As you probably know, (because I may have mentioned it on the odd occasion), I moved into a brand new house at the end of last year and have been slowly adding decorative touches to reflect my personality and to make it feel like it’s truly mine.
I recently added some shelves in the utility room. It was during this particular project that I drilled into a water pipe so progress was somewhat thwarted for several days while the remedial replastering and repainting dried. I was more than a little tentative when I resumed, but all went well and I’m delighted with the result.
The top shelf is a floating shelf (Lack, from Ikea). I’ve put up quite a few now in various rooms and they look very neat once in-situ.
Beneath that is a picture ledge, also from Ikea. I have these in several rooms in the house and they are as perfect for displaying candles, trays, little jars or vases as they are for displaying the pictures for which they were designed.
I’ve been trying to give the garden some personality too. My friend Annemarie is a gardener by profession and has very kindly given me a lot of plants grown from seed or taken from cuttings from the plants in her own beautiful garden.
Knowing my love of a good up-cycling project, she gave me this cast iron garden furniture as it was superfluous to her requirements. She advised me that there was a little bit of flaking paint but that it was otherwise solid, functional and very comfortable.
I have got quite a lot of white in my home. The internal walls are painted white and it’s a theme I wanted to continue outside so I decided to paint them white.
I sanded the table and chairs down and applied a white primer. I left it to dry overnight and then used three cans of white spray paint to get full and even coverage. It was quick and easy, though I did look a little Jackson Pollock once I’d finished.
The furniture looks totally different in white and I couldn’t be more pleased with it or more grateful to have received it.
And the sun even shone for a few days.
Love Liz x
More of My DIY Projects
How I transformed my spare bedroom into a walk in a dressing room/ walk-in closet
How I transformed a large cupboard using Laura Ashley paint and wallpaper
On the table:
White pot, Ikea
Pink tins, Greengate
Polka dot melamine bowls, Greengate
Pink candle lantern, Cath Kidston.
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