Painted furniture and crochet …

14/04/2013 § 19 Comments

I bought these solid oak shelves a couple of years ago and have been meaning to restore them.  They’re very solid and well made but dark oak is not very fashionable and certainly wouldn’t fit into my studio.  Way back last October, I treated myself to a tin of Annie Sloan chalk paint and last week, the shelves and the tin of paint met.

Oak shelves

dark oak shelves

Hey presto …

what do you think?

Annie Sloan Versailles

Annie Sloan Versailles

they’re smart and perfect for displaying an ever-growing family of crocheted pincushions (some can even be worn on the wrist)!

Shelves full of pincushions

Shelves full of pincushions

Did I say some could be worn on your wrist so you’ll never be rummaging around looking for your lost pincushion?

wristband pincushion

wristband pincushion

a handful of pretty pincushions

a handful of pretty pincushions

I’ve become completely obsessed with pincushion-making.  These all have an insert so the pincushions are heavy enough to stand up (even the ditsy ones) whilst there’s an ever-growing collection of wristband pincushions that will shortly be making an appearance in my Adaliza Etsy shop.

Now, back to the soothing process of furniture restoration and painting.  Having completed the shelves which I have Sooooo many plans for, I decided to visit a local furniture recycling charity shop and I picked up a hideous little stool – orange pine and a disgusting tacked on cotton cover.  The cotton cover removed, a bland woven perfectly acceptable stool seat was revealed – but oh those orange legs …  another hey presto moment …

restored footstool with crochet cover

restored footstool with crochet seat cover

It’s really designed to be seen from the top …

crochet tweed stitch variation

crochet tweed stitch variation

crochet: tweed stitch

crochet: tweed stitch

footstool renovation project - completed

footstool renovation project – completed

and there’s another diddy little stool that’s undergoing the ‘treatment’ …

before

almost finished footstool in Antoinette - palest soft pink

almost finished footstool in Antoinette – palest soft pink

The colour isn’t very easy to photograph.  It’s a soft, pale almost plaster-pink colour.  Very cool pink is how I think I’d describe it – not at all sugary.  It needs to be given a bit of a rub down and a lot of elbow-grease to polish it up with some antique wax, but there’s no rush.  Maybe a little crocheted cushion to sit on the top.

This little stool was at my great-aunt’s house and I have no idea where she acquired it, but I suspect it had some sentimental attachment as she kept very little that meant nothing to her.  I do wonder whether her father made it – I’ll never know.  I hope she wouldn’t mind it being freshened up – now at least, I’ll use it around and about – maybe in my studio or maybe as a prop in photos.  One thing’s for certain, whenever I use it, I’ll remember her and smile – she was a very special lady who I loved dearly.

In other news …

it’s our wedding anniversary today and we’ve had a lovely day.  I trundled off to the usual Sunday morning boot sale and bought a wonderful 1950’s picnic basket, complete with original china and sandwich boxes.  Wow – I’ll show you soon, but it was my present to my man – we’re hoping to enjoy many picnics together this summer when life is more relaxed and everyone is back to full health and mobility again.

This is our mantlepiece today …

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

I was given a pair of Limoges ‘salts’ – the two little gold ducks.  They have tiny spoons and a lovely vintage box too.  I love them and the day has been rather ‘ducky’ – here’s Flora who said a good quacky greeting this morning …

Hello Flora

Hello Flora

happy duck

happy duck

Hope you all have a lovely, relaxing week.  We’re continuing with our r+r and I’m pleased to be regaining my desire to make things – always a good sign!

Do pop over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been making – I see someone else has had a very special anniversary over there.  We’ve got a way to go to get to our Diamond anniversary – ours was 29 years today!

Adaliza x

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§ 19 Responses to Painted furniture and crochet …

  • Happy Anniversary – glad you have had a lovely day. Like you I have a piece of furniture that has been top, middle and bottom of so many refurbishing lists – feel guilty now so must get on with it. The Limoges salts are beautiful – many years ago I was given a blue glass swan salt with silver wings. Too nice to use aren’t they? Hope you have a good week.

