Sunday, 14 June 2015

Turning a wardrobe into a pantry and secondhand scores...

Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my last post. You really are lovely people and I really appreciate you all reading and commenting.

So... the wardrobe that isn't a wardrobe.

My friend wanted a pantry cupboard for her kitchen and fell in love with this one from M&S...


Nothing special from the outside, but on the inside?



Oh yeah. Imagine all the goodies you could fit into there. It's about £1800 though. Hmm, not so attractive now. The oak bits are oak but the 'painted finish' parts will be mdf.
I love M&S furniture, I really do. But only if it's found on eBay for 90% less than it's original price. 

So anyway, my friend thought she'd look for an old wardrobe to turn into a pantry cupboard. Which is where I stepped in. I happened to have had an old wardrobe living in the kitchen, awaiting a makeover, for what? Nine months? Too long.


Here it is with the door off and the inside painted white.

The first thing I had to do was to make sure I could build strong shelves inside. The inside was an irregular shape and a tight fit but once the first one was in...


I knew it would work.


Three shelves in.

Once the shelves were in I started on the door. I removed the heavy bevelled mirror and put a piece of mdf in its place, caulking all the joins. 

I told my friend to get an F&B eggshell but she disobeyed me and got a Fired Earth eggshell.

Never again!

It was a lovely colour and a lovely paint to use but it's not what I would call an eggshell. It has a very chalky matt appearance and no resilience to marking whatsoever. Imagine matt emulsion and that's what it was like. It's going to need further protection like wax or varnish. Especially in a kitchen.

My photos aren't great because I couldn't get far enough away from it. Plus I have a wonky eye...



So here are my friends pictures...


Hopefully, what it lacks in M&S perfection and wine rackery, it makes up for with the fact that it's ALL solid oak (apart from one door panel and the shelves) and a has bit more character than modern furniture.



Beautifully accessorised with an overflowing bin. She's very happy with it and it looks much tidier than her open shelving unit. Job done.

But I know you're all only here for the secondhand eye candy. Brace yourselves people. This one will have you SALIVATING!
I found this a while ago but it's been treated for woodworm and had to dry out before it was allowed in the house as it stank. 


An old cotton reel chest from a haberdashers shop...





 I'll treasure it. It was a fleamarket find.

And this very morning I picked up a pair of these Kashmiri/Kashmiri style papier mache, twisted wood, tole lacquer painted lamps for a fiver at the boot sale. I've been trying to find out about them without much luck...


When I was a nanny in London, the lady I worked for had a pair and she told me they were valuable. I suspect these are not desperately old...




But they are attractive and unusual...





 If they're worth thousands DO let me know!

 I have plenty more cool stuff to share with you. Including a piece of taxidermy which is over 100 years old that I found on the street.
As you do.

But that will wait for another time...

I might also show you my new sofa but I'll have to tidy the room for that.
So I might not.

I've also been working on the remaining kitchen cupboards.
Yes I actually have!

So do come back next time...

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Lost mojo...

Wow, doesn't time fly. No excuses here, I just haven't felt like blogging so I haven't. Simple as that. I've been busy though so we've lots of catching up to do. But do bear with me if this post feels a little flat.

First off, I'll show you the pictures of the completed corner cabinet...



 The before was quite nice but it had suffered some Rottweiler damage...



  I had to replace a tiny bit of trim...



 Finding this tiny bit of trim proved to be a nightmare and I ended up ordering it from eBay in America. I attached it with the teeniest panel pins and wood glue.

I decided to go for a very textured rough paint job, aiming for a Scandinavian look.


 Dark wax enhanced the texture...



And I hand painted a motif on the lower door...


That missing trim?


Hopefully you'd never know it was replaced.

These cabinets hold an astonishing amount.



Which is good if you have an astonishing amount.

Anyway, that piece has gone to live in an exquisite new home, according to the fellow who collected it.

I've also finished the wardrobe that lived in the kitchen (for far too long, pateiently awaiting a makeover).


It has also left us. I'll show you the results next time, but it's no longer a wardrobe!

The post before last I told you about a fun chazzing find and never shared, so I'll do that now...

An original 1970's Ker Plunk game!




Isn't that cool?


It takes me right back.

I've plenty more secondhand crapola to show you and a new sofa too! Stay tuned. But don't hold your breath.

X


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Cinderellas house...

I may have mentioned before that I'm a frustrated set designer. I can get terribly distracted whilst at the cinema by the furniture or the scenery. 

But never have I been so utterly distracted by a film set as when I watched the new Disney film Cinderella.
Oh. My. Word.

You have to go. If you don't have kids borrow someone elses. No, forget that. They'll just want a wee at the best bits.
Go alone. 

The interior decor in Cinderellas home is a decorative painters wet dream. Think Swedish Gustavian Chinoiserie Folk Art deliciousness.

I've tried hard to find pictures on the net. And I've not done too badly.
 Here's a glimpse of the stepsisters bedroom...




That's got to be hand painted right?   I love how the mirrored candle sconces become part of the floral design on the wall.






This one is scraping the bottom of the barrel but you can see a glimpse of Chinoiserie on the walls here...



 Here's a better look at the same room...




Wonderful bamboo friezes in the dining room...







But my favourite room of all was the entrance hall and staircase. It was breathtaking! And really hard to find a picture so I can show you what I mean...


 I loved the muted green base colour and the spaces between the trees. Often these designs can be quite full on with many trees close together. I liked that here they were spaced out.



The trees were painted up the entire stairwell...
 You can almost see one here behind Cate.



And again here...



I told you it was hard to find pictures of it. You'll just have to see the movie. I cannot wait until it comes out on DVD so I can watch the walls frame by frame. I just might let my husband talk me into a stupidly large telly to view it on.

 But that isn't all this film has to offer. Oh no. I'm talking Mora clocks, a folk painted armoire, a tiled Swedish stove, a dough bowl left lying around in the garden (was Cinders not aware what they sell for on eBay?) and an apothecary chest in the kitchen.


Even some chappie from Game of Thrones.


But back to the walls...
I know what you're thinking.  Where could the set designers have found their inspiration? I'm thinking that too! See how alike we are?

I think we can look no further than the exquisite interiors of Drottningholm Palace in Sweden...





Or our very own slightly more gaudy Brighton Pavillion...







Or possibly the dressing room of Estee Lauder heiress Aerin Lauder...



Oh yes. That's the one.

My daughter had expressed a desire for trees, birds and butterflies on her bedroom wall.
 I thought she meant something like this...




It's a ''No'' from me.

But it turns out she's into chinoiserie too. I could have a bash at this...

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There's even a lovely little film on youtube showing how it's done. And doesn't she make it look easy?




Join me next time when I hope to have given my entire house the Swedish Chinoiserie look and we'll be finding out if you really can pull off this look in a 1960's semi.

Until then, go and see Cinderella!


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