The family lunch at the weekend went really well. The food all turned out fine and everyone really enjoyed squeezing past the half painted wardrobe that still inhabits the kitchen.
We had a stormy trip into Londons West End to see Stickman the day after. It was fabulous, really cleverly done. The book is one of my favourites, written by the Gruffalo lady, Julia Donaldson.
And our Christmas and Boxing day were calm,quiet and chilled. Perfect.
I've been looking back at the years posts and I'm really surprised how much I have done. I always feel slightly idle if there's not some massive chaos creating project going on and I guess I focus on the mountain of jobs that need to be started rather than the ones I've completed.
Halfway through the year I decided to focus much more on painting our own furniture and working on home improvements rather than furniture for other people. What brought this about was the realisation that we were coming up to the five year anniversary of living here and I felt a sense of panic at how much there was still to do.
Also, what's the point of being a painter and never finding the time to tackle our own shoddy furniture?
So the first project was this Edwardian Dressing Table table that belonged to a friend...
With new drawer bottoms, a refinished top and a bit of milk paint it became this...
Next a teensy little old Sewing Table got the milk paint treatment and a new upholstery job for the interior...
I added some much needed curb appeal with a french enamel house number inspired planter.
I altered a small wooden wine table, trying to achieve the look of a Swedish Gustavian antique.
The Painted Stairs!
A monster of a job!
I thought I did this last year! No wonder you all thought I was bonkers when I repainted the walls before Christmas! I have dreadful memory problems.
I turned a coffee table into a bedroom bench...
And I FINALLY painted the double Chest of Drawers in my bedroom... it waited four years.
Next it was a return to my love affair with milk paint on this Dressing table...
And luckily it fit into the living room and with the removal of the mirror, it's now my desk!
Sadly, it's not ever this tidy.
Then onto the dining room. EVERYTHING in here was overhauled.
The Pine dresser...
I learned how to paint on an old window frame...
and even the chandelier was painted...
I painted a marble topped table
My favourite makeover has to be the cupboard doors in my daughters room! By a long shot. The thrill I get from them still hasn't worn off.
I shudder to think that we were going to get them custom built!
I sincerely thank you for reading and commenting over the last year. The positivity that comes from blogging is incredibly uplifting and it's wonderful to share with like minded people. I've reached 100,000 page hits in a year which is wonderful.
I hope that 2014 will mean more completed projects and home improvements. I have a VERY long list! I'm hoping we can tackle our original 1960 bathroom which is GRIM! I'd like to attempt to improve our eighties kitchen on the cheap. I've got furniture galore to get cracking with, a TV stand, an armoire, two bedside tables, two chests of drawers, a headboard to make from a door, curtains to alter and customise, a vintage wallpaper wall to start and a walk in wardrobe and garage window frames to build. Now I've got my lovely electric saw there'll be no stopping me!
I wish all my lovely readers a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.
My daughter and I are heading up to York in the morning to stay with my dad for the rest of the school holidays. I cannot wait. I'm hoping to catch up with some friends and do very little else.
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