My first time with Annie Sloan

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Upcycling geeks will be familiar with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, for those who don’t spend all day browsing DIY blogs (if my bosses are reading – I mean all day at the weekend…) it’s an amazing paint that DIYers worship. You can create amazing effects with it – use it matt, wax it, crackle it, layer colours and more. It’s SO nice to paint with! I didn’t experiment with texture at all on this project but I will soon. Painting furniture is the quickest transformation (significantly quicker than stripping paint back off – more on paint stripping soon!) Continue reading

O Christmas Tree

It seems that the done thing this week is to blog about our Christmas tree. Given that ours is our first tree in this house I think it is somewhat worthy of a post. But I don’t think the tree alone is really all that exciting so I’ve a few other treats to share.

First, our tree. Now as those of you who’ve set up home with a significant other will know – everyone has very defined ideas about Christmas, me included, and suggesting compromises to family traditions is a challenge. One thing we did agree on was getting a fake tree. One off cost. Space to store it in the attic. No pine needles to clear. Kittens can’t destroy it. Nice and symmetrical.

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Getting ready to decorate our first room…

Having now been in our house for over four months I couldn’t face the idea of getting to Christmas without at least one room decorated. We’ve got lots of plans to have people round for meals and drinks so starting with the living room/ dining room seemed like the best idea. It’s also the only room that we’ve not got massive plans to change so the easiest one to start with and one that doesn’t involve us finding a plasterer.

Now I did put a little bit of thought into this room before we moved… I say ‘a little’, it would probably be more accurate to say a lot. I’ve been collecting a scrap-book for a while (as well as developing a house magazine addiction), so here’s some of the things that inspire how I’d like the room to look (note ‘I’ not ‘we’, Tom has his own ideas…). Continue reading

Sneak preview of the paint for our living room

We decorated our first room this weekend! So pleased to have one done for Christmas. We’ve got friends coming for ‘fake Christmas dinner’ on Sunday so we want to be able to get the house all ready before then. I’ll do a proper post later this week about the decorating and reveal the results of our labour.

For now, here’s a preview of the colours:

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