Sunday, February 24, 2013

Showing her softer side - Cabinet make over

Hello and welcome back!

Do you remember this cabinet I picked up on the fleamarket for next to nothing? I promised to show you her new look...
Drum roll...curtain rising...silence, hold your breath and Ta Dah!!!

I love that she is much softer now with shades of creamy white and coastal blue!
And guess what?! I wet distressed this baby. I loved it so much I nearly overdid it!
I added layers of milk paint from Here in the color lichi.

The trim was given a coat of soft blue accented by silver giding paste. After distressing with a wet rag I gave her some clear wax followed by light ageing wax.
I dived into my craft supply bin and hauled out this flower applique and gave it the same color blue followed by the gilding paste and attached it to the cabinet with gorilla glue.
This cabinet has these pull outs for the door to rest on when you open the door (the door flips down). The little knobs were missing, so I glued on tiny wooden knobs which I painted blue as well.
Now for the vignette!
This was a black lightweight metal bucket which I've given a faux zinc finish and added the No 1. I will share how I did it in another post...easy...peasy! I filled the bin with pretty hydrangeas!
A vintage tea pot also filled with hydrangeas...I love the patina on this piece!
Pretty silver picture frames and a tall candle holder topped with a blue scented candle!
Subway art poster...not done by moi, but I can do this!
 Do you love her softer side?!
Do you think she is oh so gorgeous now?!
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Woo Hoo! My revived French inspired blanket box

Hello and welcome back!

Lightbulb moment! 

Just realised that so far this year I've been able to do a post at least once a week.....HIYA!!!! 

It does mean having to work a couple of hours every I am holding up 2 jobs....not bad for a 52 year old, I reckon!
This blanket box sat in my garage for over a year. I found her in a neglected and abused state and she went through more pain and suffering during our move! I finally decided to give her some much needed LOVE!

Here is the before!
BLAH brown,amputated leg, rough around the edges, brassy handles, scratched up, water marked...this gal lived a hard life!
I did surgery on her leg with Gorilla wood glue and filled all her nicks and rough edges with Liberon neutral!

I gave her a few layers of creamy white color and a wash of 'Dusk of days'over the top! I applied some gesso over the hardware followed by the same color I used for the top!

Next I used the graphite method to transfer the French Typography to the top of the blanket box!I went over the words and scrolls with my paint pen. The image is from The Graphics Fairy.

To finish her off I gave her some distressing, and some clear and dark wax from CeCe Caldwell!
I love the way she looks now!

Notice my dressing table in the background? Its in the same imbuia ball and claw style!
I want to show you this pretty pin cushion....not made by Moi..I bought it at Still Life in Long Street!
And of course Miss G had to sneak into the pictures...LOL
That's it from me. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Robin's egg blue - Oh, what a hue!

Shades of robin's egg blue, cream and touches of silver - my neighbour's livingroom!

Today I'n showing you Cheryl's living room. You see, I love this gal's style and I was so excited when she asked me to re-do a chair and side table for her! She also bought my French ephemera decoupaged table from here.
Cheryl knows how to bring all the colors in her space together through patterned fabric and a stunning wall papered accent wall!

Cheryl bought this Victorian high back chair, but the dark wood did not fit her cottagy, shabby chic style. She fell in love with this chair because the color in the tapestry fabric is perfect for her color scheme!
She also had this little side table that needed a little love!

   I gave the chair and side table that age worn, shabby chic look!

Do you love it now!!!!?

Here is a few more pics of Cheryl's beautiful living room...such a tranquil scheme!

Love the mirror and vignette in the entrance hall!

Birds, bunnies and some bling, bling!

Cute little birds on a vintage radiogram. So pretty...this gal knows how to dress her nest!

White slip covered sofa and pretty cushions! Love how the light filters through and softens the scheme!

View from the other side. This is a corner sofa!

Black lacquered display cabinet filled with Cheryl's treasures!

Some more bling...Love this pretty!

Hope you enjoyed this tour of Cheryl's nest!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013


My biggest project to date and woo hoo, did it take me a while to complete?!!!
Working 9 to 5, I am a weekend kinda project gal!
I often finish projects during the week and have to wait till the weekend to take my shots...and I took several pics of this baby before I was close to happy with the outcome!

I painted the entire hutch with Plascon's French Chartreuse in their cashmere finish. Then I used milk paint in shaker blue and green from Here and did a layered paint effect on the areas I wanted to highlight!
I stained the top and bottom in an imbuia stain and applied my antique liquid all over, including the distressed areas!


You can see that I'm no minimalist...this hutch is crammed with pieces I love and treasure!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A tourist in my own backyard

I had an appointment in the city centre and I decided to grab my camera to take some shots of our beautiful city! 

In the heart of Cape Town, you can find the family run cafe, Bread Milk and Honey. A place where businessmen in immaculate suits sip cappuccinos, while artists and fashion fanatics exchange the latest gossip and eat generous slices of creamy chocolate cake smothered in icing. It is immediately clear – this is a popular place for all kinds of people. Stunning architecture!!!

Next I wandered up towards the botanical gardens! This lovely old window with its green shutters is part of the old Slave Lodge situated on the corner of Adderley Street.

This is the magnificent entrance and a stunning lead glass window of the St George's Cathedral known as 'the people's Cathedral' for its role in the resistance against apartheid, St. George's Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town. This is a historical and beautiful building!
You cannot visit Cape Town and not visit one of its oldest markets, set on a cobbled square between Short and Long Market Streets. This is where Capetonians have been buying their clothing, jewellery, sandals, crafts and nick-nacks for years, and, whilst the face of the market may have changed a little - African curios now predominate - there is still an exciting buzz as well as evidence of the city’s most colourful and eccentric characters. 


Boho chic - one of the many clothing booths!
A beautiful painting depicting scenes of every day life in Langa meaning 'Sun'
Greenmarket Square is a hot spot for curio shopping. You can pick up little pieces of Africa for a price that wont hurt your pocket, but don't forget that bartering is the name of the game. Handpainted ostrich eggs, handcarved and authentically painted animals, screen printed ethnic cloth and african drums are among the favourites!

 I hope you enjoyed this whirlwind visit to my corner of Africa!!!

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