sideboard inspiration

sideboard inspiration Now that Christmas is done I need to figure out how to style my pretty painted sideboards.  I’ve been pinning some inspiration (as you do).  I would love a whole wall of art but unfortunately frames are quite pricey.  My sideboard also has a television on so won’t look quite as clean as these above but I think there are still some good tips to follow.

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painting furniture – a bit of how

Yay finally weather which allowed me to take a picture of my new furniture.  Not the most “fabulous” interior shots but you get the point.

We have been in our flat for over a year and our lounge still looked like student digs with no furniture.  We finally snapped and bought two Ikea PS side cabinets to use as a TV stand.  However I really wanted to personalise them and after seeing this Ikea pimp I decided to do the same but with some alternative colours.  I went for a grey/black/copper combo which I am currently obsessed with but think is classic enough that it will be a while before I need to repaint them.

I used Farrow & Ball paints, not because I have delusions of grandeur but because there is one in Wimbledon and they sell mini pots.  The colours are left to right drainpipe (dark grey). pitch black and elephant’s breath (light grey).  The copper (second from right) is MontanaGold copperchrome spraypaint.  The process was basically sanding the doors a bit and then painting a few layers of paint.  The elephant breath was what F&B call “eggshell” which is a slightly gloss paint.  This one went on much better than the normal enamel paint.  Unfortunately their sample sizes are only available in the enamel but I did get a larger tin of the eggshell and used it as a base coat under the black coat (as I’d already painted the grey without the base).

The spraypaint we just painted directly without sanding or any preparation.  This was the much quicker option and depending on the colour choices you want, I would suggest would be the way to go.  I would also suggest a non-windy day so that the black bag you are using to “protect” the ground doesn’t flap up and smush your paint job.

I haven’t got around to taking pictures of the drawers that we picked up off the street and revamped last weekend but will hopefully get there seen.

painting for the weekend

The Mr and Mum and I spent most of the weekend sanding and painting furniture.  Well Mr and Mum mostly sanded and I mostly painted.  We had picked up a set of drawers down the street a few months (!) ago and had just had the arrival of two Ikea sideboards which I wanted to personalise with some paint so seemed like the perfect time for it.

They both look really good and I am super happy.  I will share some photos with you once there is a less rainy morning.

Yup that literally took the whole weekend… but well worth it.


We have been in our non-furnished rental flat for almost a year and our lounge still looks pretty spare on the furniture front and our bedroom is crammed with odd bits that don’t quite hold all our belongings.  So when Fashion For Home contacted me to see if I would like a piece of furniture I first wondered if they had accidentally contacted the wrong person and then promptly scoured their site for something that would work in our flat.

After some discussion with the Mr and the Housemate I chose this set of drawers which I thought would work well outside a little nook between the kitchen and bathroom.  It is now home to our toiletries which have been sitting on the floor for the last year because there is no storage in our bathroom (don’t get me started).  I thought they had a sort of Swedish cottage feel that I quite like and will hopefully work when we move in the future.

The premise of Fashion for Home’s business is that you can get designer furniture for less because they cut out the high street middleman by only making furniture once you order it.  What this means is that you have to wait about 8 to 12 weeks for your furniture to be delivered but the cost savings are well worth it if you aren’t desperate for something to fill a space.  I had been eyeing out some furniture from a similar company before I was approached and think it is a great way to buy quality furniture that you are more likely to keep than bland ikea furniture.  I was also happy enough with their environmental credentials.  Although I would like to see more FSC approved furniture, many furniture companies still don’t offer this and so I won’t hold it against them.

Funnily while we were waiting for our new piece to arrive we also picked up a set of drawers a few streets away which need a lot of tlc.  My mum is going to help with it because she has experience of removing paint from furniture.  I don’t have any hopes for what lies beneath but there are a few too many layers of paint on it already to paint another layer on top.