Kirsty's vintage home

(50 Posts)
Daisybell1 Sun 11-Nov-12 14:38:58

Please tell me she's going to do a country farmhouse one preferably one where the house is currently 1970s dead-mother-in-law chic?

I'd so love them to come here, rummage through the crap, unearth the good furniture, put the fireplaces back in and replace the curtains/carpets.

Am seriously thinking of applying for the next series, as it's the only way this place will be sorted. I can see so much potential here but can't see through the stuff...

SoupDragon Sun 11-Nov-12 14:58:23

I love this programme. Since watching the last couple of her programmes, I've been replacing my identikit Ikea flatpack for stuff from a local second hand warehouse.

I wouldn't want to be on TV but I so want her to come shopping with me!

Daisybell1 Sun 11-Nov-12 15:16:20

Will you come and sort my house out Soup? There's so much stuff crammed in here there must be some good things but I'm pants with interior decorating sad

I also wouldn't want to be on tv but I'm desperate!

SoupDragon Sun 11-Nov-12 15:22:46

My house is also crammed with Stuff though smile

Daisybell1 Sun 11-Nov-12 15:28:52

It's easier to look through someone else's stuff though, isn't it?

SoupDragon Sun 11-Nov-12 15:49:44

True smile

buttercrumble Sun 11-Nov-12 15:58:23

I was really dissapointed with this new series the other night, after enjoying last years so much. Im hoping it gets better.....

MrsBovary Sun 11-Nov-12 16:00:35

I caught the end of the last programme. Haven't really formed an opinion yet, but I did prefer the bedding box before it was upcycled with the 60s (I think) fabric.

Daisybell1 Sun 11-Nov-12 16:43:30

Yes, I guess it depends if you like the style they're going for. The toy box thing was helpful to me as I've got one exactly the same so I now know what to do. I wouldn't choose that fabric though!

SoupDragon Sun 11-Nov-12 18:01:51

I think the principles are the same, whether you like the styles or not.

Daisybell1 Sun 11-Nov-12 20:41:05

That's true Soup, I guess I'm just not very imaginative! I hope she covers how to sand down and paint furniture as I've found a rat-nibbled curved chest of drawers in the barn, and have just found all the curved drawers to fit it.

SoupDragon Sun 11-Nov-12 20:59:35

If you're just planning on sanding to give a key to paint on, then you just need to rough it up a bit, paint on an ndercoatmand then your choice of top coat.

scarlet5tyger Sun 11-Nov-12 21:19:24

I was really disappointed. I think they need to decide whether this is a craft show or a home makeover show as at the moment it's neither.

I might be biased as I'm no Kirsty fan but they just seemed to skim over everything I wanted to watch, but spent ages reminding us of what we'd just watched or highlighting what was coming up later in the show.

Daisybell1 Mon 12-Nov-12 11:29:01

That's true Scarlet - maybe they want us to buy the book and sign up for a course...

Thanks Soup. It's already bare wood so sanding and undercoat would be quite easy. Can you paint over wood filler? The sides are quite nibbled...

SoupDragon Mon 12-Nov-12 11:44:11

Yes, you can paint over filler smile

I think that the series is showing how you can use crafts in your home. Rather than just, say, a programme on how to make a quilt they show you that you can make something that is completely "you" and fits perfectly into your home.

So, in the case of the first programme, you can make a quilt that is personal to you, decorating tired furniture is possible and you can make lights - in the case of the latter, people may well google the maker and just buy them.

I think it's "stance" is showing you how to furnish your home without having identikit high street stuff. If you want to learn more about a particular craft you'll have to seek it out but the idea has been planted. I don't think it is a craft show per se, more one that shows how you can use crafts in your home.

SoupDragon Mon 12-Nov-12 11:46:10

And Daisybell, I'm already jealous of your barn where you have stashes of furniture. I"m sure it's nothing like I am imagining it but don't spoil that grin

Is the house one that has been in your DHs family since the dawn of time and you're not allowed to change anything? Was that thread you?

Daisybell1 Mon 12-Nov-12 12:30:07

Yes that's me blush

He has finally agreed that I can move the kitchen to the other side of the house and knock through front to back to make a big family space, the current kitchen will then become his office/downstairs loo.

I do have several barns filled with stuff. So far I've found:

Fireplaces which have since been boxed in
Wooden mantle piece
Refectory table currently covered in tools
Rat nibbled chest of drawers
Child's school desk from the closed village school
Cupboard doors from boxed in cupboards
Sewing machine table with treddle

This is why I'm hoping that the programme will do some more furniture restoration!

SoupDragon Mon 12-Nov-12 12:39:05


Daisybell1 Mon 12-Nov-12 14:05:52

However it's all buried under pile of crap - any takers for 4 dark wood sideboards?

SoupDragon Mon 12-Nov-12 14:16:35

I only have the crap though, nothing buried under it other than more crap!

jammic Mon 12-Nov-12 19:59:25

Daisy, in my head, your house sounds fab grin I'm sure in reality it's a lot trickier than that! I only watched kirstie this morning and I quite enjoyed it. Takes crafts a step further than the last one. The lounge worked better than their bedroom (a bit too much wallpaper for me) but not really my taste. But feeling quite inspired...

SoupDragon Thu 15-Nov-12 20:21:55

Painting furniture!! Just as you wanted smile

Daisybell1 Thu 15-Nov-12 20:39:29

Ooh brilliant! I've got it recorded so I'll have a look later. Thank you for reminding me :-)

devonsmummy Thu 15-Nov-12 20:49:39

I'll take 4 sideboards if you're near me!

