living room updates

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after talking through being stumped in my decorating decisions last week, i have slowly started to work out my kinks.  and i am finally feeling like i see the direction i want to head.

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don’t mind the mess – i don’t!  for years i have had this yellow dresser in our living room, either here under the windows, or behind the couch where the piano is.  its a great piece, an awesome color (french pale gold by behr), and worked so well for our family for storing toys and art supplies.  but for now, i am removing most of the vibrant colors from our living room and letting the room be quiet for a bit, and maybe slowly add things back in.  well, this dresser is anything but quiet.

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i decided to pull the orange locker cabinet from gracie’s room (this picture was when it was silas’ room).  i bought it several years ago at a garage sale (its an ikea piece).  it was red, but i sprayed it orange.

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i had a couple super helpful “helpers” tape off the base of the cabinet.  i really wanted a nice glossy white finish.  from past experience, i knew that it was hard to get a smooth finish with a brush or roller, so i planned to spray paint it.  but i also am really picky about the final product when using a spray can.   i hate seeing spray lines.  after several coats using krylon color master in white gloss, and sanding in between, i was still getting an inconsistent finish.  i went to get one more can hoping it would do the trick (i think i used 5 or 6 cans total), and i accidentally got the wrong kind.  i finished off with krylon fusion in gloss and while the finish wasn’t nearly as glossy, it was much smoother and more consistent – yay!

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i was too impatient to wait a couple days for the paint to fully cure so rather than spray painting the base gold (i would’ve had to tape off the newly painted white), i hand painted the base with some gold i had on hand.  it took several coats (maybe 4 or 5) but it dried so quickly that i could paint the next coat as soon as i finished the first one.

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this little bit of a modern touch is just what i wanted!

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i’ve had the chair next to the cabinet for several years (an old iron patio chair).  its not the most comfortable, but it provides an additional seating option and i think its cute.

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 the euro size pillows had brown velvet covers on it that had faded pretty badly from when i moved the chair to the porch for a short time.  a friend suggested i try dying the covers black, and most likely they would turn out a dark grey.

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so for $4 for a pack of rit dye and 45 minutes of my time, i transformed this chair!  the cushions turned a deep greyish brown and i’m pretty happy with it!

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a couple small transformations done over a weekend for pretty big impact and very little cost!

DIY metallic acorns

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when i was a little girl, i’d walk home from the bus stop gathering acorns.  i had no intention of doing anything with them, i just loved collecting them, loved pulling the “hats” off the top, loved the velvety softness of the smooth acorn filling up my sweatshirt pockets.

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recently when i was at my parents’ house, i spotted these little treasures on the ground and took immediately to gathering.

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they sat in a bowl, but looked kind of… meh.

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then i decided to give them just a hint of glimmer with metallic paint.

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i had 4 different metallic shades of metallic paint from deco art – from a super soft silver to a pale gold, copper and an antique gold.

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i pulled off all of the loose “hats” and set them aside.  see how velvety they are?

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i quickly painted the acorns (and my fingers!) with all 4 paints.

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as soon as they dried i used hot glue to attach the hats back on.

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subtle, but so pretty!

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metallic acorns