Monday 21 November 2011

Mini Chest Makeover

Jumping straight in with my first "real" post.  I do promise to iron out all my gadgets and  links as soon as I get a chance.
I am so totally in love with white furniture at the moment - who isn't right? 
And the Coastal/Beach theme has always been a favourite of mine. 
Finally Iv decided to get onto heaps of home decorating projects that Iv left for way to long. I have lots to share so lets start with my latest project.....

I have had this wooden chest for years - like as far back as I can remember - I think my grandfather made it - and we used it as a toy box.

Its followed me from living at home, flatting, married life, immigration and now as a "seat" for the kids while watching tv, or a jumping platform or a table to eat off. 

So being an old creamy colour you can just imagine the state of it - bits of food, dirty feet marks, scuffs, generally awful.

The weather was too windy for painting outside on Saturday - so we painted in the kitchen

My little helper was right on hand  - and no she didnt get a drop on her.... surprisingly.

We used Brilliant White from Dulux and I was planning to just paint the lid with colour and leave the base white - in keeping with the whole white furniture theme.

My inspiration was my favourite table runner - looking a little sorry for itself and well used. I just love the colour combinations and wanted to use it somewhere in my decorating........

Later I taped off stripes and made sure they measured the same - using the tape as a guide - once the paint was dry I was going to keep the white stripes......

then painted the colours, using Dulux "Colours of New Zealand" range, Lake Tekapo, Fitzroy, Musik Point and a mix of all 3 for my "green" colour.

So far so good right?

Here is my "inspirational" table runner next to the chest...... pretty close!!!!


I was so unimpressed with it once I had pulled the tape off - I didn't even take a photo. 
I toyed with the idea of repainting it white. It was getting late and knowing how I am about these things - hubby told me to sleep on it and maybe Ill feel better about it in the morning..... I didn't!!!

I decided after walking around it for a few hours that I would paint the rest of it blue and fill in those nasty white stripes.  Using the Dulux Musik Point I painted one coat over the white. Then filled in the stripes (just making the existing stripes thicker).

Then grabbed my trusty sanding block and gently sanded in long movements and........ 

LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!!

A few more close ups.......

A coat of varnish and she was ready to go....

As you can see breakfast was thoroughly enjoyed on the "new" seat this morning ....

Thank you for following my first post - hope you enjoyed it.....

Take care


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