The Prep work:
First coat of Paint:
Jon fitting everything into place:
Lightly sanding off the globules of Paint:
Final 2 to 3 coats of chosen paint colour:
Nearing the End:
As you can see, not only did Jon revamp & paint an existing wooden fire surround but he also painted 2 wooden planks that are from part of a skirting board, the reason for this is the fire surround itself was a bit too big for the metal fire place. Painting & Gluing the extra pieces of wood onto the inner sides of the wooden surround filled the gap nicely and looks professional. He bought the old wooden surround for £20. All that needs doing now is the tiling. We have spare Black tiles from renovating the Bathroom.
Here is what the fire place looks like now its finished: Jon’s Fireplace
In regards to my little table, I bought it for a fiver from a charity shop. It was sanded, primed and had 2 or 3 coats of Laura Ashley’s Duck Egg Blue paint as the top coat. I then sanded it again to age & antique it, making it oh so quirky and gorgeously Shabby Chic!
Soon after that I decorated it but its unfinished- for the time being I’ve placed stones, feathers, and tumbled healing crystals inside and underneath the glass top. I may come back to it in the near future (perhaps if and when I own my own yoga studio) Jon suggested using something delicate like dried leaves or their skeletons.
Here is the little table in its *almost* completed form: DIY Shabby Chic table
Great Books to Inspire Creativity in the Home:
Here is the AMAZING website of Kirstie Allsopp who is renowned for Interior Design, Upcycling Junk and D.I.Y:
The Official Website of Kirstie Allsopp
You do not need to be an artistic person or D.I.Y expert to do things like this for your home, you do not even need large amounts of time and children are no excuse because you can get them involved! All you need is the want to create something unique to your home and the patience to make it rather than opting for something that is mass produced. There are so many cheap and even free things available that you can spruce up yourself which makes it more meaningful to you because you revamped it!
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