Sunday, 21 February 2010

Jobs Done

Finally the painting is finished in our hall and I have a lovely blank canvas to play with. This has been a long job but was worth the wait. We chose a range of Farrow and Ball whites to make the hall as light as possible and Mr Cornerhouse changed all of the switches for lovely brass ones from Olivers Lighting.

He framed this 1930s print I have had for ages and limed the old frame.

We found this rusty old cast iron doorstop a few months back. Mr Cornerhouse decided it was going to be a little project. He spotted the similarity with the light house in the Cath Kidston wallpaper in our bathroom . He stripped it and repainted it with colours as close a match as possible to the Cath Kidston colours.

Here is the finished item looking much better. I know you shouldn't really repaint old doorstops but it was in a terrible state and wasn't a valuable one.

This is a lovely old wooden clothes horse I saw advertised on Freecycle last week. I already have my grandma's old one which I use every day. I thought this would be good for displaying linens. If you haven't heard of Freecycle go and have a look at the website and register for your local one. It is a brilliant idea and over the years I have enjoyed giving as well as receiving from people local to myself. The idea is to keep things out of landfill and to recycle instead. You advertise for things you want or for things you want to offer. No money changes hands and you are encouraged to to keep it as local as possible to reduce the need to drive any distance.

These were a great bargain last week, £1.20 in the local Red cross shop. They are a brand new unused packet of Bluebell drawer liners, they are in the Cath Kidston current collection and sell for around £10.

This is a lovely crocheted blanket I found in a charity shop this week. It looks great after a gentle wash and reminds me of one I had on my bed when I was a little girl.

I found a few new treasures for the Easter Vintage Fair in Northampton. These are a great 1950s set of lemonade jug and six glasses in wonderful condition. I think they look very Cath Kidston in style with frosted pink and pretty sprigs of flowers.

I have a bit of a weakness for baskets, this is one of two I bought this week. The painting of pansies is really pretty and the linen tea cosy is very sweet.

As it is an Easter fair I have been keeping my eyes open for vintage Easter goodies. I love the double egg cup with rose decoration.


sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

what lovely finds, all very pretty. The doorstop looks great and your newly decorated hall, with attractive stained glass windows. Best wishes, Lesley

Sal said...

Lovely vintagey bits..and how could anyone get rid of the CK drawer liners?!!
;-) said...

Your hallway is gorgeous! I love the light switches! suzie. xxx

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

The hall looks great - a pat on the back for Mr Cornerhouse!!!
Love the jug and glasses - might treat myself to them at the fair would look great serving lemonade in the new garden when you come for a drink.

MelMel said...

OOOOhhhhh, what afntastic amount of the light house....the CK's draw liners, what brill bargain find!

I lovely lovely post!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Your hall looks lovely spacious. You have brought back some beautiful things, I particularly like the jug/glasses, the pansies picture and the sweetpeas picture!

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Ticking stripes said...

Wow - great finds - i don't know how you do it - you must have a much better selection of charity shops! The hall looks great - you can't beat F&B paint. And is that a Jan Constantine cushion I spy - lucky you!

bellaboo said...

Love the hall and the pretty stained glass windows.You have found some wonderful things.I have one of those old clothes horses in my bedroom for my vintage linens too.Will go and look up the freecycle website now,what a great idea!

Bellaboo :o)

melanie said...

What a feast for the eyes, such lovely goodies. I love the wooden clothes horse and the CK liners. xxx

vintage flair1 said...

Your hallway is gorgeous!
And what lovely finds,love the basket and the pansies picture.
Take care
Bridie x

Thecraftytrundler said...

Your hall is gorgeous!!How I love that stained glass!!
What fantastic finds too! I'm really looking forward to the fair. Will have to see if I can get a helper, so I can look, and take more pics!!
Have a lovely week : )

Sharon xx

Kissed by an Angel said...

Your hall look fabulous - a job well done!!!
What lovely things you found!!!

Andi's English Attic said...

Your hall looks great. The lighthouse isn't spoilt at all. It's yours now and you can do what you want with it. I've heard of Freecycle but not investigated yet. Perhaps I will. I love the basket with the flowers on. xx

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I just adore your hallway. Really elegant.

LissyLou said...

i love your hall and that beautiful picture x

Lisa said...

Your hallway looks great and I think your husband did a fab job with that doorstop!
I bet that jug and glasses set will be snapped up it's so pretty.
Lisa x

Country Style Living said...

Love the windows in your hallway, the hallway has lot's of character. All your finds are great, but the lighthouse is lovely and looks great painted.