Painting it Out.

So, I'm assuming you will forgive my bloggy absence this past few weeks. I've been painting the Picket Fence digs. It all started with a window removal. This is the old window. Which mind you, I loved. It just made things a bit ...dark. In an old house you live with elegance, character, moving walls, squeaking floorboards and most often ...a severe lack of light. I wanted light , hence , a pre Christmas reno.... madness. Yes, the people who told me I was mad, painting prior to Christmas. You were right .            
See  below.....   :) 
Anyway, this is the new window, forgive it's unpainted state, but you will get the idea. It goes all the way to our very high ceiling. I bought it for $13 on Ebay. Score :)  See the pressed tin on the walls .... I'm still stroking it. I've always wanted tin and due to some damaged tiles...I have tin :) 
I love him  :)  Perhaps even more so, with tin ;)
 Eventually we will get new cabinets , cook tops and hopefully a big deep European sink , but that's not in the Picket Fence budget for another say, 10 years. That is unless I find a bargain. I'm thrilled with this as it is for now.
 To add to the light , I've been painting. Yes you guessed right :) Antique white USA by Dulux on the walls and the trims in Dulux China White. The following photos show this in progress. Prepare for scenes of great chaos.
I started with great optimism.
And gusto.
Later I'll paint this too. But for now. I'm over it !
Mr Picket Fence looking for his remote control :) No, actually, he's removing some brackets.
A friend consoled me about the paint in my hair, big flecks of white amongst the dark. She said I looked arty. Truth be known , some people look arty with paint in their hair. I don't. I looked scatty .
And nearly after... see the window in the next picture. 
Worth it ? Yes :) 
Some tidier pictures :)  
I'm dreading painting the pantry.  
I'm also doing a huge declutter... New Years resolution.
Who dirtied up my mirrors ?
  And now Christmas is upon us. I have stopped. I will continue the marathon in the new year. For now, I'm ignoring the parts I missed and eating cake :)
Wishing you all a Picket Fence kind of Christmas. That is, a beautiful , happy, family orientated ,simple kind of Christmas. Filled with joy, love and plenty of lovely Christmas food :)
 Thank-you for your friendship, patience and lovely comments and emails throughout the year, you've so often made me smile. See you next year... Cant wait ...See you there with bells on !!


  1. Ava, I love your new window- what a bargain, your whole house is looking fresh and light. I would leave your pantry, I love it how it is.
    Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas,
    Lots of love,

  2. absolutely stunning!
    ps. not getting over my pressed tin envy as yet...

  3. Hi Ava, it is looking gorgeous!

    When we moved in to our house, the living rooms were painted a similar colour, although we liked it, we painted it all out in Antique White (4 coats), but had to repaint it again clotted cream as it was too cold. It makes such a difference doesn't it, really make its light and airy.

    I would leave the pantry as is, the pop of colour looks lovely.

    Hope you enjoy your Christmas, I bet the kids are counting down the sleep, I know ours are,

    Take care, Tam x

  4. Everything you do is so lovely!! I loved your colored walls yet I love the white as well!! :) And yes, that window is so totally worth it!! Gorgeous the lot of it!! :)

  5. Definetely worth a bit of paint in your hair Ava. I'm a huge fan of white, it shows off your treasures to perfection.

  6. Painting is always such a mammoth job but so worth it once complete. Love the colour you have gone for, one of my favourite and that window..holy moly, what a score :)

  7. I love your window and paint work



  8. Oh my goodness you have done an amazing job! Wow! Love your new window too and what a bargain, you can't beat old windows for character. I'm drooling over your pressed tin too, I'm a bit fond as well and waiting till our next home to have some :) xx

  9. Ava it is beautiful. I have made the switch to antique white in some rooms and I love how things pop off the color. It becomes a room about my things and not about the color. I love everything that you have done. It is a labor of love...Merry Christmas...Rnee

  10. The new window looks so lovely and bright (what a difference), and the walls are looking great in the new colour :) You are less messy then me, when it comes to painting..I end up not only getting it stuck in my hair..but all over me :P
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  11. It all looks FABO!!!~~~especially the new window...

    love all your painting Ava...I LOVE HOUSE indoor repainting...(but had my painter re do my kitchen a while ago as the ceilings were far too high for my to dare venture painting)..~~~

    have a fab xmas & new years..

    have a rest....xx andrea

  12. Merry Christmas!! I wish you ALL the best for 2012 and look forward to seeing more of your beautiful blog in the new year!

  13. hows it going living with all white?? after having the beautiful rose color( i had the same color in a house we used to own about 15 years ago and I loved the new window:)

  14. Hello Ava ~ sorry I haven't been on in a while. New window looks fab, well worth all the effort. I love your house, it has so many things to look at.

    Wishing you and your lovely family lots of fun, laughter and happiness for 2012 and I hope you acquire lots of lovely vintage bargains on your travels, happy hunting .........! Haizi xxx

  15. Happy-happy New year! *woot-woot* Love the new window and tin panels!!