DIY | How I Paint My Radiators

Now that spring has finally sprung, I am on a mission to get my to-do’s done. One of those was renovating our spare bedroom. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will know that I have recently laid a new floor, painted and put new furniture in so that we can use our spare room like an office/dressing room. It’s not completely finished yet and when it is I promise to put up a post but one part of the make-over involved me painting the radiator. Why you ask? Well, the previous owners of our house had painted over every single radiator with a creamy emulsion so that they blended into the walls. This isn’t really my style so I wanted to give it an update.

As the emulsion paint that had been used on the radiator was so thick, I firstly needed to clean and sand the radiator. To do this I used a coarse grit sandpaper and made sure the entire surface was smooth and free of lumps and bumps of paint. I then wiped the radiator down with white spirit and a cloth. It  is worth mentioning that if you give this a go yourself you will need to turn the radiator off beforehand and let it cool down completely.

Next I took a large paintbrush (50mm) and some radiator paint and began applying a very thin layer off paint to the radiator. It is best to use long strokes for this as otherwise you can get brush marks in your radiator and it can look a little amateur. Once the first coat is dry then sand it down with some very fine sand paper or a sanding pad. You will then need to brush off the excess and apply the second coat. Depending on how dark your radiators are will determine how many coats you will need to apply.

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Once you are finished your radiators should be looking like brand new! Mine certainly are. Something simple like this can really help to open a room up and give it a new lease of life. I love seeing clean white radiators like this and have already updated the rest of the ones in my home. Let me know what decorating you plan to tackle this spring – I’d love to see your projects.

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DIY | Framed Monograms

As a budding interior design enthusiast, I follow a lot of other bloggers that write about their home and similar themes. One of the bloggers I follow is Charlotte Valentine over at The Home That Made Me. Her posts are always so inspiring and one particular one really caught my eye where she had made some framed monograms to go on the wall above her headboard. I loved how simple and classy these looked and decided to give it a go myself.

In her post she used the large Ribba frames from IKEA but I wanted mine to be a bit smaller so I went with the smaller frames instead. I then bought a C and a J from eBay and an ampersand symbol too. As these frames were going on the wall above our bed which has stripey wallpaper on it, I wanted them to stand out so I decided to paint the background of them in the same pink that’s on the opposite wall to tie the theme into the frames a bit more. The colour on my walls is Raspberry Meld by Wilkinsons so I painted the cardboard backs of the frames in this colour. I then glued the letters on using my hot glue gun making sure they were central within the frame. It was then just a case of assembling it all together and working out where I wanted them on the wall.

For the ampersand I could only find one in a natural wood colour so I painted it white using some leftover chalk paint and then drilled two holes in the back so that It could be hung onto the wall. I positioned it on the wall equal distance between the two frames.

I love the look of this easy DIY – the hardest part was getting everything to hang straight and with equal distances to one another on the wall! Thanks to Charlotte for the inspiration on today’s post and I’d love to see if any of you have tried this too.

DIY | Cork Box Frame

As an avid lover of wine and alcohol in general, I’ve often wondered how to store the endless supply of corks I seem to collect. If you browse through Pinterest you will come across so many ideas of how to put your corks to good use. There are many options out there but one of my favourites is the wine cork box that you place on your wall and it has some kind of cheesy saying across the front of the glass. Much like the one below.63442fbe8f7884bddaedd46d1a353ff2

Apologies in advance if this offends any of you but for me this one is just a little too garish for my taste. I wanted something much more personalised and special that demonstrated my individual style and personality. I trawled through the internet for hours and all my searches were coming up with nil points. At this point, and after a few glasses of Merlot, I decided to tackle my own version of one of this and do a MissPinkChloe DIY Cork Box Frame.

In order to fit the abundance of corks we had collected since moving in, I knew I had to find a frame that was deep enough and big enough to look good on the wall. Most box frames are large enough to fit corks in depth wise but are generally used for flower pressing and other crafts so aren’t often made big enough as an overall unit. I then stumbled across the perfect one for me in The Range. It was white which was perfect for my lounge colours, and had a neutral fabric background so I knew it would go perfectly with my existing decor.

Firstly, I needed to find a way of drilling a hole into the frame so that I could fit my corks in. I originally wanted the hole on the front of the glass but it was far too tough to drill. So instead I bought one of these and then drilled a hole in the top of the frame so that I could put the corks in that way. Make sure you get a hole saw that is the correct size for your drill and watch your fingers! You might also want to measure your biggest cork so that you buy a drill bit the correct size to fit corks in. I generally find a 32 mm drill bit or bigger suits fine.

