On Sunday, we returned from our honeymoon.
I think that normal people go on their honeymoon to relax and absorb the madness that was their wedding day, spending quality time together before they return home to commence married life. At least, I always imagine that as the purpose of a honeymoon.
Instead, we chose to spend a week on an intensive group surfing holiday in Portugal, from which we have both returned utterly shattered, battered and bruised.
It was amazing. I can’t begin to think how BORED we would have been lounging around in luxury for a week – not us at all!
A big thank you to John and Andi from Surf South West who were our instructors for the week; they took us to fantastic restaurants, cooked us delicious BBQ fodder, put up with our terrible surfing and generally saw to it that we all had a great time. I’ll share photos soon, meanwhile Chris is already planning next year’s trip to Sri Lanka!
Refurbished Hall Table in Flow Blue
If you follow me on Facebook, you may already have seen that I had been renovating a hall table using Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. As usual, I got over excited and started painting before I had taken a ‘before’ picture, but if you can imagine that the whole piece was the same colour as the top and the drawer.
It was nice, but a little tame. I had a sample portion of Flow Blue paint powder, which I thought would match the deep wood colour of the top and drawer nicely. Here she is two coats in (showcasing a nice little jamjar of pinks there too):
The real beauty of milk paint is that it ‘chips’ like nobody’s business when you apply it to a shiny surface. This table had been varnished so was ripe for a deliciously chippy finish.
I also wanted to make the sweet little rosebud handle on the drawer stand out, so I painted it in Ironstone to make a real feature of it. The painted parts of the piece were finished off with beeswax for protection, and the top was given a spot of hemp oil to revive the shine.
It’s going to be a tough piece to let go of. If I don’t have a meltdown and secretly stash it in the workshop, it will be in the shop from tomorrow.
Farmhouse Pine Stool in Ironstone
Another piece I’ve been working on is this little pine kitchen stool, which was pretty uninspiring to look at when I picked it up; so much so that Claire wrinkled up her nose when I was getting it out of the car and said ‘urgh, what is that?! It has legs like pineapples.’ Point taken.
It may be the classic solution, but to me this poor little stool just needed to be given white legs. I flirted with the idea of painting the top, but once I’d done the legs it was pretty evident that it would be some sort of crime to the furniture gods if I were to paint the top as well, so I just gave it a splash of oil to revive it a little. Here she is now:
The stool will also be coming with me to the shop tomorrow, when I will be dropping off a few new items, including some cute vintage toothpaste pots and a swan butter stamp. The shop will be getting a bit of a makeover over the next few weeks as I rearrange into my new, larger space, so please bear with me if it isn’t looking 100% beautiful at all times.
I have an exciting weekend ahead of me as we head to our hometown for a bit of a multi-purpose visit. I’ll be flitting around picking up stock I’ve ordered for the shop, Chris will be helping his mum decorate her new house and then we’ll be both be stopping by at the Melting House, my mum’s new luxury chocolate shop in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, for a fresh hot chocolate and a homemade truffle.
I suspect we’ll be coming away with carrier bags full!