Speaking of themes, notice a recurring one?
Since my tuition bill is looming, I have to style the entry on the cheap. The least expensive way to decorate? Shop in your own house! I snagged the yellow painting I made ages ago, took the Mae Chevrette print from the front porch, the green glass teardrop vase from my office, and an adorable photo of Lily.
The whole setup still needed a bit of something. I thought I had a sparkly silver photo frame tucked away, but it is no where to be found. I needed a bowl for my keys or pocket change, since I didn't want to tuck it in the drawer. I like knowing they're where I can see them and one of the kids (Emily!) hasn't wandered off with them.
Off to the local Goodwill store to see what treasures I could dig up. Sadly, there wasn't much by way of vases or decorative bits. I did find a small, pressed glass bowl for a very reasonable 99 cents, so I snagged it. Later in the week, I had to go to Walmart for garden stakes (the grapes need to be trained on wire) and they were in clearance for $1.50 each. Right beside them was a glass cylinder vase for 97 cents and a mango-scented candle for $1.50. Mine! The last thing I picked up was a bouquet of flowers for $3.97.
I had enamel craft paint, Frog Tape, and some Krylon Looking Glass (mirror) spray paint already, so it was just a matter of taping off the new vase, painting the outside with the enamel paint, and the inside with the spray paint.
|The hardest part is making sure the tape is even!|
I would highly recommend spray painting before putting the enamel on. I did it in the reverse and needed to wipe it from the outside. Spray the paint in, and allow the excess to run out onto a drop cloth or (in this case) scrap paper. I only did one coat of paint, but I think two might be necessary. I brushed the enamel on, and I really love the texture it gives the finished vase.
So, putting it all together, the desk looks like this now
I still think I'm far from finished, but this is definitely far more pleasant to look at than the naked "before" photo:
There is still a ton of work to be done in here. I'm compiling a wish list of things I'd like to get and a to-do list of what needs to be done (like ripping out carpet sometime in the next year). For now, I'll just have to baby-step it until I can save enough pennies to accomplish what I'd like to do.
I'm going to leave you with a gratuitous pic of Lily, because she has snored through the writing of this entire blog post.