A Room with a View
14Sep

A Room with a View

A Re-decorated Summerhouse

Every summer I give myself a project to do something that I've wanted to do for a while but never seem to find the time for. This summer I was determined to finish off the Summer House by painting & decorating the inside...

...We were given this summer house a couple of years ago by my nan & grandad who no longer had use for it in their garden. Rob and his brother collected it in pieces and reassembled it in our garden, it was in great condition so the only thing it needed was some new covering on the roof. The children quickly claimed it and last year I painted the outside cream and grey, but I didn't have the heart to carry on and paint the inside so we left it. 

It's been bugging me for a while now as it had started to become a bit of a dumping ground, no one was using it and it was just wasted. So this summer I finally got the courage to start painting the inside, I wanted to create a restful/calm space that we could sit and read, crochet (me) or just watch the garden!

K and I started by masking up the windows, there are loads of them and between the two of us it took a whole day to do this and treat all the knots in the wood! It then had a coat of primer and two further coats of eggshell. I will admit that by the second coat I was telling myself it had looked fine the way it was before and became quite fed up about it - It was then that my brilliant husband stepped in and helped, he also took on painting the floor which needed about four coats of floor paint in total. He even replaced the decking area at the front to make a larger area for deckchairs (what else!)

Anyway, I'm really pleased with the result it has made the room feel bigger and brighter and we've all enjoyed spending time in there. I've tried to keep the decorating simple with just a chair and table but I'm looking forward to selectively adding to it over the months.

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I got all excited at the thought of decorating and made this crochet cushion over the weekend to cosy up the chair a bit.

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I used this vintage crochet tablecloth as a curtain as this window looks out on to fencing which isn't very pretty but I didn't want to loose any light. This did the job brilliantly.

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and I finally found use for the huge crochet cushion I made a year ago as a floor cushion, which I was really happy about as its not had a place of its own for ages!

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We found three of these old printers trays in our attic, I was going to paint one but I quite like them as they are so that's how they'll stay - for now. I'm slowly filling them with tiny treasures.

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Deckchairs!

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Rope lighting. A perfect place to escape for a snooze...

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...or sit in peace to crochet...

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...and think of Christmas projects.

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Until the sun goes down and it starts to get cold, then I feel thankful that I have a warm bed to retreat to for the night.

Bye for now. Em xx

Posted in Crochet and Crafts, Home and Garden