Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
I realised something recently, and it's one of those things that, once you notice it you just can't un-notice it(that bachelor's degree in English obviously did me a lot of good!).
What I realised is this....I moved out of home eleven years ago, and since then I have lived in three different apartments, none of which were decorated in anything like my style and none of which could be altered, and I am TIRED of it!
The sooner we get into our own house the better. I never again want to see a beige curtain or a black pleather couch! (Seriously, is there a shop somewhere in Ireland that caters exclusively for landlords and stocks nothing but white paint and black leatherette furniture??)
Now, possibly due to some sort of self-preservation impulse this had never really bothered me before, but when we started seriously looking at houses I started thinking about how I would decorate said house when it was mine, and this in turn led me to realise just how bland my current abode is and made me itch to do something about it. However, we aren't allowed to paint or anything, plus I knew we would be moving in the near future, so any changes would have to be through the things we owned that would come with us when that happened.
This all led me to........MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT PAINTING FURNITURE!!! (dun dun duuuuuunnnn).
We had this little dresser in our bedroom that I bought in Heirlooms when we first moved in here. I picked it out because it was wood, it was in budget and it was small enough to move easily, its aesthetic qualities didn't really come in to it (I know, I can't understand it now either, all I can say is I was young and hadn't found my style feet yet.....that's also how I explain the nose ring and pink highlights coincidentally!).
So I decided to paint it, and planned to ad some new bedding and artwork after in order to dress up our bedroom a little bit.
I used sandpaper, a mini roller kit, a paintbrush, some turquoise colortrend paint, some gold acrylic paint and some spray polyurethane ( I wanted a tin of polycrylic, like all the bloggers I like seem to us, but Woodies and Homebase looked at me like I was speaking Japanese when I asked for it!).
I took the drawers out, gave the whole thing a quick rub with sandpaper and a good wipe down, then just slapped two coats of the paint on it. Then I went back and painted the knobs and the accents on the doors and drawers in gold acrylic paint. I only did one coat of this and you can see the blue paint underneath to a certain extent, but I like the effect it gives.
Then after it had dried I sprayed the whole thing with a coat of polyeuethane to protect it (it's my dressing table so it gets a lot of abuse from makeup and curling tongs) and that was it!
The colour is a little bit greener looking than I had thought it would be, possibly because it was originally a cream colour? I would have liked it to be a more vibrant turquoise, but overall I'm happy with it, and it's a vast improvement on what it was!
What do you think?
Labels: Furniture projects
Monday, 2 September 2013
Pinterest has opened up a whole new world to me. I can't believe it now, but just a few months ago the idea that you could decorate your home using items that you had made or updated yourself just hadn't occurred to me (I know right?!). So, once the veil was lifted I found myself itching to...paint....glue....decoupage.....anything! And I did.......a lot (my husband was alarmed at the regularity with which I arrived home with new and unusual "supplies", he even had the nerve to laugh at my glue gun).
One of the projects I really wanted to try first was some button letter art like those I had seen and loved on ETSY. I decided to do one for Em's room, thinking it would look great in the gallery wall I had planned for the blank wall above her dresser.
Here's what I ended up with.......
So, my husband caught me taking photos of some of my craft projects recently and remarked that "this is starting to look suspiciously like you're starting a blog". A month, 4 projects and way too many hours spent reading other peoples blogs later and here I am!
Up until about 2 months ago I had never been on pinterest, neither was I aware that there was such a thing as a craft/DIY blog or that I was soon to become hopelessly addicted to them, but I'm so glad that my eyes have been opened and now, good idea or not I'm going to start documenting some of my own attempts at home-beautification!
So, here goes.......
Linda - Make Do and Diy
- Hi! I'm Linda, welcome to my blog! I'm a new home owner trying desperately to turn this place into our dream house...on a tiny budget. Join me as I attempt to up-cycle, diy and spray paint my way to a stylish home!
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