23 March 2012
our creative space . . . 'furniture revamp trial run'
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