Spring cleaning

15 Mar

I hate to be a cliche, but the sunshine actually has given me the urge to spring clean today. As well as wielding my duster I’ve also finished up a couple of projects – and started on  some new ones.

This bird collage has been gathering dust at the top of the stairs for a while. I originally had it behind a larger mount and then a grander frame, but knew that something wasn’t quite right. Finally I’ve settled on something smaller, which suits it much better. This style of frame is fast becoming my favourite – it looks quite unremarkable when plain or gilded, but give it a coat of white paint and suddenly every nook, cranny and intricate moulded detail dances with light and shadow.

Vintage style birds collage in original vintage frame

At the risk of becoming a resurrected branch of Athena, I have also set my mind to a different kind of revamp task. I’m in the process of turning this Queen Anne style dining chair into an elegant feature for a friend’s house. She’s opting for a chic palette of pure whites and shades of grey, so this will be upholstered in a simple grey ticking, and should look very smart {I’ll show you the results at a later date}.

Queen Anne style dining chair painted in Annie Sloan Old White

I have four of these chairs stashed in the garage ready for a makeover. They really were in a sorry state when I picked them up, but I couldn’t resist the detail on the foot of this cabriole leg.

Queen Anne style dining chair cabriole leg detail

Originally I fancied doing something quite crazy with them – a bold colour or striking upholstery – to echo the elaborate design, but as you’ve probably guessed by now I think that pale and interesting is probably more my thing.

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