So Far So Good: The Wednesday Blog Hop..

Happy Wednesday guys! How are you today?

So far so good for me!! 

My open plan kitchen is on it’s way. The shelves are up and one coat of black varnish is nearly covered it. (This photo was taken a few days ago!). 

So far it has used 3 tins of varnish. My husband had to come home from work tonight and drive out miles to our nearest Ikea for another 4 tins of varnish to cover the rest and varnish it once more.

I don’t think I ever want to varnish my own shelves again!! There have been tears, lol! Hopefully, it will look great once finished!! I am so tired, lol. I think it is going to look great when it is all finished though.

Me and my son before Parkrun on Saturday. He only finished 10 minutes in front of me in a 3 miles race! I am so slow and he is so quick. One day, I will be faster… ha! I have been saying that for 10 years and now I am even slower.

How cool is the name of this paint!? English trifle does sound yummy. It was so bright when just painted. My son nearly jumped out his skin; when he first see it. So did I every time I looked at it. Luckily id dried lighter! Lovely colour now it has dried.

Google sends me little reminders of years gone by. Today they told me I took this photo of Mollie, exactly a year ago. This was the first day we brought her a Frisbee. She loved it and has been obsessed with them since. We can not go to the park with one. One man and his dog frisbee.

Talking of obsessed, how many cupcake cases did I find when I was sorting my kitchen things out!! 100’s…

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  1. vanity andme
    October 18, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    I'm enjoying watching you're kitchen coming together in stages Claire. Can you throw some of those cup cake cases my way? I never have them when I need them!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 19, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Hehe Laurie, throwing some your way 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Tamar SB
    October 18, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Those shelves will be so worth it! Well done on your park run!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 19, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Tamar, they are getting there. Can not wait to fill them up 🙂

  3. Fashion Fairy Dust
    October 19, 2016 / 9:22 am

    You can tell by the look on Mollie's face that she loves frisbees! Congrats on the kitchen…how exciting!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 19, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks Debbie, I am happy now it is getting there 🙂

  4. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    October 19, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    I love the color and the name! Those shelves are going to be amazing and I love your brick wall too. You do have a lot of cupcake liners. I like to see them in a tall clear jar to show off all of the colors and patterns. Varnishing sounds like a lot of work, we've been painting and I can feel your pain. It will all be worth it!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 19, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Oh wow Heather, great minds think alike and all that. I put them in a tall glass yesterday, hehe 🙂 Thanks lovely, what a cool name for the colour 🙂

  5. nancy baten
    October 19, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Oh I hate Ikea….sorry. I went last weekend to find one thing and they didn't have it. On a Sunday….stupid me. So I bought candy! I am looking forward to pictures of the kitchen when it's finished!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 19, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      I love Ikea and want to jut buy every room ha!! I went at the weekend a few weeks ago, it is awaful when it is busy, isn't it Nancy ?

  6. Cathy Glynn
    October 20, 2016 / 10:40 am

    You are very brave with all the staining, I don't think I would have the patience. Good luck and I can't wait to see the finished result x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks Cathy, it had taken forever but I am glad it is finished now 🙂

  7. Dean B
    October 20, 2016 / 11:16 am

    The kitchen is looking great! Can't wait to see the finished product 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:02 pm

      Aww, thanks Dean 🙂

  8. J. Elle
    October 20, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I can remember staining all of my kitchen cabinets and thinking Why did I decide to do this?! Your shelves will look great when they are finished and you will be so proud of your accomplishment.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Hehe, I always say, never again. But I do 🙂 Thanks lovely..

  9. Anosa Malanga
    October 20, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    What a lovely blog hop, I am so loving the name of that's paint though too bright for me lol

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Hehe, it is a little bright ..

  10. Jayne SMABL
    October 20, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Can't wait to see the end result of your kitchen! It's going to look fab with all of that shelving.How lovely that you and your son both share a love of running 🙂 x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Thanks Jayne, hehe he love running, I just try my best to love it, if I was a good runner, I would love it 🙂

  11. Five Little Doves
    October 20, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Haha I love your cupcake case obsession! I have a cupboard full too! That paint looks lovely and sunny too!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you. Trying to make it feel warmer in here 🙂

  12. Evelina
    October 20, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Absolutely love the shelves, love the way how your kitchen is changing.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Aww, thanks Evelina 🙂

  13. Marie Barber
    October 21, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    My kitchen cupboard is due a clearout and im betting i have hundred of cupcake cases too!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:18 pm

      Hehe, I love buying new ones with pretty patterns 🙂

  14. Handmade in Israel
    October 22, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Mollie is just gorgeous! I love the name of the paint… mmm…. trifle!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  15. Stella Olojola
    October 22, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I bet it would look great once it's finished. Home renovations can be stressful.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      Thanks Stella 🙂 I hate decorating and moving things around..

  16. Grant Robson
    October 22, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    It's looking great so far! I'd love to be able to redesign our kitchen. And our bathroom. And the gardens……

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 23, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      Thanks Grant 🙂 I would love to makeover all my house if some one did it for me..

  17. Kara Guppy
    October 24, 2016 / 6:28 am

    That is a lot of varnish, fingers crossed you have almost finished now

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 24, 2016 / 9:07 pm

      All done now, pheww!! Thanks Kara 🙂

  18. Fiona
    October 24, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I'm sure your shelves will come out looking great, I hate varnishing things too, it takes so long! Loving the name of that paint. I hope you'll be filling all those cupcake cases with gorgeous bakes 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 24, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks Fiona, my shelves took forever but now finished. I need to make lots of cakes now 🙂

  19. Chloe/Life Unexpected
    October 24, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Can't wait to see your finished shelves and the colour. The paint sounds like it'll look delicious. I love that you and your son go running together, it sounds like you have such a nice bond. xx

    • Clairejustine oxox
      October 24, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks Chloe, I will get some pictures done, now they are all finished 🙂

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