Friday, 27 July 2012

Frenchy Bedside Cabinets

I visited a clients house two nights ago carrying a bag full of books to inspire and a head full of ideas to discuss a custom paint job i was to take on two Frenchy bedside cabinets that she had purchased...here you can see them in all their glory.....

My client has a beautiful home that is filled with beautiful furniture and furnishings,she has a great eye for design and has many of her own fabric and paint swatches put together in files but she is always open to fresh eyes,opinions and ideas......in fact i think we two could stay up until the early hours talking interiors......
After we sat together flicking through books and listening to my client saying "oh i love that" and "oh that is beautiful" i built up a good picture of what she found fussy and what she found elegant....
I asked to look at the bedroom that the Frenchy bedside cabinets would be living in and asked questions about the French yellow gold wall colour and took into account the cream of the wrought iron bed that would be staying  that the cabinets would be sitting next,the fabric of the drapes and padded pelmet box that would be staying  so i could get a really good idea of the look my client was wanting to achieve.....
I asked to take some photographs of the drapes for colour reference but  my client had one better and she sent me home with a sample of the beautiful quilted fabric that the bedroom drapes are made from....
Below is how the cabinets looked originally sat on a dust sheet waiting for their custom paint job.....
The tops are a grey marble and that did concern me as the bedroom is full of warm colours and i knew i would have to tie the marble in or it would stand out and not in a good way,the room is to be soft,French and elegant.....
Below is when i thought i had it all worked out and finished but the grey marble still sits alone while the Old Ochre,Old White and Scandinavian Pink blend together perfectly,it needed a little more work.....look at the top left leg at the front you can see the warm cream against the cool grey of the marble.....
I mixed Paris Grey with various other Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and let them dry until i came up with a perfect match for the colour of the marble...this was washed along the carvings,edges and door moldings and you can see below it now pulls the grey of the marble in to the rest of the colour design...see at the top left leg now how the grey flows?.....
I mixed my  Annie Sloan Chalk Paints until the background colour of the cabinets matched with the creamy gold in the fabric which will create unity and a soft look to the bedroom.....
The curves of the legs  so much prettier now they are painted.....
Soft distressing was applied and colours were blended together over and over to create the look of an old water colour.....
I will be adding some dark wax here and there to age the cabinets when i return home from Shingle Cottage this weekend..my time away will allow everything to set....
They will be home early next week in the prettiest French inspired bedroom......
I will also be sourcing a lamp base,custom sewing a lampshade and painting a huge brass chandelier for my clients beach house in the next few weeks which is exciting!......

But today i am on my way to Shingle Cottage where i will be painting for myself....i have a few boxes of furnishings of my own and of course my trusty camera,so join me next time for more tales and goings on from my beloved Shingle Cottage.......

Friday, 20 July 2012

Shingle Cottage Colours

It's time again to drive to Shingle Cottage and work some more on the Kitchen....Steve will be laying new floor boards here and there and building the frame of what will be our wardrobe (closet) in the bedroom...we have two very old pitch pine doors from a cottage Steve had worked in,the doors were headed for the skip (dumpster) when Steve rescued them...we will use them as our wardrobe doors....
I found these pretty cottage plates below while going through our things and packing..in fact i have found things i didn't know i had?? and i have collections which i never knew i had either??
I had said To Steve last week that the plate rack in the kitchen would look nice with some little jugs hanging from it...well you can see below i have little jugs and scary things is i have more! i had them dotted around the house so i never really noticed them or saw them as a collection?
Well the colours will work perfect in Shingle Cottage kitchen and do you see the blue in the plates below well it will pull the blue in my pretty pink chandelier lights i showed you last time...
The first pale pink on the colour swatch below is the 'Rose Trellis' we chose and painted the kitchen ceiling in and this afternoon i will be painting the two plastered walls with 'Soft Apple' below which is  lovely and bright and fresh!......the  'Soft Apple' will is really going to lift the room and give it some  zest!....
Below is 'Jasmine White' for the cupboard frame and cladded wall,it has  a lovely old porcelain tone to it and it will keep things light and bright.....
So at the end of the weekend we should be another step closer to building our dream pretty cottage....i will take pictures as always to show you what we have been up to....oh and welcome aboard to all new followers so nice of you to join us on our journey!...
Moving on from the kitchen now......i have these two cherub lights below that will be going up in the bathroom at Shingle Cottage  this weekend...we are deciding whether we will take out the wiring and put candles in them? and i am thinking i may paint them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?...... decisions...decisions.....
Steve said i could take what ever i like this weekend...he may be sorry he said that as i have grabbed together a nice stash of bits and bobs to take with me...
Also this week i have made over a lot of furniture for my little shop that will be coming soon and my sewing machine will be happy i am away for the weekend so she can have a rest....
Join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage......

