I hope you all had a lovely relaxing Christmas and you are looking forward to the New Year! Christmas has always been my favourite time of year and even more so now with my two babies and all the excitement Santa brings! I usually have all my decorations up by the end of November and while I love Christmas, I actually can’t stand the sight of decorations at home after Stephen’s Day… I enjoy taking them down as much I do putting them up!!
There is nothing like a good Spring Clean to declutter the house and the mind in preparation for a brand new year. As I was giving everything a good dust down, I thought now is as good a time as any to share with you some of my previous upcycling projects from around my Home!
My interior style has definitely evolved over the past few years and I’ve gone from liking a very modern and contemporary style to loving a more French, rustic, shabby chic style of design. Anything Pine in my house is going to get attacked with a paint brush at some time or other so the first job on our Hit List was the Kitchen. To me it just looked too outdated so we hired a Painter to Prep, Prime and Paint all the kitchen units which took around four days to complete. At the time we had no babies (what was that even like I can’t remember!!) and I was working full time with AIB Bank so we could afford to bring someone in to undertake this task which would have taken us a couple of weeks!
We actually bought a PINE Corner Bench very reasonably priced from Argos but my husband painted it to match the units!! A few months ago I picked up a beautiful Egg House from Next Home and literally changed the whole colour scheme of my kitchen because of it!! I went on a rampage painting the walls, cupboard door handles and bought all new matching accessories but I’m delighted with the end result (well for another year or two anyway!!!)
To save money, I am constantly on the look out for second hand pieces of furniture from Done Deal, Adverts.ie, Facebook, etc. and have alerts set up all over the place for certain items! I was mad for a Kitchen Dresser and recently bought this gorgeous one from a Facebook group. Luckily for me it was already painted cream so all I had to do was add in some accessories!
Next on my Pine Hit List were the Internal Doors, Skirting, Window Cills and Staircase! I will admit I got Painters in to do this while we were away on holidays as 1 – the paint is quite strong smelling and a bit toxic for babies to be around and 2 – we have 9 doors downstairs, 6 doors upstairs so it was a huge job and to be honest I just couldn’t face doing it myself!!! The Painters did an amazing job and it was so great coming home to what felt like a brand new house!
We had a Pine fireplace in the Living Room that I wanted to paint white for a very long time but the Hubby was against it thinking I would ruin the railway sleepers look (*rolls eyes!)…. Thankfully alongside the new white skirting and door it stuck out like a sore thumb so he finally agreed!!
We also had a Pine Coffee Table in the Living Room and this was the first piece of furniture I ever attempted to paint myself. I used Rustoleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in the colour Graphite and once it was dry I rubbed some Rustoleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear over it with a dry cloth. I then replaced the drawer knobs with gorgeous grey ceramic ones from These Please. After painting this table I realised I should have sanded it more as the paint just didn’t stick to it as much as I would’ve liked… but sure look that’s how lessons are learned. Plus the kids have put crayon all over it on numerous occasions since so maybe constantly scrubbing it clean isn’t helping matters either!! The final result is a lot more Rustic than I had anticipated but it still works!
The next piece of furniture I painted was our Hall Console Table. I used Rustoleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in the colour Clotted Cream but this time made sure I did a better job with the sanding prep! I left the original top part of the table unpainted as I actually like the break in colour for this particular piece. (Just try to ignore the protective corner bumpers which are a must in our house at the moment!!)
The final project I want to share with you for today is my Rustic Hallway Coat Rack. I love the look of those old style Coat Racks you would see in a Farmhouse back in the day but they cost an arm and a leg to buy. I bought beadboard wallpaper from Littlewoods Ireland as a very cheap alternative to wooden panelling for my dining room wall (below the dado rail) so I used the leftovers on a small section of wall just inside our front door.
I roughly drew out the shelf and seating/storage area I had in mind and asked a local carpenter to make up the pieces for me. He inserted the holes for my lovely new Coat Hooks I bought from These Please (obsessed!!) and then installed the unpainted pieces. I painted these with my leftover paint from the Fireplace, screwed in the Hooks and added some accessories, my favourite part! The pull out baskets are from Dunnes Stores and I picked up the battery operated House Shaped Lights from Home Focus at Hickeys.
So from a previously unused space I now have a stylish yet functional area and hopefully there will be no more coats and bags left strewn at the end of the stairs (right Eoghan?!!).
I hope you enjoyed these little projects and maybe it will inspire you to get the paint brush out and upcycle/relove some bits lying around your own Home! I have plenty more projects in the pipeline that I’m dying to get stuck into including a French Display Cabinet and Vintage Telephone Chair so watch this space!
Thanks for stopping by x