Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ooh, Pretty!

I was at Target today. I haven't been there since I bought Chloe's school supplies a couple of weeks ago. And so I decided I'd take the grand tour and scope out some clearance stuff. And oh, the things I found. They have some summer things like flip flops and table cloths and summery wheel spinny things for 90% off. But I didn't need any of those things. Not even though it was 49 cents. But I made a mental note before vacation to look through the picture section because they have one seasonal isle that was on clearance. So I passed through and found two matted and framed sailboat pictures- for $4.98 each- mwahahaha. I didn't even think much about the boats because you can remove the back and put your own thing in there if you want to. I thought about doing another couple of pear things. But I needed something in the living room. I've been thinking of buying a huge canvas and doing some sort of painting. I even thought about a sailboat. But then I saw a fantastic- huge mirror- for $14.98 and I was sold. So for $25 dollars I revamped one wall in the living room.

Here's the yawn-inducing before. I knew that the mirror was too high but I never got around to fixing it. But I never really realized that it was *way* too small for the space.
And here's the much better after. Except that they still look small in the photograph...not sure about that.

Boat #1...


Boat #2....



And here's a better photo of them together. I'm mixing styles a bit but I like it and well, I guess that's all that really matters. I think that I have to change the color of the walls though. The furniture just blends right into the wall. Throw pillows would probably help but they're kind of a pain to live with. So my thought is to go with a lighter shade of beige (not sure if that will help with the couch) and to paint every bit of trim and furniture (side table, armoire) in a crisp white. And do white curtains instead of the gray-blue that we've got going on in there now. It makes things kind of dark. I'd be copying these bloggers- they've posted what colors they used- because I think it really works. And it's light and bright and is really what you want in a 10x15 foot space. Then I could do brighter pillows and possibly even an area rug if it didn't cramp things too much. I like their bedroom idea too. It's a bit fancy for my taste but it could fix the problem that we have with the breaker box being in our master bedroom. I've got lots of thoughts and I can't wait to get started.

7 comments:

Angie said...

How fun and what a great idea on the frames. How great that you can reuse them for your paintings if you decide to:) I suddenly feel drawn to the clearance~90% off~wow!

Ms. Tee said...

Oh my gosh! I can't believe you got that mirror for that price! I've been watching it forever at our store, and I went back the other day - it was gone. I guess it got marked down and someone beat me to it. I love what you did - it's gorgeous! :)

Amy said...

Ms. Tee I'm so glad you're back! I'm sorry you missed getting the mirror- what a bummer. They had two yesterday and I was really surprised that they hadn't been snatched up yet.

Mary said...

Looks great. Just be careful...you're beginning to sound a little like Alta. :)

The thing about your house that is so great is the fact that you have so much potential in those rooms. I love the changes you've made so far and it's so exciting to see each new development.

I wish we could have done more with our first house. I still love that little place.

Christy said...

I love the boats! And I think the mirror ties in nicely with them, personally. Way to go, Bargain Girl!

Amy said...

Mary, I thought that the other day and was going to mention it :)

I thought you guys did so much with your first house. You didn't have to do as much because so much of it was fantastic already. But the office was fabulous. I sometimes, OK often, wish there wasn't so much to do here. But I am really starting to enjoy living here. It's beginning to look like us and I could be perfectly happy here for quite a while longer.

So is your first house still for sale?

Mary said...

No...I didn't do the research to see if it sold or just went of the market but I would still love to buy it again if it ever opens up.