While on the journey of making a small living room both stylish and functional, there have been many struggles. It has proven to be very hard picking out pieces of furniture that don’t over power the space. We have definitely made some mistakes, but we have also gotten a few things right! One of the things I believe we got right was purchasing a small accent bookcase! We picked it up for a steal at Target (I believe only $30).
I knew right away that I wanted to do something to the back of it to add a bit of focus. It was so boring, and I thought creating a bit of an accent would really perk it up! (I spy puppy feet)
I used my Martha Stewart Arabesque stencils, Martha Stewart silver metallic paint and regular paint in cloud sky.
I started by painting the entire back of the bookcase the metallic silver, and then stenciled the cloud sky paint over it. The silver was really starting to scare me. It was all streaky and gross looking! I thought I made a BIG mistake! When I started to stencil over, I realized that it looked ok, and sort of had a “vintage” vibe to it.
Now that it is all in place, I absolutely love it! I cannot wait to get some cute little trinkets to fill her up! It fits this place perfectly, and is a nice piece to look at when you walk in!
If I could redo one thing, I would have taken more time to evenly place the stencil ( its a bit wobbly in places) and have done another coat of silver paint. I just didn’t have the patience!
It’s funny. I’ve been trying so many things to make my living room become cozy, from adding artwork to different pillows. All of these things have made a difference, but somehow, it wasn’t what I was looking for! It suddenly hit me! I needed to get an area rug! I started looking online, and was dumbfounded by the prices I was seeing! I just couldn’t justify spending $300 on a 5×7 area rug.
I was at Target doing some grocery shopping, and I somehow wandered into the rug section, which I’ve never been in before, and there she was alone on the shelf! The rug that I have been looking for! Only $79! I was all giddy like a kid in a candy store! I bought it and was so excited that i forgot all of the food I bought! The lady behind me had to run after me to give me my bag! I was that excited! I got home and didn’t even bother to put the food away before putting the rug down! And let me tell you-it looks PERFECT! It was exactly what I wanted, for the price I wanted. I guess this goes to show that things happen when you least expect it, and that something so small, could make such a HUGE difference in a room! Let the pictures talk for themselves!
Clearly Missy didn’t get the memo that she wasn’t supposed to be the focus of the picture!
Overall, I think that this rug was the perfect addition to our living room, and that it compliments the art work and pillows so well! 🙂