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I haven’t done much in the way of home improvement lately but last week we finally had the flooring sorted out in our hallway (we took the carpet up over a year ago…), which motivated me to do something about the bookcase.

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This bookcase was originally a bed frame.  My dad found it in the street years ago and brought it home with him, then turned took the slats off and used them to make shelves (two slats per shelf).  It’s a little bit crooked, and it has some odd holes cut out at the back where it used to fit snugly against the handrail/bannister of our stairs.  Prior to our loft conversion it used to be on the other side of the hallway (where you can now see clothes draped on the right).  There also used to be a skylight, but the new stairs up to the loft block the light so the hallway is now quite dark.  This was what I hoped to remedy by renovating the bookcase.

I bought some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® (in English Yellow), a tub of her Soft Wax, and here’s how it went.

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At this point you’re probably thinking “that’s not English Yellow” – and you’d be quite right!  We had some red emulsion left over from another room so I decided to put a coat of that on first.  Quite a rough coat, and then I started with the yellow.

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After one coat of yellow I decided that the shade was too cold so I added a small amount of the red emulsion to the Chalk Paint® before I started the second coat.

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I realise it doesn’t show much difference in a photograph (you can just about see where the new colour is on there), but to the naked eye there was definitely a much warmer feel.  Once the second coat of paint had dried properly I got stuck in with the wax.

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It deepened the hue slightly and also gave a lovely shine once it was buffed a little.  After that I gave it a distressed finish using sandpaper and some strategically applied shoe polish (followed by a final coat of wax).

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Again it doesn’t really show up that well in the photographs, but the distressing really does help the bookcase look as though it’s been that colour for years!

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I think we can safely say that the hallway is now well and truly brightened up!  It’s not just the colour that pleases me, but the feel appeal of the shelves now they’ve been waxed is lovely.  I won’t lie, it took a lot of work to transform this bookcase (three coats of paint which took all day yesterday allowing for drying time between coats, and then a whole morning of waxing, distressing, and buffing) and I’m a bit knackered now, but it was definitely worth doing.

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…bet you’re wondering what on earth I’ve made now.  Well, not all the coffee sacks were perfect: as you’d expect from used sacks some of them had marks on them, and of course some just had very dull things printed on (if you want to see some of the prettier sacks then click here).  Not ideal for home furnishings but it would be a shame to waste them.

So I decided to try my hand at making some planters for the garden.  I had a vague idea of how to do this, but didn’t work to a set pattern or measurements.  The planters aren’t made solely from coffee sacks as I didn’t think that would be sturdy enough, so I used some old canvas that we had lurking in a cupboard.

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A perfect fit, despite being too lazy to measure!  I’m going to plant these up with salad for the summer, and then come the winter they’ll be easy to fold up and store away.  I have a couple more of those hanging plant support things so I might make a couple more planters to fit them, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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…and a load of stuffing, and what do you get?  Cushions for our garden chairs!  I’m afraid I was too intent on the task in hand to take more than one photo of the making process, but trust me when I say that these were incredibly easy to make.  A simple square, a little handle (made from the hem of the sack), and that’s it.  The tufting was done by hand and I love the way it makes the cushions look.  Another very cheap project too, as I made two cushions with one sack (and polyester stuffing is fairly cheap to buy – I think around £4 per bag, and it takes less than a bag to stuff one of these seat cushions).

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I will be making another two cushions like this as soon as I get some more stuffing.  If you missed the first coffee sack project then click here to view it.

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… and some furniture that’s in need of refreshing, and what do you get?  Well, lots of mess for a start (hessian sacks will shed lots of fibres when you’re cutting them), and also a deep sense of satisfaction when the job is done.  Shall I start from the beginning?

Last week I ordered some coffee sacks from a seller on eBay.  I could have gone to Brick Lane and picked them out myself but frankly it was a lot easier to just have a random selection delivered to my house!

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The dog really wasn’t impressed.  I was though, as some of the sacks were almost too pretty to use.

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Not sure what I’ll use those for yet, but I eventually decided on this one for the job in hand.

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It’s a little more subdued than the others, but the furniture in question is for our sitting room and I didn’t want anything too gaudy.  First up we have a footstool which was actually ok, but I fancied a change.

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See, it’s alright but a bit, well, dull.  Anyway, on with the revamp.  I took off the stud things (do these have a technical name?  If you know what it is then please enlighten me!) only to find that there were loads of (of all things) carpet tacks underneath.

