Friday, April 29, 2011

Trash to Treasure, Part Two

As promised in Trash to Treasure, Part 1, here's the reveal of what the top of my junked lamp table looks like now.

Yep, more sheet music. I've got a bunch of it and you should expect to see it in all kinds of ways ;)

I added whole sheets, then added little bits to break up the look

The sheet music is the actual vintage sheet music, not copies, so the paper is aged naturally. It's also a little bit fragile around the edges, which makes for an interesting edge. Some of the edges didn't want to stay down, and with the varnish on top of the decoupage, it created an even more uneven look...which I totally love!

The top doesn't look mass-produced, it looks aged, it fits in with my music-loving husband and gives us a much needed tabletop and magazine holder - it's perfect for us in other words! Best of all, it was rescued from the landfill and put to use again. Makes me love junking even more.

Pay no attention to the stacks of paint cans in the background...

Ugly cord - haven't hidden it yet and see that little lampshade in the top right? It's just sitting on the bulb; I need to buy a new lampshade and harp for that lamp. Just add it to the list...

As an addition to this post, we had a new addition to the home recently - our new sectional seen in the pics above. We bought the red sectional in the picture below when we moved in almost 4 years ago. I was fixated on having a comfy recliner and always wanted a red couch. Well, I got both and loved the sectional...for a while.

I'm being real here - what a mess!
It didn't function properly in the space and I'm on a mission to make things in my home function better (see this post on my cottage kitchen). There was a lot of wasted space behind the red sectional, it attracted and held cat hair (notice the throws covering the sofa), and it didn't really seat more than two comfortably. It had to go. Enter Craigslist and it was gone in a flash!

Now that I knew what would work better in the space, this leather sectional looks and works so much better in the space. It's easy to make mistakes when buying furniture! Live and learn.
Boy, does this need pillows!

(I even got around to hanging some things on the wall!)

Now the question is what do I do with the mess in back of the couch? That whole area screams 'Dumping Ground'! When I get around to brainstorming a solution, you know I'll be posting!

In the interest of being real...What was I thinking when I posted in my very first post that my home was done? I think it was DEEP DENIAL! Now, looking around, there is so much that can be done to help out my little house and make it perfect for me and my husband. I'm looking forward to making some changes in the near future. This might be next:

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  1. What a clever use for old sheet music. It looks really, really good. I'm impressed!

  2. Great job! I like how it turned out. Can't wait to see what else you do with the sheet music.

  3. YUM! Love your transformation! THANK YOU for visiting ME too!

  4. Love your magazine table make over! Thanks for checking out mine, I am now following you to see what else you create!

  5. It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on Miss Mustard Seed. Of course I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

    Take care

  6. Thank you everyone - I had fun taking something that was thrown away and making it useful and pretty again!

  7. Love your new table! the vintage sheet music is so neat. I love that you rescued it from the landfill. Your new sofa is fabulous...great pick! On the other hand being a to the death Bama Fan, I'm going to pretend I don't see the Gator image in your last photo...tee hee. ;) Seriously though, though thank you for sharing your beautiful new table with us at Inspiration Friday!



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