Let's talk about the futons. When The Captain and I were first married we went to get new covers for his old futons. Having taken temporary leave of my sanity, I asked him what he'd like. When he said "Southwestern", did I say that I think the only time you can get away with geo-specific decor is if you actually live in the region that inspired the style? Did I say that bright, bold geometric prints make me nervous? No, what I said was that I thought it was a great idea- best ever! After coming to my senses, I tried with some equally hideous floral print covers that didn't hold up, so the Southwest rose again.
Enter duvet covers for the futons - and thrifted for $15.00. Why didn't I think of this years ago?
New covers, new color scheme - white, blue and tan and things are so much better.
This little table really started the project. The Captain spied it on the curb while walking and the price was right - free. I can't find the "before" picture I know I took, but you've seen lots of these little maple tables. Some serious sanding, painting and distressing brought this table out of colonial and into cottage. Now I knew what I needed to do with the rest of the room - all the odds and ends needed the white paint treatment.
Next up - this coffee table. Gold-ish metal bottom, natural baskets and pine top - all have to go.
I sprayed painted the metal bottom and baskets. After sanding the top, I gave it a white-wash of diluted white paint for a faux vinegar paint look. This makes a better TV stand than the old green one.
I bought the big turquoise frame at an estate sale. I toned it down with a wash of white paint and added my newly distressed frames.
My painted frames found the perfect spot.
The tray top of this hassock was black and with a coat of white paint it makes the perfect end table for the bigger futon.
Newly painted bookcase and a mirror from another estate sale spruce up this spot. I made the curtains awhile ago. I wanted to use the branches as curtain rods, but that meant I couldn't run the curtain tabs through the branch with all those twigs through the loops, so I looped the tabs over the branches and secured them some big buttons from my stash.
A fun tag sale shelf, newly reframed shell pictures and a jar of mussel shells for some more blue, tan and white
I made a few pillows to bring in some patterns - more on these later.
To recap - from this:
Looking at this picture, think I need to move out the wooden chair as it looks pretty cramped along that wall., But so happy with the color palette and the duvet-turned futon covers. Shabby cottage- at the- beach trumps Southwestern hodge-podge !