Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sara's House ~ a Beautiful Makeover are so much fun. I have six of them and they are all adorable. My youngest is Sara. She was in junior high when we got married. Sara is sweet and fun and very smart. 

Sara recently completed a beautiful make-over of a room in her Ohio home. When I saw pictures on facebook, I asked her if she would share her project with us. Yeah, she said yes. So here goes, take it away, Sara. . .

I am so excited that Glenda asked me to write an entry for her blog. I am going to share about my eating area redo. For the past several years, I had a semi-Tuscan themed decor. At one time, I was fond of this, but was becoming very bored with it. (See the grapevine mirror and some "lovely" grapevine on the shelf? Don't you feel like you are looking into a home in Italy?!)

Originally, the makeover started with a desire for a wall color change. I wanted something that would make a "perfect" bold color statement and contrast with the Glidden "Cookie Crumb" in our family room. So, I went to Home Depot and after much debate, picked out "Voyage" by Behr. Talk about a change.

This new bold color needed something, and I knew exactly what I wanted - a white buffet/sideboard. I began my search for the "perfect" piece that would not cost a fortune but would match the picture in my head. And, believe it or not, it actually happened rather quickly.

 A few weeks after painting the walls, I was in a thrift store on a Sunday afternoon, preparing to check out with a few items (that end up in this story too). I glanced to my right and it was as if a flashing arrow caught my eye - the buffet in my head was sitting along the wall.

 I walked over, almost afraid to see the price and practically jumped with joy when I saw it was only  $79.99.  I had no truck in the parking lot, and the store would not hold this "meant for me" piece, so I actually had to wait and return on Monday to buy it.

( Of course, I barely slept fearing someone else would have snapped it up before I returned.) Thankfully, by waiting, I was able to take advantage of the store's weekly Monday sale - 25% off all purchases. So, I not only got that buffet, but I saved money on "MY" buffet.

Luckily, I have a husband who not only drove me to the store in his truck, he loaded and unloaded the buffet, then immediately took to sanding and priming this gorgeous 1948 piece of awesomeness for me.

After researching, this buffet seems to be a piece from the Drexel New Travis Court Collection.

 While all the fun work was being done, I was preparing for  what I knew would end up being my favorite wall in the house - the Gallery Wall. I love displaying photos, so I had been gathering frames of all sizes and shapes from thrift stores. This hunt was being conducted in anticipation of the "perfect" wall decor I had in my head, to go along with that perfect bold color and perfect buffet.

 I began working, on the floor, with the frame layout.

Once I had the general idea of how I wanted the wall, I began painting all of the  frames white. The painted white buffet was moved into its home. I was in awe because it looked just the way I had pictured it in my head.

Then, the Gallery Wall was hung - with much measuring and teamwork with my husband. Finally, I topped the buffet with a few items.

The project is not quite complete. Notice those frames are not all filled - not because I do not have the photos, but I want them to be . . . "perfect." 

If you look closely, you will not see any hardware on the drawers and doors. (Any great ideas for cleaning that hardware?) This project is my first real attempt at a room makeover, and I am taking some time with it.

And . . . I already have the next project waiting in the wings.


  1. Love it, Aunt Sara! How fun to see the whole process...and I love the result!

  2. Oh it looks great and gives me inspiration for our new house. Oh my daughter will have five sister-in-laws...since she has a brother that is 15 years younger than her her last sister-in-law will also be much this post blessed me in many ways.....Great job! Love the desk and can't wait to see what you do.

  3. Sara, I was at the Goodwill yesterday and found an adorable lamp. Not as cool as what you found, but still fun. Thanks so much for sharing your fun project. Fondly, Glenda

  4. Wow, what a great project! It looks lovely, and that wall of frames has given me an idea for a wall in our home.... Thank you!

  5. love that chair/table at the end... i want to see how it looks when you guys are done with it!

  6. I love it! It looks so fresh and modern . . . in a vintage sort of way. ;) And i just had to say that I did a double-take when I saw that buffet because it is the EXACT buffet that my grandmother had in her house when I was growing up. I sure wish I had kept that.

  7. The projects turned out wonderful!

    I'm giving away a Shabby Apple Dress today on my blog today here if you're interested.

    Have a fab day!



  8. I love it, Sara. My favorite thing are is the gallery wall & the paint colour is great too!

  9. oh my goodness, that buffet is over the top awesome!! i would love a piece like that!! thanks for sharing, glenda's s.i.l. :)

  10. Love the buffet and the idea with the picture frames is priceless.


  11. Oh wow, Sara, I LOVE what you did with the wall color, the buffet, and all the picture frames. The color scheme is SO beautiful! You're so creative. I wish I were!

    Glenda, thank you for hosting your sister in law. I really enjoyed her story and watching her project turn out so beautifully. :-)

  12. Beautiful buffet and love those frames empty too. As for the telephone table ~ can't wait to see how that turns out.

  13. I used to call my SIL my sister in love but then she left my brother, after 29 years of marriage! Now I call her the witch...when I'm playing nice.
    OUCH. Too much honesty, eh Glenda? -grin-


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