Is it obvious on here that I love colour? Coming from a girl who grew up wearing all black with the occasional (read: always) flannel* shirt I am always a bit surprised at how
much I love colour.
The ground floor at the moment is fairly neutral and where the colour comes in is the little shots of colour I like to add here and there. My new door knobs are my favourite bit of colour whimsy at the moment.
Then there’s the hallway dresser I picked up on Ebay and upcycled. As with most things on eBay the realityl of it was a bit disappointing. I had to think how I was going to save it and make it fit into our house. A lick of paint was the answer, really it was the only answer. I didn’t want to go down the chalk paint route, I wanted something a bit more finished. I decided that Farrow & Ball in James White would look fab. Now I know what you’re thinking- James WHITE? That’s not exactly a colourful colour and your’d be right. It’s not always the bright and loud colours that make a piece and I hope you’ll agree with me. This was my first time using Farrow & Ball paint and I have to say I was very impressed. I know I’m fairly new to these shores but even I know that Farrow & Ball equals quality and I wasn’t disappointed. It was like painting with butter and I’ll most certainly use it again.
When we picked up the sideboard it was a lot bigger than I expected- the metric system still gets me! It was just too big for the space and the thought of putting it on ebay and trying to resell it was just more than I can handle, plus I like a challenge. My thinking was, it’s not an antique so I’m just going to hack away at it until I love it! First things I did was chop the 6 inch legs off and this immediatly made it look and feel better in the hallway. Then I removed a little wooden lip from the top- I think this was at one time a hutch as there were mystery holes in the back. I then removed the drawer pulls and picked up some fab ceramic ones.
Is it sad that I love these more than chocolate? It is? Ok, well ahem.. never mind then.
These knobs and the Farrow & Ball paint really transformed the sideboard. I have also picked up some small bun feet for but they’re still in the bag waiting to be painted. A job for a rainy afternoon I think.
It really is amazing what a little imagination can do. All in all I spent £200 for the dresser and materials. It’s a great solid piece of furniture that will be with us for years.
What do you guys think? Worth the trouble or should I have resold and tried something else?
Because I’m now a big fan of Farrow & Ball paint I was most excited when I got my hands on their book Decorating with Colour and it’s a really fab coffee table book. It’s full of wonderfully styled rooms and the nosy person in me enjoys drinking coffee and flipping through the book. My house will never look like the houses in the book but I pick up ideas here and there and file them away to use in my own quirky way.
It really is a fantastic little book and I managed to snag another copy to share. All you have to do is pop over to the Farrow & Ball website, then head back here and tell me what your favourite Farrow & Ball colour is.
I’ll choose a winner on 21 October.
*I’d show you pictures of me in my grunge glory but I don’t want to scare you.
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