Friday, 13 July 2012

It's been a while!!!

Yikes, has it really been ten days since I posted anything on my blog? I've been a tad busy with a paint brush.....painting my kitchen. I thought it would take me three days at the wrong can you be??? The kitchen was a very pale grey colour and I decided it was time for a big splash of does lime green sound? I can hear you all groaning  and mumbling to yourself "what was she thinking?" Actually, at first, I think Mark thought I had completely lost the plot but he's sooooo laid back about everything  he just said you choose the know what you're doing!!!! I have quite a reasonable size kitchen and thought that lime green on every wall may be a bit too much, even for me, so I got a much paler green for some of the walls. The lime green went up a treat....only one coat needed.....perfect! Started on the pale green and didn't like it! The glare from the lime green made it look yellow!!! I'm not really a lover of yellow so I had another trip to B&Q for an alternative colour. I decided to go really's almost magnolia. I really liked the idea of lime, cream and dark brown accessories......just one tiny took three coats of cream paint to cover the pale grey.......I was not amused!!! Anyways, painting is all finished now, just waiting for Mark to put up my new blinds.

I have spent the rest of the week making stuff to hang on one of my cream walls which has been a lot more fun than painting them!!! I found some really cool  pictures that I wanted to hang but I also needed to bring the green in somehow, so I had the idea that I should paint squares of lime green behind the things I wanted to hang.....kind of like a frame....really like how it turned out.

The picture on the left is actually glass so you can see the green through it and the map on the right has a border of green around it. I think my giant ampersand has to be my favourite thing though. It's made from mdf and I covered it with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and Tissue Tape before watering down my lime green paint which I used to wash over it. THink I may make a little something to sit on the flat part of the ampersand.

Phew, I'm a bit weary....not used to all the physical work but I am really pleased it's done, it looks so different.

And now for something completely different! I had a conversation with the lovely Karen this week and amongst other things we were chatting about my classes and something came to light that I feel I need to clarify. If you are interested in booking one of my classes, you do not have to have a PayPal account to book a class. Payment can be made through PayPal either from a PayPal account or using your own credit or debit card. It appears that a few people have been deterred from booking simply because of this. If you are one of those people, it really is easy to book but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at and I will be happy to answer your queries for you. With that in mind, a quick plug.....there are a few spaces on here for the details if you are interested.

I hope you all have a wonderful weeknd and let's hope we get some sunshine soon.


Helen said...

the kitchen looks great - it also looks as if it is very spacious, not just reasonably sized!!I love the poster to the left of your ampersand (which is gorgeous!) - great sayings!
Hope you see some sunshine this weekend - Sunday, apparently....

Anonymous said...

Well, Lin, it was well worth all the hard work and paint layers. The wall looks gorgeous, and the things you've put up look stunning. Good ol' Mark -- what a gem! I bet he thinks it's super now it's finished.
Now you need some green plates, cutlery, tablecloths . . . and your lovely new curtains! All that and then you won't know what to do with all the time you have on your hands . . . . . start on another room, maybe? Ha!!!
Love - Sally xo

Samantha Elliott said...

Isn't green supposed to be a relaxing colour - hence the Green Room? I am liking the colour. Not sure it would go with ours until the awful 1970s orange flower tiles are down....!

Doone said...

I think using wall(s) as your canvas is essential to all artists, and you have really showcased your skills,

love the green, the ampersand really links it all together and the border is inspired - brilliant


Sue C said...

Fantastic job on the kitchen Lin ! love the colour, I'm a big fan of green in any shade and the ampersan is fantastic ! Just in the middle of decorating our kitchen too ! Sue C x

Anonymous said...

I love the ampersand! The green edges the pieces perfectly & they look beautiful against the cream (magnolia??) wall.

Mikki B said...

I trust that it was all fresco paint lol

Kezzy said...

wow gorgeous kitchen, love the colours and fab idea painting the borders around the pictures, and the left one looks so cool, I thought the actual thing was green, not glass with green behind, amazing. I have to admit I hate painting but seeing how yours has turned out makes me think I bet all the sweat was worth it lol. Kerry x