Friday, 20 November 2015

Striped Walls.

So when it came to decorating our bedroom, I couldn't just settle for painting the walls in one block colour. I couldn't even settle for choosing some nice wallpaper to put up.. No. I was determined to paint stripes onto the wall! 

When we set about this project, we decided it could have two possible outcomes - both on opposite ends of the scale. It could go extremely well or be a total disaster - thankfully we were very pleased with the end result so I have added a step by step guide for you below! 

Step One: Gather what you need. 
You will need: 
Paint brushes or rollers.
Masking tape or painters tape.
Spirit level. 

Step Two: Measure the wall. 
If you have decided on horizontal stripes, measure the total height of the wall, whereas if you have decided on vertical stripes, measure the total width of the wall. You will need to measure at a number of different points, as the ceiling in some rooms may not be level. 

Step Three: Mark out your stripes.
To mark out the stripes, divide the height or width (dependent upon whether you chose to have horizontal or vertical stripes) by the number of stripes you want. This will give you the width of each stripe. We chose to have seven horizontal stripes which worked out well, giving us thick, chunky stripes. 

If you choose horizontal stripes, measure from the ceiling down over by the measurement you calculated and make a mark on the wall. I would do this at different points along the wall so you can join the markings up. Use masking tape or painters tape to join the markings up, then I would recommend checking they are level using a spirit level. 

Keep doing this until you have all of your stripes marked out. 

Step Four: Paint, paint, paint! 
Paint every other gap between the masking tape to create your stripes - just be careful not to get any paint on the parts you're leaving white.. Or each other's heads as we did!! 

I love the final look - what do you think?

P.s. apologies for the poor quality photo's!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Industrial Shelf.

We love industrial decor at the moment, getting our inspiration from local bars that have exposed pipework on the walls and wooden crates for tables. Industrial decor gives a raw, stripped back style and fits perfectly with my love of upcycling! For our first industrial project, we decided to build a shelf in our living room using an old scaffolding board and some offcuts of pipe. 

The scaffolding board was battered, covered in paint splashes and totally worn - just what we wanted. I got the dirt off it with some sugar soap and then coated it in a layer of clear wax. Caps were then welded onto the ends of the pipes and we spray painted them black giving a matt finish. Once they were dry, the pipes were fitted to the wall using wall plugs and screws and the scaffolding board was laid on top. 

Once complete, we decorated the shelf with a New York theme. We went to New York this time last year and it is our favourite place in the world! As such we framed photo's from our trip to display on the shelf. 

Middle picture frame bought at The Range and outer picture frames bought from Not On The High Street. The picture collage in the middle frame was created using our own photo's and bought from Snapfish.

A Bit Of Everything
Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Upcycled Bureau.

When we decided to turn the box bedroom into an office room, I was determined to find an old style writing bureau to upcycle. I searched all over and found that someone was selling the perfect one on eBay just 20 minutes down the road. 

When we got it home, my initial excitement about it had faded - the bureau was in desperate need of a clean and the previous owner, who it seemed had used the bureau to store sewing paraphernalia, had left all sorts of rubbish in the drawers. I set about hoovering out the drawers and cleaning the writing desk with sugar soap until it felt much cleaner and ready to upcycle! 

I decided to paint the desk itself and the inside of the bureau in Rust-Oleum Cocoa Furniture Paint and the rest of the bureau in Rust-Oleum Sage Furniture Paint. The Rust-Oleum furniture paint has a chalky, matt effect which is thick enough to paint straight onto furniture without any prep work. It's also a lot cheaper than some other chalky furniture paints. It dries quickly and I found that one coat was enough to create the coverage I was aiming for. Once complete, I gave the bureau a coat of clear wax, then sanded it to create a distressed look before giving it a final coat of dark wax.

To freshen the drawers up, I lined them with some spare Laura Ashley wallpaper I had using double sided tape to stick the paper down. Finally, I added some brass drawer knobs to finish the bureau, filled it with my craft supplies and decorated the top with an industrial style clock and other random artifacts. 

So far, it's my favourite upcycled piece in the house! 

Monday, 9 November 2015

This Time Last Year.


This time last year we visited what quickly became my favourite place of all time - New York City. From the moment we arrived, we fell in love with the city. The whole place was buzzing and there was something going on around every corner. 
Thursday, 5 November 2015

Painted Chest of Drawers.

One of my favourite past times is upcycling old furniture. This project was a bit of a cheat though as I couldn't find a decent chest of drawers to upcycle in any of the usual second hand places, so instead I bought a fairly cheap set from The Range and decided to paint them up. 

What I used:
Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan's Paris Grey Chalk Paint
Paint Brush

Although chalk paint is more expensive than normal paint, it is brilliant because there is no need for any prep work like sanding or priming as it covers just about everything. It also dries very quickly and quite often you only need one coat! As I was  so keen to dive straight in, I forgot to take a 'before' picture but I did remember to take some 'work in progress' pics along the way! 

I decided I wanted to create a distressed look so opted to paint the drawers in Annie Sloan's Old White chalk paint as a base coat with Annie Sloan's Paris Grey chalk paint on top. Once the white coat was complete, I waxed the chest of drawers using a piece of old material - then onto the grey coat! Unlike the white coat, I decided to paint the grey less 'neatly' to aid the distressed look. I left the parts where the white had shown through the grey paint as they were. Once completed, I waxed the drawers again and then used fine sandpaper to distress the drawers further. Finally, I added some cute drawer knobs that I ordered from eBay for £1.75 each and the drawers were complete!