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Old 31-05-2010, 10:05 AM
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After several weeks of not being able to get to my house I headed off bursting with enthusiasm. First job was to enlarge a window opening which was too small (after deciding to change the windows) I measured it out and it cut beautifully - too easy I thought...then realised I had cut too much away

OK, worry about that later.

Next I decided to paint the recycled packaging (in lieu of egg cartons) flagstone floor downstairs. No paint. Several hours later I got some and the packaging started splitting the more I painted. Hopefully it will dry alright and those bits that came right away have given it a well (very well) worn look. Only a couple more coats to add...

My brass door knobs were looking a bit too shiny so I tried out 'antiquing' them over a flame. Worked beautifully Then I picked up the brass lions head door knocker, my recent pride and joy purchase, to give it a more antique look . . . it melted.

Oh well, tomorrow is a fresh start!

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Old 31-05-2010, 10:47 AM
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HI BB Oh heck it never rains but it pours . Hope things improve, well they cannot get any worse can they It is so upetting when things happen like that especially if you damage a favourite item.
So far I have been lucky more buy luck than judgement I must admit. Things that have gone wrong I have managed to either hide of change in some way.
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Old 31-05-2010, 10:51 AM
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lol, I'm not too worried, I'm sure it will all work out and it wasn't be the first window I have cut too big. There is always PVA to coat the floor with and the lions head knocker, while tragic, was funny - it was sizzling away and I thought it must have been burning varnish off so held it in longer - I nearly died when I saw what I had done.

On the upside, I called at a charity shop while getting paint and got heaps of crafty stuff that should come in useful.
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Old 31-05-2010, 10:52 AM
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i have ahad a few disasters too, bits breaking off of furniture, torn wallpaper etc. my most recent and most upsetting was an apothecary jar i bought with a snakes head for a spout, i dropped it, the snake broke off and i still havent found it. although i doubt it would glue back on seamlessly. i am currently trying to find another
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Old 31-05-2010, 10:54 AM
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oops forgot to say, what a rotten day for you. to have so much go wrong in one day is very disheartening, i hope you can find another knocker and that the ''flagstones'' will be ok in the end
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Old 31-05-2010, 10:55 AM
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Oh what a pity about the jar!

I can't help wondering if there are little dolls house imps about - my wallpaper has a small tear in it that I cannot work out how it happened.
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Old 31-05-2010, 11:00 AM
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Oh Dear Christine, Not good news, hope the floor dries ok. Is it possible to infill round the window opening. As for the door knocker you must be well miffed. I know what you mean about things being to shiney, I have to dull everything down. The door locks/handles I paint with old gold acrilic paint and a touch of black mixed in which gives a more realistic effect as you can see in the photo. Its also safer than using heat, I`m keeping well away from anything hot since my last encounter with the solder iron.
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Old 31-05-2010, 11:13 AM
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That looks great, Shelagh (as usual )

The heat - just a fat candle - worked beautifully on the brass door knobs (held with a pair of tweezers). I think the knocker must have been made of aluminium or something and just coated in a shiny finish. It wasn't expensive and is easily available again (and I don't actually have a door yet ) so will probably get another when I need enough stuff to make the postage worth it.
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Old 31-05-2010, 12:47 PM
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Sorry to hear you have had a bad day Bluebird - I often have days like that but things usually come together later.
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Old 31-05-2010, 01:29 PM
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Ooppss Bluebird, hope things start to straighten out for you, we all have crazy days!
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