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Monday, 10 August 2020

DISTRESSED ..........


I've been tarting up our bedrooms  .....


This is an original Victorian built in cupboard in one of our spare bedrooms. Back in the eighties, we stripped it and there it stayed but, as something to do in this pandemic, I decided to paint it and distress it ..... the door is a bit warped but that adds to it's charm { that's my excuse ! } One can hide a multitude of sins if you adopt the distressed look 😃


I do like that distressed look ..... I know some of you will think I'm mad but I really like that old, weathered look .....


..... I distressed the fireplace as well ..... Apollo watches over it !




I'll show you the other bedrooms soon ..... they really all could do with being painted again but this will do for the time being !
Also, I bought all new bedding for all of our four bedrooms ..... duvets, mattress and pillow protectors, and new pillows ..... it's something that never enters my head to buy ..... so, now its all nice and new for when people stay ..... how often do you buy new bedding ?

Has this situation that we all find ourselves in motivated you ?

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all images via me


Jackie

37 comments:

  1. That's beautifully done. I love 'distressing' old furniture; occasionally with bits of primitive marbling thrown in.

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    1. That sounds nice Cro ..... I’d love to see some of your primitive marbling. I can remember marbling paper in art lessons at school .... I then did it at home in the sink ... I don’t think my mum was overly pleased ! XXXX

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  2. Well I redecorated the kitchen if that's any use.

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    1. That’s very good. It takes us a while to get motivated ! XXXX

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  3. purchase new bedding often . . .
    I stay with white comforters, pillows with something to offset the white for a change up.
    Searching for shams, not two, is almost an obsession.
    It becomes a middle pillow like look.
    Love the soft/grey/sand colors mixed with white.
    Watching the sales, one can find some bargains and create a warm bedroom loo

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    1. You’re better than me Lynne. I just seem to forget about it ! I only have white bed linen ... I always think it looks nicer. XXXX

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  4. Can you believe it . . .
    Comment went through!
    I always copy my message before I hit publish,
    looks like I dropped my “I” when I copied.

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  5. Beautiful work. Love the detail and charm of your antique cupboard. What is your recipe for distressing? White is calming and spa like. I, too, am shopping for new white bedding.

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    1. Hi Susan and many thanks for commenting. I’ve been distressing furniture for years. I’m not very professional about it ..... I either paint the piece with chalk paint or any Farrow and Ball that we have in the shed ! Then I just rub away with sandpaper on the areas that get the most wear like handles, corners and highlights. Then I sometimes add a bit of stencilling.
      I love white bedding too. XXXX

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  6. Well I got my Summer Room going by moving some furniture around and putting down a couple of rugs! I do love the room though and it has become my favourite place to sit. I like white bedlinen and I update when John Lewis have their sale so I can get lovely cotton percale at the best possible price. I am ok for a year or two though! I like white embroidery Anglaise duvet covers! I love your distressed furniture. One day when the mood is right I will paint the Mexican staircase!xxx

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    1. I only have white bed linen Rachel .... it always looks clean and fresh doesn’t it ? I can’t wait to see your Mexican staircase ..... you are very much like my friend who is a potter and was an art teacher ..... she loves bright colours and her home looks amazing ... colourful and eclectic . I stick to light colours as I’m a bit scared to go bright ! XXXX

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  7. This is my third (!) attempt to send you a comment - the others vanished in the air.
    I love distressed furniture when it is real as yours, and not fake. You were very busy working!
    The only thing I did for my apartment in Berlin the lasts months was to buy a huge chandelier - someone else had to hang the heavy thing up, because the ceilings are so high.
    Enjoy the fine weather! XXX

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    1. So sorry you’re having trouble commenting Britta ..... thanks for persevering .... I would hate not to hear from you.
      Your chandelier sounds fantastic ... I love a chandelier. Perhaps you could do a post about it ... I’d love to see it.
      I had so many clothes in my wardrobe, the rail has just collapsed and I have been trying to mend it and get all the clothes back in 33C heat. My face is beetroot and I’m dripping !!!!! Have a lovely week Britta. XXXX

