Thursday, 14 June 2012

Shabby Chic? Definitely Shabby!

I did say I'd share my DIY disaster with you......

Brace yourselves - you may need sunglasses:



Snort!  When I started the makeover I can assure you this wasn't my intention.  I had a 70's dressing table that was a nice shape, but a vile wood.  I thought I would transform it by painting it fuchsia to match my bedroom.  10 hours later (2 coats undercoat, 3 topcoat) it was looking good.  Until the top coat starting to flake off before my eyes.  I could have cried - indeed I think I did.

Since then it's been sitting in the bedroom annoying me.  It's too heavy to lift out on my own, and anyways I've nothing else to replace it with.  The thought of starting to paint it again doesn't bear thinking about.  So in a DIY frenzy, I attacked it with wire wool.



I think I got a bit carried away!  The result is something that gives a whole new meaning to shabby chic.  However, at least it looks intentional and boldly scruffy.  Anyone that dares to question my designer paint effects will be met with my best defiant Paddington Bear stare.  In an effort to embrace it's individuality further, I may embark on adding some graffiti.  The thought of me let loose with a spray can is a bit giggly - I may just have to give it a go!

My wall sticker is still staying attached to the wall.  Loving it, and I think I will print out some more - hopefully in A3 size if I can get the computer paper that size.  You can do your own so easily.

 
Pleased with the bright bed, even if it does take a few moments to sort the pillows morning and night.  Plus it's given the cat a nice cosy place to cuddle in.


Not so pleased with my "chandelier".  Which ever bright spark thought it necessary to wrap each of the bottom crystals plastic in cellophane before attaching to the shade wants shooting.  So far I've broken two off in my attempt to get it off.  What numpties!  The wrapping is attached via the metal rings.  Grrr.  I suppose it was in an attempt to make it seem more luxurious, but at the princely sum of £7, I was just looking for a quick fix to shove up and forget about.

Wonder what my next DIY disaster will be.  Knowing me, it won't be long - and I may be brave enough to share!

13 comments:

  1. It's not a disaster, it's unique! You can be certain no one ease has one the same! xxx

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    1. Ha - it's definitely unique! The though that someone else might want one like it is hysterical :)

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  2. It is not my colors, but I can say, it is right in there with the rest of the designer furniture. If it had been different colors, it would be highly sought after, so no, you didn't do a bad job, and if you like the color, then you did a perfect job, be proud of your work, and own it:) it is yours, and you can always change it out in a year or 5 and make it something different :D

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  3. Reminds me of my grandsons wall right now. Painters we hired to repaint when we moved in used oil over latex and his wall is peeling by the sheets!

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    1. Golly - I managed the walls no problem! What a disaster.

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  4. I actually love your desk and chandelier! The peeled paint on your desk makes it look like zebra print or some other pattern. And the chandelier is just awesome, very girly:)

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    1. Thanks Shelby - I keep telling myself it's supposed to be zebra :)

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  5. Hey it isn't too bad, as Shelby said, a fushia striped zebra :)

    The chandelier, definitely needs to lose the plastic covering, but beyond that is awesome and girly.

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  6. Hello, I think you have done an 'interesting' job :) Interesting is such a good word isn't it? But seriously it's bright and its joyful and I'm sure it brightens the whole room it is in.

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    1. Thank you Andrew - Interesting is far kinder than the comment uttered by my other half when he saw it. :)

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  7. I love your bright, pretty bed. It's wonderful. Good luck with your DIY. I tend to shy away from those sorts of things!!

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