SoupDragon Thu 15-Nov-12 21:03:14

They just did some chairs but the principle is the same for everything. smile

I was in Ikea today, for the first time in ages, buying plastic storage tubs. the rows of identical things made me feelmslightly nauseous where I used to love it.

Daisybell1 Thu 15-Nov-12 21:10:15

I'm watching it on plus 1!

Daisybell1 Thu 15-Nov-12 21:11:15

Hate the sideboard :-( but will be good to see what they do with it.

Daisybell1 Thu 15-Nov-12 21:26:07

OMG, she's me! Overwhelmed by it all, doesn't know where to start, nowhere to put the crap, I have real sympathy.

I've got a gate-leg table too!

Sugar-soap - must buy
Light sanding - ok
Undercoat - have got gallons of stuff
Paint - interesting that they used emulsion....
Ooh, distressing...
Not sure I like the effect but I now know what to do!

SoupDragon Thu 15-Nov-12 21:45:14

If you use emulsion I think you need to seal it with varnish. Although for boxes and stuff I've not bothered.

I too am overwhelmed smile

Daisybell1 Thu 15-Nov-12 22:07:00

This week was more inspiring, at least, I could relate it better to this house.

SoupDragon Fri 16-Nov-12 07:21:44

My bedroom is like theirs was. I have a pathway from the door to the bed and from bed to ensuite.

Daisybell1 Fri 16-Nov-12 08:58:45

So's mine, and mine is the one room we've done! It's inspired me to get the rat-nibbled drawers sorted and they can go in the window alcove to take all my stuff.

I've got a mirror to go up which is propped against the wall, a lamp without a shade, and there's washing everywhere blush

I've got coffee tables as bedside tables - I'm not sure I dare paint them but I wonder if I could put wallpaper or fabric under the glass...

SoupDragon Fri 16-Nov-12 09:11:47

Are we twins grin

I cringed when they said they'd moved in in whatever and hadn't decorated the room since. I moved in at the start of 2002...

expatinscotland Fri 16-Nov-12 09:16:32

Dipping your baskets in a tray of paint - what a mess!

Daisybell1 Fri 16-Nov-12 09:18:43

Soup, I think we might be! I did wonder about crocheting some doilys to go underneath the glass in the coffee tables...

Expat - I didn't get that too - perfectly nice baskets ruined!

SoupDragon Fri 16-Nov-12 09:29:16

Yes! "Sugar dipped baskets" my arse... they looked like you'd dipped them badly in white emulsion.

[arf] at crocheted doilies under the glass - granny chic grin

Daisybell1 Fri 16-Nov-12 10:18:33

Granny chic sums up my aim! There's a pic on my profile of what I've just found in the airing cupboard!

SoupDragon Fri 16-Nov-12 10:39:45

Do I want to look...?

SoupDragon Fri 16-Nov-12 10:40:26

You found a pram in your airing cupboard? Must be a huuuuge cupboard grin

scarlet5tyger Fri 16-Nov-12 15:09:59

Not watched it yet but am hoping its better than last week.

Soupdragon, I'm a foster carer and you wouldn't believe some of the places I store prams!!

Daisybell1 Fri 16-Nov-12 16:26:14

Oh bloody hell, blooming uploads!

It's up now but fear it will be a let down...

SoupDragon Sat 17-Nov-12 14:28:10

Doilies! grin

Daisybell1 Sat 17-Nov-12 17:33:46

Doily central!!! And hand embroidered tablecloths, and handmade lace and granny square blankets!

I must be able to do SOMETHING with them!?!?

SoupDragon Sat 17-Nov-12 17:37:52

<<looks round boring 30s semi>>


Daisybell1 Sun 18-Nov-12 10:45:44

1930s semis have lots going for them! Your walls aren't held together by the wallpaper, your corners are fairly square, and I'm pretty sure you won't have rats in the loft. There's a lot going for them!

SoupDragon Sun 18-Nov-12 13:18:36

We also don't have barns full of furniture/fireplaces/cupboard doors or airing cupboards full of doilies etc.

I have had mice under the kitchen cupboards though. smile

chocolateteabag Mon 19-Nov-12 20:15:15

Ugh just watching the second one on sky plus - that is NOT how you do a chair seat, where is the web stretcher? Those seats will be baggy and droopy in 5 mins

Finding this show slightly disappointing and I love Kirstie

Daisybell1 Mon 19-Nov-12 22:28:57

Oh, didn't know about web stretching. What do I need to do?

chocolateteabag Tue 20-Nov-12 09:11:55

Hi Daisy
The Webstretcher is a tool which helps you get the webbing really taut before you tack it down. Then you get a much better "springier" seat in a chair.
Link here to how to use one
and Link here to one on amazon (and so you can see what it looks like

I got mine for £6 at a hardware shop - they are the kind of things to turn up in car boot sales as people don't often have a need for them.

Also in the show - the chap used LOADS of webbing and was really wasteful. All the upholstery teachers I've had (I was a course addict before DS) were careful to show you how to use the webbing from the roll to do each line. Ie don't cut strips first.
You also don't really need more than 3-4 lines of webbing for a normal chair - there can be some gaps inbetween the webs (not like their awful attempts)

Daisybell1 Fri 23-Nov-12 20:17:00

Ooh, interesting... I love your links, thank you!

I'm watching this week's right now, and am super excited about them doing a kitchen BUT am I being really cynical that the lady on it is simply promoting her own business - an hrs advertising for free?

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