Saturday, 13 October 2012

Some shabby chic decorating

A while ago, I suddenly realised that I'd grown out of the style of decor that our bedroom had been done in (6 years ago).  We had one feature wall that was a bright raspberry colour, with 3 cream walls.  It was a nice bright, girly room (luckily OH doesn't mind girly decor!), but I was ready to move away from girly to a more grown up space. 

Bye bye bright pink!
What with blogging, Tweeting and Instagraming I realise that my tastes have changed vastly over the past few years.  I used to love bright pinks of all shades, sparkly, cute and girly.  I still do love all of these things, but I also realised that I love the vintage, shabby chic style that has also been huge lately.  If you'd told me 3 years ago that I'd love all things Cath Kidston, vintage and floral, I'd have laughed in your face! If you told me 3 years ago that I'd love nothing more than rooting around charity shops for bargains, there is NO way I'd have believed it either! 

Well, it seems I have changed, for I now love all of these things.  I've always been a bargain hunter, but there's something extra in gaining a real gem of a bargain from a charity shop or car boot sale now.  This also comes with the satisfaction that you aren't buying something off the shelf of a high street shop that thousands of other people also have.  

This brings me to the next part of my room renovation - accessorising the walls!  I had a very lucky find in a junk shop a few weeks ago - I got these 2 wooden picture frames for £1!


I was very excited about these as it finally meant I could have a go at trying out some 'shabby chic' paint techniques!  So I gave them a quick, light sanding and applied 4 thin layers of paint (I just used the tester pots of wall paint we had already), then gave the edges a sanding down to give an old and bashed about look.  I was extremely pleased with the result, here's 1 of them -


I decided to try the other one out using the paint the same shade as the pink wall, -


The next job was to decided what to put in my new frames!  Fairly quickly, I decided upon a gorgeous rustic floral heart cross stitch for the cream one, from the book A Rainbow of Stitches


I chose a natural coloured evenweave - the first time I've sewn on this, and cream thread.  I stitched it up quickly over a couple of days/evenings - I was so eager to have something to put in my new gorgeous frame! 


After a lot of eye squinting - working with the evenweave, a few wonky bits here and there, (I'm sure no-one will notice!), I finally got my work framed and hung up!  And I *love* it!!


Ta-da!  Doesn't it look so pretty? 

And here's a peek at how the rest of the decorating turned out -


Pale, light and relaxing!  The bedside tables also got a bit of the shabby chic treatment too!

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13 comments:

  1. Pretty doesn't begin to cover your framed cross stitch, it's beautiful Rachael. I love the pink you painted the other frame too. x

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  2. Wow, well done you, the simplicity of your colour schemes makes it all the more lovely. I think more colour would have spoilt it. I reckon they would have charged you about £10 - £15 for something similar in the shops. You could put these on Etsy. Btw Do you initial your work? I put mine in the bottom corner of everything I do with the year as well (so I can look back in years to come and see how my stitching stlye evolves).
    Brilliant work. :o)

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  3. Im loving your gorgeous frames and your cross stitch heart..... It's soooooooo prettiful ! X

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!

    I'm going to copy you on the frame thing!! They look stunning, especially with your beautiful cross stitch. Xxx

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  5. GORGEOUS!!! What a great idea - thanks for sharing!
    Your newest follower -
    Would love to have you come and follow back when you have the time
    Hugs from Montreal
    Hubs is from Yorkshire!
    Suzan

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  6. That heart cross stich is gorgeous, might have to investiage that book! The fame is fab too :)

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  7. That is gorgeous!! I love the girlie pink wall and the shabby chic furniture, I am planning doing a similar thing in our spare room for the granddaughters! Your photo frames were a real bargain too and you have done a fab job with them.

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  8. Gorgeous cross stitch! I've never tried it, but I definitely think I should.
    Have a great week!
    Carly
    x

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  9. Love your cross stitch and shabby chic frames, turned out so pretty!

    Estelle xx

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  10. Hello from your newest follower!
    I love that fabric in the frame!

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  11. What a lovely cross stitch - simple but effective. I'm thinking of starting some cross stitch myself - thank you for the inspiration! x

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