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Crafty Cuts – Home DIY 2

Given that we’re saving for our wedding, some things have got to give; those things include frivolous purchases like another pair of shoes I don’t need but we’re also trying to cut down on eating out/take aways/nights out – which is mega hard especially as we live in town! I’m trying to keep myself occupied and I find myself taking on more and more DIY projects in the flat. The flat, as I’ve said, is a blank whitewashed canvas and I’m being increasingly drawn to colourful flashes here and there. My next DIY was influenced by a throw that I was bought by some good friends for my last birthday and I thought I’d take some of the brightness of the colours and spruce up an old IKEA lack table that I was given by my mum!

2013-05-27 11.12.23You know by now that painting is my preferred DIY of choice, I mean; it’s cheap and quick – what else do you need? So I popped to Wilkos ready to buy some bright, in-your-face paint. My luck was in and 3 Dulux sample pots were on offer for £1. That’s right, a whole £.  I went all out and chose Raspberry Bellini; I don’t do things by half.

I didn’t want to paint the whole table, I’m brave but not that brave so I decided to just paint the table-top. Made even easier by the unscrewable legs of the table. Early one Saturday, I headed armed with old newspapers and a brush and painted the table top – it took me about 30 minutes, not too shabby. I left to dry for a few hours and then painted a second coat. It didn’t look half bad.

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Even Chris was impressed.

How great are the cushions? £3.25 and they go perfectly with my new(look) table. Good show Wilkos.

I’ve got a few more home DIYs coming up, so be warned!

 

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DIY: Upcycled Bedroom Furniture

( Disclaimer: I hate the word upcycled but I lacked inspiration!)

I’ve come over all Kirstie Allsop recently and thought I’d share it with you all, mainly because I suspect that this is just a phase and I’ll tire pretty quickly so enjoy this while it lasts!

When we moved into the flat, the previous owners had left some bedroom furniture and having loads of other things to spend money on we thought that we’d make do with the wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside table; it was in good condition and looked alright. Note that alright. It was a kind of pine, kind of nothingness and I made do but I always kind of had a plan to do something with them, unfortunately it took me a year to get round to it but hey, I did it.

I knew I wanted to paint the furniture, although it’s ubiquitous I love the kind of shabby chic look so that’s what I decided to go for; and then the streaks wouldn’t matter-because it’s meant to be like that.

Chest of Drawers

I applied primer first of all because I knew the furniture had been treated. That I just slapped on with a roller and left to dry for a couple of hours. Next up was the exciting stuff, the paint! We’d opted for a pale duck egg from the Laura Ashley range, in honesty, it’s probably a bit pale for me but I have to compromise sometimes and I think it looks fab. And it was worth paying more for the paint, it went on dead easy and a little bit really does go a long way so it’s worth the money. We bought the 0.75L, and we’ve painted a chest of drawers and a bedside table – there’s still a bit left to get going on the wardrobe.  I knew I wanted to get some different knobs to replace the others that I had binned when I got a bit happy with the screwdriver so I headed to Bombay Duck and found these lovelies. In hindsight, they’re a bit too big for a bedside table but they look good, I learned from experience however and bought these for the chest of drawers.

bedside table

Next up: the wardrobe! Wish us luck!

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Snapshots of My Life: Flat Tour Part I

I love these on other people’s blogs, so I thought I’d let you lovely lot have a tour round my flat. Chris and I moved in in December 2011. And we’re still doing stuff to it now. It’s a new build flat, welll 2008 and is essentially a series of white boxes; which makes it sound rubbish but it’s great to have a blank canvas and really make it ours. I thought I would show you round our living room for starters; it houses our IKEA expedit shelves ( doesn’t everyone have of these?) which I think really sums up me and Chris.

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Now to the casual observer, these shelves may just look like a higgedly-piggedly mess but I think they’re a great representation of us and what we are like and what we enjoy. I mean, see that top left hand square; it houses some wool I made Christmasn decorations with and a gift from a friend, who’d been to Oz. The square below is home to my memory box and the fake ticket I made for Chris for the Bruce Springsteen gig, all shelves are interspersed with books and cds and stuff. I love it. What I don’t love is the fact I’d scoured charity shops for years and finally found Scrabble and now Chris refuses to play it with me. He’s just scared of losing.

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Now, here’s the beginning of our photo wall, again, this is something which reallly represents us; The ‘ Me, You and Everyone We Know’ poster from Claudia Varosio – the first film we ever saw together, the Liverpool Skyline from Becka Griffin and of course, the photos of friends, family and holidays.

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And I just had to show you this, our ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ poster – our favourite film. We’re a soppy pair really. Oh and see that black thing with a heart on; I made that! A case for my Nexus. Good, eh? There’ll be more crafty things appearing on this blog. I go through crafty phases you see.

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Next up and the final glimpse into our flat, is a bit of the dining table and the wine stash. Wine stashes are important I feel.Thank you, Naked Wines. Take a closer look at the seats, I backed them in that fabric; see I told you I was crafty sometimes. All I needed was some fabric. Obvz. And a heavy duty stapler. If I can do it anyone can. The image in the back was a present I bought for Chris a few years ago care of ATwoPipeProblem

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That’s that for now. I must say that this blog post has made me realise how much I use Etsy for quirky, individual prints for our flat. How about you? Do you like scouring Etsy for beautiful things?

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