Thursday, May 10, 2012

Vintage Wallpaper Step Stool

Remember this vintage wallpaper I got for free?

Well I used it again! This time I cut out the farm scenes for Annie's little step stool. I bought the stool on half-off furniture day at Goodwill for $4, but didn't love the floral paper used on top (sorry no before picture). I didn't particularly love the color of the stool either, but when I looked for new paper to cover the stool it struck me that it went with the green in the wallpaper perfectly. I used Mod Podge to glue the paper on and sealed it with the same stuff after it dried. Although the wallpaper is old, it still has a little glue on the back which helped it adhere more easily to the steps. And because Annie typically uses the stool in her bathroom, I sealed it again with Minwax wipe-on poly which should prevent the paper from getting wet and coming off.

Much better! And yes, Annie loved it!

Love the Beasts,

Monday, May 7, 2012

Thrift Find:New Chandelier!

In my last post I told you all to ignore our hideous 90's brass chandelier. I hate to even re-post a picture of it because it's so ugly. Unfortunately, I can't properly show you the transformation without it.

We bought a fun industrial looking pendant to replace it, but I later realized the pendant wouldn't provide enough light. I also felt guilty spending more than $100 on it because of our tight budget. I told myself the existing chandelier could be better if I painted it black and possibly painted over the glass shades as well. Of course, I hoped I'd eventually stumble upon the perfect chandelier for the right price at an estate/yard sale, thrift store, or on discount at the hardware store.

Well, this past Friday my little home improvement wish came true! I found a brand new chandelier still in the box for $39.99 at Goodwill. I didn't know it was new at the time because the box was taped up, but the store said they'd take it back for store credit the next day if it didn't work or had missing pieces. At the cash register, I asked them if they'd be willing to give me an additional discount and they ended up selling it to me for $25! Not the best deal I have ever received, but when you look at the prices for new chandeliers out there it's pretty amazing! Especially because this one is being sold for $180 online. When I opened the box at home I was pleasantly surprised to find all the pieces there and wrapped up in their original packaging. Even the chandelier lamp shades were still covered in plastic.

We hung our new light up that night in about 2 hours. It feels good to complete a quick project like this when all of our other projects seem to take weeks at a time.

Do you like it?! Now this was not the original chandelier-style I was going for, but it makes much more sense in our home. Once we finally finish the molding and move the farmhouse-style kichen/dining table I bought into the room, it will really tie everything together. And although you can't see how the entire room looks with the new light, you can admire our new pretty molding in the background.

Oh how I love thrift stores and cheap finds!

Love the Beasts,