This one was purely for the fun of it! After having a move around in the bathroom, we ended up with an empty space that was crying out for some colour, and a plant. My parents had an old plinth that was gathering dust, and so I willingly gave it a new home.
I started out painting it in Annie Sloan chalk paint, using Pure and the new one which is Lem Lem. Then, after a coupe of coats of the white, I use some old napkins to turn it into a flower fairy plant stand. Now, it’s a bright and cheery addition to a once dull and empty space.
When we got married in 2014, we bought this lovely old Welsh Dresser, and I said I’d ‘do it up’.
Almost three years later, and I finally got around to doing it.
This was quite an intimidating task. After all, it is huge, heavy, has glass in the doors, and…well, I’m still learning. However, with a bit of inspiration from a visit to Chalk and Linnen in Coleshill, I got stuck in!
I started by cleaning down the area to paint (for me, this was the front) and after doing that and letting it dry, my Husband helped me move the top half onto the kitchen table. I used a small roller to do the top and sides as I like the effect (plus it’s very quick!). Once I’d done a couple of coats of green, I decided to do a wash using Pure (white) on the doors, draws and frames of the glazed doors. Plus, I did the same inside. I felt that if it were all green, it would be too much. I wanted it to look bright and fresh.
Once all the paint was applied, I waxed the top of the base and let that dry before we replaced the top half. After that, it was easier to see what bits needed touching up, and to add the wax effects all over.
Yes, this was a great learning curve, and a classic example of my inclination towards indecisiveness! Though in truth, whilst I hadn’t pictured it, between being white and stenciled, and stripped back to wood, I had painted it blue. It was too much. My Husband put his foot down (thank goodness!) and pointed out that sometimes, a bit of wood is just lovely as it is.
I’m rather chuffed with the end result here, and I can finally move around the kitchen without having to shuffle sideways around ill fitting chairs.
…in fact, four chairs.
In 2014, we bought a pine and white painted dining table and four matching chairs from IKEA. It was solid, affordable and functional. Then in 2017, I decided to ‘warm up’ our kitchen/dining area by added lots of colour. The chair seats were grey (yawn) and starting to look worn due to the high quantity of use.
The cupboards when from grey to blue (Provence by Annie Sloan) and I bought some gorgeous fabric so that I could change the seat covers.
Then I decided that we needed an extra couple of chairs. On Christmas days, six of us squeeze around our modest table. The old Philips hostess heater comes out, and we have a great time. Last year, one of us drew the short store and sat on a garden chair all day. For 2017, I decided we’d do it in style.
And so, I bought a pair of chairs which aren’t dissimilar in style to our other four, recovered the seats and painted them white. Now, we are the proud owner of a matching set of cheerful chairs!