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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Bit of Refurbishing

We've lived in our house for over 12 years now and have finally decorated every room! It's not that we live in a big house, just life taking over and prioritising against the other never ending list of jobs that constantly seem to arise.

I suppose it isn't entirely true that we hadn't decorated our hallway before, as we had given it a coat of paint over the existing wallpaper years ago. It's been nagging at me though, and I wanted the house to have a lovely light and airy feel as you come into it.

So hubby has been very busy stripping off wallpaper, removing horrible polystyrene ceiling tiles and pulling off old dado rails that had been glued and nailed in ridiculous places (we loved into the house that Jack built).

Trying to do my bit, I scoured ebay and the like until I found this lovely old telephone seat. I've wanted something for the bottom of the stairs for awhile, and this was just the right size.




Somewhere to sit while pulling shoes and boots on and off




Somewhere to hide the everyday bits and pieces that need to be near the door, such as doggy bags!



I popped the seat out and gave it a couple of coats with Annie Sloan Original paint. It didn't take long to dry, so managed them in the same day. Next I used wax to help protect it, and lightly distressed it. I knew exactly what fabric I wanted to use to cover the seat, so covered it (isn't it pretty) and stapled it in place.




A couple of baskets underneath are perfect to hide shoes that are left downstairs




I love the fabric, and it works well with the wallpaper.




I couldn't resist the lovely Daschund, and it's always handy to have somewhere for small change and keys to be dropped





Time for Saturday evening family time watching a film together, then i shall come and read what everyone else's been up to.

Take care
xxx

34 comments:

  1. That is a superb refurb - and I love the way you have changed the drawer knob- a simple thing, but it really adds to the finished effect. Great fabric choice too! Have a good weekend - blessings x

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    1. Thank you, used those knobs in a few places as we had a few of them, came in handy x

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  2. It is very pretty fabric! You did a great job, it looks really good there and will be very useful I am sure! The hallway looks great too! xx

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  3. I like that little table it looks so pretty
    Julie xxxxx

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  4. That's gorgeous! Your hallway looks really lovely.

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    1. Thank you, still some touching up to do, but glad it's mostly finished x

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  5. That's a wonderful job and I love the fabric too!

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  6. What a great makeover! It looks so pretty and practical at the same time.
    Amalia
    xo

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  7. You've done a brilliant job with it. I love your little dachshund too.

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  8. That is gorgeous. Really imaginative. I'm jealous of your creativity, and the table.

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  9. It looks like a completely different piece of furniture... I love the way that you've added the baskets for extra storage and put a dish out especially for your keys. Jx

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    1. I love what you have done to this table/seat. On a serious note though, it's a good idea to put keys away from the door and out of sight as it is a security risk of thieves breaking the glass or even putting wire throught a letterbox to retrieve the keys!!

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  10. I love that fabric it's so cute. You did a lovely job well done.

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  11. It's lovely, Cheryl. I love the fabric and the chalk paint, it looks very fresh and new. What a great makeover.

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  12. Loe the butterfly fabric. It is perfect with the floral wallpaper!

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  13. I love what you did to the telephone seat! The fabric is beautiful.

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  14. It looks fabulous! I love the baskets underneath...perfect spot.

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  15. You made a great job of the telephone seat. It has been transformed.

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  16. Wow, what a transformation! You did a great job. x

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