Mismatched Chairs

I love the look of mismatched chairs, I utterly blame Monica’s apartment in Friends. How cool was her kitchen?? I think I’ve been trying to emulate that look and feeling ever since.  When we bought our dining room table, we didn’t buy a set of matching chairs to go with it.  I had chairs why would I want matching ones? My poor husband despairs of me, he loves everything to match.

Our current set of dining room chairs are a couple of antique ladder back chairs which a kind lady I worked with gave me 20 years ago. And three Ikea chairs we bought about 5 years ago when we started hosting more family Sunday dinners. However as time’s gone by it’s not really enough now, we have friends and their now large children over for dinner on a regular basis. We really need about eight or nine chairs.

I therefore jumped at the chance to choose a couple of chairs from the new Habitat dining furniture range to review.  They have a new season available and they have some lovely chairs.  I went with two very traditional looks which go with the other chair shapes I have in the dining room.

However after having them in the house for about 5 minutes, I realised maybe one of my current chairs might look a smidge shoddy next to the new shiny totally on trend grey Habitat chairs!  Look at how gorgeous they are next to my more shabby than chic  much loved chair!

So how to make the old ones look more up to date?  I had a look on Pinterest and there are some great ways to display mismatched chairs, I’ve even created a handy Pinterest board so you can see all the different types of looks you can throw together.  You can get ones that are all the same shape in different colours, or different shapes in the same colour range or just go for it and have them all in different colours and shapes and embrace the madness!

Initially I was going to paint all mine different shades of grey, but then long suffering husband objected! I didn’t realise he really liked the blue painted chair so I’ve had to reign in my idea.  I’ve decided to paint just the super shabby white chair (last painted in 2008!) and to also re-cover the seat pad with grey velvet fabric.

I have broken out my trusty can of Annie Sloan Paris Grey and painted the frame. In hindsight if I was doing this again I think I’d just use a tester can of Farrow and Ball. For some reason the paint came out super thick this time and it’s needed two coats which is really unusual. It’s really odd I’ve not had Annie Sloan paint do that before, but maybe it’s the cold temperature of my house as the boiler has been broken for 2 weeks so it’s pretty cold in here! It could have thickened it up I guess?

And then I bought some wadding from the local craft store and ordered a small amount of pale grey velvet from eBay.


Lay down the velvet, pop the wadding on top (if you need it) and then the seat base

Then use a staple gun to secure it – mind your fingers! But it’s really simple to fold the fabric round and staple.

Chair done!


Now I have a nice groups of mismatched chairs, some in wood, some in grey and a random blue one!  They look great and I have more than enough chairs for my guests!.

 

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My Country Style

I was thrilled to be offered the chance to make over a piece of furniture from Out There Interiors. They have some really beautiful pieces of furniture and home accessories which really tie in with my Country Style.

They let me choose a piece of furniture and the challenge was to adapt it to how I see country style. I LOVE this little bedside table, all curved legs and nice solid frame.  I did feel a bit bad painting it to be honest, the wood was rather beautiful but it wouldn’t have fitted in. I went with a painted finish, Annie Sloan Paris Grey in case you were wondering.

 

And then to accessorise….this took me forever to decide.  I love so many country looks from Shabby Chic to Modern Country, it was so hard to decide.  In the end I went with the vibe I’m into at the moment which is a modern French Country look.  I added some my favourite ‘coffee table’ decorating books, white roses (always!) and my very favourite candle holder that I bought in North Norfolk this summer.  I’m thrilled with the table, it looks fantastic and I’m looking forward to many years of using such a lovely item.

**full disclosure I received a bedside table for this challenge*

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No Sew Roman Blind

I’m in the middle of converting the office from hell, back into a lovely sunny little bedroom.  Half the room is now painted but the new coat of paint made the window dressing look really tired and dated. So what to do?

It’s a small room so I wanted to keep a roman blind (no small children sleep in there, I wouldn’t use it in a child’s room) and this is mostly for show to sell the house. I popped on the internet and looked for new ones and they are really expensive for a large window £60 upwards and eBay had similar prices and I didn’t have that much in the budget.

So I took down the old one (ancient Ikea), had a look at it and apart from being dusty and sun bleached it wasn’t too bad as it still worked. I had a look on Pinterest and saw some posts about recovering roman blinds so I figured why not?  Here are the posts which helped me if you want a read : Chic Little House  Susie Harris Blog  Home Stories A to Z they’re all really useful and use different methods to the one I used.

