Monday, 25 May 2015

Pastel color painted chairs DIY


I love creating pretty things and extending the lives of pre-loved old items. These chairs are almost 20 years old. We got them when we moved into my parents house (28 years ago). I have painted the mint coloured over a year ago and I have been using it at my desk the whole time. As I stumbled upon the other three chairs, I knew I had to do something about their appearances as well.

The chairs are old, not perfect looking, one had a wonky leg as well. I had to wipe the cobwebs and dust the old dirt off them. Then I sandpapered the surface so the paint adheres better.

BEFORE PAINTING

BEFORE PAINTING

For the painting, I have used acrylic paint which I have mixed with a liquid pigment for acrylic colours. When I was buying the paint, a shop assistant advised me that the paint should resist some rain as well. The turquoise / mint coloured chair and the light blue one come from the same pigment bottle. For the lighter one, I have only added few drops of the pigment for a gentle looking shade.

THE TABLE IS MY NEXT PROJECT
I must admit that I caught a bit of a painting fever. I painted lots of other things that day, like an old basin that I have found in the shed.

The table was sandpapered and is to be painted as well. I might try the peeling paint effect. This table is even older than the chairs.

As you can see, I had a little helper. My chocolate wouldn't leave me alone and at the end of the day, few of his whiskers, ear, back and mouth were coloured with different shades of paint. Luckily I washed it off.

DETAILED VIEW OF THE OLD TABLE AND MY LITTLE HELPER
 It took me two coats of paint on all of the chairs to make the colour look even. I have used an extra coat for the seating part of the chair.

TESTING THE PAINT
The kennel and the yellow chair were painted with the same batch of paint. I wanted to try a yellow shade which is perfect for the summer. The kennel was painted pale blueish before and after two coats it turned out to look nicely and the old paint was covered completely.

LITTLE HELPER'S HOME WITH A NEW SUMMER LOOK 

Some of the chairs will be moved into my new home next month and there are few more painting projects that I have already planned ahead. I need to buy one more kennel for the Chocolate darling, there is one more chair left to be painted (I'm thinking salmon pink), the old table above and couple of stackable tables.   :-) 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

It would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry tree



"It would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry tree all white in bloom in the moonshine" said Anne. The taller this tree grows each year, the more adorable cherry blossoms grow on its branches. This is what it looked like two years ago when my puppy was young.




I feel really lucky to have this magnificent tree in the backyard. I hope it will grow old and tall and will stand in the garden for many years to come.



Our cherry tree was planted the same year as I left for Australia in 2006. It has changed the appearance of the garden. It looked so much different when I moved back home after 6 years away.



The change was for better as it has added so much more character to the garden. It has more gardenish look now. I believe that every garden should have an old fruit tree. I always dreamed of having a tree house. And now that I am thinking, the house we are moving into next month DOES have a tree house!  :-)




Monday, 27 April 2015

I am not cooking tonight

I enjoy staying in for a dinner every now and then. Especially if it is not my turn to cook. :-P. (Just to be clear, I hung the washing after chilling in a bed for 5 minutes, so I am not entirely lazy!)




It was a beautiful evening lit with a setting sun on a clear sky. You can see almost every Bratislava landmark from this apartment. There is castle on one hill, Slavin cemetery monument on another and then there is TV Kamzik tower. You can also see famous UFO bar on the SNP bridge over Danube.
Sometimes it's not just the magnificent views you can enjoy. There is a Philharmonic hall (Reduta) just round a corner and you can hear the live classical music quite often.

Bratislava Castle

SNP Bridge

Slavin Cemetery and Kamzik Tower

We can watch the sunsets over the castle every night. The castle is just opposite a living room, at a palm of your hand. I will miss this view once we move out.

I played with my iPad mini while waiting for the meal to be ready. I made a salad as well. TV dinner (with Dr. Frasier Crane) of thin macarons with red sauce and sausage was ready in no time.










Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Green thumbs


I am so happy to live in a country where you have four seasons. You do not appreciate a geographical seasonality until you experience Spring rush in. It is as if one day you just wake up and BAM! New green grass on the ground, soft new green leaves on the previously bare tree branches and delicate petals blushing in the garden beds.

Me and my sister prepared a small garden patch where we want to grow our own flowers. From scratch I might add (or more like from seeds). We have been planning it for a bit, garden patch sketches and all and we have really high hopes for lots of flowers, tall and short that we wish to grow.

If everything goes well, we should have fresh flowers all colours growing from May until September! Photos to come of course. :-)



Friday, 17 April 2015

What we did today {32}






I have worked from home today (one perk of my job that allows me to do so) and that means I could spend some time with my chocolate darling.




Even though it was raining I did enjoy our playing in a spring garden. Spring rains are so much nicer and do not count like the same way as winter ones.





Everything is in bloom. Magnolias, daffodils, tulips, cherries, dandelions and many more. The grass is taller and lush green. I love seeing the nature coming to new life in full force.




Maybe me and chocolate darling could go for a walk in the vineyards on the hills. There are lots of blossoming bushes with delicate petals that just call to be photographed.