I’ve seen quite a few lace DIYs recently for notebooks, tables and lamp shades, but I thought this one was very clever. Tiling can get pretty expensive, especially when you want to create a bespoke look full of colour, design and texture, but with a little bit of lace off cut and spray paint you can achieve this on the cheap. Like it?
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Set up by husband and wife team Deborah and Alistair Burnside in 1999, Attic has grown into a small franchise of beautiful boutiques which offer hand crafted items from crockery to furniture and cards to jewellery. Having begun as a passionate hobby of finding and renovating one off vintage inspired pieces, the duo decided to create their own store of interior treats, sharing their love of quirky and unusual items in the historical Hampton Court area.
Stepping inside their enviously decorated stores, you are greeted with sensuous aromas of homemade candles and aromatic oils which set the mood for some seriously enjoyable shopping. With furniture and lighting in one store and homely interior crafts in the other, it’s difficult to leave without picking up a few choice items.
Currently championing the shabby chic meets industrial vintage look, the side by side stores regularly revolve their stock, so every visit offers something new and exciting at Attic’s super reasonable prices. At the moment, I have my eye on ‘French Country Chic’ the perfect coffee table read, a vintage inspired wire letter tray, fabric and pearl tiger lilies and a large brushed metal Anglepoise lamp, not to mention most of their furniture as well!
Often the best projects come from looking at objects you’ve been staring at for years in a new light. This little plastic horse was a very odd gift from an overseas friend which I didn’t feel able to throw away but didn’t quite know what to do with it! So on a particularly rainy afternoon, I looked in my craft box and found an old bottle of gold paint and decided to reinvent this unsophisticated toy into an antique golden horse.
You will need
- A plastic toy or object
- Some gold, bronze or silver craft paint or spray paint
- A plastic sheet
- Outdoor space
- After cleaning the plastic thoroughly, leave to dry and set up an area outside to transform.
- Simply spray paint or paint on the new colour and leave to dry in between coats.
- Remember this kind of paint often dries quickly, so if you are painting it on, do it in thin coats.
- Do between 3 and 4 coats and make sure to get all of the nooks and crannies.
Once you’ve finished, leave to dry and then place on your shelf or mantelpiece.
You could even hunt out some thrifty finds at your local charity shop and paint them up for a collection of golden animals or objects – much cheaper than buying the real thing.