Now I can’t sew, buttons, hems…yeah that’s about my limit!  So I measured the blind, bought some fabric from our local fabric shop and some wonder web iron on. Total £33.

What you’ll need:

Fabric – a bit too big to cover so you can make hems

Wonder web

An Iron.

Important note! **Make sure you have some thing under the fabric if you are ironing on something like a rug, I used a towel as I didn’t want to damage the rug. Some rugs would just have melted!**

How to:

This is a big blind 120cm wide and almost 2m long so this had to be done on the lounge floor.  So layout your old blind.

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Take a while and lay the fabric on top and get the pattern straight – this will take a while and drive you a bit nuts. If you have any sense, pin it in so it stays in the right place (I didn’t do that and as a result it took twice as long to do!) trim it a little too big so you can make a nice hem.

Then get your first edge, cut some wonderweb and iron it in. This is the scary part!  I started at the top (cut a couple of holes for the hanging loops) and the worked my way down the sides and then bottom last.

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I faffed about and followed the edges of the folds in the blind and wonder webbed them in too. I probably didn’t need to do that but I thought it might give a nicer finish.

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As you can see here I should have left more of an edge on the fabric and I *just* managed to pull it off! phew!  But edge it all the way round with a nice hot iron.

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Once you’ve edged it all the way round pop it back up and you have a lovely new blind! I’m really pleased with how it’s worked, if it’s still hanging at the weekend, I’ll be impressed!.

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Painted Dresser

I first posted about getting this dresser from eBay back in Jan 2011. I can’t believe I’ve had it this long!  And finally I’ve gotten round to painting it. Better late than never!

You can’t see it from this picture, but there was some water damage down the left handside and tons of Betty scratches from when she was a large puppy.  Also it sucked the light in the room, so painting it seemed like a good idea.  I used Annie Sloan, only one coat just in case I decided that I wanted to change the colour, I wasn’t too sure about more white in the room.

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I used a lot of frog tape to keep the edges sharp and I left the top wooden, and I did back of it in white as well as I haven’t chosen an accent colour for the room yet.  Here’s the finished article!

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Operation Dining Room..

It’s still ongoing…seriously how to people paint their entire houses white? I swear this has needed about 3 coats and it’s still patchy. It’s slowly driving me mad!

But I have finished both bookcases, gotten the curtains back up on a new pole after the old one died in spectacular fashion, nothing like it falling on your head! And the new white pole, although it felt somewhat…well very cheap and about to collapse as soon as we put the heavy curtains on it. But it’s still there, and looks a million times better than the old orange pine one.

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So left to do…

Mirror – What can I do with it? Paint it, or leave it? I’m not sure it really goes in the room anymore? Anyone want a large brown mirror?? LOL!

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Paint the Dresser (and behind it!)  – still torn on this. I’m worried it’s going to be ‘too’ white and boring if I do it in white. But I’ve bought the paint now, so might as well get on with it. I can always go over it in the New Year with some colour I guess if I hate it. I just really want the room done for Christmas at the moment.  But I can’t leave it plain, the white bookcase has made it even more orange.

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Paint and re-finish the chairs – some need painting as well as some new padding and seat pads, which for a non sewing type should be interesting…now where’s my nail gun??

Oh and the small matter of all the rubbish that’s now lying around the room without a home – a lot of tip runs and charity shops runs this week I think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Battle of the Orange Pine & a Betty Update

Good news from our household, Betty has Polyps. Hurray!!

Although it could be cancer the guy who did the endoscopy yesterday thinks it’s very, very unlikely. 6 weeks of antibiotics and anti inflammatories should hopefully fix it. Phew!!

Thank you all for your lovely kind wishes on here, FB, Twitter and Instagram. Really kind of you all made me feel so much better. I know she’s just a dog but they are such a part of the family aren’t they? I’m a very happy woman this afternoon.

Anyway back to regular programming….

We have a *lot* of orange pine furniture, and I although I swear it wasn’t that orange when we bought it…well it is now! It seems to suck the light out of every room and just looks horrible. There’s book cases, bed side tables, the giant chests of drawers in our bedroom, sideboard, you get the idea there is a lot.

Personally I blame the cheap white Ikea table I bought for the dining room, it just made all the pine in there look even worse after a few weeks.  Most of the furniture we’ve had since we first moved in together, it’s about 14 years old and we can’t afford to replace it all.

