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Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:59

Thanks Artjak.  The cupboard is just a plain pine IKEA dooberry for their IVAR shelving range which I picked up in their bargains corner years ago. 

I put it on rollers and used a mitre saw to cut some trim for the top and bottom edges then I gave it 2 or 3 coats of  local brand matt white, chalky, water based emulsion - similar to F&B but not as expensive.  Then I stuck on the découpage houses and trees (cut out from wrapping paper) and varnished it.   No aging effects as it was about to be bashed about by my small daughter and her friends but it's actually stood up very well to the wear and tear.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:14

Sorry - been out all day at the braderie where the dance club has a stand for publicity for the coming season of classes.    The braderie includes a flea market where I found an old grey enamel colander to use for plants and a blue and white china ginger jar which I shall use for mint tea bags.

Just add boiled linseed oïl to the turps and vinegar and shake well.   Do not use raw linseed oil - don't know why.  My notes just say it must be boiled oil.   It's 15 or 16 years since I did the class and the lady who ran it went home to Canada 12 years ago.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 07:04

Good idea.   It'll be good for the wood whichever you decide to do in the end.  If you don't paint, use yacht varnish as it hardens really well.   Wear rubber gloves and make sure you're working in a well ventilated space and protect other surfaces - floor, table etc - while you apply the mixture.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 06:36

One tip I can give you before starting a project is to clean old wooden furniture witha a mixture of equal parts of boiled linseed oïl, turpentine and white spirit vinegar.  If you intend to paint, first remove any knobs, handles etc.   Rub the mixture on with a soft cloth to remove all dirt.  Keep applying till it comes clean.  Use an old toothbrush to get into awkward corners and carvings.    If it's really ingrained, use finest mesh wire wool that doesn't scratch.  Wipe off excess with another cloth and leave to dry and air for a day before doing any repairs to holes and starting to paint.

This method avoids the need for heavy sanding which can remove any patina you wish to preserve.   It's great for bringing new life to something you don't want to paint such as oak or antique pine furniture and feeds the wood of anything you do intend to paint.  Bit like moisturising your skin before applying make up.

If you're using water based paints, leave it to dry an extra day before painting and protect the finished effect with a couple of coats of acrylic varnish but not more than 3 as it will go milky.


Posted: 02/08/2014 at 06:15

Excellent news.    Make sure it's kept free of slugs with a few wildlife friendly pellets.   Baby clematis shoots can be slug caviar.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:44

In Brussels there are ex-pat women's clubs - destined for trailing partners of business men, dilomats etc posted here - and sevreal years ago one had a woman doing paint effect and découpage classes and so on.   Off I trotted and duly painted a coffee table pristine chalky white, then a few stencils, then a crackle glaze and then the aging effect.

OH completely baffled as to why I would deliberately repair and renovate something then make it look old and used.    Sometimes I agree so when I made a cupboard for Possum's Duplo collection about 12 years ago I left it fresh.

It' now in the study and holds printer paper, envelopes etc and the printer.

Later on I found an old and very battered kitchen unit and fixed and painted it.  No need for paint effects here as it looks old and shabby anyway.   Very practical unit and suits my unfitted farmhouse kitchen.

 Next big  paint job will be my collection of rusty obelisks and then the wooden seats and back struts on cast iron garden chairs.   Just plain as cushions will do the shabby chic effect.






Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 16:56

A puppet with integrity woud have resisted the urge to dumb it down and do shoddy work.

I remember sayng at the time that the whole production team needed to be changed and/or made to up their game and standards and ambitions for GW.

Mystery ornamental grass

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 16:53

Sounds more like a stipa gigantea with those tall stems and low foliage clump but a picture will definitely help.

Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 15:38

Toby Buckland presented GW for a couple of disastrous years - no respect for the plants, the tools, the audience and some really bad advice and stupid projects.   The Beeb dumped him somewhat unceremoniously which wasn't very professional but he definitely had to go. 


cancer has meant I can't manage my garden

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 23:51

I agree.   First find out if you can get help, especially of the cancer treatment is going well and you are likely to regain your energy.  

However I do understand it's dispiriting watching a well loved and tended garden going to rack and ruin.   I lost 2 years in my garden thanks to back surgery and then 2 feet reconstruction ops.   I have been OK since this spring but it is back breaking work trying to get back in control.

The simplest and cheapest thing to do would be to remove the plants - maybe hold a sale to raise a few pennies for you or charity - and then level and grass over the beds.  Paving will require a lot of preparation and materials and expense.

All the best for a full recovery so you can enjoy your garden again.

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