Month: July 2015

Presenting at a Blogger Event in Bristol – Upcycling Hillarys Shutters

A little while back the good folk at Hillarys asked me to come up with some crafty ideas of ways to upcycle a window shutter. I had a lovely time racking my brain (and looking on Pinterest) and came up with a range of suggestions that were whittled down to one – to add some lovely Kilner jars to the shutter that could then be used to store all sorts of things from herbs or cutlery in the kitchen, to displaying fresh cut flowers or being a wonderful home office pen/pencils organiser. I was sent a few shutters to try the project out at home so I could work out if it was possible, if it was easy and of course if it was effective. Having found in the past that Annie Sloan chalk paint sticks to anything, I tried it again and yep, thumbs up again. I tried a layered two-colour distressed effect that was lovely, but too time-consuming for an afternoon event, but the concept was lovely. With a bit of Internet hunting I …

New paint from Little Greene – “Blue” – giving you a sneaky peek of the most inspiring collection I’ve seen in a long time

Working as a freelancer for magazines means I am lucky enough to see press releases of all sorts of lovely products, trends and ideas before they hit the shelves in the shops, or are shown off in magazines. It’s exciting to see what’s coming next and I am a complete sucker for a paint chart because I absolutely love looking at new colours and working out where I can use them on projects I’m working on.  I have just seen the new “Blue” range from one of my favourite paint manufacturers, Little Greene – a truly mouthwatering collection of shades and I wanted to share them so you can start planning your own re-painting project. Really and truly they are the most beeeaauuuutiful colours I’ve seen in a long time (and I spend a vaguely concerning amount of time looking at paint). They aren’t available until September but this will give you (and me) time to work out what colour to use where in your home… Lots of people think blue is a cold colour and yes, certain shades …

Bold colour in the kitchen to stand out from the crowd – how far will you go?

Kitchens are generally white, wood, grey, black, cream…. any combination of the above. These are easy to live with and are less affected by the ever-changing tides of interior fashion but you’d be surprised at how much more you could love this room if you added some colour. It’s often “not done” and I think as showrooms and glossy brochures back away from bold colour, sticking to muted neutrals then everyone else does too because it feels safe. However if you take the plunge, the simple colour scheme of most kitchens is a great base – a blank canvas in many cases – to which you can add beautiful colours. White and black of course are easy as anything goes with them, but when there’s lots of wood I’d suggest being a bit careful. Generally blues and greens work really well, yellow, orange and red can be a bit trickier with wood but it does depend on the shade of wood and the depth of the colour you want to add. Getting samples of all …

Stencilling furniture – a modern touch for lacklustre pieces

I bought an old set of drawers in a charity shop. It had some nice elements – pretty legs, useful drawers and nice (though filthy) handles. It also had some cracks and dents in the wood and was pretty scuffed. I decided to paint it as this would disguise the surface imperfections, and then, inspired by some amazing stencilled pieces on Pinterest, add a pattern too. This kind of revamp is so easy, and the results are always really pleasing. This technique can be applied to any piece that has flat surfaces and you can do as much or as little as you want. Cover the entire piece, or just the drawer fronts or top. Use really contrasting colours for drama (I fancy trying out navy blue and pale grey) or, like I have here, a more muted combination for a delicate touch. Either way, it’s a quick, cheap, and fabulous transformation that can be done in a day! 1. Unscrew the handles and put to one side. Clean any grease or debris and give the …