Have a lovely weekend!!!!..........

XxX

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Light Pink

I had four wall lights stashed away with two three arm ceiling lights to match that i had picked up forever ago......

Here is one of the wall lights below in its original  brass finish.....i needed two ceiling lights for the kitchen at Shingle Cottage and while going through my ever growing collection of treasures to be made over i came across the ceiling lights and thought 'hmmmmmmm? the pretty china would work but what about the brass?' and then i remembered my new best friend Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!!!

So after Steve fitted them for me i grabbed my Antoinette  and Old Ochre Chalk Paint and began painting.....i love how the brassware looked like icing on a cake after it was painted and it seemed fitting for a kitchen...
I painted the candle covers below to match and while it was drying i gave the ceiling another coat of Rose Trellis paint,it looks it's true pink now that it has had two coats of paint.....
The ladies on the avenue really loved my china chandeliers when they were all finished and up on the pink ceiling.......
We have lights!!!....it makes Shingle Cottage feel so much more like home....i will be happy next week when we can fit the little ceiling roses properly once the ceiling is dry.......
I can see some custom little light shades coming up or much prettier bulbs!..........
We also hung a plate rack below on the cladded wall to decide if we liked it or not...the wall will be painted in a butter milk colour and i think i will paint the plate rack the same colour if it stays there..... if we go through the kitchen door into the hall......
You can see that we hung a french basket chandelier at one end and an Italian lantern light at the other and  i also painted the little table at the end in Annie Sloan Old White...Steve had fitted the new floor boards through out the hall and fitted the skirting board too.....
Shingle Cottage has a little glamour now...i can not wait to paint all these floors white......
Looking back from where the little table is stood this used to be the view into the kitchen not too long ago......
It now looks like this below......i think we can finally say we are starting to get somewhere......We can see light at the end of the tunnel .....The old doorway from the kitchen now is a  finished cladded wall....
We go left at the end now instead of straight on to the kitchen.....you can just see the pink wall cupboards at the top in the doorway......
The weather was beautiful again this weekend and during a break i stood on the cliff top and watched a girl and her dog  run and play on the beach...it looked like heaven to me,so peaceful.....so blue....while two friends enjoyed their journey together...
I was thinking of the work i wanted to get finished...i wonder what the girl on the beach was thinking about?.....
Meanwhile my friend was thinking that i would like a bunch of her home grown sweet peas....she had hand picked  me a posy of sweet peas to take back with me,such a beautiful thought...they smell divine and the colours are beautiful...i am going to grow some next year for our garden i think they would lovely in a vase with blousy roses......
I am going to have a read of some of your blogs now before bed to see what you have all been up to over the weekend....

I hope you enjoyed catching up with the goings on at Shingle Cottage........ See you next time!....

XxX

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

A Pink Kitchen? And Other Bits And Bobs.


