Shabby chic manor

Hi everyone. 

I just wanted to share what I have been up to lately as I have been a little quiet on my blog. 

I have been working hard to transform my home into a shabby chic manor and have some pictures to share with you. 

One of the big things that I have done recently is change all my Pine woodwork to cream. 

One of the easiest was to make a space look bigger is to paint it in a bright light shade. 

I used the autentico superior eggshell paint in neutral for skirts and surrounds and I painted two doors in a warm grey shade called dolphin. 

Here is some before pics. 

The autentico superior eggshell is very easy to work with. 

If you fancy tackling this job here is a quick summary of what you need to do. 

– clean surfaces with sugar soap. 

– lightly sand to get better adhesion.

– prime the knots in the pine wood. I primed the whole door. 

– two coats of the colour paint. 

– relax and have a glass of wine. 

This paint is an eggshell hard wearing paint so no need to varnish. 

It took my 4 full days to do 5 doors and surrounds. 

I recently discovered how to make my own chalk paint recently and done a little job on this chair that I rescued from becoming fire wood. 

It only cost me a few euro to make this chair. 

The fabric is a cushion I got in pennies for €5.

I staple gunned down and used the gingham trim to hide my staples. 

Here is the recipe for the chalk paint. 

I used plaster of Paris but there is other recipes. 

I got a kilo bag of plaster of Paris for €3.50 in local craft shop and mixed it some crown wall paint in antique cream. 

Thanks for reading! 

My next mission is to paint my kitchen in a light grey shade and transform that room to match the tests of the house. 

It’s a big job but I think I can tackle it and il save loads of money compared to buying a new kitchen. 

Don’t forget to follow over on Instagram for daily pics. @daintydressdiaries

Chat soon. 



  1. Corinne
    October 19, 2014 / 8:13 am

    I love how IT looks. You really do have the most adorable house! Hope you start posting more regularly! Corinne

  2. The dainty dress diaries
    October 19, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    Aw thank you! I definitely will make it my mission to post more xx

  3. Coco Chatter
    June 2, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Can't believe all your doors used to be that colour of wood, could of sworn that you bought them the cream/grey colour !!!

  4. The dainty dress diaries
    June 2, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    Aw thanks coco X yea I painted them all,

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