Christmas party dresses with @mykindofdress

It's party season!


It is the season to be extra sparkly and extra glam, wether its a Christmas party, a festive wedding or a formal dinner I have three looks that I think you will love. 
I have teamed up with mykindofdress.com an Irish website stocking sophisticated, elegant and classic dresses to share some of my fave pieces for party season. 


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Video: My diy country cottage kitchen make over

DIY cottage kitchen facelift.


                                                                              


Hi everyone,
Back in winter of 2014 I took the plunge and gave my ugly kitchen a makeover, lots of you ask when I post a pic on Instagram how I did it and what I used so have a read below for the details on how done. As you know I am obsessed with all things country cottage and shabby chic, the kitchen is the heart of my home as it is the room I spend most of my time in.
The room gets good light however the orange cupboards made the room look smaller. 
I had always dreamed of having a cottage style kitchen, as I had only bought my home I could not afford to spend thousands on a fancy new refit. 
I had tackled a few painting jobs in the house and felt confident to take on the job of painting my presses. 

My before pictures are terrible so please excuse them as it was long before I had gotten my good camera. Don't let money stop you from having the dream home you want. 
My whole kitchen cabinet makeover cost me less than €100 and three days of graft and elbow grease.

Also as it is almost 2 years now since I have done it I can happily report that my cabinets are still in great shape with no chips and have been washed and wiped down many times and have held up amazingly.

Also by doing this job my self and saving a fortune which means I had plenty of money to spend on the fun kitchen accessories.










As you can see the whole kitchen was dull and dark!, you'll also notice the little Santa on the table as it was around November I tackled this job.

So I really really wanted a new kitchen and weighed up my options. A new kitchen was anywhere up to €3/€4k especially in a fancy colour so that was ruled out. 
Then I got a quote for a respray and that was around €950 which was not bad but then I decided to try the Autentico superior eggshell and managed to do the whole makeover myself for change from €100.

I had used the Autentico eggshell on my interior doors so I had a little experience of using it.
I chose the colour called frozen fountain. It's a lovely shade, it is a warm grey with a green undertone to it and in different lighting, it can look more green.

I got my Autentico paint and primer off Ursula in Trim in her shop Nook, she is a fountain of knowledge and has plenty of experience with this paint so I highly recommend Ursula and if you are stuck picking a colour then she is your lady to chat to. 


Here is a better pic of the colour (these pics were taken on my phone so they look a little grainy) 
The reason I went with grey is that of my white back splash and my worktop. 
When I first bought my house I was mad for a cream kitchen like most people are at the moment as cream kitchens are so popular right now. 
The more I looked at it a cream kitchen would be too harsh with the tiles and back splash so I chose this grey shade. I had seen some grey kitchens in Ikea and in the fancy kitchen shops so that made up my mind. 

So now for the technical stuff. 
How did I do it? 

Okay, so I was painting on a veneered MDF, not solid wood. 

I prepped! And I cannot stress enough the prep. 
Sanded lightly with a palm sander and especially concentrated on edges and around handles and these areas get the most wear and tear and chip easiest. 

I think the reason my cabinets have lasted so long is that of the prep I put in. 



Then I washed them with sugar soap and rinsed in water.
Sugar soap cleans off all of the grime and greases that accumulates over time and gives your paint a good clean base to adhere to.  
Now here is a giggle and a great idea. 


I removed my cabinets and washed them down in the bath.! Mad? yes but genius? Yes! Saved me a lot of mess and with it being winter it was too cold to rinse in the garden with a hose.

I prepped in the evenings after work. 
I removed cabinets as easier for me to paint on the flat surface and fewer drips. 


Then I painted! The fun part. 

One coat of Autentico primer. The reason I used primer is that I was painting on MDF and wanted extra adhesion. 



Then two coats of colour. The autentico eggshell paint gives great coverage and great pigment so two coats were plenty.