    Jill
    Christmas Pie Crafts

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  • CatkinJane says:

    Congratulations of your wedding anniversary!
    I love painted furniture and those pieces look so good, I did a similar makeover for my elder daughter’s dressing table and stool that was a very uninspiring pine.

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  • Wow – love that stool top. How lovely bright and cheerful. It cannot help but cheer you up. Your pin cushions are also great. I look forward to seeing a colourful cushion to go on the top of your stool 😉

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  • Your shelves look amazing but your crochet cover – I LOVE it! It is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary x

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  • Ginny says:

    Happy Anniversary. I love the revamped oak shelves, and the little stool with the crocheted top is really sweet. I meant to do something similar with some bits of furniture (and even bought the paint). Perhaps the better weather is a good time to get it out.

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  • Thriftwood says:

    Ooh yoy’ve caught the Annie Sloan bug, there’ll be no stopping you now! Antoinette is my current favourite, so subtle and smooth, I love it. Your pieces are all gorgeous and I love the crochet top on the stool.

    Happy anniversary and hoe yoy’ve had a great weekend.

    Love Claire xx

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  • Auntie Shan says:

    Really?? It’s my Parents’ 57th Anniversary today [14th] as well!! — Dad came over from Derby to Here [Ottawa] to find his “True-Love”!

    Anyway, **HAPPY ANNIVERSARY** to You & the Mr. too!!

    😀 **hugs**

    Actually, I’m rather fond of dark oak.. I probably would have stained it. I have this thing for seeing the wood grain… expect for Pine – that can be happily drowned in paint!

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  • adaliza says:

    I didn’t mind painting this piece because I think I’d rescued it anyway. I have a house (and shed) full of my grandparents’ dark oak that I can’t touch – I think it needs a big house (bigger than ours)!

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  • adaliza says:

    I found a new stockist just a few miles away and couldn’t quite decide – so I ended up with 6 taster pots and a large tin of Antoinette! Watch out Wood – I’m coming to get you …..

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  • adaliza says:

    Yes, I did steal a bit of sunshine outside for my painting – and definitely for the sanding down afterwards! It was super to feel the sun and hear the birds singing.

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  • adaliza says:

    Thank you – it took ages to crochet (well 3 evenings). Used up loads of wool as well, but they were the ends from my Gypsy Rose and Carnival blankets, so I didn’t feel too bad about using them.

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  • adaliza says:

    They’re definitely too good to use. I’d be terrified to have them on the table – they have to stay safe on the mantlepiece where I can see them!

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  • Wendy says:

    I do love how paint can transform something dark and unfashionable – and I never worry about using it because it’s totally reversible (if dark oak suddenly became in vogue, then you could strip the paint and stain it!). Many congrats on your anniversary! 🙂

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  • Happy anniversary. You have had a busy making week. I’d give house room to any of the things you’ve made this week. The crochet topped stool is my absolute favourite. If only I had the time to learn more crochet (I’ve made a flower so far), but there’s always something else to make. Enjoy your week.

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  • adaliza says:

    I’d never thought about the reversal process – too true. I’m off to the shed to look at my inherited oak furniture in a new light!

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  • Gertie says:

    Congratulation on your wedding anniversary. I hope you both had a great day.

    What a transformation a bit of paint can do. I love the colours in the crotchet cushion xx

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  • I love the upcycled furniture, I can see the little stool under my feet with a beautiful crochet top cushion on it 🙂

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  • bluekasha says:

    Happy anniversary x your furniture looks lovely, i especialy like the stool with the crocheted seat cover, and the effect on the bookcase is great.

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  • soyofthenorth says:

    Congratulations on your anniversay 🙂

    The pincushions look very pretty. I think yours are the most decorative ones I’ve ever seen. I love how bright and colourful the stool is now.

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