Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I spent the weekend working on some furniture for the shabby cottage - actually, cottage is a bit of a stretch, it's more like the shabby room!

I wanted something soft, and pretty, and after the trials and tribulations of the shabby sofa, there was no way I was going to try and make another one. So I figured, what about an old rusty garden bench, covered in cuddly cushions? How difficult can fiddling with a bit of wire be? Grrrrr! Hubby, that sweet, dear patient man, ended up having to help. Admittedly, there wasn't much I could do once I'd managed to super glue my fingers together - I HATE super glue! Actually, I think I hate florists wire as well!

Once the structure was (finally!) finished, I painted it and added a bit of rust and after a rummage through the fabric stash finished it up with a couple of cushions. I was wanting to do shades of pink and blue, but somehow these pretty greems just seemed to scream shabby garden room, so I compromised and added in some pink rose patterned scatters.

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out....I adore the fabric, it sort of looks like a toile de jouy.

Now I need to finish off the cottage, luckily there's not a lot still to do. I'm itching to make some more furniture to go in, but as it is on the small side, I'm not quite sure what will work....

I've heard that there is a South African Miniature fair on this weekend, which I may go to - I didn't even know we had such things! I really want some pretty shabby crockery to fill up the display cabinet which is going to be on the back wall of the cottage, so I might be able to get some at the fair...I've tried to make some, but I'm really not pleased with the results!

Have a lovely day futher! Thanks for following, and an especially big thank you to the 2 new followers Nuri and Lara! It's really lovely to have you on board!


  1. I love your bench, you did a wonderful job on it. jenn

  2. Thanks Jenn, it was a real labour of love, I can tell you!

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  4. Just adorable! It reminds me of a baby crib that my Grandma had at the farmhouse. Love the fabrics you used, too!
    Has to be rewarding to see how it turned out!

  5. OMG!!I Love it!!! Please keep posting and keep us up to date. If you do decide to make another, let me know!!


  6. Love it, love it, love it! The wire work is wonderful and the fabrics make it so comfortable and pretty!!!

  7. Thanks so much everyone for all the inspiring comments, I really appreciate reading them!

  8. Liesl this piece is just gorgeous. I love it so much. I wish I had my upholstery in real life in these beautiful fabrics! I really like the design of the wire you have worked. What a star
    Claire xx

  9. Hi Liesl. We do have a Fair this weekend at St Thomas's Church in Rondebosch, and we have a miniature Guild. It would be lovely to meet you, I will be there for some of the morning. Please come and find me. Kindest regards Sandy ( ask someone and they will hopefully be able to tell you who I am) xxx

  10. That does look so soft and comfy! I love your fabrics. It turned out amazing!