Thursday, 30 August 2012

Bank Holiday Weekend

We had a sleep in this morning which was wonderful,do you have those now and again? the word heaven springs to mind....

After a long working bank holiday weekend at Shingle Cottage we were pooped,really pooped,in fact that pooped we have decided to have this next weekend off...We are going out for a drive this Saturday all dressed up away from paint and saw dust,to visit some old haunts and maybe pick up a few treasures for Shingle Cottage.....I am going to pick out a pretty dress and head for the nearest place that is serving a cream tea!

Those of you follow me on Facebook will know i have been sewing a lot lately and i have really enjoyed covering this lampshade below...Here it is tack stitched in place waiting for ruffles and neat edges which i will be making right after this post is written........The roses on the fabric are  a strawberry milkshake/hot pink shade and along with grey and aqua these are the colours we have chosen for the room....
Last weekend at Shingle Cottage Steve decided it was time to work some more in the room as he wanted to finish the edges around the new bow window..........
Hmmmmm what to do with the walls?
After sitting and throwing lots of ideas around over a nice cup of tea and a slice of cherry bakewell we agreed on panelling...
We knew you could buy it ready made but as usual we thought surely we can make it ourselves? so we did!....Steve went off shopping for timber and i cleared the room.....

Here's how we did it....

First we fixed 6mm mdf board to all the walls half way up...
We decided i nagged Steve until he gave in to have wall lights either side of the bow window so the wires were  popped through ready for later.......
We then added four by one struts on top to give us our panelled frame and rested the skirting board on top of two pieces of floorboard below as we will be fitting all new floorboards in here....
Then we spaced out the struts to see how wide we liked them apart......We were judging were everything would eventually be.....
We then fixed them to the wall and made a frame to fix the skirting board to later on..........
We worked right around the room apart from my lovely brick wall....
Here you can just see i have added some lanterns to our fireplace wall and popped a couple of pictures up in the hallway....
Steve then routed all the edges of the struts which really made such a difference......
He routed up and around the window too there was no stopping him!!!.....
After we swept up piles and piles of sawdust we fixed a wide ornate moulding rail to the top.....
The wall lights went up so we could see how everything was looking..wish i had popped another bulb in before i took a picture....Oh that garden at the back needs some work too!
 When we have finished with the scaffolding we will clear up and have a nice green lawn put down to gaze upon.....

The wall lights are Laura Ashley 'Lavenham' and you can find them on offer at the moment here http://www.lauraashley.com/wall-lights/lavenham-cream-and-clear-wall-light/invt/5123724/
My crystals are packed away until we have wall papered so they don't get broken.....
Out came the Rustins Knotting....You can not believe how many bottles of this we have used in Shingle Cottage........It is a brilliant product!!
You simply paint it over all the knots in the wood and it stops the sap leaking through your paint work....if you don't use it in a few months you will see a brown stain appear where ever there is a knot and you are back to where you started......So it really is worth the effort.....
I painted all the kitchen walls and wood work again over the weekend and i painted our butchers block in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint .......For all you chalk painters out there i mixed up Duck Egg Blue,Antibes Green and Louis Blue and it gave me the most beautiful sea foam/aqua colour.......
Next time i will be sanding the butchers block top and oiling it......
I am going to Shingle Cottage for a week soon which i can not wait for....just me and my Mum and during that week i will be painting the kitchen,hallway,bathroom and dining room floors white! I always dreamed of a cottage with white washed floors so this part will be a dream come true for me.....

We have lots to do as we are moving in the end of November....Bedroom walls have to go up and floors are to be fitted and tiled phew! it will be far from finished but i don't mind one bit....

I  have to be there for Christmas baking in my pink kitchen with fairy lights twinkling and the open fire crackling while Judy Garland sings 'I'll be home for Christmas' softly in the background......Oh lord now i am all excited....Hope i sleep tonight ;)

Life is what you make it right?.......Well i am dreaming of a fairy tale......


