Living room tour

Hello friends! I hope it looks and feels like spring where you are. Here in Pennsylvania, we are currently buried under about 9 inches of snow, and it’s not showing any signs of letting up!

To remind us that spring is here (eventually, right?), I thought I’d share a tour of our living room, decorated for spring. I was perusing the home tour tab on the blog and noticed a lot of changes have occurred in the living room since I last posted about it.

One of the biggest upgrades has been replacing the carpet with solid hickory hardwood. I still LOVE this hickory floor after living with it for several years now, and we get many compliments on it. We bought the floor at a discount from Lumber Liquidators and installed it ourselves.

We changed the paint color on the walls from Iced Coffee to Valspar’s Feldspar Pottery, a warm gray color. The new leather sofa and loveseat are from Value City Furniture. The side chair is from TJ Maxx, and the rug is from Wayfair.

We purchased our micro grand piano a little over a year ago. We love it and play it every day.

I added a few inexpensive decor pieces from Hobby Lobby and Gabe’s on the mantel for a fresh, spring look.

Check out this post to learn how to make your own Pottery Barn-style birch candles.

The tobacco basket is from eBay. It reminds me of South Carolina, where my husband and I lived for several years while serving in the Air Force.

We bought new side tables and a media console from the Rustic Pine Collection at LaFuente Imports. This furniture is very affordable. We choose not to spend a lot on furniture pieces because we have children and a rowdy pup.

The matching branch lamps are from Pier One Imports.

The Bible under the lamp is a Dutch Bible that’s been in my husband’s family for years. I try to weave meaningful heirlooms into my decor when it makes sense. It helps to personalize a space and make a room feel extra special.

The monogrammed pillows are from Ballard Designs.

Since we live near a lake, I like to infuse lake-themed and nature-inspired pieces into my decor.

Tip: Decorating your home to complement its natural surroundings and the period in which it was built can be a fantastic way to help it stand out (in a good way) and feel unique.

So there you have it, an up-to-date tour of our living room. Happy spring!

Rust-Oleum Mystery Box Challenge

Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring. I’ve already started decorating our living room and kitchen for the season, so that’s what I want to give you a sneak peek at today.

I recently had the opportunity to be a part of the Rust-Oleum® Mystery Box Challenge happening over at the Creator’s Studio. If you love DIY projects, you need to check out this site. There’s a ton of information and inspiration, as well as fun projects and free giveaways going on all the time.

The Mystery Box Challenge involved Rust-Oleum sending me a box of goodies, which I had to use to create something unique. In my kit, I received a small, unfinished planter box, Varathane® Wood Stain in Golden Oak and Wood Grain Enhancer, and some other odds and ends I could choose to use to decorate the box.

Here’s what I crafted from my mystery kit:

Step 1

I used the wire brush in my kit to “open up the grain” on the wood planter box by brushing, in the direction of the grain, all sides of the box. More brushing will equal a more pronounced effect, less will be more subtle.

Step 2

I applied the Varathane Golden Oak stain to my box. I often use a paintbrush to apply stain. I also like to coat it on nice and thick, letting it soak in for about 2-3 minutes before wiping it off with a lint-free cloth. I find this gives the best uniform, rich color. Too often, folks make the mistake of applying stain sparingly and wiping it off too quickly, which can lead to an uneven finish.

Step 3

After the stain was dry to the touch (about an hour), I applied the grain enhancer. I used a rag to wipe it into the grain of the wood, working in the opposite direction of the grain. I wiped off the excess with a dry rag.

Step 4

Time to decorate and personalize! I taped off the corners of the box using painters tape.

Then I applied two coats of aged bronze paint. I like Modern Masters® Statuary Bronze metallic paint color.

After that, I used bronze upholstery nails I had left over from another project to decorate the edges.

Finally, I filled the center with floral foam and stuck in a few sprigs of faux greenery I got at Hobby Lobby.

Tip: Use an electric bread knife to trim foam for a quick, clean edge.

Done! I placed my new planter box on a side table in our living room.

What do you think of my project? I hope this inspires you to think spring!

 

Tale of a tired china cabinet (a furniture redo)

Hello friends! I hope you’re staying warm. We’ve been experiencing very cold temps here in Pennsylvania. Bring on spring! 

Today I wanted to share a sneak peek at my next furniture project. I found this china cabinet – or buffet and hutch, whatever you call it – on Craigslist for $40.

We had to drive a little over an hour to pick it up with our trailer, but it was worth it. It’s a solid piece with a traditional design that’s not too fussy … right up my style alley.

I have visions of this piece completely redone and sitting in my dining room. Here is the finish I am going to try and replicate:

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The cabinet has some interesting neoclassical features, such as the lions head hardware. If I had to choose a style that I lean toward, it would be traditional. Traditional furniture takes inspiration from English and French styles of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Baroque, Rococo, Romantic and Neoclassical. In my home, I prefer furniture with less ornate details, but I do appreciate substantial pieces that showcase good craftsmanship and quality materials.

Matt thinks I should keep the lions head knobs. If I do, maybe I’ll spray paint them a darker bronze color. What do you think? Should I change out the hardware … keep it and spray paint it … or leave it alone?

The silverware drawer is felt-lined, which is kind of cool. It just needs a good cleaning.

Here are some of the products I’m using to refinish the piece.

Stay tuned for progress on this project coming soon!

Have you ever defined your own furniture style? The following article may help provide some clarity: https://www.homemakers.com/styles.