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The Room That Will Never Be Finished

Well, the room that will never be finished has inched closer to being finished. Which is a bit ironic i suppose. It’s been quite a while since i fully repainted a room on my own. The last was probably the now flattened conservatory at Tullyroan, but even then i had enough sense to forgo the …

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I love stripping

It’s been a long number of years since i undertook a proper stripping and sanding project. And having just finished this cabinet, now i remember why. As i started work on this latest piece earlier in the summer, i was remembering the first desk i stripped and sanded in Edinburgh. We found it on Dalkieth …

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Hot charcoals

Sometimes, life doesn’t go quite the way you expect nor hope. Sort of like many of my sewing and painting projects, which of late have proven to be both blessing and curse. A blessing when you are able to make a nice homemade personalised gift for a friend. [Insert nice picture of tweed patchwork quilt or …

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Ercol-our

Mid-century is of course the must-have furniture era these days. Ercol or G-plan for the everyday but quality items, and maybe an Eames or Jacobsen chair as a statement piece. I love Ercol chairs and managed to pick up 3 for £10 in a sale room in the Borders a few years ago. I had …

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Bettering the bathroom

I’ve been spending some time working on the bathroom lately. Its was fairly recently fitted when we bought the place so there wasn’t really an argument for replacing it. (Unfortunately). I decided to just do some ‘tweaks’ to make it a bit more homely. Sadly i forgot to do any ‘before’ pictures so perhaps this doesn’t …

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Spring happenings

The problem with having about 40 ongoing projects is finding the time to document them all, something i enjoy doing here for interested others to but also as a kind of ledger of my (at times frenetic) activity. I thought, maybe if i group them by time, my blog output might improve. So here’s what …

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Painting Blitz, Now & Then

I’ve been awaiting the coming of spring with anticipation. Yes, to escape the Siberian trade-winds, and plant flowers, and drink tea outside, but mainly so I can re-paint my front door.  It was black gloss originally and whilst this might look good at 10 Downing Street, I felt it wasn’t giving a warm enough welcome. …

After the blaze

We have now finished redecorating our bedroom post-blaze, so thought i’d do a wee tour. In a deliberate attempt to move away from the usual vintage/floral/junky look, i decided on a blue/grey theme with some attention to texture and detail. The overall aim was a simple but indulgent, luxury look. We painted it in two …

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Chair Lift

There seems to be a revival happening in the world of painted furniture, but its not like the good old ‘changing rooms’ days of the early 90’s. I recall aged 13 painting my first two-tier table. By today’s standards it would be viewed as positively twee, but back then it was all about the pattern …

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Whiskey Cabinetry

My latest project was one of the first things i bought for this house. It was a few weeks before we moved and i promised Malcolm i would find a whiskey cabinet that appealed to us both. We were headed out to North Berwick beach and we stopped off at Sam Burns place in Prestonpans. …