When it comes to the home décor game, I would classify myself as more of a decorator, than a DIYer. Yes, I absolutely do things myself. I have written about many of my projects on the blog as a matter of fact, and honestly, there is not one room in my house that has been spared of my efforts. When I can't find what I want in the store, I often make it.
I am not, however, an expert in anything. I am an amateur seamstress, an unskilled furniture painter, a do it my way gardener and an I don't have time for directions crafter. I don't really care about the process, I just want the room decorated in a certain manner and I do whatever is required to get it there. I do things in a way that makes sense to me and gets the job done fast.
Of course, for the many years I was feathering my nest in this way, it was fine. I had no one to answer to and when friends toured my home, no one ever asked me, "but how exactly did you do it?"
Blogging has changed all of that. I still don't really care how I get a job done, but now I have to explain it, photograph it and back it up sometimes with the why. Since I am not an expert, and frankly I don't care to be, this isn't always easy.
For example, I pulled this lovely little table out of the trash and painted it red. I did it a few years ago, long before blogging, so I do not have a before picture. It was just an ugly, white table at the curb. The top was actually laying on the ground next to it. Garbage. Why would I want a picture of garbage?
It had great bones, so I screwed the top back on (or hubby did~ outsource when you can, I say!) and painted it red. It is tucked against a wall in a hallway of my kitchen so its demure size was perfect, but I didn't want it to take up anymore visual space than necessary, so I matched the wall. It almost fades away and that's the point.
I had some pretty fabric left from a reupholstering job in my living room (also outsourced) so I cut it to fit the table top, had a piece of glass cut to protect it.
The table legs and top molding detail were so sweet and popped with the color. It definitely had some life left in it. I did not sand the table, I did not seal the table. I'm not sure if I should have, but it seems to be holding up just fine.
I picked up the rooster lamp at a garage sale for five bucks, sprayed it bronze and added a lampshade from Target. The bowl of fruit and the hen are on the table now, but those accessories get swapped out with my mood and the season. The lemons are my feeble attempt to hold on to summer for just a little longer!
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