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After I’d finally removed all the studs and tacks the rest of the task flew by.

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I cut a piece of sack to size and used a heavy duty staple gun to fix it to the underside of the footstool…

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…and it looked good, but didn’t seem quite finished.  So I put the studs back on.

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Perfect!  The second piece of furniture was my desk chair.  This was yet another chair I found in the street and I’ve been meaning to cover the seat ever since it came into our home.

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This was a really quick job.  I took the seat off and cut a few layers of black felt to fit on top as a bit of padding (I could have gone out and bought some proper seat padding but basically I’m too tight to spend that money when I’ve got perfectly serviceable felt going spare).

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Then it was just a matter of putting some of the sacking on, stapling it in place on the underside, and voila!

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Yes, I know I need to finish cleaning the chair.  Just ignore the dust and paint and focus on the beautifully covered seat!

It cost me £21.90 for ten coffee sacks (£15 for the sacks, and £6.90 for the postage) and this project only used one side of one sack.  Bargain!  I’m chuffed to bits with this little project: it was quick, cheap, and the result is just how I pictured.

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Earlier this week a friend shared a link on Facebook, and this is the second time that her sharing a link has led me to discover another artist with really cool work.  The work in question is Superheroes – Past/Present, By Spaceman (Khoa Ho).  I fell in love with these superhero illustrations (and so did my partner), and I knew immediately that I wanted to put them in our new coat rack.

There are limited edition prints of each superhero illustration available at HCG, but they’re way too big.  So I e-mailed the artist to find out if I could get smaller editions of the prints.  He replied very quickly and suggested that I just print them out from the web versions.

Of course I had thought of that, but I have a healthy respect for the copyright of other artists so I felt I ought to ask first!  Anyway, I printed the pictures this morning and now I can show off my new coat rack – which is now possibly the coolest coat rack in the entire world.  Many thanks to Spaceman for his amazing artwork!

I will be keeping an eye on Spaceman’s work as I’m really hoping to see a villains version of this series – that would be fantastic (although I’d need to find room for another coat rack…).

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Not the most thrilling title, and not really the most enthralling subject for a blog post either!  Still, I’ve had a chance to do a little more reorganising in my garden and thought I might as well pop it up here.  The last bit of pallet recycling involved turning some wooden pallets into a bench for my studio (click here to view that post – you’ll need to scroll down quite a way to see it).  However we did have some bits of pallet left, which was annoying as (of course) that means having to dispose of them.  Hmm.

So, since November I’ve been pondering on and off how best to use up the rest of the leftovers.  I stumbled across a great idea at A Beautiful Mess for creating a vertical garden using old pallets (click here to view); which I loved, but it didn’t really fit right with my own garden, as I have a lot of pot holders which need to hang off horizontal supports.  Still, it provided enough inspiration for me to go back to basics and just use the pallet as is.

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Just adding a wider board (another leftover from another project!) to the top to make a shelf, on which I will sit troughs full of vegetables come the summer, and voila!  One handy pot hanging space, which might not look much now but if you pop back in the summer it’ll be blooming.  I may even paint it, you never know.

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Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I’ll begin…

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I’m a big fan of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, so I thought I would share my own amazing space with the world.  I’m incredibly proud of it, and love it to death – so I hope you enjoy this little peek into the creation of my unique work space.  It’s been quite a long journey, and the studio has continued to evolve over time; this is merely the latest regeneration but it dawned on me that it would be no bad thing to have the whole journey (to date) recorded in one place.

Once upon a time I decided to build a studio at the end of my garden.  It sounds so simple when it’s put like that, but it was quite an emotional thing.  I had a lovely studio in Brentford (click here to see some photos of that), but my father died and I felt it would be better to move my studio closer to home so I could be around more for my mother.  The garden seemed the logical choice.

My garden was in an absolute state, but tackling the redesign of the garden and the building of the studio was hugely cathartic for me.  Everyone deals with grief in their own way, and mine is to channel all my energy into making things.  It keeps me from brooding, and the sense of accomplishment helps to wash away the pain.  So, despite the bitterly cold weather (dad died just before Christmas, and the garden/studio build went on from January through to April) I ploughed on and here’s how it went.

Before…it really was terribly neglected!

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So I took down my old shed (which was in need of replacing anyway), dug out the concrete path (which had been there since I was born!), removed the old pergola, and basically ripped out everything.

