Good morning Beach Cottage people, the free crate for beach decor with a little bit of coastal white paint and DIY is here with us today in this old cottage!
So this one turned out better than I thought it would, to be honest though I loved coming across it and saving it from landfill, I wasn’t sure, as you know, how it was going to go or what it was going to be…
But, really, who cares, have a go and see that’s often my motto to living life more beautifully
I do know that I want another one (or three) to turn into raised beds for my herbs and veg, but for this one it was in such good condition and also just such a good fit for where the little Weber BBQ sits (it’s picture here on the the side, I couldn’t lift it on my own today) that I went with that. So glad I did.
I’m not sure if you have noticed, but I haven’t painted anything for a while around here, and doing this was good – there are therapeutic properties to the up-cycling, the sprucing up, the saving from landfill and the washing with white.
I could do it all day too I think, but lately it hasn’t been top of my list – lately I have been doing lots of other things that have been tickling my fancy more than chasing things that do and don’t move with white paint – cooking, trying to improve my photography and food styling and doing lots of foofing, been mad on flowers and vintage accessories and linen, oh linen, oh linen, I heart you… and I think that has been evident by what I have blogged…don’t you..
So a Beach Cottage reader emailed me and said that could I do a furniture makeover because I hadn’t done one for a while and they loved seeing that. It was a nice email.
But you know what, actually, I thought, I don’t have anything in the pipeline to paint…and I won’t be donning the painting clothes unless something really gets my little beach decor head going… And this did.
And then all of a sudden in the space of about two weeks I went from nothing and no good thrifted finds and nothing to paint white or whatever colour, to two vintage chairs, a farmhouse style table and a new but not new if you see what I mean very beachy sofa to give a new home to …funny old life eh?
Call me rose-tinted, but in my veil of white and pops of vibrancy by the way of lilies, I am liking how this was once a packing crate, found by me, given some love with Dulux white paint and up-cycled for a bit longer in its life by way of holding a BBQ on the back deck of a tatty old, far-from-perfect, cottage very much on the wrong side of town…
I get asked a lot how I find the time, the energy but more the inclination to get out a paintbrush to paint things for that beach decor look, but here’s the thing: this is the sort of hobby that you just can’t do once, it seems that after the first time you are hooked.
Because, really, ladies (any guys out there apart from Mr Netherlands?) it is so beautifully easy to do this : you just get a can of paint, a few dust sheets, a paintbrush, a willing piece of soon to be under the ground or very un-loved piece of furniture and a little bit of elbow grease – and even that on a lovely sunny Winter’s arvo under the Australian sun, is hardly what they call taxing.
(sorry I couldn’t resist the Hunter’s thing )
And the wonderful thing about this hobby is that you turn something old and useless into something with a life and for your life – and it kinda doesn’t even matter if it isn’t perfect (this isn’t – I think it’s a bit bare – it will be getting some stencilling) – it’s just, well just immensely satisfying to watch it get transformed to something in your home that isn’t MadeinChina.com
And with that little bit of DIY white paint, coastal beach decor wisdom, I will hop on a white-washed broomstick and be outta here
What do you think people?