Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Spring clean itch

 

Seeing Betsy on her Simple Life of a Queen blog has just reupholstered her dining room chairs has reminded me that I had meant to give my dining room chairs a thorough clean.


As it is such a miserably wet day today this does seem to be just the right time to do this little bit of spring cleaning.







I unscrewed the seat pad and gave it a thorough clean and then smothered the chair in scratch repair oil and left it for a day to soak in. The following day I gave it give it a good rub over with kitchen roll. 

Scratch repair oil


Nice and clean, just five more chairs to go!






Mirror makeover

Was it really two years ago when my friend was redecorating her flat and she was going to throw out these two mirrors that she had in her hallway! They were a bit tatty but I asked her to give them to me. I hung them in my hallway thinking that I could give them a makeover to spruce them up a little. Now time has certainly flown by and I have been meaning to do it but I got so used to seeing them hanging  up in the bedroom corridor that I ignored them completely. It wasn't until the other day when I was having a video chat with my sister in the UK and we were looking at mirrors for her hallway that it reminded me that my two mirrors continued to look very shabby.  

I sat down with this one with my buttons tub and my glass beads and bits basin by my side and tried this and that until I picked out what I thought could look good. 

The original green,pink and bronze colours on the mirror frome had faded quite considerably so I thought I wouldn't change the colours at all just spruce those colours up a little. The frame was like a sort of chalk stone material so looked at what I had in the way of paint pens and I picked out a bronze one to use. As there were no other matching colour pens I thought I would try using crayons. 








I then added a bit of sparkle to the very top of the mirror with a large bronze button. Yes that is a metal button and one of my prized button possessions as I have never seen any button like that before. I assure you I did hesitate about using it but it does look good there.  I put a few pink gems under that at the top and the bottom of the mirror too. The photo hasn't picked up the sparkle very much but they do shine. 



I then added some little seed pearls to each side of the mirror.

It looks much better and not such a shabby mirror anymore.



I have the other one to do as yet. I keep looking at it and am not sure about giving it an old gold look or paint it white and then go from there



It certainly needs to be brightened up a bit!


Slouchy

Another one finished. All ready to go to the UK to keep my sister's πŸ‘‚πŸ‘‚ ears warm!

Once again Sylvester kindly modelled this hat.



I really don't know what is wrong with Sylvester, he has quite an attitude of late!






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Happy Blogging!

Amanda ☔

31 comments:

  1. Good morning Amanda, I need to go through my wood furniture pieces too. Here I use a product Liquid Gold that is really nice for wood and protects it.
    great redo on your mirror too. Happy Spring

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    1. Many thanks Kathy for dropping by! I am getting the spring cleaning bug for sure as I am going to clear out our wardrobe next and give that a good clean too. A x

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  2. You have done a great upcycling job there! I do like your slouchy hats too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks Ellie :-) I think I shall have to make some more Slouchies soon everyone seems to like them. A x

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  3. Beautiful make overs! The chairs look fabulous, like brand new. The mirrors are gorgeous. Brava!

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    1. Thank you :-) Those chairs do scrub up nice actually and then all I need is a soft cloth to occasionally dust them down. That's it for the moment though my cleaning itch has been scratched. A x

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  4. You have been busy Amanda the chair looks like new, I have one in my Summer house that I keep meaning to do something with but it never seems to happen. The mirror frame looks amazing I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the other one. Love the slouchy hat lovely colours. Take care. xx

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    1. I have more spring cleaning on my agenda but I think I'll skip those chores for awhile! A x

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  5. With my house in chaos with the kitchen redo I shall admire your spring cleaning from afar. Sylvester is just being a cat!!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by :-). I am looking forward to seeing your new kitchen :-). A x

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  6. Fantastic job on both the chair and mirror, always lovely to save and revamp items. Just the sort of job to do with this wet weather. Love the slouchy hat. We are going to have quite a task in clearing up the courtyards etc when the rain finally stops xcx

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    1. Thanks for popping by Chrissie :-). I get more fun out of giving something a makeover than trawling around the shops looking for new! A x

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  7. Goodness me you've been busy, put me to shame. I have some sprucing up jobs to do, must get a wriggle on. xx

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    1. I finally finished the six chairs and I don't feel like doing much else (cleaning that is) at present LOL! A x

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  8. Wonderful job on the chair, it looks new now and the mirror is beautiful. I would never have thought of using crayons and buttons to spruce it up. Now I look forward to seeing what you do with the second one.
    The hat is lovely too. Each time we think spring has arrived here, winter comes calling again. It's snowing outside right now but I know it won't last.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. thanks Betsy :-) I still can't decide how to do the second mirror but I think white is out. A x

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  9. Spring cleaning? Really? There are so many better things to do! LOL xx

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    1. Very true Radka and I am having a rest from it at present!! A x

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    1. I am pleased with it Kathy. I am thinking of doing some more.😊. A x

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  11. Well very good on that chair and your mirror is fantastic too. Lovely hat and model πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ±πŸ±

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    1. thanks Wendy :-) Sylvester the cat has the sulks now because now because he feels used! A x

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  13. Brilliant blog as alway love your chairs, that’s good stuff you use , mirror one has come up lovely but please don’t pair the other one white I think you will regret it gold sounds better xxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks! Don’t worry I have gone off painting the second mirror white! A x

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  14. wow you've been busy! Your dining room chairs looks fab and I love your mirror makeover:)
    Jillxo

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    1. Thanks Jill. I still can't decide what colour to do the other mirror. A x

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  15. The warmer weather gave me an incentive to do some more Spring cleaning. I have to be in the mood and then doing some polishing and decluttering is satisfying. I like your makeover on the mirror.

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    1. Many thanks Linda. I finished the chairs but have gone off Spring cleaning at present! A x

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Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)