Monday, 28 January 2013

A long awaited update to this blog. I have been busy honest !

Here goes let's see if Blogger is letting me upload on here today !!!!

WELL !! I am impressed as this blog is better than my allotment one for uploading ! how come ? shouldn't be any difference really, but I'm delighted to be able to get back on here and show you just what I have been up to since last year.
SHABBY CHIC -ing ! it all started with being fed up with my old chunky and lovely pine bed. I didn't want to get rid of it ! but it needed to be uplifted, so I bought some paint and painted it in Farrow & Ball 'Wimbourne White' and I loved it so much that i have snowballed from there and have been painting none stop  since.

I obviously can't keep everything as I don't have the space, so I have been selling here and there.  I love getting hold of old furniture and lampstands and upcyling and giving them new life. So satisfying. LOVE IT !

To give you some examples here below is a before of a bargain find £3 ! old bowed fronted Lloyd Loom bedside cupboard.  It was covered in layers of an assortment of paint (not good quality either) so what was I going to do with this ??? I almost gave it to a charity shop. Then decided to do my best and make it into a special girly cupboard for my 3 year old grand-daughter Florence.


 And this was the result ! complete with a fairy stencilled inside and Florence loves it.


 Then I got carried away and bought loads more things from eBay, gumtree, and charity shops. Here are a some of my finished pieces.

My £8 bargain little gate leg table. I couldn.t sell this so it's in my Summer house. Perfect for luches in the Summer.

These Vintage magazine racks are a pain to do as they have to be taken apart ! tricky to do, but I love them when they are finished. £20 each and for sale.

My first lampstand which I was so reluctant to sell, but it went to a good home in London.
This table got sold very quickly ! I only have about another eight to do ! really I kid you not !
My £12 bargain from gumtree, and looking good painted in my hall.
My wheelbacks first two done, all done now and fab.
This is where it all started from
with  this bed !
An antique cupboard my son wanted rid of now painted and beautiful.

 And finally this is  my amazing bargain which is definitely NOT getting painted. I know my place ! retro vintage 19050' s sideboard, which is in pride of place in my living room. I love it just as it is ! well almost ! I just have to finish sanding years of old wax and dirt off it and then a nice wax to protect it for years to come. My £40 best buy ever !

I have done so much more, just finished two beautiful Lamp stands and made my own flowers for the shades.

So as you can see i am well and truly hooked on painting, upcycling, BoHo and Shabby Chic-ing.
I have a very understanding and patient husband thank goodness, as i have taken over everywhere .

I have also acquired the nickname of Steptoe !!!

Steptoe xxxxx


  1. They're all so gorgeous Maureen! But I suppose it's either sell a few or buy a bigger house? I especially love the table with the Orla Kiely paper on the top - just my cup of tea. And the cupboard from your son - beautiful. I think someone is enjoying themselves very much with a tin of paint?
    So pleased to see you posting again,
    P xx

  2. Hi Pam, yes enjoying myself too much ! I have to stop looking on Ebay and gumtree it's so addictive and so many bargains.