decorating 101- paint it white

I love decorating my house.  The hardest part about moving was leaving our dear friends, but the hardest part about leaving our physical home in Oak Park, was leaving the light fixtures, English imported wallpaper, Japanese maple, etc.  and the memories and emotions that went with them.

The upside is I have a new home with new spaces ready for new stories. When I say new, I mean new to us.  Our home was built in 1936 and still has much of its original character left.

I wanted to share two quick inexpensive updates we added over the weekend.

In Paddy’s bathroom, there was a bench that did not match the built in vainty, so we painted the stool white and I recovered the seat. “Recovered” as in bought super cool oil cloth in California and stapled it to the seat. I did not take a before picture, but I had this picture and you can see the stool with the old medicine cabinet on it.  (we took down the ivy wallpaper and repainted the room before we moved in).













New and improved:















The other update was adding a shelf over the bed in our guestroom.  There is not too much room for anything but a bed in the room, but we wanted somewhere to put a few books, a clock and a vase for a flower when we have guests.  We simply painted a 6 foot board white and it literally sits on these cool brackets my sister had bought from Anthropologie, but never used (making them free to us). The before picture was taken before we moved in and we repainted the room from lavender to a dark shade of white.










2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebekah
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 17:58:13

    Leah – I love it! That home is going to be just as beautiful because YOU’RE the same woman with a vision 😉


  2. Andrea
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 08:56:23

    Lovely! The stool looks just right for that space. There is something satisfying about sprucing up that makes us feel good. I’m glad God is in the sprucing up business. What would we do without Him fixing us up each day.


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