A stool versus an armoire for example.
And some techniques are just faster than others.
Although there is a time for layering, distressing and experimenting with paint,
sometimes it's just good for the soul to get something done,
start to finish...and bask in the success!
I don't get much time to paint for myself, so when I can,
I squeeze in a project here and there that I can complete
quickly and easily, but with the hope of maximum impact!
Here are five such fabulous projects
to inspire the DIY Weekend Warrior in you:
1. Just Add Plant!
Bonus? They're back in fashion in interior styling so you
no longer look like the crazy-jungle-treehugger
if you have them scattered about your home.
This is a ponytail palm (Beaucarnea Guatamalensis) and
the label promises me I can't kill it.
It was $26.99 at the local hardware but
I've seen them at Ikea for a lot less.
lurking about the shed, yard or garage, right?
It's not just me who keeps random, old stuff that most people dump, right?
You can always pick one up for $1-$2 at Salvos.
On a whim I gave some river rocks a quick coat of
Lumiere Metallic Paint in True Gold and I'm so glad I did!
What a fantastic result and an unexpected addition...
(complete with leftover bits of potting soil and a few spider legs!!!)
with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter
before adding an Art Deco stencil in Lumiere's True Gold.
Is it my best work? Nope. But was it done in about 3 minutes
and did I have fun? Yup!
And it turned an ordinary houseplant into a statement accessory
for my office bringing life and a bit-o-bling to my workspace.
2. Take a Seat...
If not, a quick trip to the local second hand store will solve that problem.
There are still gems to be discovered out there!
I found this in an Adelaide junk shop, forgotten in a corner.
A perfect vintage solid oak swivel office chair....a wheel-less dream come true!
I have been looking for one to fix up for years.
I'm in love with how this chair turned out...and the reason it doesn't have
a blog post dedicated solely to its transformation...
I lost the photos.
(Who does that?! And how in this world of clouds?)
It's fairly straight-forward upstyle,
she was painted in Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in Typewriter
with Bonding Agent because I did not want any chippy action.
being roughly painted with Autentico Chalk Paint in Bright Green.
Next up, a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Wax followed by Antiquing Wax.
The hardest part was waiting for the timber wheels to show up from overseas,
especially when in my excitement I ordered 4 wheels — for 5 legs.
But it was worth the wait .
This chair is one of my very favourite projects and is the
design inspo for my home office renovation.
She's so happy and welcoming don't you think?!
3. Let There be Light!
Minimal effort for maximum impact!
Lamps can often be forgotten and before you know it,
you've got a dated or dull home accessory that isn't bringing
style or inspiration to a space.
And why replace it when you can simply paint it!?!
This pineapple lamp is awesome but with a black-and-brassy-gold base,
it wasn't so much past its due date,
it just...well...could be better!
I think a better name for this colour would be Rose Gold—a very popular
colour in fashion which translates extremely well to interiors.
The lampshade was replaced
with an amazing work-of-art lampshade from Anna Chandler
who has swoon-worthy homewares aplenty.
(That's an Anna Chandler tile on the wall as well.)
This upstyle brought a whole lot of life to this dull corner
of my guest bedroom with minimum effort.
A Few Other Simple Lamp Revamps:
4. Get Art Smart.
Artwork doesn't have to be traditional paintings or prints,
although supporting local artists is often affordable AND fabulous!
I also believe thinking outside the box is a great idea.
Textile wall hangings, mirrors, hanging bookshelves and DIY art
add variety and will personalise a space
making it a one-of-a-kind representation of YOU.
My husband found this little goody in a shed, we cleaned it up and it now
graces our family room filled with mementos and sentimental gifts.
Every time I dust it (not very often...he he) or walk by it,
it makes me smile. How is that NOT art at work?
mementos that is admired and commented on by
nearly every visitor I'm blessed to have in my home.
It's a great non-traditional way to get people to pause
in an area that is typically a thoroughfare.
And again, the gate has special meaning to me
(I drug it up from the gully on our property, a few meters every day during a bit of a life "rough patch.")
Get creative! Express yourself...it's your space!
and Op Shops can be an inexpensive and creative source for interesting pieces.
I found this Mid-Century beauty in the
dusty corner of a thrift store.
It was $7....yes....$7!
I taped it off so I could give the frame a little zing with
Lumiere Metallic Paint in Metallic Olive.
When working on smaller surfaces, art brushes provide better control.
These metallic paints dry pretty fast,
I gave the frame a quick second coat
in less than an hour.
5. Accessories, Accents, Knick-Knacks & Such...
It may be a jewellery box, a vase or candlesticks.
Instead of replacing, restyle!
Most times updating accessories can inject new life into a room.
and the black is stunning, the room needed lightening and
why not use what you have?
These were painted with Autentico Chalk Paint in Sand then
subtlely dry-brushed with Autentico in Milk
before being sealed with Miss Mustard Seed's White Wax.
A Few Other Projects to Spark the Imagination...
inspire and motivate you to get out there this weekend and
make something BEAUTIFUL foryour home.
As always, I love your comments and of course, any questions,
just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org