Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Guest Room

The guest room needed a total revamp, these are pics from the house schedule when we bought the house eek

 Plenty of space just not to our taste, so out with the old............

I wallpapered the feature wall. I had stashed a couple of rolls in my container before if came across the pond. Its from the Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen collection, back in the UK he is on all the DIY shows.  He is noted for his flamboyant personality and dandyish appearance haha and his designs of course. We chose two shades of teal and painted the rest of the walls.
  Our furniture for this room was old so we decided to paint it and see how it turned out. The bedside cabinets were laminate so I was a little doubtful it would work.
I purchased  some of Annie Sloans chalk paint from my local stockist and set to work.

I didnt use a primer so I was thrilled with the results.

I took off the rest of the hardware and painted away, they covered great I did a light sanding in between two coats.
I also painted part of the bed and an old dressing table. I found some new hardware I liked for the three sets and they look like new. I finished with a couple of coats of polyurethane to protect them.

The bedposts were painted and I picked up some new finials that were lost in the move. Things were starting to come together and I was liking the new look.

Unfortunately the ceiling fan is a must and it was brass until I re sprayed it oil rubbed bronze to match my new hardware. I also added a little natural jute twine to the shade to give it a little modern twist.

I also added some new lamps, new bedding and finished with some painted letters which I picked up from Joanns for above the bed.

Hope you like it as much as we do.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Mini Corner bathroom cabinet makeover

I had an old bathroom cabinet collecting dust that needed an update, it was going to go into my master bath behind the door where no-one would see it, but it needed a coat of paint at least.

Ugly I know but great for storage.
I gave it a quick clean and sanded down the rough edges. My bathroom is greens and browns so decided to go with a shade of green. My quick fix for this was a spray paint. How easy is that ? After a few light coats I left it to dry overnight. Meanwhile I measured the windows and got 2 custom cut mirror pieces to fit. The next day I gave the unit a few coats of satin polyurethane and it looked great.
The mirrors were stuck into place and I changed the hardware to change its look.

I placed it in its new home and it looks great.

The patio area re-vamp Part One

The patio area is our familys favorite place to hang out.
grubby areas
 This is it before we started, not too bad I admit, The problem was we spent most of the the relaxing time trying to make the place look spick and span so we decided to try something new.
 Sometimes after hours of cleaning and brushing it still didnt look clean. We also had broken and falling off tiling inside the pool which we knew either had to be repaired or replaced.....
What to do ?, the cost of re-tiling was above our budget but we decided if we were going to do it, we might as well do it properly (even if it meant not eating for weeks)

The old tiles were removed and the old coping was all cut away. It was a dirty dusty mess. The choosing of the tile and the pavers was the hardest part. Too many colors and shapes to choose from...what would it look like ? too light, too dark, I wanted it neutral but warm (not that we need it any warmer as we live in Florida) but you know what I mean. The salesperson at was exellent, she showed us displays and gave us ideas.
The tiles were a different matter. In the end I swapped the tiles 3 times !!! My husband was totally demented by this time but we decided the third choice was the one.

In blew Tropical storm Debbie which meant all work stopped and we needed to wait for a break in the weather. Thankfully no damage was caused by the storm and the work continued soon after. The drains were widened to deal with the Florida rains and we were on our way.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Stumbling into writing my own blog

Well after much deliberation Im going to start my own decorating blog.
Decorating is what I love to do, and I read other housey blogs all the time. I hope you will follow me on my journey as I redo revamp and revitalise any old treasures I may find.