. . . that I must just scratch! So having completed the makeover in the Royal Boudoir one's swivelly eyes have now moved onto the lounge. Yes Annie Sloan paints have made another appearance after another sneaky trip to the supply shoppe.
This time the purchase was some Country Grey and a leetle tester pot of the Duck Egg Blue. For the dresser I mixed the Contry Grey with the Old White - one third CG and 2/3rds of the OW. The Duck Egg Blue was mixed to the same dilution.
The furniture to be made-over was of the 'I-am-pretending-to-be-pine-but-am-not-really' style. So lets get to the Before and After shots which are always the best bit ☺
Before ☺ . . . and after.
Close up of top.
I have discovered on my interweb travels that in England we call this a dresser and in America they call it a hutch! Spent ages looking for the rabbit but haven't found one yet! I also applied new knobs.
I then did the TV cabinet. I mixed the Country Grey to a half and half quantity with the Old White for a slightly deeper shade. Before.
I left the top plain and it makes the wood effect look 'more' for some reason! So on to the next bit of faux furniture. Nothing in the palace is safe! Not even Puddy!
So the other day I was talking to SQM (really funny thing is that SQM's maiden name began with a Q and her married name begins with an M so she really *is* SQM! Lol!) and we were yakking away, as you do, and she started to tell me about using paints for decorating. Specifically Annie Sloan Paints.
And as she was yakking away I was thinking 'bet I can't get it this side of the pond' and then SQM pointed out that Annie Sloan is British and I nearly fell over with excitement. I rushed on to the interweb to find a stockist and would you believe there is a leetle shop just 6 miles from the Monkey Castle that sells this stuff? WoW! I gave Puddy some sardines (liveones!) to keep her amused and raced off. Just to get a colour chart. Yeh, right.
I came home with a modest purchase of some paint, a sampler bottle, some wax and a loverly brush ☺ Oh and a colour chart!
The fab thing about this paint is that it needs no preparation of the surface that you are applying it to, it sticks to wood, metal, cats and basically anything you can think of. You just slap it on and when dry, apply a very thin coat of the wax to seal it. It also covers twice as much as latex paint as it is very thick and you can just add water to get the consistency you want.
I also have to thank Ros - who, when I visited her leelte abode recently, had repainted her boudoir and it looked soooo fab I was really jellous and realised what a dump my boudoir was. Decorating wise. So, the gloves were off!
I have always fancied a blue/cream boudoir and decided to go for it. I painted three walls ivory and then the feature wall in a lovely warm blue. I dyed the bed throw, cushion covers and the curtains in navy.
Then along came Annie. I decided to attack my comp-u-ta-tor table first - you know the one that sits there and tries to pretend it is real wood whilst hiding behind the chipboard. It has a metal frame too. Would Annie rise to the challenge. I took a before photo of this ugly thing
And then launched Annie at it. No prep - just a light dust.
After one coat. I then did another coat, a light wax and voila!
It is still ugly but fits in better in the boudoir. Command station central!
I have 2 chests that I keep bedding and towels in and they double as bedside tables. They were bought ridiculously cheap with no finish to them from a DIY store many years ago.
They were painted white but I freshened them up with Annie Old White and
then used my patterned paint roller to emboss a design on the white
with some Annie in Louis Blue.
I did the pattern on the fronts and the lids. Really pleased with the subtle effect (subtle being a word not mentioned that often in conjunction with LQM!) I did think about painting my wooden dresser and tallboy too but chickened out - that and the wood adds some natural warmth to the room - but I decided they needed a bit of a do-over so I bought new knobs to freshen them both up.
I couldn't decide between swirls or spots so in the end I went for a mix of both. The navy picks up the curtain/throw colour really well.
So some final finishing shots.
The bottom picture shows the wall colour the bestest. This last picture is for Ros. If anything happens to me I know she will be in the boudoir like a rat up a drainpipe to gather my yarn stash and this mobile!
Wintery felicitations everyone (can you tell I've been influenced by the Monkey?)☺. I haven't been knitting much these days, as the title implies, well....not so much an implication as just a, well....statement.
I have made 3 pairs of mittens for M's tiny, frozen little hands, since we've had a really cold Winter for these parts. Even today, at half past noon we were still in the 30'sF (3C). Found an easy pattern for toddler mittens called: Extra-Toasty Toddler Mittens.
I knitted this blue,white and yellow pair according to the pattern, although I didn't knit with yarn held doubled. I figured she probably wouldn't need them double thickness down here in the swamp. These were the 1st pair. She now has a red pair, and a pink pair to go with this pair. And she has already outgrown this pair. I figured I couldn't go wrong since it mentioned toddler in the title. Although I did go wrong on this pair and she wound up with 2 left mittens. She didn't seem to mind though, and I got it right with the 2nd and 3rd pair....been a slacker at taking photos though.The most difficult part of the whole thing is getting her to put her thumb into the thumb bit. She likes them though. Totally funny, the 1st time we put them on she held both hands, palms up, up the whole time we walked around.
DS finally came back from sea after most of last year away, and he needs a new watch cap, so I'm knitting him Ribbed Watch Cap, Not knitting the stripes, just plain black. It's funny, you would think the color of the Navy would be navy blue, wouldn't you? But, no, it's black. Not too far from finished now.
And that about sums up the knitting I've done in the last few months. How about you? Whatcha knittin'?
Look at all the gorgeous fresh fruit, layered on a custard base made with West Country double cream and an all butter pastry base. The saddest thing about this was the fact that they come in a pack of 2 and I had to force, FORCE myself to eat the second one!
In the post below this one I waffled lyrically about the current pair of socks I am making and promised to update the peeps. Well, we have an update and here they are
Yes, they went wrong. A catastrophic error occurred - meaning they were too small over the heels. This necessitated some emergency ripping back. And then some stitches made a mad dash for freedom and started unraveling faster than Puddy can drop her drawers ☺
This led to much gnashing of teeth and squealing - and in a mad moment of pique I ripped the whole lot out. Strangely yes, I feel muchly better now. Had more than enough of Chevrons and plan to re-knit them back up plain. I did manage to save the toes intact - a small blessing ☺
In the meantime I received a leetle addition to the stash - some Handmaiden Cashmere and Silk in the colourway Sangria. I spied a leetle end on Puddy's cashmere nest and after a some vigorous gentle tugging managed to unravel enough for a modest scarf.
Hopefully this will sooth the savage beast! Not sure it will soothe Puddy though - *scarpers*