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

IKEA hack number two

As predicted, getting kittens has distracted us from doing anything else remotely useful. They are endless fun and are entertained by the oddest things. Loo rolls (they think they’re Andrex puppies) and crisp bags tied in knots are two current favourites.

So due to the fluffy distractions this is now an old project but still a story worth telling.

Our front bedroom had fitted wardrobes which we hated so T had a great time ripping them out. We replaced them with a pair of IKEA wardrobes.

before and after wardrobes

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My first IKEA hack

In the first in a series I’m going to call ‘Sam and T are bad at measuring-things-before-buying-them we bought a massive bed and left ourselves no room for bedside cabinets. But this turned out to be one of those problems that turns into something good.

I love the massive bed as much as I love sleep, but I also love having somewhere to  charge my iPhone and put a glass of water… ok, it’s actually a sports bottle of Ribena. So a headboard with storage behind it seemed like the perfect solution, we just needed to find one. Continue reading