I have to admit that I’m a sucker for most things metal, whether it’s magazine racks, shelves, candle holders etc… especially if they have curlicues, leaves, rope details, flowers, grapes and/or other fun details.And if they’re a good price, like this piece was at $3, I have to snatch them up because I love giving them makeovers. I really can’t help myself.
I found this wrought iron and metal vintage magazine rack at my local thrift store, and it was perfect for a makeover.
I loved the grapes, the leaves, and the lattice work, but not the bronzy looking gold.
It’s quite wide and very sturdy.
I I gave it some white spray paint love with a white paint and primer combo.
I already liked it so much better, but being a girl who loves colour I had to add some.
So I just grabbed some green and burgundy craft paints and painted the leaves and the grapes.I dry brushed some green around the frame and handle too… just for fun.
The burgundy was too dark for my liking so I dry brushed over it with some ivory craft paint.Easy peasy! It gives them a bit of a 3D look.
Here it is in the master bedroom looking all bright and new.
Too bright and new for my liking so I took some sand paper and lightly sanded the heck out of it to tone down the whole thing.
And here’s the before and after.
It’s still colourful, but I like the more aged look much better.
I’m not a magazine reader, so it’s the perfect place to keep a few of my favourite decorating books.
The vintage book at the front was a gift from my friend Sherry who blogs over at Thrift My House
It’s called Do It Yourself Home Decorating Ideas, Sherry found it at a thrift store and said it reminded her of me. She’s so sweet!
It’s an awesome book put together with favourite projects from Home Economics teachers.
And Sherry was right. This book is definitely very me.
It has no publication date, but I’m guessing it’s from the 60s. There’s a mention in there about no longer having to conform in decorating, and I think that’s the 50s they’re talking about.
This book celebrates and encourages the use of colour as a form of self expression in home decor, but what I love most about it is the philosophy with which it was written.
That everyone should decorate their homes as individuals, to reflect themselves, and not worry so much about trends… or what’s hot and what’s not.
That is my decorating philosophy to a tee.
Take the above room for example. Someone really went to town with all the different colours.
There’s yellow, pink, green, and that fabulous couch (yes… I love that groovy couch.) All the colours for the chairs are taken from colours in the couch, and the brown rug grounds it all beautifully.
All those colours may or may not be for you, but the design reasoning for using them is solid. I could quite happily live in that room.
There are many great ideas in this book that can be translated into any colour scheme. Like this window nook day bed with the shelving on the sides. I love it!
I will admit that when I received this book I was in a bit of a rut. I was questioning some of my design choices because I don’t seem to fit in anywhere with the way I do things. At least that’s how I was feeling at the time.
I think I’m a little bit retro, a little bit boho, and a whole lotta cuckoo. lol.
Check out that wardrobe on the right. I would have that in my house in a heartbeat, against an ivory painted wall. How fun and fabulous that would be. It would make me smile every single time I saw it. It makes me smile just looking at the picture.
I absolutely love this book, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s helped inspire me to keep on keepin’ on… just doing my thing, and I hope I can inspire others to do their thing too, whatever that may be.
Also tucked inside the pages of this book were these goodies. That path quote is one of my favourites, and those upside down girls make me laugh. It so reminds me of my childhood. I keep those two pinned up in my craft room so I can always see them.
Thank you so much Sherry! This book will be a favourite of mine for, well, forever. And the other goodies will be put to very good use.Thanks so much for reading!