Monthly Archives: October 2011

Wardrobe Makeover


When I moved to Holly Cottage I inherited two large pine wardrobes from the previous owners and they have served me perfectly well in the intervening years. This year however, we have been experimenting with remodelling some of our current pine furniture (and we had a LOT!).

Just painting the legs and underside of two of our coffee tables made a huge difference to their appearance and following a sanding and waxing of the tops, they looked as good as new and if felt like we had totally new furniture, and a new look for our lounge.


We also recently painted those inherited wardrobes, and whilst they looked much better I was hankering over making them more vintage or “shabby chic” looking. So off we set to see if we could find some wallpaper to experiment with a makeover….not an easy task…all the wallpapers in the local DIY stores are very modern and this just wouldn’t have achieved the look I had in my head! (it didn’t help that I was unable to describe the “look” that was in my head either!)

I had almost given up when I suddenly spied a roll of paper that I thought might do the wasn’t exactly what I had had in mind (which was more cabbage roses, or Cath Kidston inspired) but decided to take a chance.

My lovely other half was then set to work on the makeover….


(i forgot to take a “before” photo so this is a “just started” photo!)



We’re pretty pleased with them, especially with how the background of the paper matches the colour of the wardrobes!

What do you think?

Nikki x


Backyard Makeover


I love our little cottage but I have to say that one of the spaces that has been sorely neglected is the space between the back door and the lawn area.


We just couldn’t decide what to do with the area and then this summer we were really lucky to be offered some handmade pavers which we hoped would be enough to complete the job.

Come the beginning of August we both had a week off so on day one we cleared the area and began to prepare to makeover our backyard.




By the Wednesday afternoon we were on the home straight….and finally ta dah! Our new backyard!