Ebay Addict Strikes Again!

I have recently been buying furniture from eBay. In particular, I’ve been looking at furniture that it battered, unfashionable and basically unwanted. I love the idea of breathing new life into otherwise unwanted furniture…making something beautiful again.

On Saturday, during one of my usual eBay browsing session I found this bedside table and realising it only had 15 minutes left I, of course, couldn’t help myself and impulsed bidded on it. I then found myself winning it and the lovely lady that was selling it asked me if I wanted to pick it up straight away. Anyone that knows me can imagine just how much of  a buzz I got from winning something and it was this excitement that made me immediately agree to collect. So Saturday evening I dragged my long suffering boyfriend along to collect my new project.

Since then I have been priming, sanding and painting and I now have the before and after photos. Although I am thinking about doing a little bit more to it.

BEFORE

It’s made of MDF and has that horrible plastic coating and was very scratched and battered but I really like the curved shape of the drawer and base and it has a really pretty door knob.

AFTER

It took me a while to get this photo as it seems my dog loves to get in the way of photos. So now my digital camera is full of photos of his nose! Anyway, I have kept the door knob because I think it looks really nice against the greeny blue of the table. You can just about see the distressed edges and corners of the table but they can be seen a lot better in the photos below.

Distressed corner

Distressed edge with door knob

I’m thinking about painting trailing roses across the front of the drawer and base. I think this will add to the shabby chic-ness of the table. Although I am unsure about whether to paint them as kind of border of the door.

What do you think? If you have done something similar I would be really interested in seeing pictures or of hearing your opinions.

It’s been a while but here I am…

It’s now two months on and I now have a brighter and happier crafting room. It still isn’t the craft room of my dreams but I have to face facts…I don’t have the bank budget of my dreams either.  Especially as August seems to be the most expensive month of the year (excluding December) what with birthdays, car insurance, MOT and servicing plus the usual monthly bills. Anyway, it’s no longer a sickly lilac box room but has been transformed into a bright and happy crafting room with lemon juice yellow walls.

My desk area

From this picture it still looks like the side of my desk area is still cluttered, however, I would like to reassure you all that the boxes are only there due to the fact that my current ongoing project is a sample quilt and I quickly became tired of keep getting my things in and out everyday.

The dresser I am using as storage.

I’m pretty impressed with this dresser.  I love the shape of it and the engraved details in the wood. There is a part of me that wonders about painting it to make it look Shabby Chic, however there’s another part of me that thinks it is beautiful wood and the effects of painting it would be irreversible. I’m going to look for similar things that have been painted to see how they turned out.

Temporary shelving

This shelving was left over from my pre-decorated craft room. I want to find a lovely real wood cupboard to replace this.

So my aims for my craft room are as follows:

  • finish my Lloyd Loom ottoman.
  • Buy some box files to neatly store my magazines.
  • Make some sort of blind or curtain to shield out the sun.
  • Possibly paint my dresser a lighter colour and add some homemade scented hearts (I think they are very sweet).
  • Buy a wooden cupboard to hide my mess in and paint it the same colour as my dresser.
  • Personalise some picture frames to put onto the wall.
Looking at it now this is quite an extensive to do list but I will crack on and add updates as I go.

The Start Of Something New!

Well, Hello World!

This is my first ever post on my first ever blog and I can honestly say that just my completing this first post I feel like some sort of technical wizz!

I have started this blog in order to keep track of the journey I am on. This journey started around a year ago when having been unsuccessful at finding a teaching job last September I started supply work and I soon found that I had plenty of time and absolutely no hobbies. So off I went to find a new hobby and low and behold I found a love of sewing, patchwork and fabric. In fact my fabric passion has quickly over taken my love of clothes shopping much to the misery of my bank balance. It turns out cotton fabric in lovely bright colours is not so cheap! Now I am in the same job hunting boat as last year and I am getting thoroughly fed up of it. Especially because I have come to love the lack of out of hours work that comes with supply work. So I have come to the conclusion that I need a change and am currently looking for a part time teaching post and in my spare time I am going  to start selling my patchwork online. Luckily I have an interview on Wednesday for a part time teaching post so fingers crossed this goes my way.

So having been attending patchwork classes  for the last yearand set up my Etsy account and email I am now onto the next steps of my master plan to become a crafting business woman…create an inspiring crafting space out of the spare room and a blog to track my progress. Below are photos of my craft room as it is currently.

I think it basically needs a complete makeover, including new storage system and curtains. Plus, some pictures and things on the wall would make it look nice. So tomorrow I will be going over to the d.i.y shop to find some paint, rollers etc. So not only am I a technical wizz, I am also going to be a painting and decorating wizz!