Monday, 30 April 2012

Bathroom Peek!


We had rain,rain and more rain at Shingle Cottage this weekend but nothing could dampen our spirits as we were too busy inside cracking on with our bathroom....

Here is a Shingle Cottage bathroom peek! it is not finished but i thought you would like to see so far..... warning! there are a lot of pictures....which i personally like when i am reading blogs not just one before and one after i like to see everything as it is being built and decorated do you?

At the bottom of the hallway on the right there was a small  bedroom which we decided to make our bathroom as the existing one is tiny and that is soon to become our laundry room.......

The bedroom looked like this below before we started pulling off the old plaster board...
Underneath we discovered a beautiful window....i wish they were all like that it must have looked beautiful in the 1930's........we are going to keep two windows although we will have two new matching ones....
We planked the ceiling and all the walls but in here we decided to fit it horizontally and vertically to add some interest..the shower to the left off the picture was tiled in marble tiles and things were looking much better.....it is at this stage in every room we have done that my mind is spinning with ideas and which furniture i can squeeze in........i was going to use the table below as a sink stand and i chose a large round edged square sink....
Along with this marble i found in an architectural yard below and  with a roll top bath we thought we had it all worked out.......
I chose  taps as i love the pot handles......
With matching bath taps and shower......
But as the walls were primed and undercoated the bathroom took on a whole new look for me and i didn't want a roll top bath as i thought it may all look a little new and a bit twee....i decided i wanted a white bath with planking all around,a bit more old coastal/country looking and so after talking it through with Steve we decided that is what we are having and the bath will be here in the corner underneath the windows.....
We spent money on insulation which we fit in the walls to keep out the cold and that will help us not to spend so much on energy bills later on.........last week we fitted insulating underlay all over the floor and laid our new pine floorboards on top.....
Steve learned from an old joiner who has been in the trade for years that when fitting around door joins it looks more professional if you hold a saw on top of a piece of the floor you are laying and cut the door join out straight across from the inside of the room to the outside and slide the flooring straight underneath...it is also so much easier than cutting round......
We then cut our skirting boards to size and finished the ceiling and the join in the walls with small square beading and then everywhere had two top coats of Antique White......
A pretty pine table we have had for ages was brought to Shingle Cottage and stood in place so we could decide if this was to be our look?.....we loved it i think the turned legs and spindles on the back go much nicer with all the wood on the walls....
Steve pencil marked around the sink and then cut a hole in the table top with his jigsaw.....
I then gave it two coats of white primer and decided to top coat it with Farrow and Ball in Slipper Satin......which is a beautiful soft shade of old white........
When converting furniture with drawers into a sink stand mark the draw from above with a pencil before fitting the sink as it is much easier than doing it after........we brought our drawer back to the city with us so Steve can cut it down one night this week so i will show you it finished in my next few posts.......
After the Slipper Satin was dry everything was put together and stood in place for the moment of truth!....i chose a softer shaped oval bowl and i love how it looks on this table and we are both happy with the finished look...........
I also really like the taps and love how the Slipper satin table looks against the  Antique white walls...
Steve fitted the skirting boards and i followed behind him painting them...we are lucky as we work really well together and get what the other is trying to achieve....space has been left either side of the sink  purposefully for dressing after with a small chair or whatever may take my fancy and i can not wait to get all our worldly possessions over here but i am going to have to wait a few more months......oh and yes the drawer will be painted in Slipper Satin......
We fit our shower and shower cubicle this weekend too and it really made it look so much more like a bathroom....i don't really like showers as in to look at as they generally look modern and i like old, although i do think ours looks lovely and i love the sliding the doors.......Steve built it  behind the door which is great because when you open the door to the bathroom you don't see it straight away.....
    The door was hung along with the old cleaned up locks and the planking was carried on around the corner to where the toilet will be...we are having a high level old fashioned toilet with flushing chain and a white wood seat...once the bath is fitted and planked along with the table sink vanity and old fashioned toilet i think it will give the bathroom some character and create a vintage look.......the toilet will be in next week and we should be taking our first showers in our new bathroom which is good news as it means we can get on knocking out the old one.......
    See this picture below? that will teach me for carrying on painting Sunday morning.....i should have stayed in bed i was so tired,Steve did nothing but laugh! and i sat down and joined him......
    The new pine floors are going to run throughout the whole of Shingle Cottage and are all going to be painted white,that will be a job and a half won't it? all the walls and doors throughout are going to be antique white as it looks much softer in the light we get here in England......fresh brilliant whites  can look harsh as i found out in my first beach holiday home.
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    I am planning on using Farrow and Ball in 'Slipper  Satin' and i have used Laura Ashley in 'Ivory' on furniture but if you think Shingle Cottage will be all soft whites i should tell you i have a love of pink, cabbage roses and  Ralph Lauren blues so with carefully chosen window dressings,light shades,cushions and wall coverings  i will  create an ever changing home that will work through out the seasons.....
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    Thank you all for your lovely comments on my Tole Light post,you girls are super nice and i appreciated each and everyone of them!

