro furniture, particularly Danish designed pieces, I managed to pick up some preloved mid century drawers for the knock out price of £30! The shape and style was exactly what I was after and after some searching I found this lovely set
Ive been pretty busy this week, I decided to update the landing area of our home, the bedrooms in my Victorian house were pretty generous in size when we bought it, but as we wanted a large family our 3 bedroom house eventually became a 4 bedroom, which meant one of the larger bedrooms ultimately was turned in to 2 and bedroom size obviously suffered, so I have to make the most of any spare space, as always im pretty budget conscious and when possible I like to re purpose old unused furniture into something useful. I wanted an area for my boys to hang up their dressing gowns and keep their slippers, however there just wasn’t the space for it in their room.
When I told people what my next project would be, my lovely family and friends look shocked…I got, Are you crazy? But your not an upholsterer Kel? What if you mess it up? Do you know how hard upholstery is? It seems upholstery is the untouchable of the furnishing world, maybe my loved ones had a point? So I rang around to get some quotes from professionals and the quotes made my mind up for me, I was looking at £300 upwards. Now these people really do know what their doing and I don’t doubt at all that their mad skills are worth every penny of that £300, but I didn’t want to pay that much for something, that I could likely do myself, all I had to do was learn. So first port of call YOU TUBE, I watched many many tutorials and I found one in particular that I found really useful How to upholster a wing back chair , because of that video I figured out what supplies id need and the tricks of the trade that would hopefully allow me to make a beautiful chair.
I had always wanted a twin sink unit in the bathroom but there was nothing out there that I fancied, one option would have been to have a good quality bespoke unit made, but not really in my Budget..So I had to get a little Inventive.
Now this is something I do a lot of, I love giving something, unused, unloved, or broken a new lease of life and new purpose..plus its fun! I hate to throw anything away so I always try and find an alternative use for something that has ultimately just lost its sparkle!
So following on from my new obsession with gold! I decided to do a little makeover on a lamp id fallen out of love with, heres what it looked like before.
Hello friends! How pretty are patterned candles ?
This is one that I made, im going to do a quickie picture tutorial and show you lovely lot how you can make your own.
I would love to have my own room for a desk, somewhere I can escape and blog to my hearts content, however I am morphing slowly into the old women who lived in a shoe,had so many children, well you know the rest! So I commandeered an alcove, its now my alcove and I get to make this 2 sq metre vast space into something pretty and functional. Where to start…well the basics first, Desk, Chair and Shelves.
When it came to the desk I wanted something classic but unique…go ahead and type that into google and you’ll get a whole lot of beautiful desks but at a pretty hefty price. Now I have often thought that Id like to invest in a piece of classic furniture that will last forever, however I learned a long time ago that I cant be precious about the things in my home, with 4 kiddies there will be spills,there will be felt tip on newly painted walls,there will be scratches, there will be dribble,there will be tyre tracks on new carpet, there will be a river of milk and orange juice in the boys bedroom after one of them emptied the contents of 4 cartons all over the floor and splashed it everywhere while everyone was still in bed…ah the great Milk and Juice fiasco of 2013…good times! So I have adopted the approach that if its not wipeable, paintable or replaceable then its really not gonna survive the Haworths!
So onto the desk.. enter Ebay. I got this little beauty for £25.00 heres the before Pic
It was a dark Oak colour and had a leather top, I removed the leather, removed the handles, I painted it white and gave it spanking new gold cup handles and in place of the leather I used pretty wipeable vinyl adhesive backed paper. The Retro Eiffel pastel blue chair was from ebay, the shade of blue is gorgeous and it works perfectly with this space.
For the shelves it was good old Ikea and at only £10.00 each you cant grumble.
Ok so now the other stuff, the pretties, the little details that show your personality, the stuff that makes your space personal to you. Now on a previous post pastel takeover my hubby had asked me not to put any pink in my plans…I swear I tried I really did and im going to give myself credit here because I could of really gone to town, the blue chair was very nearly candyfloss pink but I resisted, see… progress!
The magazine files, storage box, picture frames and plant pots were from Ikea. The Skeleton clock which I just love was from Ebay , the Retro Style lamp was also from ebay, the Zig Zag notebooks were from Home bargains and my polkadot sewing machine was from John Lewis all the other little pieces are things I already had.
The prints in the frames are from Freddie The kid, the pale pink and gold just make them pop and even my husband likes them….he’s definately coming round to my way of thinking!
Drum roll…the full cost to transform my little nook was £160 which Im pretty happy about and so is the hubby!
Good morning everyone,I thought id show you the Crate Table/Plant Stand I made for the bathroom and how I did it.
This is our Pink Lady, aint she pretty!
I thought id write a short tuturial detailing how I gave her a pretty pink skirt.