Danish Coffee Table

Always on the lookout for 60/70s pieces, I found a great, original tiled coffee table in a charity shop.
I loved the tile colour and design but the wood frame was tired and very dark.
I wasn’t 100% sure about it but it was ridiculously cheap so it seemed churlish to overlook it.
It stayed buried under all kinds of detritus in my hall for ages until, in a surge of creativity, I decided to slap some paint on it.

Sadly I didn’t stop to take any before pictures 😳

But this is it during the process.

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I love it.
I did test out a couple of other colours first but thought the white gave a cleaner contrast to the tiles.

Standard Lamp Upcycle

Having noticed a growing trend for the revival of the Standard Lamp, I was pleased to spot a reasonably priced one in a local used furniture shop.
A quick trip to an electrical hardware shop ensured it was safe to use.
I was now ready to bring it back to life. I just needed a suitable shade.
That didn’t cost a fortune.
This was supposed to be a bargain project after all!

Months of scouring Charity shops in vain followed.
I decided to paint it anyway in the meantime.
I wanted to do something a little different than my usual white so I decided to go bold with a high gloss orange.

Unfortunately it appeared to be not a million miles from it’s original orange pine!
Doh!

Maybe it would look better with a contrasting shade.
I was starting to give up hope when, on the way to an auction, I spied one in a modern furniture warehouse.
Not my usual hunting ground at all!

Not only was it the right size and colour but it had been lined with a silver inner which gives a great effect when lit.
And best of all,it had been reduced to just £3!!

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I still wasn’t happy with the orange paint job so elected to use some Annie Sloan paint instead.

A coat of Paris Grey gave a much nicer effect and I then embellished the shade with some ribbon I’d picked up at a charity shop some time ago.
It can be removed if I want to change the look again.

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I have to say I’m pretty happy with the finished result and it’s perfect set up in my crochet corner behind my £20 vintage mid-century leather recliner.

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Enthusiasm,Acceptance,Inspiration

Have had an intense week at work and was feeling mentally and physically tattered,which made it perfect timing for my treatment with Jo.
To be honest most of my treatments with Jo are perfectly timed even though they’re booked weeks in advance.
That’s just the way she rolls he he 😉
I can trundle along for weeks managing everything life throws at me just fine. Well, fine-ish.
And then a day or two before I’m due to see Jo something will happen or I find myself struggling to deal with stuff positively.

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Not always but if I have a massive blip it usually coincides with a visit to Jo.

My treatment consists of a massage which includes aromatherapy and Reiki.
Jo will ask how I’m feeling and mix me up my own personal oils for that session.
I was feeling very tired and foggy brained.

We caught up with each other’s news whilst she massaged and worked the knots out in my shoulders…ow!
Then I got some healing.
Which is always the point when my brain finally goes quiet and calm.
A bit more healing to send tingles up my spine.
And that’s pretty much it,the hour and a bit is up.

But always without fail, I leave there feeling fantastic.

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So I drove home through the beautiful Suffolk countryside into the setting sun.

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Full of light and joy.
Beaming from ear to ear.
Feeling thankful for all the good things in my life, of which there are many.
And remembering ‘I’m exactly where I’m meant to be right now’

A Little About Me

Whenever I read someone’s blog,I’m often curious about the person behind the words so I thought I’d give you a little background info about me.

I live with my partner near Ely in Cambridgeshire on the edge of the Fens.

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Ely is famous for it’s beautiful cathedral.

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I work as an Equine Radiographer near Newmarket and have done for six years.

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I have a cat called Squeaky. Squeaky was a stray that found me. He was very timid but not any more!

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He’s very chatty now! Hence his name.

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I lived in Hokkaido,Japan for nine and a half years.

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I enjoy gardening,cooking,crafting,photography,reading,travel
and finding treasures in charity shops and car boot sales.
I swear a lot,am impatient, and have a well developed sense of the ridiculous.

Best find of the week

Although I’m itching to give my bedroom a makeover (dark grey walls,hot pink accents,white painted floor??!), I have to wait to get the artexed ceiling replastered.
Which requires money.
Most of which is already earmarked for the roof fund.
Which kinda takes priority.

So, even though I’m not strictly shopping for any items for that room, I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a pair of bedside lamps.
The ones I’ve got are too big for my bedside tables really.
Which I was told when I spotted them originally but did I listen?
Nope.
Bought ‘em anyway.

They were metal and kind of retro looking and I could afford them.
Now they collect a lot of dust,clank loudly every time they’re shifted and don’t allow me enough room for my collection of books (read and unread),glass of water,ipad and phone.

To be fair the bedside tables are pretty small, but my last house was quite tiny and I spent ages trawling ebay for something small and retro.
Plus they came with a fab,matching chest of drawers.

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Which I like a lot better since I changed the handles.

I’d gone into Wilkinson’s for something when I spotted these.

http://www.wilko.com/table-lamps/wilko-starburst-lamp-ceramic-parchment/invt/0325727

I thought they were probably too good to pass up.
They have a slightly hippy quality to them that I love,and I’d had my eye on something similar in John Lewis for a while that was twice the price.

Anyway I’m really pleased with them,they look so pretty when they’re all lit up.

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Crochet crazy

Although my first love was always painting tired bits of furniture to give it a new lease of life, I have more recently been seduced by soft furnishings.
I’ve found myself hoarding fabric and collecting buttons old and new.
Soon I may make something with them!

Wandering through Pinterest( you’ll find me under Becky Moran on there)I discovered Textile art, which I found quite exciting for awhile.
Here’s my first amateurish attempt at it.

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Not quite Léa Stansal standard but I’m quite sure it’s something I’ll return to.

This was the piece of work which so inspired me.

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I’ve recently taught myself the basics of crochet.
A couple of youtube videos later(thank you Carina’s Craftblog) and I’ve well and truly caught the bug.
This is what I’m aiming to make at the moment.

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I’ve only started this week but am so addicted I am walking around with a ball of wool under my arm crocheting as I go.
This is what I’ve made so far.

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I will post photos when I’m finally finished.

So here goes……

I wanted to start this blog as an online record of projects old and new.
I like nothing better than finding an old object or piece of furniture that’s seen better days, and breathe new life into with a lick of paint,new handles or some other embellishment.
Having recently moved house,I now have the space to work on(and store) new projects!
The house and garden also need work doing on them so I’ll be using this blog as a record of that too!

Here’s some photos of some earlier projects!

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