Decorating a new place can be an expensive adventure. There are the usual expenses like any new furniture or kitchen supplies, but then there are the not so fun extra expenses ~ you almost never see new bath mats, or silverware organizers in beautiful home decor magazines. However, while there is no easy way to make some of those more mundane essentials at home, you can make something new out of some old items to perk up your living room.
I obtained this little vanity from a relative who had it in storage for a few years. It looks to be a child’s size dresser with three small drawers, painted white and lemon. I can’t tell you where to get your own dresser, but I can recommend how to spruce it up when you find one!
Note: before you paint a light going over with some sandpaper can help to smooth the surface. It also removes any dust that a damp cloth misses.
I enjoy painting things at night. There is something about the cool silence of the evening hours that is conducive to decorating. So one night, I spread flattened paper bags on my bathroom floor to catch drips, popped open the quart of paint (white diamond), grabbed a sponge brush and began painting. I started with the legs to make sure that I could get good coverage – and turn the table over if needed without smudging any paint on the top.
Give your new furniture enough paint to make sure that the end result is flawless. I know that the distressed look is very ‘in’ right now, but clean and neat is a classic look! The way to insure that your paint job will come out smooth and glossy, without any holidays (uneven or bare spots) is to give it two coats … this is the same strategy that I use for getting an even shine with my finger nail polish too!
Viola ~ a cute new corner for my living room!