I decided my house needed a little makeover. I love that just by rearranging a few things, I can have a whole new look. I moved the yard sale globe from on top of the armoire and put it on top of a stack of vintage suitcases in my piano room. It makes sense, right? Travel the world...suitcases...I have a little theme going now! I should have put it there long ago.
We drove past a home in our neighborhood that had an old dresser mirror (minus the mirror) out at the curb. I had my husband pull over, and I sat there mulling it over... "Do I want it? No, what would I do with it? But, I'm sure I could do something with it. But what? No, I don't want it. Ok, yes, I do". That is pretty much how the conversation went. Over and over in my head. I finally said, "let's take it".
It did sit in my garage for a few weeks before I finally got out the hand saw. I cut out the pediment on the top, threw the middle away, and then saved the bottom for a future project. One day I might ask my husband to help me mount it over the doorway between the family room and piano room. But that can wait. It's a really cool, old piece.
I have this bare wall in the piano room that I have never been quite sure what to do with, and I have some blue transferware plates that I really wanted to hang somewhere. So, I decided to make a nice little grouping with them. To get the composition just right, I layed the pediment and the plates down on the floor, and rearranged them a few times. I wasn't able to use all my plates, which I was a bit sad about, but I'm sure I will find a use for them some time. I brought out my cherry painting that had been hanging on the door to the garage long ago. I've improved quite a bit in my painting skills since I painted it, but for some reason, I still love it. I could never get rid of it, even though I had a hard time finding a place for it.
I decided it went well there in the grouping because I needed a little bit of black to go with the wood. I like to mix wood tones with black and whites. And here is how it turned out.
The piece in between the two plates? It was a little vintage yard sale frame that I painted white. I felt I needed something with red in it to match the red cherries. So, I found a vintage cross stitched tea towel in my linen stash, and cut it and mounted it in the frame. (came from a yard sale) I felt bad cutting it, but I wanted to do something with it, and it was too pretty for my family to use in the kitchen. :) Besides, it had been sitting in my basement for years.
I forgot to mention that I hot glued the cherry canvas into the white frame! I needed it to be bigger, so I "framed" it! It was a little sad, because I used the frame that once housed my faux stain glass piece. Remember that? From long ago? The Plexiglas was a little cracked in one corner, and I didn't have a good window to hang it in, so I just decided to take it apart.
So there you have it...My literal trash to treasure decorating!