The small utility area leading into their house gets a lot of wear and tear,
and is home to the cat's bowl, washing machine, kites, balls,
tennis rackets, bird feed, straw hats, garden seed,
and all manner of other essential clutter.
The walls had become grubby ... and covered in slug slime ...
(the slugs have been coming under the door at night and gorging on the cat's food!).
It was long overdue a freshen up ...
An old cupboard that had been taking up room in her shed
was the perfect size to accommodate the majority of the space hogging rubbish.
Too dark for the small space, she decided to take a paintbrush to it.
Some of you may now be gasping in horror, but it really had seen better days ...
with deep scratches, the back missing and the varnish on top badly rubbed.
She decided to use Autentico chalk paint in 'French Grey',
available from a local shop (and worldwide) in a variety of beautiful colours.
It boasted great results, promising no need for any prep or priming,
just like the Annie Sloan paints.
The first coat went on smoothly, albeit a little patchy and was dry within the hour.
Second coat on ...
and the job was done!
VJ would highly recommend this brilliant paint,
She was never that enamoured with AS,
finding it dragged and often produced little bubbles,
but this stuff is amazing!
She just needs to give it a coat of clear wax now,
which will dull the colour slightly and protect.
She found an old key for the keyhole ...
... and some checked fabric for the door ...
The walls were given a coat of pale grey Dulux 'Engraved Locket'.
The washing machine hidden behind the curtain, along with shopping baskets.
The Victorian Fish Kettle in the window houses her hand blender and mixer.
The galvanised laundry boiler on the floor is their bin.
The box on the wall is the 'drinks cabinet' ...
Various bags 'hanging around' hold Little Man's outdoor toys ..
... hats, bike pumps and helmets.
Stone floor scrubbed, doors waxed.
Cat bowl moved to the other side of the room, away from the door
... and so far the slugs have stayed away!