I am absolutely so thrilled with the end result I just keep standing in the middle of the room and staring at it. I know, sad. I get now why Jeff was so anal about every little lump, bump and wire. I wasn't at the time mind, the air has been quite blue in this house the past couple of weeks!
The low down then. The Ikea units were about 15 years old but are solid wood and I couldn't warrant getting rid of them. So much to Jeff's disapproval he agreed to paint them. I have to plug Zinsser and Valspaar again - brilliant paints, worth every penny. Oh, so pennies, the paint cost £47 and £42 respectively. I also decided new knobs would really give it some extra wow, so bought the 16 knobs off ebay for a total of £55. Expensive, but so worth it. So to change all the units from old to 'new' cost £144. Would probably have cost more to buy just one new one! It wasn't easy, we took every shelf, panel and back apart and had to undercoat and topcoat every piece then rebuild flat pack furniture - I mean, come on, it's bad enough building flat pack once - what on earth possessed us to do it twice! But worth the extra time :) I just love them!
|Jeff working on the units - day one sun - every other day rain!|
|living room before|
|wooden rectangular knobs before. Pink crackle glazed knobs on drawers now and clock faces on cupboards|
|The light I've already mentioned, a fiver on eBay. As you know it really doesn't bother me it's second hand. It's from BHS, in perfect condition and works!|
The cushions - 7 in total - were from ebay, charity shops and sales - total £43. Not bad when one is an M&S one and would have cost around £25 new!
The 6 balls of wool and the throw you can see in the unit comes to £45, but I plan to knit at least 4 throws in coordinating colours so will be good value in the long run :)
|The words were expensive - £16 - but if you asked me to give my all time phrase it would be this one. And Jeff didn't mind. Think it looks perfect.|