Thursday, 27 December 2012

Back to normal...

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. It was just the three of us here, very quiet as no family are close by. My daughter had a huge amount of presents and her favourites were the fairies from Santa so I feel very pleased with myself. I don't mind Santa taking the credit!

The dining room couldn't stay pretty for long. The table got stripped of its cloths and pushed back to the wall on Boxing Day and I have been dragging things in from the shed to glue, paint and sand. The Christmas tunes have been replaced by Redd Kross and I have had a lovely time.

What with the dining room (my painting space) being piled high with the hall and living room furniture for weeks I haven't been able to do much apart from the crate which took up no space. I've really been dying to get stuck in...

the first thing I painted was this...

... a sort of window framey mirror I bought here back in August. Throughout the festive season I've been thinking it would look great painted up with a wreath or ice skates dangling down the front. Well, better late than never I've done it.

I used milk paint from Homestead House in Canada because I wanted a really chippy vintage feel as if it was a real old window frame. I sugar soaped the frame but didn't sand.

This was my pathetic attempt at styling. The wreath wouldn't hang right and I don't have the patience today so I gave up.

You get the idea...

This is what milk paint does if you don't add the bonding agent (pva)...

Fortunately that's the look I was hoping for. There's not much control over what happens with milk paint!

My husband is not thrilled with it but I think I'm quite in love with it.

Next up? This one!

But I'll have to save that for next time!
Linking up with From My Front Porch To Yours
and The Rosegarden in Malevik
and Funky Junk Interiors SNS
and Carters Cottage; Monday Muse


  1. That window frame-y, mirror thing is absolutely gorgeous. You've done a brilliant job, the perfect level of aged chippy-ness. If you're anything like me you'll have a great styling idea in the middle of the night and have to get up and do it! xxx

    1. Thank you! I'm too impatient for the styling. My photography sucks so it's pointless!

  2. It looks wonderful! I really like the scuffed bits; and the unusual shape. Very impressed you've been getting creative so soon after Christmas- I've mostly been in a Quality-Street-induced coma :p

    Katie xx

    1. Thank you! Quality Street induced coma sounds good to me!

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I see you've done some similar mirrors! And painted crates! Perhaps we were separated at birth?

  4. Love your mirror, it looks brilliant after your transformation. The chipped bits give it a very authentic vintage feel.

    1. Thanks Fiona! It's really fun using milk paint, if you can stomach the sour milky smell.

  5. You did a very nice job on your mirror stand. Love the way the milk paint chips.I need to try it. Husbands just don't understand when me take a nicely finished item and "tacky" it up, but we know it looks good.
    Audrey Z.

    1. Thank you Audrey. Do try it! I never listen to style advice from a straight man. x

  6. Love the little mirror, it looks so pretty. Glad your Christmas was enjoyed by all, ours was quiet too but even so I'm glad it's all over and I can get the house back to normal. Enjoy the rest of the Christmas holidays x

  7. Absolutely love this, the distressed look is exactly what I would do. Well done you using the Christmas break to be productive, I however was a lazy 2013 must try harder xx

  8. Thanks for sharing! I love the paint finish! I have to ask, what is sugar soaped?


I love to hear your comments!