Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Putting the Cart in Front of the Horse!

As most of you know, we are in process of moving back into the lower level of our home. Along the way, we decided to change some things around ...new colors and a new look in the rooms!

We are changing out my Mom’s bedroom into a vintage shabby look. We’ve been shopping at garage sales and thrift stores, creating this on a budget! We’ve found some unique pieces and some great bargains. Here is another example !

We found this charming dresser mirror at a tag sale a few weeks ago. It was painted white, with hand painted roses along the mirror frame and at the base. Normally we would have left this alone as it would have lent itself to the shabby look. However, the roses were everywhere... and for us, was a little too busy. We decided to sand them off and just go with white.

This piece cost $8. and about 1 hour of sanding and painting.
It’s a unique piece that has added a new look to the dresser.

We found the mirror before we found the dresser. So much fun how this turns out, kind of like putting the cart in front of the horse! Don’t ever be afraid to pick up something that you don’t quite know what to do with...you’ll figure it out as you go along!

Hope this inspires you to keep hunting for all those fun unique pieces that make your home special !


Anonymous said...

Julie inspires me every day to "think out of the box". Although I was an elementary art teacher for 21 years, I grew up in an era that put much less emphasis on home decorating. We painted or wallpapered and it lasted for YEARS !! Sometimes I dig in my heels when she suggests changing a room, or painting, or moving things around, but I'm always excited to see the finished "look". She has such a wonderful talent to see what potential a can of paint has, or using something old in a new way. She keeps me current and it's a joy to hear the kudos when friends come to visit!!!

Julie Shelander said...

Well, Thank you "anonymous Mom"! What an inspiring comment.
You taught me the joy of being creative...it's all your fault! ~wink ;)