Luckily, this box frame already has picture hooks installed on the back so all I had to do to finish this off was hang it on my wall. Of course, if you are making one you can paint yours whatever colour you like or do a funky design on the front of the glass. I decided to get some liquid chalk pens and write messages on mine like a notice board. I also made one of these for my mother-in-law for her birthday and ordered a sticker for the front which you can see below. Let me know what you think of these, I absolutely love these and will be making many more as gifts for people.

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DIY | How I Maintain My Kitchen Worktops

For today’s post I thought I would bring you something a little different so I am going to talk you through how I stain and maintain my kitchen worktops. When we moved in we fell in love with the real wooden worktops that went so nicely with our country decor. The only downside with them however is that they are quite high maintenance. We have to stain and oil them about 3-4 times a year to keep them from cracking and bowing.

The way I do this is firstly to remove all of the appliances and general clutter off the sides. I then clean them with a anti-bacterial surface spray and let them dry. Once dry, I give them a light sand with some P40 sandpaper to rough up the surface. This is also good for getting stains out like watermarks and rings. I then brush all the dust off with a dustpan and brush and begin working on the staining part.

In terms of the paint you can use it is completely up to you. Most DIY shops sell wood stains in a variety of colours and finishes. I like to use this one from IKEA although they no longer stock it in the traditional wooden tones so we stocked up on it last year. You could also use something like this however. I apply my stain in long even strokes using a flat 38mm brush. It is always best to apply the stain in the direction of the grain of the wood otherwise it doesn’t give it a natural look once dry. I would always say it is best to apply a lot of thin coats rather than one thick coat that you will come to regret later.

Depending on the stain you’re using, it can take up to 24 hours to dry. What I like about my one is it only takes 6 hours so you can paint the worktops in the evening and they’ll be dry by the morning. So that the worktops last longer I also like to oil mine. This works a bit like a wax or varnish on furniture and fittings but is more like a big glass of water for your worktops. Wood is a natural material and therefore needs looking after. This clear mineral oil from IKEA is specifically for surfaces coming into contact with foods as it is food safe. I pour some onto a normal kitchen cloth and then just rub it in in the direction of the grain until the whole surface is covered.

Again you will need to check the instructions on your specific oil but mine takes 24-36 hours to absorb into the wood completely. Once fully dry the surfaces are then good to use as normal. I love having real wooden worktops and despite their difficulties they just look so beautiful! Let me know if you have equally difficult worktops as I’d love to hear your experiences also. Thanks all for reading!

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DIY | Valentine’s Date Night Jar

If any of you, my lovely readers, are in a long-term relationship then you will know how hard it is to keep things interesting as they so often are in the beginning. My partner and I have been together for 7 and a half years now and so we know how important it is to take time out for ourselves and have a little “Closh time” as we call it. One thing we both wanted to maintain was regular date nights. We agreed to do this at least once a month but the problem with this is we always run out of ideas and end up doing either a meal out or cinema trip which after a while can become a bit boring! So I set about my plans for making a date night jar so that we would never run out of ideas again.

We had a large Kilner jar lying around that we wanted to use for this but all I needed next was a lot of paper. I’ve seen many people make this on Pinterest using lollipop sticks but I wanted to use scraps of paper so that you could fit more text onto them. I decided on a scheme of 4 colours and bought squares of paper in these colours. I then cut each of the squares in half and arranged my piles by colour. The reason I chose 4 colours was because I wanted 4 categories of date night and we could pick and choose what we wanted depending on our budget that month. The 4 categories I chose are

  • Free Date Nights
  • Date Nights Under £20
  • Date Nights Under £50
  • Date Nights Over £50

This way I could write more ideas for the free date nights so that we didn’t have to spend so much money every time we wanted to spend quality time together.

Over a period of about 2 weeks I wrote down all my ideas on the scraps of paper and folded them up and popped them into my jar. The ideas were completely random and included all sorts of things such as “Building a fort in the living room” to “Playing laser tag together”. One thing I didn’t do was remember if I’d already written an idea before folding the piece of paper. Because of this it is highly likely that there will be duplicate date nights but oh well!

Once I had written out on all the scraps of paper and filled my jar up, the next step was to decorate it. I chose some large burlap ribbon and wrapped this round the jar gluing it in place with my glue gun. I then cut up some bits of a paper doilie and glued them onto the front in a circular shape. Then I wrote “Date Night Jar” on a piece of black card and cut it out into the shape of a heart.

