Coffee table

Well, believe it or not, I’ve managed to complete a second project this week.

I bought this table for the princely sum of eight English pounds from a local charity shop.

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I spent a few hours sanding it down, then spent this week painting the legs using a tin of Autentico chalk paint I had left over from the little desk I did up a couple of years ago.

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I also used the same wallpaper on the under side of the table as I lined the desk with. ┬áProbably, nobody will ever know it’s there, but I like it!

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A coat of wax to seal the paint and finish the bare pine top and job done!

FO: The little desk that refused to give up hope

Once upon a time, there was a sad little desk tucked away in a junk furniture shop.

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The little desk was desperate to be pretty and loved, so it was overjoyed to be offered the chance of a new home.

The little desk was sanded down in the summer sunshine in the garden, and enjoyed the feel of its first fresh coat of paint.

But the weather changed, and the garden was no longer a safe place for the little desk, and neither was the garage. It took up its place in the hallway, but felt sad at being only half finished and poorly used. It looked on forlornly as its screws and fittings were misplaced, its wax overcoat was stashed in the coat cupboard and its beautiful paper dress was left in a roll on a bedroom floor.

But, eventually, time was found and the little desk was coaxed out for its final makeover. The fittings were found and screws were replaced. The paper dress was made bespoke, and the wax overcoat completed the look.

Just as the little desk was almost ready for its photoshoot, a small ogre came and pushed the little desk right over! The poor little desk feared that all was lost, but it was soon picked up and its wounds tended to, before being invited to take its rightful place.

It was still feeling a little grey…

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…but it soon realised that this was home, and gradually it bloomed…

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…into a beautiful thing.

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Baskets were found to fill its shelves and give it purpose once more.

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And the little desk lived happily ever after.

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The end.

Paint: Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint, Pigeon Grey and Antique Turquoise

Wax: Autentico Furniture Wax, Clear

Paper: Opera Wallpaper, Retro Leaf Teal/Green (glued with Mod Podge Matte)

Handles and Fittings: Original

Baskets: IKEA

Sneaky peek

Pumpkin and Pickle have been packed off to their grandparents for the week. I took them up and stayed a couple of nights, and just look what greeted me on the side table in my room.

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My grandmother’s bowl of cotton reels.

So, aside from rehearsals in the evenings – I should really tell you about those some time – Mr Jack and I have the best part of a week of child-free time to ourselves. Bliss! Well, if bliss involves wading through piles of paperwork and attempting to reclaim the house from under piles of unopened post, children’s drawings (many many many of them!), and general stuff. I’m sure it must be breeding.

But! On the plus-side, it has given me the opportunity to return to my little desk that I started painting way waaaaay back in the summer, and still haven’t finished.

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So here’s a little sneaky peek at what I’m working on, and hopefully I’ll have some finished pictures to show you by the end of the week.

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Do you have a project that you’ve been desperate to finish but just unable to find the time to dedicate to working on it?

Speaking of which, I’ve finally tracked down and purchased another ball of yarn for my cardigan, so I may have another finished object to show you before long!

Reverse startitis?

It’s been rather a long time, but I’m back to the knitting once more.

I’m not exactly sure what the generally accepted definition of Startitis is in the knitting world. I get the impression it’s when you keep starting new projects before the previous one is finished? In my case, startitis is the opposite – I seem to have a fear of, or at least a reluctance to cast on, despite having just about mastered the basic cast on that I’ve been using. Call it plain old procrastination if you will. I think it’s the perfectionist in me rearing its head.

Anyway, I’ve done battle with the procrastinating perfectionist and won, having cast on and completed the concentration-requiring ribbing section of not one, but two sleeves for my cardigan. It’s the first time I’ve tried knitting two at a time and so far, so good, so long as I remember to knit across both sleeves on each row, and don’t get the yarn tangled!

Getting back to the knitting has of course meant that I’ve got knitting on the brain again, so I’ve been browsing other projects on Ravelry. I’m itching to try out my KnitPro circulars, and I want to try something slightly more interesting, more challenging, but alot smaller. Namely a jumper for my littlest Pickle. I just haven’t picked specifically which one yet. And I am absolutely banning myself from starting anything new before my cardigan is finished, or it will just never get done. It’s already been on my needles for a year, and I want to get it finished soon so I can wear it this winter!

I’m also itching to finish my desk and get it into our new hallway. I’m just waiting on an order of Autentico paint so I can finish the inside, so hopefully I’ll be able to show you all soon.

Something a little different

Despite this being not-a-knitting-blog, I seem to have largely posted about knitting up until now. Partly becase blogging has encouraged me to keep knitting, and partly because I’ve not been doing any other crafting recently. The knitting is still coming along well; the second front panel is about halfway done, despite having had to frog a large amount. I’m looking forward to getting on to the sleeves, whilst also being slightly nervous at how they will fit with the body, given my interpretation of the slightly sparse pattern instructions.

In the meantime, I’ve been rather distracted by other things. We are having some building work done on the house, (which incidentally is taking a LOT longer than we were told) and so my brain space has been taken up with floorplans and measurements, builders total lack of schedules and plumbers mistakes. And then the slightly more creative side of choosing bathroom fittings and tiles, paint colours and flooring. I love the idea of interior design, but somehow when it comes down to making decisions, I suddenly seem to draw a blank. Whatever did people do before Google images and Pinterest!?

Hallway inspiration

Now we are nearing the end of the works (please, please, please!) thoughts turn to the slightly less permanent fixtures and furnishings, and so to a new creative project.

I have scoured the local charity shops and found a small bureau which I plan to clean up and paint to go in our new hallway, inspired by this lovely piece I found through Pinterest, from Etsy.

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I’ve never really done anything like this, so it’ll be a bit of an experiment, but I’m looking forward to getting started on it. I’ve ordered some Autentico Chalk Paint through a local stockist and hope that it’ll be relatively straightforward to turn it from this into something more beautiful.

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