Thursday, November 4, 2010

Living Room Redo - Board and Batten

Here are some Before shots of the living room.
With the addition on our home, the dresser moved into our new master bedroom and the sofa moved into the new family room.



I replaced two of these coffee tables ......

 .....with two of these. You can read about their transformation here.

This tv armoire was exactly the same height as the fireplace mantle so I replaced it with a larger one. This one is now in my craft room and holds fabric and such.

After two years sitting in my garage this $15 garage sale armoire needed a new life. I painted it a robins egg blue, distressed the edges, and rubbed it down with an antiquing glaze. I also gave it new pulls.  It now resides in the living room.


Here are the Afters.  During the summer I added a board and batten treatment to the walls.  It took me about a month from start to finish but I did the entire thing myself.  I used sheets of MDF.  The guy at Home Depot cut them for me.  It took him over an hour and they didn't charge me a thing to cut.  I primed, painted, nailed, caulked, and painted again.  I thought it would NEVER end.  But I love the results - so worth it!!!!






My collection of vintage suitcases is growing. I found my third one this summer for $5 at a yard sale.

I love the vintage sheet music wreaths that Miss Mustard Seed makes so I got busy a couple nights ago and made one.  It turned out better than I thought it would.  It was very time consuming cutting, rolling, taping and glueing.  I love the yellowed papers.  I found the vintage moulding frame and the bullseye architectural piece at a yardsale for 50 cents each.


Since moving the couch into the new family room, we just have a bunch of mismatched chairs for the time being. I have been looking for new curtains. The red stripes don't go in here anymore.

Someday I would like to redo the mantle.  Something more chunky.

This trunk is very sentimental.  It belonged to my husbands grandfather.  It is full of pictures and mementos from WWII.  It was passed down to my father-in law.  My FIL passed away 10 years ago of cancer at the age of 52.  My husband then aquired the chest.

The rocking chair was my husband's great aunts. It had dark green fabric on it when we inherited it. It was falling apart so I recovered it years ago. Recently I made a faux grainsack pillow for it.


A view from the fireplace - looking out of the living room.
 
  

The moulding around the doorway adds so much.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Chandelier Redo

I have been wanting to replace the light fixture in my girl's room for a looong time. 



So I headed to my local thrift store and picked up this beauty of a chandelier for $4. No I'm not crazy. I just worked my magic on her. 


First job was to get rid of those ugly orange light covers.  I found five of these mini lampshades at GW for 50 cents each.  I had my daughter paint them white before I covered them in fabric because the brown showed through the fabric.

Next step.  I painted the entire fixture heirloom white.  I didn't like it.  I also decided the plain straight wood piece in the middle just wasn't pretty.  The entire thing looked too plain.  So I went through the $1 box of furniture legs I picked up last summer and decided to replace the middle part of the chandelier with a "fancier" one.  It was the perfect height.  Of course the leg had to be drilled all the way through for the wires to go through.  Then I sprayed the entire thing "Ballet Slipper Pink."


I sewed a pink satin cord cover and added crystal pieces I got at Target after Christmas for 50 cents each.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK!!!


I'm missing a light bulb on the far left (only had four).  So the shade is sitting lower than the rest.



And here is a picture of my girl's room last fall.  I hadn't quite gotten all of the polka dots done around the top.  I picked up the two antique twin beds at a yard sale several years ago for $25 for both.

Now the bedroom is complete with the exception of replacing the door and closet doors.!!!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Old Spools and Thrifty Finds


Last year I bought this set of three vintage looking spools at a yardsale for $2.  The colors weren't quite my style so I changed them up a bit yesterday.


Ahhh.  Much better.  I removed the colored yarn and wrapped different sizes of jute around them. They are thanking me.


I picked up these decorative balls at a yard sale last week for $2.  The metal basket was given to me.


At the same yard sale last week I got four of these large baskets for $10.  They fit perfectly on the shelves of my $3 yardsale table.


This shelf sits above the above little table.
I just found this cute topiary at our local thrift store for 50 cents!


I also picked up this vintage mirror and the large suitcase.  I got these at a yardsale free.  The mirror was marked $2 and the suitcase $1.  I bought two large items for $10 each.  My total was $23.  All I had was a $20 so I asked the man if he would take a check or if I should go to the ATM.  He said I could have the mirror and suitcase for free!!!! I guess I can say I now have a collection of vintage suitcases since I have two. Ha.

This little table was $5 at a yardsale.  The finish was in really bad condition so I sanded and painted it and rubbed it down with walnut stain to tone down the white.



One more show and tell.  I made this pillow from a drop cloth and black paint. I'm really liking monograms.

Have a great weekend!!!

I'm linking up with Frugal Friday , Thrifty Treasures , I made it without my hubby, TDC's Before and After Party, and Met Monday

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Headboard Turned Bench


I have been wanting to make a bench using a headboard and footboard for a loooong time.  It was just a matter of finding an inexpensive set that I liked.  I picked up these two pieces at a thriftshop for $10 for both pieces.  I love the simpleness of the design.  There were no side rails with them.  I used scrapwood (tables leaves from an old broken table) we had in the garage to finish it off. My husband helped me put in a few long screws I couldn't get to go in but other than that I did all the cutting, putting together and painting.



Remember the box of furniture legs I got at a yard sale last summer for $1.  I used two of these to make the sides higher.  I thought about using fancier legs but these plain boxy ones match better.
 



After caulking I sprayed a coat of Kilz primer on it yesterday.  I'm still not sure what color I'm going to paint it but I love it already.

Total cost of bench: $10

Edited 5-7-10 to add this pillow
I really wanted to make a cushion for the bench but foam is so expensive. Tonight I had an idea pop into my head. I started with this table runner that I picked up at a yard sale last summer for $1. Someone made it with coordinating fabrics so it is reversible.


It was about a foot longer than the bench so I cut the extra length off and sewed the ruffle back on. A lady from church had given me about 15 yards of quilt batting that she had used as "snow" at her daughter's wedding reception. So I took some, rolled it up, turned my pillowcase inside out and rolled it onto the batting.


Instead of a cushion I have this great reversible pillow that cost me $1!!! The bench with the pillow cost me a grand total of $11 and a few hours work!





I have this beautiful old piece of wood I cut from the middle of the footboard.  It is almost three feet across.  I think I will make a sign to hang on the wall.  Maybe I will paint "Antiques" across it.  So many options.