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  8. Yes I buy new bedding when I was alone...I do not want to sleep under where we have both lying under...no inspiration in this difficult time.....it is also verry hot this week in holland...so doing nothing...relaxing outside in the shadow.....please stay safe....love from me Ria 💕🍀🙏🍀💕

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    1. I can totally understand that Ria.
      It’s so hot here today and I’ve been sweeping, mopping and polishing the floors ! Look after yourself Ria. XXXX

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  9. When I had a booth at SuzAnna's Antiques I painted/distressed a lot of furniture pieces to resell. I have several still that I've kept here in the cottage including an armoire, French sideboard, dining room sideboard, Welsh dresser etc. I used Annie Sloan chalk paints mostly, then 'aged' (the wood not me!!!) and sanded as you do. I love your Victorian cupboard Jackie -- did you also stencil the 1893?
    As for linens - I now buy real linen from Rough Linen (Trish in Calif. has the best, expensive but excellent quality and generous sizing of sheets - check her website), which I love all year round for comfort. I also like IKEA's lighter weight washable duvets, and I prefer bamboo pillows which Bob hates! Bedding can be a problem when sharing - I now like a 'room of my own' so I can read at night, and not have to kick him to stop snoring, haha!!!!!!!
    Motivation is slow in this new life - inertia has crept in on these 100F days!
    Hugs dear friend - Mary x

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    1. I know your distressed furniture will be far better distressed than mine Mary. I have used Annie Sloane ... you could only get it from her years ago but now there are lots of companies that make chalk paint aren’t there ? I used Authentico paint this time but didn’t think much of it. I seem to get a better result with Farrow and Ball paint.
      I shall check out Rough Linen .... it is really hot here Mary ..... our daughter and partner and granddaughter are staying this weekend so I’ve been cleaning all of the bedrooms. I have a face like a beetroot and the sweat is running down my face ! Not a pretty sight ! Try to keep cool Mary ... lots of love. XXXX

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  10. totally unmotivated. I like the wreath!!!

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    1. I think I had to get motivated as our daughter, her boyfriend and our granddaughter are coming to stay this weekend and the bedrooms were dusty to say the least !!! .... and it is in the high 30’s here so a bit hot for cleaning ! The wreath was green and I painted it that dusky pink. I’m not that keen on pink but I like the dusky pink but only a hint ! XXXX

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  11. THE ITALIAN WILL NOT LET ME BUY NEW PILLOWS!!!
    HE LIKES THEM SUPER DOWN FEATHERS BUT THEY ARE ANCIENT!
    I put them in the DRYER from time to time to FLUFF!
    CAN YOU IMAGINE THE DUST MITES INSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE THE DISTRESSED LOOK SO NO WORRIES HERE!
    POP over to my BLOG as I have a GARDEN FLOOZY UP THIS WEEK!
    I KNOW YOU ENJOY THE GARDEN!!!
    XX

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    1. I think we’ve all got loads of dust mites Elizabeth !!!
      I shall be over to check out your garden post soon. XXXX

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  12. Hi Jackie,
    A charming post. Charmingly distressed pieces!
    Keep going - just keep in mind avoiding to "distress" yourself...
    ha-ha.
    Warmest / COOL greetings to London,
    xox karin

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    1. Oh Karin .... how lovely to hear from you ..... I miss you and many other ‘ old ‘ bloggers. Have you posted again. I shall go and have a look.
      ...... and, I’m afraid I’m naturally getting the ‘ distressed look ‘ as the years roll by !!!
      Look after yourself ..... it’s very wet here in the U.K. XXXX

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  15. I just wanted to stop by and say 'Hi' xoxo

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    1. Rénee !!!! Hi ! So lovely to hear from you. Hope alls well with you and all of your family & that you are coping in these strange times. How’s your Mum ? She hasn’t posted for a while as I think something has gone wrong with her blog .... I was a bit worried. I miss you and our blogging friends from the old blogging days ! Look after yourself and keep in touch. I do look in on your blog and comment. Take care and sending love to you and your family. XXXX

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