Come into my studio…..
It was a lot of fun deciding what to put in my new shed/studio. I wrote about the construction in a previous post here
The furniture was made to my specification and was painted with @DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint. The colour used is called Everlasting, a very soft white.
This paint is so easy to use and gives excellent coverage when updating furniture and accessories. The best thing is no priming or sanding is required; this saves lots of time and effort.
To seal the pieces and add durability I then brushed on two coats of Americana Matte Varnish
Now for the accessories…..
I love the trolley/cart purchased from @Hobbycraft and painted some accessories to match it using DecoArt Multi Purpose Paint in Soft Jade – what a great match!
This chandelier was in the attic for around 20 years! It was really rusty and, to be honest looked ok but not quite the look I wanted.
I removed the original drops and replaced them with a selection of coloured crystal ones. I didn’t have any purple ones so I coloured a few with a purple Sharpie to co-ordinate with the velvet sofa (you could also use DecoArt Glass Paint). After painting it with the Soft Jade paint I sanded it in parts to give a more vintage look.
The piece de resistance for me is the armoire. It was made to my spec and holds lots of my favourite things, including pointe shoes I decorate with hand crafted silk ribbon roses. The bottom drawer holds fabric and embroidery hoops.
I found this garland @The Range at a bargain price of £10.99 and glued on a few more roses for effect. You can never have too many roses!!
I have some lovely antique lace I wanted to keep tidy so I printed off images from @thegraphicsfairy, photos of roses in our garden and some I had painted, and made the shaped cards. The lace stencil, and the image on my paint storage cupboards are both from http://www.decoart.com
Some of my hand painted cards
I have had this book for almost 70 years! It is huge and I can only imagine how I must have felt owning this book that was probably taller than I was!
Some of my felt hearts embellished with embroidery and tatting
This lovely girl was painted for me by my very dear Facebook friend, Laurie May
A get well card from my headmistress and school friends when I was 14!
French linen cushions – I painted the front one with with DecoArt So-Soft Fabric Paint. This amazing paint really is soft and can be washed time after time. The little angel is an image downloaded from the Graphics Fairy
Every craft room needs a pin board – I may decorate this at a future date, but don’t want it to look too fussy. It currently holds an eclectic mix of fabric painting, embroidery, tatting, silk ribbon flowers and hand made jewellery.
The best artificial flowers ever are from Bloom UK – this is their meadow flowers arrangement. Apart from the fact that it’s the wrong time of year I would defy anyone to notice they are not real.
Finally the furniture…….
I knew exactly what I wanted and was very lucky.
The lovely velvet chair and sofa are from TK Maxx (TJ Maxx if you are in the US) and fit the bill perfectly. I feel that adding them makes this a place where I can tidy away my craft stuff and use the shed as extra living room. My husband Bill and I often sit in the evening with a glass of wine – hence the name She Shed – We Shed
I feel so lucky to have this place to create, relax and display all these little things that mean so much to me.
Thanks for visiting – please leave a comment and come back to the shed soon!