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So I have started operation paint!

I know painted furniture is the biggest cliche and is EVERYWHERE, but I just couldn’t stand the orange any longer and I thought it was worse that a piece of furniture I wouldn’t notice as much anymore.

Now my long suffering husband wasn’t convinced that this would be a good idea. Apparently I tend to get bored and just paint a bit of something..which is true, but don’t tell him that!.  But I thought if I started small, say one bookcase I could see how it went.  I got out my trusty Annie Sloan Old White (lazy painting is me!) and went to town. After about 10 minutes I thought I’d made a horrendous mistake and was pretty sure OH was going to be proved right.

I panicked and posted this on Instagram.

 

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Boyed by the good response from other Instagrammers and mainly because by this point I had no other choice – that chalk paint isn’t coming off once it’s on!.  I kept going….

 

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Once I did a second coat, waxed it and put everything back in, I was actually quite pleased with how it looks (sorry about the dodgy lighting in the photo below it’s been beyond grey here this week!).   It’s receded the bookcase and it’s not  ‘in your face’ anymore. In fact OH is so pleased with it, I’m under orders to paint the hallway table.  I actually thought that looked ok!

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I’m going to paint the matching bookcase which holds the DVD collection, but I’m not sure if I should do everything in the dining room white?  I think the dresser as well might be a bit too much. But I guess I can do a base coat and see how it looks?  I can always whack on a layer of colour on top and make it funky, if it looks too spartan.  Paint brush out again tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

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Evolution of a Kids Room from 2 years old to 11 years old.

I’m manically trying to get loads of jobs finished or even done before my surgery in July, and the one job we’ve managed to finish is Miss L’s room – hurray!!

She’s been in her room since she was about 16 months old, before that she was in the tiny nursery/box room in this house and a similar room in our old house. But I thought it might be nice to share how her room has evolved from toddler to nearly the same size as me ‘tween’.

This was her room just after she’d moved out of her cot, it was the same colour and had the same carpet as when we moved in, so I guess this is late 2004? I didn’t initially think it was worth spending a massive amount of money on the room and as you can see the changing table is still there as well her baby rocker – which is still there now. She reads in it, watches TV and plays computer games in it in hindsight one of the best things I ever bought!.

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In 2006, when more messy years were over and she could express a bit more what she’d like the room had it’s first big makeover….she asked for pink *sobs* but thankfully even when she was three she had taste and she chose a Farrow and Ball pink (there’s my girl!).  I kept most of the same furniture gave the room a lick of paint, I also left the carpet as there wasn’t much point in changing it – playdoh anyone?

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By 2010 well there was kid’s stuff and yes more kids stuff. So time to change again.I wrote a post about it here  by this point an old double bed had snuck in there. She wasn’t a sleeper and I was sick of sleeping on the floor, so I popped our old bed in there. But by 2010 she was sleeping and as it was taking up much of the room, it was time to buy a single and get some decent storage in. So we got her a new carpet, wardrobe, Billy bookcase and Expedit from Ikea in and it really made a massive difference to how the room works.

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From this 2004 baby amounts of stuff                                       to 2010 7 Year old amounts of stuff

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2010 Big Kid Room!

Since then her room has remained pretty much the same we added a cherry blossom sticker above her bed and added a desk but pretty much it’s stayed the same. Then we had the re-wire done last year and it trashed the wall in there. We’d been meaning to re-decorate her room since and just not gotten round to it. But over the last month we finally got to work.  As always I asked what she’d like and this time round she made me a Pinterest mood board.  She asked for a white room, and she found a pair of duck egg blue/green curtains in Ikea so I took those as the basis for the room.  This is her mood board – it was so easy for her to do and helped me loads.

Follow Liz’s board Tween Bedroom Makeover Moodboard on Pinterest.

Here’s her room before we painted…..

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And here’s what it looks like now, all grown up and fit for an 11 year old!.

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It’s all the same stuff just repainted the room and she’s got new curtains. There a couple of bits I’m re-painting, mostly the desk which apparently needs to be white and not purple now.  And there was a Fairy/Princess coat hook which has had a makeover with some Annie Sloan paint and now looks like a nice shaker style hook.

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I must admit I’m amazed at the difference just painting it white has made. In an ideal world where my husband didn’t care about things like 6 year old carpet, I would have ripped that up and painted her floor white too. Then it would have been even brighter in there, but that probably would have taken another week that I don’t really have – maybe the next house!

