Occassionally I have been asked where something came from or when someone wants to know the source of a special piece in our home. Most of the time, these questions are on instagram but I wanted to share a little bit here on the blog. I write so much about our home and the life lived within these walls, I thought it may be fun to share the story of some of our pieces on a budget.
Our large sectional in the sunroom is an older couch that I covered with 100% duck cotton. I took this project on myself and sewed the entire sectional in one summer. Yes, it took me sewing almost every single night for nearly two months. I did a couple hours a night once the kids went to bed. At the end of it all, I strained my back for a week and definately felt the accomplishment of this undertaking. Do I regret it? Not one bit! This sofa cover has been durable, worn through the seasons and still has a lot of life left in it. The sectional shape was the tricky part, but I do believe an a-symmetrical sofa would have been more simple.
While on the subject of our couch, our coffee table (also pictured above) is an old table that is on it’s third coat of paint. I recently did a cream chalk paint wash on top and a distressed bright white coat on the bottom. I hope to share a tutorial on the technique I used in the near future.
Our dining table is similar to the coffee table, it is an old piece of ours that I chalk painted white last spring. It has held up really well and I love how it brightens the space. These metal chairs are from Amazon here, I got them about 4 years ago and the rattan chairs are from Ikea.
Our light fixtures are both spray painted. The chandelier is a brass Craigslist find that I used Oil Rubbed Bronze on and then hung some faux and real crystals. The kitchen pendents are from Home Depot; a couple summers ago, I used a copper and glossy white spray paint to update them.
Often times we sell unused furniture or save up Christmas/Birthday money to pay for projects as we go. As you can see, many of our large pieces are refinished on a budget and my hope in sharing these details, is that you can see how much can actually be done when on a budget. It is possible to enjoy style and most importantly your style. Yes,it does take extra time and some hard work, but in my humble opinion is completely worth it. A little creatviity goes a very long way in expressing yourself throughout your home.
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