We don’t have any kids to send off to school today, but Mel and I do have some reading to do! A Beautiful Mess‘s new book came out last week, and Mel accidentally bought two so now we both have some required reading:) Full of DIY’s and awesome photography, this book goes through the sisters’ houses and details all their crafty projects. One day our houses will look this amazing…happy Tuesday!
If there was one thing I wish we could change about our house, it would be that we had a dining room. The kitchen maybe has room for a tiny bistro table, but nothing more. We briefly talked about the option of turning a bedroom into a dining room, but the downstairs bedrooms are pretty well separated from the common areas. Not that we entertain often, but we had hoped finally having a house would provide an opportunity for us to host small family gatherings and holidays. Our only option was to create a little dining zone in our living room.
Making a dining area in the living room was challenging. Our living room has a strange layout with lots of windows, including a low bay window (which Murphy called dibs on immediately). We really only had one other choice which was to put a table up against the wall between windows. And it works! I will guiltily tell you that we always watch TV while we eat dinner. I know we should be having deep conversations with soft jazz playing in the background. Frankly, sometimes we don’t sit down to eat until 8 or 9 at night and although we do talk, we also like to unwind watching some mindless TV. So in this case, having the table in the vicinity of the TV works great!
I found this table at the fabulous Elkhorn flea market. The size was what sold me. It had the perfect dimensions, and then also had wings that pull out. Perfect for when we have people over for dinner! Once again, this ‘before’ picture got lost in the great SIM card corruption, but this table is pretty close. Only differences are that my table has different legs and was covered in water stains.
I sanded the table down, painted one coat of Kils to cover the water stains, painted 2 coats of gray paint, and lastly 2 coats of polyurethane to seal it. Here is the finished dining table:
Hello all! The last couple of flea markets have not disappointed! Here’s my latest loot:
If you haven’t noticed by my latest finds, I really have a thing for plant related items, as in I really might have a problem! Not a bad problem to have though, in opinion! Enjoy your day!
This past weekend Mel and I hit the Elkhorn flea market. Even though we both had long days on Saturday and would have liked to have slept in, we were so glad we went to the flea early. Two words: less people. The difference between going to the flea at 7 AM and 10 AM is HUGE. You can actually walk into the booths, turn around, and get back out. Go later, you will spend half your time trying to navigate.
We didn’t find any furniture pieces, but we did find some cute little stuff (look for the little stuff in next week’s post!). When we were about halfway through, we came across this framed drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was one of those, I love it, but I don’t need it, but I love it… Then I went back to the idea that I should have things in my home that are meaningful. New York is one of my favorite cities, and Tall Guy asked me to marry him on the Brooklyn Bridge. I have quite a few ‘filler’ home decor items that are just kind of placeholders until I find something that I love and that means something to me and/or Tall Guy. Someday I will be like Nate Berkus and have a home full of accessories from my world travels!
The artwork was marked at $45 (pretty sure the framing cost more than that), and I got the seller down to $40. Mel gave me a little nudge and I pulled out the cash. Sold!
Mel added it would go perfectly in my living room. I’m still trying to figure out where I can fit it in and make it work. Maybe you’ll see it when my living room Re-Deux is complete:)
Seems like a no-brainer, right? Hope you all have an awesome week!