Tuesday, 22 November 2011

My houses...Lundby Gothenburg c1979

Looking through old catalogues I think my Lundby Gothenburg dates to 1979.  I'm trying to fill it mainly with Lundby items from around the same era, but also I'm mixing in a few Barton bits.  Still looking for a matching fridge and sink unit for the kitchen.  Not all that much to show here yet.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

My houses...Cath Kidston shop

Because I'm such an infrequent blogger, I've been thinking I need to post some photos on here of all my current projects, partly as a record for me to help me organize my thoughts and give me some motivation to get something done in the very little spare time I have at the moment.  I am very good at beginning new things but not very good at completing anything!  Not one of my houses has a room that I can say is finished, there is definitely a quantity over quality thing going on.

I'll start with the most recent first.  My Triang Spot-On bedroom had me thinking more and more about Cath Kidston's designs, and after spending much time looking at her shop layouts and catalogues I decided on what my much neglected little Sid Cooke shop will have to be.  I began to collect images together on Pinterest for reference.  She uses a lot of vintage repainted furniture in her shop displays, so what better way to re-use some old oddments I had no other use for!  I excitedly purchased some Humbrol gloss enamel paints in bright red, yellow and a lovely vintage pink and began to paint.  A lot of shelves now to fill with flowers and polka-dots.

I've been doing a bit of needlepoint, very easy to pick up and put down in spare moments to add a few stitches.  The isn't a Cath Kidston design but I thought it worked out OK, until I took the photo which makes the stitches look so chunky.  I've since bought her 'Stitch' book and found a lot of those designs will translate very well to 1:12 scale if worked on fine enough canvas or linen.

I have a little dilemma...I wonder if I should repaint the very chipped vintage DCMT stove with a new coat of cream enamel, and repaint the old wooden tea-set below?  The stove has been repainted in the past.  If it had it's original paintwork I would definitely not consider it (I do have another one with the original paint intact).  I usually don't like to touch or change vintage pieces, but it's looking a very sorry state right now.  The tea-set was once green but is now discoloured to ugly grungy greeny brown with half of the paint chipped off and missing.  Not sure how old it is or where it originated - I've seen similar ones, usually red, advertised as German.  Both of these were ebay purchases.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Grandad's House again

So here is the next room in my Grandad's House...a Triang Spot-On filled retro bedroom, a bit 60's, a bit shabby chic and Cath Kidston influenced (I scaled down one of her wallpaper designs for the chimney breast, though I think I've hung it sideways).  Yes, there's a very large gap between the walls behind the red chair, I may need to do something about that sometime!  My husband thinks it looks more like a tatty old hotel room that hasn't been updated in years.  All these rooms are just beginnings, they have a long way to go!