Aosom helps to brighten up your outdoor space

Cherry
THIS POST HAS KINDLY BEEN SPONSORED BY  AOSOM.

Aosom UK, or as it’s pronounced, ‘Awesome’ stocks a huge range of homeware, kitchen, garden and outdoor, pet, office and car products to the U.K. and Ireland.  I was excited to collaborate with ‘Aosom‘ and learn about their range of products.

 

 

Aosom kindly gifted me this handy folding picnic table bench set plus this gorgeous marquee which means I can make the most of the summer months.  The picnic table and benches are easy to fold and carry so you can take them anywhere and have a picnic.  We have already used it in our garden and we hope to take it out to different locations soon.  The Outsunny Wooden Folding Picnic Table Set with Benches is ideal for outdoor and indoor use or whenever you need an extra table or seating. Perfect for events like camping, parties, weddings etc.  The  bench feels strong and you could easily fit 8 people sitting around the table.

 

The marquee was very impressive as it was so easy to erect – no attaching poles, instead it comes as one frame.  This pop up gazebo is great for family parties, weddings, picnics, sports events, outdoor vendors, craft fairs, job sites and camping trips. This canopy has an high quality powder coated steel frame which has high strength and is suitable for winter time too. The marquee looks beautiful on it’s own but you could easily add some decorations to this depending on your party theme.

 

 

I really recommend Aosom products as they are great quality and are reasonably priced.  If you’re looking for some outdoor seating this summer you will love their huge range of seating from corner sofas to table and chairs.  You will also find an abundance of garden decor too to style your outdoor space, so go take a look and happy styling!

 

 

 

 

 

Renovating a kitchen on a budget

Cherry

This was our kitchen when we moved into our house it was very tired looking and was in desperate need of modernising.  We couldn’t afford to replace the kitchen so we started our mission to renovate it on a low budget. This article will share with you our kitchen renovating tips

1.Change the layout of your cupboards to accommodate new appliances and replace your worktops.

Appliances can really date a kitchen. In our kitchen we had an old white built in cooker so we removed this and replaced it with a classic range cooker and hood.  We removed the built in fridge as it doors opened into the kitchen door and by moving it gave us more kitchen space and made it more accessible.  We picked up a new ceramic sink and oak worktops on Ebay which were a fraction of the price of DIY stores saving us over a thousand pounds!  Wooden worktops give a fresh look and are very hygienic, use Danish oil to treat wooden worktops to keep them looking new.

2. Add feature lighting

In a kitchen it is essential to zone your lighting with a variety of different styles, for example pendant lighting over your table.  Jam Jar lights are a nice feature quirky feature in a kitchen which can be purchased from Lights.co.uk.

3. Changing the tiles and grouting

Our kitchen was covered in cream tiles with white grout which gave the room a dated look.  We purchased these white brick tiles (available in many DIY stores) but to give the room a fresher look we used grey grout.  Not only does it give the tiles a modern look but it hides the dirt and ageing process of the grout brilliantly! Grout does come in more shades than white, do consider grey and cream too to suit your colour scheme.

4. Paint the cupboards and replace kitchen cupboard handles

Our kitchen cupboards were tired, chipped and scratched and had very dated handles.  So we removed all the handles and wood filled the original drilled holes.  We wanted to keep the kitchen cream so we used Vintro Paint in Buckingham which is a chalk paint that is thicker than Annie Sloan paint therefore is better designed for painting kitchen cupboards.  The cupboards took 3 layers of paint and 3 layers of Annie Sloan lacquer to seal it.

Once the paint and lacquer had been finished the handles were replaced with some modern finger pull and shaker handles which are very fitting in our victorian home. A huge range of choice of kitchen handles can be found at Handles4doors.co.uk

5. Wallpaper

A feature piece of wallpaper such as this Sheep paper by Belynda Sharples creates a real talking point within a kitchen.  For a vast range of wallpapers visit I Want Wallpaper.co.uk.

6. Feature furniture

Here at Dickson Vintage we pride ourselves on creating unique bespoke furniture such as a stunning stencilled table or a beautiful Cath Kidston Kitchen shelf.  A statement piece of furniture can be a real talking point in your home.

7. Pictures and accessories

At Dotcomgiftshop there are a huge range of wall signs, this is one of our personal favourites which proudly hangs in our kitchen.  For all other kitchen essentials try the AGA Cookshop.

