Kate Makes, Life

Small Project Inspiration

Well hello again lovely people! I know I have been somewhat absent the last couple of weeks, truthfully, the time has whizzed past. First we had half term week and then last week was needed to get ‘back on track’. Did anyone else feel like that? It’s not that we didn’t have a good time or that I didn’t enjoy the children being home, I love them being of school, but honestly, love it or not it can be a tad overwhelming. (We are allowed to feel that and still be good parents). The ‘normal’ stuff doesn’t get done and you don’t get much, if any, brain space! True? I was also feeling below parr last week which doesn’t help. I can’t pin point why but that is just part of the annoying thing we call ‘depression’. Anyway to all of you who have struggled like me, WE CAN DO THIS THING!

Right now on to the inspiration that I mentioned in the title. Again, I don’t know about you but I can get very put off by a project if it looks too big or too complicated! That’s why I love the simple ones so much. Now I am sure that just about everyone has heard of, if not used yet, chalk paint. It has been a big part of the many make-overs or up-cycle projects I have done over the last few years. It’s the most easy, forgiving fabulous paint ever! I use the Autentico which Steph at The Vintage Dove uses on her projects and also sells in her shop. If you’re local you can pop in and ask Steph for some advice on colours which is one of her favourite things to do, if not you can order online.

So this was another one for the upstairs bathroom but much quicker and easier than the bathroom sign as my brain didn’t really need to do anything! I purchased the bath caddy from a boot fair for the extortionate amount of, wait for it – 50p! I was over the moon.  All I had to do was give it a good scrub, I used soapy water but you could use diluted dettol if you prefer. Once it was thoroughly dry, I painted it in White Autentico. I gave it two coats, most things need 2 and sometimes 3 coats but this was pine wood so was light in colour. It was left that way for a good couple of years. When we were about to feature in Homestyle magazine, blog on article here, I decided to give it a fresh lick of  paint in Iceland blue and did the surround of our mirror in the same colour to bring it all together. A big part of making it look special is the way you ‘dress’ the finished item, as you can see in the picture I used candles, shells and soaps.  Now tell me, does it get any easier than that? (excluding going to the shop and buying one ready painted!)

Projects like this one are really good for a ‘first’ project.  Firstly there was no real outlay 50p is next to nothing, it’s a small paint job which will take no time at all and if you don’t like it or you want to change the colour, you’ve neither wasted time or money. If you did enjoy doing it you can do something bigger next time with a bit more confidence like a chest of drawers or a sideboard that you want to breath new life into. It’s funny stuff once you’ve used it most people get addicted to painting more!

Hope you have enjoyed this post and have found it helpful. Let me know what you think and if anyone is doing or planning a paint project,  I would love to hear about it.

Happy creating ❤️

Photographer Colin Poole



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  • Reply Sally November 18, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Your journey through depression is so similar to mine , 20 years on I’m still trying to find tools in me to learn to cope. You are such an inspiration and truly a gifted and talented lady who I’ve had the luck to know. You are strong. We are stronger than we feel some days, challenges in life are what I still aim to deal with a lot better…I so enjoy reading your blogs xxxx

    • Reply Kate November 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you Sally. We are definitely all stronger than we realise and by sharing with each other it makes us stronger still. Take care xx

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