I’ve made a start on the wood panels which will provide splashbacks in the bathroom.
Here’s what I started out with:
The pine panels have been cut to size:
I didn’t want natural pine and contemplated staining it a little darker, but settled on a grey wash to give a more beachy feel. I diluted some black and white chalk paint with around 80% water:
Then just brushed it on:
The panels have been left to dry overnight and are now ready to have the lettering added, which I’ve just made a start on:
After positioning the words, I slipped some carbon paper underneath the printer paper and now have the laborious task of tracing it all out:
Once that’s finished, I’ll be filling in the letters with paint. Then many coats of yacht varnish will be used to seal the wood.
This ‘little’ bathroom makeover seems to be taking an awfully long time!
Following on from my previous post regarding spam mail. The spammers just seem to know my each and every failing. I’ve had numerous offers of shoe lifts, wrinkle cream and diet coffee. Okay, so I’m a short-arse, who’s seen better days and who also likes food. I’m comfortable in my skin, so please leave me alone:-)
I’d made known to hubby that I was having a day off on Saturday (today). Yesterday, I got all his electrical test results sorted out and printed off. I went to Church with Jasper this morning, then strolled through the village for a while, on the way to the paddock. I strolled back, strolled in, strolled to the kettle, flicked it on, strolled through to the lounge and then the strolling stopped. The floor was littered with the electrical test reports and hubby informed me that two were missing, two were wrong and he wasn’t sure about a few others. I reminded hubby that today was my day off, a day put aside for a Roman Blind making extravaganza. After some huffing and puffing (from hubby), he realised that he was wasting his time, so tidied them up.
I enthusiastically grabbed the two old Roman blinds, to use as templates for the brand spanking, glorious new ones I was about to make. I stared at them for a while, then made coffee. I stared at them a while more. The caffeine wasn’t helping. I scratched my head, made more coffee and decided to have yoghurt… and a banana. The yoghurt, banana and more caffeine made no difference whatsoever, and hubby sniggered (I ignored him). So after staring at the blinds a little longer, I got my tape measure, took their width measurements and here comes the really technical bit… I went to Dunelm Mill and bought some.
In actual fact I only bought one Roman blind, for the small window. The blind was £30. A matching 4ft one for the larger window was £60, so I bought a cheap n cheerful roller blind for £12.99 instead. The ‘quick and easy’ assembly took about 2 hours, because we had to shorten the width of the roller blind. I’m not exactly over the moon with it, but the bathroom decorating is meant to be on a shoe string budget and I hadn’t planned spending anything on window dressings, because I already had various pieces of fabric which would have been suitable for homemade blinds.
Had I not called at the vets before going shopping, I dare say the £60 blind would have been bought, but… Jasper’s legs and ‘bits’ have gotten infected from the fly bites. He’s sore, scabby and uncomfortable. I gave him a tail wash and a really good wash down last night, and decided that he needed more than off the shelf remedies; his sores were looking angry and bloody. I’ve got a modest pot of cream from the vet. The cost? Just a mere £55. Oh well, rather a healthy horse, than a 4ft Roman blind.
Now comes the exciting bit, that will either look great or naff. The bathroom walls are wood panelled and there’s only a 12″ gap between bath and panelling. The mosaic tiles, which I put there many moons ago are looking jaded and a bit frumpy. But because it’s a small space, I’m limited to what can go in there, to act as a splash back. I’ve decided to do a wood panel with some writing on it; perhaps an advert for an old fashioned bath house. It’ll be coated with yacht varnish to make it water repellent. In my mind’s eye it looks great, but we’ll see!
And then it’s just the floor, which has had a slight accident. I fell off the toilet… whilst painting. I was stood on my little plastic stool, painting the top corners of the walls behind the loo. I couldn’t quite reach, so put one foot on the loo seat, leaned forward and whoosh, a paint pot and I made a crash landing. There was rather a lot of paint to mop up from here, there and everywhere and I jarred my back, so felt incredibly sorry for myself. So now I need a new carpet too. I know there’s a thing about not having carpets in bathrooms, but the floor is very uneven, with a mish mash of floor boards, so carpet is the only reasonable solution.
Maybe next week I’ll be ready to reveal the before and after pics… Bear with me, it gets better.
