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If you have been following me on instagram (IF NOT, COME CLICK HERE AND SAY HELLO!) you would have seen the quick, easy and cheap DIY project I just recently tackled. Using this quarantine as a time to redecorate/reorganize my entire household, I decided it was time to address my living room situation. What is currently just this mess of a room, I wanted to clean it up. However, as a stay at home mom on budget, I want to do what I can without spending a fortune.
As I have talked about before, Facebook Marketplace is my go to when it comes to furnishing my home. Yes, while there are some things I will buy brand new, I also try and refurbish what I can. I love little projects like this for multiple reasons but mostly because of how budget friendly and cathartic they can be. Seriously though, if you’re a mama in need of a break and stress relief, pick up a power sander. I promise, it will be just the thing you need to blow off some steam. Better yet, pair that with a glass of wine and you’ll thank me!
Anyway, with this is mind, I found a gorgeous but beat up antique dresser. For just $100, my husband was able to pick it up from a local seller and 2 hours later, we ended up with a beautiful staple for our living room. Seriously, if you can look past the exterior, carve out a little time, and put in a little work, you can end up with amazing results.
So before I walk you through what you’ll need, should you want to try this out yourself, lets do a little before/after.
Incredible, right?!? Keeping all the original hardware, this piece turned out better than I could have ever imagined. It is perfect to help give our living room a little life!
Have a piece you want to do this too? Awesome, you can do this with anything you want. Regardless of if it is painted or stained, as long as its made out of wood, you are good to go. Take a look below and I will walk you through it all!
Power Sander: This is the one I use and absolutely love
60 & 220 Grit Sand Paper- They sell ones specifically for your power sander
Water Based Polyurethane : Make sure it is a water-based poly. Especially if you are applying over a lighter piece. If not, you’re piece will yellow and look not so pretty
White Furniture Wax: You can always make you’re own with regular furniture wax and white paint but if you are wanting to skip that step, check out Behr. This stuff works great and is one of my favorites!
Paint brush– This is one I love using for pretty much everything
And that is it! Seriously, this is the simplest furniture transformation with the biggest reward!
So tell me what, are you waiting for?
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This end of July marks one year that we have been living in our new home and that is absolutely crazy to me. While there are still a few projects I’d like to do (like the kitchen, powder room and guest room), the house has really transformed from when we first purchased it. In most of the house, a little paint really went a long way. However, the dining room was a bigger labor of love that I really put my focus into. After patiently taking my time, I am thrilled to share the final result with you.
While I wouldn’t necessarily say our house was a “fixer upper,” it did need a little updating and love. As you can see in the photo, our home was still rocking a very 90’s style. Blues, pinks, flower banners- it needed to go. Thankfully the wall paper came down in a day and then when I had a a rainy weekend, I was able to prime and paint the trim and bottom half of the wall.
Eventually I’d like to change out the flooring but that will come in time and probably be done along with the kitchen.
Now I don’t know about you all but I am mildly obsessed with Chip & Joanna Gaines and anything Magnolia Home design. Since I knew this room would become our “statement” room, I really used them as my inspiration. Of course, when I realized that they had there own wall papers I fell in love and decided that this would be my standout accent.
Even though the wallpaper came pre-pasted I was not at all about to attempt a DIY and instead opted to have a professional do it instead. Of course though, this proved a tad tricky at first because as you could guess not many people wall paper anymore. Thankfully I was referred to a father/son painting business that still knew the trade and as an added bonus they were actually really reasonable.
Once the walls were complete I accented the room with a new gray rug, our corner cabinet and buffet table, which were both brought over from our old house. The corner cabinet was actually a $150 craigslist find and the buffet table was a Pier 1 purchase from about 3 years ago. While the corner cabinet matched perfectly, color wise, the buffet table needed a bit of love. What was originally an off-white color, the wallpaper made it appear more much yellow and I knew that wouldn’t work. So with a $7 sample of Sherwin Williams paint, I was able to paint and repurpose this baby all in one single afternoon while Cassidy napped.
Next thing to be changed out was the light. While I toyed around with the idea of just spray painting the old existing brass fixture, I came to the conclusion that the style just wouldn’t go with my final vision. Thankfully thats when I turned to Wayfair and found a very affordable and stylish chandelier. Once it arrived I immediately took it upon myself to install it, despite not knowing how. BUT with the help of youtube I am proud to announce that not only did I get this baby connected but I also never got electrocuted!
Lastly, the table and chairs took a bit of thinking. When we first moved in, I actually bought a cheap antique set as a place holder. I knew I wanted to take my time in selecting the right furniture and thats exactly what I did. Loving the idea of a farmhouse look, I was able to find a local carpenter who makes custom tables. I went with a 7×3 in a washed grey tone and could not love it more. As for the chairs, I again turned to Wayfair. I swear, that site is the best and pretty much the place I turn to whenever I need home furnishings.
All in all, I think the total spent on this makeover was $1700. That’s including paint, wall paper, installation, and furniture. Sure it may have taken me 10 months to figure out but seeing that this is our “forever” home, I’m taking things slowly so that I can be sure to love the decisions we make for years and years.
Sources & Supplies:
Wall and Trim Paint Primer and Paint– I used Sherwin Williams products and had them color it to be a Benjamin Moore Shade, Chantilly Lace (OC-65)
Buffet Table Paint in the color Contented Gray (SW 6191)
Wicker Dining Chairs and Farmhouse Chairs