Unexpected Deals & Steals!
Ordering items for my parents’ living and dining room has been at the forefront of the project over the last week or two. I didn’t actually plan to start ordering this early, but there were some amazing deals so I pounced. First, I found these two Erica Studded Arm Chairs for under $200 each on Wayfair.
Then there was this 40″ Merill Mirror, also on Wayfair for just over $200.
And this awesome Classic Tufted Button Linen 90″ Sofa on Amazon for just under $500. This one has since gone out of stock so I am happy I went ahead and ordered it.
The ordering continues, and I am not sure where everything is going while the new floors are being installed. We will have to cross that bridge when we come to it.
Pack a Punch with this Simple Project
I am going to switch gears a little bit now. Today, I wanted to share if you’re just starting on your DIY journey and you don’t know where to begin, I have two words for you….spray paint! It is a well known fact in the interior design world that the maximum impact you can have on a space with minimal investment is paint. It can completely transform a space even if you keep all the same furniture. Check out this example!
You can see in this pic that we basically reorganized the space and added paint accents to define the areas of the room. We bought no new furniture for this project but the paint made a huge impact. Even if this space isn’t your taste, the impact the paint makes is obvious.
If you’re up-cycling, reusing, or re-purposing a piece, paint will give you the biggest bang for your buck. You can even up the easy factor by using spray paint. Basically, its as simple as this:
- Find an open air space
- Set up and wipe down the piece being painted
- Spray away!
In the past 3 days, we’ve completed 3 DIY projects for the living room and dining room for pennies on the dollar.
For me, when I paint something, it’s usually because the shape or look of the piece works but for whatever reason, the color doesn’t. Here are the 3 projects we just completed:
Project 1: I had 2 of these distressed wood panels which I love but combined with the wall treatment going in the dining room, they no longer gave me the pop I was looking for. My solution? Spray paint them white. Now, with the bold white contrast, they’ll do exactly what I intended! They’re going on this dining room wall and I cannot wait to see them up!
Project 2: I found this set of Three Magnolia Plaques Wall Decor on Wayfair. I wanted to use them in the living room, but the color was all wrong. However, I really like the slight variation within the set and I love that they offer a 3 dimensional element. This makes the pieces more visually interesting than a standard framed art piece. So I bought them and painted them white, silver, and gold! Yes, gold is back and I promise they’ll make sense in the finished living room space!
Magnolia Panels After
Project 3: I have been searching around for end tables for a reasonable price, and by ‘reasonable’ I mean $50 or less per table. It has proven to be tougher than I thought. For a minute, I even considered building my own, then I took 3 seconds and thought about the 20 or so DIY projects on our plates and kept looking! LOL!
I stumbled past these outdoor tables online at Big Lots.com and went to check them out in the store. I immediately loved their shape and the geometric detail plays perfectly off the coffee table I selected. However, the color was a no-go, but that was a simple fix! I (well, Wendy) busted out the spray paint one more time and now they’ll be the perfect complement to the living room decor! Yes! I now love these little guys!
End Table Before
End Table After
Your options with spray paint are endless! Heck, I even spray painted a fabric living room chair! You can definitely do this. Find a piece, grab a can, and get going! Tell us what you think by commenting below!