Thursday, June 23, 2011

Great deals, living room change up...

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to post a little living room re-do. I believe I told you about having found a Pottery Barn apartment size sofa on Craigslist. It is the Buchannon Apartment Sofa. Then I purchased a slipcover to go over it because the sofa was WHITE! With two cats and a dog AND a grandchild (and another on the way....) the white really wasn't very practical. So, the slipcover was definitely needed! Unfortunately, the slipcover was not on sale so the whole "great deal" thing doesn't apply to that.

But Everything else in the room is second hand. Either purchased at yard sales, thrift shops, antique shops, auctions or found on the road (except for the slipcover). There are a few things in the room that was made by me as well.

The little table with the stained glass lamp on it (on the left, in the above photo) was found while "junking" in Stuttgart Germany many years ago!

It was one of those cute pieces that didn't need a lot done to it. I put new knobs on it and put a sheet of thick glass in the last little pull out on the bottom (I think this was a tea cart) The top is a little warped and it had a few water marks on it, but I took a little steal wool and stain stripper and lightly went over the top and... voila! Good as new, well, almost. ;-) Still, I love it, and I have fond memories of when I got it. I was with my favorite "junking" partner when I got this. She was my "Ethel" (Aka, Corinnea) to my "Lucy" back in those days! And if I remember correctly, I believe our daughters were with us on this particular junking escapade.

Anyhow... I digress.

This trunk (above photo) has been with us for nearly 30 years! It was one of the very first "antique" purchases my honey and I ever made together. Keep in mind, we were super, stinkin' poor! I saw it at a yard sale and convinced him we "needed" it! I don't remember how much it was, I want to say it was like $20 dollars, but what I do remember was how happy I was when he liked it too! (Or at least he said he did) Anyhow, we still have it!

Another Junking find... this little sled. This one was picked up in Wiesbaden, Germany. Junking wasn't as easy in Wiesbaden as it had been in Stuttgart. Or maybe I just needed someone to go out with. Either way, I didn't get as many things through Junking in Wiesbaden as I had in Stuttgart.

Sorry about the picture above. I'm not sure why it's so bad but... the little chair off to the left is an Auction purchase. $5.00! Eventually, we'll have it upholstered in leather. And then, there is the ottoman that I purchased from my favorite Thrift Shop and then slipcovered in painters drop cloth, which I made! (I'm rather proud of that!) Eventually, I hope to slip cover the plaid chair in the right side of the room. That too is a thrift shop find from my favorite shop! You can see it in the photo directly above this one.

And you can't see it, but the table under the photo's and flowers and such is actually a big, wooden box that is also a Stuttgart, junking find! The crystal candle holders and crystals were purchased with "Ethel". She took me crystal shopping the last time I was in Germany. That was fun! And the flowers are from my honey for our anniversary earlier this week. (Yup, 31 years and nope, I didn't blog about it).

I believe I'll be re-painting the room again soon. As much as I liked the green when I first painted it. I'm ready now for a change. I was so excited to be able to paint any color I wanted in "our" house at the time. Now, I'm ready to do something a little more classic.

So, there you are. My living room for now. I'm thinking about a new color for this room and I'm also going to be working on my "computer" room next. Paint color AND re-arranging the furnishings. I'm a little ADD in that I can't seem to complete a single room to the finished end. I seem to be hopping from one room to another. But part of it is that my tastes are changing a bit and I'm trying to find my new tastes and fit them in to my old house. ;-)

Have you found your decorating tastes changing lately? Or am I the only one? ;-)


Corinnea said...

Lu ciiieeee! You have sum esplainin to dooo!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Ack! I thought I commented here but I realize I was at work.....
Your new to you couch is great. I love seeing all of your junking things. You were the queen of amazing finds. I'm still not sure how we found our way back home all those times, since I was reading the map wrong for the first few months! ha ha Junking was never the same after you left... Many things weren't the same.
Happy belated anniversary to you guys. Where did the time go?

Yes, my decorating tastes have totally changed and I don't think I'm done yet.

Joan's Good Life said...

Fun times! I tell you, I had the most fun during those times! Thanks for the memories.

Hey! Allen just got back from a 6 day bike riding event (N.U.M.B. ride) out in NW Nebraska! He even squeezed in a century ride! Think Tim would be interested in doing something like this someday? Every year they ride a different area of NE.

chellebelle said...

I certainly have had my tastes changing.. and I finally got my bathroom painted! and am planning to do the kitchen soon... with any luck you won't have to see nasty dirty lime green when we skype.. we need to do that soon.. maybe next weekend? ..Love the room Lucy!

Norma's Nonsense said...

I love seeing your home and all your creative projects. You have been busy! I remember 'junking' with you and Corinnea, that was so fun.