In the past my craft expertise has been limited. I’m a bit of a bodge-it merchant – I’m impatient, really bad at reading instructions and don’t give things time to dry properly.
Which is why my latest home exploits have really surprised me – as I’m actually *happy* with the results.
We’ve just turned the spare room into Charlie’s bedroom, so lost the double bed and bedding for it. But I didn’t want to get rid of one particular throw – it’s only a cheapish one, but it looked pretty and I was pretty sure I could dye it and re-use it in Lila’s new room.
This is what I went for – Flamingo Pink by Dylon. Two boxes, plus 500g salt.
Chuck it all in the washing machine on a 40-degree cycle and hopefully, Bob’s your uncle.
In the meantime, the gorgeous duck-egg blue ‘Oliver’ bed I’d ordered back in June from Feather & Black was suddenly delayed and they wouldn’t be able to get it out to me for another eight weeks. So I compromised and they sent me the off-white shade. No worries, I thought – I’ll spray it. And with all the lovely iron beds on my Pinterest boards as inspiration, how hard could it be?
Answer: Very. It was single-handedly the most stressful thing I have ever done – and I’ve given birth twice.
I used five cans of this, Rust-Oleum Pure Aqua Mode spray paint (top tip, it’s much cheaper on Amazon, but I ran out halfway through the spraying and had to make an emergency dash to Homebase, all the while praying they had enough in stock).
Anyway, if you don’t look too closely and whizz by on a very fast bicycle, you don’t notice the patches of white appearing through or the globules of dripping spray where I got a bit trigger happy. Plus, it all adds to the vintage charm, right? My fingers have just about recovered.
And THIS is the result of both my crafty endeavours. (Just please don’t ask me to do any more DIY for a while.)