Welcome to Quayside my town by the seaside!


Thank you for visiting my blog and thanks even more if you decide to follow :-) I really do enjoying doing it and love to share my projects with you all! In the village at last count I had 18 houses, 14 little roombox size shops, 3 half houses, and 1 half church (half being just a front!) there's also 1 quarter of a house (just half of a front lol) 2 market stalls, 3 market carts and beach huts on the beach although theres always seems to be room for just one more!

I also have a my 1st house a traditional Victorian manor which is very special as it was bought with money left to me by my beloved Nan. There's also my witches house and a witches shop. I also have a lovely Honeychurch house which is my Christmas shop and house and my latest venture a little vintage cottage. But the bulk of my property empire is Quayside, my little Cornish seaside village full of lovely individual cottages and all its wonderful residents. This has become a real labour of love and has turned me from a Dolls house fan into a complete and utter addict! The links below will take you to each of my houses and I especially hope you enjoy your visit to Quayside :-)

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Making things for Seashell Cottage

I am trying to do Seashell Cottage in a shabby chic style and I am only a beginner at this style so learning as I go along!! Today I ordered a barewood dresser and table and chairs so I am looking forward to trying out my shabbying techniques on them when they arrive. Today I decided I needed to tackle the sink. The one that was in there was actually quite a nice sink and I didn't really want to try distressing just in case I made a mess of it as it would have been a shame to ruin it. Instead I remembered there was a sink on bricks in Lavender and I had another one similar in my spare bits draw so I could swap it with that. I decided I would have a go at making something that would be more suitable for a shabby chic style kitchen.

First I added a couple of shelves underneath to make it a bit more interesting........

Then I got a piece of ply and made it into a splashback with a little shelf......

I then painted the whole thing white which took 2 coats and then rubbed it down slightly when it was dry to give it a worn look. Lastly I printed off some pretty wallpaper to line the shelves and some brick style paper for the splashback. I added some storage jars that I repainted and added some pretty labels. I'm quite pleased at how its turned out :-) it def fits with the theme better than the old sink and as its a bit smaller the little stove I have which I love (a fab Ebay find!) now fits in the gap just right!

I also had a pretty fireplace surround I got from Ebay for £3.90 with free P & P which I thought was a pretty good bargain as I loved the flower design. Today I added a tiled back and a hearth and sanded it a little just to make it look a little worn The candles are a couple of tea light cut down to the right size. Not sure it looks too shabby chic but I quite like it!


  1. Well done! Everything you made looks wonderful for this cottage. I love it.

  2. You made a great job of the sink! Love it. All of it looks fab. The crochet blankets wink to me every time I see them, lol.

  3. Both look really good but I love the sink in particular. Well done!

  4. That sink is superb! I love the colours, splashback and shelves, plus all your little pots as well. That's an absolutely 1st class job, I shall place my order soon lol!

  5. Gorgeous! I loved the sink and the fireplace!

  6. You've worked wonders on the sink - it looks fantastic - and I love the photo of the room with the light on. It looks so realistic and cosy.

  7. I like the little stove, it's super cute.

  8. Wow so many lovely comments thank you all so much I really do appreciate you taking the time to post something :-) I am so pleased with the sink although I did notice I had a label upside down on one of the containers lol close up pics can be very useful!!!