I am currently having fun with a small area in our living room. I am playing with a wall which is situated between a door leading to our front yard and a big set of windows.The wall is screaming (really loudly!) for more character, new baseboards and light switch covers, and I am planning to install my first board and batten wall treatment this week. In the meantime, I wanted to show you what will fill this space.
The wall is quite narrow and I have been struggling trying to find the right piece of furniture for it. Not anymore! I found this beautiful secretary for $50.00 on Craigslist and I absolutely love it! It is beautiful, functional, and it makes me want to write letters with a dip pen every time I open it.I lost my office a few months ago because of a room switcheroo (more on that later) and I am using the secretary as our command center. It holds our incoming mail, daily planners, finance binder, computer, menu planner, envelopes, stamps, and much more…
The secretary will be dressed with an ironstone tureen filled with two kinds of English Ivy. I put small rocks on the bottom of the tureen for drainage and the plants seem to be thriving.
I also needed desk lighting. I found this brass lamp at a local thrift store and brought it home with me.It was too golden and shiny for my taste so I decided to age it a bit. First, I cleaned the lamp thoroughly and scratched it with fine steel wool to get the lacquer off. The lamp was only $20.00 so I did not mind scratching it a little (better that than chemical paint stripper!). Next, I heated up the lamp with my hair dryer before I applied white vinegar with a small brush on the whole lamp. I let the vinegar sit until it dried and repeated the process (heat and vinegar) three times. This is how the lamp looks now.
This narrow wall needs a focal point. I decided to go with a picture I fell in love with which I found on the Graphics Fairy website. For some really odd reason, I feel that if our family (my husband, son and I) were cattle, we would look like these three!
My husband came home a few days ago with an old and dirty wooden picture frame he found on the side of the road. It had no glass, no backing, no hardware, you get the picture, no pun intended…I find so many of those empty frames in antique shops and I am always too intimidated to bring them home with me. But this time, you can’t beat free! The raw wood is beautiful but the overall look of it is too rustic for our living room. I decided to paint the frame with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed ‘Farmhouse White’ and do some light distressing.
I headed to our local copy shop and had my three cows printed on watercolor paper. This type of paper gives the picture a lot of texture, which makes it look more like a painting.I also had a mat cut for it so it looks more custom. Finally, our hardware store cut some glass that fits the opening on the back of the frame. The grand total for the printed picture, the custom mat and the glass was only $40.00. I put the piece of cardboard that came with the mat in the back of the frame and my husband installed all the necessary hardware.
I think it will make a nice focal point. Don’t you think?
Voilà! All the elements are in place and waiting for their new home, or should I say their new board and batten wall! Off to buy some wood and supplies for this project!
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