Saturday, 7 December 2013
As many of you know, we moved house a couple of months ago. Which means I have a new craft room to decorate!
In the first couple of weeks of moving in to our new house we went around and white washed all the walls so we would have a blank canvas to start with. I chose one of the rooms at the back of the house as my new craft room/office and started planning the design, so I could get myself organized and up and running as quickly as I could. Next year I will be looking at replacing the flooring and giving the room a top coat but in the meantime...
The room is quite a bit bigger than my old craft room so I started looking for a dresser that I could fill with my craft equipment. I found a really large dresser on Ebay, that was only half an hour away and had a reserved price of 99p!
So I put a bid in, and four days later after no one else had bid for it, I bought it for 99p, plus £50 delivery for hiring "a man & a van". Once it arrived in two parts, I took the drawers out, removed the lower cupboard doors and removed all the old cupboard handles. I then took it outside where I thoroughly sanded down the surfaces with 240 grade sandpaper, wiped it down with white spirit and a lint-free cloth. Then we heaved it up to my craft room and assembled it back together by putting the top half on to the base...
As the Melamine furniture was so dark to begin with I started by painting it with Ronseal One Coat Multi Surface Primer which has a superb adhesion to surfaces, prevents peeling of the topcoat and is tough, waterproof and highly durable.
"It's been specially formulated to prime and seal tiles, melamine, MDF, wood, metal, plaster and brick in just a single coat" After painting it with one coat and leaving it to dry for four hours, I lightly sanded down any imperfections, cleaned it with a dry dust cloth and gave it a second coat. The following day I applied one even coat of Ronseal cupboard paint in brilliant white, finishing in a vertical direction so as not to leave brush marks. I then lightly sanded down any imperfections, cleaned it with a dry dust cloth and gave it a second coat of Ronseal cupboard paint...
I love how it turned out, it is a lovely bright white colour, with not a hint of the dark brown colour it was before! and now you can't even tell it is melamine! I replaced the old handles with some lovely new Bombay Duck Ceramic Flower Door Knobs in White with Silver Stripes ...
I love how it has hidden storage for my sewing machine...
A big thanks to Ronseal for kindly providing the paint and to the fab Bombay Duck for providing the cupboard knobs.
Have a sweet day!
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Today on label love I wanted to share with you British brand Whinberry & Antler. I had the pleasure of meeting Jacinta, the talented designer, maker and founder behind this fab label at The Country Living Fair and was instantly smitten by her adorable designs.
"Inspired by the rural hills of Shropshire, Whinberry & Antler design and print textiles by hand to produce unique soft furnishings and homeware inspired by the Great British Countryside."
To see Jacinta's full collection of gorgeousness, check out her online shop Whinberry & Antler.
Have a sweet day!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Today I wanted to share with you my top 10 favourite Christmas Tree decorations I have made. For step by step instructions on how you can make them yourself, just click the link below each photo...
Or if you don't fancy making them yourself, a selection of them are available to buy in my Etsy Shop. If you spend over £50 get 20% off, with code PASTELCHRISTMAS20
Have a sweet day!