A Little White Pop {Adding to Our Living Space}

Hey all,

For awhile, we’ve been living with a big hole in our lives. You know, we were sans couch table! After we got our much larger TV for the bedroom (to match the massive bed and massive art piece from this post), it needed a home. I moved our lovely IKEA console table up to the bedroom for the perfect fit. But this perfect fit left a perfectly large hole in our living room. Now, let’s have some honesty time. When I decided to move that table, I kidded myself thinking that we wouldn’t need anything behind the couch. This proved to be very wrong. Because of the layout of our house, and the minimal space for our formal living room, we can only have one side table with out couch. So if you want to rest your glass somewhere, or god forbid a plate (YES WE EAT ON THE COUCH), there isn’t space to do so without that lovely console table. So, while rummaging through my parents basement, I eyed this lovely little table.

Okay, so it needed some love. But it was acting as minimal storage in their unfinished part of their basement. I figured I would offer to take it off their hands.

Okay, so it needed some love. But it was acting as minimal storage in their unfinished part of their basement. I figured I would offer to take it off their hands.

Yes, it looks a bit sad. Yes, it’s not typically our style. It has these beautiful carvings on the the side and the legs are a bit more ornate than I would traditionally lean towards, but something grabbed me. Plus, I’m a sucker for family history and this piece was one of my great grandmother’s. Knowing this made me need to have it even more. I took it home, plopped it under our deck IMMEDIATELY, and got to work. And as a spray paint junkie, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I had not only two cans of primer for this little lady, but also a full can of white, matte paint. I originally thought that I would paint it black, or a glossy white, which makes it much easier to disguise the ugly notes and quickly revamp the piece. But you know what? The black would have been a mistake. We don’t have anything else painted black in that room and it would have looked like I was trying to hard to mask problems and match it to the¬†existing¬†pieces. The gloss also would have been off putting, making it stand out way more than we wanted it to.


Look at those legs! This is the perfect little table. So happy to have it.

So after the two coats primer and a good coating of the white, it was ready to go into its new home. And then I realized, maybe it was too big! Ah! Would I actually like it there? It was wider than I really expected. I left it there, let it grow on me, and just today accessorized the little lady. And we’re in love again. She’s just perfect.

I moved the lamp from the side table to the new table. Now our engagement scrapbook has a proper home and there is still plenty of room for several coasters for drinks.

I moved the lamp from the side table to the new table. Now our engagement scrapbook has a proper home and there is still plenty of room for several coasters for drinks. If you look really hard to you can see that I finally added the gold accents to those tile coasters. A little gold is always good.


So overall, a great decision. She’s happy, I’m happy, so we’re one happy household. So what have you been up to? Spray painting pieces? Accessorizing the house? Let me know!





Well Draped {New Curtains for Rooms}

Well, I did it. I did what I drooled over for many months.

If you follow my Pinterest boards, you will have seen some beautifully colorful curtains (Jeanette) from IKEA on my wish list board. I didn’t end up getting the curtains per-say, but I did get a very generous gift card from my parents. The original intent was to use the card to buy a couple new cabinet doors for the kitchen. But in true Ashley-form, I bought two doors, spent the gift card, got home AND the doors didn’t fit. I measured horribly wrong. The doors were about an inch too short. So, they needed to go back, my hopes dashed.

And then I realized. This meant I could get my curtains! My fun, happy, colorful curtains! But wait, would they match our newer comforter? It had green and blue hues as well, but they were in a different family. Windfall (or inadvertent windfall) number two! Truman got the comforter dirty one day, and though we put it in the dryer once, it just WOULDN’T dry completely. So, without thinking, we just ran it through again. Big. Mistake. So we’ve been dealing with a cute, but shrunken comforter. So with the gift card, and a renewed want to update and perk up the bland bedroom colors, I bought a new comforter AND curtains.



Ta-da! New comforter, old comforter as a throw, and MORE IMPORTANTLY the curtains. It’s one, big, colorful family.


