Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Roll the dice

This week I haven't had too many shifts at work, which equates to a lot of free time feeling like I have to keep busy. I've taken up running 5k as often as I can be bothered, and yesterday I decided to tick off a little crafty task I've been meaning to get around to for aaaages.


When I first moved into my new student house back in July, I had a little explore and was surprised to find this forlorn wooden chair sat right by our wheelie bin, entirely forgotten. I've got a habit for feeling sorry for inanimate objects, be it tatty furniture, ugly jumpers, etc. etc. I like to imagine that abandoned material objects like this have potential to be loved just as much as your brand spanking new Laura Ashley suite, and with a little care can actually become something given a new lease of life, without losing its character.

And so, I give you, BEFORE.....


...And AFTER!


All it took was two sample tubs of paint from Wilkos, some sandpaper and an old cushion cover. I spent about an hour listening to the radio and covering my garage in dust, but I feel like this is entirely worth it, no? What have you restored lately, be it furniture, clothes or otherwise? xox

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow, when I have a very exciting post coming up featuring a fairly new independent vintage fashion retailer! 

28 comments:

  1. Your chair looks great! I love the bright blue colour <3
    I love renovating things and making things look pretty :)

    Rhiannon xo

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  2. Oooh it looks lovely, great colour! I'm living in student accommodation at the mo and it was already furnished when I moved in but oh how I want to sand down and paint the tatty old chairs, change drawer handles and decoupage the table top-not allowed though :(
    Looking forward to tomorrows post :)
    Rachelle xxx
    http://inspiredbytheretired.blogspot.com/

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  3. the chair turned out great! :) DIY's take up alot of time, but the results are very often so worth it! lovely post!

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  4. Oooh, very pretty! I really wanna get my DIY on!

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  5. Very cute chair :) Love the blue you picked!

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  6. great job! I have high hopes of restoring old furniture one day, just don't have the room for anything else at the moment! :(

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  7. the chair looks great! I love the bright blue colour.

    I recently renovated an old air chair buy reupholstering it and painting the frame - it took quite a long time but it looks great now!

    I definitely am going to fill own house with thrifted furniture I can breathe new life into.

    x

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  8. your chair looks fab! The old lady wholived in the house before is left a lovely old wardrobe which I've sanded down and I'm going to paint it cream. I got a bedside table from a charity shop for £1!! and I'm going to paint that up too. Just need to find the right cream now xx

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  9. The chair looks lovely! I'd love to do this, but I already have far too much furniture for my own good!

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  10. You did a super duper job, looks so great! xxx

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  11. Thats a great idea! I love it when things are reused and bascially given a new life hehe xxx

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  12. I love it! It looks so much better now :) I don't think I've done any restorations lately D: xxx

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  13. The chair looks so lovely now! The paint colour is gorgeous! I love it when old items are transformed like that! Saves wasting such a lovely object. I have a huge pile of clothes that I have put aside for DIY's but never seem to find the time to get them done. x x

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  14. Oh wow, what a transformation!

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  15. I love this! The colours are gorge.

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  16. That is such a beautiful restoration! be proud of yourself for that. I like to throught of restoring items, would keep me busy and I'd learn a thing of to!

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  17. that is well good, such a wicked colour. it's surprising what people bin, i'm the same though, there is no way i would have left that in the bin if i saw it. i haven't restored anything but it's something i'd love to do in the furture

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  18. oh by the way, the illustrations you commented on were well quick. easy as peas, reckon they took maybe 15 mins each. thanks

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  19. Fab transformation, I love re-storing old pieces of furniture, it’s cheap and fun to do and makes for a great unique piece xxx

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  20. You spruced up the chair amazingly! A little diy is always fun!!

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  21. Looks great, I love that color blue! xo

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  22. Oh man, I totally feel sorry for inanimate objects too!

    Most recently I made a vase out of an empty vinegar bottle. It's not much but it makes me really happy whenever I look at it.

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  23. Ooooh you are soooo creative. I love what you did with that chair.

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  24. LOVE love love this! That blue colour is amazing :)

    Maria xxx

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  25. Love it! Great job :)

    www.loladee.com

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  26. Wow good job on that chair! Loving the bright colour against the delicate print.
    L x

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  27. woah great job! Really pretty combination of colours

    http://primpedandprimed.blogspot.com/

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