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

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Getting going on decorating the hall, stairs and landing

So we’ve now been in the house for just over seven months – I expected to have a lot more done by now! I’m sure all first time homeowners must feel this way. Just unpacking took a long time, never mind decorating or any rooms that need plastering etc. before we can get on with the fun stuff.

But we have finished one room (even though we’ve already got some plans to change things, more soon!). And now we’ve made a start on the hall, stairs and landing. Here’s the inspiration:

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Homemade art

My mum recently sent all my childhood belongings down to me in London – I agreed to this and didn’t ask how much stuff I had. I had thirteen boxes.

Excitingly one of them contained my A Level Art projects, some of which Tom and I actually like enough to display in our home.

None of these are mounted and framed yet which will obviously make them look more professional but here are our choices:

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5 organising ideas I’m going to try this January

First thing on my list clearly needs to be posting more frequently! Don’t worry – Tom and I have lots of things planned for the house this year so there’ll be plenty to share.

It’s the month of New Year’s resolutions – how are yours going? I’m now 24 days into my dry January (can you tell by the counting that I’m struggling!), just one weekend to go :) The gym is also going well, I looked back on my running log from when I started at the end of 2011 and I’m really pleased to see some progress.

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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