Spring Home Refresh

April 14, 2016 22 Comments

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Jamie:http://www.myidealmess.com/living-room-spring-refresh-farmhouse-style/
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

 

 

 

brightyellowdoor@outlook.com

I'm the momma to three sweet peaches, and the blessed wife of one kind husband. My background is in art, and my B.A. Is in fine art. I like to use my house as my canvas, and love DIY projects around the house.

22 Comments

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    Gina

    July 25, 2016

    That woman eas so wrong, but you took it and ran with it. Your result is catologe worthy. Shame on her, but you made,magic. I loved your old puece, but this is stunning. I would do your current pieces and tgey will look diffrenet with paint, harwsrw or whatever you cone up with. I look firwatmrd to seeing more. I have dressers, tables and probably every piece in my hone to redo and i hope I can. I dont have money to buy new things, ling story, but i do have items lime i said tables, dresser, mirriors, etc..not to mention my own things. I did buy some things at a time when I could and found a beautiful six drawer dresser for free but I have been terrified to start. I have my needed tools and paints, but I still am terrified. We’ll see.

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      brightyellowdoor@outlook.com

      July 28, 2016

      Good for it!!!

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    Karen

    June 13, 2016

    I have tried to join your e-mail list but it won’t let me. Have you stopped taking requests?

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      brightyellowdoor@outlook.com

      July 30, 2016

      Gosh!! I hope not!! I’d love for you to join!!!

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    Kendra Bester

    April 6, 2016

    I love finding old furniture and fixing it up. This piece turned out amazing and fit perfectly behind your sofa with all you spring accents.

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      brightyellowdoor@outlook.com

      April 10, 2016

      Thank you Kendra! This group has been so fun to be a part of!

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    Kellie

    April 6, 2016

    I love your home & Your blog& your IG feed 😉 You did an amazing job with this dresser it turned out so beautiful!! This blog hop has been so much fun to do with you! The vingettes you dipslayed on it, they are perfection!!!

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      brightyellowdoor@outlook.com

      April 10, 2016

      Thank you so much!!! I am so fortunate to haver had the chance to work with all of you!

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    Keila

    April 6, 2016

    AHH!!! You did wonders with this piece, Kirsten! Seriously, not only is it beautiful, but all the additive details are magnificent as well!

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      brightyellowdoor@outlook.com

      April 11, 2016

      Thank you so much sweet friend!! It was great having y’all as motivation!

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    Heather

    April 6, 2016

    This piece turned out so great Kirsten!! I have had many experiences buying a piece that ended up being very different than the seller suggested! It’s such a challenge and you gave it new life so beautifully! I love the way you styled everything…so lovely!

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      brightyellowdoor@outlook.com

      April 11, 2016

      I guess it’s actually part of the adventure of redoing a piece…;) thank you so much for your support!

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    Sarah | She Holds Dearly

    April 6, 2016

    Well done, Kirsten! A girl after my own heart, I love me some Craigslist! And that color, its the perfect gray. So breathtaking, my friend.

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      brightyellowdoor@outlook.com

      April 10, 2016

      Agreed! Craigslist is my favorite department store!! Thank you very much!! You’re an inspiration to me! 🙂

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    Marianne

    April 4, 2016

    I love it!!

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