    Join me later this week when i will be posting more goings on from our weekends at Shingle Cottage!..................

    XxX

    Friday, 20 April 2012

    Tole light Tutorial

    I have always loved  vintage tole lighting and the tole candle holder below is one of my favourite pieces...at the time i bought it there was a matching ceiling light for sale also and i over looked it thinking i could get it next time...well i never did and have not seen it anywhere since although i have looked when out and about......

    The antique white chandelier below i have had for years and decided i would try to make my very own tole light for Shingle Cottage....


    I started by mixing my own paint colours and adding a little white plaster to achieve an aged and uneven texture when finished..the plaster also helps the paint to dry matt which also achieves a time worn  and dusty look.....
    My chandelier was covered in leaves but it had no flowers...looking through my stash of bits and bobs i came across these metal flowers below from an old light fitting along with some cut glass centers that fit perfectly inside....i gave the flowers a coat of ivory mixed with a dash of rose and left them to dry.....
    I then found three larger cut glass droplets which i hung on the center leaves as you will see later,using different size droplets will break a piece up and stop it looking too uniformed and new.....
    Once dry i mixed the same rose colour paint i had made earlier with lavender and washed it over the top of the flowers to add depth and a layered aged paint effect.....
    I then painted the lavender on the tips of the flowers and on the crown and bottom of the chandelier as you will see as we go along.................
    With a wet brush i splotched cream here and there on the flowers......see how the plaster in the paint gives a lovely thick layer over layer of paint effect.......
    and smudged  it in with a cotton dish cloth............
    When finished the flowers looked like this below......
    I then mixed up a soft duck egg blue......
    and painted all the leaves on the chandelier....when dry i painted lines of a leaf green and splotched cream paint on top once more.........i left the frame of the chandelier in its original colour as it was a nice contrast to my tole work......
    When smudged with a cloth it looked like this below.....always keep your cloth damp and keep your paint brush loaded with paint...the wetter everything is the easier it is to blend the colours together......
    The bulb holder leaves were painted in soft duck egg blue and the tips in turquoise and then a mixture of turquoise and the duck egg paint was splotched on top...................
    Wrapping the cloth around my finger i then wiped all the colours from the tip to the center......
    Which achieved the look below........
    A mixture of black and brown was then applied to the tips and here and there on the flowers and leaves all over the chandelier and  was then smudged in the same way........
    When everything was dry i wired my flowers to the branches and added lots of cut glass droplets......
    Popped the candle covers back on which i had left in the same original finish as the frame........
    Here we are  my tole light all finished...............what do you think of the finished look?.....

    Do you like tole lights and would you now try to paint one yourself?

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    Have a lovely weekend where ever you are and whatever you are up to...........we are heading for Shingle Cottage in an hour or so to start some more work on the bathroom and if the sun is shining i will be working away in our cottage garden and listening to the sea with some golden oldies playing softly in the background....

