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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  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

  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)

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

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!

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

  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!

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

  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.

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

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

    Estelle xx

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

  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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