My new house, part two, or the one with the chalk paints

As you’re a bit of a nosy lot, and seemed to like the pictures of my new house that I posted recently, I thought I would give you a bit of an update after my weekend decorating shenanigans.

I was a very busy girl this weekend. I put up shelves, (which in my defence are parallel to the ceiling so if they look wonky it’s the ceiling’s fault), built a tall bathroom cabinet, painted reclaimed bar stools and hung about 726 pictures. I literally have a blister on my hand from all the screwing, and it wasn’t even the fun kind.

One project though that I’m particularly proud of is our chalk paint picture frames. Belle has been keen since we moved in for me to hang her pictures up in a collage in her bedroom, but I don’t for a minute think she imagined I would get round to it before Christmas. I have a habit of getting an idea, spending money on all the equipment, and then doing nothing except say ‘I really must do something with that’ every time I walk past the pile of flower pots/paint/old bits of crap I have found in the street.

This time though I took action!

I dragged Belle out on her crutches to a lovely chalk paint shop in Wellington and we stocked up on a few different colours. We then sat out until about 10pm on Saturday in our handy car port, washing, painting and waxing. Seriously, whoever gets to date me next is going to be a lucky, lucky man who will have to work hard to keep up with my fast paced lifestyle.

On Sunday then came the moment of truth – would we be able to create fabulous looking photo collages or would it look like The Chuckle Brothers had attempted an art project sat on a concrete floor in semi-darkness?

I will let you be the judge.

Belle's bedroom chalk paint collage

Photo collage with chalk paint

What crafty projects have you been up to lately?



  1. Mand
    7 July, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    Loving the colour combinations!! Looks very professional! I’ve used chalk paint, its great, it doesn’t smell or anything. I used it to cover a mahogany mirror frame, tried to get an ‘aged look’. It makes me want to paint all our furniture now, we have far too much orange pine. Maybe I will pluck up the courage….

    • Jo Middleton
      7 July, 2014 / 4:57 pm

      You know the smell thing never occurred to me when we were doing it but you’re right, it didn’t!

  2. 7 July, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    I love the gallery walls, they look great :)

    • Jo Middleton
      7 July, 2014 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you!

  3. 7 July, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    Forgot to say where did you get that smile cushion from I’ve been looking for one like that for ages!

    • Jo Middleton
      7 July, 2014 / 4:56 pm

      John Lewis :-)

  4. 7 July, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    It looks fab! Well done. x

  5. 9 July, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    They look great, well done. Hope you’re both settling into your new house well.

  6. 16 July, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    I chalk paint everything, love the stuff. Your pictures look lovely and it all looks very homely.

  7. Lucy
    22 July, 2014 / 9:11 am

    What colours/brand of Chalk Paint did you use? I am jealous….. I’ve used some of the blue in my bedroom but think I need the olive/yellow colour in my sitting room…..

    • Jo Middleton
      22 July, 2014 / 10:12 am

      The brand is Autentico – I got them from a shop in Wellington. The yellowy colour is called yellow tan and I have a bit of a tester pot left if you want to try it?

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