Friday, 20 May 2016

May blooms, vintage finds and painted furniture

Snippets of May so far.....

walks - bluebells in Kent

charity shop find - vintage bone china tea set

charity shop find -vintage pyrex

charity shop find -vintage basket

apple blossom in Kent

tulips in my garden

out and about - tulips at Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, Kent

black swan and views of Pashley Manor and gardens

charity shop find - vintage triple mirror from charity shop for £6!

This find really pleased me as I've been keeping a look out for a reasonably priced vintage mirror for a while now to go with my vintage dressing table. This was salvaged from a friends back garden a few years ago where it was waiting to be taken to the dump. Apart from the top which had warped in the rain, the rest was in good condition and my kind husband replaced the top, then I painted it and gave it some new handles.

The vintage stool came from a junk shop for under £10. The vintage lamp with original silk shade was a couple of pounds from a charity shop.

It was my Birthday earlier this month,  and my daughter gave me a beautiful bouquet of pink and green flowers which are still hanging in there even though the roses are now past their best.

My lovely friend Jane gave me this stunning Calla lily which I have manage to keep alive so far...I don't have the best of reputations for keeping indoor plants alive although I am much better at growing seeds for flowers and veggies - the greenhouse is thriving at the moment, full of seedlings waiting to be potted on and out, and there is a lot of work to be done, and being done, in the vegetable garden. The runner bean and climbing bean plants are climbing all over the place and must be put in this weekend!

I've been busy painting this last week or so....I picked up a few nice pieces from the charity warehouse a while back that I've only just had time to paint.

I've used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint for all the pieces and its a gorgeous colour. As usual, I've lightly distressed the larger pieces after painting them, then used clear wax to finish. 

I love the rich sheen the Annie Sloan Clear Wax gives after a good buff once its been left for a good few hours to dry. I usually leave it overnight or a good half day to be sure.

First I transformed a lovely tapestry fire screen that was looking dated with a tatty brown wood frame.


and after.

Then the lovely shaped table above was transformed ( the top was marked despite it looking good from the photo) .......

a tatty picture frame with a beautiful silk painting was smartened up 


and a vintage mirror updated.

Thankyou all for visiting me here and for your comments on my last post. I really appreciate your comments, its lovely to hear from you!

Have a great weekend wherever you are and whatever the weather!


  1. Wonderful finds! And they look so good after painting. I've never tried AS paint, but I should. I love what I'm seeing on blogs. Happy birthday! lovely pictures of flower, especially those blubells!

  2. Wow!!! What an amazing post. You have been busy young lady :) When I read the title, "May blooms, vintage finds and painted furniture" I knew that I was in for an enjoyable read and you surely did not disappoint. I've had a lovely visit.
    Have a happy weekend, my friend.
    Connie :)

  3. Such amazing finds at the charity shop, I particularly loved the vintage basket. I am a great fan of a basket. I love all your painted projects giving some old pieces a new lease of life.

  4. Forgot to say Belated Birthday wishes.

  5. Your post is full of so many pretty things! I would love to see a field of bluebells.

  6. Beautiful snippets of May Gill. Lovely flowers, charity shops finds and make overs!

    Have a good week.

    Madelief x

  7. Great post Gill! What a difference the new colour makes on the fire screen! Just shows how important choosing colours is and the effect they have on enhancing a piece or, well, not! And so, on to June! Where does it all go?? xCathy


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