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upcycled chest of drawers Upcycled chest of drawers in ombré pastel pink and yellow.

Sustainability and non wastage in design and decor is now more important than ever. I’m slowly taking steps to embrace this for my home.

I’ve been wanting to get a chest of drawers for the corner of this room to store my props. However, I haven’t found anything suitable.

I was really pleased to discover Made By Raphael who restores and upcycle second hand furniture.

I’ve been looking for a narrow chest of drawers in an ombre collection of pastel hues. Raphael showed me his stock of vintage furniture. There were many beautiful mid century modern pieces, but I wanted something simple.

I knew instantly the chest of drawers above was what I wanted.

We then discussed colours, and I told Raphael that I wanted 3 ombre shades of pastel pink and yellow. I left him to pick the shades. Judging by his past work, I knew he would pick the colour palette that I like. upcycled chest of drawers I was so thrilled when I unwrapped the drawers that Raphael himself delivered to me.

The quality of the painting was amazing.

The upcycled chest of drawers looked totally new. This is unsurprising as Raphael has experience in furniture restoration and repair.

It just looks perfect in this corner of my workspace don’t you think? I’m so pleased with how it had turned out. Now, I can tidy away all that mess I previously had on the floor. The colours are soothing and so in line with the aesthetic of my home. If you are looking for something similar, I highly recommend Made by Raphael. Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my upcycled chest of drawers. Have a lovely day.

( My photography)

How to restore a wooden dining table to its former glory with Ronseal Interior wax.

I can’t believe it’s one more week till December and soon the Christmas rush will set in.

Last year, I went all out with a rainbow Christmas tree, but this year I’ve decided to do something a little different.

I’ve decided to convert one of my workspaces into a Christmas room.

This will be done over 3 phases and I will show its progress over 3 posts. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed my large oak study table previously on Instagram, but it has taken quite a battering over the years. It was originally a dining table with two wooden benches. I’ve decided to restore it back to its former glory.

I’m not sure what I was thinking of, but I had painted the benches white too. That now all needs stripping out. I’ve discovered a fast and effective way to restore wooden furniture, and I thought I’d share the steps here.

I’ve decided to use Ronseal Interior wax for a matt finish. I’ve picked a natural matt finish to match my table.It’s really simple to use, just brush on after the table is prep. No buffing required. It provides excellent protection against knocks, scuffs and touch dries in 20 minutes. Here’s a list of what’s needed to start the project: Ronseal interior wax, 120 grit fine sanding paper, sanding block, gloves, mask, lint free cloth and brush.

Step 1: Sand along the line of the wood grain very gently. You can see the area sanded on the left compared to the right.

Step 2: Once sanded, wipe the table down with a wet lint free cloth. Then allow to dry. Step 3: gently brush on the Ronseal interior wax on the wood surface. Paint along the line of the wood grain. Step 4 : Allow to dry. It only takes 20 minutes. Can you see how beautiful the table now looks? The wood grain has come through so well. I’m so looking forward to styling this table for our Christmas feast.

I hope you will follow me in my progress as I refurbish this room into a warm and cosy Christmas space.

The next step in my Christmas DIY would be the walls. I’m going to do a Christmas statement wall. What colour do you think I’ll go for?

I’m so happy to have this table back to its former glory. Such an easy update to make everything tired look new and beautiful again.

Have a lovely start to your week.

This is a paid partnership post but all opinions are my own. All photography are by me.

A fun and colourful advent calendar DIY.

Hello! First of all, can you believe that it’s only 3 more weeks till December?

Since time is flying by, I thought it would probably be fun to make something in anticipation of the Christmas countdown, hence my advent calendar DIY. I’ve decided to fill my advent calendar with indulgent Green & Black’s chocolates. Green & Black’s chocolates are simply a treat because they are smooth, velvety and delicious.

This year, they have given their Organic Miniature Bar collection and Organic Milk Miniature Bar Collection a new look.

Each box contain twelve 15g miniature bars with numerous flavours, from Sea Salt to Butterscotch and fiery ginger.

As you can see wrapped up for Day 25 is one of the Miniature Bar collection boxes. If you fancy gifting a bigger box, then there’s another option.

Feast your eyes on Green & Black’s Organic Tasting collection (on my desk above). It contains a perfectly indulgent collection of chocolate flavours from all over the world I thought it would be fun to show you how I’ve created the advent calendars.

1 : Cut festive gift wrap paper into 17x17cm squares

2 : Fold the paper with a slight 2cm overlap.

3 : Tape the edges together  4 : Fold one side up by around 2 cm to create the base of the bag. Open up the base folds by creating 2 triangles on either side.  5 : Fold the base edges together and secure with tape.  6 : Open up the bag by pushing out the base of the bag so that it can even stand on a flat surface. 7: Fill the bag with treats, and in my case, Green & Black’s miniature chocolates.

8: Fold top of bag over and seal with tape  9: punch a hole over top of bag and thread a ribbon through. I joined my ribbons together with double sided tape. 10: Print out some cards printed with numbers and stick it onto the advent bag with double sided tape.

So here it is!

What do you think? I’ve also used one of my old metal grid boards to hang the advent bags. Don’t they look pretty? I’m starting to get excited for Christmas. Will you be creating your own advent calendar this year?

It really seems like time is now rushing by doesn’t it?

At least I can reassure myself that I’ve done something in the run up to Christmas right? advent calendar diy Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Finally, I’m now tempted to go make myself a cup of tea and taste one of my Green & Black’s miniature chocolates. They are most certainly moreish.

( all DIY, styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This advent calendar project is part of a paid sponsorship project with Green & Black’s).

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