23 March 2012

our creative space . . . 'furniture revamp trial run'

Greetings all,
Yay, finally something to link up with Our Creative Space.  Now before i tackle The Buffet Project, i thought i'd do a trial run on a smaller piece of furniture first, namely . . . The Bureau Project.  Armed with the tools i'll be using on the buffet & hutch (paint, wall paper) i sanded back & primed this $15 second hand bureau for some girlie flavouring, practically for free.
My child labour force took turns on the roller & brushes after school, they have skills!!
 The following day i gave it a coat of Dulux Gala Day, yes, it's bright pink!!
 Perfect painting weather during the mornings this week (too hot after midday) but i struck a snag, my Laura Ashley crystal heart knob's screw was too long for the slim wooden bureau lid, so i threaded a wooden bead behind the knob, crisis averted.  Yes, the knob cost more than the bureau ($40 for 2), the beauty is in the details folks!!
 Now the wall paper, it's so pretty, Laura Ashley Elveden Celadon, just released.
 I took basic measurements for the pigeon holes at the writing desk & cut them roughly (i used a soft tape measure & edge of magazine as a straight guide, that kind of rough).
 Then neatened the edges with the slicer!! 
 I bought proper wall paper paste for when i do this paint'n'paper job on the hutch, however, on reading the instructions, the small bag made up enough paste to wall paper 20 metres square.  Um, i had about half a metre square . . . so i borrowed my daughter's Clag paste.
 It worked a treat - i did 3 sections before school & 3 with the children, they loved doing this small scale wall papering.  Then it was instantly ready to pop in my 3rd girl's bedroom.
 I sanded the paint back a bit to shabby it up, it's a pretty rough 2 day job (note i didn't bother painting the undersides of the shelves) but it was a trial run after all & yes, my hands . . . 4 weeks on from surgery . . . are both a bit tender.  I used 100ml ($3) of the feature paint, amazing & the roller set ($7) made the job so speedy.
All that matters is that my vintage loving crafter has a new homework station & nooks to pop her favourite stationery pieces.  She's not finished styling the bureau yet & really needs to reduce the clutter hanging from her lanterns!!  Her favourite part of the whole project - the crystal heart shaped knob, yay, that's my girl.  Love Posie 

35 comments:

Leah said...

Looks great and how lovely is that walpaper!

littlebetty said...

Lovely! Glass handles are defo a must!

Jen R said...

lov lov lov it Miss Posie...really beautiful and fun...that wall paper is devine...glad those hands are getting useful again xx

Jen R said...

Oh forgot to say have discovered Picker Sisters too on Gem now...amazing stuff they do with the junk!!

Amanda said...

It looks wonderful, perfect for a girl's room!! Love the colour and love the backing paper x

Jan-Maree said...

Oh what a lucky girl! I love it! how absolutely perfect for a little student and crafter!

Jane said...

Oh Jennie. You are a star. Those knobs are divine and the wallpaper has me swooning! J x

jennie said...

I love love love what you've done here Jennie! I've just bought some vintage wallpaper to do this to 'something' one day!!X

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Perfect for a young lady's room, a place for everything and everything in its place!
Good luck with the buffet!

TexWisGirl said...

pink in the girls' room is really cute!

CHD said...

That looks fantastic, Posie. I especially love the wall paper. Cx

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Well, I think it looks like an excellent trial run. I love your paper weight of a country living magazine too! Such a nice touch:)

Becky said...

I really LOVE this. We are going to make Possum a dolls house for her next birthday and I plan to line the back in the same way. I am working out the measurements now so when we make it, it will be deep enough to work as a book shelf when she does not want to play with the dolls anymore. Trying to stretch the gift that bit further by thinking long term. Shame my wall paper won't be as nice as yours.

ally said...

It looks fabulous...lucky you got a shot in early - probably won't be able to see any of it soon under the "stuff"!!

Nancy said...

So lovely. I like the fact you involved the kids - it pays off much later. Mine are making supper right now!! Yeah.

Tania McCartney said...

I LOVE that pink, and the paper is divine!! Well done, Miss Posie. Now rest those hands! and see you when I get back from Brissie. xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and resourceful.Love it, and the crystal heart. Every girl needs a space like this. I have finished two cupboards with porters limewash and a matt gloss for wear. Helps to unify dis-similar pieces of furniture.Thanks for the ideas, I was thinking about painting one of my boys chest of draws- the draws only in different colours and new handles.The roller is a good tip.

I love button's by Emma said...

I love the room, cant wait to see the next revamp. It turned out just lovely.

Jodie said...

Its all in the detail and she loves that detail...

Posie Patchwork said...

Thanks for all the pink love ladies, pretty happy with my 2 day effort. Totally encouraged to tackle the buffet & hutch now. Love Posie

NessaKnits said...

An op shop at Queanbeyan had a similiar set today ... I am sure if people go and look someone will find it and remodel it thus!

Woollybutthill said...

Great job Posie family, it looks terrific. x M.

polkadotpeticoat said...

Looks amazing...what a lot of work...such a great reward in the end!

mel @ loved handmade said...

I love this!

Bron said...

Looks great in her room....great for team work and cheap materials.
x

Shelley @ My Shoebox Life said...

Oh I love it! It looks fantastic. Hope your hands are feeling better. xx

Miriam said...

oh cute - you've done a GREAT job!

Teresa said...

That looks so fabulous! I love the colour and wall paper backing just looks amazing!

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