We moved house in February and you would be forgiven for wondering why I’ve not shared many posts of our new house as we finish each room. It’s basically because no room is yet finished enough! Thanks to the Customise Your Life Challenge and a little DIY project I’ve been taking part in, I feel like the Snug is finally ready for it’s tiny but grand unveiling.

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

Customise Your Life Challenge

I was invited by Newcastle Building Society to take part in their Customise Your Life Challenge as they are currently celebrating the launch of their CustomISA, which is all about flexible saving. The CustomISA allows you to spread your tax-free savings across as many Newcastle ISAs as you like each year. It’s designed for savers who would usually have to decide between sacrificing rates on their ISA for access or sacrificing access to their own money for a better rate. Perfect for anyone who might have savings they need to get to, for example, if they’re in the middle of a move!

The premise behind the challenge was to customise a piece of furniture to make it mine, in much the same way as you can with the CustomISA – see what they did there?!

AND, you have a chance to also win your very own ‘Customise Your Life’ upcycling hamper pack, click here to enter the #CustomiseYourLife Competition!

My #CustomiseYourLife Project

So, on to The Snug! This is my favourite room.

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

This little space is just off the kitchen and I was keen for it to be a little den of cosiness, filled with books, music and games.

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

Our wonderful handyman, Neil, expertly built the bookshelf and once the new sofa had arrived, we just needed a toy chest to hide Reuben’s toys in!

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

Cue the Customise your Life Project. I was kindly sent a toy chest to customise that was perfect for making into a chalkboard toy chest which can be continuously customised depending on who’s got the chalk!

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

Here’s how I did it (with a little direction from Neil!):

1. Remove the lid and prime the whole chest with a primer.

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

2. Apply woodwork paint – we’ve used a Farrow and Ball paint called Dimity throughout the house on the woodwork, so I painted the majority of the chest this colour. It will probably need 2 coats.

3. For the lid, I use Rustoleum chalkboard paint. I did 3 coats to make sure it was really thick and glossy!

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

Shiny!

4. I then got creative with a design (thank you Pinterest!). When we’re sick of it (or it’s been rubbed off!) we can start again. Also the kids can customise it any time they want too!

I was very pleased with this…up until the cat jumped up and smudged it! But hey, gives me chance to get creative again. It’s quite therapeutic!

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

And it looks great in the Snug.

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life

Have you ever customised your furniture?

I’d love to hear about your projects in the comment below or tweet your picture using the #CustomiseYourLife hashtag.

If you’d like a chance to win a lovely hamper of paints and brushes so you can Customise Your Life then click here to enter the #CustomiseYourLife competition!

The Snug unveiling and how to customise your life - with competition