Friday, 20 May 2016

Five On Friday.....The Dresser Reveal

It's been a while hasn't it?  I've been so busy lately that my blog has been neglected but I recently finished tarting up my dresser and thought it was worth documenting along with a few other things.  I'll be linking to Amy's Five On Friday.  

I am beside myself with excitement at the moment as I have managed to get tickets to this man's forthcoming Electronica tour.

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I discovered musician Jean-Michel Jarre in the seventies, a pioneer in the electronic genre, I instantly loved his music.  I bought his first LP's and remember playing them over and over in my bedroom....his melancholic melodies accompanying whatever teenage angst I imagined I was going through at the timeHe was so handsome back then and even now at the age of 68  I reckon he's still a bit of alright.  He's well known for his impressive open air spectacles featuring lights, lasers and fireworks, check out Youtube to see his stunning millennium show at Giza. 

Although it is cold and wet as I write, the weather has taken a turn for the better recently and I've been able to get out and about on my bike with my camera.  In case you've not quite seen enough pictures of bluebells in blogland lately...here's mine.

 The fragrance, as I cycled up the track flanked by swathes of bluebells was wonderful.
The fields of rapeseed have been photo worthy also. 

Regular readers might remember that old Dutch dresser that I bought a while back?  My intention was to transform it with chalk paint...however the makeover was not without it's problems!  But thanks to perseverance and advice from Paint Guru Emma Kate I can now reveal it... in all it's glory.
After chalk paint and dreadful wax job
try again and....Ta dah!

After all my graft I wasn't sure I liked the colour, but I think it's gradually growing on me.  Anyway I'm certainly not painting it again...not this year anyway. 
I painted it with eggshell the second time, added some cup hooks and gave it a light distressed finish as I thought I was bound to scratch the paintwork sooner or later...lo and behold I managed to do this whilst attempting to reunite the top and bottom.  Oh well, just as well I'm no perfectionist!  I've dressed it with an incohesive collection of my nan's china, jumble sale bric-a-brac, and junk shop finds. 

You'd think I would have had enough of revamping furniture but recently round at an elderly friend of mine I saw a Lloyd Loom ottoman in her garage and remarked how useful they are.  The next time I spoke to her, she offered it to me, saying that her son will 'only throw it on the tip after I'm gone'  
I couldn't turn it down could I?

It needs quite a bit of work but I've got a few ideas,  I just need to find some fabric at a jumble sale....  and get rid of a few dead spiders.

 Right, I'm off now, a huge pile of ironing awaits but I'll leave you with the marveilleux Monsieur Jarre.  Enjoy!  


  1. Beautiful job!!! Obviously Emma's advice was good! I'm not a fan of the chalk paint finish myself. Eggshell's much better . I think it will be out of fashion soon.... I think the colour you chose is lovely! Love the natural finish on the top too.

  2. Welcome back, Fi!! Jean-Michel Jarre is looking hot! How exciting to go and see him.
    The dresser looks wonderful, you did a cracking job with Em's help. I love it. The Lloyd Loom is crying out to updated. I can't resist an ottoman. I've got four.
    The rape and bluebells are gorgeous, stunning photos. xxx

  3. The dresser is fantastic! I love it. Nice work.

    We don't have bluebells here but something similar in lupine. They'll be blossoming in a few weeks. For now I'll take in your beautiful bluebells!

  4. Beautiful photos of bluebells and rape, enchanting. Loved the dresser, a beautiful finish. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the ottoman.

  5. Enjoy going to your concert! I am glad that you got the dresser sorted out, it looks really good, I like the plain wooden top! Beautiful bluebells! Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday, I hope you have a good weekend!

  6. I liked that you persevered with the dresser. Some pieces of mine I like to call my victims as they get painted over and over on a regular basis.

  7. I can almost smell the bluebells, so pretty. I like what you did with the cabinet, color looks good.

  8. Your rape field photo is stunning and you've done an amazing job with the dresser, it really is great

  9. I never tire of photos of the bluebell woods. Here in Canada we call the rape seed canola and it grows in great yellow swaths on the prairies. Your dresser project has ended very well - it's a charming piece. Hope to see what you accomplish with the ottoman.

  10. How I love your photos. Well done on having another go at painting the dresser it looks wicked, you should be well pleased. Good score with the ottoman, I quite like the look of it as is. I don't think I could ever get fed up with photos of bluebells, we don't get that vision down here.

  11. Lots to love! Your dresser looks fabulous! Well worth the second go, and like the colour. Gorgeous photos of the bluebell wood and oilseed rape - lovely bright bursts of yellow - and how could you not take that Lloyd Loom ottoman? Can't resist them at the local auction, which is why we now have 7 of varying sizes! But they are very useful - all full of something...
    Only know a bit about (jolly handsome) Mr Jarre. Off to listen to the clip xx

  12. It looks lovely, well done. Great to see the bluebells and rape, they are always welcome.

  13. Hurrah! It's you! Jean Michel is looking flippin' gorgeous...mind you he always did. I love his music and recall doing A level revision to Oxygene. Have a wonderful time.
    That dresser is superb, I think you've done a fab job and I do like the colour. Can't wait to see what magic you work on the ottoman.xxx

  14. Wonderful job on that dresser - it looks fantastic. I remember listening to Jean-Michel Jarre in the eighties. I bet it will be a great concert.

    Have a lovely weekend

  15. Enjoy your concert, sounds great! What a fantastic job you've done on your dresser! Good luck with the ottoman, can't wait to see what you do with that.

  16. Oh my goodness, Jean Michel!! I remember watching laser beams and hearing his haunting music from my bedroom while he played live at the London Docklands. Very talented man!!

  17. I like the lighter look of your dresser, can imagine the amount of work you invested! Happy Sunday!

  18. Your photos are gorgeous...love the field of bluebells. The transformation of your cabinet is perfect...Love the color.
    Thank you for your sweet visit to my blog,
    Mary Alice

  19. So many beautiful pictures! You did a great job on the cabinet, such a nice spot to show pretty bits and bobs and enjoy them. And that ottoman is a very lucky gift; I love it!

  20. Good for you, Fiona! Enjoy the concert! And the dress is fabulous, what an excellent makeover. Can't wait to see what you do with the ottoman.

  21. I was so pleased with myself because I left a comment when you first posted, but, hey presto! It's disappeared! It's lovely to see what you've been up to and the dresser is a real triumph in the end. Looks great! Turns out Jean Michel Jarre is a dish, I never knew! Oh, I love bluebells woods and rapeseed fields, they're just glorious! Xxx

  22. Hoorah! It looks FABULOUS! So smooth and silky and everything that chalk paint isn't. Well done on a great job.

    How lucky to get an actual Lloyd Loom ottoman! I cannot wait to see what you do with that! xx

    1. Many thanks EK, for your invaluable advice, without which I think I would have given up.....so glad I persevered. It's received several compliments already. Still thinking about the ottoman! xx

  23. that dresser makeover is awesome, Fiona - I love it!

  24. What a great makeover! I hear ya on not painting it again this year... painting furniture is a job! I always have to look at it for a while to see if I like it or not. I rarely love something immediately. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you have a great week!

  25. hey! The dresser looks fab! I keep thinking I want to get into up cycling but it's just another thing I never at around to!


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