To finish the whole thing off, I colour coded on a white luggage tag what each colour of paper meant. This way, if we want to have a cheap month we can pull out more of the blue ideas from the jar rather than the pink for example. Lastly, I tied some burgundy ribbon round the neck of the jar and threaded the luggage tag through. I tied the ribbon off into a bow and that was pretty much it. I love how cute this looks and think it is so Pinterest worthy! The good thing is once we have completed them all we can either fold them back up and do it all again or write out new ones. This would make a great gift for a married couple or an anniversary. I’m planning on gifting this to my partner as part of his Valentine’s day present but let me know what you think and what your plans are this Valentines day.

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DIY | Bathroom Bits

I’ve spoken about various pieces of DIY I have done a my parents house and today is another one of those. The main bathroom in their house was predominantly mine as everyone else had an en-suite…lucky things! The white suite and white walls were just far too plain for my liking so I set about trying to find some accessories to brighten the place up. At the time, Dunelm did a “Haven Brights” bathroom collection that consisted of white accessories each with three stripes on in Lime Green, Plum and Teal.

This collection was the perfect mix of colours and neutrals and would fit perfectly. I bought the toothbrush holder, towels and candles but when I came to purchase the mirror I noticed it was just too small. I wanted a statement mirror to look the part against a tall white wall but the only one in the collection was hand mirror size and not dramatic enough for my vision. Instead I bought a plain white round mirror with indented lines on that I thought would work perfectly for a DIY.

Using acrylic paint and a mixing palette I mixed up three colours to match those on the accessories and set to work upgrading my mirror. Working around the mirror I painted in the indents of the lines rotating through the three colours. I did this fairly randomly so that it looked as though it had always been this way. Once I’d finished I left my mirror to dry whilst I worked on a bathroom blind…

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I’ve never understood why bathroom blinds are so bland! You get all these gorgeous patterns for bedrooms and lounges but never for bathrooms. Because of this I ended up buying a plain bathroom roller blind and DIY-ing it to match the decor. Using the leftover paint I’d mixed I drew three lines on the bottom of the blind and masking taped off the sections I didn’t want painted. I then painted on a line in each of the three colours to match the accessories. Once I was done I left the blind to dry before fixing it to the wall.

I was so pleased with the finished look of these items and they really helped to brighten up my bathroom. It is certainly an idea I would use again should I be faced with a drab bathroom that is in need of some colour. If you liked this post don’t forget to click the “Like” button below and follow the blog for inspiration and ideas straight to your inbox.

 

 

 

 

DIY | Moroccan Mirror

When we lived in Spain there was a small shop in a nearby town that sold the most eclectic pieces of home furnishings and small bits of furniture. One item I fell in love with as soon as I saw it was an ornately looking mirror with a Moroccan theme to it. It was so beautiful that we bought it there and then and I loved it so much that I even brought it back to the UK with me when we moved back.

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Nowadays it lives at my parents house in Warwickshire but when I used to live with them I had it up on my wall and displayed it with pride. The only issue was that it wasn’t big enough to be a full length mirror so I wanted one to match it. Of course I had absolutely no luck in finding one that was the same but I thought I could get my hands on one of a similar nature. Alas I was mistaken and had to set about thinking outside the box so that I didn’t have to get rid of my pride and joy. I’ve spoken about The Range before in this post and how great their mirrors are. This was where I started my search for a similar shaped mirror that I could adapt to match my existing one.

I managed to find a full length black mirror that had a similar style to it, I just had to work out how to get the colour to match. My current mirror was glittery with hues of Red, Blue and Yellow that looked slightly Purple when blended together. I could also tell that there was a Bronze undertone to the mirror. After thinking and looking at it closely I bought the following materials. Bronze spray paint, Blue, Red, Purple and Gold glitter glue and painting sponges.

Firstly I prepped my mirror by putting newspaper over it and masking tape to protect the glass from paint and then began setting to work. I used my bronze spray paint and my sponge and sprayed a little bit onto the sponge and rubbed it over the surface of the mirror frame. I did this little by little and built it up because I didn’t want to fully go over the black frame I just wanted a bronzed look to it but with bits of black coming through. Once I was happy with it I left it to dry overnight. I then took a paper plate (these are perfect for mixing and crafting as you can just throw them away afterwards) and squeezed a bit of each colour of glitter glue onto it. Using a sponge I dabbed it in one colour and then pressed it lightly over the surface of the frame. I then moved on to my second colour and continued working like this until I felt as though the colour was even all over.

