Monday, 2 March 2015

Shabby Chic Chandelier

We've recently been doing up Minnow's bedroom. Out with the babyish animals and in with... day bed, dressing table, jewellery box and all the accouterments a young lady needs.

I'd always wanted a colourful chandelier, had coveted one a friend had had a few years ago. It would be perfect to replace Minnow's drab lampshade in her new colourful room.

Looking on Pinterest, there were a few but they were all six-pence-ive... £90+. Well we'd already spent a fair bit, even with a joiner who didn't show up, forcing us to learn joinery 101 over a weekend before the carpets arrived!

Anyway, a thought occurred to me. When I was about seventeen, I got a bead curtain for my birthday. Since then it has travelled far and wide, got snagged and snapped, been rehashed into smaller versions which have been hanging mournfully around our home over the last few years. Time for another re-incarnation me thinks!


I scoured the glue off the lampshade frame

Using a florists' wire, looped around the top bead then over the frame...
I stuck with the same piece of wire, rather than cutting it, to give the beads a bit of structure.

A cheeky pick-me-up!

Ta da!

And a little sister version for the bedside table

Saturday, 31 January 2015


I've mentioned before my aversion to getting rid of some of the kids' time-worn clothes, hence my finkleing!

I have come up with a new fixer though. I'm calling it T-Shart!

Here's the plan:

Using a small canvas, cut the shirt so that it will overlap at the back 
without too much bunching material.

Using a staple gun, attach to the back, as neatly as you can be bothered.

Hey presto! A Canvasaur!

It makes a nice addition for a kid's bedroom, keeping it cheap, making it personal, and along with the paper aeroplane bunting and the pompoms, really brightens it up at very little cost. And your creative maestros can even get stuck in!