Saturday, 18 October 2014

DIY Gold Accessories

I've had a busy few weeks, which is why I haven’t blogged for a while. My parents came for a visit from South Africa and Honeybee arrived home from the USA after 3 ½ months away along with bags and bags of dirty laundry – my washing machine is working overtime and I think about to spin itself out of the room!  And yes, she had an AMAZING time.  With no job as yet, she has time to think about what she wants to do for her future, and how being away has shaped her spiritually and emotionally…she's been asked to go back next year, so who knows what the future holds…it’s all one big adventure!  And to top it all off, we attended her graduation ceremony yesterday at Winchester feet just don't know how to cope in high heels anymore!

And talking of the dining room design, thank you for your lovely comments and welcome to new followers Jody and Stan!  

I had a lot of fun doing the entire dining room project.  Sourcing the right décor items for a particular space takes time and patience, and as I’ve mentioned before you can’t and shouldn’t source everything from the same place. It took me several months to find the right objects I was looking for.  And sometimes you don’t always find what you’re looking for, when you want it, which means you need to just step back and pause and when you do that sometimes you get an ‘Ah ha’ moment, an idea that’s so simple, so effective, it’s quite literally child’s play!

At the moment I am quite obsessed with spraying everything gold…ever since I glammed up this shelf and realised how simple it was and how something as easy as gold spray paint can change an off the shelf item into something unique.  So I started to think about other things to spray.   I wanted to inject a whimsical element in the dining room, something a little quirky and off centre, and I really love Abigail Ahern’s gold rabbit money box here but it wasn’t quite right for the tropical feel in the dining room, and so I started thinking about the dining room and palm trees, balmy weather and heat and finally stopped at South Africa, which is where I used to live.  The Big Five are what most people associate with Africa, along with thinking that we have lions roaming on the streets…but that’s a whole other story…anyhow I love elephants, they are such large graceful animals … and so I sourced an African elephant online (now you’re thinking how do I know it’s an African Elephant and not an Asian elephant yes?  It’s all in the ears darling, the ears…they are bigger on African elephants!)  He’s a mighty fine specimen if I may say so… and his role is to stand guard on the bar cart and look impressive, heavy and GOLD….

All you need is a little gold spray paint - I used RustOleums's Metallic gold Spray paint.  Give it two coats, leaving it to dry in between coats.
and this is how he looked before I got hold of him....I bought him on Amazon.

With my high heels back in the closet where they belong, I'm planning on doing absolutely nothing this weekend except walking around barefoot!

'Till next time!