Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Finishing Line...

Hi folks...I'm in a bit of a hoop-de-doo mood this morning...the finishing line is finally in sight but before the last 2 doors get their glossy overcoat...I had to find a solution for a big problem...this is the only route to the kitchen and garden...sticky paint...the Furry Boy and the billions of hairs he sheds in the course of a day do not go well together...a great big logistical dilemma calling for desperate measures...a dog friendly NO THROUGH ROAD sign ...after all he's not too hot in the reading department...fingers crossed he gets the message that traffic is temporarily diverted out the front door and through the garage and doesn't try to crawl under it or heaven forbid if he's in daft Goldie mode try to hurdle my make shift obstacle...
Next dilemma...can't paint the walls until the doors are dry and watching paint dry is not one of my favourite pastimes...can you believe I'm now toying with the idea of giving this old pine bookcase a bit of an "Annie Sloan" make-over...yet another mad as a box of frogs idea that popped into my head...seems I've been well and truly bitten by the paint everything in sight bug.
Which begs the question...will I ever manage to prise the paintbrush from my hand and make it back to the cubbyhole to my proper day job...much more fun and not nearly as messy. I do hope so because the pile of craft worky stuff has grown to Everest proportions whilst I've been playing Grand Designs and if all goes to plan...I'm intending locking myself away for a week of frantic catch up crafting and maybe then I can have some "me having fun" playtime with the happy mail parcels that arrived whilst I've been otherwise engaged...including this delicious bundle of goodies that Penny Black and my lovely buddy Jill Avery Foster sent me to play with...
Thanks folks for your kind generosity...I'm itching to get out the ink pads and have some Penny Black fun...if that's not an incentive to crack on and nail the DIY deadline...I don't know what is.
The Friday girls came up trumps on our "bits and pieces" shopping trip yesterday and I'll be sharing once the room has been dressed...that's just Interior Design speak for hanging the curtains (another of my least favourite pastimes) and plumping the cushions.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

16 comments:

Paper Junkie said...

I'm sure Buddy's detour will work out - he's a bright boy! As for the pine bookcase - I did this to a sideboard and corner cupboard a while back... rubbed it down to get rid of all the old varnish, gave it a coat of some slightly diluted white emulsion, ( it still shows the lovely wood grain and takes on a rosy glow), and seal it all with bees wax polish. I love mine even after 6 years. If you want a more distressed look you can rub it back in places to show the more of the wood. Good luck with the remaining doors and so pleased that Crown came up trumps. X

May said...

Hi Kath, I've just ordered some Annie Sloan paint & wax for a pine wardrobe & chest of drawers in my spare bedroom... they call it ladies paint!!!! as you need no prep no rubbing down etc... I watched the videos on you-tube which made my mind up to have a go with it...I bought the original paint but some of the colours are amazing... Love all your goodies from Penny Black..Have a great weekend Hugs May x x x

Redanne said...

You really are a glutton for punishment but funnily enough D1 and GD1 are about to do exactly the same..... Loving your new bumper bundle of PB stamps, I have seen the elegant lady one used and it is beautiful, love the word blocks too. I think you are going to have a wonderful time with your new goodies. Good luck reaching the finishing line with the painting (and with the Buddy blocker!). Hugs, Anne x

NGCARDS said...

I think the idea to give the bookcase a makeover is a great one, it'l look fab! xxx

Irene said...

Do you think the chair is barriere enough for Buddy..fingers X-ed *lol*!!!
Yummy goodies to play with again, am curious what you'll show us !!

xx Irene

Jane said...

Looking good Kath and I hope the chair works...! What a gorgeous pile of stash arrived...you will have fun playing with it x

rachel said...

wonderful looking stash kath - have fun with the painting xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah well done Kath - I always find the finish much harder than the start, so am full oif admiration..and you're right - there is a rather yummy incentive involved. Am sure hoping that Buddy doesn't think the chair is just a challenge!!

Paula (PEP) said...

Hope buddy gets the message. Have fun with the new toys too.
Paula (PEP)

Cheryl W. said...

I've really enjoyed reading about your DIY adventures. The walls and doors--not to mention the kitchen--are all looking spectacular! That new pile of stamps looks awesome. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Kath whoopee the home straight I can almost see you smiling from down here in Blackpool! Now your barricade doesn't look very sturdy to me and I am sure if Buddy gets it in his mind he would just shove right past that!! Susan x

craftyfoxglove said...

I like the barricade idea Hopefully Buddy doesn't try to squeeze past it! I wouldn't want to stand still in your house for too long - it's like the old army adage 'if it moves salute it, if it stays still paint it'!
Have a great weekend playing with your new toys, Valxxx

judkajudi said...

You are like the Energizer Bunny!!

Kat said...

Hope the last of the painting went well Kath. Not one of my favourite jobs, I think I'm too hashy for painting!! Hope you managed to keep Buddy from getting painty, I think I'd have to banish my two furry boys completely. Especially since they're casting just now.

Can't wait to see what you make with those lovely PB stamps.

Kat xx

Stella said...

You must be on the home straight now Kath. It's all lookin' good. X

Ineke van den Akker said...

Ohhh, just love this!

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