The weather was beautiful at the coast at the weekend...a warm breeze gently wafted through Shingle Cottage and gulls called out  as they glided above...you could hear the waves lapping on the shore and i thought to myself i never want this day to end it's just how i imagined it would be...you know that perfect day you never think will come again and there you are in it?...our little cottage is on the coast of England but on days like this it feels like it is on Cape Cod or Nantucket Island....i am a dreamer ;)
In my last post i had mentioned i was creating a faux  painted wall next to the fireplace,here is a tutorial and how i achieved my look for anyone who would like to know how...this is how it looked below last time with one coat of stone colored paint.....i painted some parts solid and others i left the undercoat of white showing....
I brushed a pale grey into the seams...i did this thicker with full coverage in some seams and almost dry brushing others to create an aged worn effect......
I worked in small sections and dry brushed some grey paint here and there  onto the edges of the bricks below...
With a damp cloth i smudged the seams and blended it across the bricks until no brush strokes were visible...this was then left to dry fully....
I then dabbed an antique white paint using a paint brush in a random pattern.....
Again with a damp cloth which makes it much easier to move the paint about i smudged and rubbed over the grey and stone colour on the bricks and here and there in the seams until i was happy with the look.....
It now looks like this.......

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A Pink Kitchen?.....  No?.... Are you really?.....Your not? (oh yes i am ;)

You would not believe how many people have said that...they thought i was joking...read on dear readers,read on.....

We had cladded the kitchen ceiling and sealed and undercoated it the week before and steve  skimmed the two walls we had plaster boarded with plaster...he has done a really great job it is super smooth....i some times think wow are we really doing this ourselves?......You can see Steve below trying to work out which cupboard door fits where? we had carved little numbers in the top of the doors before they were sent to be dipped and stripped so we would know which door was which but with them being wet and jet washed the wood must have raised back up because all but the number 3 had gone...we had such a laugh working  out which was which.....

Eventually we worked them out and we began cladding the walls under the cupboards.....i don't really like my kitchen door with it being upvc but i do like that it is not very old,really weather tight and has a lovely large window in the top which gives a lovely view onto the garden,you can also see the sea through it when you wash the dishes....I plan to gently rub the shiny surface off and paint it inside in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint....then with some lace at the window things should look a little prettier....
In between Pepsi-max and tea we built a new frame around the cupboard doors and i caulked the ceiling and walls.....
This is how it looked when you came through the front door below......it was starting to look a little like a real room!.......
Looking out of the front door you can see the garden is in full flower...the hydrangea is huge this year and full of blooms and buds, last year it only had about five blooms...i have sprinkled all our old tea leaves around it for months and also sieved the ashes from the coal fire around it like my mum told me to and hey presto it worked!....
The delphiniums i planted a few months ago are all up and open and  the verbascums are blooming behind.....next Summer it should all be lovely and thick like a real cottage garden......
Back inside the kitchen the doors were all in place but not fully stripped,this was my job outside in the sunshine while Steve fitted the new floor boards and skirting boards.....
The ceiling had it's first coat of pink paint and the cupboard doors had their first coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Antoinette......
Looking back to where we built the cladded wall and moved the door in my last post you can see we have half the new floorboards down,the cladded walls are primed and undercoated and the skirting board is fitted...the door is hung and has it's new handle fitted....there are two ceiling light fittings in the kitchen,The original one to the kitchen has  been centered in it's space above,it was over the sink before....the one you can see below that was in the old toilet has now been centered in that space to stop it creating shadows on the new cladded wall.......
Looking in from the front door you see Antoinette cupboard doors and a pink ceiling ahhhhhhh someone pinch me!.....
You will have to forgive this  picture below,we had worked hard all weekend and we were tired out and i took this just before we locked the door and headed back to the city,it looked straight in the viewer window which is slightly worrying......but you can see how things are coming along in the kitchen.....
So there you have it my friends another weekend at Shingle Cottage......The seagull chick has really grown but i didn't manage to catch a picture of it this time,you can see his Mother is a real beauty and oddly we are now starting to know her calls as in if they are friendly or if she is warning other gulls away,my favorite is when her mate returns and they rub their faces together....
I will be posting again this week with some makeovers and things i have been up to with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.......

A huge Hello! to all my new followers so glad you are joining us on our journey as we bring Shingle Cottage back to her former glory!...............

XxX