I left it to dry fully for about 48 hours and then did a few touch ups where I thought they were needed. At this point I was very happy with my finished piece and put the two mirrors next to each other and couldn’t believe my eyes. They looked like they belonged together as a set and I was so incredibly pleased with how similar they looked! I still absolutely love these mirrors and the plan is to put them up in our spare room once we have decorated it so I can have them on display as they deserve to be! Let me know what you think of this and if you’ve ever had to think outside the box in order to get what you want.

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Wallpaper Wardrobe Doors: The Update

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you may have seen my post last year about how I transformed my wardrobe doors and gave them a new look. Well, I have a little update for you all…

I have been staring at these doors for a few months now and couldn’t quite figure out why they didn’t look right. Of course I was pleased with them but there was just something that I couldn’t put my finger on that felt as though it wasn’t working for me aesthetically. After debating for a few days I decided to repaint the wooden moulding to match the grey on my bedroom walls. Luckily I had a tester pot left over meaning I didn’t have to open a whole tub just for this task.

I masking taped off my doors using blue painters tape and began work updating the colour on them. (Side note, if you use masking tape and don’t get on very well with it then try this one. It is more expensive but you don’t get that crackling paint effect like you do with other rolls of tape.) Using an angled brush I painted one coat on and then after it had dried applied a second coat because I really wanted the colour to stand out against the white doors.

Once it was fully dry I pulled off the tape and instantly I knew I had made the right choice. The grey looks so much smarter and classier than the previous white colour. I am so much happier with it and feel like the room now has a boutique hotel vibe to it which makes it very relaxing before bedtime! Let me know if you think I made the right choice or if you’d have done it differently.

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DIY | Lace Effect Mirror

In case you weren’t all aware, The Range do some of the best mirrors. When my parents moved house I popped in and found a lovely oak framed mirror for a very good price of £16. The only issue was that the oak colouring didn’t suit the white painted wood in my new bedroom. So I decided to try my hand at creating a laced framed mirror on a budget.

To create this DIY I originally planned to use white lace but it’s actually quite expensive! I looked around for a cheaper alternative and found some paper doilies in my local cake decorating shop. Seeing how similar the two materials were I decided to try using these instead.

Before I could create my lace effect using my paper doilies, I needed to prep my frame. To do this, I watered down some white acrylic paint (furniture paint would also suffice) about 2 parts paint to 1 part water. I then began to apply very thin layers of paint until I was happy with the colour. I wanted to achieve a white washed look which took about three coats in total.

After all coats were applied and dried, I began tearing up strips of the doilies so they were easier to use. I made a mix of PVA glue and water like you do with Papier Mâché and strip by strip I dunked them into the bowl that contained my mix and then laid them on top of and around the mirror frame. I built it up layer by layer until most of the gaps were covered. It is best if you work on one side of the mirror and then let it fully dry before you begin the other side and work like that. This is because the glue will most likely drip and this way you can cover the drips with your next side of doilies.

Once I was happy with the layout and the placing of my doilies I let it fully dry for about 2 days. After this I coated the whole frame with my PVA mix to give it a sheen and stop the doilies from peeling off the wood. Then all that was left was to hang my beautiful new piece! Although I made this a few years ago, I feel like it still works so well with lot’s of decors as it is a neutral colour. Tell me if you plan to do this with any of your old unloved mirrors as I’d love to see how they turn out!

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DIY | Curtain Tiebacks

When my parents bought their last house and had it renovated I was still living with them. We moved in in July 2015 and I was lucky enough to get a nice big bedroom at the front of the house with a huge bay window. In true Chloe style, I designed my room decor and we had the decorators bring my visions to life. The theme was coral and blue, colours I had never had in my bedroom before so I was excited to see what I could do with them.

We bought some blue curtains from Dunelm and extended them so that they reached the floor and once they were up I was so happy with them. The only thing missing was some tiebacks to keep them out of the way during the day so I could look out of my gorgeous window. I couldn’t find any that I liked that also matched the colour of the curtains perfectly so I decided to make my own. Let me show you how I did this.

Firstly I bought some plain basic tiebacks in the sale at £1.50. Then, using leftover material from the curtains, I covered the tiebacks and glued the material onto the back using my glue gun. I then went to Wilkinsons and bought some silk flowers and started taking them apart so that I had individual ones. Using my glue gun I then glued some of the flowers onto the tiebacks so that they had something different about them to the tiebacks you see in the homeware stores.

That was pretty much it! All in all it was a very quick DIY and a good solution to my colour matching problem. Let me know what you think and if you have some tiebacks that are a little bit different to the norm.

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