Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Faux Vintage Chippy Window

It seems like everyone in Blogland has one. A REAL vintage window that is. 

Layers of chippy pastel paints. Small thick squares of handmade glass. Problem is I don't find them in Ireland. Maybe because we get so much rain they rot in their old abandoned houses. I have really wanted one for the top of my grandparents chest ever since I moved it to our landing. 

So I had to improvise. Necessity is the mother of invention you know! When I saw an old door hanging off a broken kitchen dresser I knew I was onto something. 

It was already missing it's knob. I carefully taped the glass and gave it one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Original. Don't you love that orange wood?

With some heavy grit sandpaper I distressed it quite heavily, taking off lots of paint in places to give it that aged look I was after. 

A clear coat of wax followed by a hint of dark wax and it was ready to adorn my new look landing! 

Using some ribbon and a thumb tack I added a twig wreath to which I wired this little metal butterfly. It used to be a belt buckle.

I'm so happy with how it turned out. 

It's all part of a little vignette that has been in my head for almost a year now. All will soon be revealed!!

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

A Fresh Coat of Original

I mentioned in my last post that as we replaced all the furniture in the hall, stairs and landing following the paintover, some pieces just didn't seem to work anymore.

Colourwise, they didn't work. They weren't terrible but they looked a little tired against the crisp new colour scheme. And so cream has been replaced by off-white. 
Does this make me crazy?

First up was this huge mirror and it was a mammoth task that involved the use of much frog tape.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Original followed by some clear wax. Most items got this treatment. Here is the before...

And here is the after...

You can see a difference right?

Next was the radiator cover, aka my entrance table/hall stand. This I painted Almost White like the rest of the woodwork. I'm not sure why, maybe because this piece feels more like the rest of the woodwork even though we treat it like a piece of furniture. 

A little shelf...

Granted, it still looks a little cream. Perhaps it should have got another coat!
These framed prints...

This frame was painted in ASCP Country Grey... 

Originally, it was a pale gold and the frame was dented and scratched. I got it from my sister who was throwing it away. I was never in love with it, it hung around the corner where no-one really saw it. I love it now, I think the Country Grey really brings out the picture. I didn't wax it as I like the chalky finish. It has been given pride of place at the top of the stairs. 

This was the last piece to get a freshen up...

It was originally stained a dark colour. 
It belonged to my grandparents and lived in their bedroom. 

About 10 or 12 years ago I painted it Jasmine White which had yellowed over the years. The stain coming through I think.

It was naturally distressed over the twelve years I have had it which I recreated before sealing with a coat of clear wax.

This chest used to live in our second bedroom but recently got upgraded to the landing. I knew exactly how I wanted to dress it. If you look carefully in this picture you will see I have moved onto styling, aka the fun bit!

Mother Nature decided to give everything a coat of white today too. Did I say it hardly ever snows in Ireland?

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Hall-Stairs-Landing Makeover - The First Step

Hello again...
I haven't forgotten you all but we have been a little busy at the Auburns. With January gone I have moved into Spring mode and have many projects on the horizon. You know how it is when you finally get rid of the decorations. Yes, we finally got the loft boards down in the attic; the storage is great up there and I no longer have to worry about getting a foot wrong and ending up coming through the ceiling!

So I mentioned in this post that our first project for 2015 was the Hall-Stairs-Landing Makeover. Well the painting in now complete! It wasn't quite as bad as we expected. It did take two guys four days to complete but I did think that was good going. Thankfully no scaffold was required but there was some scary use of ladders. We used Colortrend paints. I neglected to tell you in that post that Colortrend is an Irish owned company who make their paints in Co. Kildare. I think it's on a par with Farrow and Ball. I believe it's available in the UK. It's a really nice quality paint with good coverage and it's scrubbable!

They have a great range of colours but I finally settled on Patience (one of my original choices) on the walls and Almost White on the woodwork. The ceilings are Brilliant White by Dulux and Mahogany by Bondex on the handrail and newel posts. 
Here's how it looks...

Upstairs Landing

Top of Stairs

Upstairs - 2nd Bed & Office

Landing & Owl Window

View of vaulted ceiling from Hall

Bottom of Stairs

Hallway - Sitting Rm & Kitchen/Dining

Downstairs - Loo & Hotroom

I'm really pleased with the colour, it looks different on each wall and at different times of the day. It's almost a pale 'greige'; not quite beige, not quite grey. I think it looks really smart against the Almost White Woodwork. The dark stain was an adjustment from the original bare wood. I had toyed with the idea of dark oak but then had to buy an extra 5litres of paint as the painters ran out so we used the mahogany I already had from this project. I'm loving it now, it's really rich looking and ties in really well with the mahogany furniture throughout the house.

I told you I was thinking of some new doors curtains and we have chosen something that we think will add a real injection of Spring. Just a sneak peak for now though, mostly because it's the worst photo ever taken on my phone but also there is some work to be done first. It was a bargain so of course it's a work in progress!

The one downside to our amazing new colour scheme is that all the really yellowy creamy pieces in this area now looked a bit dirty against the crispness of the new paint. So a lot more painting was involved, from me this time. I got my trusty can of ASCP Original out and repainted this giant mirror, a shelf of sorts, four picture frames, a rad cover and a chest of drawers!  I will reveal more at a later date. As I said now the painting is done, we're onto the fun bits, stay tuned!

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Snow Day!!

We woke up this morning to this...

I know for some of you it's a regular occurrence but it is still a rare thing in Ireland.

The local primary school appeared to be closed and all the children were out in their hats and scarves making snowmen.

Mr. Auburn commutes to the capital for work but decided to work from home today, a welcome break from the usual long and early morning journey.

The combination of said snowfall, Mr. Auburn being at home and a nasty fall yesterday convinced me to take a day off from work.

Before I left the house yesterday, I went outside to feed the birds. On my way back through the kitchen, I had a spectacular fall on the tiles when my wet boots went from under me! I managed to injure the entire right side of my body!!

So today I decided to give my body a rest.

We had a late breakfast. 

Then wen't for a stroll across to the park with my new camera.

Had a little Bailey's coffee to warm up afterwards. 

Watched The Grand Budapest Hotel.

All in all, a lovely relaxing snow day!

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