Saturday 24 January 2015

Striped Beachy Blanket Box

Hey Everyone,

Happy New Year (a bit late, sorry). I've done a few makeovers this Summer and I have so much to show you all. 

So lets start with this old blanket box, that I've had for about 12 years. It had seen better days and was looking really dated. Time for a bit of love and paint!


The first order of business was to remove the hardware (those corner arrow things, had to go!)
The bottom edging was just awful, many a toe had been stubbed on those sharp corners, so they were ripped off too!

After giving the whole chest a good clean, a layer of primer was painted. I sanded a few panels and left them unprimed so that I could stain them.

I used leftover paint samples to paint the wood panels. It was great fun mixing and matching the panels and a few had to be re-painted so that it looked more cohesive. Other than that, there was no rhyme or reason to the colours.

Once painted, I hand sanded and distressed the entire chest, then applied a couple of layers of polish to protect it.

 The side pulls and original latch went back on after a good clean. And I think it looks great.
The colours compliment each other and the chest fits perfectly with my beachy decor.

I love this transformation so much!

I know I neglected my blog last year so I'm going to make it my New Year's resolution to blog at least once a week, every week this year. So stick around in 2015 ;-)

Take care


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Tuesday 13 January 2015

Wooden Valentine Chimes

I love decorating with hearts,even outside of Valentines Day. 
This project has been at the back of my mind for a while and this week I finally made these wooden wind chimes.

So simple and so easy, all I used was a pack of wooden hearts from Spotlight and rub-on words.
I found the wooden round hanger thing, laying out in the garden, once a part of some longtime lost windchimes.

I painted the hearts grey, then white, distressed them and added the rub-on words. I also distressed the wording very carefully once it was on the wood.

I made a little hole in each of the hearts and threaded string through
 the hearts and the round hanger, making sure to position the hearts at different lengths but with the tips and tops touching slightly.


I love the noise these little chimes make as they catch the breeze 

 The words I used are "Love", "Dream" and "Believe".... Such strong words!

 Hanging in the window next to my work station, I can look at them every day. Of course I can hear them clinking together too.

Take care everyone,