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.
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.
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!
I am loving these looks right now… apparently I am ALL about the COLOR this week! 🙂
Not sure where the photos came from, I’ve just shimmied them into the “inspiration” folder on my desktop over the past week.
Notice a common theme (other than color) going on here? All of these items would make for pretty easy projects (the chair would probably be the hardest one because you’d have to re-upholser depending on what you find.) A coat of paint and you’re pretty much done. Perfect ideas for time pressed rehabbers who want to breathe new life into their space!
I am SO TIRED of my living room. It is really, really pretty. I have a beautiful sage green couch that you just sink into, a gorgeous hand me down paisley goldish-colored chair. I have a green and gold rug with gorgeous vine designs with accents of burgundy and the tiniest bit of blue peeking out. To accent that blue, I’ve anchored a gorgeous baby blue vintage kitchen door onto my main wall. The walls are a pretty dove gray (it took 3 different colors to get there). Yes, the details are there, but they’ve also been there pretty much since I moved in three years ago… and it is dark! These colors are gorg but I wanna switch it up for that bright, airy, LA vibe. Hey, we’re so close to the beach, why not?!
You’d think that’d be an easy thing for a rehabber to fix, right? Well, I guess this little thing called time keeps getting in my way. Oh, yeah, and his friend money.
This project has been mulling around in my mind since Spring. I got rid of my dark wood coffee table and side table and started the stenciling project and made the $2000 dollar (but better cause it was under $20!) coffee table. Then I ordered a slipcover, but it didn’t fit. So I took it back, and the project has been on stall ever since. I think my mom is sick of me sending random texts saying, “hey, do you think making a slipcover is too hard for me?” (My sewing skills could use some work.)
Last week, I started cleaning some stuff out and re-arranging in preparation to begin this project again. The goal? Breathe new life into my living room for under $500. (And I would prefer to avoid painting the walls at all costs… after trying three colors, multiple coats of each, and painting three coats to get the maroon ceiling white (what’s wrong with my landlord?) I said, “God as my witness, I will never go through painting again.” Scarlett O’Hara brat attacks aside, let’s avoid painting, the gray is there to stay.)
Think I can do it? Is $500 reasonable for a total living room makeover? Do you have any tips?
I’ve been putting off this rocking chair project for over a year because I don’t have a clamp to hold the pieces together while the wood glue sets. Call it laziness, call it procrastination, call it I-just-can’t-ever-remember-to-buy-the-darned-thing when I go to the hardware store.
Today I was feeling inspired and decided “no more excuses” was the appropriate approach. Since most of my rehabbing has been trial and error, I figured it was the perfect time for a trial.
Here’s what I ended up with:
If you can’t quite get the picture with the close up of my mess, here’s another shot:
Taking all bets! Do you think I’m a little too hopeful or do you think this may actually work?
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a sign for an estate sale. In Bel Air.
Now, I’m pretty nosey, so half the time, I want to go to an estate sale just to see the house and get some ideas for the dream home I’m building…
in my imagination.
Okay, so, I made a u-turn and drove up the windey roads, past the point where I thought I was probably lost and ended up at this estate sale.
What did I find?
A lot of marked up prices and a lot of junk. I mean, not in a “hoarder” way, and I’m sure a lot of the stuff was a lot cheaper than you would find at a boutique, but it was clearly worn. I mean, like, you-need-to-rehab-it-before-use worn. And a lot of the stuff I thought you could find at a thrift shop in the south for about a quarter of the price. (Oh, the good old south.)
Here are a couple of my favorite finds:
Seemed to me that they were including sentimental value when marking prices.
Will I be going to any more estate sales? Yes, but mainly to get ideas and look at the homes!
With the craziness that’s been grad school, I haven’t had time to rehab much stuff lately.
Instead of giving up my favorite hobby, I thought I’d try a shortcut. Well, we all know what they say about taking shortcuts.
I’ve been itching to work on these $14 beauties since I bought them at Goodwill a couple of months ago.
I have been planning on staining the wood really dark and repairing (okay, maybe just staining) the cane backing… top that off with a bold print (I’m seeing black with big green palm leaves with maybe some mustard yellow and burgandy stuff on it) and you’ve got a gorgeous set of chairs.
The thing is, I’m short on time, and I hate, hate, hate the staining process.
So when I found this stuff at TJ Maxx, I figured it was worth a shot.
It was under $15 for both things, and I thought maybe the “Ebony” tint would darken the wood.
It was really easy to apply, dried quickly, and the wax smelled good.
While the wood looked A LOT better after I applied this stuff, it didn’t darken it much at all.
Moral of the story? It’s better not to cut corners.
If you just want to refresh a piece, Restor-a-finish does a pretty good job, but when you need to re-stain, just go for it.
Yes, I am all about inlay. Yes, I have been debating getting a similar effect with stencil, yes I struggled to find just the right side table to stencil, and, yes, I had a bit of trouble learning the “right” way to stencil. The key seems to be patience, which I severely lack.
And since I lack patience, I want to give you an update on how the stenciling project is coming along. It isn’t quite finished yet, but I just can’t wait.
Isn’t it just GORGEOUS!? I have painted the different underhang-y parts (we’re technical here) with different designs to see what looks best, and since the legs are curved, it has been a bit hard to line the stencil up just right, but I’m still pretty pleased.
I have to say I love a good light fixture. And when filming Flea Market Flip for HGTV, I loved making this one!
Why? Because I got to use a saw-zaw to cut the legs off of a nasty old birdcage. There’s just something special that gets my blood pumping while tearing stuff up with power tools(I blame my inner redneck.)
I’m definitely not saying we were copied, but great minds certainly think alike. Shortly after we made the chandelier, similar fixtures started popping up for a fortune in stores like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
What did we spend? Probably about $250 between the birdcage, paint, and chandelier. The good thing about elbow grease is that it is totally free.
Not a bad deal to make such a statement!
And that’s not always a bad thing. Here’s a picture of the dining set finally finished (and I’m so, so happy with it!!!)
The neutral gray legs and chairs balance out the bright orange and Tiffany Blue. I’m sneaky and took a Tiffany & Co. catalog to get matched at the paint store. I love this set so much I am tempted to keep it, but it would look terrible in my hot pink dining room and wouldn’t be good for my hoarder-ish tendencies. Yeah, I just made up a word.
Anyway… here’s another pic!
Okay, so I almost quit… but I couldn’t give up that easily. Plus the chairs were basically done, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything to mess with it a little more.
I ended up staining the lighter side one more time then re-staining the whole thing, which made it a lot more even. I actually like the differences in the wood- it really shows that this isn’t a new piece, and I LOVE that it has history!
I’ll do another post with some before shots so you can see just how far it has come.