July 24, 2015

Gorgeous Coffee Table Makeover: A Clean Slate

To be honest, I didn't know when I'd be getting around to share a new furniture makeover with you guys.

I think I've been putting it off because life has been so hectic & busy lately and I didn't want to start a big project just to not be able to finish it. 

Plus, guys, it's h.o.t. here. 
Sitting outside, sweating it out to paint didn't sound the most appealing.
Especially trying to paint during naptimes and having to take breaks. 
I'm usually a 'crank it all out' kind of person and stopping mid-project drives me crazy.

But I did it. 
And I'm back to being addicted to painting. 

This big guy has been sitting in my garage, and then the storage unit, for almost two years.
Crazy!!



It's a beautiful, solid table that I snagged for....you'll never believe it... a whopping 3$ at our Goodwill clearance center several years ago.

I got that thing on our cart and out the door before you could blink an eye. 
There's absolutely nothing wrong with it except normal wear & tear. 

It sat in our garage for a good chunk of time and then made it's way to the storage unit for even longer.
I just couldn't make up my mind on what to do with it and, secretly, I was hoping we'd end up moving and I would want to redo it for us.

But I love our current table a whole lot and I ended up with a pretty good reason to get it out again. 
My best friend is getting married in less than a month and we are working on redoing her apartment to bring some color & well, a woman's touch, in :) 

So we decided that a gorgeous, bright, white coffee table would help a whole lot. 
Cue my beautiful piece. 


If I'd had full creative license, I probably would have been a bit more daring and done something more bright or contrasting :) 
But she needed a pretty white table so that's what we went with. 

It got a very thorough sanding since the past couple years had layered it with dust & overspray from painting. It had a good bit of scratches and dents in it too. 


After a good sanding and cleaning, it was time to get it painted. 
I painted it in Sherwin Williams proclassic enamel paint in "Ultra white" for a nice clean white. 

It took three coats to cover the wood & then I sealed it with two coats of polycrylic. 
Look at this gorgeous thing now...


It's amazing that it's even the same table!! 
It's simple but so beautifully fresh & clean for a much more updated and modern look. 




Those chunky legs are to die for gorgeous. 
I love the details on them. 


Of course I had to move it in for a photo shoot. 
I'm thinking it'll brighten up her living room a lot & with some added pops of colors in the accessories, it's going to be the star! 

Sometimes simple is the best way to go.
You can change out the colors in your pillows, rugs & accessories for a new look that doesn't cost a lot and doesn't involve repainting :) 
For this piece, it's the perfect clean slate for her to start her decorating journey with! 


Here's the dramatic before & after: 







I'm so glad to be back to painting and you can be expecting several more awesome redos coming up!!

I snagged some gorgeous pieces this past weekend and can't wait to share their transformations!!!

Butttt in the meantime, we are off to the beach starting tomorrow which is what I've been looking forward to all year!!

Happy weekend friends! 



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July 15, 2015

Summery Mantle Decor

Hey there friends!!
I really can't fathom how July has almost passed us by. Already.

I realized the other day that I was almost letting another summer pass by without sharing my summer mantle.
Because I never did get around to sharing my summer mantle last year. Bad blogger award over here.

But I figured the middle of July was as good a time as any.
Because if you're like us here in Arkansas, you need something to do INSIDE anyways to survive the crazy heat. 
So go ahead and redecorate your mantle :)
I'm giving you permission. 


Most often when I redecorate my mantle, I shop the rest of my house first.
Am I the only one that keeps random decor 'stockpiles' around the house? 
Most of my roomy end tables have odds and ends in them that I dig around in to get inspiration :) 


This year, I asked hubby to whip me up a faux 'barn door' of sorts. 
So he built me the pretty little centerpiece you see. 
I stained in my favorite dark walnut and set it in the middle of everything to ground it all. 

I'll talk about that pretty green wreath in a hot second. 


That cute 'Everybody love Everybody" printable can be found on this cute blog here
I framed it in one of 'extra' frames that I like to use in different displays during the year. 
I just change the print and fabric and voila! Brand new piece to work with. 


I was pretty much just looking for an excuse to use my new, gorgeous canvas print of baby girl's newborn photo. The blue & yellows in the quilt were basically made to go on my summer mantle so, hey, why fight it? 
I love the open-backed powder white frames at Hobby Lobby, by the way.
Absolutely gorgeous. I own a million. Ok, well just two. 
But I would own a lot more if I had the space :) 


The white vase is a Hobby Lobby find from several years ago that I LOVE. 
The gold box is a Target clearance score. 
And the gold bird and white bunny are both from Hobby Lobby as well.

The books are some gorgeously old books that were already falling apart when I pulled them out of their box.
They are my grandmother's old books that were given to me after she passed away. 
She had tons of beautiful books and I've had a box of them waiting to be used. 
The spines were already off of these so don't freak out on me for destroying them :) 
They were all destroyed and ready for a beautiful display already. 


Those cute little kissing seahorses were a gift from little man on Mother's Day several years ago. 
I always love seeing what the kids pick out when they are given free reign. 
And they were perfect for a little summer flavor!! 


Ok, so about that darn wreath. 
It's taken so long to get pictures up because for months- yes, months- I have been searching for the perfect green wreath to go in the middle of my set-up.
I had my eyes set on a beautiful boxwood wreath from Target but they have been sold out for FOREVER. 
I finally gave up and started searching for a different one but could never find one that I liked, that was big enough and that was reasonably priced. 

So I had officially given up on finding anything and then one random day I wandered out to the mess of a garage and found my planter box that was in 'storage' out there and had some pretty succulents and faux greenery in it. 
Aha! moment came and I quickly and, non permanently, attached it to a wreath form I had. 

It's not perfect but it did the trick and adds that pop of green I was so wanting. 


I'm always in love with the pops of fresh white against my blue walls but the gold really makes me happy this summer too!!

Have you guys changed out decor for summer colors too? 
I'm loving the fresh & simple look that it has going on right now :) 



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