Remember the fabulous Craigslist deal I got on three chairs that inspired a whole decorating project for our empty parlor? I was finally able to put the finishing touches on that room over Labor Day weekend and I wanted to share some new pictures.
I have had this word art, from Uppercase Living, for more than six years! I bought it right at the beginning of our multi-moving saga (4 moves in about 6 years) and never wanted to put it up until I knew I was going to be staying. The only real issue, I had in getting it on the wall is that after that many years, the transfer tape did not want to stick to the letters, no matter how many times I rubbed over the transfer with the special tool. I literally inched the backing off about a quarter inch at a time, making sure everything was pressed against the transfer tape, manually. Though it was a little more labor intensive than usual, I love the way it turned out.
I also wanted to have a desk in the southwest corner of the room, but I don’t own a desk and it’s not really in the budget at the moment. I do have several of these white, plastic fold-up tables, however. I have had one sitting in the corner for a while, now, and have been using it for sewing, but in all truth, it looks tacky. A white plastic folding table, just didn’t fit with my “new” parlor. The tables have a rough textured surface, so I was hopeful that I might be able to get paint to stick to them, even though they are plastic. I decided to work with what I had and just put a new “finish” on the table. I purchased some Rustoleum spray paint at Wal-Mart called American Accents Stone Textured Finish. The goal was to make it look like more of a stone-topped table than a plastic one. I actually used three coats of the stone textured paint and then covered it with a coat of clear polyurethane. It required one and a half cans of the textured paint and one of the polyurethane. Until I can afford a more traditional desk, I am very pleased with the results.
And in the last post, I promised you I would be putting up a large mirror and sconces behind my wingback chairs. I’ve done that, but not before deciding that I wanted to “pop” a little more of that scarlet accent color into the room. I purchased another can of spray paint and refinished my brown wooden sconces. I love the color contrast on the wall that ties in with the other scarlet elements in my otherwise blue and brown parlor.
I’m excited to report that because I used and/or repurposed so many things I already had tucked away somewhere in the house, my entire room decorating/makeover project cost less than $150! I never dreamed when we purchased this house, that I would be able to fill the room and give it it’s own personality, for so little cost.
Because the parlor is such a long room, it’s difficult to get a good picture angle to show off the entire space, at once, but I think you can get the idea. I love being able to sit and enjoy my books and the wonderful view through the large bay window. Once just an empty room, the parlor has become my own personal haven and quiet place.
What follows are just the new pictures. If you want to see the pictures of recovering the rocker and the other DIY wall art and decorating tips, be sure to check out my first parlor post.
What’s your latest frugal DIY project? I’d love to hear about it!!