Thank you for stopping by to catch up on what has been going on down at Shingle Cottage...I love to read your comments they really do spur us on you are like our very own cheer leaders,we really appreciate all your kind words...Thank you! xxx


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XxX

Monday, 20 August 2012

China,Flowers and The Wardrobe!


This last week was so busy...I spent the week finishing projects....a clock....table and lots of sewing for my little shop and then all of a sudden it was Friday!.......I hurried round packing for our weekend away at Shingle Cottage and as always i packed a box of china to take with me...My plan is if i take it all in bits week by week it will have less chance of getting broken in the move and so far my plan seems to be working...
This very old chipped flower encrusted ink well below has given me some colour ideas for Steve's writing desk......My eye is on the pink at the top or maybe the leaf green and aqua.....We shall see....

I  packed some of my pretty continental china too...i love curvy old handles,painted roses and gilt,so dreamy......
The dining table at home sits covered in the things i want to take with me and i pack up my selection and take it with me on a Friday to unpack it at Shingle Cottage,the packing and boxes then come back for the same again next week......I really enjoy this part because there is only so much we can fit in the car and its exciting having it pass through my hands like the first time i saw them and remembering sometimes bought from where? or who by?.......
While in Ikea a few weeks ago where we picked up our kitchen sink i spotted these pink dinner plates below and had to have them...They are such a pretty coral peach pink and are a great price for every day table ware....They go really well with the Bombay Duck Vintage Tea Party cups standing on top too.....I like old vintage and i like new....If i think it is pretty i will take it home.....
But i love old gilt and roses the most on china.....
I worked really hard In the kitchen at Shingle Cottage over the weekend getting all the cupboards painted inside and all the frame work outside ready for the doors to go back on next weekend.....I painted inside one of the cupboards in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and here is a sneak peek below......I want to show you this side of the kitchen when the cupboard doors are fitted so you get the full look....the Old White is so beautiful and it looks great next to old and new china....
Before i forget......
I have started to answer your comments directly underneath where you leave them as some of you do not have email reply set up so if you ask me a question or leave me a comment be sure to pop back and check for my reply......Thank you for your comments and encouragement we really appreciate it and are so glad you are with us on our journey......




Meanwhile in the bedroom Steve fitted the cladded ceiling and built a frame work for a huge wardrobe to hold all my our clothes and accessorizes....Steve had worked on an old cottage where the owners had the original pine doors taken out and they were headed for a skip/dumpster when Steve asked if he could have them...They are really heavy!......We have had them for ages and i thought they would make really great wardrobe doors once painted So i had a little word with Steve and he agreed......
By the time we left yesterday afternoon we had the ceiling cladded and a faux beam that Steve built with shaped routed edges.....i wish i had a close up picture to show you how clever he is and how lucky i am.......You can just see the wire dangling from the beam where we will be hanging a pretty French chandelier over the bed.......
Thank the lord for Annie Sloan  and her amazing Chalk Paint as i was dreading stripping those doors but not anymore i can just paint straight on top of them next weekend........
As you walk out of the bedroom you see the little cast iron fireplace in the hallway.....Steve had fitted skirting boards and the new floor and last week i caulked and primed and then painted it all over in an Antique White.....Then dressed it up with a mirror and some things i had brought with me......So it went from this.....
To this...........Steve laughed and said those roses shoved in the fire grate looks like my Grandmas haha....He is funny and i thought the same.....as i said i only have so much to bring so i have to play with what i have.....Everything is up for change.....I hung the mirror low after Sweet pea said it picked up the reflection of the shell pink mirror and flowers,she is so clever as i love this view and now i get to see it twice.......
The urn above was given to me by a friend and i painted it in Annie Sloan Paris Grey and then wiped it down with Old White...... I really liked how it turned out and now it is ready to be filled with flowers.....I kept the French inspired theme  going with a bird cage...a pair of cast iron birds and two miniature rose bushes......
The mirror was also painted in Annie Sloan Country Grey and then washed over in Old White and then buffed with gold gilt here and there.....
If those rose bushes stay on the little fireplace i think i will age the pots a little and i have a few large pink conch shells which i may take to put in  the fire grate......
I love playing cottage on a weekend and although we still have so much work to do it is really starting to come together.......
The weather was wonderful at the weekend and we spent Saturday evening having drinks in the garden with four of our neighbors watching the sky turn pink as the sun went down........

