Monthly Archives: December 2015

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I recently purchased an old wooden tall boy from Gumtree. I wanted a chest of drawers for my dressing room but the only ones I found at Ikea were over $500 and they are not made of real wood so I thought I would try to recreate an old one. It cost me $140 which is pretty good as it is solid wood with proper steel drawer runners, which was an important feature to me. Here it is here sitting waiting to be dealt with.

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The next question was what to paint it with. I had thought I would make my own chalk paint but as I have never painted anything in chalk paint before I opted to play safe this time and buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I also wanted a specific color, the French Linen, another reason why I decided on buying the paint. At $60 a tin it is not cheap but it is so lovely to paint with. NO sanding required and it goes on nice and thick. I did 3 coats and only used a 1/3 of a tin.

Here it is a work in progress. The drawer on the left has had 1 coat and the drawer on the right has had 2 coats.

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I have yet to add a stencil to the front and then I will wax it with Annie Sloan wax. I shall show you that when done.

If you haven’t tried chalk paint before I would recommended it, definitely.

Outdoor setting

As we have moved to a house that has outdoor space, we needed a larger table for the poolside. We only have a small but lovely 2 seater mosaic table that is now living on our front porch.

We priced up purchasing a new setting but the prices of these things are astronomical, unless you go for a metal setting from Bunnings or somewhere similar. We purchased a refurbished on off Gumtree. A man over our way buys them, revarnishes them and sells them for a good price, about 1/3 the new price. Our is a wooden 8 seater with a square table.

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I then set out to buy cushion covers, again they are so expensive, $80 each! That is nearly as much as the table cost and I don’t care how much they tell me they are “fade” resistant, I don’t want to pay that much for them. I could have made them myself, but time is my enemy and so I ended up getting them from Barbeques Galore, they were $50 each but I bargained them down to $45 each, so $360 in all. Our new setting is lovely and we have already used it a lot. With the rest of the summer still to come this bargain basement price of under $1,000 in total is  worth it.

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Finished powder room

We have finally finished the downstairs powder room. We actually completed it a few months back, but I was still trying to find something else to put in the space. I wanted a surface where visitors using the bathroom could place their belongings. I bought one thing, a small hall table to go in there but it just didn’t suit. I shall have to find another place for it as it is a lovely old piece.

You can read my original thoughts on what I was going to do here.

I then found this great piece at the vintage store. It is an old plant stand (I think) that has a part of a wooden table attached to the top.

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We ended up painting the walls in Dulux Duck Egg Blue, which is a lovely constrast to black and white tiles.  I also love my little sink.  The tiler was none too happy about my floor layout but he did a great job on it. The top tiles have a rolled edge on them, hard to see in this photo. I wanted a vintage looking bathroom, no modern large tiles here. The builder told me he last tiled a bathroom like this 40 years ago as an apprentice, so mission accomplished.

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The table fits perfectly in here and matches really well.

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I have some hooks to put up on the wall yet and I will get a wire basket and fill it with pool towels as this the change room for the pool for both us and visitors.

Do I have too many hobbies?

Hi and welcome back to my blog.  It has been a while since I have blogged. Today is my birthday so I thought this is as good a time as any to start again.  I retired (in September) this year and decided to keep my hand in so I have taken up working as a freelancer. Turns out I am pretty good at it and able to get plenty of work, so that is nice. All those years of experience are paying off, the problem is that I have limited time now.

I have a lot of hobbies and I think a lot of you may be in the same boat but the question is, do I have too many?

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I love scrapbooking, stamping, sewing, quilting, water color painting, jewellery making, making things for the home, photography, genealogy, blog writing, novel writing, swimming, Red Hat Queen, learning Spanish, studying, trivia and travel. Whew!

I am just not sure how to fit it all in. So let’s look at why and what to do about that.  One thing I can do is to make a plan so that I have time for everything. I have decided to make one day a week all to myself. I will not done any work in this day, just whatever hobby takes my fancy.  I swim twice a day, usually when I get up and then again late afternoon. I need to work around 30 hours per week and study about 20 hours per month.  The other thing I need to do is get my supplies in some sort of order and cull those that I no longer have a need for. I shall be doing a post on that next. Meanwhile, if you have any thoughts on how to plan my and day fit in all my hobbies, feel free to leave me a comment.