I've been messing around with a lot of paint this year, tweaking my decor to get everything to fit together better. I've also picked up some things on clearance and made over other things that were sitting in the shed or that I found at yard sales. Change is good! Here are some tips and tricks I've used.
I bought a 10' patio umbrella at an end of season sale for $25. I was so excited!!! until I got home and discovered the umbrella wouldn't fit into my cast iron umbrella stand. GAH! The stands that fit the umbrella were sold out, so now what??!
I have these Ikea shelf brackets kicking around and coincidentally the center part of the bracket is the exact right size to fit the umbrella stand. Hmmmm.
I could attach these to the deck railing, but then the umbrella wouldn't be shading enough of the deck. Oh wait! I do have the double decker kitty cat condo on the deck - let's see how that works.
The trick here is that I needed to shim out a bit to allow for the roof overhang, but it worked!
Now you really get to see my penchant for end-of-season clearance sales! Nothing matches. LOL
The chair cushion colours at least match each other, the umbrella matches nothing and I fixed up the mismatched footstools by spray painting them with a very pretty aqua. They were hot pink and navy blue to start. I was going to spray paint the lime green chair, too, but I kind of like the contrast. That may change... I'm also looking into how to paint patio umbrella fabric.
My focus then turned onto another lamp. This one was a lacquered brass floor lamp from the 80s. It had seen better days and the lacquer was chipped and the brass tarnished here and there. Out comes that spray paint can again!
I really like white lamps right now. If you want details on how to spray paint a lamp, check out how I turned an old lamp into this beauty: (click on the image to go to the post.)
Next up is my cool idea to not only add more reflection (and therefore light and depth) to brighten my living room, but a great privacy screen to boot!
I love my turquoise interior door.
But ever since I installed my new exterior door that has windows in it, I've struggled with a window covering for the winter months to give me some privacy when it's dark outside and the lights are on inside. Added to that is the fact that I only have one tiny window in the living room and it makes for a darker space than I'd like. Oh and I also got around to painting the front door.
While cleaning out my shop for the umpteenth time this summer, I came across a beveled edge mirror that coincidentally was the exact size of the glass on the door. Well, I slapped that mirror into place double quick. It gives me total privacy when the door is closed (only ever at night in the winter) and the rest of the time it reflects the light from the door windows into the living room.
I haven't come up with a solution for the back of the mirror yet, I may just paint it to match the colour of the door but I haven't decided.
Meanwhile, I've solved some of my decor dilemmas without breaking a sweat. I hope I've got your creative juices flowing! If you have any ideas for what to do with the back of the mirror, sing them out in the comments.
Have a great week!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!