Sunday, 10 May 2015

Before and After: White And Grey Bedsides


My apologies...again...for my absence here. It seems this is how all my posts will begin now. With me apologising. I'm sincerely sorry and hope I can get my act into gear and begin posting regularly again. 
I do miss blogging and connecting and sharing with you guys!
I just don't seem to make the time to post as often as I'd like. I honestly thought that life would get slower as the girls got older. Ha!! How wrong I was!!

Anyhoo, enough of excuses...lets get to today's redesign ;-)

I was lucky enough to be asked to redesign two matching bedsides for a client's daughter, whose room is being completely made over! I knew she loved shabby chic style and that white and grey were the colours of choice, but was then given free reign with their design. Yay!!

This is what I came up with -

Still shabby chic but I gave them a modern twist with the custom grey colour. 
I haven't done any distressing for months and I really enjoyed doing it again on these!
I didn't distress the grey, I wanted to keep it a solid colour for a little contrast.

This is how they started out -

When going white, it always takes 3-4 coats to get full coverage over a previously stained/painted finish. Its always a beautiful, neutral result and looks so fresh and clean...but not easy when you aren't  naturally a patient person ;-)
I am definitely NOT naturally patient and have found the only way I cope when painting things white is when I have a few other projects on the go at the same time. 
Distraction works wonders too ;-)

And for those of you who are new reading this, I usually give brief details of how I achieve my redesigns, in case you feel like a DIY (feel free to email me if you'd like me to elaborate on anything:-) and for those who have stuck with me (thank you!), you may remember my love of the fast and furious movies, and my usual Fast 5 in the spirit of the latest (bittersweet) one...I give you -

My Furious 7 Deets!!

1. The design has been planned out (or not! Often I just wing it) in my head and the very first thing I did was remove the hardware (knobs), take the drawers out (you can number them if you're so inclined, so they go back in the right spot) and give everything a good clean with a damp cloth. I now always use a Norwex cloth, they are just THEE best!!

2. I mixed up my DIY chalk paint in a separate container and did the first coat of that, then when dry I do a very quick and light sand with a 320grit sanding sponge (I get mine from Mitre 10). Sanding in between each coat like this gives you the smoothest possible end result.

3.Wipe over with a damp cloth, then on goes coat number two. Just normal paint this time. I only use the chalk paint on the first coat to help it stick because no, I didn't sand first. Impatient, remember! ;-)

4. Remember to read your labels! Paint tin labels, I mean. Make sure you've left it to dry as long as it says on the side (that way there's less chance of anything going wrong). I use Dulux so it takes 2 hours before you can recoat. The DIY chalk paint is can paint over that when it's touch dry. It'll dry heaps quicker because of the plaster of paris. Anyway, this is where we do another light sand again (as above), wipe over then apply coat number three.

5. Either repeat step 4 (I did) or if you're happy with the coverage, you can tape off the sections you are going to do in the darker colour. One important point I'd like to make you aware of is that when I'm applying painters tape (I use the blue Scotch painters tape, again from Mitre 10) I won't use it if I've painted the piece that day. It needs to dry longer than a couple of hours before you stick tape on it (preferably 24 hours - patience) otherwise it will remove some of the paint you have just painstakingly applied. And not in a cool distress-y way. Learn from my mistakes. ;-)
Paint on two coats of your chosen colour - again, following the drill from above. i.e. waiting the required time before painting the second coat and light sand in between.

6. Let it dry. As long as your patience will allow, but at least 24 hours. Then you can distress it. I do this with my mouse sander with a high-ish grit sandpaper and minimal pressure from my brute strength. Its best to remove a little at a time, stand back and have a look. You can always sand more away. Take too much too soon and you'll find yourself back at step one and none of us have the patience for that! :-)

7. Now you just need to wax it to protect all that hard work! I used Annie Sloan's soft wax on this. It's expensive but you get what you pay for. Its the best stuff I've used. It cures in 30 days and provides a tough barrier to protect from general use. It's easy to apply just wipe on, let it dry a touch then buff off. It leaves a nice subtle sheen too. 
Pop your hardware back on or attach newies and you are done!

Well done you!

Now go forth and create!! :-)

Courts xx

Sunday, 8 March 2015

A Courts Update

So its been a while. Sorry. 
I think we just have to resign ourselves to the fact that the frequency of me posting on here is going to be a surprise. Who knows when it will happen!
Sorry about that but unfortunately it's the best I can do at the moment. 
Life is busy and the nights (when I would usually sit and type blog posts) are more often spent trying to get girls into bed, working on stuff for the committee that I'm on or I'm in bed early from exhaustion. 

But just know that I do miss blogging and it's not something I'm ready to give away just yet, I just can't commit to regular posting like I tried to late last year. I really gave it my best!

So what have I been up to?

My health situation (leaky gut) has been pretty much doing my head in. I got better, then worse and it didn't seem to matter what I ate, I still had bad symptoms.

So I rebelled and gave in to my mega cravings for carbs and ate bread. And hot chips.
I was completely over cooking three times a day and had lost my mojo in the kitchen, hence the rebellion. 
My paleo/clean diet was a way of life and was so easy for me to commit to because of how good I felt. But when you have these not very nice symptoms for an extended period of time no matter how good I ate...well something had to give. I found that eating toast and hot chips actually helped reduce my symptoms. Go figure!

BUT...eating processed bread again also has (of course!) a negative side. Which is why I gave all that cr*p food away a couple of years ago. I have major brain fog as well as feeling flat and a little bloating. Those additives, preservatives and lack of any nutrition in that fake food really mess with us. And I know that, have known it for a long time but when you experience it first hand...well its a real eye opener.

It was more likely the carbohydrate part that is helping, not the fact that it was bread or chips. This is something that I need to research more and probably need expert help with, but it's definitely interesting!

So my gut health and eating are kind of in no-mans land right now, but my fitness is still improving. 
Exercise is something that I haven't lost my mojo for. Yay!
I train 4/5 times a week at Fuzion fitness here in Horsham and I just love it! I love the atmosphere and have met some fantastic people!
At each assessment I've had there I've made muscle gains each time while my measurements have either pretty much stayed the same or gone down. I'm very happy with that. :-)

This is me in January about to go and train at the hotel gym when I was in Melbourne for the tennis. It was early morning so forgive the bedhead look ;-)

I haven't done too much work of late as one child has been home sick all last week, but I have plenty on the cards and have lots to show you, it is just finding the time to get posts written and photos uploaded - it can just be so time consuming sometimes!

Anyway, thanks for reading and persevering with me, I truly appreciate it!

Hope you are well!!

Courts xx

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