If you missed the results from week two of SYTYCD (So You Think You Can Decorate), go to the link below.
Thank you to all of you who voted for our mismatched chair post for week two.
INTRODUCING WEEK THREE!
One of our favorite quotes over at All Things Thrifty comes from Edward de Bono. He said, “Too many people believe that creativity is a talent with which some people are born and the rest of us can only envy. This is a negative attitude that is completely mistaken. Creativity is a skill that can be learned, developed and applied.”
Using creativity to transform old things into new takes courage, but ANYONE can do it. Teaching people how to do it is what All Things Thrifty is all about.
As you all know, the category this week was “OLD.” We love refinishing furniture, and we make old things new and hip by re-creating them. Isn’t it great to have a vision and exciting to get those creative juices flowing to discover how to accomplish that vision? These transformations are extremely rewarding, and before and after pictures are always fun in our book. Below are the “before” pictures of this week’s highlighted project. Click on the image to make it larger.
I had been searching for a hutch for awhile, but I had a large challenge (literally)…My hubby got a 50″ flat screen. UMMMM….only hutches on steroids would hold the giant thing. Instantly, the television took the focal point spot in the room. I was NOT ok with that. Then I found her. She was beautiful….well, at least my vision of her was. She was a whopping $35.00 on Craigslist.
With a little love and effort, we went for it. We made a few alterations by removing the doors, we built cubbyholes for the electronics, we painted the hutch, and, finally, we glazed it to give it an extra “pop.” For detailed instructions go to our Glazing 101 post found HERE.
Glazing furniture is a GREAT way to bring out the details of old furniture. This furniture has a LOT of character, and I love all the ornate details. I also sprayed the hardware an oil rubbed bronze color for contrast. We accomplished our next goal to make the family room area sizzle by incorporating some of our own personalities into the room. We made our own stencil for the wall behind the hutch out of plastic folders for only $4.00! I love how the stenciled wall turned out.
If you would like detailed instructions on how we made this stencil go to THIS post.
We love making “old” things new!