Most Hit Posts of 2016

Today I have been looking back at last years blogging, sometimes done a bit intermittently I must admit, and noticed that the most popular posts always seem to be the DIY ones, so here is a round up of the ones that still get the most hits, and I only hope that as a result … Continue reading Most Hit Posts of 2016


Fireplace Makeover – Slate paint effect

Musings occured over the weekend over how to attack the reproduction pine fireplace surround in our dining room, see last week's post, and I finally stopped procrastinating today and got on with the job. I used chalk paint as it is really easy to manipulate when watered down in a dark grey and a white, … Continue reading Fireplace Makeover – Slate paint effect

Verdegris Paint Effect candlestick DIY makeover

A tired pair of silver plate candlesticks had seen better days, and to re-plate them is expensive.  So here is a DIY refurbishment to make them look like old verdegris versions, and they look very realistic.  It is really simple to do, and these took about 40 minutes start to finish, (with cups of coffee … Continue reading Verdegris Paint Effect candlestick DIY makeover

Raring to go… next projects plans

My over excitement at recent transformations knows no bounds, and I am planning new makeovers, (and trying to work out which one I should do first and stop procrastinating and just get on with them...). The Fireplace: I have a working fireplace in the dining room which has a lovely cast iron insert, but a … Continue reading Raring to go… next projects plans

Wallpapering furniture – The Result

I had decided to upcycle an old cupboard, and finally settled on a fantastic Colefax and Fowler wallpaper called Snow Tree which has brushstrokes and graduations of tone in the background. As a first attempt I decided just to wallpaper the inset panels and then to do a paint effect to match the background of … Continue reading Wallpapering furniture – The Result