Saturday, 28 December 2013

Last Blog of 2013

At long last I have started painting again. (and blogging!!!)
After accepting an offer on our house at the end of August we started packing when we got back from our big holiday in the US. We rented a house to move into, and arranged a date for the removal firm. 

Unfortunately, 2 days before the big move, our buyers withdrew their offer. We were totally gutted. They would not give a reason, strangely, but we were told it had nothing to do with the house. We lost 3 months of potential buyers with our house being on the websites as "sold subject to contract". We are now back up for sale and had to unpack a lot of our stuff to stage for selling again. Fingers crossed we get a sale soon.

Now that Christmas is over I have decided to get back into furniture painting as I have been really missing it. I also plan to go car booting tomorrow to see if I can find any nice pieces to transform. So today I unpacked all my paints and brushes and decided to start with some projects using my old favourite Annie Sloan Old White. I also placed an order with Dovetails for 2 colours I have not tried before (used my Christmas present money). The first is Annie Sloan "Provence"

I love how you can change the look of this paint by dulling it down with dark wax. It's also gorgeous on its own with clear wax. The second colour I chose (as I wanted to try something completely different, is "English Yellow"!!

I am loving all the stunning grey bedrooms on Pinterest at the moment, and I think this yellow would look amazing with this colour scheme, with crisp white bedding of course!

I am thinking that my bedside cabinets might look nice in this shade, and a matching chest of drawers would look stunning!

I can't wait till we move into our new house and I have loads of ideas for decor.     So exciting!!
Anyway, back to what I have been working on today. I decided to start off small (one reason being I can't get into the back of the shed as it is full of boxes ready for the move). I managed to get a nest of 3 pine tables, and some pine shelves out so here are some pics.

I also started to paint a pair of curtain hold backs I bought at a car boot sale for 50p (These will be going in my new bedroom)

and a small pine spice rack that also cost me 50p

Just feels good to get back to my hobby again, and I am looking forward to trying out the new colours I have ordered

I will try to get these finished before I go back to work on Thursday. I will post some update pics next weekend.

Only 3 months now till I fly off to New York for my son's wedding. The wedding will take place at The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, overlooking the Statue of Liberty :0)

Wishing you all the best for 2014!