$10 Side Table Transformation

Recently a friend gave me a couple of things for helping her pick out some new furniture pieces for her house.
Among them was this side table.

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It was in awful condition– it was super scratched up and had even been stored outside for awhile. Not necessarily the shape or style I would normally choose, I decided to jazz it up with a bright electric blue paint and a fun knob from Anthropologie.

The first knob I tried didn't quite work.
The first knob I tried didn’t quite work.
The second knob was much better!
The second knob was much better!
Here's the finished product. Pretty fun, huh? I could totally see this jazzing up a room!
Here’s the finished product. Pretty fun, huh? I could totally see this jazzing up a room!

I’m saying this cost about $10 because the knob was $7 and I didn’t even use half a can of paint or primer. It was a totally simple fix, so before you throw away that piece that’s been bugging you, try painting it and giving it a new life!

Another Imaginary Room!

I’ve probably been spending a little too much time online because I have so many photos to create imaginary rooms with! This one started with the chair. I love the pops of red, white, blue, and green!

I’ve got a chair I’ve been working on, and it just hasn’t been going anywhere because I’ve been waiting to find that perfect fabric. I keep flip flopping between something traditional (because it does have cane backing) or something a little funkier (I’ve looked at tribal prints, monkey prints, sea horses…) After creating this board, I think I’ve decided on a funky pattern in traditional colors, like red or blue.

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Current Obsession: Linen Settees

So my current obsession is linen seating. I just can’t help it, its just so… chic.

All of these except the bottom right are random photos from Houzz. The bottom right is a custom sofa from Restoration Hardware.
All of these except the bottom right are random photos from Houzz. The bottom right is a custom sofa from Restoration Hardware.

Now you might be asking “where did this random obsession come from?!”

Here’s my story. In Paris, I came across a blue linen settee that the vendor had rehabbed himself. It was SO charming, but it was also SO expensive (and let’s not even talk about how much it would have cost to ship… I’ll tell you guys about a recent shipping nightmare as soon as I get it resolved!)

The settee that started it all at the Paris Flea Market.
The settee that started it all at the Paris Flea Market.

Anyway, ever since I have been back in LA, I have been thinking about linen settees, looking around for the perfect find, keeping it in the back on my mind during every shopping trip and every Craigslist scavenger hunt.

Ocean-y Ombre

Ocean-y Ombre

Everyone knows that ombre is all the rage right now. You can see it in hair, on fingertips, in fashion, and now in home design.

I found this super cute set for sale on Craigslist the other day. I just love how the ombre effect plays out on this pair. This would be a really easy project to dress up a plain chest of drawers.
I can just see shades of pink for a little girl’s room, but these blues are appropriate for any age!

More Chairs!

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I’m slowly buy surely finishing up this dining set. I had a very specific vision of how this set should look, and am so picky about color that it has been difficult to get it right. I actually ended up going to Tiffany in order to grab a catalog to have the color matched for this paint. It’s only the first coat of paint and I’m absolutely IN LOVE with these babies!
Obviously this set is going to be good for someone who loves bright colors (coming from someone who loves brights: I painted this room hot pink to emphasize a lime green kitchen.)

Pinterest Project I: Penny Stain

So we all know that not everything we read on the Internet is true. But what about Pinterest?

Well, I learned the hard way that not everything on Pinterest works. I’ve had great experiences with recipes and stain removers. I saw a post about an easy roll-up curtain, so I went and got all the materials, bought fabric, and spent about an hour putting it together. When I installed the curtain, I quickly realized that it was too heavy to roll up (basically making it useless.) Sad as I was, my faith in Pinterest Projects remained unshaken.

Next project: Homemade Stain.

This sounded great- an organic stain that had a pretty blue tint. I wanted to use it on the table stuffed in the car on my “Prius Problems” post.

I went to the dollar store and bought glass jars and vinegar, picked out a bunch of pennies, and combined them all. After a couple of days, the vinegar was looking a little murky, but definitely NOT blue. I tried shaking it, left the pennies to marinate an extra week, then decided that this just wasn’t going to work out.

I found another recipe to make stain using pennies, and will probably try it, but am not depending on it working! Anyone have experience with stains?

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Epic fail: The only color you’re seeing is from my tile.