8. Sourcing good quality blinds and curtains

Sourcing handmade blinds on Ebay, Etsy or a local seamstress can save you hundreds rather than ordering from a big fabric selling shop.

Our final renovation results are pictured below which includes new appliances, sink, worktops, tiling, freshly painted cupboards and walls and more floor space due to change in layout all done on a tight budget. We are very pleased with the results!

Living room

Essential Living room items in key colours: Grey, Teal and Mustard

Cherry

This Autumn make sure you include three key colours to decorate your living room. These are Grey, Teal and Mustard Yellow.  You may choose to decorate your room top to toe in greys creating a homely feel by using a range of rich textures or you may choose to decorate with two or three colours using one as an accent colour, as shown with yellow above.

Whether you are someone who likes a minimalist approach to interior or opulent vintage detail, you will find something appropriate for your living room this season in the following shopping list:

1. Dixie Sofa £1395

Loaf

 

2. Blue & Grey Geo Stripe Throw £65

Oliver Bonas

 

3. Memory Balloon Lights £155.00

John Moncrieff Ltd.

 

4. John Lewis Croft Collection Ribbed Knit Cushion £25.

John Lewis

 

5. Ochre Velvet Cushion £19.50

Marks and Spencer

 

6.ROSKILDE Rug £59.

Ikea

 

7.  Sourced and painted to order vintage furniture starting from £50.

Dickson Vintage

 

8. Morris & Co Seaweed Wallpaper, Cobalt/Thyme £62 per roll.

John Lewis

 

9. Farrow and Ball Elephant’s Breath Paint from £4.25.

Farrow and Ball.

 

10. Grey Rattan Waste Paper Bin £20

Laura Ashley

 

11. Dylan Armchair £399.

Made

 

12. Hand knitted Pouffe £75.

Loaf

 

13. Industrial Metal Letter With LED Lights £25

Notonthehighstreet.com

 

14. Sanderson Dandelion Clocks Lined Eyelet Curtains, Aqua £100-180.

John Lewis

 

15. “Orchids” Silkscreen Print £240

Emma Hardicker

How to use stencilled rollers on walls and furniture

Cherry

If you are wanting to create a unique eye catching piece of stencilled furniture or you want an alternative to wallpaper…..look no further!  The pretty vintage style rollers are designed to be interchangeable and reusable, allowing you to purchase many designs to personalise your home. Although there are a few companies that produce roller stencils, I highly recommend the Painted House.

The best instructions on how to use the rollers are from the creator herself Clare Bosanquet. Follow the guidelines in the video in this post or following the written instructions on her website.

Results:

Here are just a few examples of finished pieces of work I have created which I know every customer has been very delighted to receive and have had many compliments from people visiting their home.

 

Please note for furniture which will need to be hardwearing (tables for example), make sure you finish the piece with Annie Sloan lacquer instead of clear wax. This will protect the stencil design form being chipped or scratched. Always practise your rolling on either a piece of wood or hard cardboard before you roll onto your piece of furniture. The best colour combinations need to contrast each other for example white on a dark paint.  I’ve found Old White from Annie Sloan works beautifully over the top of her darker paints such as Duck Egg Blue and Paris Grey.

Feel free to comment on this post if you would like further guidance and good luck! Happy stencilling! 🙂

Distressing

Ben

Do you like the aged distressed look? If you are wanting to create a simple distressed look with minimal effort this technique is for you!

You will need:

If you watch the video in this post Annie demonstrates the distressing technique beautifully.

 

Here is an example of a dresser from start to finish:

  1. The dresser top was sanded back to expose more of the wood grain.

2.  The top and bottom of the dresser were painted in 3 layers of Old Ochre Paint.

3. The dresser edges were sanded back and then two layers of clear wax were applied.  Next a layer of dark wax was added and clear wax was used to remove any excess dark wax.  The dresser work surface was treated with danish oil to protect it and the drawers were lined with wallpaper to add an extra touch.

4.  Finally add decorative items 🙂

To create a more distressed piece of furniture just use a stronger piece of sandpaper to remove more paint at the edges:

Tips:

Make sure you leave your piece of furniture for a few weeks before use.  This allows the wax to cure and harden preventing the furniture from being damaged.

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Herefordshire

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