November 27, 2014

Lady Victoria's tea room

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I'd like to share with you my latest restoration project called "Lady Victoria's tea room".
Victoria was my grandma's fav aunt, so the chosen name is in her honor.

It all started with a bunch of mini furniture that I have to restore, I took one table that had been around for months, 2 chairs that I wasn't happy with plus this shelf that I didn't know what to do with and voila! I had a nice matching set! lol, it's so true that people who have a mess on their tables are creative! 

I knew I wanted this set to be Swedish Gustavian style. I love the scandinavian palette, they have this pale blue grey tones that look awesome in any room. So after the restoration process, I painted in the chosen blue and sanded it a little to take it to the "shabby chic" side ;)

A hand crocheted rug for a cozy feeling ♥
The table and shelf add contrast with the oak wood tone, otherwise it was too pale.

What I did next was doing a fake table, yeaa as you read it ;). I didn't wat to ruin the table by gluing the tablecloth so I found a way to fake it and it looks good I believe!.
Fake table!
The tea set was carefully chosen, I started with the plate of pastries that I had and added all the little pieces. It's tea for 2, you have tea cups, glassed of water, a water jug, a teapot, some cherry jam and its tiny spoon, plates to put your pastry.
I did a mix of hand painted pieces and a few from a mini tea set I've bought

I forgot to add that, I did all the uphosltery of the chairs and hand painted the cornflowers. 
It's a unique piece, I'm not doing a second one.

Hope you like it, and if you'd like to give it a home ... it's available at my Etsy shop (till 26 dec, you have free shipping plus 15% discount by using the codes given at my shop)

Thank you!!

November 18, 2014

Shabby chic chair tutorial part 2: decoration and embellishments

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Hello again :)

Today I'm going to show you how to decorate the shabby chic chair we did yesterday (look at part 1: how to paint a shabby chic chair).

For the decoration I did 2 cute simple cushions and a little tiny pompon. Very simple and romantic.

This is what we're going to learn: pompon and cushions

Lets begin!


* Filling for the cushions
* scissors (big one to cut the fabric and a small one for the pompon)
* cotton thread
* fabric leftovers (can be plain, have small patterns ...whatever you may find in your stash!)
* embroidery thread
* piece of paper
* pencil
* pin

The square cushion

Take the piece of paper and trace the shape of the chair, leave 0.5 cm spare

Now take the fabric of your choice and put the paper shape on top to cut. You need 2 pieces.

If you've chosen a fabric with a patter as I did, place the patter side in.

And now we're going to sew as shown in the picture, not too tight. Leave one side open.

The stitches are going to be into the cushion, put some filling into.

Once you filled it, put the edge of the open side inwards as I'm showing you in the picture.
Sew the edges together, take your time so that it looks similar the the other 3 sides.

 The first cushion is ready!

Next I'm showing you how to sew a heart shape cushion. Don't panic! it's easier than it sounds :)

The heart shape cushion

Draw a heart in a piece of paper and cut.
Take some filling and do a "fabric sandwich" as shown in the pic, put a pin to hold it in place.

The stitches have to be close to the heart, you follow the shape as a guide.
You may have to push a few times the filling into the cushion.

Pull the thread gently and continue adding stitches to give your heart pillow a "fluffy" look. 
Pay special attention to the lowest part of the heart, you want it to look like one.

Now bring the scissors and cut fabric around the heart, don't go too close! leave a nice ruffle.

And you're done! 2 little cushions to decorate chairs, sofas ... and your shabby project of course ♥.

The hanging pompon

Take your pencil and wrap the embroidery thread 6 or 7 times.

Take 2 threads to tie the wrap.

It has to look like a sort of ribbon, tie it tight!!

With the small scissors, cut the sides and shape it. You may have to do a "hair cut" to the pompon to give the rounded shape.


Put it in your hands and form a ball, the middle has to be hidden.

Now pass the 2 threads with the help of a needle through the middle of the tiny pompon as shown.
Cut and tie a knot.

Hope you have fun making cushions, and that this tutorial helps you.
Thank you very much for your lovely comments! I read each one of them!

Hugs ***

November 17, 2014

Shabby chic chair tutorial part 1

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Hello :)

I promised you yesterday a tutorial and here it is; in this opportunity I'm going to teach you how to decorate a chair in shabby chic style. It's easy to do and I'm showing you how to do it with 2 colors, being white one of them.
If you happen to have mini pieces and you dislike the fake mahogany look, you can use this dark color in your favor, my chair the one i'm using to show you the tutorial had this color.

But first what's first, even when you can have an idea of what is it I'm doing a short review about this style:

  ♥ The Shabby Chic style ♥

Shabby chic  is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor. 

The style is imitated in faux painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as "distressing" the finish of the furniture. Furniture pieces that are not genuine antiques are usually selected for their resemblance to older furniture styles, and may be reproduction furniture with a distressed finish.

Variants of shabby chic style include:
  • Cottage chic
  • Beach cottage chic
  • French country
  • Gustavian (Swedish)
(extract from Wikipedia) 

What you need:

2 acrylic colors: your chosen shade and white
your mini furniture (mine is a chair)

Paint the chair with gesso and let it dry completely

Mix 1:1 parts of white and the chosen color
I've chosen this lovely shade of blue to achieve a "Gustavian look" (blue is very used in the Scandinavian interior design)

Paint the chair completely and let dry

**If you're out of paint don't worry! just mix a bit more in 1:1 proportion and if it's not exactly the same shade never mind, it helps in the shabby look.

Once the paint is dry, grab your sand paper (if it's medium grain and one more, the better) and sand the outer areas/parts that get more scratched.
Think of your chairs, the areas that are more in contact with you get more aged, scratched. So the inside is going to be almost brand new.

**Tip: when you sand, do it in different areas, this gives more realism.

The finished piece!!
A very cute shabby chic chair! ready to decorate your kitchen or parlour!

Part 2 of the tutorial is going to be up tomorrow afternoon hopefully; I'm going to teach you how to sew simple pillows and do little details for your shabby chic piece.

Thank you very much for following me, your comments, suggestions are welcome. Fell free to leave your question if you happen to have one!

Hugs ****

November 16, 2014

Upcoming tutorial: the shabby chic look

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Hello everyone,

I'm going to upload a new tutorial tomorrow -I have to finish taking some more pics-.
This time it's going to be something different, not food but restoration of miniature furniture. I'm going to teach you how to do restoration of miniature furniture, from sealing it to adding detail to make it special!

If you have a chair, bed, table ..etc, that you'd like renovating, keep it close! tomorrow it's going to look brand new and shabby! ♥

I leave you here a few materials that you're going to be needing and you probably have home already:

* gesso
* brushes
* piece of fabric (to clean hands and table =P)
* acrylic paint in 2 shades: color of your choice and white
* sandpaper medium grain

See you tomorrow!!

Hugs ***