I still haven’t worked out who I want to be or what I want to do when I grow up, so on this blog please join me while I try and work it out while keeping child-like creativity alive!  Find home and fashion inspiration; travel and days out; photography, writing and more. Have fun looking around 🙂

 

00

Painting furniture

Metallic purple – and why not?

Again, I stupidly forgot to do a ‘before’ photo. I bought the chest of drawers and mirror off  e-bay and collected them from a lady in Glastonbury. Weirdly, she turned out to be the estate agent who showed us around a house we didn’t buy! Anyway, the drawers weren’t exactly as described (who’d have thought it from an estate agent?) and it was melamine covered chipboard; not wood. I didn’t particularly like it. Also, the mirror frame was far too gold for my liking.

Solution – paint them metallic purple. I used ‘Purple Pearl’ in the Opulence pearlised silk range by Craig & Rose from B&Q, but I’m afraid I can’t remember how much it cost. Just a bit more than ordinary wood

Mirror before

Mirror before

paint. Advice: always use an undercoat for this kind of smooth surface. I forgot to buy a tin, and couldn’t be bothered to go back and get one. So instead, it took me 6 coats to cover the chest of drawers! The good news is, if you paint outside on a sunny day, it takes about an hour to dry; not the 8 hours it says on the tin. So; even though it took so many coats, I got it done in one day – slapping the last one on just before having to take the kids to Guides at 7:30pm.

The mirror frame had a rough surface, so it only took 2 coats of the same paint. I am so pleased with the results; especially for the chest of drawers – it looks so much better than I could have hoped for. I didn’t expect modern metallic paint to look good on old-fashioned style furniture, but it does. There is one thing I wish I did differently (apart from the undercoat). There were mouldings round the edges which had been stapled on, but came off fairly

Mirror after

Mirror after

easily with a quick knock with a screwdriver and hammer; but on the top drawer there was an oval plaque type thing with an Edwardian style picture on it which didn’t look good. I don’t know what they’d stuck it on with, but it wouldn’t come off. Eventually I chipped it off in small pieces, but I couldn’t sand off the residue of the glue. I’ve put that drawer at the bottom now, but it still shows and I wish I’d just left it and painted over it. Oh well, you don’t find out these things till it’s too late.

I still need to clean the bird poo off the mirror glass; and it’s a bit useless in its current position, but it will stand on top of the small chest-of-drawers I have yet to find, to go next to the window in the dressing room, and then it will look lovely.

Home,
00no comment

Other posts you may like:

Review of the mitre restaurant in Oxford
A quick review of The Mitre restaurant in Oxford
April 19, 2017
My trip to Oxford was a year ago now, but I found this review in my notebook, so I thought I’d type it up as it could be useful to someone visiting Oxford. Just to fill you in, as part of my Christmas and birthday presents, I had a little two-night stay in a lovely hotel near the city, all by myself. It was heaven! Anyway, you can never go wrong with a Beefeater restaurant, so I tried the one on Oxford High Street called The Mitre….
review of things are what you make of them by adam j. kurtz
A review of ‘Things are what you make of them’ – Life advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz
March 21, 2018
Rain kindly bought this book for me for Mothers’ Day, and I’ve since managed to fit in the odd five minutes here and there to read it. That’s one good thing about Things Are What You Make Of Them – it doesn’t take long to read! Oh that makes me sound like I don’t like it, which isn’t true. It’s a book for the current generation who take their entertainment and information in snippets; in bite-size chunks of Instagram stories. There are even perforated edges so you can choose your favourite little pages of words of wisdom to put up on your copper magnet board next to the foiled print that says Eat Sleep Create….
Rogue theatre company review
Review of The Firebird by the Rogue Theatre Company in Cornwall
August 31, 2018
Imagine, if you will, being met by a fairy at the edge of magical woodland, and led down a secret pathway shaded by old twisted rowan and chattering leaves of beech, but lit by glinting lights strung through the branches. Each way you turn you’re met with strange and eerie settings of mysterious white princess bedrooms, strangely metallic baby clothes hanging on a line; gothic ravens adorning old books; abandoned tea parties disturbingly strewn with red; and odd antique paintings foreseeing the future; each with its character singing, dancing or otherwise performing as you pass. And that’s just the beginning…..

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.