Monday, 31 March 2014

Torie Jayne has moved...

Hello Lovelies!

I am very excited to tell you that my blog has a new home at
Please come over and say Hi! I would love to know what you think of it xx

"I started my blog over 5 years ago with the aim of sharing with you my favourite finds, my recipes, craft tutorials, seasonal decorating, and interior ideas. Over the past several months I have worked alongside my partner to bring you my new blog that I hope means you will be able to easily and quickly find the content you are looking for.

I am still in the process of bringing the old content over and in the near future we will be adding in a "Decorate" section that will contain all the photographs of my house along with inspirational interior decorating ideas and finds. Also, there will be a new section called "Style" where you will find my seasonal decorating ideas along with inspirational stylists and more.

Unfortunately I am not able to bring over all your lovely comments, but I hope you will love my new website and will want to leave new feedback.

Enjoy! xx

Monday, 16 December 2013

Giveaway of a pretty Mint tea cake stand from Bombay Duck

Today, I am delighted to announce a giveaway of a Miss Darcy 3 Tier Cake Stand Teacup and Saucer Mint and Gold Spot from Bombay Duck worth £45!

"With plenty of room for an array of baked delights, sandwiches and sweets, serve afternoon tea with added flair using our metallic spotted three tier cake stand topped with a teacup!"

For a chance to win the Miss Darcy 3 Tier Cake Stand Teacup and Saucer Mint and Gold Spot please visit Bombay Duck and leave a comment below letting me know what you hope Santa brings you from Bombay Duck. The giveaway ends on Monday, 22nd December 2013 at 10pm (BST) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Monday, 23rd December.

To increase your chances of winning this fabulous prize, you can gain one additional entry for doing each of the following:
  • tweeting about this giveaway
  • blogging about it
  • follow Torie Jayne via Bloglovin
  • follow Torie Jayne on Twitter
  • "Like" Torie Jayne on Facebook
For the first two, please leave a comment below with the link to your tweet or blog post.

The giveaway ends on Sunday, 22nd December 2013 at 10pm (BST), open to UK readers only.

Good luck and have a sweet day!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

My 99p Craft Room Dresser - A Makeover

My 99p dresser after

As many of you know, we moved house a couple of months ago. Which means I have a new craft room to decorate!
In the first couple of weeks of moving in to our new house we went around and white washed all the walls so we would have a blank canvas to start with. I chose one of the rooms at the back of the house as my new craft room/office and started planning the design, so I could get myself organized and up and running as quickly as I could. Next year I will be looking at replacing the flooring and giving the room a top coat but in the meantime...

The room is quite a bit bigger than my old craft room so I started looking for a dresser that I could fill with my craft equipment. I found a really large dresser on Ebay, that was only half an hour away and had a reserved price of 99p!

So I put a bid in, and four days later after no one else had bid for it, I bought it for 99p, plus £50 delivery for hiring "a man & a van". Once it arrived in two parts, I took the drawers out, removed the lower cupboard doors and removed all the old cupboard handles. I then took it outside where I thoroughly sanded down the surfaces with 240 grade sandpaper, wiped it down with white spirit and a lint-free cloth. Then we heaved it up to my craft room and assembled it back together by putting the top half on to the base...

Dresser before

As the Melamine furniture was so dark to begin with I started by painting it with Ronseal One Coat Multi Surface Primer which has a superb adhesion to surfaces, prevents peeling of the topcoat and is tough, waterproof and highly durable.
"It's been specially formulated to prime and seal tiles, melamine, MDF, wood, metal, plaster and brick in just a single coat" After painting it with one coat and leaving it to dry for four hours, I lightly sanded down any imperfections, cleaned it with a dry dust cloth and gave it a second coat. The following day I applied one even coat of Ronseal cupboard paint in brilliant white, finishing in a vertical direction so as not to leave brush marks. I then lightly sanded down any imperfections, cleaned it with a dry dust cloth and gave it a second coat of Ronseal cupboard paint...

Dresser during

I love how it turned out, it is a lovely bright white colour, with not a hint of the dark brown colour it was before! and now you can't even tell it is melamine! I replaced the old handles with some lovely new Bombay Duck Ceramic Flower Door Knobs in White with Silver Stripes ...

Bombay Duck knobs on my dresser

Bombay Duck cupboard knob

I love how it has hidden storage for my sewing machine...

Hidden storage for my sewing machine

My 99p dresser after

A big thanks to Ronseal for kindly providing the paint and to the fab Bombay Duck for providing the cupboard knobs.

Have a sweet day!