Technique? 
I used a roller to get that pro re spray effect. I used a 1-inch brush for the surround and edges then used the roller to give that smooth effect. 
I did thin coats of paint I didn't slap it on. 

Drying time?
So I gave myself three days for this project. 
This allowed me to leave 24 hrs between coats however the paint does cure quicker than other eggshell paints and is re-coatable after 6 hrs. 


I then painted my surrounds. 
I didn't paint the inside of my presses as they are a really light shade that compliments so to save on paint I left the insides the same. 


I treated myself to some new knobs to finish off my country style kitchen cabinets. 
These were €7 for 4 from Harvey Norman. 

I didn't use a varnish over the presses as the eggshell paint is really durable and self-sealing. 
So here is the breakdown of what it cost me. 

Autentico primer €30 (have half a tin leftover ) 
Autentico paint 1litre €40 
New hardware €28
Rollers and sugar soap €5
Then 3 days of elbow grease! 

I hope this inspires you to maybe give your kitchen a face lift and save yourself some pennies because if I can do then anybody can! 
I love seeing your kitchen makeovers so please tag me in pics or leave your links in the comments section below. 


Chat soon,
Catherine.


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Autumn tea dress and a little catch up.

A quick catch up.

What a crazy few weeks it has been, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for all the support lately, wether its a nice comment on my youtube, an order for a bear or a nice comment on my Instagram, I just want to say thank you and that each and every comment keeps me going, especially when I am knackered and just want to curl up with blondie and binge on tayto sambos. 

The next week is the final countdown to the craft fair and I also have some blog collabs to that I have to shoot for too so if I don't reply to your mail or comment, just know I have seen it and I will be in touch when as the madness calms down. 

In the day job we are coming into our busy time of year so it can be hard staying on top of blog posts, Insta posts, youtube videos and work too. I need an extra few hours added into the day with all of the things I want to do. 

I haven't shared a cute dress in ages so here is a adorable Billie & Blossom dress from Dorothy Perkins, I am wearing a size 10 and it is also a petite fit. 
My jacket is from Asos petite and it is on sale too!
My bobble hat is also from Dorothy Perkins.

Thanks again for all of the love and for those coming to the fair on the 26th & 27th I will see you then and cannot wait to meet you!.

Chat soon, 
Catherine.  


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Video: Laura Ashley ss 17 new collection.

Laura Ashley spring summer 2017 press day.



Today I flew over to London for the Laura Ashley press day, this is one of my favourite press days to go to as the displays are amazing and give me so much inspiration. 
I also got to see lots of my Instagram buddies too which is amazing and the girls in Laura Ashley are always so lovely its like a little family.


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100 days of happiness with my happiness planner.

100 days complete!

Hiya!
Some you will remember I started using the 100 days happiness planner earlier in the year and I have just finished it and was reflecting on the last 100 days. 

If you want to read my first post on the happiness planner just click here.

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The Peggy Porschen Parlour

This is a post for my cake lovers.
I couldn't go all the way to London and not go visit the Peggy Porschen cake shop. Probably one of the most Instagramed cake shops I  had to go and visit. 

I am a lover off all things sweet and sugary and I was able to squeeze in a quick cupcake on my London adventure. 
The cake shop is really close to Victoria station, so if you are in London you can get the tube to Victoria and it is roughly a 10 min walk. I got the Gatwick express train and that leaves you in Victoria train station so a quick google maps and a 10 min walk and I was there. 
Its in a gorgeous part of London called Belgravia, I love it around here as it is much calmer compared to the hustle and bustle of Oxford street and Regent street. 


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My tips for saving for your first home

Getting on that ladder!

As it is November I am three years in my house, I know from chatting to some of you on Instagram/snapchat that some of you are dreaming of buying your first/second home and I want to share my top tips for saving up for your deposit for your dream home. 

Let me start off by saying
"Don't let anybody tell you that you can't,
 That you are too young, 
Don't earn enough and won't be able to buy on your own
 because if I can do it so can you",



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