DIY Furniture Facelift

Taking risks in life are often defining moments whether they are big or small. Two of my rules in life are to take risks in fashion and at least with one aspect of a room when designing it. Many people like to have artwork be their object to showcase in a room and I have done that as well, but when planning to decorate a hallway sometimes you need to be a little more creative to actively “own” this space.

I have a rulebook that I proverbially break out when shopping at secondhand furniture stores in terms of the two types of furniture that I look for. Rule #1: If the furniture is in good condition and has a unique history that it wears proudly never tamper with its integrity by renovating it. Rule #2: If the furniture is the right price, has seen better days, and is salvageable in terms of renovation purchase it and have fun with it.  DIY furniture renovation is a hobby that is often learned through a trial and error basis so my best advice is that you do your research about how you want your piece to look and start with a small piece or a simple piece to test your abilities. My favorite medium to use to give my thrifty finds a makeover is chalk paint. When I first did my research on chalk paint it seemed almost too good to be true. I, however, was still hesitant, but after using chalk paint it is certifiably fool proof.  I love how many different colors it comes in and how nicely it covers the furniture. If you want the piece to have a more vintage look you can always experiment with stains to give the chalk paint an aged effect and/or lightly rough up the furnitures edges with sandpaper. The piece is a blank canvas so have no fear and have fun with it.

I purchased the table pictured for $20.00 at a local thrift shop. I wanted an attention grabbing color since I planned on putting the table in my upstairs hallway. After going to my local craft store and looking at their selection of chalk paints, I decided to go with a bright green color labeled “Irish” and used the brand Folk Art Chalk Paint .On the front drawers I used a decoupage map and changed the dated hardware on the drawer with handles from Home Depot.  See the link in text to check out the chalk paint brand that I used and to explore the selection of colors.


Before DIY


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Serene Sunroom and Addressing the Elephant in the Room

Looking for a new home is one of the most exciting and exhausting experiences in life. Our relator was great at pinpointing our likes and trying to check off as many “wants” on our wish list as possible while still meeting our budget.  A sunroom was never something that my husband and I had considered, but fell in absolute love with the space during the first walkthrough of the house. The room was well worn in. (That was an overly generous description). The carpet was heavily soiled and the room needed a facelift in the areas of a good cleaning, paint and copious amounts of TLC.  I just kept imagining how bright and beautiful we could make this space. It overlooks the inground pool in our back yard and I figured we would be using the sunroom a lot especially during the warmer months. I pictured having family and friends over and utilizing this space for dinners, brunches and BBQs. I envisioned my husband and I unwinding in this room after a long day listening to music or cozying up with a good book.

After giving the room a good cleaning the walls came up nicely. Since all four walls and were originally white, we painted one accent wall a bold blue to add a pop of color.  Next, we went to Home Depot to purchase a new indoor-outdoor carpet. The sunroom is heavily trafficked during the summer months so we went with a brown variegated carpet with super subtle hints of burnt orange. This inspired our color scheme for the room. At Home Depot we also purchased dark brown wicker furniture with dark blue cushions. I decided to go with orange accent pillows to compliment the deep blues and rich browns. During a stop at Ikea we found a long dark brown table with a bench seat and four chairs, which was a perfect addition to accommodate our family and friends.

Three of the most unique pieces in the room are my absolute favorite items in the sunroom. As a disclaimer, I usual go to HomeGoods at least once a week. What I love about HomeGoods is that they sell a lot of conversation pieces, but their prices are fairly reasonable.  At HomeGoods I purchased a metal coffee table with the face of a compass on the top. My second HomeGoods find was my Himalayan Salt Lamp, which is uniquely in the shape of an obelisk. For those of you who do not know the benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps they are said to have many such as possibly improving air quality, bringing about tranquil feelings, soothing allergies and improving mood. I love the low light that it gives off and I practice yoga often in this space so I find the soft glow to be peaceful. My third and final piece was found at my local thrift shop. It is a white elephant table that I use as an end table. Elephants are my favorite animal and when I stumbled upon this find at the thrift store I knew that I had to locate a place for it in my home. The sunroom was the perfect place for this conversation piece to go. Many of my guests will often address the elephant in the room:)

Luckily, we are able to use the sunroom year round. While its true that the room gets most of its use during the spring and summer months, we bought a fireplace space heater to use for the winter months. The space heater quickly heats up the room and we used it often during the winter. It has become the center of the home to me due to the amount of people we entertain and the light and laughter it has offered to us this year.

Zen Dining Den

The dining room was the first room that we tackled when we purchased our home. It was painted an eggshell opaque and had a dated floral border along the top of the wall. The chandelier was colonial in style and was the original lighting from when the house was constructed. I saw so much potential in this large dining space and could not wait to get started making this space my own.

Since it is our formal dining room I wanted to create a sophisticated space that also incorporated hints of my zen boho style. I did not want to choose an overpowering color in this room so I went with a sand color that has hues of light gold and green depending on the lighting. I felt the color was calming and added tranquility to the room. The first piece of furniture that I purchased for the room was the trestle dining table. I love the richness that the dark wood exuded and the leather on the chairs added elegance to the set. At the head of each end of the table I decided to buy fabric chairs from HomeGoods to add a pop of color. Tufted furniture always is a chic addition to any space.

Our buffet is a vintage American of Martinsville piece from a local thrift shop. It is a conversation piece with its wicker, bamboo and Asian style elements. The mirror is a focal point placed above the buffet and was another HomeGoods find along with my Turkish lanterns. The lanterns have battery operated candles in them, which look real when lit since the flicker and add a sense of mystery  and romance when the lights are dim. The light fixture is a sphere chandelier with crystals, which was also bought at HomeGoods. The two abstract pieces of art were both purchased at our local Lowes. ​