G’day lovelies! Well I have been doing some painting, I haven’t painted anything that is not a bathroom wall or front door for a while…a Beach Cottage Makeover was brewing I do believe.
So this is the old vintage door that I found on the side of the road outside a surf shop when, in fact, I was shopping for a new door for the front of this tatty old cottage on the wrong side of town (you can read about that here if you missed it).
Look at them all lonely and old and vintage and sad there…I mean who could not take them home with them?
I got out of the car and bumped right into these two, phoned Mr Beach Cottage all in a tizzy and not long after, these little beauties had found themselves a new home. With me.
Since then though they have been just propped up, looking all vintage and pretty with a coastal / beachy touch here and there but every single time I walked past them I knew they were destined for more. Oh so much more.
When I first found them they got a brief clean and a Dettol ….one sat propped up on the deck and one is in the dining room…they both got the Beach Cottage coastal Christmas treatment and were covered in tiny white lights
but I wanted to do something more with them, plus they were a little too on the grungy side…
So I started painting them, I went for a new paint this time, I needed to replenish my white paint stock and decided to try Taubmans rather than Dulux this time …I think I may have kept a few Dulux employees in work the last few years and I have certainly blogged about it enough…
This is the door cleaned up and painted, the panels left the colour they were…I wanted to preserve some of the natural patina
and I left the hardware all old and weathered
but something was missing and so I painted the inserts with chalkboard paint, plus I added some coathooks, for scarves and caps for when we come in from the beach…
yep chalkboard paint in white…this stuff is fabulous…as you might have gathered by now I love chalkboards, especially old vintage doors made into them, but I already have the one in the breakfast room with black chalkboard paint and also the old vintage bedhead converted to a chalkboard above my Mac for noting things down and Miss Beach Cottage leaving me inspirational quotes
…and there is only so much black paint one can have in one’s life…
shades of white for chalkboard paint, so very up my alley
I wanted this though to be a mix of vintage white with a more coastal white, if you see what I mean, and then team that with the more intense white from the chair…I love mixing up different shades of white…people have often asked me if I find white boring, I always say no…I love the many hues of it..
You can see what I mean here…all different shades of white…all giving different shades, depths, shadows, warmth and coolness
Oh and you can make your own chalkboard paint…you can find a great tutorial on making your own chalkboard paint over here from my friend Kate at Centsational Girl
What do you think?
I am working on something else now with chalkboard paint, on a roll baby, and it’s turned out amazing!
What have you painted lately, anything interesting? Or do you just hang out gawking at other people’s stuff on Pinterest, yes I have been so very guilty of doing that...join me over there if you like…um actually best you don’t do that unless you want to lose a few hours out of your day…
oh and p.s. ladies get ready Saturday Club, it is very much on this week…get ready for it, it’s a good one