I'm taking you on a virtual photo tour of my "new" digs (well, it's the same digs, only I've changed the pictures on the walls, added a few touches here and there, and updated it to my liking). I bought a bunch of frames at yard sales (and used some that I had) and sprayed them white. I am liking white frames these days, probably the same reason I only use white sheets: clean and simple.
Before the makeover, Miles room was just a crib and a bed. I bought the rug and a few frames, but everything else I had and just added to the room. I talked the rug salesman down 25%. Then I didn't feel so bad about splurging on a new rug.
Finn and Lucy's room is difficult to decorate because everything I put up or put around the beds either falls down or breaks. So, I decided the sturdiest thing I could put in there is one of our metal chairs. I thought some cute quilts would soften the industrial look and go with the kid theme.
I got this frame at a yard sale over the weekend, spray painted it, printed out some baby photos of all of us (except me...still in the process of printing one) and voila! Instant bathroom interest.
I got these lamps over the weekend at a yard sale too. They needed rewiring and shades. I painted the metal between the crystals, learned how to rewire from the local hardware store and got this shade at Target today for cheap because it wasn't labeled with a price.
Remember that "For Ever" painting I had in my room a while back? I got sick of it, so I had Travis cut out the letters for me and hung them above our bed. It looked a little sparse, so I tore a piece of fabric I had in half and thumb-tacked it up in a bow above my bed. I later thought it would make a cute treatment over a baby's crib.
The rug was a clearance Anthropologie bathmat and we used it in our bathroom at one point.
Yard sale table $3
After using some paint I had and adding a lamp, it went from old plant stand to end table.
My Mom has a thing for cool old stuff. At one point, she had filled half of a five car garage with her neat finds: old desks, corbels, architectural salvage, old windows, dressers, lamps. And she is good at fixing them up too.
When I saw these at my neighbor's yard sale this weekend, I instantly thought of my Mom. And when he said I could take them home for $5, I was sold. I am trying to convince Travis to make a craft table for me and use them as legs on it. Wish me luck.
Thanks to those who commented on yesterday's post about repurposing and redoing. I'm trying to use the advice and try to reuse whatever I have. So that means spray painting. And taping. And trying to keep my kids entertained erstwhile.
Two little bugs.
This morning I entered the "cave" (a small room in our basement where we store all kinds of equipment, boxes, and random stuff that we're not using at the moment) and lugged up this box.
Yes, I'm revamping. Everytime I get sick of looking at the same configuration of pictures, or am just plain tired of seeing the same old decor in my living space, I like to mix it up. Right now my house is in project mayhem mode, with lamps on the table, screwdrivers and a hammer on the dresser, and two rugs in my front room.
For the Fourth, we went to our "adopted family" (aka our church) breakfast. Miles especially liked the lemon strudel muffins.
I had to wear my bright red lipstick. Oh, I'm so patriotic! :)
I loved the bike parade. Finn and I got his Schwinn bike all decked out with red streamers. Travis even drank six diet pops the night before so Finn could have pop cans trailing behind him.
This morning I went to put the kids in the car and found the contents of my gym bag dumped onto the passenger side floor, not to mention my CD's rummaged through and tossed on the floor as well. We got robbed! Those rascals (whoever they are) took my MP3 player and headphones, Travis' recently-purchased iPod, and our GPS system. I have felt a little uneasy and ticked all morning, but I decided I'm not going to let it ruin my day. It can be fixed with money. At least it didn't involve bodily injury (although I'd like to ram some eggbeaters down the windpipes of those punks!). On a more positive note, I had a good black bean, avocado and spinach burrito for lunch today.
I found this dresser at the Salvation Army this week for Miles room and have plans to spruce it up a little (and take that kitschy toll-painted star off). I want to get some things for his room and will post some after pictures next week.