If you give a girl pretty new canvases…
…she might just paint her fireplace, refinish her end tables, bring in a new love seat, buy a new coffee table, and really just flip her ENTIRE MAIN LEVEL completely upside down.
Doesn’t everybody do that? Because that’s exactly what happened here in our humble abode last week.
I recently worked with Pixers to find some new wall art for around our home, and I was on a quest for some kind of world map art. I originally decided that I wanted to brighten up my kitchen with this beautiful set to serve as a conversation piece (“Hey, what country is that? Have you been here?” Yadda yadda.) But when they arrived, I knew almost instantly that I wanted them in my living room.
The space felt instantly brighter and more “us” (whatever that means), so down came my DIY art and up to stay went our pretty new canvases. We’re smitten.
Well then around the same time that this package arrived, our eight month old peanut decided that attempting to pull up on our old (as dirt) second-hand coffee table was a fabulous idea. Her failed attempts and the table’s numerous semi-sharp edges were giving us a heart attack (just like they did with Hadley years ago), so we decided that it was beyond time to gift ourselves a leather or faux leather ottoman.
I assumed we’d buy one online, but when I saw this one in Ashley Home Furniture, I immediately wanted it. I didn’t like the $375 price tag though (even though that was pretty reasonable compared to what I was finding online), but when I looked at the table a second time I noticed two significant dings in the legs. I asked if this was grounds for a discount, and they quickly agreed to give it to us for 20% off.
Sold. As the sales rep went to move it away from the showroom, he was honest that he noticed two more dings when he took off the tag. I asked if we could boost the discount to 25%, and he agreed. Boom.
A three-pack of furniture markers on sale for $2.99 at Marshalls touched those four dings right up. Now they’re not even visible. That’s a win (!!), and we’re both huge fans of our new table. Hadley immediately sprawled out on it like the three-year-old she is and said “Oh dis is coooomfyyy!!”
That love seat pictured above? We brought it over from our sunroom because our former tranquil sunroom is now an all-out playroom. We’re digging the extra seating in here!
I also got a wild hair one morning and slapped some paint around on our fireplace tile. Our realtor mentioned a few months ago that the tile was a bit outdated, and because we don’t have the talent to replace it ourselves or the interest/money in paying someone else to do it, I just painted it. 🙂 One major perk of knowing that this isn’t our forever home is that I don’t stress too much over my decisions because I know I don’t have to live with them. Not sure if this is a good way of thinking. Whatever.
Super happy with the freshened-up look! (Before and after pics at the bottom of the post.)
In the following picture you’ll see two new things: the addition of our family canvases as well as some casing that Jamie attached to the wall that finally hides our TV wires. There’s actually a fancy hole in the wall behind the TV that’s designed to do this, but we’re assuming something must be stuck down there because the wires won’t thread through. The casing suits us just fine (I painted it to match the wall).
My original gallery wall is still kickin’, though I have changed out a few pictures a couple times. Ignore the picture frames that appear crooked. They are. Jamie bumps into them a lot, though we’re not quite sure why. (This is a major running joke in our house. I love him.)
As I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, I spontaneously refinished my thrifted pair of end tables.
This room is so mismatched and far from Pinterest-worthy, but it’s truly our most favorite place to gather and be. When you move into a new home, it takes a hot minute to figure out how each space is going to function, and I am finally feeling like this room functions just how we like it to. We love to be in this space. A lot.
And BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I actually only moved about five toys out of the way to snag these pictures. Transitioning the sunroom into the girls’ play space/toy storage area has been somewhat life-changing for Jamie and me. More on that next week.
My favorite part about this room refresh is that the only expense was the new coffee table. There’s a number of things I would exchange in this room if money were no option (so dumb that money doesn’t grow on trees), but we are completely satisfied with the way this space feels and functions, so we’re a-okay moving onward with making other areas of the house feel just as happy as this one does.
And an additional note about Pixers, since working alongside them is what spawned this entire refresh; I’m confident they’ll be the first place I look for my wall decor every single time I have any idea for something I’d like.
They carry thousands and thousands (and thousands) of images that can be created into canvases, prints, frames prints, wall murals, and more. The customization options are nuts! How have I never heard of this company before? Talk about an insanely well-kept secret.
I was half-tempted to jump onboard the wall mural trend and do something fun with that since they specialize in their murals and more. Then I browsed for what seemed like hours looking at their typographic prints and am still so interested in snagging a handful of them to hang around my home. Here are 28 of literally hundreds of typography prints. You can browse the full selection here.
They simply offer consumers so much, and I absolutely loved personalizing my canvases. I picked out the exact size and cropped the images precisely how I wanted them. My shipment was also speedy, arriving just six days after the order was placed. Pixers is a fun site to visit; Go play!
Finally, a little walk down memory lane as this room has evolved throughout the last couple of years.