    Friday, 13 April 2012

    Bedside Boudoir Cabinets


    Pretty pale blue boudoir bedside cabinets ready and waiting to go to  Shingle Cottage this Summer....
      I always say to myself "buy what you can afford to buy and then make it look like what you can not afford to buy" with this in mind i searched vintage shops and junk shops for some frenchy type bedside cabinets...my search eventually led me to Ebay where i found two mirrored and marble topped ones for £95 for the pair and they were a few hours drive up the coast from Shingle Cottage...this how they looked below when we picked them up.......
      After stripping and removing a lot of sticky gold paint from the brass hardware and a good sand and gluing here and there they looked like this..........
      Here they are below finished...the marble tops were removed and soaked in a large bucket over night in baby sterilizing fluid,marble is porous and absorbs liquid so it soaks out all the ingrained dirt,you can then buy marble polish (you can find marble polish on Ebay),apply the wax and buff back to a high sheen.....i mixed a few colours to make a pretty pale blue and painted antique white here and there to soften and give an aged appearance.....the hardware stripped and polished now sparkles and shines once more......
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       The mirrors cleaned with white spirit on cotton wool removed years of grime and it is good for removing hairspray from mirrors too.....i used it outside in a well ventilated area and applied it with cotton wool and then used my usual window cleaner after to remove the smell......
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      Pretty glass door knobs from Anthropolgie.....draw pulls from an old cupboard in Shingle Cottage,  all other hardware original.
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           I like to paint my furniture by hand as i like to see the brush strokes...then softly sanded and chipped for time worn elegance.....
      A dowdy brown bird cage caught my eye and was transformed in the same pretty pale blue....
      Meanwhile over at Shingle Cottage it was all hard work and no glamour last weekend but oh we got so much done,do you see the tree trunk to the left that had Steve stumped and our huge mole hills?...new drains have been laid and we can now move forward with the bathroom...Steve will be piping up the shower,bath and toilet this weekend and installing an extractor fan and i have a date with a tin of antique white paint and seven doors....the view below is from the bathroom and you can see to the right i have moved shingle and made a small start on our 'cottage garden'....the lilac tree is covered in buds and i have planted delphiniums,lavender and roses.......the sea is to the right of the picture below and i am dreaming of laying in the bath and listening to the waves......
      You need a pretty picture after looking at our new drains so i shall leave you with  my Bedside Boudoir Cabinets and Swan hat box........
      We will be traveling this afternoon to start work once more on Shingle Cottage and i can not wait,i love going home at the weekends and i am taking a hydrangea and some lady's mantle to plant in our garden.....

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      I wish you a wonderful weekend where ever you are and what ever you are up to........See you next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage....

      XxX



       Show and tell Friday

      Thursday, 5 April 2012

      That View and The Hallway

      The view from the end of our Avenue is really beautiful and people often stroll down and stand and talk whilst looking out to sea,i love this as i am getting to know familiar faces in our little town which will be good for when we move this Summer...i think i might serve tea and scones to passers by when we move in.....it could be cute..... 'Shingle Cottage Tea Rooms'?

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      To have Shingle Cottage and the sea view makes all the hard work on a weekend worthwhile......


      Stood under my garden arch by the garden gate this is the sea view to the right looking over my neighbors walled garden.
      Do you see the telegraph pole in the middle? you have no idea how hard it is for me not to sneek out after dark and paint it WHITE!
      Below our garden fence and arch phase one...
      Phase two last weekend as it is now with lavender planted all along and Steve's hand made gate and palins...we are planting  a traditional English cottage garden with lots of colour and with as many flowers as we can here in the front garden....
      Going out of the garden gate and walking past my neighbors walled garden  you come to this  lawn ......
      When you walk to the end you are greeted with this view of the sea below.....with us being a hop skip and a jump away you can hear the waves crashing to shore in the garden at Shingle Cottage...
      Shingle Cottage below from the back garden taken  last year....a lot of work to be done still but we just keep working away and she gets a little better every week........later we will cover the outside in cedar shingles...

      During our planking of the walls.......the doors were sent away to be dipped and stripped and we are fitting them with plain glass.....
      I ♥love♥ our hallway it looks so much brighter and what i think you would expect  to see when in a Shingle Cottage at the beach....
      Last week Steve was digging new drains when he was stumped by a rather large tree trunk,it finally came out after much digging and chopping.....
      We are going to Shingle Cottage in the morning for Easter weekend and we will be spending our time digging a trench and fitting the new drains and building and painting some more of the bathroom.


      Have a wonderful Happy Easter  weekend where ever you are and what ever you are up to!


      See you next week with more goings on from  Shingle Cottage....


      XxX