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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Painting with Pastels

There is something so fresh, yet homely about pastel colours in a kitchen. Here are some images I came across online which inspired the make-over of my set of four kitchen chairs.

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http://www.homeanddecor.net/pastel-kitchens

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http://nordicbliss.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/swedish-blogger-home-underbara-clara/

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http://spiffingsporadics.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/colour-me-50s.html

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alliedberlinvm.jimdo.com

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http://vintageamethyst.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/pretty-pastel-kitchen.htm

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http://a-cottage-in-the-woods.blogspot.co.uk/2009_09_01_archive.html

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http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/flickr-finds-katisworlds-kitch-64350

My Kitchen Chairs before

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I lightly sanded them

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Then a primer coat before each chair was given its individual shade of tastiness (pastel colours always make me want ice-cream!). Four coats of paint for each chair, and then they were off to the fair, and sold that day.

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Designing & Making a Patchwork Headboard

I first decieded to learn how to upholster when I got a quote for the re-upholstery of my retro 2 seat sofa and armchairs, the price was out of my budget so I needed a plan B.  Plan B was to attend a city & gills upholstery class and learn how to do it myself and I did.

In order to obtain the city & gills certificate I had to work on various pieces on furniture, one was a headboard.  I needed a single headboard for my small spare bedroom which I was about to decorate.  Here are my designs, my work and the completed headboard.

Designs

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Making the headboard

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The Bedroom was decorated and the headboard finished the room.Image

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Bespoke Engagement Gift

When my very good friends Kerry & Niall told me they got engaged, I was so happy for them.  With party plans on the cards I started to think of an appropiate gift for the happy couple.   As they already owned their home, they had most of the standard engagment presents,  I wanted to get them something personal and unique that they wont find in another friends house.  I got a small list of what they still needed for their home, and on it was a chair for their kitchen, so off I went to the auction and here are the two options I found.

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We had a look at the two options and decieded the tall printers chair would be most suitable.  The space for the chair was neat and this chair wouldnt feel too squished in.  Its frame would also sand back to match the tones of her kitchen.  Now for the make over.

When the rusty tacks came out and the musty vevet came off I found a broken wicker base, it could have been repaired but as we wanted a fabric upholstery with the colours of the kitchen, I removed the wicker and made it a new base.  I sanded the frame, treated it and lots of beeswax to protect it.  The new base was upholstered with a little remnant of Mulberry fabric to tie in with the kitchen beautifuly….check out its new look

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Add a little bow to the present and she’s good to go..

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Retro Rooms Vintage Fair

Fun at the fair, buying & selling

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Retro Armchair Before & After

One of my early finds which had a lovely frame, really comfortable but not so attractive on the upholstery side of it.  I stripped it back, sanded the frame, wood treated it, a few coats of beeswax, a new patchwork upholstery and we’re done & looking good.  See my before, after & in between.

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The Work

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