Saturday, 11 February 2012

New renovation projects!

The shabby chic bug has bitten me again!

Managed to pick up a farmhouse table and chairs, console table and mirror from the British Heart Foundation Furniture store the other day. Cant wait to get started on them - im thinking off white for the table and chairs (with the top sanded and waxed), Eau de Nil for the console table and white gloss for the mirror.As you can see the hallway is part stripped - I need to get the rest of the backing paper off before the plastering can be done then im papering it and painting it cream. The carpet will be changed from brown to a cream with bluey/green and brown stripe that ive fallen in love with and the console table will sit further along than it is now - just behind the front door where theres more space in the hallway. SO EXCITED!!Hubby started building the shelving and built in cupboards and tv unit etc in the sitting room today so fingers crossed they should be done soon (if i keep on his back!) Then its trying to sweet talk him into getting wooden floors and new sofa! lol (when i say new you know i mean second hand though - it wouldnt feel right if it wasnt a bargain!) LOL


  1. Oooh, can't wait to see pics when they are finished, I bet they will look fab! I have the paint etc to our dresser and TV cabinet, but just plucking up the courage as I don't want to ruin them!! The other shabby chic furniture we have we brought that way and I'm worried mine won't look as good!

  2. Debbie what do you use or how do you sand down the table and chairs. I ask as I am after a bookcase in particular dimensions but I need it to be white, the only one I can find is in honey pine like the items you have bought. Many thanks X

  3. Oh Katrina im sure they will be gorgeous - please take before and after pics!! I love this kind of thing and im so glad the 'want' to do them has come back! lol

    Tired mom :) I have renovated everything from pine to mahogany so dont worry about the finish! All you need to do is make sure you sand it down enough to give you a grip for the paint. If the wood is really dark its best to do an undercoat first, then 2 coats of your finish. I tend to go for eggshell paint as it gives a chalky type harder finish than most emulsions etc - i wouldnt use gloss as its just too shiney :) I find it best to pick up pieces from second hand stores or ebay etc as you can generally get goodies for a few pound as they have marks etc but by the time they are painted and sanded they look as though the marks are meant to be there all the time! :) Let me know how you get on :)


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