Beach Cottage Bead Boarding & Old Vintage Finds
Mon 1st, Feb, 2010
You see that beadboarding? It’s not Skye is it? It’s not even Castle Grey.
You know what?
Its right on Dulux White on White.
Sorry if I wasted your time, especially all those who left Lurkdom to let me know what they thought.
You see, I blame it all on Tricia my lovely friend from Coastal Cushions who visited me here on the beaches and later sent me some inspiring shots of beading and then I settled down the other day with an old copy of Coastal Living (kindly sent to me courtesy of them, here, every month) and was taken in by a lovely old cottage in New York with beading and white everywhere.
And I lusted after those photos, and looked at my faux panels from the trip to Bunnings and our cock-eyed attempts at getting it on the wall.
And then I looked back at the photos and back at the slices of grey on the walls.
And I hastily opened that tin of White on White, breathed in its heavy aroma of pure, white indulgence, dived on in and started painting….
Here I am then, three coats later and it still is not finished. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to do more than two coats on anything. You see it’s always best to take one’s own advice and use Zinsser Primer, one’s tried and tested formula to get things done well and quickly. But intoxicated by the white I really was too impatient to go out and get it (such a long walk down to the garage)
After these three coats I wasn’t sure again. Perhaps yes the Silver Skye with a dollop of white…and so I decided to preview the look I love…old vintage furniture with a faded patina money certainly cannot buy, against a backdrop of white, a hint of coastal, a hint of an old wood clad Queenslander
As I grabbed the old chair and a vintage treasure, recently found, that was lying around, a small stylist happened to be passing by, “I think you need this there” he proclaimed and set the small candle beside that green bottle.
,,,you know, it’s a funny old life, ‘cos this little guy is often the one that sets the table round here, and if you remember the day the Beach Cottage Witch had a hissy fit and flew off on her broomstick, he was the one in charge of tablescaping
…and he’ll often make me a little vignette and say “whaddya think of that mummy?” and I have to swallow cos I think, he’s the most unlikely character for this but, gawd, h e l l o, that matey is pretty sweet… yesterday I said you know what you’ve got the eye little man, he poohed poohed all such ideas dismissively, eyed me suspiciously and said
“Mum, don’t be ridiculous, you won’t find me wearing a handbag”
and swiftly left the scene pretty much as quickly as he arrived…
and yes I know where he go the handbag comment from re styling and sugar I nearly peed my pants
…and I think I got it right…yeah I’m telling you I am loving that white…
I need another trip to Bunnings to think about what goes on top…first of all I wanted nothing thinking it would be better suited to my taste left plain and sorta flat, now seeing as I change my mind almost hourly I have decided I want a complete turnaround, more boat-deck-inspired wood around this place and will be searching out the chunkiest, but plainest thing I can find…that I’m sure will be an escapade not for the light of heart…
and so it’s over and out from the Beaches…all is well, it’s Sunday so we are having a roast, think I’ll probably do it on the barbie, I’m just about to start on a list of jobs for that Beach Cottage Crew when they come back from the beach before I self-combust in this place…do you think I could get away with these Pink Jobs on the Boys’ Blue List??
1. clean oven 2. iron bedding (yep it’s a strange English thing) 3. clean out fridge
Or shall I just put…trip to Bunnings for FLOOR to CEILING bead board for the Sitting Room??
heehee, my life is just SO out there…
catch ya later Beach Chicks
vintage chair : garage sale
old tool box : treasure hunting
white rug : IKEA
candles & pot: IKEA
white pillar candle : Freedom
vintage bottle : Vinnies
scruffy old shorts with boy dirt : priceless