Friday, July 8, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday #45 Just getting started...

This week I threw out a spur-of-the-moment challenge
 for you all to give me some inspiration
in changing up my Living Room.

You all addressed many of the things that were bugging me,
but that I just hadn't done anything about.

Fresh eyes and some great advice have yielded so many ideas.
I have a mile long list now of things that I can try,
 and a roadmap to actually get to where I want to be,
instead of just thinking about it.

The first thing I did was spray paint my two brass lamps;
a few coats of Satin White by Valspar,
and a coat of Minwax liquid poly with a little dark stain added.

(spurred on by Nita, I knew this would be the start point!)

(still needs distressing)

Once they were white the dark end table looked wrong...
only way to remedy that was to do the unthinkable;
paint out those tables.

I always keep a gallon of my tried and true Behr two-in-one paint on hand.
(Creamy White)
Never know when you'll go nuts and start a huge project!

My biggest gripe in this room has been the dark wood coffee and end tables.
Just so not me...
I just knew I wouldn't be happy until I painted them.

They are heavy, huge, and clunky,
but have a lot of frenchy charm with the yummy details and curvy legs.
The dark wood just obliterated all that.

One of my helpers.
 (oh Mom, no pictures...)

Before shots from last post.

I had to take a deep breath and just slap on some of that paint;
no going back.

I actually tried the idea by Ahrisha
about leaving the tops stained,

 (love this look and have a few pieces downstairs with this)
but they are just too dark,
and I decided for all white instead of a stripping project.
(not a stripper..te he)

So here's where I am right now,
I have to do my stain "glaze" (any type of dark oil based stain)
and wipe on poly on the coffee table.
The end tables are finished.

I thought about going the ASCP route,
but I have other pieces in here
 with this same paint technique and I'm really happy with it.

I have absolutely no gray or blue anywhere around,
and even though I love that look,
it wouldn't work for this space.

Oh how I love seeing that detail, now!

Painting more furniture pieces,
finding fabric for some new pillows to add to the sofas,
buying new shades for the chandelier and accent lighting,
finding some heat resistant spray paint for the fireplace insert.
Whitewashing the mirror above the fireplace...
on and on...
(painting the clock...?)
but I'm excited with what's ahead!

I have to apologize for being a poopy hostess for the party.
I got about halfway through visiting,
and then the holiday crowd overwhelmed me.

You all had some wonderful Patriotic decor,
I just grabbed a few examples.

Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to join in!
Love you guys!

Jeanine the Queen of Chippy Shabby,
always puts together a wonderful holiday display,
Her July 4th entry way is vintage at it's best!

Richard at My Old Historic House puts on a fabulous
patriotic display with his wire stands, furniture and gazebo.

Tee, from Brown Eyed Belle has such a fresh vintage display for the 4th,
 with gorgeous Limoges plates and just picked hydrangeas.

She has the sweetest patriotic teddy display;
an inspiration from Bethany Lowe Designs.

Thanks again for all the help,
I have plenty on my plate for awhile to see this get where I'm envisioning it.

I'll keep you posted on the progress,
Hope you'll join in today

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 I'm joining these great parties this weekend:

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love ya,

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