Well morning Beach Cottage ladies, hope all is tickety boo boo with you?
Here I am slowly getting through the painting of things…it seems that perhaps my latest projects, the vintage kitchen dresser and the armoire are taking for like ever. There is one simple reason for that. They are taking me for like ever.
It doesn’t help when one decides to re-decorate about a third of the house in the middle of it all, when one’s offspring decide that they require multiple taxi-driving to multiple sporting events or that one’s husband decides to hop on a jet plane and go off to the other side of Australia for a business trip. All those things do, indeed, lead to a woman in a tatty old cottage on the beaches having less time to sit around in her undies, listening to BBC Radio 4, painting things white.
As I gave this another coat (she’s soaking up a few here ladies) I mused other more professional DIY bloggers who it seems churn out, as if by magic, yet another huge piece of painted furniture, craft project, hand-built with power tools up-cycled crate turned into headboard, renovation or hand-sewn-with-vintage-fabric quilt – I don’t seem to quite have that much time in my life, do you?
(here she is with, unfinished, I popped the flowers to see her potential)
My painting is more a sort of slow therapeutic hobby and if there is not time to get it done, well it just stays undone…you know? The downside of that is that there is often half-finished projects around this old cottage on the wrong side of town and tins of paint and dust sheets about the place…
…but I quite like how these projects are rolling with my life right now…just me in my undies, real girl style, giving new life to a vintage-fallen-in-love-with piece of furniture, me popping to the DIY shop (in clothes) for more white paint when the armoire about drinks the stuff and me, amateur painter with drips and droopy bits in between real life laundry monsters (hello, what is with that, it’s getting worse), taxi driving, dinner cooking and the helping of children with maths testing…all with paintbrush in hand.
And so I make no apologies for my slowness, or for the fact that this is still not yet completed, yep this has been slow, but somehow, I kinda like that…I’ve got to know her slowly as I’ve wiped her down, cleaned her up and painted her white.
Her glass needs some serious help, I will be googling how to clean these panes, but if any of you have done this before I wouldn’t mind a few pointers…as you can see it’s quite beautiful and could well be left like this, but I do feel she might just love a good facial
And the bread bin section is left undone at the moment…it’s a bit of a state and getting the door back on with similar hinges is proving a tricky one…I might just shove a white basket in there…
I will say too, that sheesh kebab, I am about dancing on the rooftops here with vintage-kitchen-dresser-saved-from-landfill love.
What do you think of the new addition to our family?
I think she’s doing a little bit of a painted white furniture waltz, is she not?
Next time then.