One of my decorating philosophies is to first try and use or re-purpose items I already own. That may mean moving a piece from one room to another, switching out fabric, altering a piece or painting a piece. Sometimes a small tweak with new paint or fabric is all it takes to breathe new life into an object and transform it into something new, fresh and relevant. I approached the One Room Challenge no differently.
After taking inventory of the items I had in the space before the makeover, I realized I could actually reuse many of them once they had a makeover. With a can of spray paint in hand I realized that a quick, easy makeover is all that was needed to transform them to fit their new environment. These unrelated pieces now feel unified by their fresh coat of white paint. You will have to check back next week to see how they actually get incorporated into my new space. The picture at the right is a little teaser of what is to come. I was able to reuse a pair of lamps I had in the room and painted a mirror I already had.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. –William Morris
The picture below shows a mirror transformation in progress. A black frame convex mirror gets an easy update with a fresh coat of glossy white paint. I got a little side-tracked and forgot to take a “before” shot. Trust me on this one…it came out great. It will be hung directly over the mirror shown above and surrounded by the jeweled artwork I made for this room.
Mirror makeovers in progress!
This is the mirror shown in the first picture. It was a great find at an estate sale a few years ago. A couple of coats of oil based paint provides the glossy lacquer look I was hoping to achieve. Don’t look too closely at the reflection in the mirror…those are all boxes of items being moved back into the room.
I sure hope this little box will find its way back home on my desk.
I purchased this small glass catch-all tray to hold business cards on my desk. A portion of the price tag sticker still remains as evidence that this tray has never been used. Painting the underside of the tray creates a frosted look and transforms this piece into something I can’t wait to use.
There is no project too small. I could have easily purchased a new desktop easel but I decided to use what I had and saved a couple of bucks in the process. This will hold a small piece of original artwork I recently purchased to display on my desk.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade… I purchased this small picture frame at Goodwill for $1.99 about a year ago with the intent of giving it a makeover. I broke the glass this week after completing the project but realized I can use just the frame as a way to rotate a set of limited edition small scaled art pieces I purchased at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston this past Fall. I actually like it more for this purpose so I guess it was a happy accident.
I have always wanted an hourglass…I’m not sure why. This tiny hourglass was purchased at an estate sale for $1.00. I always planned on painting it but wasn’t sure of what color until now.
We are down the wire, my friends. It is crunch time. I somehow managed to do all the heavy lifting (not literally) in the last week but I feel great about the progress I made.
- Painted various accessories and mirrors.
- Dropped off my new/old desk chair at the refinishing/upholstery shop for a makeover.
- Installed new receptacle outlet to plug in a pair of lamps that were moved from one side of the room to the other.
- Framed some new artwork.
- Purchased all supplies needed to make a custom 4 foot by 4’-10” linen covered bulletin board.
- Most importantly, we successfully managed to pull out the wood for the bulletin board that was wedged into the back of our SUV without damage or injury (to us or the wood). Hallelujah!
- Finished labeling all storage drawers.
- Started organizing and began styling.
- I’m sure there is something I am forgetting…it’s all a blur.
Next week I reveal my finished room. In the meantime, make sure to check out the other One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers, other guest participants, and Linda’s blog. Have a great weekend. I will be busy trying to put the finishing touches on my room.
All pictures (except the first and last) were shot using my iPhone.