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Seen something you love but it’s out of your price bracket? Ever wondered how to replicate it? Or perhaps you want to make a cushion? Or curtains? Want to gild a mirror? Make a piece of art? I’m bringing my inside knowledge to the fore. If you have a need to know then find it here in my  ‘How To’s’.

Gilding projects And How Tos, How To's

raised wooden letter DIY wall sign art

Cafe Wall Sign Art

The outhouse is coming along nicely now. The walls are done. The windows are all looking pretty, even the one I had to reglaze. And the furniture has all been upcycled. And now with only the floor left to do (I’m planning something quite special for that) it just leaves me with the styling up and faffing to do. Which let’s face it is always the best bit. The bit where the actual design you had in your head becomes a reality. And as my design is inspired by the Gran Caffe culture of Italy I though it would be a bit of fun to create my very own signage as a homage to these wonderful places. So here’s how I made my DIY raised wooden letter wall sign art. Continue Reading…

Gilding projects And How Tos, How To's

How To Upcycle A Mid Century Dining Chair

How To Upcycle A Mid Century Dining Chair

As part of operation renovate the outhouse into a liveable space you’ll know that so far I have in no particular order…….. Rendered the walls. Re pointed the stone wall. Fixed the leaking roof. Fallen through the leaking roof! And reglazed the sash window. This leaves two things as yet to do. Finish off the floor, more on that another time. And finding a couple of chairs and a table for morning coffee or for late night drinks. I have been stalking Facebook Marketplace for weeks now. But everything I like goes in seconds, is too expensive or too far away. And then an ad popped up from a local restaurant about to refurb and I was on it! One hour later I am the owner of two chairs and a table. Want to see how to upcycle a mid century dining chair the RFW way? Then read on. Continue Reading…

Gilding projects And How Tos, How To's, Outside Spaces

DIY Gold Leaf Planters

After Spending what felt like months improving the kerb appeal of the front of the house it’s time to start on the back. The dreaded area that is my back garden. Now I have always said that I would never share my back garden. To say it needs tending is rather an under statement. I mean I have dandelions and bare patches of earth where there should be a lawn. I have more dandelions a plenty coming up through the patio. Three outhouses and a lean to that are falling down. And a back door hanging off! So rather than feeling overwhelmed I have broken the garden down into areas and with a make do and mend attitude I am making a start. And to add a bit of RFW magic I’m adding some DIY Gold Leaf Planters. Continue Reading…

How To's, My Kitchen, Outside Spaces

How To Make Supermarket Basil Last Longer

Make Supermarket Basil Last Longer

Contains Gifted Item. Now anybody that knows me will almost certainly know that I am a self confessed serial plant killer. I try so hard to keep them alive. I have no idea how I manage it but ultimately on the whole they die. Usually within a couple of weeks. You may also know/not know my love of all things Italian. The country, the language, the effortless style of the population and OMG, the food. From pizza to pasta, risotto and everything in between. I would quite happily only eat Italian food for the rest of my life. So you can imagine one of the key ingredients that is always available in my kitchen is Basil. Every week I buy a new pot from the Supermarket and every week I throw one away. And that got me thinking, how to make supermarket basil last longer and keep it alive??? Continue Reading…