Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Love painting!!

I'm so excited about painting all the old furniture I've been gathering over the last few months.  I can't stop going to auctions, junk and charity shops and even the tip (in Hampshire) to find bits and pieces that need their lives saving.  In Somerset it's frustrating that a lot of stuff still gets buried in landfill, but perhaps more local authorities will see the light and do what Hampshire does.  They either have a shed on site where anything with any life left in it goes for sale to the public, or it gets donated to charities who sell it in their shops.  Great idea - specially as I can load my car up when I go and visit Cilla in Bishops Waltham.

Despite clearing out the old kitchen to use as a workshop for all this industry, and even putting the old woodburner back in, it is too cold this week to be out there, so I've turned the back room into a paint studio.

And I'm pleased to say I have finally relented and bought some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax.  I've been holding out and trying to use up various ends of tins I already had (my goodness paint costs a bomb) but I couldn't resist any longer.  The bookcase below is Paris Grey - a very bad photo in electric light but the paint is FAB.  So easy to use and no primer needed!  Plus it looks old almost as soon as it goes on.  That bookcase by the way was shiny mahogany colour with water damage from being under a leak in the tip shed in Hampshire.  Love it!

I finally finished my old chairs.  They've been hanging around for about 10 years waiting for some tlc.  They had retro chocolate brown plastic seats and sticky varnish on the oak frames.  Offcuts from my kitchen curtains make great cow parsley seats.  Somehow painting them accentuates the lovely shape of the legs and the backs, but I can't decide if I like cream or black.