Have you ever wondered..."How could I quickly give ____ an update without putting forth max effort or cash?"
I have this thought ALL the time. Ha! Luckily, I have become quite skilled in the area of mini-makeovers or as I like to call it "mini refresh."
I wanted to spruce up my fireplace in the living room to add a lighter/brighter feel. It's current state was not inspiring! Let's be honest, the before picture in this refresh is post-Christmas defeat + quarantine boredom! After Christmas, I usually am so worn out that whatever I see first ends up replacing the stockings! As long as it doesn't resemble Christmas I feel satisfied for a few months. Couple that with quarantine later on and you have the before! At one point in the spring I added a few different things but I never finished (hence quarantine boredom & lack of outside sources). So I needed a plan I could stick to......
It is a difficult area because it is...
- dominated by a t.v. & speaker
- surrounded by various textures that can become very manly
My goals for this area were:
+ light colors, mostly white
+ add in different textures of glass
+ use 90% pre-owned items (modify if necessary)
+ use Pinterest for inspo.....of course!
I did a tiny DIY with some random glass vases from around the house. I used spray paint with a matte "chalk" finish. I wasn't sure which shapes or textures I wanted yet so I grabbed a few. I will use the other items somewhere else in the house. I am in no way an expert in this area but it was fairly easy & affordable!
I am loving this mini refresh! I think it will get me through until early fall. I like to keep things for 3-4 months if possible. It keeps me sane & inspired! The only new thing I purchased for this refresh (other than the spray paint) was the basket on the hearth. It will function as storage for magazines & small books. Every other item was something I already had, painted or moved from another space/storage. I only had to rummage through my glass recycling once for the wine bottle. :) The random books were stripped of their covers & turned backwards to add height for the vase. The picture frame is one I purchased earlier in the year. Which happened to come with the orange background picture & I never wanted to change it!
The final result incorporated:
+ Lots of white (matte & shiny)
+ Various textures (glass, concrete, basket, greenery, books)
+ Function (basket)
+ Homey touches (candles, Joanna Gaines??)
I have my eyes on our half bath downstairs next.....
I hope this inspires you to do a mini refresh in some area of your home! Send me pictures or tag me in your stories on Instagram or Facebook!
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Hi I'm Kelsey.
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