30 August 2010

mr & mrs junkaholic, do home improvements.

Now that we are a married couple, we spend about 85% of our time calling each other husband and wife with comical looks on our faces. The rest of the time we are working out how we can buy a nice big home for ourselves. Whilst, to buy a property in London does require being a close relation of Jesus Christ for what I can see, we just have to make do with what we've got until we have saved up enough pennies to live in more than one room and possibly without woodchip and naff laminate.
therefore, we began our home improvement weekend by painting anything we could find.
This is a cheap set of drawers from Ikea, about 12 squid i think?
we painted all our things in this...

which was a lot cheaper than Farrow and Ball, but just as nice.

of course one needs a woolly hat for painting one's furniture, doesn't one?
with some new knobs {that cost more than the drawers!} it now looks like this...

after a MAMMOTH re-arranging session, of our bedroom, I squeezed in a small girly dressing area.
We found this bamboo and tiled stand in Saffron Walden on saturday for £9.50. We felt sorry for it so slung it in the boot and brought it back to our flat for safe keeping...

it looks like it was left outside in the cold and rain for a long time, arhhh!

now it can do a fine job of holding our wellies!

next up, our pea-green kitchen/dining table that we've been meaning to paint since we bought it a few months ago at the market.

i gave it a lick of paint and Nao sanded and waxed the top...

now we smugly agree that we could sell it for 4 or 5 times what we paid for it {but of course we won't because we need it}

such a sense of achievement to paint one's kitchen table!

after that rewarding activity, i started scanning the flat for other things i could paint, then spotted my fave chair...

yep, it got the lick too...

then two set of these shelves {that used to be dark brown wood}

now residing in the bedroom...

and even Nao painted his desk too!

all this improvement made me get busy clearing up, moving things around and such, like hanging up this french lace panel on the window...

and creating some much needed book shelf for Nao's bedside {when i tidy up Nao's books, he always laughs because i put them all upside down! well, i cant tell the difference.}

as we moved the bed around to make more space, I'm now stuck in the corner, but, I made a little cave with an apple crate to put my books and clock etc...I kind of like it!

a quick squiz at our newly re-arranged bedroom, note wedding bunting above bed...oh yes!

speaking of wedding left-overs, we brought back all the potted herbs that we used to decorate our lunch table, they still have the {now muddy} cotton ribbons around the pots!

so now we have...

a herb garden! i'm really into mint and beetroot in my salad these days.

If you are interested, you can see more of our home here.

Goodbye August, I'll never forget you now!.


  1. it's absolutely beautiful, I love the white theme :)

  2. The joy of a lick of paint is a wonderful thing.

  3. Oh god, now I'm inspired! The husband is looking very scared...

  4. I think your can-do attitude and creative eye is wonderful...even if I am somewhat slightly jealous of some of your awesome junk finds ;-)
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  5. Have just found your blog, and I am glad that I did. It's gorgeous. I am now your newest follower!
    Cheers from Brisbane, Pam

  6. wonderful job on your home improvements. I have a question about the chair...did you have to sand the chair before painting it? I am thinking of doing the same for my chairs, which are similar. Thanks!

  7. Wonderful. I did a splurge with white paint earlier this year and it sure is a good feeling. Some things have gone an off white because I did not use a primer or even sand but I still like the co-ordinated effect. Love your little bedroom cave too. Cherrie

  8. Fantastic! You've been very busy. Makes me think about all the things I've been wanting to paint for awhile now. Better get to it when the warmer weather arrives.
    Great pics too! Love a good herb garden.


  9. your home is so warm and personal it almost smiles - thank you for the burst of happy :)

  10. ck_dex30.8.10

    After 15 years together my husband and I live in a big house, but we both miss the apartment we rented when first together. It was quite small, like yours, but very manageable, and we were never tempted to acquire too much stuff. I think yours is charming and you both look very happy there! Thank you for such a pretty, cheerful and interesting blog!!
    A fan in Kansas City.

  11. I love your cosy bedside nook ;-)

  12. great progress... but everything you "find" is so greatly found... i love the changes of use, particular favourite... yes, the bedside "table"/"book shelve"/ evrything-one-needs on his/hers bed side ;-))

  13. what a fun tour! joined as follower as I found your blog today. can't wait to read more :)

  14. oh painting things is so refreshing, it's like moving house without all the hassle. Everything seems so fresh and new!

  15. My hubster was peeking over at your blog while I was looking at this post last night. He said, "Wow, they're so cool!" He hardly says that ever about a blogger that I'm reading about. He's a big fan of refinishing furniture. :)

  16. aw, how lovely! Everything looks lovely and fresh and clean and wonderful. Hope you are enjoying the new freshness!

  17. wow, you always surprised me :D thanks for sharing.

  18. I have just come across your blog and fallen in love - I am so inspired by so much that you do. I was wondering what type of camera you use and whether you use a specific lens to create the dreamy edges to your pictures? My little digital camera is on the blink and I'd like to upgrade to something more exciting. Thanks for sharing the loveliness of your life!

  19. AMAZING! I wish you could came to Brazil and do my wedding! hauhauahua =p

  20. I don't know if I'd dare paint all my stuff white - however, your place looks absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful pictures - and I think your bed corner looks perfect! Enjoy.

  21. Ooooh! How lovely! Love the re-use of the wedding bunting. And the crate beside the bed.

    I'm now eyeing the giant buffet in our hallway and the big bucket o' white paint we have... I think they should definitely get together some day soon!

  22. I love the title of this post so much :) And lovely diy jobs... I like how happy you look, paintbrush in hand :)

  23. your blog is painfully beautiful! so inspiring. i love it. i found you through sabrina's blog. http://brinaland.blogspot.com/

  24. CC Taylor,
    no i didn't prime the wood, but i used an oil-based paint and there were no stain coming through. I sanded it after painting to get a smooth finish.

  25. It's so handy having your own herb garden, and yours is flourishing. You definitely have green fingers Artemis! Have to make a visit to Petersham one day...you love it there eh! x

  26. itsasne5.9.10

    All so lovely!

    And that ikea small chest seems to be doing the rounds lately... Just found this:

    Looove your herb garden!

  27. This is really very nice post about Home Improvement, I really enjoy it.