Over the past few weeks I've been working with my wonderful father-in-law on some home improvements. He's been building us some shelves and cupboards into the alcoves either side of the chimney breast in our dining room. He does the skilled complicated stuff with wood and scary tools and I follow on behind with a tin of white paint and a brush. One of the alcoves was finally finished last week (I'll show you pictures tomorrow) and I found I had really gotten into the painting groove. Sometimes I find painting stuff a chore, but last week I was loving it. What I should have been doing was dealing with the humungous pile of papers and books and general chaos in our dining room which is seriously hindering our movement around the room, but instead I really had the urge to paint. So inspired by Clairey's newly painted Duck Egg Blue wall I toddled off to Laura Ashley to look at the paint. The colour pallette they have is not huge, but oh so lovely! Really easy-to-live-with colours that are just suited to my taste :: not too wishywashy, not too sludgy and generally very tasteful.
First up for the paint treatment was a small wooden Ikea side table. I can't tell you how much the finished result pleases me, it was hard to photograph to show the true colour, but trust me it is beautiful. The duck egg blue is not too blue, and not too pastely with a sophisticated hint of grey. Normally this little table is covered in newspapers and library books but I did a special tidy up for the photo and put my jug of roses on it for good measure, I guess you could say I styled it. But it was only after I'd uploaded the photo's onto the computer that I noticed the windowsill in the background. Look, there's Snow White galavanting with some Sylvanian family members and a toy car or two. The Little People always find a way to remind me of their presence.
As well as the duck egg blue I also bought a tin of pale eau de nil, which is similar to the DEB but with a slightly more green tone. I decided to have a go at painting a bit of wall in my nastily-decorated kitchen. The kitchen, like most other parts of our house it's in desperate need of some TLC. Actually, I don't think TLC will cut the mustard here, a complete overhaul is needed. No doubt the previous owners thought the scheme was tickety-boo but quite frankly I think it sucks. You can see the dodgy wall tiles in the picture, which are beautifully complimented by vinyl wallpaper in a silvery grey with textured silver streaks running through it. Nice.
Anyways, back to the point...remember on my shopping trip
to London last month I bought a clock from the Conran shop? Well I
really wanted to put it in the kitchen because it goes so well with my
crockery and I thought it would cheer the whole room up a bit. But I
simply could NOT bring myself to stick my lovely, funky clock on such dubious
wallpaper, hence the eau de nil. I am pleased with the way it came out,
although it makes the rest of the kitchen look even more drab. Maybe
when I've finished painting my second alcove I might have an eau de nil
fest and paint the rest of the kitchen walls. Maybe I might just put the kettle on instead and go and look at my lovely new bookshelves...can't wait to show you them tomorrow, there's something really satisfying about a Before and After project that actually reaches the After stage.