I’ve mentioned before my love of seemingly pointless little bits of printed paper and ephemera. It’s a love that isn’t going anywhere any time soon, in fact if anything I think it might be growing.
At college I was quite organised with my scraps of serviettes, ticket stubs and foreign sweet packets and I kept them all filed in a series of photo albums. Over time these albums have been neglected and now my precious pieces of paper are stored in drawers; knicker drawers, sock drawers, knife, fork and spoon drawers. Essentially anywhere in the house that I can tidy them away quickly always promising that I Will Deal With Them One Day. Well, that day has come. Having found two lovely large box frames at a boot sale the other day I realised they would be the perfect showcase for my papery bits ‘n’ bobs.
I have made one for my bedroom and one for the lounge. I painted the backing card the colour of the walls and mounted the pieces using a mixture of spray mount, foam pads (the kind used in Decoupage to give height) and small dress making pins. I didn’t want all the pieces to be stuck down flat so using a mixture of these three sticky things I was able to keep a nice variety of heights and shapes.
Some of the pieces are personal to me; that’s my birth announcement in the bottom right. Some are holiday reminders; Finn Air towelette anyone? But all of them have a nice bit of design going on and inspire me every time I look at them.
pictures behind glass are hard to photograph
If you want to start (or develop) your own paper addiction then always look in the small dusty boxes at car boot sales and junk shops or head over to Present and Correct for your next fix.
Ikea is a wonderful place. Meatballs, cakes made from Dime Bars, those clippy things for half opened bags of food that you buy Every Time You Visit. Oh and the odd piece of furniture. Eight years ago I bought a simple wooden cabinet to provide some much needed storage in my old house. I’d always planned to do something ‘jazzy’ with the doors but as it was hidden behind my sofa I never got round to it. Fast forward to the New House and the cabinet is being used as a TV stand and is much more on show.
I felt now was the time to get the paints and wallpapers out and give it a little make over.
It only took an afternoon of painting, I used a variety of paints, ones that I already had in the house. The yellow is a really high shine gloss and the others are all satin finish emulsions. If you are using matt paints – maybe left over from painting your walls – then using a clear varnish or wax will give a nice sheen.
HERE’S HOW TO DO IT
1. Remove the doors and give them a wash and a light sand.
2. Masking tape all round the sides of the doors to avoid drips.
3. Prime with an acrylic undercoat and primer in one.
4. When this is dry paint with your chosen colours, I used a small roller to avoid brush marks.
5. If required finish off with a wax.
If you don’t fancy doing-it-yourself then these pieces already have the paint job done for you.
Oliver BonasMavis Chest £515
John Lewis sideboard by Leonard Pfeifer £650
Though I love my cabinet and its jazzy doors I found just the sort of cupboard I was looking for the other day. Of course it wasn’t quite right as it was so it’s currently being ‘Dad Hacked’ in Dads Garage. I reckon it’ll deserve its own post pretty soon.
P.S. If you’ve not visited the Ikea Hackers website go now. It’s full of inspiring projects to turn your run of the mill Ikea goods into unique one of a kinds.
I originally made these giant rosettes for my book Scissors, Paper, Craft and I reckon with a little switcheroo from wallpaper to shiney and sparkly christmas gift wrap they would make the perfect wall decoration for your lounge or dining room this festive season.
This project was up on the Laura Ashley blog a little while ago and when I was walking past my local store at the weekend I spotted some beautiful gold versions adorning their Christmas window display!
Here are the instructions. Enjoy.
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As I’m in a kitcheny mood (which I will be for a while) here are a couple of recent purchases I have made to make my life easier.
1. Joseph and Joseph Flip Drainer £15
I’m not entirely convinced that my sink has been installed correctly … in the showroom the sink was flush with the work top but in the brochure it was proud by about 1 cm. Mine sits above it by about 2 cm. You would have had to completely destroy the under-sink cabinet to make it sit flush so this is what I’ve ended up with.
I do love it but I have a slight issue with draining crockery after hand washing (to be fair I don’t do that much hand washing so it’s not that much of a problem) placing the wet cups and bowls directly on the work top means there’s no where for the water to go. So hurrah for this nifty little drainer from Joseph and Joseph. It’s clever little grooves means that if you have it the way shown here then the water runs down into the tray for you to dispose of later and if you flip it onto it’s other side then the water will drain off into a sink. Nice.
2. Matalan Trivets £2.50
The work top is made from bamboo. I haven’t managed to give it the requisite three coats of sealer/varnish/protector stuff yet and I’m constantly worried that its going to scratch/burn/get cup marks.
So hurrah again for these rubber trivets from good old Matalan. I love the colours, their geometric shape and their general rubberiness; they couldn’t scratch a thing however hard they tried. There’s also a grey one but I think my mum may have ‘borrowed’ it as I can’t find it anywhere!