Sunday, March 17, 2013

Humble Beginnings for a Reading Nook

There's a loft area on the second story of my house.  I love this area even though I never really knew what to do with it.  I suppose all of the possibilities of what this space could be is both what I loved and also what I feared.  It took about three years for me to decide on this.  Yes, I realize that's sad.

I don't have any "before" pictures of this space but just trust me, it was pretty bad.  Basically I used it as a dumping zone.  Quilting is one of my hobbies and I had so much fabric in one corner that it looked like a muti-colored/patterned avalanche.  I went through every piece of fabric and decided what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to donate.  That cleared up a lot of space.

I scavenged all of the pieces from other rooms in the house so at least this has a cost of $0 so far.  My mom actually did the painting in the picture above.  I have a few of her paintings which is a cool thing :-)

This is just the beginning for this space but I wanted a cozy place to read a book or just look out the window and the birds and flowers now that Spring is coming.  This nook will see many updates in the coming months but I'm going to take it slow so that I know I'm making the right decisions about purchases and color choices.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Yellow Record Holder

I don't have any records but I loved the color and the details of this little record holder.

Someone had already painted and distressed it by the time I found it but right now there's nothing I would change.

Of course the most obvious use for me is a book case.  And living in Atlanta, you'd better have "Gone with the Wind" as part of your collection ;-)

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Rolling Desk Chair

I've been searching for a rolling desk chair for the longest time and I finally found one in my budget!

I liked the color of the wood but I knew I wanted to paint it.

The chair came a little "distressed" which was fine.

But overall it was in great condition.

I chose MMS Milk Paint in Boxwood.  I love green so this was an easy color choice.  Since I didn't want chipping, I also used MMS Bonding Agent.  And to bring out those distressed areas, I used MMS Antiquing Wax.  By the way, this is not a sponsored post.  I'm new to milk paint and refinishing furniture so when I found the Miss Mustard Seed blog,  I bought some of the products.  She has great tutorials on how to use them so it was an easy way for me to get started.  I have enjoyed using these products and I'm very happy with the results I've gotten.

The color is great and adding the antiquing wax just gave it that aged feel.

I love the way the green chair looks with the cream desk.

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Savvy Southern Style - Wow us Wednesday
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