Friday, 7 September 2018

MIRROR MIRROR


...faith is the evidence of things unseen...Maya Angelou


...this beautiful old Irish heirloom mirror was in a real sorry state and the owner said it had actually been gnawed away in places by rats!...


...three colours of Annie Sloan chalk paint were used to breathe new life into this heirloom so it could sit happily alongside its contemporary neighbours for many more years to come..


...Pure - Provence - Graphite...


...lots of lovely layers & details...


...this mirror was a joy to transform...


...it sits well in its new home...



...below are the gnaw marks from the rats...




...I love how a little time and effort can transform a piece for a relatively little cost... 

...till next time...

Mel xo

Saturday, 25 August 2018

PLAY IT AGAIN



Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud...Maya Angelou



Hello everyone

...today I have a little Chalk Paint makeover to share with you...




...this is an antique heirloom belonging to a friend, a Gilbert Gramophone that has been in the family for years but had sadly sat neglected and had become a home for spiders and their elaborate cobwebs and the lid had deteriorated...
...I have used just three colours of Annie Sloan chalk paint...Old White, Pure and Provence...


...layering and sanding back with fine grade paper...




...lovely detailing on this old Gilbert Gramophone...


...the original knobs have been long gone,so some pretty glass ones add a touch of sparkle...


...the before photos...




...this piece has gone to join the others in a white home makeover, including the beautiful antique heirloom dining table, which had really seen some better days but now sits serenely within it's white surroundings...




...before...


...I only remembered once I had painted the legs that I had not taken a before photo of the table, but a lick of paint has allowed the owner to enjoy her Mother's heirloom on her terms for many years to come...

see you soon

Mel XO












Saturday, 18 August 2018

Reclaim Magazine


You can only become truly accomplished at something you love...Maya Angelou

Hello everyone...so today this happened



...Reclaim Magazine just happens to be my favourite monthly magazine...a place to go for inspiration, for craftsmanship to aspire too, for ideas, that may take you in another direction...its full of visual treats and a real feast for the eye...


...a few weeks ago I completed a makeover for a friend, she has an old trunk that had seen better days...


...and here it is, I can't stop smiling...


...here is the before photo...


...still beautiful, but nothing special...


...its quite amazing what you can achieve, with some time, paint and imagination...


...Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is so versatile, it gives super coverage and has great depth of colour and you can sand back to achieve a glass like finish...can you tell I love it lol...

Thank you for stopping by today

till next time 

Mel XO

Sunday, 29 July 2018

ANTOINETTE


...life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away...Maya Angelou

...hello everyone...




...today I want to share with you a fun little project using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...



...all of Annie's paint comes in cute little tester pots, which are the perfect size for smaller projects...my colour of choice for this mini project is the rather dreamy Antoinette, it's a rather gorgeous 'dirty pink' it has a dreamy moody vibe with a heady dash of vintage romance & I used my detail brush set and my Gelli Plate...







...pebbles collected from the beach and decorated with Annie Sloan's detail brush set...for the card and printmaking I used my Gelli Plate...

 



...card, print & paper weight...a simple & fun project that adds a lovely personal touch to your gifts...what would you do?...

Bye for now
Mel XO

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Old to New Part II



If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be...Maya Angelou


...here is part II of Old and New as promised...


...now I must apologise, as I have found it so hard to photograph white (any tips in this department would be great) and get any kind of definition on the piece as a whole...


...the trunk as been given 3 layers of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure...the wood on the trunk has been distressed and given a bleached seaside vibe with a hint of Provence showing through...


...the latches too have been sanded back and distressed...I used some white decoart crackle paste, bloody love this stuff! to give extra definition and aging as you can see in the close up here...




...here is some detailing on the sides and on the wooden batons...


...chippy weathered paint...



...the whole piece was finished off with 2 coats of white wax with a days drying in between and has been left matt not buffed...


...completed and delivered home...



...and here is the before picture...


...this trunk has been re-loved and brought completely up to date to fit into the theme of the owners home...it's amazing what can be achieved with a few layers of paint and wax... 

bye for now
XO