My blog has been bombarded with spam lately, so I’ve been deleting the lot en masse.
I took the time to go through today’s spam folder and there were some genuine comments in there, which leads me to think that I’ve probably deleted quite a few of your comments over the past few weeks. Apologies if I have, it’s nothing personal, just WordPress being over zealous with the comments and me not taking the time to go through them.
Whilst I’m on the subject of apologies. I’ve had quite a few emails regarding my Furniture Painting Courses. I’m trying to clear way to hold at least one or two early Autumn, but have no dates fixed yet. I enjoy teaching on the Courses, but work has been relentless lately, so I’m reluctant to fix dates until things steady off a little. If my work continues to be busy, I doubt that I’ll be holding Courses in 2014, but will try and fulfill the outstanding demand as best I can for this year.
Back to painting…
He’s been at it again. Here is the fruit of my Dad’s labour:
This pine table is a little larger than the previous one Dad made, the top is thicker and the legs are chunkier. The base has been painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Cream’ Estate Eggshell. I can’t believe that the grass is turning yellow (see pics), after just a few days of sunshine. I’m sure that a shower or two will be on their way soon, as it’s been quite cold in Lincolnshire today.
I was hoping to clear some time tomorrow to make a start on 2 Roman Blinds for the bathroom, but hubby has reminded me that there are several electrical test reports that need formatting and printing off. Great! 😦 Maybe Friday, one Friday… this year(ish)…
Jasper has loads of horrid sores on his legs and ‘bits’. The flies have been particularly troublesome again, but today’s cool weather has given my boy chance to heal a little. I’ve been using Savlon on the bites; it’s one of the few products that doesn’t irritate him, but it’s just not working too well. I did a bit of research and have bought a large tube of thrush cream to try on his ‘bits’. I couldn’t face going to the chemist’s and asking for the biggest tube they had, so ordered it over the internet instead:-) A few years ago, I bought a product from the chemist to use on his itchy mane and tale. I requested a big bottle and wondered at the raised eyebrows that came my way; later discovering that the product is mainly used for crabs:-)
And just a quick update. Following on from my previous blog post, I had an email from Autentico today, to say that their Facebook page has been reinstated.
At last, we have a British Summer, a proper British Summer, with warm weather and strawberries. I went off strawberries a few years back, because the supermarket ones just didn’t taste like strawberries should. But I have been buying locally grown strawberries, that are deep red, fragrant, juicy, odd shapes and sizes, and just gorgeous. Jasper likes them too and I pick out the biggest one for him. He prefers jammy doughnuts, but a little restraint now and then…
Jasper also likes the warm weather, but suffers terribly with fly bites. He has a paralysed tail (one of the lasting side effects of Cauda Equina Syndrome), so his fly swat is no more and the flies make a meal of him. I’ve tried numerous insect repellents over the years, but have to be careful as he has a sensitive skin and most of them make him itch. He spends most of the afternoon in the field shelter, trying to avoid the flies and takes to his stable after dinner, but then enjoys quality time in the back garden late on. Last night was just lovely – the weather was comfortably warm and still, and the aroma from next door’s climbing roses was just wonderful. I stood in the garden, listening to Jasper eating for England, whilst breathing in the rose fragranced air. Lovely! To think that this time last year the garden and paddock were stood in inches of water from the torrential rain.
I managed to spend an hour on the bathroom today; it’s still a bombsite, but I’ll get there eventually. Work is still busy and I’m a big believer in making hay whilst the sun shines, so my own painting jobs have to take a back seat.
On a more gossipy note, there have been paintbrushes at dawn with the two British chalk paint brands that I frequently mention on this blog. Autentico had their Facebook page removed because it was alleged that they were infringing upon Annie Sloan’s trademark ‘CHALK PAINT’. From what I gather, the trademark is registered in the United States, but isn’t registered here, so Autentico were a tad miffed at the unceremonious ousting. Allegations of intimidation have been made and it’s all looking a bit messy (in a shabby chic sort of way of course). Lawyers have been instructed, so fear not, it should all be sorted out in the next 5 years or so:-)
I’m off to talk business with the CEO, who is glaring at me from the stable, wanting his evening stroll in the garden and a super sized strawberry.