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Coral and Gold

Coral and Gold

A little while ago I redecorated the small attic room for my preteen daughter. She had her own ideas on the design , and to be truthful I was a bit concerned we were gonna end up with pretty boy faces stuck to the wall! Turns out my daughter has style …phew 🙂
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Shop Front

We have moved !

We’ve had a bit of a roller coaster ride the last couple months and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down yet! We moved premises on Febuary 1st to a fantastic location in Millbridge.The local residents have been very welcoming and the shop owners too.
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It’s been a while since I last did a post, but I’m back now and hopefully the posts will be more regular. We have had lots of exciting things happening while I’ve been away from blogland, but the most important is we have a new addition to the shop!.
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I had a couple of good quality bedsides in my stash and thought it was time for a quick makeover. They were solid and a good classic shape but very dark and sad. The wood was in good condition, so I decided to strip the top. I used an old brush and liberally applied the stripper to the top. The brand I used was Polycell and it hasn’t failed me yet, also I like the smell …. it smells like marzipan ! For health safety and common sense reasons, please don’t sniff the stripper! use in a well-ventilated area.

It only took about 20 minutes for the finish to bubble and peel, I then scraped it off and put the goo in an old paint can which I keep for this purpose. I cleaned the entire piece and once dry gave it a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a custom mix. The colour was a very pale Linen/beige and was made up with one part French Linen and four parts Original.

I gave it another coat of paint and stained the top with Java Gel Stain which is made by General Finishes, it’s a dark stain but the top had come up fairly light from the stripping so I didn’t leave it on too long before I wiped it off

All finished.

All finished.

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gel Stained furniture

Gel Stains

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the shop, new stock in and out and lots of commission painting has been done. Although I love to paint I also love to refinish wood, and one of my favorite wood treatments is Gel stains, they are thick in consistency so don’t run or drip and are easy to use.
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Home Office

Home Office

Running a small business is no easy task, but one of the areas which I don’t excel in is organization! The amount of paperwork which is required to keep the machine going is huge. So a designated area was needed for my overflowing inbox. I don’t have a spare room but I do have a large kitchen so after a little re-arranging I managed to clear an entire wall at the end of the room. I then went trawling for inspiration in the usual places and found some great ideas like this one on Pinterest.
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