My friend who introduced me to sweet peas said it was especially pink for me and that she had ordered it earlier in the evening...She is such a great friend ;) every weekend she cuts me a bunch of sweet peas to take home which is the sweetest thing as the car is filled with perfume all the way home and once at home in the city i think of her every morning when i see them in all their pretty colours on the window sill.....I have told her i am now nick naming her 'Sweet Pea'.....

Everyone keeps telling us we will be so happy living here and you know i have a feeling they may be right.......



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XxX

Monday, 13 August 2012

Green And Pink

In between painting and sanding i had the chance to create with Pink and Green in the hallway at Shingle Cottage at the weekend....

After we had cladded all the ceilings and walls and white washed everywhere in a soft antique white we  hung two chandeliers for a touch of glamour and placed a painted table and mirror at the end to create a focal point....

I still have the floorboards to whitewash but for now the table was painted in  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White and the details were painted in Antibes and the pink mirror makeover you can read about  here.......
The week before i had taken a few boxes of faux flowers and pictures and the rest of the pieces you can see below and it was all piled at the end of the hallway....i really liked how the colours looked against the pink of the mirror and the green on the edge of the table and decided the next week that i would dress this area in a pretty French inspired theme....
I had two heavy brass crystal candle holders at home and two shell pink candles that i had bought a while ago because they are rose perfumed....I popped them on the candle holders and thought the height and colour were good and  packed them to take to Shingle Cottage thinking  they would sit well next to the pink mirror.....
I had a large enamel jug at home filled with some faux foxgloves and a  cast iron bird bath which was already a distressed soft white and i do love little birds in decor i think it gives an outdoor garden look and makes me think of Summer and freshness....
Everything was kept in a colour palette of green,pink and creamy white....
I'm really happy with the end look....It is pretty but a French grown up pretty and as always with decor it can be changed and tweeked through the Seasons.....
I have a white china rabbit with a pink bow around her neck that would look lovely sat here at Easter or imagine the bird bath filled with pale pink baubles at Christmas?......
Back in the kitchen we spent a lot of time cladding inside the old kitchen cupboards and building shelves....
It was a fiddly job being stuck in a cupboard most of the day but it will give us a lot of storage once we have it all finished......
Slowly but surely week by week Shingle Cottage comes a little closer to being a pretty cottage once more....Soon these cupboards will be filled with jams and pretty china and the shelves trimmed with old lace or a hand made fabric ruffle.....
After caulking all the joints and sealing the knots i gave it all a good white wash with Annie Sloan Old White....it is the first time i have used Chalk Paint on bare wood and i wasn't sure how it would cover...it will  need another coat next week as it was drying patchy when we left yesterday but it is going to look lovely when finished......
I had this French herb or flower drying rack that i also brought with me and i decided to cut some   baby pink hydrangea from  Shingle Cottage garden and i hung them to dry in the kitchen..
My neighbor spotted them and asked what i was up to...After i told her we walked out into the garden and i cut her a huge bunch and she went home to dry her first hydrangea......
I just love green and pink together....so fresh....so pretty.....so me.....so Shingle Cottage......

Makes me wonder what are your favourite colours together?


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XxX 

Monday, 6 August 2012

Shingle Cottage Kitchen


We arrived at Shingle Cottage with kitchen units,wood block work tops,boxes of furnishings and  we even had the kitchen sink!.........

