Monday, 21 April 2014

Bedside Cupboard Makeover

Happy Easter! I hope you're having a lovely Easter holiday!

I've been busy decorating. I started in the spare bedroom. I've gone for a blue and white colour scheme. I found some lovely curtains and bedding with lovely big blue roses. I wanted something fresh that would suit our cottage bedroom. I will hopefully take some photos and show you in a later post. 

At the moment my son George is home from Uni and is staying in the spare bedroom. He can't use his own bedroom as all the stuff that was in the spare room, I emptied out for decorating and put in his room! He doesn't seem to mind. He told me he likes the minimalist look of just a bed and white walls!

I had a couple of pine bedside cupboards which I've had for years. They were unfinished pine when I bought them but I'd never got round to vanishing or painting them. I decided that they were perfect for the spare bedroom but could do with a bit of sprucing up. I've seen lots of furniture that has been painted and distressed so I thought I'd have a go. Here's one of the bedside cupboards as it was....



I removed the knobs from the drawers. Then washed and sanded it...



I used an old candle to put a bit of wax in the places I wanted to distress...



Then painted 3 coats of white emulsion.....

First coat....


Second coat....


Third coat.....



I then sanded the corners and edges that I wanted to look distressed...I tried wire wool, then sand paper but in the end found it easier to use my little electric palm sander....





Then added these lovely ceramic knobs that I have been collecting for a job like this!



I'm pretty pleased with the result. It was quite easy and not too time consuming.  I think it helped that I could leave it in the spare room and just come back to it when I wanted. Sorry it's not a brilliant photo.....it's acting as a stand for George's TV at the moment!



I'm now decorating the bathroom. I've really got the decorating bug! There's been lots of woodwork to paint and I've had to do 4 coats in some areas. It's coming along though and we put new curtains up yesterday and they look so pretty. Today I must tackle painting the door!

Have a lovely Easter Monday!

Maggie xx




Sunday, 30 March 2014

Stocking Up on Cruelty Free Products

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been stocking up on Cruelty Free products. Regular readers of my blog will know that I made a resolution back in January 2013 to only use BUAV approved Cruelty Free toiletries and household products. The main brands I buy are Superdrug for toiletries and Co-operative for household. They must have the Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free logo on them. I also buy Astonish products and Sainsbury's toiletries. Please click on the Cruelty Free tab above for more info.

I was shopping with my son George in Cheltenham last week and popped into Marks and Spencer (we haven't got one in Stroud). I wanted to take the opportunity to try some of their Cruelty Free toiletries. I bought two hand and body lotions....


and two shower gels....


All bearing the Leaping Bunny logo.....and they were only £1 each....great value.


Other Cruelty Free products I have bought recently are Sainsbury's deodorants... 


Superdrug facial cleansing wipes...


Superdrug Texturising Curl Creme....



Superdrug shower gels....



Co-operative washing up liquid....


Astonish antibacterial cleanser.....


Co-operative multi-surface polish....




Co-operative dishwasher tablets....


and a whole host of other products including air freshener, hand wash and washing liquid....


All these products are very reasonably priced and relatively easy to find so if you're thinking about buying Cruelty Free.....go for it.....it's not difficult. The more demand there is for Cruelty Free products, the less animals will suffer in the long run.

Thanks for visiting.

Maggie xx


Sunday, 23 March 2014

A little catch up and no....my head is not shaped like a cone!

Last weekend the weather was lovely...blue skies and a warm breeze...we made the most of it on Sunday and went for a walk up on Selsley Common.....fabulous 360 degree views....


Chris thought it was funny to take this photo of me to show my 'cone' shaped head! 


It's not really cone shaped...I just had my hair put up underneath my hat!


Today's weather has been dreadful with hailstorms and sleet!


The weather has generally been quite cold this week.

I've been keeping indoors and doing a bit of decorating in the spare bedroom.....



A bit of baking....sunflower fruit cakes.....for the freezer......to take when we go away in Harvey J....if they last that long!



A bit of dressmaking...inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee....I just need to hem the dress.....I will show you when it's completed.........


And today we met up with family....Chris's parents Dorothy and Bob, his daughter Katherine and son in law Sam and daughter Hannah.....for a lovely Sunday lunch........

Sam, Katherine, Dorothy, Bob, Hannah and Chris

It was great to catch up with everyone and I snapped this lovely pic of Chris and his daughters, Hannah and Katherine.....


As always Spencer has been looking very cute all week.....


See what I mean?


Have a great week!

Thanks for visiting!

Maggie xx