Wednesday, 22 July 2009

new additions to the family

hi all

i feel like Ive not posted a blog for ages, i have been logging on and having a read of all your lovely blogs but i just haven't felt like writing much myself

i think i feel more inspired when the weather is nice and we have had such awful weather of late that i just haven't been in the mood!

i mean can anyone tell me were the sun has gone.. do you think we should file a missing persons report on it. I'm missing it a lot!!
saying that there was at least 15 mins continuous sunshine this afternoon which i took full advantage of so that touch of vitamin c must have broken my bloggers block!!

anyways i thought i would show you the newest additions to the pretty vintage family !!

all from the amazing freecycle website honestly my house has been practically furnished from this website, the quality of things that people would otherwise be taking to the tip is amazing

theres nothing that a bit of love and a tin of paint cant do is there!!

i have been wanting this style of dining chair for ages, i had been watching on ebay for them but they always went for more than i was willing to pay for, seeing them at the flea market but not being able to get home with them as I'm on the bus! i got four of these gorgeous farmhouse kitchen style chairs last week

i plan to paint them like i had painted my other dining chairs in red, pink, lemon and I'm thinking a nice mossy green, i have to admit to being a little nervous of painting them as the wood is such good quality but i do find the wood along side my table and pew a little boring!!
my sister thinks I'm mad to paint them but they were free and i will be extra careful painting them!!..

then i got three lovely chairs off freecycle again this week, i knew i had to have them the minute i saw the email in my inbox as the person had put "3 shabby chic chairs!" off hubby went again in the car to pick them up uttering the last famous words " were are you going to put these, we do not need any more furniture!!" so they came back to me and they were bright yellow!!

but i loved the shape of them

i got some little tester pots from b&q and just painted two of them and put a clear varnish over the top so that they can withstand a little knocking!...i have fallen in love with the red paint that i used its only a b&q own one called cherry red but i think its gorgeous

i found this bit of Rosali fabric in my linen cupboard now at the minute its clinging on to dear life on the chair pads until i can buy a new staple gun !!.. so i don't think the chairs look their best yet but once the pads are covered properly i think they'll look smashing

i still have yet to do the 3rd one but I'm not sure were this chair is going to live yet, so the colour is yet to be decided!! but i love the shape of this one even more, really vintagey looking, I'm thinking shall i keep it in my bedroom or perhaps put it in the bathroom with a jug and bowl on?? we'll see.. sometimes things just find a natural home of their own in the house don't they, i find they do!

now here is the newest addition to the family.. she came today!

its the lovely singer of the singer sewing machine family!!!....she has come to work for us!!

this again is another freecycle gift, i have had this for a few months but when the hubby picked it up it needed restoring as it was in a real mess, so he took it to his work ( he works in a big ol workshop type place! ) and gave her a good clean, re-veneered the top, galvanised and repainted all the metal work and brought her home today..

i love it.. i keep looking at it and i have even found the perfect home for my holiday lamp i bought the other week, so it was meant to be!!!

so there you go a few bits to keep me going for the next few weeks!!!.. my chairs are going to take a bit longer to do because i want to do them right and although the look is "shabby chic" i don't want to do my usual "slapdash chic!" on them as i think they deserve a bit more than that!!
having read back this post.. am i the only person who refers to furniture like people.. i think I'm getting more weird by the day!!


  1. Oh those chairs are all just gorgeous. Love the red coloured one! And what a great find that sewing machine, not jealous at all ;o) Lovely stuff x

  2. ooh Charley you have found some brilliant bargains on freecycle, can't believe someone gave away the singer!! I think you should do the other chair pink or cream, but I love the red! Gorgeous! X

  3. WOW you have found some amazing things on freecycle

  4. Freecycle is fab isn't it? I keep looking but forget I have no car atm to pick things up - argh!

    I adore the yellow chair :O)