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How To Give Your Bathroom Peddle Bin A Chic New Look

Turning a modern shiny bathroom peddle bin into an attractive chic bin is relatively easy and gives a fantastic finished result that you can tailor to your bathroom decor.

I had previously and successfully decoupaged a couple of stainless steel kitchen canisters, so I thought I would see if I could create a chic bathroom waste bin from an ordinary run of the mill stainless steel peddle bin. The end result was certainly impressive!

Step 1 - First I thoroughly cleaned the steel exterior and let it dry. Then to provide a key base coat I painted all external surfaces with Rust Oleum chalk paint, then I applied a durable coat of eggshell to provide a non porous base to decoupage onto.


How To Make a Wheelie Bin Shelter from Pallets

Making a wheelie bin shelter is a relatively simple and easy to do job that requires just a couple of basic tools. The shelter can be fairly stylish, ultimately practical and can fit in nicely with your environment. Make to any size and hide-away those unsightly bins from view.

My bins were previous hidden out of view by trellis work that had ivy growing to obscure them. However, the ivy was rampant and needed to be cut back regularly, a 'chore' that I did not look forward to in the least!

I've seen a number of ideas online on what pallets can be used for, and constructing a wheelie bin shelter was one of them, so I decided it was time for a change. Having removed the trellis and ivy I went about acquiring quite a few pallets. Some I managed to get from highway construction workers who were widening our local road and some from an industrial unit on a trading estate who left them outside for local collection.

Step 1 - Dismantling the pallets as far as needed. This I have to admit was the most difficult task as pallets tend to be extremely well constructed and made to last. Using a rotary saw with a blade that cuts through nails seriously reduced the work load. A claw hammer and bolster were used to prise the wood slats apart. A crowbar would have


Furniture Painting Guide To Creating a Fantastic Shabby Chic Look

Want to be inspired to change the look of your furniture? Shabby Chic is incredibly versatile and is a relatively easy look to achieve.

Painting furniture can rejuvenate tired looking or out of date furniture giving it a fresh new look. The transformations can be quite staggering and you can also gain a wonderful sense of pride and achievement with the finished look.

Is it easy to do? That's a good question, so consider my experience as I took the plunge to Shabby Chic a pine chest of drawers I had in my hallway. We (talking about my husband and I) had this pine chest of drawers in our hallway for many years, but as time had gone by it no longer fitted our home decor, and after all, antique pine really isn't in vogue anymore.


Shabby Chic Candlesticks - From Drab to Fab in 5 Easy Steps

Do you want to make Shabby Chic Candlesticks that take pride of place in your home? drab-brown-candlestick-pre-shabby-chic-treatment

There are lots of old fashioned dark brown wood home decor items that sit in charity shops and car boot sales that are too good to throw out but are not "in vogue" anymore, and candlesticks are one of those items.

After modernising many of these candlesticks I thought I would write this blog to inspire you to have a go, it's not that difficult so any novice crafter can achieve satisfying results.

I bought these at a low price from eBay because I liked the shape, but as you can see even grandma would hide them away in shame!


How to Shabby Chic a Jewellery Box

Want to Turn an Old Fashioned or Unwanted Jewellery Box Into a Shabby Chic 'Masterpiece'? I was amazed to find that some people even with relatively basic craft skills were turning old fashioned and unwanted jewellery boxes into beautiful shabby chic and a modern usable items. So I thought, "I'll have a go at that!" I was surprised how easily they can be transformed. Just like old wooden furniture that can undergo a dramatic transformation into desirable pieces, this is the same thing but on a much smaller scale. So where do you start?


Interesting Facts You Should Know About Shabby Chic

Do You Love Shabby Chic? - Almost everywhere you look these days you see Shabby Chic in one form or another, from the smallest home decor items to large furniture up-cycling and restoration and even to homes that are extensively themed on the wonderfully inspiring Shabby Chic.

So what exactly is Shabby Chic?

Shabby chic is a look that takes relatively worn, antique furniture or vintage accessories and creates a visually appealing design to the eye of the beholder that is both elegant and popular. Their appearance is generally enhanced by painting and then lightly and carefully stripping back the paint by sanding or scrubbing the top layers, especially the edges to reveal the delicate features of the item. By creating this distressed look it is a beautiful way of transforming and bringing back to life a perhaps once dark or drab looking item so as to display it in a modern and fairly unique way. It must be noted however that it does take a certain degree of skill, because if over done the end result can be decidedly unattractive.


Colclough China Teaware - A Story to Tell

Do You Have a Love of Colclough China?

Many people have a love of Colclough China and I’m certainly one of them. Ever since I purchased my first little vintage trio of cup, saucer and side plate, I was hooked! I soon came to appreciate the delicate and beautiful patterns that Colclough had to offer. What I love about this vintage teaware is its delicately rich colours that draw the eye and excite the heart. Take for example the Colclough Harlequin pink bone china trio that is enriched


The Alma Market Are Now Selling Beautiful Products From Sass & Belle

Sass & Belle products have become a popular, recognised and a desirable brand in Europe and beyond. Their beautiful products are branded under the tagline 'for the little things in life' and are designed to make customers smile through original and happy designs.

As an innovative gift, home decor and homeware brand, Sass & Belle products are certainly loved because they are created with exciting and original trend-led designs. More over, their desirable home decor products are also certainly affordable so can be enjoyed by many.

The Alma Market is very pleased to offer such attractive quality products from the Sass & Belle range.  These gorgeous home decor gifts & accessories definitely make a very welcome addition to The Alma Market’s existing home decor range.



The Alma Market Launches Its Shabby Chic & Vintage Inspired Gifts & Homewares Online Site

Welcome to The Alma Market, I’m Val Turner and I’m delighted to announce the launch of my online shopping website 'The Alma Market', dedicated to providing a wonderful selection of shabby chic, vintage inspired crafts and homewares.

I live in South Devon and for many a year I’ve had a passion for craft and vintage items. I have a dedicated craft room in my home where I love to hand finish, hand decorate or hand paint items such as jewellery boxes or

candlesticks to give them a new lease of life. Using Shabby Chic techniques, decoupage, stencilling and other craft skills to refurbish and decorate items is so  rewarding as I see

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