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Month: July 2018

Feeling Mildly Patriotic….

In a year that enjoyed a royal wedding and a relatively successful appearance at the football World Cup, I have found myself feeling mildly patriotic, perhaps, dare I say, even proud to be British!

The shops have been full of red white and blue; motorists have adorned their cars with England flags; and raucous voices on the radio have claimed in no uncertain terms “its coming home”!

So, with this as the soundtrack to the Summer of 2018, I couldn’t help but let it influence my design for this pine shelf unit.

With a stock of red, white, and blue Annie Sloan chalk paints™ to the ready I set about converting this rather conventional pine shelf to a piece of statement furniture.

I have to say that the preparation was the most time consuming part as I applied different widths of clean edge masking tape to create the pattern.

Once the red and blue were applied, and completely dry, I set about masking these so that I could apply the white.

By now it had taken on the persona of a British Airways aircraft, more specifically Concorde’s tail-fin livery!

The next step was to paint the support brackets and to finish with a soft wax to protect the colourful surface.

On this occasion I chose to use a soft white wax to tone down the colours. The end result was that of a washed out denim appearance not dissimilar to that of a Bruce Springsteen album cover.

The final step was to add some of my hand crafted accessories to provide a truly patriotic scheme.  

For these, and more Langdon Hyde Design upcyclyed and repurposed objects, visit The Albury Produce Show this coming weekend. It runs from 2-5pm on Saturday 21st July at Albury Heath in Surrey. Here you will find an array of stalls, refreshments and challenges, as well as the show’s prize winning produce marquee. Fun for all the family in a fantastic location.

Albury Produce Show 2018

Albury Produce Show 2018

SHOW DAY 2018 – Saturday 21 July 2-5pm

For the second year running Langdon-Hyde Design will have a stall at the Albury Produce Show.

Specialising in hand-painted furniture, scatter cushions, and flag style bunting this year’s stall will also have for sale a select collection of toys and bric-a-brac.

Keeping our fingers crossed for fine weather we look forward to seeing you on the day.

Gazebo Makeover

Now that summer is in full swing I decided it was time for a gazebo makeover. Having endured the Beast from the East, heavy snowfall, and howling gales, the gazebo’s canopy was looking a little worse for wear.

Fortunately, good quality replacements are readily available on-line and, as long as you know what size to order, a brand new cover arrives in no time at all.

Removing the old cover took little effort and whilst the frame was stripped bare I took this opportunity to remove the old decorations and replace with new. 

Using two strings of fairy lights that I bought from Tiger, and two more strings of coloured solar bulbs that I bought from Sainsbury’s Home , I set about illuminating this idyllic garden shelter.

With the new canopy securely in place, swags of orange, purple, green, yellow, and pink miniature lampshades decorated the inner surface, whilst festoons of tiny pastel bulbs lit up the outer edges.

With the lighting complete I wanted to add more volume to the ornamentation.

Inspired by a wedding scene in a recent TV drama I scoured the internet for some paper lanterns. I was delighted to find on Ebay a pack of 12 honeycomb balls in varying sizes and colours that matched my summer scheme perfectly.

Arriving as flat packed semi-circles made of tissue paper and card they were quickly assembled and held together with pre-applied double-sided sticky tape.

What could be easier!

The next step was to hang them inside the canopy. To do this I used varying lengths of strong, virtually invisible fishing line.

I was delighted with the outcome.

Alfresco dining has now reached a new level in our household as, regardless of whether we’re sitting out in the blistering heat of the midday sun or under a cooler, starlit sky, every meal is a celebration.

Happy days!

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