Golden decoupaged map coffee table

Hi everyone โ˜บ๏ธ My latest blog post is progression photos of a golden decoupaged map coffee table, refurbished for the Childrenโ€™s Air Ambulance..hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

I started off trying to sand with my orbital sander, however this was proving really difficult. I cleansed with sugar soap and spray painted a bronze coat. The spray unfortunately wasn’t to my desired taste, too dark and little change to the already mahogany wood. So, I painted the table with a metallic gold. I then pasted mod podge to the centre of the table and decoupaged a brown damask wallpaper. I changed my mind after mod podging, so stripped and decoupaged a map instead. It actually took a second attempt to decoupage the map so no creases in the design. I bought a new metallic gold spray paint to spray the imperfections and tea-bagged the map wallpaper to give it an oldie antique rustic effect. The final step was to seal with polyurethane varnish. And here is the finished product:

Thank you so much as ever for reading/viewing my latest upcycling project. I’m not quite sure what I’m on with next, so I’ll keep you in suspense ๐Ÿ˜

Thank you, much love, Lauren xx

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Liverpool Cathedral abseil July 2022

Hi everyone! Something a lil different from my usual art related blog posts, I’ve just returned from a weekend away to Liverpool with my dad and gran. I abseiled 150ft free hang down the West door of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to raise money for the Childrenโ€™s Air Ambulance – and I’ve been sponsored way over ยฃ500 and counting,which I think is a massive achievement, go me,hehe..Please enjoy my trip photos and descriptions of travels:

We stayed at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel near Albert Dock. To be honest, we weren’t particularly impressed with the hotel. There was hardly any storage space for clothes and hardly any complimentary tea and coffee. Also their oven had broke, so there was limited choice for food. The best thing about the hotel was the location, I wouldn’t recommend or go there myself again.

We spent the Saturday morning casually wandering around Albert Dock taking pretty photos and admiring the scenery.

I convinced my dad and gran to come Tate Liverpool with me, it was free admission except for an exhibition at the top. They said they found it boring, haha! I must be the cultured one enjoying art galleries lol ๐ŸŽจ

I did a tandem skydive from 10,000ft in Bridlington on my 21st birthday to raise money for mitochondrial disease (I was caring for a man with the awful disease in York when I lived there many moons ago) This was scarier! It was the leap of faith of leaning backwards at the top which was the worst. I was a quivering wreck, trembling at the top, pleading please don’t let me fall, ha! It was that initial sensation, I almost backed out. Going down I had a firm grip of the rope. I was as slow as a sloth, it took me 7 mins to descend, but I’m so proud of myself for completing the challenge. It was on my 30 things to do in my 30s bucket list, woop woop. I won’t be doing it again any time soon though!

We celebrated in the evening by having a fancy meal at Panum restaurant. I had a gorgeous vegan burger (I’m a vegetarian) and mocktails, yum yum ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my latest travel post. I hope you like it ๐Ÿ˜

You still have time to sponsor me: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lauren-parr1?utm_source=facebook

Much love, Lauren xx

https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool [Accessed 24/07/2022]

https://www.pennineevents.co.uk/work/liverpool-cathedral-abseil/ [Accessed 24/07/2022]

https://panamliverpool.co.uk/ [Accessed 24/07/2022]

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Pink girlie dressing table

Hi everyone! In advance, thank you for visiting my page. My latest blog post is progression photos of a girlie pink dressing table, with sparkly knobs. It’s my favourite and I hope you like it too ๐Ÿ˜Š Cheers!

I am super pleased with the way this one has gone, it’s my favourite so far as really girlie, hehe. I painted with pink frenchie paint which is fab. I tried wood staining the top with an ‘antique pine’ stain however the batch I bought from B&M was dodgy, I swapped it and it was still dark, more a mahogany than pine. I thought when dried it might go lighter, but it wasn’t to my taste. At this point, the project was a disaster as the top looked hideous lol. I got out my orbital sander and sanded it back to bare wood which massively improved the top. I sealed it with a couple layers of clear varnish, and lacquered the legs/frame. Then, to finish, some gorgeous sparkly knobs my boss donated ๐Ÿ‘ And here is the finished product:

My next couple of projects I’m thinking of decoupaging some maps, such as world maps, onto tables, or superhero wallpaper. I have some projects in the pipe line for the store cafe too, so plenty to keep me busy ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks so much for taking the time to read/view my blog, as always much appreciated, Lauren xx

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Wooden rocking chair upcycle – progression photos

Hi fellow followers ๐Ÿ˜Š My latest blog post is progression photos of a wooden rocking chair, upcycled for the Children’s Air Ambulance cafe. Hope you enjoy! Cheers!

This project has been the bane of my life for the last couple of weeks, haha, it’s the chair that doesn’t want to be sanded! I tried clean spirit and a scourer, sandpaper, both my mouse and orbital sander, paint spripper, you name it. I then used a primer/undercoat, but made the mistake of putting too much on, too thick. I’ve never used this before, so ended up trying to sand it back again. Thankfully, ‘frenchie’ furniture paint is fab and hides a multitude of sins. I painted two coats, and finished with a matt lacquer. I purchased a yellow tassled cushion from dunelm as a donation, to perfect the look. The yellow blends in with the cafes colour theme. What a nightmare, I’m happy to see the last of it, haha! What do you think to the finished project?

I’m really pleased how it has turned out, I think thankfully it looks quite nice, the grey and yellow ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m really excited to share with you my new refurbish project, which should be finished this week hopefully. Let’s say, it’s very pink, hehe. It’s my favourite so far, I love it.

So yes, please keep a look out. Thank you very much, Lauren xx

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‘Beautiful Buddha’ – diamond art progression photos

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well. My latest blog post is progression photos of a diamond art ‘Beautiful Buddha’, I hope you enjoy!

As ever, diamond art projects are very time consuming, but really therapeutic. It has taken me a good few weeks, but I think the result is worth it definitely. I think it’s rather good, if I don’t say so myself, hehe.. and it’s already been sold as fundraising for the Children’s Air Ambulance! (I’m doing an abseil down Liverpool cathedral in the coming weeks!).

Here is the finished product:

I’m pretty pleased and proud of myself!

For my upcoming blog posts, I’ve got two more diamond arts to do, an enchanted forest and an Elephant – those, as well as selling bobble hats for my fundraising.

For the charity shop, I’m on with a wooden rocking chair, kindly donated by my friend Ky, to use in the cafe kids play area upstairs.. So please, keep a look out for my new posts.

Many thanks, much love, Lauren xx

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