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I love this trunk!

If you get an old steamer trunk like this – and want to give it some pazazz (is that a new word I’ve just made up?) you can do what I did to this one. Clean the trunk and the find some old travel/luggage labels online, print them off – and stick them on with […]


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How much do you take off?

This is the bench I wanted to finish off on the evening of our anniversary (which I didn’t). It’s finished now – Old White by Annie Sloan over Provence with hints of the original (badly painted) colour showing through too. Personally I like the distressed look – I love the way you can see layers of […]


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English Yellow – by Annie Sloan

French Bedside with a removable marble top (without marks or scratches which is rare!) Here’s how I painted it – no undercoat, no sanding down, no prep, just cleaned. Two coats then distressed and treated with Clear and Dark Wax to pull out the features. I work quickly but this type of job can easily […]


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A Bit Of Sunshine, A Bit Of Provence!

This had a large panel missing from the top – which I had to repair with plyboard (although you wouldn’t know it now) The top and the sides I gave 2 coats of Chalk Paint, the front I only gave one as I knew I wanted to take off quite a bit to give it […]


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Annie Sloan Adds Character

Instead of painting a piece of furniture ‘flat and smooth’ I really like to use a bit of texture to give my pieces a ‘lived in’ feel. Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan is by far the best paint to achieve this look. This was a badly painted cupboard (white gloss!) which I’ve transformed with just […]


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Valentine’s Heart with Annie Sloan Old White

This new Pine Chest Of Drawers had 4 Hearts carved deeply into the surface. I felt it was a bit too much, so filled in 3 but left the one at the back, which is on a detachable up stand. The rest was painted Old White with quite a bit of texture with I brought […]


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And Here’s Another Winner!

Roses Are Red Trees Are Made Of Wood We Picked Our Winner Early Because It Was So Darn Good! OK, so it’s a bit controversial to pick a winner early in a Valentine competition – and it was more than 4 lines! … but, check out this poem from Tracy James – if you haven’t […]


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And The Winner Is…

          ****** The Dovetails Interior Design Challenge RESULT****** Drum Roll please……… And The Winner is Carol Jenkins, who fought off Sam Harradine after a titanic struggle, thanks also to Susan McNally, Vicky Williams and Dorothy Eaves for their fantastic contributions. Not forgetting a huge thanks to all of you out there […]


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****** The Dovetails Interior Design Challenge ******

Inspired by a certain programme on BBC2 at the moment we thought we’d see what you lot could do. We sent out 5 identical Ikea plain pine Mirrors to 5 brave contestants to upcycle and work their magic on. And here’s the finished pieces. Now it’s up to YOU. Whichever pic gets the most ‘likes’ […]


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Love Chalk Paint™? – let us know!

Just to let you know that we want to get more interactive with you! – We’ve love to have your input right here on our blog page, maybe you see something you like and want to ask a question or maybe answer someone else’s question. Also you can now review our  Chalk Paint™ colours and […]