I have a love hate relationship with grey....If the tone is too dark and cool i have images of concrete and cement in my head,i love pastel pinks and aqua sea foam blues but i do want grey in my palette so with this in mind i played around at the weekend and mixed my own shade of pale grey using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) in Paris Grey and Old White until i came up with a pale Dove Grey that i want to have more of in Shingle Cottage...
This pale shade of grey looks beautiful with pale pinks,think roses and vintage silver as shown in the picture below by Maison Decor which at time of going to press is available here Silverplate Water Pitcher
but it can look just as beautiful with Gold.
Once i had my Dove Grey i sat Steve's davenport desk on four tins of Annie Sloan Wax (TM) so i could paint the turnip feet at the same time and here below is my Dove Grey,pretty and pale...
The desk before in ORANGE!.... I love the desk but i have never liked the colour so this was a great day for me with brush in hand.
So exciting when you start to paint a piece and you have it all planned and a picture of how it will look in your head,well at least i do and then brush stroke after brush stroke it starts to transform..
Here i go!
Santa if your reading this can i have an Annie Sloan paint brush (TM) for Christmas please?
The desk has eight drawers at the back,four down either side and i painted these in Old White...
The pine knobs were removed and will be replaced with cut glass for a more romantic and feminine look.
There are eight tiny curved drawers inside too.....Who can guess what colour the inside will be?
I used one as a prop while it dried to stop the lid sticking!
I painted the desk last Sunday lunch time just before we left Shingle Cottage so this is how she sits waiting for this Friday when i am back home with cut glass knobs in my bag and the work shall continue.
Notice how all the detail is now revealed on the legs now they are painted.
well i thought my huge chandelier needed a little softening and i had nine pale Lilac/Lavender blue candle shades from Laura Ashley..
It was time for a curtain rod to go up over the bow window too and the shape i liked came in a butter milk cream which didn't go with anything in the room.
I soon fixed that with the fabulous very versatile Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) in my Dove Grey.
I hung four cotton panels with broderie anglais and ruffled ribbons along the bottom....
We hung the curtain rod flat on the wall in the room so the panels hang in the middle of the space between the bow window and the room,this allows the light to shine through the whole panel top to bottom,if we had hung them against the window the pattern would have dulled in the shade against the wall.
Floorboards waiting to be painted white...
Dove Grey curtain rod and rings,Yes i painted the rings too! with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) you can break the rules and do all the things you always wanted to.
I need to get two more panels so i can gather the ones i have hung a little more,but for now you can see what i am aiming for and it will be so much nicer when the scaffolding isn't shadowing right across the window.
The new floorboards went down in the washroom over the weekend and the bedroom floor had two more coats of white paint but i won't bore you with pictures.
I know many of you are dreaming of a White Christmas but i am dreaming of white painted floors ;)
We sat and talked about Christmas the other day and decided we can not pull Christmas off this year.
We move in three weeks and have too much to do both physically and financially,It has been a long two years.
Our Christmas tree last Year
Next Year i will trim Shingle Cottage in Winter white and sparkles...I have it as always all planned in my head and i think i'm going to love it!
Some times you just have to say 'I can't do it all' and you know when you do the pressure is off!! and you will sigh and feel so much better.
I LOVE Christmas so this won't be easy for me but don't worry you will probably catch me in a prom gown with a pink Santa hat come Christmas Day dancing to all the old crooners in the kitchen with Steve while making hundreds of those little sausages wrapped in bacon,my boy loves them!
Right i am going to pack some more,Thank you for stopping by and just think three weeks and at last we will be living in Shingle Cottage...Then the fun will really begin!
I have so much planned for this next Year and i can't wait to share it with you!
Join me next time for more tales and goings from Shingle Cottage...