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I decided on a layout for my flowerbeds, then laid decking at the far end of the garden.  That end of the garden is very shady, so my thinking was that putting the shed on decking (as opposed to a concrete or paved base) would help the air circulate and thus help prevent damp.  I had already decided to buy a prefabricated summerhouse, and found a great one at Tesco Direct for the bargaintastic price of £449 (it’s the 7×7 ft Chatsworth summerhouse, which has now gone up in price).  The summerhouse arrived, and I painted it with Cuprinol Garden Shades (in Willow) before we put it up.

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I actually moved all my stuff into the studio at this point, but I’ll get to that in a bit.  For now let’s skip ahead to September of that year when I found myself in need of a bike shed.  Not something I’d really thought much about (as I didn’t have a bike at that point!), but my partner was about to move in and he needed somewhere to store his.  Funds were tight again, and I wanted something that would fit the available space perfectly…so of course I built something to fit!

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It was a simple frame of timber (most of which was left over from other projects) and trellis.  The roof frame was covered first with some heavy duty vinyl (a section of repurposed billboard advertising that I’d scrounged about a year earlier), then with offcuts of artificial lawn.  The shell curtain at the front was a souvenir from a trip to Indonesia.  The finished bike shed is perfect, and I even added a shelf on the trellis side to hold plant pots and other small things.

The garden itself is as much a part of the studio as the building itself.  I love having a beautiful view to stare out at when I’m procrastinating…

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The York stone was rescued from an elderly neighbour’s garden when she moved into a care home and the council ripped up her beautiful garden and paved over it (honestly, I could have wept), the artificial lawn was rescued from a skip (it had been thrown out by an events company that had only used it for one event), the chairs and little table were free (unwanted in another garden), a large number of the pots were given to me by clients who no longer had room for them, and even most of the plants were free!  There are little personal touches all around the garden, from birdcages to odd signs, and everything in between.

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The insect hotels and beehive compost bin were made using offcuts of wood, and random logs, bamboo canes and books.  I’m very proud of the fact that my garden is mainly composed of free, recycled and repurposed things.

Onto the interior…

Furnishing the studio was a bit tricky, mainly because I didn’t have much money!  I desperately wanted this shelf unit

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I used copper plant tags to make labels for the shelves, and fixed them on with drawing pins.  Simple but effective.  My desk was a bit of a problem because I really wanted a vintage school desk, but all the ones I saw online were very expensive (ranging from £40 for a single small desk up to £110 for a double desk).  So initially I bought two small laptop desks from IKEA for £10 each.  They served well for a while, and then I finally got lucky at a car boot sale and picked up a beautiful double desk for the wonderfully cheap price of £35.  Yay!  Click here to see how I cleaned it up ready for use in my studio.

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A desk is no use without a chair, and I’ve been through three so far – two of which were found on the street, and the third (which is still going strong!) was given to me by a neighbour who no longer needed it.  Click here to see what I did to chair number two.

The rest of the furniture has turned up in dribs and drabs.  I acquired a small cupboard (in August 2012), another boot sale bargain at £8, and it met my growing need for storage perfectly.

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A vintage filing rack (£8) completes my trio of boot sale furniture.

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Space has always been an issue in the studio.  At just 6×6 ft (internally – the exterior measurement is 7×7 due to the eaves), every square foot of space is precious, and my habit of accumulating things that “might be useful one day” doesn’t help matters!  I’ve always made good use of the walls, putting up hooks and shelves as required, but this month we got a new puppy and suddenly I need even more space.

I had a vague idea of building a bench which would double as somewhere to sit as well as somewhere to store things.  I sketched out some rough plans, and my initial thought was to build a bench that had room underneath for my cupboard and some crates, as well as having a compartment within the seat to hold my rolls of leather and paper.  I did some rough calculations and decided that would cost me far too much in timber and plywood, so I went back to the drawing board.

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The answer came to me in a flash: wooden pallets!  They’re strong, and many independant builders merchants can’t wait to give them away to save on disposal costs.  So I scrounged three of those (I thought we’d only need two, but better safe than sorry!) and then set my partner, Matt, to work.  This is quite unusual because I’m normally very hands-on (and definitely the practical one in our family), but I’ve had some back problems of late and thought it was best to just act in a supervisory role this time!

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Anyone who is thinking of repurposing wooden pallets should be aware that they’re constructed using threaded nails, which makes them an absolute nightmare to take apart.  However, Matt persevered and after a few hours we had a finished bench, which fitten the available space perfectly.  After spending quite a lot of time faffing around and tidying, here’s how it all looks.