The baby furniture that has stood the test of time, are her small chest of drawers which are still adorable but slightly less practical now she’s in women’s sized 8-10 clothes. and her baby rocker.  The toy chest is now languishing down in the toddle sized playhouse that no one can get in anymore as we’re all too big to get in there. Other than that I think the Ikea stuff might just carry us through to late teens…although I’m not too sure about that wardrobe. Should have gone for one with a full drop, but the drawers are super useful at the moment so win some/lose some maybe next house that can be in the ‘non negotiable’ guest room along with the baby drawers?

We’re hoping to move in the next 18 months or so, I have no idea how we’re getting that massive Expedit out of here!

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Valspar Paint at B&Q

When I was down in London at the Spring B&Q show in the bottom of my goodie bag was a voucher for their new Valspar paint range, which I think has launched recently. They have ready mixed paint in every colour you can imagine or you can take something with you for them to scan and match the colour, which is massively handy if you have wallpaper you want to match in someway.

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Miss L’s bedroom has been the same shade of Farrow & Ball pink since she was 8 months old and now she’s 11, we thought it was time for a change.  We had a chat and we’ve done a Pinterest mood board for her room and thankfully a lot of the colours she has in her room already pink, white and purple do seem to tie in with the new blue she likes.

Follow Liz’s board Tween Bedroom Makeover Moodboard on Pinterest.

She really wanted a similar duck egg blue to that of her school jumper, which in turn takes the colour from the ceiling paintings in Ely Cathedral. The picture below isn’t brilliant but does show the beautiful shade of duck egg used when the ceiling was restored in 1858.

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Luckily we spotted a pair of curtains almost the exact right shade in Ikea last trip, so I didn’t need to take some cathedral ceiling in to be scanned.  Not all the B&Q’s have the scanning yet so check the website to see if your local store does it.  I popped into the Bury St Edmunds store and the guy duly scanned my curtains.  The colour came up on the computer screen and it was a totally different dark blue on the screen which freaked me out a bit – see the top right of the computer screen below?.

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I thought ‘well it’s free paint and I can always use it somewhere?’. However I needn’t have worried, when it was mixed – Matt Finish Primer and Colour – it was a perfect match to the curtains.

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The fun thing is you can name the paint you’ve had create. Our’s is ‘Lily Blue’ and it’s stored in their database and you can re-order it from any store in the country. Very handy if you’re moving or you need some more of the paint.

I’m really looking forward to using it. I think we’re going to team it with white, not sure if it’s just going to be a feature wall or I’ll do more walls in it? She has mock SATs next week so I’ll paint the week after and make a more grown up room for her.  I look forward to showing it all to you when it’s done and letting you know how the paint performed.

 

**Full Disclosure I got a free can of paint, sadly no more meringues*

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How to Fix Laminate..badly!

Disaster at ours this morning. I was all pumped up and doing a spring clean….well the sun was shining and I could see how dirty the house was.  Thought I’d start in the lounge, then I could clean and watch ‘Homes under the Hammer’, my utter guilty pleasure. Lifted the footstool away from the sofa, as there is usually half a dog under there to hoover and found this (Mr VP look away!)

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Somehow and I don’t know quite how this happened, the foot of the footstool had ripped through the laminate to the particle board underneath! Yes, there was swearing…a LOT of swearing!

I wasn’t sure what to do, I need to cover it up and to not make it worse. First things first, I’ve put new pads on the bottom on the footstool. These are bigger and more heavy duty than what was there before.

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Then how on earth to cover up the particle board and scratching?

I broke out, and this is a bit lame the wax crayons I’d bought ages ago for fixing the sideboard. They are basically large brown colour dense crayons.  I felt a bit stupid colouring in the floor, but it did fill in the scratches and the hole where the particle board was. Scraped off the excess so it looked less like an irate 3 year old had been at it.

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It looked better but still loads of white mini scratches. I’ve also got in the cupboard some pledge wood dye (yeah that sideboard gets a battering!) and I rubbed that on the top of the scratch.  It looks better, by no means perfect, I don’t think I have the right colour crayons,  but it’s  less noticeable and if I drag the rug over it then it should protect it from getting worse *everything crossed*.

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I’m sure if I hunt on Pinterest there is probably some fabulous laminate repair idea, I just need to find it!