So it looks great, in my mind. I’m so happy with how the sun comes through those curtains in the morning. I love the coordination of the colors on the bed, in the pillows, and in the curtains. Plus, we still have our bright green side tables that just adds to the happiness quotient.

But where, might you ask, did our white curtains end up? Well, my friends, S and I have always been playing around with the idea of hanging curtains in the living room. Not only for privacy, but because there was an awkward amount of negative space above our windows. So I purchased a few IKEA curtain rods and went to town hanging the old-but-new-to-the-room curtains. I measured out the correct distance on each side, as well as halfway between the window and the moulding. Only, I’m really excitable with a drill and own no stud finder. So it was a bit more difficult than expected and it resulted in several more holes in the wall than necessary.

They add a sense of grandeur, don't you think?

They add a sense of grandeur, don’t you think?

If you look really closely, you can see the tiny holes I left in the wall, yet to be filled. I also made the mistake of tricking myself into believing we already had enough to put two panels on each window. That would be six panels for three windows. I have four panels. Needless to say, I will be remedying this situation in the next few days as I am two panels short. Here’s hoping they still sell this style!

But eitherway, what do you think? I love the curtains and how they just slightly puddle on the floor. It makes the ceilings seem higher and the rooms, oddly enough, seem brighter. I am currently choosing a coordinating fabric for the bedroom to make a better sized piece of wall art for above our huge bed. We’ll see if I ever settle on anything!




Showing a Little Leg {$20 update}

Well, if you saw my first ever Vine post, you saw that I’m adding new legs to our favorite seating, big and little Karl. We purchased them during a different time, with different covers, so the light wood legs didn’t really bother me.

It wasn’t until I saw the legs, and by saw I mean starred at them for several months, next to the stained furniture and darker tones that I realized how awful it looks. And you know how I get when I have an idea. Needless to say, $20 for the sofa, $20 for the chair, and many hours of frustration at the hands of an ikea wrench, we have new legs.


The new legs.

Even after all the heartache and frustration (there may have even been a hammer involved), I’m so happy with the outcome. Simple update to make our furniture a little more in touch with each other.


Visiting IKEA {They Never Cease to Amaze}

I had the opportunity to run into our local IKEA for an hour during the week. And if that is an available option, I’m obviously going to take it! Especially since I haven’t been able to see all the amazing things they put into their new catalogue. So here are some of my favorite finds from my whirlwind trip…

I love the bold wall color. Wish I could put a color like this somewhere in our house! The rest of the room is meh; I just loved the peacock blue.


This guy’s color does not come through on the picture. He was a peacock-y blue and adorable. He was also “temporarily oversold” so other people must have loved him as much as I did. He’d make a great coffee table or awesome side table for someone going for a more industrial look!


Look at the little tufting on the back of this chair! Very stylish IKEA, way to go. Not to mention that this chair was super comfortable. Yes, I was one of those people that got onto the platform to test the chair.


I’ve decided that this is what our kitchen must look like. We’ll go dark, very contrasting counters, better metal pulls on our cabinets, and glass front doors on the uppers. I’ll take the light fixtures too, if they’re included!


This will be mine. I’ve got it on my wish list. She’s $49.99 but totally worth it. Three nicely sized shelves that are easy to get to, plus she’s on casters. Easy crafting storage that I can just wheel into the closet when giving a house tour. Done and done!


If you need a folding chair, promise me you’ll get this guy. He’s comfortable and adorable (especially for a folding chair). On top of all that, he comes in MANY colors, including high gloss/laquer colors.


Gorgeous, but at $49.99, too rich for my blood. Definitely worthwhile. It was very sturdy and glamorous in person, just not for our house (or wallets).


Overall, it was a quick, but awesome, trip. I ended up getting a few more frames for our constantly growing wall-o-art up the stairwell. IKEA has amazing frames that I adore (RIBBA style), so I just grab a few each time I go. Not only are they modern and simple, they come with a mat and are pretty affordable. I also picked up our holiday gift wrap, because IKEA shockingly has awesome wrapping options, and a lamp to put on top of our new piano. Did I mention we got a piano? That’ll have to be your tease for the next posting. Until then…