You might be getting a little bored with my posts lately, as they all seem to be DIY makeovers of the Ikea kind!
But before I move on to the makeover, you’ll remember I told you a few posts back how I planted some Ice Berg and David Austin roses at the front of our property. Well, they were doing really well, until a few days after I had planted them, I noticed one of the stems at the base had been twisted in an effort to tear off one of the branches from the iceberg roses. Whoever did this didn't manage to sever it because rose stems are hardly things, but sadly, it was too far gone for me to save it so I had to cut it off...including the buds! Last Friday afternoon I noticed the base stem of one of my David Austin roses laying limp and prostate on the soil and realised once again some wicked minded person had once again damaged my roses! It seems like it is the same person as the damage is the same on both rose bushes. I cannot tell you how annoyed I was at finding this and how so utterly despondent it makes me feel! I waited until hubby came home and convinced him reluctantly to dig up the roses from the front and place in the tiny garden at the back where hopefully they will be able to thrive without being vandalised! They seem to have settled rather nicely with their leaves looking all perky and with the recent rain I do hope they flourish! Anyway, that is my moan for the week, so now swiftly moving on to my latest DIY.
Last weekend we wallpapered Angelgirl’s guest room, ready for her friend who is coming to visit from South Africa in a few weeks’ time. She wanted something with a subtle and sophisticated pattern and nothing too garish. We were also thinking of replacing the bedside cabinet which was very ordinary looking and rather too small for the bed. I saw a few on Joss and Main and really liked the brass and glass look but they were either a bit too short in height for the bed or they were more than I was hoping to pay. So I hopped on over to Ikea yet again and saw a round glass topped table for £25 that I thought would be perfect and wouldn't cost me my weekly shop! I do love a brass and glass table, and this was perfect for a DIY Ikea hack.
Initially I was concerned that the gold spray paint would ruin the look, but I am glad I went ahead because I love how it’s turned out. And by the way, I’m still using the same can of Montana Gold spray paint that I've used several times now and I also sprayed the four tiny black foam stickers the glass rests on so you don’t see any black at all. It has a rather French feel to it, nudged on no doubt by the little gold Eiffel tower next to the pot of lovely faux flowers. We’re still playing around with table lamps swapping them out with others that are already in her house, and we thought this black and chrome one actually suited the style of the bedroom even though it’s a different metal but I’m in two minds whether it should stay or not. I didn't want to completely overkill the brass effect and have another DIY brass like lamp in this room, so this way it looks less contrived. We threw down a faux sheepskin on the floor to increase the cosy factor ever mindful that this is a rarely used bedroom and to be budget conscious. I’d love to see a large sunburst style mirror over the bed or just above the table but I don’t think Angelgirl wants anything else in that room. I've already had to restrain myself from banging a few nails in and hanging some artwork as daughter does not enjoy art on the walls as much as her mother does but with the new Command Strips, I might just be able to twist her arm!
At the moment the bedding is all vintage with lots of florals and has a slightly vintage glam girl look, but it’s probably going to be changed for crisp white with a few colourful cushions.
Here's what we started with:
And here's what we ended up with:
So a small resource list:
- Metal and glass table £25 Ikea
- Faux sheep skin £10 Ikea
- Little Eiffel Tower - Paris
- Pale pink Fur cushion on bed - Matalan £14
- Small floral cushion - vintage Sanderson fabric
- Floral Duvet - Amazon
- Wallpaper from The Decor Shop, Cosham Portsmouth
Have a great week!