Weekend Project: Upcycled bar stools

Weekend Project: Upcycled bar stools

It’s always good to fit in a quick project at the weekend for that feel good sense of achievement! When I should have been painting my walls (still not done) I turned my attention to two dated and rather plain bar stools that were left at our house by the previous owner. They were definitely in need of a make-over and I knew it could be achieved in just a couple of hours (plus drying time). Here was my inspiration picture – apologies as I don’t have the original source for this “after” picture! I love the dip dye effect and the colours are just about right for a coastal feel. I had some small pots of paint left over from previous projects and grabbed what I had in white and blue. The stools were in pretty good condition but I did give them a quick wash and a light sand and then taped them off. I started with the lighter off-white colour, let that dry for an hour and then re-taped for the blue! This can easily be done in a day – and you can get on with other jobs (or sit and have a cup of tea / glass of wine) whilst the paint is drying – perfect in the sunny weather we are having! I used a cardboard stencil and tape to mark off the area for the star and it isn’t as neat as it could be – but it will work for me! I am still contemplating stripes on top of the white topped stool but actually quite like the simplicity as it...
Is your interior design style eclectic?

Is your interior design style eclectic?

I love an eclectic feel in my own home – and more and more we hear people describing their design taste or interior design style as “eclectic” but what does that really mean? My understanding of eclectic is that it means you select or derive your ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. In terms of eclectic interior design that could mean that you love the Queen Anne chair that your grandmother gave to you, and are quite happy for it to sit alongside your mid-century sofa and industrial style side-board. Using this interpretation would mean that one persons eclectic interior looks very different to another – as we all choose the individual elements that we love and appeal to us! And that is what I love about eclectic style – that it is fun and quirky and above all can really tell you something about the people who live in a home and what appeals to them! I love getting packages in the post  -and even more so when they are new pattern books. The Ephemera pattern book from Linwood arrived recently and I could barely contain my excitement – I want to use just about every fabric and I’m on the look out for interior design schemes where they might work. The looks that these fabrics achieve would definitely add an eclectic feel – especially when used in unusual ways! It’s also about the items you collect and how you curate them in your interior. Here’s an example – an industrial feel white locker sideboard on which sits 19th century candle snuffer and cheese...