If you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut with the way your home is looking, taking a moment to shop your house is a great way to stir up new ideas and open your eyes to new possibilities you hadn’t though of. Sometimes I get bored with the way certain spots in my house are looking and a quick rearrange helps to brighten things up and satisfies my urge to buy something new (my husband and my wallet appreciate that too!)
Our living room has been pretty much the same for a while now and I’ve been itching to switch things up a bit but wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go so, instead of heading to the store, I decided to shop my house in hopes of coming up with some new ideas. It wasn’t that I was terribly unhappy with how things were looking but I also wasn’t completely satisfied. Here’s a look at the front wall of our living room before: It wasn’t terrible but I felt like it was lacking a bit. The symmetry of the windows on either side of the accent wall was nice but overall it felt a little bit empty and the storage ottoman on the left was kind of just stuck there with no real purpose other than holding a few extra blankets.
I wanted to cozy things up a bit and use the space a little bit better so I decided that we should move the window on the left over to the other side and hang the two together as they would be if they were installed in a home. I thought this would work well and create a cozier reading nook area while also creating the illusion of another large window (since our rowhouse obviously only has windows on the front and rear walls.)
So now that this corner was nicely updated I was left with an empty left side to deal with and some more house shopping to do. I decided the faux-leather ottoman needed to go and the large fake potted plant had seen better days. (Look, here’s my take on fake plants. Some are great and if you have a black thumb, like me, and you’re prone to the occasional plant murder, sometimes fake is the way to go. It all depends on the space and the quality of the fake plant and while this one did it’s job well for quite a while, I had grown tired of it. They leaves were a constant collector of dust and it generally look tired so off to the basement it went. Sorry large fake tree, you treated us well for a long time but it’s time for you to bow out. Take a rest.)
So, with a blank slate to work with I suddenly remembered a project we had brought home a few months ago. We saw this great, but very dirty and rusty, metal radiator cover at Construction Junction (remember? One of my favorite spots during our thrifting trip this weekend!)
This was back in October when the grass was still green and the sun would occasionally shine…seems like a distant memory! It was definitely looking rough but I was envisioning a great entry table or something. I loved it but didn’t really plan on using it in my own house. I figured I would fix it up and sell it or save it for a future client project.
It looked like this old radiator cover had previously been painted white but had really chipped and rusted over the years. It could definitely use a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. I was thinking gold.
After a rough sanding to prepare the surface more for paint, I started painting the base of the radiator cover with Rust-Oleum All Surface Metallic Champagne Mist. It was going to definitely take a few coats to really cover up the rust stains but luckily, as I began coating the bottom, I started to see the top in a different way. The gold painted bottom made the rough and rusty top look almost like leather and I decided to cover the top and leave it as is while I gave the bottom a shiny new finish.
I’m so glad I made that decision because this is what we got:
I was so happy with house this radiator cover console table turned out but I hadn’t had any use for it until now! I figured it was just waiting in the basement to find a new home. Luckily, this was the perfect size for our blank slate nook on the left side of the living room and I was so excited to haul it up from the basement.
Now that the table is in (and I can’t stop staring at it) I have been coming up with some ideas to style it and something to hang on the big wall above.
I played around with some things but definitely haven’t found a permanent solution yet.
Notice the brass lamp we picked up while we were gettin’ thrifty this past weekend? (I’m still looking for a new shade for that) Joe kept getting nervous after I had moved it downstairs. He kept asking if he still got to use it on his desk and I assured him that it was only temporarily downstairs. It definitely got me thinking about finding another brass lamp to put there.
I also have some old empty frames that I’ve been wanting to use. I’m thinking about maybe hanging some of my grandpa’s old antlers in a frame up on that wall (well…my grandpa doesn’t have antlers he just has some antlers for me…) Imagine something kind of like this:
So…all of these changes were made without purchasing anything but simply shopping my house. Moving one thing around opened up the opportunity to use something I hadn’t considered before and allowed me to see a whole new layout for a space. It’s funny how a little change can lead to so much more.
Do you find that rearranging a room gives you a whole new perspective? Try it yourself. Look around your house and rearrange a few things to freshen the place up. You never know what it may lead to…