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by - Monday, May 18, 2015


Workspace Makeover - Shabby Chic White Workspace
Hello and happy Monday to you!

I've had this little gem tucked away for a while now, for no other reason than I haven't had time to post it! Over the Easter bank holiday, fuelled by too much chocolate, we began the long awaited task of redecorating the dining room, finally getting rid of the dank orange paint that I'd been suffering for the last 2 years. (For how to frame a tea towel like the Orla Kiely one above, click here)

Before the makeover:


Workspace Makeover Before

Bleugh! I did also do a cheeky desk makeover a while back too, in case you hadn't already noticed! ;)

The dining room serves a very big purpose in our house; yes, we use it for eating, more so for when we have guests for dinner, but it is also P's music room and my craft space. (The whole room was once upon a time P's music room, but you know, girly-arty-pretty-practical needs must...)


White Narcissus Daffodils Close Up

We've moved things around in here several times before, jigging and poking to try and make it the multi-functional space it needed to be. But nothing quite worked, and it was because there was always the dingy, grubby, moody feel to the room due to the colour. So, after much pleading from me, we finally set aside a weekend to get it all done.


Workspace Makeover - White Piano & 1930s Singer Sewing Machine

And done, we did.


Craft & Home Books on Bookshelf

Always Look on The Bright Side of Life Sign on Piano

Workspace Makeover - White Narcissus on Bookshelves

The shelves started life as basic pine shelving kits from Homebase, which I then (painstakingly!) stained with a light ash wood stain to get to the limewash effect. It probably took about 10 thin coats in the end for each shelf and bracket, but it was definitely all worth it!

Workspace Makeover Pinboard

Winter Flowering Jasmine

Shabby Chic Mismatched Drawer Handles

White Narcissus in Milk Jug on Bookshelf

Home & Craft Books on Bookshelf

Candle in Hurricane Vase with Vintage Pink Ribbon

Cherry Menlove & Flea Markets of France Books on White Piano

Daffodil Reflection in Frame

You can see how long ago it was I photographed this as I couldn't resist snapping the reflection of the new daffodils in this frame! I must say the daffodils may be long gone but the garden is looking simply wonderful at the moment, which I promise I will show you very soon...

Herb Lester Chicago & Paris Maps on bookshelf

Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

Mint Green Candle Lantern on Bookshelves

1930s Singer Sewing Machine on White Piano

Paint Brushes in Floral Vase on Windowsill

Pin Board near Window

White Narcissus with Crabtree & Evelyn Print

Framed Photograph of French Street with Plant

Magpie Badger Box atop Recipe Box

Red Glass Heart on Bookshelf

Royal Doulton Tea Cup in Windowsill

Framed Photographs of French Countryside

White Narcissus in Milk Jug with Heart

I really am head-over-heels in love with this space. It is finally the practical but pretty workspace I've been dreaming of. Everything I need regularly is within reach, but organised in a way that still looks beautiful. The best bit is, it makes me want to sit at my desk and it makes me desperate to create. I really couldn't ask for more.

I hope you all have a fantastic week, I can't wait to be back with my latest Garden Diary post very, very soon!


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