Let's look at a few living rooms, shall we?
Traditional Living Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Now don't get me wrong...these are all beautiful rooms, and I would not mind having my living room look like any of these.
But where's the personality?
Where are the memories?
WHERE ARE THE TCHOTCHKES?
I know, I know...this is the whole issue. Your house can't look like a magazine if you have tchotchkes, Bubeleh. (I'm speaking Yiddish because my daughter has moved to Brooklyn and I'm practicing for when I visit.)
I have tchotchkes. And I don't want to get rid of them.
Every little piece of crapola in my living room tells a story. I cannot leave the crapola behind on my quest to update.
But I can store it.
And this is where:
The above USED to look like this:
But you know that I am not a big fan of mahogany. However, this challenge is about trying something new, and painting and distressing furniture is not new. But THIS is:
A faux grained top! I used Minwax Polyshades in Classic Black, glossy, brushed it on evenly, coating the entire top. It was so pretty, but not what I wanted for this piece, so I waited about 30-45 seconds and then wiped, in one stroke, across the top with a lint-free cloth. (I used an old pillowcase.) I did one third of the top at a time. This left lines in places, and I am really pleased with the effect!
Now I have a place to store those things with which I cannot part, like my Trixie Belden mysteries. After all...who doesn't need a little Trixie in their lives?
Please join my friends on their quest to expand their borders (sort of like annexation, but they won't get extra tax money):
http://topthistopthat.blogspot.com/ http://primitiveandproper.blogspot.com/ http://delectablehome.blogspot.com/
http://buffalo-roam.com/ http://www.foxhollowcottage.com/ http://craftedniche.com/
http://www.stayathomeista.com/ http://www.heidimilton.com/ http://refreshrestyle.com/
http://www.craftyscrappyhappy.net/ http://lifeasathrifter.blogspot.com/ http://www.thespacebetweenblog.net/
*and I'm at Naps' porch *and at Cassie's *and at Savvy