I teamed up with some talented bloggers; we all decided we wanted to “freshen up our homes”. It was an inspiring process as everyone chose a different way to add spring touches and light to their homes. I so love winter, with its warm tones, smells of cinnamon and garland everywhere (at least at our house!). But coming out of winter this year and the Christmas season, I was ready to simplify and clear out. I was craving simplicity and believe it or not, less color! I was ready to freshen things up, through adding light and less clutter.
I had been using a console table purchased from Target I upcycled with some reclaimed wood as a room divider in our family room. It allowed the open concept of our home, but still offered a bit of a division. I decided it was too dark, too rustic and thus I began to cruise Craigslist for something new. While I was looking (this part of my “redecorating style” always excites me, Adam, my husband, not so much…), I went ahead and sold my other piece so I had some liquid funds. This meant we had a big blank spot for a spell but having things in flux always kinda excites me. I get to visualize what a new piece of furniture or decor will look like…once I find it!
I found a piece, listed for $100 AND toted to be from Pottery Barn. I talked the lady down via email exchange to $75, agreed on a pick up time. I sent my sweet Adam to pick it up. He left with the disclaimer ( he is an attorney after all!), that he would not be judging the quality of the piece, that he would be simply the delivery guy. The lady texted right prior and assured me it had no dings, that it was only in need of a light sanding and paint.
Well, let’s just say she and I have different perspectives. It had dings galore, it was not solid wood as she had claimed, and it looked like her son had carved his initials on the right drawer (Note in the picture the big “K’ and “M”). It was however a big, classically styled piece…I was hopeful maybe I could reclaim it.
There were many spots that looked like water damage had occurred. I used a wood filler and sanded the heck out of them. After removing the damaged spots it looked like the material as press board. It was very hard to hide the spots. I just gobbed on the paint. Then waited for it to dry and added more in spots.
Three jars of my favorite chalk paint from JoannFabrics, and plenty of elbow grease, I love it.(I had begun to paint it a dark gray-blue. Mid project I changed colors…there was no more of the colr I was using and I had ran out! I’m glad it did actually, this color is perfect for our space. It’s lighter then what I was using before and it actually adds storage to our very small kitchen. Success!
I am very pleased because it freshened up the space AND added storage. It even has drawers. I decided to line them, so we can keep our nice dining linens here.
I saved so much money doing all the redo work myself, I allowed myself a few “new”, white serving pieces from my favorite, local thrift store.
Over all I’m happy with this project. Now that it is complete, I’m searching the house for my next victim, I mean piece I’m going to trade in!
Here is just a snippet of more inspiration! Click on the links below to see more gorgeous ideas! All of my friends added beautiful touches to their homes. Plus, all of the blogs listed below contain ooodles of ideas and creativity. AND all of these lovely ladies have INSTAGRAM accounts so you may follow along and see all of their beautiful homes! Enjoy!
Wendy:www.lifeontheshadygrove.com Dara :http://www.hoodcreeklogcabin.com/2016/04/spring-guest-room-refresh.html Jess:http://www.honeynhydrangea.com/spring-patio-refresh/ Sarah: http://sheholdsdearly.com/3-must-haves-for-the-spring-farmhouse/ Brittany: http://www.indigoandhoney.com/weve-got-spring-fever/Heather:http://onehorselane.com/spring-home-refresh-garden-bench/ Layla:http://www.mysunsetavenue.com/2016/03/24/favorite-faux-florals/ Rachel:http://beautifultreasuresblog.com/spring-refresh/ Kendra:http://www.kendrabesterdesign.com/#!5-Simple-Steps-To-Setting-A-Spring-Inspired-DinnerTable/c1pnp/570333a00cf2e0dbcac49c1e Keila:http://www.homeandhydrangeas.com/2016/04/office-nook-spring-home-refresh.htmlHannah:www.thewhiteandwoodblog.comBeth:www.thewhiteandwoodblog.com