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The cupboard fits underneath, and there are also crates stacked under there too, plus I can use the space inside the pallet itself to store a few bits and pieces.  I had intended to get a cushion pad to go on top of the bench, but it turned out that two blankets sufficed to make it comfy instead!  The padded ‘headrest’ at the end is actually the back of one of my old chairs, which I sawed off (the chair had finally become too unstable to sit on).

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I’ve got oodles more floor space, and have used the leftover bits of pallet to create storage for my leather and paper – and now there’s a decent amount of space for our puppy to run around.  Oh, and of course the new bench is just perfect for a quick snuggle with the pup.

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My studio is a very organic space, and I’m sure it will continue to grow and change in the coming years.  For now though it meets all my needs, and pup’s too.  I hope you have enjoyed reading about my amazing space, and I would very much welcome any comments or feedback you have.  Oh, and if you’d like to see more photos of our beautiful puppy, then please visit The Loki Files.

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It’s been over two years since my last thread about redecorating.  That’s a long time, and the reason for the delay is Brent Council: we began the process of purchasing our loft space from them in January 2011, and because converting our loft will involve dropping the ceilings in the rest of the house, as well as potentially removing two chimney breasts, we decided not to do any more redecorating until after the loft conversion.

We really, really didn’t think it would take the council over two years to complete the matter, but it has and we are still waiting.  To say I’m unhappy about this is possibly one of the biggest understatements ever.

Anyway, certain changes are afoot and, although I won’t say any more about that just yet, I have been inspired to just go ahead with the redecorating regardless.  What’s the worst case?  I’ll have to repaint the top halves of any freshly decorated rooms after the ceilings have been dropped, which is annoying but not really the end of the world.  So last week I attacked our sitting room, here’s what it looked like before I started…

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Yes, I know it’s a right mess.  It hasn’t been repainted in years, and that desk in the corner has been there about twenty years (my dad built it for me when I got my first computer)!  Definitely time for decluttering and redecorating.

I wanted to create more storage in this room, and after a lot of thought and discussion we decided to keep the chimney breast and just work around it.  I also decided to do the room in stages, so that things could be moved around gradually, so I started with the wall behind the sofa…

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I cleared everything out, was briefly horrified to find that my mother hadn’t even bothered to take the picture down last time she repainted the room (I still can’t believe that she just painted round it!), then got to work filling holes, stripping down the skirting board, washing the wall, and generally prepping things.  I took down that shelf (built by my dad to hold a mixture of books and records) and replaced the three big shelves with new ones to match the others and reduce the depth of the whole unit.

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I then stole the shelves I’d built for the small bedroom…

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…and moved them into the sitting room.

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In between all this I gave the wall a good couple of coats of a nice light cream/white (Wickes chalky flat matt in Harvest Moon).  That was day one of the project, and it was a good start.  Of course it meant that we no longer have any shelves in the bedroom, but we’ll get back to that later!

Day two saw me attacking my desk area.  It’s served very well over the years, but it’s a bit too bulky and I have a tendency to keep a lot of clutter on my desk as there’s so much room.  With the advent of flat screen monitors I haven’t really needed such a deep desk for years, and so I decided to reduce the overall size of the desk, make the plugs less visible, and generally give it a cleaner look.

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A while back I was lucky enough to gain a whole load of shop fixtures from Lush when they closed their shop on Portobello Road.  Loads of shelves, a trolley (which now lives in my studio) and a couple of tables.  Some of the shelves have already been put up in the kitchen, but the rest have been saved very carefully for this very occasion.  I used one of the large corner shelves leftover from the kitchen to create a new desk, and then (with the aid of an enormous drill bit and some special supports) turned some others into floating shelves.

The next job was to tackle the chimney breast area… well where to start with that?  About 15 years ago we covered up the fireplace with some cladding and shelf units, so that all had to be dismantled and removed…

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Isn’t that fireplace VILE?  You can see why we covered it up!  Time to get rid of it once and for all.

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That’s about as far as we’ve got with the fireplace, the rest will be removed hopefully this coming weekend and then we’ll get a plasterer in to cover up the hole and make good.  For now we’ve moved the television to sit in front of it (the TV will eventually be mounted on the chimney breast, so we’re taking the opportunity to have the telly there and raise it up on bits of wood until we work out what height we want it at), which suits us well for the time being.

