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Yesterday at 19:31
We used rust-oleum, I think. It's much cheaper. I don't think it's quite as thick as the Annie Sloane one but it was fine for what we were doing - probably depends what colour you're going to and from and how 'shabby chic' you're going. Eggshell paints are good if you want a smoother (satin) finish. Most of the big brands do those and most also do a 'flat matt' which is essentially what the chalk paint gives you.
Yesterday at 16:56
Patience is a virtue
Yesterday at 16:55
I think (not that sure) im after a painted finish though, not lightening the wood, you think I need to remove the varnish? I was hoping to get away with a light hand sanding just to key it.
If the varnish is flakey it needs to come off but if it's clean, it'll depend on the varnish as to what you need to do to paint over it. A rub over with wire wool might be enough to key it. If it's a very hard acryllic varnish, ESP primer might work. Can you get to the back of it and try a few things out to see what works?
You can buy small paint rollers in most DIY shops that give a lovely, smooth flat finish - we've painted melamine cupboard doors with great success using ESP and chalk furniture paint
Yesterday at 16:27
Has the company gone under?See original post
bwah ha ha
Yesterday at 16:25
Yes - I've done a bit of this, most recently a pine sideboard/dresser that was stained almost black and an old oak cupboard (1950s?) that the varnish had gone black.
I have a small hand sander - one of these https://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-bo4555-1-palm-sander-110v/93933 . I got the furniture into the garage and sanded it down, then applied osmo oil to finish in each case. Easy peasy. Takes a bit of time but no skill (I have none).
If you can't get it outside, get a sander with a dust box on it to reduce the amount blowing round your house and always wear a dust mask because you've no idea what chemicals you'll be breathing in with old furniture. You can use the chemical removers as Obelixx describes - I've never found them to be all that effective on old wood stains that are soaked in. They do work well on more modern varnish, as does plain old acetone. It takes a few applications if the varnish is on thick. You could get a bit of nail polish remover and try a little corner to see how readily the varnish comes off.
Last edited: 19 January 2018 16:26:00
Yesterday at 11:16
Crab apples can be remarkably resilient. I'd probably go with philadelphus, as Ob suggests. Eleagnus is a good call - they can get very big when they are happy
Yesterday at 11:12
Well, I have known a fox to take a large ceramic bowl - one of those heavy stoneware dog water bowls, and carry it about quarter of a mile. They do carry things and hide them or take them back to a den. But I can't imagine how a fox could have got up to that. So one possibility maybe that someone or something took the feeder off the stand and then a fox has found it and taken it away. Actual teamwork seems unlikely but accidental collaboration is possible.
Yesterday at 09:53
Didn't see this before , It's hard to tell how far apart they are - it could be a deer - they tend to walk very straight with their back feet stepping in their front feet tracks, but are normally very small deeper prints rather than those which look like a larger spread paw rather than a hoof? Fox usually leave a print like a dog where you can see the separate paw pads.
I wonder if the tracks were made earlier during the snow fall and the prints then became a bit obscured by more snow falling in to them making it harder to be sure what made them
Yesterday at 09:35
Geraniums, geums and lupins all flower here during May, as do the perennial wallflowers. The heavy lifting for colour is generally done by euphorbias, with a splash of alliums, siberian iris, durch iris, aubretia, verbascum and early foxgloves and oriental poppies. The wild part of the garden is a mass of cow parsley at this point
I took these photos on the 24th and 29th May last year. Green is pre-dominant, but there is plenty of blossom in amongst. We're in the south of England but at fairly high altitude so we're usually several weeks behind the south east of the country - and probably a few weeks ahead of you. It was a mild spring here last year so I think the oriental poppies and bearded iris were probably quite advanced compared to 'normal'. The aubretia and siberian iris were really beginning to go over a bit by this point, so they may work for you for mid to late May
Last edited: 19 January 2018 09:39:04
Yesterday at 09:13
Well it's only right to give them a sporting chance, after all .
More seriously have you considered setting up a web cam to see if you can catch anyone taking a keen interest in it?
Last edited: 19 January 2018 09:14:21
2 days ago at 20:55
2 squirrels? Have any of your neighbours got a peanut butter fetish?
2 days ago at 19:43
My money's on a squirrel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMBAv0WkfqY
2 days ago at 09:46
The prostrate junipers are reasonably well behaved - blue carpet or blue star. And whipcord hebes are tough and provide a bit of foliage colour variety. The broader leaved hebes are pretty if there's shelter from cold winds - they need more looking after though.
Convolvulus cneorum gives a good colour contrast if your conditions are suitable (it can be fussy) likewise coronilla citrina. Both are easy when they are happy.
2 days ago at 09:37
Aerials make good bird perches but that's all ours is used for nowSee original post
Yeah, we can't get any terrestrial TV here as it turned out, so it's no loss to us. The house sparrows will miss it though
2 days ago at 09:25
It's probably roe deer by the height of the damage on the lilac. We used to see those a lot where we lived in Bristol - they were always in the garden, particularly fond of eating flowers. Muntjac are vicious little things - they frequently attack dogs and can do serious damage too with those sharp little horns.
Your best bet may be a combination of security light and physical barriers - there's info here on mesh sizes and height for fencing, depending what sort of deer are there. https://www.bds.org.uk/index.php/advice-education/deterring-deer
2 days ago at 09:08
I hate shopping, I'll let anybody deliver anything except vegSee original post
Yup, me too. I buy meat and veg in the village and do an SM shop once a fortnight (I would get that delivered if I could, but that's not possible here at the moment). Other than that, the only shop I visit regularly is the local Garden Nursery, where much browsing is done
2 days ago at 08:54
Very noisy here last night - everything crashing about. Didn't get much sleep It's calmed down now though I think I'll have another cup of tea before i get my wellies on and go and see what's been broken (apart from the TV aerial - saw that one go) or blown away
hope everyone is safe and the air con is working Down Under. OH lived in Aus for a while - he said Roos - the big red ones in particular - are one of the scariest animals he's ever met in the wild (no bears or tigers round here )
3 days ago at 20:32
Jury's out on that one, I think, so it's down to how comfortable you feel about the wood (I'd probably go by how strongly 'chemical' it smells). I haven't lined mine (made from pressure treated scaffold boards) and I don't think I've suffered any ill health as a result. But if they smell strongly of creosote or some such, then maybe it would be wise.
3 days ago at 19:52
We don't see many bullfinches nowadays ... not enough orchards
oh? We get lots of bullfinches - there were 3 pairs outside the window the other day, scootling about among the brambles. But I think most of the old farm orchards are long gone - there must be something else attracting them hereabouts. Lots of greenfinches and goldfinches too. And wagtails - grey as well as pied - and greater woodpeckers. I was watching one of those swinging around on the neighbour's bird feeder earlier in the week .
I am always amazed by how loud wrens are. Teeny little birds - huge voice
Raining here. Again. We had hail and thunder yesterday and this morning, gales all day and more tonight, and rain. Lots of rain.
Hope everyone with snow keeps safe and warm
3 days ago at 09:03
In that case if you can manage to keep off it for a few weeks, you may find some of it recovers when the grass begins to grow again (when the temp gets above about 6C). The chickens may not have done permanent damage to the roots if the grass was growing well, although the mud sliding may have done, so it may be that aeration, brushing in some lawn sand and then over-seeding will be enough for some parts of it, rather than having to go right back and re-make the whole lawn. I'd wait and see before you spend money on fixing it.