Here are my late summer workshop dates. These are beginner’s workshops which teach you all you need to know to start using Chalk Paint with confidence and tackle those creative projects! Refreshments are included, plus 10% off any Vintro products purchased on the day:
Wed 30 Aug: 1.30-4pm
Sun 3 Sept: 10-12.30pm
Fri 15 Sept: 1.30-4pm
Tue 19 Sept: 10-12.30pm
Sat 30 Sept: 1.30-4pm
Email me: email@example.com or call/text: 07776 182079 to book your place!
Gold has made such a massive comeback. A few years ago, if it wasn’t silver or platinum it was deemed gaudy and old fashioned (and not in a good way) and banished to the back of a cupboard or stuffed inside a bin bag for the charity shop.
I can’t recall when it happened and who started it but gold is well and truly back in favour, in fashion and definitely with homeware and interiors.
I found this stunning baroque mirror, which had seen better days with a dull brassy patina. Vintro Luxury Paint do a fantastic metallic gold (also available in Silver and Rose Gold) which I’ve used to bring the mirror back to its former glory.
Vintro Luxury Metallic Paint is £15.95 for 250ml. As with all Vintro products, a little goes a long way and a tin will cover up to 12sqm.
I was interested in the Dictionary definition of the term ‘Shabby Chic’. Here’s what they say:
Shabby chic (/ˈʃæb.iˈʃiːk/) is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.
We’ve been in the house one week and one day and I won’t lie to you; there have been far too many boxes in my life.
But they are now ALL unpacked. Woo hooooo!
Our ‘new’ house was built after the Second World War, in 1947. We’ve lived in older places; our rental property was a 1930’s semi and when I was married I lived in a stunning barn conversion which dated back to 1872 – but was, of course, fully refurbished and essentially brand spanking new.
So as well as unpacking boxes and doing my best to freshen things up, I’ve had to squeeze our kitchen food/crockery/glasses into a kitchen that’s half the size of the old one, bathroom items in a room one third the size of the old one, place books and photos and ornaments in rooms with no shelves or windowsills and organise our clothes when we can’t fit our wardrobes up the narrow stairwell and don’t yet own a chest of drawers.
Moving was, to say the least, a challenge. Read my previous article ‘Moving!’ for more details about the whole experience. I’m not going to write a ‘Tips For Moving House’ post because there are loads out there already. But. I will highlight a couple of things, just in case you’re looking for a new pad or are in the process of buying/renting a new place right now:
You can NEVER start packing too early. Whatever you don’t need to live, whatever is decorative or isn’t essential in your day-to-day, PACK IT NOW. I learnt the hard way that by leaving this photo and that steamer and those jumpers out until the last minute, life was made significantly more difficult than if I’d have just boxed them up weeks before.
Get boxes. Lots of boxes. And bubbles or some other type of wrap. You can’t have enough of the stuff. When you think you’ve packed everything, you will probably still need another five. Probably more.
Plan ahead in terms of the last day. Keep a special box for your kettle, some cups, tea, coffee and spoons, so that wherever you are you can still have a precious hot cup of something to keep you going at either end. Also, keep cleaning items at hand, because, if you’re like me, you like to leave things clean for the next people and (unfortunately) your new abode may not be quite as clean as you’d like. We arrived to 30-year-old unhoovered carpets, kitchen cupboards filled with crumbs, wardrobes covered in dust and cobwebs. Not ideal.
Those are the three things I took away from my move and I hope they may be handy points for you. Unless you’re ridiculously organised, in which case you may well scoff at my lack of preparation! I would like to point out that I started packing – and getting rid of unwanted items – two months beforehand. But it still wasn’t enough. As I unpack and organise in the new pad, I continue to declutter and wonder why I didn’t get rid of this stuff ages ago.