Friday, July 30, 2010
This week it's the shower curtain in the boy's/guest bathroom. I LOVE this shower curtain. I bought it from HomeGoods months ago and knew I had to have it the moment I saw it. I figured the blue was good for a boy's bathroom (and to add color since we're in a rental and don't want to bother painting the bathrooms) but the design still leaves it feeling adult friendly. The hooks were bought at Walmart from the Canopy vintage bath collection...
It makes me smile every time I walk by it or go in there, which lately is a whole lot since we're in the middle of potty training our 2 year old.
So there is one of my favorite pieces in our home. Do you have any favorite pieces that make you smile? Maybe we'll turn this into a weekly linky party in a few weeks so everyone can show off thier favorite things... what do you think?
Thursday, July 29, 2010
A 'C' to not only represnt my sister's name but also for the name she and her fiance will be sharing in a year was added for extra hight and drama above the bed. We placed some decorative scrapbook paper in her frames from Ikea until she has pictures to place in there. The lamp bases were bought at HomeGoods and spray painted white (these were the bases the shades in the living room came from) and the new shades are from Target, they are such a pretty light grey with a blue undertone... perfect for this room...
She bought some really pretty fabric to recover the pillows but will be doing that later on...
New accessories for the nightstands help to brighten up the room and bring in a little glamour...
The brown dresser in the before got a coat of black paint and new antique brass hardware. The blue dresser has glass knobs on it. A larger gold mirror bought at Ikea helps to reflect more light from the window and make the space feel larger. Also new accessories help this side of the room feel more light and bright...
More scrapbook paper was added to these frames as well...
Here is the most before picture I have of the bathroom. Pretend the rugs are not there, they were using towels before hand:
We added a lightweight window curtain for added texture and drama to the bathroom as well as to soften it. 2 new rugs were purchased in browns, blues, and creams instead of the towels they were using on the floor...
Some cute artwork from Hobby Lobby adds some whimsy to the space and being right next to the mirror gives the illusion of a grouping of 4...
And there you have it! We also redid the guest bathroom but I forgot to take pics of that one all together. It went from bland and beige to frenchy and whimsical. We added a black and white toile shower curtain from target, a green and white rug, and decorated the walls with her wine decor (a painting of some wine and wine glasses, a shadowbox frame of some corks, and a wine label plaque).
It was a busy weekend but we finished what we wanted to. Her fiance was a huge help and occupied the kids while we painted and decorated... I think he needed a vacation after we left!
Both of them love it and that was the whole objective!
I'll share the tutorials for the projects we did next week...
Serenity Now: Show me the Progress Party
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I'm drooling over the silver bowl and utensils! And while I don't neccessarily have a little girl to dress in those headbands, I'm sure the baby would love to be cleaned up with those stylish burp cloths.
Head on over and see how you could have a chance of seeing this package arrive on your front door step!!! (click on the image above).
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I called my husband to see if he would come home for lunch and get it but he laughed and said no. A friend was coming over so our kids could swim together so I decided to wait for her to get there and then we could all pile into our van and go grab it. Luckily the garbage men had not come yet, it was still there, and she was up for an adventure.
The top had definitely seen better days as the whole thing was peeling apart.
The base was a gorgeous shape but looked like it was cracking in some areas.
Another shot of how bad the top was...
I decided to go out of my comfort zone of all neutral and paint it with some leftover paint from our oldest's old bedroom, an aqua blue color. Then I sanded some off to distress it and finally rubbed a walnut stain over the entire thing...
I love how it came out! Right now we have it acting like an entry table when you first walk in, but the lighting is not great for pictures in that area...
Here is a closeup of the leg detail. I love how the distressing made the before color show some. In person it looks almost like a tourquoise stone...
I ended up having to replace the entire top because of how damaged the original one was. I bought an unfinished table top from Lowes to fix that problem...
To me she looks like a Pheobe. I love how she came out and so glad I picked her up and went with a color I normally don't do for furniture. I'm hoping to use it as a side table next to our daybed once that room is the guestroom and not our nursery.
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Shabby Nest- Frugal Friday
Monday, July 26, 2010
Here is the after. The pear paintings are originally from Ikea but were found at our local Goodwill for less than $10 each! My sister has been wanting them forever so we purchased them and brought them up as a surprise for her! They really brighten up this wall. The coffee table also used to be a dark brown but we painted it a creamy white and distressed it some...
The lamps received a makeover as well. We used the same bases she had already but switched out the shades for some she purchased at HomeGoods. They were plain white but with some creativity and a little time and patience we turned them into personalized pieces that I'm sure will be great conversation starters!
The wall across from the couch wall received some empty frames, (most bought at Goodwill and some were hers already), that we painted a grey/blue and hung ni a collage. Over time she will add to this and maybe hang some things in a few of them. She will also be looking for a small dresser/chest to put along this wall to hold all of thier movies and games in.
Tomorrow I'll feature her bedroom and bathroom makeover, it too went a little french country!
Serenity Now: Show Me the Progress Party
The Shabby Nest- Frugal Friday
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Here is the before of the eat in kitchen area, she had more of a tuscan feel with dark brown furniture and accessories:
(I had already begun taking things apart and making a mess when I remembered to take before pictures, all of the accessories you see on the counter to the left were on the bookcase before)
We made quite a mess but it was all worth it in the end:
The clock was moved from above the couch to over the dining table. The little white plates surrounding the clock came from Goodwill:
The bookcase used to be dark brown and had dark accessories on it. When she was down visiting us she fell in love with my hutch... so we painted the bookcase black, transformed it to act more like a hutch/ buffet, and accessorized it with a bunch of white plates and platters we picked up at her local HomeGoods as well as some I found hidden in her cupboards. We moved her wine rack to the bottom shelf instead of the kitchen counter, and re-purposed an easel she had sitting somewhere else to hold one of the platters.
The best part is that all the plates and dishes accessorizing her new found hutch can easily be taken down and used when she has dinner parties.
Her living room also over went a big transformation... Here's a sneak peek at the after:
Stay tuned for the full story and more pictures as well as a tutorial of how we changed a bookcase into a "hutch" to display plates on!