Thursday, May 30, 2013

Furniture Project: Some Shabby White Tables

I have been finding some nice yard sale tables lately.

This one was in pretty good shape, so I decided to save the wood top and just paint the base.

It has nicely turned legs that a little distressing and waxing really brings out.

And cute details on each side as well.

I found two more little tables at 2 different yard sales the next week.

I started painting these so fast, I forgot to take before pictures!

But both of them have really nice shapes and details.

I especially like this little round one.

It actually has claw-foot legs!

All three are waiting for new homes at Oregon Street Antique Mall!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Before and After: Living/Family Room Swap

A few weeks ago I shared my idea to swap the furniture and everything else in my family and living rooms. Last week I showed you the newly painted family room. This week, I have before and after pictures of the family room to share. A lot of pictures!

So here we go:

Before: long wall of bookcases and armoir. It always bothered me somewhat because it seemed so cluttered, even though the shelves were neatly organized. I liked the contrast of the white and blue, but it added to the cluttered feel, along with too many small items.

After: still bookcases and armoir (in need of paint!), but a new color scheme and smaller set of shelves from the living room. These shelves seem less cluttered to me, maybe because the contrast is less, and the items are larger and fewer.

Before: left side bookcase, featuring quilts and fleur-de-lis.

After: acorn finials and some British artifacts moved in from the living room.

Before: right side, birdhouses and more fleur-de-lis. Individually, these shelves don't seem too bad, but seen as a whole, they just didn't work.

After: more folk art objects from the living room.

Before: across the room, this corner featured a Shakespeare poster and birdcage on a small blue dresser.

After: my new red cabinet and antique samplers. I think this is my favorite corner of the room because I love this new cabinet.

Here's another picture just because I love it!




After  (another furniture piece to be painted)

Before: I love this slipcovered wing chair and chippy old milking stool,
but I think they look even better in the living room.

 After: replaced with a club chair and quilt ladder.


After: the grandfather clock is still there.

Before: I had slipcovered the leather couch to fit in with the white and blue color scheme.

After: the couch is back to its original leather and it functions much better.

I am pretty happy with the results. Still have a few things to do, a couple pieces of furniture to paint, thinking of putting curtains on the French doors...

 The beadboord ceiling still looks great with the new look!

Next up will be a Before/After of the living room!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Furniture Project: Red Cabinet

I LOVE this little red cabinet!

My husband found it at a yardsale and brought it home.

Right away I knew it had to be red; some pieces are just like that.
The color is Cranberry from Behr with a dark wax finish.

With chicken wire in the doors, it is a perfect place to store quilts and dishes.

And it fits perfectly in this corner of my new yellow family room!

Makes me happy every time I walk into the room!

check out these link parties this week:

Furniture Feature Fridays

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Family Room Update: Progress!

You remember a few weeks ago when I wrote a post at 3 in the morning because I just couldn't stop thinking about swapping out the living/family rooms? And the next morning, I began the process of moving furniture, rugs, nic-nacs, ...

Well, I finally got the family room painted, curtains and pictures hung.

There's still more to do, like paint that big, white armoir!

 But I am very happy with the results!

 The room is so bright and cheerful!

The armoir doesn't even bother me too much (although I will get around to it eventually).

Next, some before and after shots so you can see the difference!