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Bring on the Festivities….

There is now a sense of relief in our house with the first pop up shop under our belt and the next couple of weeks will be all about planning our family Christmas. Lots of present and food buying to be done along with sprucing up the house and dusting down the decorations.

I like the house to feel festive and smell amazing as they all contribute to a great atmosphere and the making of memories, which I feel is especially important now we have a little one!

Before I get carried away on the Christmas preparations I had wanted to share a little drawer transformation we did recently……however I stupidly forgot to take an “after” picture and they sold on the day of the pop up shop.

Obviously I was delighted they had gone to a good home who appreciated upcycled old furniture but in hindsight I was so wrapped up in the preparations that it escaped me to get some photos. Can you still blame baby brain when you have a 19 month old!?

Anyhow this is what they looked liked before….


They were a little dated and definitely benefitted from a paint job and a change in drawer handles.

We sanded them down well before applying several thin coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint and then waxed them with a mix of clear and dark wax to make them look old again! This protects the paintwork and helps them withstand wear and tear.

Finally the drawers were lined with some old wallpaper just to finish them off and give the inside some interest and the old handles changed for a more modern style.

This is the best I can do for an after shot as the surface was great for displaying our other vintage wares…


We have recently added some of our other upcycled and hand painted furniture to our Etsy store including some stools and a couple of distressed ercol chairs. You can view them and our other vintage finds on this link

I always get a little philosophical towards the end of each year and this one is no exception. We have taken slow and steady steps to get us to this point and one where I have learnt a lot. Looking back we have achieved many things perhaps at a slower pace than I had anticipated but one that has suited us and allowed balance.

I am signing off now until the New Year when we will be ramping up our upcycling projects and sourcing lots more vintage finds for you. Plus we will be able to share our pop up shop dates for 2017.

In the meantime don’t forget you can follow us on Instagram to see what we are up to

Thank you for following us on our journey so far and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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