Don’t you just love it when a creative plan works out?
(I hope that last sentence doesn’t sound too smug – I could show you plenty of disasters, too.)
Our kitchen is in the oldest, 18th-century (allegedly even 17th-century), part of the house. It’s lovely, but colour-wise it’s rather bland. Or rather, it was, but we’re working on that. I decided that the kitchen chairs deserved a makeover to match the curtains. Look, those chairs were soooo dull. Couldn’t you just fall gently asleep looking at them?
Cue much busy activity:-
The plan was to paint and crochet the chairs to match the curtains. There are a few things that I should mention at this point. First, the whole project was inspired by a post by Selma at Eclectichomelife.blogspot.co.uk, and it was she who introduced me to the marvels of Autentico chalk paint. The beauty of Autentico is that you don’t need to prime the wood before applying it. Also, the paint doesn’t smell. Two coats of paint, a final coat of wax, and you’re done. It’s not cheap, but I can’t recommend this stuff enough.
I spent a happy afternoon in the garden painting and waxing. Work was briefly interrupted by a shield bug whom I hadn’t the heart to move. He was so pretty:-
Meanwhile, I was busy crocheting cushion covers with colours inspired by the curtains. The pattern is a free Drops design, available via Ravelry. Very easy but I spent a lot of hours on these beasts. You might think that making four cushion covers would be quick: you’d be wrong. Anyway, I hooked and hooked and hooked and hooked, then sewed on tiny bee buttons, just because I could. (I do love bees.)
And eventually, the things were done. Look!
Not too bad? May I inflict another shot on you?
Over a kilometre of yarn and many, many hours went into making those cushions. So now they’re in the kitchen. And that’s made me spot the flaw in my plan: I now need to crochet cushions for the Toddler Twinnage’s chairs, don’t I? *Sigh.* I foresee another dozen hours evaporating in a frenzy of obsessive crocheting…
Anyway thank you for reading, as always. More soon. Happy knitting/crocheting…