Onto the last corner of the room… which is now also home to some floating shelves, and as there’s now room on the floor we’ve moved some boxes into the space for now.  Some of you may remember that I bought a lovely vintage trunk from a boot sale a while ago – it’s currently in storage elsewhere, but eventually it will go into this alcove.

So, it’s about time you saw the final photos!

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It looks so much bigger!  Despite moving that chest of drawers and the TV in front of the chimney breast there is actually loads more room, and it feels so spacious.  Decluttering and throwing out a heap of stuff helped, as did tidying up 😉  We’ve moved one of the tables from Lush in there temporarily (although it’s eventually destined for the kitchen), and the chest of drawers will stay there until the loft is done and we’ve got somewhere else to put it.  Aside from finishing off the chimney breast (and recarpeting, but that’s a post-loft job), though, this room is pretty much done (and you’ll note that I left the top 30cm of the room undecorated as that will all be hidden once the ceilings have been dropped!).  I love it, mum loves it, and Matt loves it – so it’s a job well done, and despite being absolutely knackered now I am very happy.  Can’t wait to start on the rest of the house now!  Oh, I suppose you’re wondering what happened to the little bedroom after I stole the shelves?  Well, the shelves were replaced with the ones that were in front of the chimney breast.

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They look a little high up in that photo, but bear in mind that there’s no actual bed in that room, just a mattress on the floor!  We’ll be sorting out a day bed for the little room very soon, at which point the shelves will look more in proportion to everything else 🙂

For those who like to know these things, I set myself a budget of £300 to complete this room and came in just 69 pence over that.  Not bad, and it included paint, fixings, and a Hippobag for removal of the waste from the fireplace.  The timber for the shelves and my desk was, as mentioned above, obtained for free, and the other shelves were all just moved from one room to another.  The wooden chair which has replaced the ghastly office chair was found on the street (I seem to attract chairs, this is the fourth one I’ve found in the past two years!).  I do like working with a small budget, the challenge makes the whole process far more interesting for me!

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Last week I decided to tackle a DIY project that’s been on the list for quite some time.  The back door which leads into the garden from the house was sticking, badly enough that you needed to shoulder barge it once it had been unlocked, and you had to slam it quite violently in order to get it to close again.  Cause of the problem?  Too many layers of paint.  The door was last repainted about six years ago and I bought a tin of gorgeous red paint for it and my dad promised he would strip the door down properly before repainting it… but he didn’t, and thus the problem started.

He also painted over all the metalwork: hinges, locks, bolts, everything.  I wasn’t best pleased about this at the time but what could I do?

So, last week I finally bit the bullet and decided to strip the door down properly.  Have you ever started a job and then wished you hadn’t?  Yeah, it was one of those.  Still, I’d started so I had to finish.  Thankfully I had a heat gun (on loan from a friend… it’s been on loan for over a year…) so at least I didn’t have to rely on paint stripper for the whole thing, but it was a slow, very slow, job.

It took the best part of ten hours to get the door to this state, and the paint was coming off in such thick layers…

That was Tuesday.  On Wednesday I carried on and finished stripping down the frame, and also started to tackle the metalwork.

In an ideal world I’d have taken the bolts and everything off the door and soaked them in paint stripper, or set them to boil in a pan (which would also lift the paint off).  Sadly the screws had all been painted over, and even after they’d been cleaned most were still impossible to get out.  So I had to clean them in situ.  This job was turning into a right nightmare.

I persevered though and eventually got the wood and metalwork all stripped down to my satisfaction.  The wood was lightly sanded, then wiped clean again, and it was all ready for painting.  Our back stairs are very dark so for the inside of the door I decided to use some of the garden woodcare paint (Cuprinol Garden Shades in Pale Jasmine) I’d used on the new trellis as it’s a lovely light colour and I thought it would give a slightly vintaged look.  For the outside of the door I went for the same brand of garden paint but in the lovely rich Summer Damson colour.

The metalwork has come up quite nicely too, and I’m going to keep it looking slightly distressed and just treat it with some beeswax to keep the rust off it.

All in all the job took about three full days from start to finish, although it was spread out over slightly longer as I needed to wait for the paint to dry properly in between coats.  I won’t lie, it was a nightmare of a job and at times I really really wished I had never started it.  However it was worth doing, and doing properly, because the door opens and closes so smoothly now (and the back stairs are so much less dark and dreary).  I hope that I won’t have to do anything to this door again for at least another ten years!

