Decorated bedside drawers

I’m on a roll! Soon I hope to have brightened up all of my bedroom furniture – but I started with the smallest bit 🙂 The drawers came from my Dad who didn’t have space for them after moving house. They’re a basic fairly attractive Ikea design, but with magnolia walls I’m feeling the need to add some colour… I gave the drawers a bit of a wipe, then painted the top. I thought about painting all of it but decided not to.

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I’m aiming for a soft green and bird themed sort of room, and I found some great antique style bird print wrapping paper. I measured off the drawers and the gaps in between and nearly managed to cut the papers so that the print lines up (but don’t look too closely!) I also cut out a set of birds on a branch and decorated the top. I have a habit of putting things on any available surface so the top may not be visible for long! The varnish made the paint and paper look a bit darker, but it’s now solidly protected from night time water spills and the water that seems to come through the tv aerial when it rains…

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And the bedside table in use! It’s not very visible tucked into the corner, but it’s nice to have more colour and pattern around.
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Happy mail

I haven’t done any Postcrossing tags for a while, it felt like too often I was receiving scrappy bits or nothing at all. But I do like putting together little envelopes of goodies, and I currently have so many nice bits I thought I’d share them out 🙂 I hope the recipients like their surprises!

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Postcards, folded cards, stickers, shaped paperclips, note paper, paper cutouts and little doilies – all off to Russia next weekend 🙂

Dining table renovation

Me and my brother moved house at about the same time, so I ended up with his dining set – an (at least) 3rd hand folding table, and some basic folding Ikea chairs. All good free stuff, but I’d had vague daydreams of a bright dining room with colourful mismatched furniture, big windows…maybe one day 🙂

Anyway, I decided to brighten it all up a bit. First task was cleaning the table, the water went brown and it took several goes to get the worst off – I’m not sure this table had ever been properly cleaned!

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To get rid of the worst of the dirt and scratches, I decided to sand the top and some of the legs. It’s a nice wood but sanding was hard work.

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Painting the whole table would have been too much, so I decided to just paint the bottom of the legs. I measured up to a good height and used masking tape to mark the areas that I was planning to paint, and to give the paint a neat edge. It took a couple of coats to get it looking good. I used pale pink on the feet, and a metallic paint on the cross-bar because I liked the colour 🙂

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To brighten up the top I stuck flowery paper to the central panel, then I dragged it outside and used a spray varnish to coat it all. It could probably do with a thicker coat at some point, but the varnish ran out…

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And the finished result! Much more fun, and brightens up my little dining corner. I spray-painted a chair too for a bit more colour – it’s a bit patchy but much more colourful!

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Italy

A few highlights from my recent holiday, now that I’m unfortunately back in the grey and cold UK…

The top image is Amalfi, one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in a long time, I just stared at it for a while, then lay on the beach and enjoyed the view some more 🙂 Built up the cliffs above the sea, some of the buildings look impossible to get to! The road there is a nightmare, really narrow and twisting around the coastline – it’s so narrow and stressful the bus driver got a round of applause at one point for getting past a car!

Next time I go there, I’d like to take a private yacht to Capri… maybe if I win the lottery! Beautiful blue seas and dramatic cliffs hiding colourful grottoes, I really enjoyed the boat trip around the island, and of course window shopping in the all the designer stores.

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The big day out of the trip was Pompeii and Vesuvius. It was too hot to see more than the highlights but it’s a fascinating place, with the volcano still looming over the town. Vesuvius was visible from all around the bay, I got a bit jumpy when the only wisps of cloud around were right above the mountain!

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I don’t often get back from a holiday and want to return to the same area, but I think the Amalfi coast is somewhere I’ll go back to someday…