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Dining Room Makeover (Part 1)

Our dining room has been a disaster since we swapped it round with the lounge years ago. When this was the lounge I remember it being a bright sunny room, which you had to draw the curtains to watch TV in the afternoon but it was bright in the mornings too and I loved it as the lounge – small and snuggly with my baby girl. Then she became bigger, played more on the seemingly shrinking floorspace so we swapped with the bigger room next door.

When it became the dining room it shrunk, became darker, lighting became yellow and depressing.  No matter what colour I’ve painted it – pale yellow (too jaundice), pale blue (too cold and boring) it’s just not been the room I remember. I’ve filled it with bookcases holding more clutter and rarely used other than for meals.

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When I had my cousin over for a coffee a couple of weeks ago, I asked her to cast and eye over the room and see what she thought of it. It’s good to have an extra pair of eyes and she was very kind about all our clutter, but did point out to me that the bookcase in the corner as you walk into the room was casting a massive shadow which just darkened the room no end. It’s the FIRST thing that catches your eye, no wonder it’s felt so dark in there, I didn’t have them when it was the lounge I just had shelves.  So obvious! How had I missed it??

I’d been toying with how to get rid of the now offending bookcase, then Mr VP bought me an iMac for my birthday as my laptop is on it’s last legs. Where to put it….why in the alcove where the bookcase is! I went to Pinterest and literally pinned every desk I could find that I liked the look of onto my Thinkspaces board below.

Follow Liz’s board Thinkspaces on Pinterest.

What I like about having a Pinterest board is eventually you see a pattern of what you really like and in my case – white plain desk, iMac and a chair stood out. One trip to Ikea later – a massive white lightshade, LED light, a £30 white gloss desk, one spun round dining room chair and voila a new room is born!

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I don’t even feel the need to re-paint the room anymore.  I swear everyone is using this room now, more than ever. I know there is a new computer, however Miss L now mini teen is in here playing games and Skypeing rather than being holed up in her room. Mr VP came in here for breakfast this morning – unheard of! And it’s 10pm at night and instead of being in front of the TV I’m actually blogging in here. It’s become the hub of the house.

What else is left to do? I hear you ask?

The bookcase has been moved to the other side of the room where I can’t see it anymore and later this week I’m going to restack all the DVD’s on it there – where I can’t see them!.

Meanwhile the other bookcase will become the holder of books and pretties.  I’m thinking at the moment I’m just going to put photos and prints above the computer. I don’t need shelves there and I think it’s quite a good trick of the eye to make this side of the room look empty. Makes the room look and feel so much bigger.

I’m debating painting all the dark wood (except the dining room table) white…not sure if it’ll be overkill though? Maybe I’ll try some chairs first and see what it looks like? I feel the need to add some flashes of colour now, maybe some etsy prints are the way to go? But all in all I’m feeling much happier about our unloved room.

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Spring and Summer Event with B&Q & Some Pretty Meringues Too.

I was thrilled to be invited to the Spring/Summer B&Q event in London this week.  I needed to get out of the house and away from the freezing fens to get some new inspiration.  After a journey down in pouring rain and a lovely chat with a cabbie, I arrived to find lots of yummy looking meringues at the entrance.

Of course, as a  blogger I am always obliged to take a photo of something so pretty. I’m sure the trade professionals thought I was mad, but they looked amazing and yes they tasted as good as they looked! They were in the colours of the new paint and home range which I thought was just a bit inspired.

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Back to the visit though.  This awful weather has me looking forward to spring, and I’ve decided this is going to be the year of us finally getting some grown up garden furniture. Barring anything else breaking *glares at the guttering which destroyed last year’s budget*. I’m fed up of having wobbly BBQ’s on some dodgy £5 table I bought at a car boot sale 20 years ago and 3 Ikea fold up chairs which I think are as old. I want to introduce a bit of luxe to our garden.

I’ve spent ages looking online at Rattan (plastic but realistic looking) furniture for the garden and trying to decide what to buy. I was very impressed by the dark brown/black set they had which was a sofa, two chairs and a storage box/coffee table for the cushions which come with it and it should retail for £299 which from what I’ve seen is a bargain.

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Then I promptly fell in love with a low 2 seater set, which was amazingly comfortable and stylish – would look great on my patio with a bottle of wine next to it! I didn’t catch the price though, so fingers crossed it’s in budget?

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B&Q I think have changed quite a lot in the last few years and have become more design led than before and today really showed that. They had a great range of accessories which are pretty inexpensive but look fantastic.

