Sunday, 28 April 2013

Before And After: Little Black Chair...And An AWESOME Giveaway!!

Have I mentioned before that I love black furniture?

Not everything in the room black...and while we are on that subject - I don't like every piece of furniture in a room painted either, a nice mix of everything does it for me ;-)

With just one piece of furniture in a room done in black, it does something to the space. It adds a little drama and just 'something'. It's hard to describe what exactly it is - try it and you'll see! It doesn't have to be painted furniture. It can be black upholstery or even a cushion or throw. 

With that in mind, check out this awesome chair...

Love the spindles! Even though they are 'fun' to paint ;-)

And now after a little black treatment...

Much better!!
This colour is my all time favourite 'black' - called klavier by dulux - its almost black, but not quite. It has a pearl-ish quality to it that I really love. And the slight shine you can see is from my other fave - beeswax!

Did you notice that my usual pink stripes on the wall are gone?!
They've been replaced by these...

light bulb wall decals that I got for subscribing to Real Living magazine!! LOVE them!!! (and they're black ;-)
I received 6 of these light bulb decals and as you can see I only have three on my wall. Would you like the chance to win the other three?!
I'm giving them away in my first giveaway!!

All you have to do to be in the running is -:

1. Follow this blog
2. follow me on instagram (@apprenticeextrovert)

or follow me on both for two chances!
Then leave me a comment to let me know you are following and would like to go in the draw!

If you would like to enter here, but don't have a blog yourself - you need to sign up for a free google + account first so you have a profile to be able to follow me and other awesome blogs and also so you can leave me a comment. :-)
I had to remove the 'anonymous' choice from my comments because of the extraordinarily large amount of spam I was getting.

If you already follow me here or on Instagram, you just need to comment that you'd like to enter and it doesn't matter where you live, as long as you can receive mail you are in with a chance!

Any other questions?? Please ask!

I will randomly select a winner in a weeks time - Sunday May 5th - and announce the winner here!
Good luck!!

In other news...I have some more projects to show you that I've recently finished, I apologize for my lack of posts lately but I promise I'm back on schedule again now!
So keep an eye out for some more posts this week and remember to enter the giveaway!!

Have a fantastic week!!

Courts xx


Lea said...

Oh I've been waiting for a post from you. I love to see what you're working on. This chair looks gorgeous. I have two chairs that I am thinking about painting black but I am a bit scared. They have that lattice type stuff in the back and sides so I'm not sure what to do with that. Anyway ..inspired, as always. Have a lovely week.

bec said...

oh courts these are so very cool and would certainly find a place somewhere in my home....I'm sure of it!
Bec x
love the chair

Kylie said...

That black chair look lucsious Courtney. I would love to enter your give-away. I nearly signed up for a Real Living subscription just so that I could get my hands on those stickers (but I managed a bit of restraint and self control). I follow your blog, and love your work.

Catherine said...

Love the black chair - I will definitely look out for that when I'm next thinking black :)

You know I follow you everywhere ;)

Reeves @ The Weathered Door said...

Those decals are so fun! I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Leibster Award. You can read more about it here,

Allison said...

of course black is best....who doesn't love a slimming chair!!...those decals are fab....count me in! x

Rebecca Grimes said...

I have been following you for a little while now, I love all of your projects and the technical info you share. I have started painting furniture, just finished a bamboo console table, it's not perfect but I love it! I have more projects to do, I love the feeling of accomplishment. What chalk paint do you use? Do you really need no undercoat? That scares me a bit! My Dad is a painter, and if you have a dark timber piece that needs undercoat he recommends Zinsser cover stain primer. I look forward to future posts!

Courtney said...

Hi Rebecca!

I use DIY chalk paint and really need no undercoat! Of course there are exceptions, like your dad said, going light over dark stained timber if you are concerned the stain or tannin might bleed through and ziinsser cover stain is all I use in that situation! Also if I'm painting a dresser or table top in a white, I'll undercoat that with ziinsser first as mug rings can start to appear over time, even if you don't see any when you start.
Good luck with your projects! It is very satisfying isn't it?!


Rachelle said...

Love the chair and all your projects. Long time follower here! I'm digging those decals, hope I win. :)

bec said...

just bought my first can of excited....oh can I enter twice???
Bec x

Kimberly Sapienza said...

I want to be entered in the giveaway!!:)

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