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Distressed jewellery holder

I’ve been using a mug tree to hold and display my necklaces and rings for a short while now, but I’ve been meaning to make it look a little bit more pretty. We repainted our bedroom this weekend so it was the ideal time to give the mug tree a lick of paint too!

Mug tree

I read on Shanty 2 chic that you could use vaseline to create a distressed look with paint – essentially you paint your item in a base colour, leave it to dry, smear vaseline over the bits you want to distress and then paint your item another colour. Once that coat has dried, you sand your item and the top coat comes clean off, leaving the base colour to peek through.

I started by painting my mug tree with a coat of white paint. It wasn’t perfect, and some of the wood still peeped through, but this is a good thing, as this adds to the distressed effect.

Base coat

I then smeared vaseline on the bits that I wanted the white paint to show through on – you only need a little smear. Next step was to pop on the top coat of paint – I used a little tester pot of yellow paint I had lurking in my drawer. Again, the painting doesn’t need to be perfect, as it adds to the final effect.

Top coat

Once the top coat was dry, I took some sandpaper and rubbed it over the whole thing.. as the top coat of paint wouldn’t stick to the greasy vaseline, the yellow paint was easily removed, leaving patches of white. I kept on sanding until I was happy with the result.

As a final flourish, I glued a circle of felt to the bottom of the mug tree – firstly, to stop my new jewellery holder scratching my table, but secondly, to save me having to paint the bottom!

The finished product!

And here is the finished result! You can see the white poking through in certain places. I wish I’d put a little bit more vaseline on to distress it a little bit further – I was a little bit timid, but in my defence, it was my first time 🙂

At least now I have a lovely place to show off my shiny bangles and rings!

CB x


I love blackboard paint. There, I said it. I bought a little tub last year and since then I’ve been thinking of all the ways I can mark my chalky territory.


During the Christmas holidays I was sorting through my kitchen cupboards and I found an old ceramic popcorn tub I bought in the sales a few years ago. Pretty, but I never use it (when we do microwave popcorn we eat it out of the bag like savages). So rather than put it in the charity bag I thought I’d do a bit of upcycling and turn it into a holder for all my hair bits and bobs. And this is where the blackboard paint comes in!

If you’ve never used blackboard paint before, it’s fairly easy. The paint I used (from Wilkinsons) doesn’t need priming beforehand, but read the instructions first, as different brands vary. I just gave the pot a scrub to remove the grease (and any errant popcorn kernels) and then set off with the first coat


The paint was touch dry in about twenty minutes, but I’d definitely advise waiting longer before putting another coat on – you don’t want to let rip with the chalk only to find you’ve gouged through the paint! I found two coats was plenty.

I ummed and aahed about painting the inside, but decided against it – the white looks good offset against the blackboard paint (plus, I was too lazy).

Once your paint is completely dry, you need to “season” the paint before you start scribbling on it. This is when you rub chalk all over the surface and then remove it.Image








I’m not 100% sure of the science behind this, but I have been told that because blackboard paint is abrasive, rubbing chalk all over the surface before writing on it for the first time means the chalk gets into the gaps. This makes it easier to write on and makes it easier to remove your doodlings when you fancy a change (I remember the first thing I painted – I forgot to season it and wrote a slightly naughty word on it… that slightly naughty word remains on the paint to this day!)

And voila – my lovely new pot for my hair stuff was complete! A nice quick project to keep me amused during the Christmas hols. Upcycling for the win.



I still have a lot of paint left (a little goes a loooooong way!) so I daresay there will be a lot of blackboard paint projects on the horizon!

What have you turned into a blackboard today? 🙂

CB x

First post

First post. Hm, it’s always awkward writing that very first blog post. Nobody’s started following you yet, but you feel obliged to write something down nonetheless.

Anyway, here’s my first post.

I’ve been wanting to set a blog up for absolutely ages, not only to document the crafty stuff I’ve been working on, but in a hope to start networking with other crafty folk so we can share ideas and skills.

I’ve always enjoyed dabbling in craft stuff, but this year I’ve wanted to make more of an effort to create lovely (and more than occasionally, not so lovely) things. I went on a course where I learned loads of different crafting skills, and I was a little bit disappointed to miss the deadline for subscribing for the next course. So – I thought I’d still keep up with the crafting and try and do as much as I can.

I’m hoping to keep this blog updated as frequently as possible – with Christmas coming up it’s a good opportunity to make lots of festive goodies (and hopefully make lots of posts on here!)

So, thanks for reading and I hope that you’ll come back to see what I’ve been up to, and maybe try a little bit of crafting of your own!

CB x