Thursday, 3 May 2012

Rainbow chest.

This is from a long time again, so long ago, I almost shouldn't really be posting it, but I wanted to share it with you because it gave me a great sense of accomplishment. I would have shared sooner, but apart from a couple of days, I've been so busy with other things.

Today, all I have to do is some laundry and to clean the house, so I thought this should take priority as I promised myself I'd upload it as soon as I had internet, and it's been nearly a week since that happened, so here we go...

This chest was originally from Ikea, we've had two for as long as I can remember, and have usually used them for laundry hampers. Since I moved into my first house at University, this particular chest has followed me to each house since. I've used it mainly for storage and it was looking pretty tired and was (some how) covered in nail polish and stuck-on paper. So, I thought it would be appropriate to give it a makeover before I moved again and it would follow me once more, plus it saved on thinking about laundry hampers.

Everything I bought to do this was from Wilkinson. I was going to paint it all one colour but found out buckets of paint are way to expensive, considering I wouldn't use it all. So I picked up some of Wilkinson's sample sizes, which were £1 each and much better value, mainly because of their size, than branded samples. I did use two yellows in the end, but that's mainly due to the amount I used. Unfortunately I can't remember the names of the paint for you, all I know is the blue colour is called 'Minted' and sadly didn't live up to is minty expectations, but overall went quite well with the other colours anyway.

Paintbrushes, from large to small (for tiny details)
Sanding block
Sandpaper - to get rid of muck and smooth the surface
Masking tape
Warm water

Here is Moon being super-helpful as always, but I did the rest by myself, even putting everything back together!

Even now that she's moved in here, this is still going on, great place for hunting, apparently.

We had a big move around yesterday, so where the chest is at the moment isn't how it is in this photo, but you get the general idea. This was a much easier project than I had anticipated and I've since moved on to painting something else, which I finished yesterday and hopefully won't take as long to share with you. I can't say that enjoyed the painting side of things that much, but the end result of having something new and exactly how I wanted it for a fraction of the cost was such a great feeling.

I'm thinking of having a big revamp elsewhere, and once I have some time to meticulously go over it, I'll be giving my blog a bit of a facelift. Also, don't know if you noticed but I used my tablet for the 'before' and 'after' photos, bit naff, I know but I want to try and use it more. I've had my Wacom tablet for years but never really used it due to lack of space, now I have tons of space so I thought I'd whip it out - it took me so long to do these that neither of the words mean anything to me anymore. I hope to practice and use different techniques to get better, I know it will take a bit of getting use to though.
Have you done any fun DIY projects lately?


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