Friday, June 3, 2011

Accessorizing Like There's No Tomorrow

I've been having so much fun putting the final touches on spaces in our home. For months and months, I've been acquiring the big things...sofas, rugs, homemade buffets, and dressers. Finally, I am able to add the little touches in between. I didn't dare start this process until all the major components were in place. Now that most of them are here to stay, I've gone a little crazy this week re-purposing things in my house to make them work in our new rooms.

Of course, you probably already know that spray paint was involved.

I've wanted candles on the dining table but didn't want the hassle of moving several small objects when it was time to clear things for games. Enter a frame that I found on clearance from Ross. Since the size was perfect, I used my Spray Paint X-Ray Vision Goggles to imagine what it would look like on my table in a different color. I found four wooden balls at JoAnn's and had the assistance of Hubby to hammer them in place to create little legs. Then I took things outside for a nice, fresh coat of "Heirloom White" from Rustoleum. Have I mentioned how much I like their Painters Touch series? I also spray-painted the mat around the picture and used cardboard for the inside. I like it all. And it was easy!

Years ago, I bought an awesome plant in an awful vase. It's been hiding in my laundry room, since that's where ugly things usually congregate. After I whipped out the yellow spray can, the vase became a modern, sleek vessel containing a crazy plant! It's now sitting on top of the antique table that I scored a few weeks ago for $20. I plan to refinish this piece with stain, but I'm taking a few weeks off from projects to just enjoy some down time. And the heat.

In an intentional accidental search yesterday, I found a touch lamp at Goodwill for $9.00. I brought it home, cleaned it up, and spray-painted it the same "Lagoon" color that I've added in other places in the house. The best part? After applying the coat of paint, the touch feature still worked. For a few hours, anyway. When we got home last night after a wonderful evening spent with family, the touch feature had disappeared as the paint continued the dry. The worst part is that it is frozen on the lowest setting! I wish we could manually crank it up to high and then use the switch to operate. I feel so silly for ruining it. The loss of the touch feature wouldn't cause me any stress, but having such a dim light defeats the purpose of trying to brighten up that end of the room! Oh well. A new shade from Walmart this morning made me feel a little better about it. Maybe it will just be the lamp we leave on so nobody steals our crap.

George Washington is now in my dining room. Did you know I love George? I just think he is the man, and I've had this photo of him since I went to the Phoenix Art Museum in January. This was my perfect chance to bring him into the room after I painted a frame I already owned with Rustoleum's "Eden" green. I also added a giant "W," which got some shiny satin nickel paint before being placed next to two decorative balls I've had for years. George now oversees all of our meals. What an honor.

I'm done for now. I have to call it quits every now and then so people don't wonder about all the paint stains on my index finger. "What is that girl smoking, anyway?!" I think the only thing left to figure out in the living room is the lighting fixture in the corner between the two sofas. I'm either thinking an arc lamp or a beautiful hanging wooden chandelier (homemade? or from Craigslist revamped by me?). I might take a few months to make that decision. I wouldn't want to run out of projects now, would I? The reading nook also needs a loveseat (to match the living room sofas), a rug, an ottoman, and a new fireplace mantel with built-ins for books. Hopefully those things will all happen this year. The loveseat is the only big-ticket item left to buy, and we are going to wait a while. Dang it. Waiting isn't my idea, by the way.

What have you been working on this week?


  1. It looks beautiful! You have such a great eye! I've loved seeing the process. And since you asked, I have been packing this week which is doing nothing but making everything look worse. :)

  2. We are moving, but not far. Just 40 minutes away. Closer to my husband's work. Still in good ol' hot Vegas area! I get so jealous watching you work on your home because we're renting right now and I don't think our current renters would like it if I went in and added my own personal touches to the home they're living in. :)

  3. I put winter clothes away...I count that as an accomplishment for this week.

    I love the way everything looks! You have a real talent! I just wonder how it will change whenever you have a baby. A baby would look playing with all those balls on the little antique table. :)


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