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Time for something a little different.  Not crafty per se, but it’s been creative, challenging, and very cathartic so I thought I would share.

I still live at home: what with one thing and another it’s been easier to live here than move out.  My bedroom has been my bedroom since I was a baby, and the last time it was decorated was over fifteen years ago (I will be 30 this year).  Yeah, I know.

After dad passed away I felt the urge to do something, so on 27th December I emptied all my stuff (books, clothes and other miscellaneous junk) from my room, and on the 28th I crazily ripped everything out of my room so that I could start from scratch.

Now, you’d think that taking the furniture out of a room wouldn’t be that hard, but you’ve not seen what my room was like.  It’s the box room of the house (measuring just 183cm x 243cm) so in order to make the best use of the available space my dad built the furniture into the room.  Have a peek at what it looked like:

There were cupboards (repurposed kitchen cupboards) fixed under the bed (and the bed was fixed to the wall), the desk was a board fixed on top of an old book case, which was in turn fixed to both the wall and the wardrobe.  Plus all the shelving on the walls.  Here, see what it was like when I’d moved most of the stuff out:

Taking all my stuff out caused problems in itself.  Because of the amazing amount of storage space there was actually a disproportionate amount of stuff in there considering the size of the room.  I ended up filling the living room, my mum’s room and the kitchen with all my things!

Ripping the furniture out was very cathartic.  It was hard work, because (as a make do and mend family) my dad had reused old screws of all sizes – so I used pretty much every screwdriver we own, as well as a hammer.

It was so strange seeing it empty.  I repainted about fifteen years ago, but the furniture has been in place about twenty years (possibly a bit longer, it’s difficult to remember that far back).  As you can see there’s some subsidence, which was patched up by the council about ten years ago before we bought the leasehold, but I decide to ignore that for the time being and just decorate over it…  The rest of the day was spent sugar soaping the walls and then filling holes and cracks with Polyfilla and hoping for the best.

That was the first two days, which I did on my own.  Matt had gone away on the morning of the 27th, so you can imagine his surprise when he came home on the night of the 28th!

Day 3:  Today was all about the stripping of the skirting board and door frame, as well as taking out the old carpet and underlay.  We also went out and bought paint, other supplies and the flooring.  Stripping the woodwork was interesting – apparently my dad hadn’t got round to stripping it when he and mum moved in over thirty years ago as there were colours of paint under there that neither mum or I had ever seen before.  After the woodwork was stripped we gave the ceiling and walls a first base coat of brilliant white, and then the room looked like this:

Day 4: today was very exciting.  We put another base coat on all the walls, and a final coat on the ceiling… then the first coat of colour went on.  Victorian white on the two large (hah!) walls, and marina on the other two.  We also built two book cases, but you’ll have to wait to see those…

Day 5: the second coat of colour went on today, as did the first coat of dove grey on the woodwork.  Then we lost half a day by going out for brunch (well, it was new year’s eve, we had to do something relaxing!).  After we got back from brunch we got the other storage sorted out.  Two shelves (with a third piece of wood at the top – for aesthetic as well as practical reasons) which run the width of the room and are 40cm deep.  Plenty of room to keep clothes there while this is still my room, and when it becomes the guest room (we’ll be converting the loft this year, which Matt and I will move into) we can use these shelves to store other things.

I’m going to get some fabric and make a blind which will cover those shelves like a screen, so you won’t be able to see what’s stored there.

Day 6: Oh the excitement!  Today the book cases went up, the woodwork got a second coat of paint, and I moved all my stuff back in!  I’ve decided to use the camp bed as my new bed (but with my super special mattress on it), and have pinched a small set of drawers which were my dad’s, but this is pretty much all the furniture I’ll have for this room.  I intend to build another set of shelves in the corner to the right of the window, but not until later this year.

Matt was exceptionally proud of the book cases as he’s never helped build anything before 🙂  The only thing missing from the room at this stage was the new floor, which had to wait a week… but it’s finally ready:

Beautiful, isn’t it?  I love that floor soooo much!  Oh, and my mum made the new blind for my window:

I’m going to have the same fabric as the blind to cover the overhead storage, but will have to wait a few weeks before I order some more as I’m now officially skint.  Total cost of doing the room was just under £400, which included the flooring, paint, timber, fabric (for the window blind) and various brushes, rollers and wotnot.  Not bad, but I need to let the finances recover before I do anything else!

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