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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Jazzing it Up!

Had a really productive day today. Even though the weather hasn't been brilliant, it was dry enough to work in the garden and do jobs inside when the rain started to spit.

I'm so happy with my dresser. It's been on my 'to do' list for a while, I wanted to paint it to hide the rather orange coloured pine and also to make the room brighter and lighter. Here it is...

I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint, original and buffed with her clear wax afterwards to give it more permanent and hard wearing finish.

We already had some pretty drawer knobs to use. The only problem was that I couldn't find any draw handles to match, or even that I liked. It wasn't really a problem though as we filled the holes from the previous handles with wood filler and Andrew drilled new holes for me to put the new ones in.

I don't think the photos show how pretty it looks. I took the back off and lined it with wallpaper rather than painting it and I think it sets it off beautifully.

 I love it and thoroughly enjoyed dressing it with my lovely china and bits and pieces.

So between the light showers (and they weren't too bad, I still managed to dry a machine load of washing outside) I popped into the garden to do a bit of tidying up. Emptied some old tubs with bedding plants that were past their best and planted a few new things.

I do love miniature Cyclamens, I like to have some in the house too.

Geranium is hanging on in there...

Covered in lots of tiny buds ready to bring more life into the garden

I'm amazed at my Dahlia, it's covered with flower buds again, beautiful.

There was lots of weeding to do and the patio needed a good, stiff brush.

Perhaps not perfect, but beautiful all the same.

It was lovely to spend some time sitting outside when we'd finished just soaking up the fresh air and appreciating what we'd done.

Made a quiche for tea, so nothing else to do, but relax and enjoy the evening. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Take care


  1. Cheryl, your cupboard is beautiful, so bright and cheerful. And so are all those flowers. Hugs to you, Meredith

    1. Thank you, the room is a bit dark so it really helps x

  2. Your dresser looks so pretty!! I really like the paper backing! xx

  3. You have had a busy day. The dresser looks lovely for it's transformation. I really need to get out and tidy up the tubs in the garden may be a today job whilst the sun is out.

  4. The dresser is beautiful. I love the paper backing, that really sets it off, you've done a wonderful job. I really need to get outside and sort my container plants out, some are in need of a tidy up and some are now ready for the compost bin.

  5. love your dresser, so pretty. you did a great job! sorting out my containers is next on my to-do list :)

  6. You have done an amazing job with the dresser, it is beautiful.

  7. Hello Cheryl - what a beautiful transformation! Your dresser is absolutely wonderful and you are right to be very proud of it! The paint looks such a lovely shade, and the wallpaper on the back sets it all off perfectly.
    Your baskets and containers look neat, tidy and refreshed - a busy but rewarding day for you! Isn't it good to sit and relish the work you've done afterwards?
    Such a lovely post, and a pleasure to read.
    Have a lovely week!

  8. I love what you did with your dresser!
    You also reminded me that it is time to have a go at all my container plants and give my porch a scrub.
    Love all the photos.
    Take care.

  9. Love the dresser, my husband insisted on bringing an orange pine chest of drawers when he moved in with me a couple of decades back. I've been itching to paint it ever since! x

  10. Your dresser looks lovely, and yes I can imagine how pretty it will look once you have all your china on display. You have had a busy time in the garden - so many pots!
    Caz xx

  11. Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment so I know you had visited.
    I like belonging to the book club but I have a huge pile of books at home waiting to be read as well, will I ever get through them all?!
    I love your dresser, will you show it all dressed up? Such a clever idea to back it with the wallpaper.
    Lisa x

  12. Your dresser looks beautiful, Cheryl! You have done a lovely job on it with the Annie Sloan paint and the wallpaper for the back is a great idea. It must be nice now arranging china on it! Lovely pots full of colour outside too.
    Helen xox

  13. I love what you have done with your dresser. I have some garish orange pine bedroom furniture that needs sprucing up and am tempted to paint them too! :-)

  14. That dresser is lovely! It must be a month for dressers; I'm finally getting mine back into the house after a few years! I must photograph and post about it soon. And I'm hoping for a few good shots of yours with the china on?

  15. The color you chose for the dresser is perfect and the dresser itself so beautiful. And now you have a blank canvas to play with, lucky you.

  16. Your dresser is amazing! Well done.

  17. Hi,fabulous work on the dresser,well done!


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