Sunday, November 20, 2011

Taking the boring out of cupboard doors

You can alter the look of a piece of furniture just by painting a little decoration onto an otherwise bland cupboard door and many of these have panels and features that are crying out for a little embellishment.
A boring white cupboard looks fresh and pretty.

This was a plain white cupboard with a narrow, beaded panel on each door. First off, I dragged the background of the panel with a soft moss green glaze.
When this had dried, I stencilled a repeat pattern of stylised daisies on each door and finished the whole effect with a tiny daisy on each door handle.
A closer look at the stencilled door
Here is a similar idea using a lavender stencil also on a panelled door. This time I painted the beading as well to frame the design.

For lots more ideas have a look at my book on Stencils and Stencilling.

Stencils and Stencilling for great stencil ideas

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Beach house garland

Summer is coming and with the festive season fast approaching I thought I would try my hand at making a holiday wreath from all my finds on the beach.
I chose shells with mother of pearl showing, kelp, tiny crabs and everlasting flowers. The "holly" is seaweed sprayed white!
Everything, apart from the ribbon and the fixing materials has been picked up and carefully selected from our coastline.

Shells, everlasting spring flowers, kelp and seaweed make a festive garland for a beach house.

To see more beach house decor ideas go to Nautical but nice


Maya @ Completely Coastal said...
Absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks for letting me know! Have a wonderful Holiday!
Anonymous said...
Love it! As an expat Cape Town girl I can appreciate summer down there:) Wish I had that wreath here, mind you!
Wendy said: Yes it looks as if summer has finally arrived. Beach weather at last!
Maya @ Completely Coastal said...
Oh, I posted your wreath on my FB page and will surely feature it on Completely Coastal too. Really (really) love it! You can join me on facebook if you wish: Completely Coastal Facebook Page.
Wendy said...
Thanks Maya, that would be great!