The car was unpacked and i made a little pile of belongings at the end of the hallway and then after a quick drink and sandwich my Mum had packed it was time to start work on our kitchen.........
While popping in and out of other rooms for things we needed i noticed that the little pile i created looked like a little store and the end of my very own hallway...i bought everything ;) and hurried back to work......
Goodbye old sink covered in paint.....Thank you for putting us on for the last two years....
We started to build the units  up and Steve moved all the water pipes............
Steve then routed a pattern to the edge of the butchers block work top we had chosen to give it a more old charm finish.....
It went from a square sharp edge to this lovely round beveled edge below and after a light sand it looked wonderful....
We then fitted the sink (oh my lord how heavy?) and tap and after Steve was happy with how the work top on the right of the sink looked he measured for the left side.......It was starting to look very different and i was getting excited with thoughts of decorating and how the finished look would be.....
The cupboard doors and drawers were next...we chose a cladded look to go with the cladding behind the sink and the floor boards keeping that cottage look....
Steve then boxed in the end of the units with cladding to match with the wall behind...the cladding we used for this is thick like floor boarding and this gave it a really chunky fitted hand made look......the white window ledge is still there but hopefully will be gone in the next few weeks....
When we had finished our work for the weekend it was time to put things together and see how it looked...Steve is such a great guy he lets me play house or should i say 'play cottage'  every weekend and the next weekend i move it all so we can work some more....A posy picked from our cottage garden ready to sit in a little milk jug...my neighbor popped round later and loved the little posy so i let her take it home with her there are plenty more flowers to enjoy.....
I also brought my little chippy pink milk stool and a little table i had painted earlier in cream with green piping here and there and aged with a dark finish that will be perfect for tea for two........One lump or two?.....
Oh i am craving that cottage life style i have dreamed of for so long....i want to listen to golden oldies and while wearing a 1950's esque dress and pinny i will bake in my Shingle Cottage kitchen......
Steve hung the pink and white stripe wall shelf i shared with you in an earlier post and i trimmed it with pretty china....i have so much more to bring but there is only so much we can fit in the car....
Look as you come in the front door this is what you see below......Still a lot of work to do but our dream is coming true.... 

Shingle Cottage kitchen does not know of fashions and hype she is happy in her vintage state of feminine pink and floral prettiness.....This is a girls cottage kitchen,the kind of place you would sit  and drink tea with a slice of cream sponge cake while sharing troubles and as you walk out maybe take a posy of hand picked cottage flowers with you feeling a little lighter and a little brighter....

I need to cover the two chairs i have for either side of the table this week in their pink and white gingham check fabric and rose print ruffled skirt...it would finish the picture nicely.....
We had a wonderful night on Saturday at our neighbors by the way and as we crossed over the road and walked past the white picket fence we opened the gate to Shingle Cottage at nearly one o'clock in the morning full with a wonderful meal and talking of the fun we had had......my favorite part of the evening was the toast to 'new friends' being a nostalgic sentimental girl it hit my heart strings and i have carried that warm fuzzy feeling around me with ever since......
As i looked through from the hallway on Sunday morning i could not believe how beautiful everything looked from when we had arrived on Friday.....i have thanked Steve over and over for all his hard work and he keeps telling me i worked with him......you can see the cladded fronts of the cupboards and drawers...the two drawers under the sink are different to the ones on the two cupboards either side we did not want a fitted kitchen look more of an add on here and there over the years cottage kitchen look and this is easy to achieve by just mis matching the doors and adding your own  real wood kickboard and side panels......We made a kick board for underneath out of floorboards and next week this will be getting a good coat of paint.....I love how the door opens towards the sink and the large glass panel allows me to see the sea but it will look much prettier when i hang some lace up to blow in the sea breeze....
See the mirror below in the back ground i did achieve the look i wanted and i washed over the little table i showed you last time with old white and it had a good coat of wax before we left....i will show you these next week,we always seem to run out of time on a Sunday....
If your passing on a weekend do stop by for tea,many do and we are always glad of a break.......
Now where did i put that gingham fabric?......

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XxX