Top Left: is of a Solar Lamp for the garden (and you know what I sucker I am for those!).

Top Right is a cool knitted ball, which would be fun for children to sit on or in our house just play with.

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Bottom Left: Trees in pots of all shapes and sizes to give your seating area a little more class and interest. Also they could screen you a bit from neighbours.

Bottom Right: Gorgeous, gorgeous jars to put flowers in…one of those is going in my fireplace!

I was very taken with the large map canvas below which would look amazing in a dining room or kids bedroom, especially if you had stickers to mark off where round the world you’d been – thanks to the lovely buyer I met for that idea! Also since the weekend when I hung a new canvas with some command strips, I’ve become a massive fan for the first time in my life of not knocking nails into walls. These are now much easier to hang which is the problem I’ve always had with canvas prints before.

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The room set which captivated me the most was the beach look, I just though it looked very restful and calming. The back wall of the photo below although it looks like tongue and groove painted up is in fact a lovely tactile wallpaper. It’s no messing either you just paint the wall with paste and shove up the wallpaper, no messing about with tables etc. My kind of DIY!

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All in all I had a lovely morning and got back some of my designing Mojo, I’ve got some more ideas for the patio and the dining room which is up next for a makeover. Thanks for a great day out B&Q.

**Full disclosure I was paid travel to attend and I got some yummy meringues which Miss L ate and I didn’t get near!**

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Curtain Hack

As summer is here…well kind of! I decided to treat us to a pair of blackout curtains. The sun comes into our bedroom at about 4am and as I’m closest to the window it was waking me up, or at least been putting me into a lighter sleep. Which as I don’t get masses of sleep wasn’t really welcome this year.  I picked these up from Dunelm Mill and they were I think £50? I had to buy a large size as we have quite a big bay window.

Of course when I first put them up there was a stonking bit gap at the side of the window – where you know it, the bloomin’ sun came through first thing in the morning! And of course you notice it even more so now that the rest of the window was blacked out, they actually work surprisingly well.

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How to fix it?  I had a rummage in the magical drawer downstairs, which holds all my ‘it’ll come in handy one day’ stuff and found some adhesive velcro. I chopped of a 2 inch bit and stuck it on the wall and on the curtain.

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Ta da!!! No sunlight coming through and waking me up at 4am 🙂

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Mini Fireplace Makeover

When we first moved to this house our fireplace was a hole in the wall which had previously housed a boiler and had just been boarded and papered over so it looked neat.  In fact in the early days it was so boring I shoved a mirror over it, and made this the dining room.  I can’t find any photos of it just as it was, this is as close as it gets.

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Then eventually we realised this room was bigger than our lounge, which did back onto the garden but was tiny. So why were we using a small room, when we had a massive free room and a mad toddler running around?  Time to swap rooms!

This became the lounge, along with the dull fireplace.  Now to get the fireplace re-instated it was going to cost about 2k+ (re-build and brick it, hearth, re-plaster etc) which as much as I like a nice fire, frankly not enough to spend that amount of money  on it. Especially when Miss L was little and money was tight, you know a few candles in there can make you feel warm and cosy.

Not long after we moved rooms we were browsing in B&Q one day, where I spotted a fireplace surround…pine. It was nothing amazing but it WAS somewhere I could put candles and christmas cards and a few fairy lights.  And the cost? A whole £13, yes that’s right £13. Done deal!

However we are now eight years down the line, and once again I was growing bored with the fireplace. The rooms needs a re-paint because of the rewire and we’ve changed the sofa’s from beige to a sexy dark grey and the fireplace was looking well, a bit blah and dull.  Time to get my paint brush out!

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I initially bought a Habitat paint tester pot in black to paint it with and although you can’t really see it in the photos, it came out a weird blue/black and insanely shiny….blurgh! I lived with it for two weeks and it was just annoying me every time I looked at it.

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However I was in my local hardware shop on Thursday and they have the full range of Farrow and Ball testers.  So I grabbed a ‘Off-Black’ tester post and repainted the fireplace last night. It’s came out MUCH better and it a grey/black and matt which is what I was originally thinking of and not shiny, shiny. All in all I spent about £6 on testers. I don’t think the brown beading quite works so I might paint over it?  But I’ll live with it for a couple of weeks and see how I feel.

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I’m really pleased with it and now I’m trying to decide what to do with the surround? A sharper white? Pale grey?  What do you guys think?

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