Thursday 12 May 2016

And now for something a little different.......


When I first started on this blogging journey I named my blog 
a consuming passion ...with all things craft,
thinking that I would share more than just my handmade cards and paper projects.  Cards took over pretty much from the get go, with the occasional sewing project thrown in, but not many.

Being away in the caravan  with limited space and still wanting to do something creative, I did a bit of crocheting. Starting with a couple of round 'baskets' some little slippers and a small stash of 'granny squares' ready for a throw.  

As the weather cools down here I think I'll be getting on with this little project.

You might have noticed on one of my last photos HERE I'm working on some English paper pieced hexagons to make a table runner. Another little project started whilst we were away ready for the new house :-)  More about that later.

Today though, I'm sharing something quite different that still comes under my crafty pursuits.

This Buffet or Sideboard as I call them, was one of the first items we bought when we moved to Sydney from the UK all those years ago.  It moved with us and has served us well in three homes. However in the new house it just didn't go and I was loath to part with it.
I knew just where I wanted to stand it but it needed a face lift.
Enter Annie Sloan chalk paint!

I bought this book which is full of great colour inspiration,
 found a supplier locally who also offered a class to learn the basics, so off I went.
My first project consisted of a couple of picture frames and a vase that I crackled.

Then I jumped right in and started on the sideboard, removing doors, handles and drawer fronts I masked the inside.  I'd decided to leave this in its natural state.  A good wash then two coats of Duck Egg Blue. (my piece was very dry so it took 2 coats)  Next a wash of warm white paint, just to give the piece a soft beachy look, a clean dry cloth took some of the white paint back.
I let the paint dry overnight before adding two coats of clear wax to finish off.

Here it is in situ, what do you think?

I'm happy and 'the boyfriend' likes it too.  For a couple of days work I get to keep my sideboard and the storage it offers.
My sideboard is a great space for photo taking, so you'll probably see it often :-)

Thanks for calling past today.........

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lostinpaper said...

Great save on the sideboard, it's amazing just how much stuff can fit into one of those things lol. Looks like you have been way busy, it's so good to have you back!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oohh, Tilly, you clever little vegemite .. your buffet looks awesome in its new home a great transformation!! love that you started small to start with, then jumped right in!

Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Lorraine's blog said...

No end to your talents now a furniture designer, love the colours great job. x

Anonymous said...

Looks great :) They do store a lot of things and giving it a fresh face has paid off.
Funny when I set up my blog I thought I would share more than cards too! They seem to have taken over.

G Peplow said...

Brilliant makeover, love the look. Glad you're back sharing again, lovely to 'see' you! Gay x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

What a beautiful makeover, Sue!

Aileen said...

Fantastic makeover on that sideboard. Totally in love with it, happy to have you come do my place too if you like. Great to have you back and crafting

Ann said...

So lovely to see what you have been doing Sue! I just love that soft blue - and the art work you have teamed up with it. You now have a much loved piece of 'history' that is also beautiful and practical. Good job! It never ceases to amaze me how creative people can be, if it is in them at all - you can't sit idle for long it seems. Way back when our kids were young, we took a 3-mth LSL in a small caravan - kids were 7, 12 and 14!! Amazingly, after a couple of weeks, I could have stayed in it forever - though the one thing I did miss back then was my sewing machine. Hope you enjoy your beautiful new home for a long long time!

Selma said...

What a great project. It is beautiful. I once did this technique on all the furniture in my daughter's bedroom. Love that look!

Janelle said...

Fantastic look! I adore how it looks in its new home. Get to have you back as well. :)