Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Revamping an old summerhouse on a budget

Despite the rain, my project is proceeding. The outside of the summerhouse has been painted a 1930s-style forest green. I now need to find some paint that sticks to the windows' putty and the bits of wood that frame the glass as the paint I'm using (Ronseal Forest Green, on offer for £9.35 for 9 litre at Screwfix) is not covering it. The summerhouse was painted with some brown, water-repellent paint so I needed to give it two coats before the brown undercoat disappeared. 

I have now located a vintage radio, have some vintage metal toys and vintage books. The table and the 1940s chairs need restoring (I will need nice, dry weather as the chemicals are too nasty for indoor use). Perhaps I could use the heat gun we bought for the doors (the presence of lead paint made it a no-no so they were stripped by a professional). Still, it's quite a smelly job so best pray for good weather!

All photos by Trevor Tondro
With permission of S. Foster.
Meanwhile, some gorgeous pics of one of the most beautiful hideaways I have ever seen. It's inspired by Victorian crafts, so less contemporary 
than my project but it does take my breath away....  I think I mentioned it before on another  blog, but praise again for Sandra Foster's ex hunting cabin, which is a triumph of creativity.
Photo by Trevor Tondro

Photo by Trevor Tondro

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