Monday, July 5, 2010

Another change to the sleepout - office, sewing bedroom

After I posted last September how I had rearranged the sleepout into something more appealing, Rosie saw the potential for a space of her own. So in an act of saintly mother-love, I gritted my teeth and agreed that yes, she was getting too old to share a room with Ella's teddy collection and yes, I would move all my newly set-up sewing supplies and let her have the room.

So we got to work again, scrubbing, filling and bleaching the walls....then stopped. Life interrupted and I got tired of spending my spare time scrubbing, filling and bleaching. A couple of months passed, I did a bit here and there...I actually got some priming done. And in the meantime, the dirt and mould and cobwebs came back. Aaargh! It felt like I was back to square one.

So I know it's not the done way but I said "stuff the cleaning, I want to do something painting". So while the bottom still looks like this....

....I have finished painting the ceiling and top part of the walls.

And it looks SO good. So clean, so new. I confess to doing a happy dance every time I walk in there. Which is first thing in the morning...and last thing at night...and several times a day, you know, just to check that it still looks just as good as in my memory, and to watch the colour change in the different lights.

What colour is it?
Well, I'll give you a clue. It's similar to one of these Meakin plates.

Or maybe a lighter version of a colour on one of these birds.

And now it's inspiring me to hurry up and get the rest finished, so it's off to put on my painting clothes and get back to business.


  1. I can't wait to see the results Esther :) It sounds like hard work but hey how rewarding that you did it yourself!!! Looking forward to a catch up... Had been hopeful these hols but unfortunately its been busy.... any chance u r going to the Medieval Fair? We are :)
    Hope all is going smoothly this school break... xoxo

  2. The soft green?

    Any of those colours will look good and I can't wait to see how it turns out.
    I know what you mean about sometimes jobs seem to go back to square one - I've got a few projects like that at the moment.

  3. Hi Esther
    Sorry I haven't replied to your enquiry about the floor paint till now. I have painted 3 bedrooms with different white floor paints and the last was by far the best (though it took four coats). I bought it at Homebase but can't remember the name as I finished the tin. The previous ones I used were International interior floor paint and just floor paint (the latter was the better). Yes they are hard wearing but if it does chip it still looks good. Re preparation I didn't use an industrial sander just sandpaper and a good wash. Hope this helps.
    Ruth x

  4. Love all that great color and inspiration! That towel is too cute!


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  • I love the smell of cinnamon and vanilla.
  • My favourite flowers are daisies.
  • My favourite trees are pine trees.
  • I always like to have the bickie jar full and a cake on the cake stand. I know...not that healthy, but so good to look at.
  • Autumn is my favourite month, although I do wish we had more of a change of colours up here in Queensland.
  • I love Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder. They started my love affair with "old-fashioned" stuff.
  • I'm a boots and jeans kind of girl, but also love vintage skirts and dresses.
  • I like sewing and am in love with quilts at the moment.
  • I love reading. (I have a weakness for archeological thrillers and historical romances, but not Mills and Boon-type ones.)
  • I love old houses with character. No new estate houses for me. (Sorry Rosie.)
  • I love vintage/cottage/farmhouse decorating and pretty pinks and blues, with a splash of red for colour.
  • Polka dots can make me sigh with delight.
  • I have 4 chooks. They are MY pets. Another tick on my dream-come-true chart.
  • I don't eat dessert much any more. I'm not dieting, I just don't want it. (Does that mean I'm growing up if I say no to an icecream cone?)
  • I'll still always say yes to chocolate though!
  • I like to sit on the front stairs in the sun, to drink my morning cup of tea, while I contemplate what to do in the garden.
  • I've got the gardening bug again recently. It comes and goes with the weather. I'm envisioning cottage flowers in pink, blue and white to go with my green picket fence.