I've just been watching the Chelsea Flower show and now my heart is set on growing peonies of all things. Can one grow them in pots I wonder? I've recently planted three iceberg roses and two David Austin roses, they are in bud so hopefully within 10 days or so I’ll have flowers! Any tips on growing roses would be appreciated!
My little office makeover has taken a back seat these last few weeks as weekends have been spent doing DIY for Angelgirl who is daughter no 1. One of the things I really wanted was a brass lamp. I fell in love with this here, but the aim was to spend as little as possible or at least spend under £500. I had told myself if I didn't find an alternative to the brass lamp I wanted, I was going to blow the budget regardless, because I was so in love with that lamp. However on a trip to our local IKEA, I found this lamp ready for a DIY makeover.
I used Montana Gold Spray paint, a brand I've used a few times now because I can trust how the finish is going to turn out and I know the quality of the paint. Giving the can a thorough shake up for about 5 minutes, I sprayed one coat and left to dry for about 20 minutes. Now sometimes you might get blobs of spray paint which might indicate you haven’t shaken the can properly, however, take a cloth or a tissue and just wipe the nozzle. If you do get unsightly blobs, wait for it to dry and take a very fine piece of sandpaper and gently rub it over the blob until it almost disappears. Don’t worry that you might take off the gold paint, remember you are going to give it another coat anyway. Wipe it off once you’ve sandpapered so that the surface is clean and then repeat spraying. I found spraying in short bursts more effective than holding the nozzle down for long periods of time. It finishes matt which is fine, and I do like it, but I was wondering whether I should try varnishing it for a more glossy brass look. I’ll keep you posted on how that turns out if I try it.
The art is a new piece, but it needs hanging on the wall in a different spot so just for the photo I propped it here.
Seems like rain most of week, but I'll be watching the Chelsea Flower Show from the comfort of my sofa!