STYLING: LIVING ROOM.

So to recap the living room started like this…

Everything was stripped out and replaced other than the fireplace and ceiling, which were just freshened up.

And then I got styling…

The grandmother clock was a gift from my parents for Christmas and I absolutely love it!

The A letter and yellow vase were £5 each from Homesense. The wifi password was a template I found online and the mirror was from The Range.

The yellow coffee table was an absolute steal! I found it in a charity shop for £5 and painted it Annie Sloan English Yellow and distressed it.

I would not recommend the letter cushions I have from Matalan. All 3 pilled very quickly  and I will be replacing them ASAP.

The candle in the black pot on the coffee table is Abercrombie and Fitch – Fierce I bought on a trip to the USA. Fierce is my all time favourite fragrance so there was no way I was coming home without this candle.

The  terrarium was from Homesense and I already had the plants to go inside, I really enjoyed putting it together, I have a couple more to try and once I become a pro I will hopefully do a post about them. The chevron rug was £40 from Next and there were similar ones in Ikea.

The best buy in the living room would have to be the sofas. I took a risk and bought them from eBay without knowing whether or not they would be of good quality or even be comfortable. At £700 for both I decided I had to give them a go, cross my fingers and hope for the best. They turned out to be of even better quality and comfort than I could of expected and I absolutely love them!

The living room will be constantly updated as I can’t stop buying new pieces and shuffling everything around!

RENOVATION: LIVING ROOM.

 

The room had horrible worn carpet, damp wood chip walls in an uninspiring magnolia colour. (FYI: the furniture in the pictures are the previous owners)

Just like the master bedroom, the living room needed all walls and ceiling plastering, new floor, new windows and a new lease of life.

So we started by stripping the wallpaper, pulling up the carpet and leveling up the floor.

Then, it was time to get the plasterer back in (I was at V Festival for this so no photos!) and then base paint the walls white.

We chose to have wood effect laminate flooring in this room to emulate the original floorboards but retain insulation.

So we then painted the wall Vintage White, then laid the flooring.

The timing wasn’t great but the chesterfields turned up before the room was complete and had to stay wrapped up.

Once the huge skirting boards were on I started making it home.

A post on styling will follow…

UPCYCLE: KITCHEN TABLE.

I finally managed to find the perfect sized, perfect style kitchen table! And at a cost of £25(!!!!!!) I was over the moon. God bless eBay!

All I needed to do now was sand the top down and get my chalk paint and wax out.


I used Annie Sloan Country Grey again to paint it because I loved the colour of it, how easy it was to use (I find some colours easier than others) and I knew it was going to fit straight in with the rest of the kitchen!


The kitchen is now mostly finished so a post with pictures will be along shortly! For now though…

UPCYCLE: CONSOLE TABLE

console

I had this console table bought for me, I believe it was around £50.

I absolutely love the shape of it.

It was one of those pieces that could have been beautiful without any painting or uplcycling. I love when furniture shows its age. Unfortunately though, the wood on top was bubbling a flaking. I tried to get rid of the flakes and bubbles using arious different methods but there was no avoiding it; it needed new life.

I say “new life”…thanks to dark wax it still looks old!

I sanded down the top to get the flaking and bubbling off, then I coated the whole thing in Annie Sloan’s Emperor Silk Red Chalk Paint. I didn’t paint in one direction, I used a big brush and slapped it on in all directions to get a bit of texture for the dark wax to get into. I didn’t rub the wax off instantly so it would make as big an impact as possible.

It still looks old and interesting, it makes a statement and it’s practical, now it just needs a home as it’s stuck in an unfinished room .

UPCYCLE: THE ATTIC FURNITURE.

Below are the before and afters of the upcycled furniture used in the attic room –
Cabinets given to me by my sister. Scandinavian Pink Annie Sloan Chalk Paint used, distressed and dark waxed.
Chair bought from carboot for £5. Sanded down, painted with Provence and Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paints mixed together and light waxed.
Ikea drawer painted with Country Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, mix match handles bought from ebay and light waxed.
Stool bought from carboot for £3. Painted using a B&Q yellow tester pot mixed with Annie Sloan Old White and light waxed.