July 06, 2012

Wall Collage

In our living room above the couch there is a big blank wall.  It has remained blank since we have moved in.  We just didn't know exactly know what to put there so we just left it alone.  We couldn't decide between a big painting/picture or lots of little ones.  Lame.  

So thanks to Pinterest we were able to see our ideas put into action.  By the way...do you follow me on pinterest? 

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I found the frames at Hobby Lobby and they already had the white mattes in them!  Yay!  I waited until they were 50% off and luckily they had exactly six.

I printed out our 8x10 black and white photos from Snapfish because I had found a coupon code so I only had a to pay a few bucks for them.  I went with black and white because I wanted them all to be subtle and I thought with color photos it would be too vibrant.

Check out our leather ottoman!  We scored that bad boy on Craigslist.

July 05, 2012

End Table

Yes, I am still alive...it has been soooo hot here lately I have either been at the pool or inside in the AC taking care of my sweet baby!

I found this end table on Craigslist for $30.  I normally would not pay $30 for a piece like this but it is solid wood and that makes it worth it in my book.  

The only downfall about this end table is that the previous owners painted and they did it the right way with primer and all.  This increased my sanding time a little bit. Here it is all sanded.  Look at that gorgeous wood grain!  Who would paint over something like that?!

I applied 2 coats of some stain and then spent a solid 10 minutes picking 20 gnats out of the tacky stain.  Humid weather is not my friend (for staining furniture or my hair).

Then I applied a top coat of polystain.  One of my most favorite products ever.

And finally...here it is in our living room!

Check out this AMAZING lamp!  I found the lamp base at an estate sale for $3!!!  I thought it was just a neat looking lamp until I put a new bulb in it and turned it on...it was like magic!  Check it out!!!

Lamp on...

Base on...

Top on...

I found the linen drum shade at Lamps Plus