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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Before & After: Another Ann Sloan Makeover

I could not breathe when a client dropped off this amazing bench to redo! I was overwhelmed with so much excitement that I was ready to start painting the second it hit our apartment floor.

I knew that a deep blue distressed look was perfect for this piece...and the client agreed. Three coats of paint and some dark wax for distressing.....I had the perfect bench for a great entryway or laundry room.

Before


AFTER

I just adored this color for this bench. I love how the blue has a greyish tint in the natural sunlight and a deeper blue without.

I really focused on an extreme weathered look around the details of the legs. Everything just looks better with some age :)
Enjoy this day.
Partying over at Cedar Hill Farmhouse , The Dedicated HouseA Stroll Thru Life,, Miss Mustard Seed & Savvy Southern Style
 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hallway Reveal

There has been many updates going on over at our new home! My favorite part is finding some unique pieces and doing something different with them.

A few weeks ago, I shared the small birdcage I purchase for the hallway in this post
The candles looked pretty, especially lit at night, but there was something I did not LOVE about it.
Some leftover lavender I had left from the Nyack Street Fair did the trick! I love the way it blends with the birdcage and the scent it gives off every time we walk by it :)

Have a wonderful weekend.
Before


Before the lavender
The art on the wall is still the art featured in Thrifty Thursday Art

~Alison
Partying over at Liz Marie Blog





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10 Minute Lamp Makeover for $2


Rise & Shine! Time for a ten minute makeover that made a big difference in my bedroom.
I purchased two of these lamps one year ago from Christmas Tree Shop. They were a great deal at $34.99 each and knew over time I would find a way to add some detail to make them a little less boring.
 
I came across this great burlap ribbon in Michael's craft store and got to thinking of where I could use it.
The lamps were the perfect spot in need of some detail. One roll of the burlap did the trick for the bottom trip of the lampshade. I love the age it added to the boring 'ol shade and this project only cost $2!!

 

As the day progressed and the natural sunlight comes through the window.....

 
Happy Day.
~Alison~

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vintage Mailbox Makeover

I recently set out on a quest to find something unique that would work as a "mail holder" inside our home. I came across this perfect vintage mailbox and knew it would do the job.

 

However, I was not really into the color. Love mint....don't get me wrong...just was looking for something with a little age. So, I picked up a paint brush and got to work. I decided blue would be a more universal color since I am sure I will change the location of the mailbox 100 times. A piece of sandpaper, Vasoline, and some leftover paint, I felt that I had a completely "new" old mailbox.




xo
Alison

Friday, July 18, 2014

Before & After: Living Room Tour

If you are an apartment renter, you know you have to make the most use of your space. Luckily, we found a very spacious apartment, large enough to be a small home. I still had to choose wisely with decorating and find ways to create more storage. Here is the living room section of our home. This room is one large open space with the kitchen and the dining room. Those Before & After's will be in separate posts. For now, I focused more on the details of the living room.
I hope you enjoy this space as much as we do :)         

                                               
Before
                                      
After
                              
                               
He is NEVER not with me.








Mackenzie Childs Coasters. My favorite thing in the living room & also matches my teapot shown here..One of my Favorite Things




I put a candle inside of one of my favorite pots. I love how the candle glows in the dark.


I purchased this bird's nest art at Brimfield for $1. I cut it to make it fit my favorite frame.




Coat/ Dog Leash hooks at the entranceway

A quick reminder every time I enter and leave our home.




The first purchase for the room. I LOVE old barns and knew it would be a great focal point for the room. Still need to get a better frame, but this works for now.