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This weekend I updated the look of our entryway buffet. (An original picture, plus the original before and after link here.) Depending on the season and my mood, this area never looks the same for long. The start of a new year, plus the fact that one of the knobs on the top drawer broke, made it time for a change in this space.

I got a new lamp from Target a couple months ago and I love the airy, lighter feel it gives. I tried to balance out the tallness of the left by layering a picture and some books on the right. I’m not 100% sold on this look yet but I like it for now – which is all that matters, right? :)

I couldn’t remember where I got the original knobs from so I picked up three new knobs from Lowe’s that I thought would look good for the top drawers. The mis-matched pulls actually look pretty good! I think it helps that I covered the original drawer pull holes with the black backplates so it makes sense to have a different knob on top.

The silver frame was purchased at Target and I printed a picture I found on Pinterest (link here) that I really liked. Abstract art is pretty cool when done in similar tones like this. I’m not a huge fan of the crazy, over-the-top abstracts, but this one fits really well with our home color scheme. I love cheap art!

Have you heard that you’re supposed to take off the dust covers on your books? I had too and finally did it…makes such a difference! The top book with the cool link design? Its Nate Burkus’ book. Of course! He is the one that preaches about this no-cover practice so it fits that inside his cover is a really cool piece of art. The only cover still on is the bottom PB one, I had to have a pop of orange!

I’m getting the itch to paint this piece of furniture again…Heaven help me, it hasn’t even been two years since I painted it the last time!

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Some friends of ours purchased a new home this year and they needed help finding some new furniture. First on the list was something for their kitchen that would hold their china and other nice dishes.

I found this buffet with hutch on Craigslist for $175. I sent the link to Becky & Kyle and two days later, it was in their garage, ready for a little paint and glaze action.

It was a great piece and in really good condition. All of the wood in their house is a gorgeous dark color so I know they were excited for something a little different but they were aprehensive about how it would turn out. I knew though, I knew! :)

Here it is in all of its glory – gorgeous! Both the hutch and the buffet were given several coats of paint, using Kyle’s paint sprayer, and then glazed with a black glaze using the technique of brushing on with a foam brush and wiping off with an old rag. It was fun showing them how it didn’t have to be perfect, it just had to be what you like.

Some spots don’t have a ton of glaze and some have a lot but it turned out exactly how I thought it would and probably even a little better than they expected! The hardware that is shown is all original to the piece. Kyle spray painted it all with several coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze and I love the contrast it gives to the buffet! It is amazing what looks ugly and what looks beautiful with some help from great spray paint.

Here is a look at the buffet part again. She was in good condition, just needed a little something-something to gussy her up!

And here is the after again. I am so pleased with it and so happy Becky & Kyle were willing to take the risk and go with my idea! It was fun to work with them and see them enjoy the before and after process as much as I do.

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I love this centerpiece that Pottery Barn is currently featuring!! I love the natural look but have never really gotten into the whole nest thing. So, I figured I could create this on my own.

Mine is a little more crazy, free flowing than the PB version but I like it! We (read: Conner) trimmed some branches off of our Magnolia tree and then I spray painted them silver.

I stuck the branches in a big hurricane vase we had from our wedding ($13 instead of $80!) and filled it with faux snow I had on hand. The red beady garland was leftover from a Christmas past and I thought gave the centerpiece a little pop of red.

The ice ornaments were purchased from Target two years ago and the crystal drops are from the original chandelier that was in the dining room. Unfortunately the top of my head and the bottom of the chandelier had a little accident so the chandelier went in the trash and the crystals that weren’t broken in half went into a plastic baggie, just for projects like this!

Here is a view from the back of the centerpiece, looking into the entryway and our Salvation Army buffet. I am very pleased with how it turned out! I am still on the hunt for a tablecloth/runner and napkins…hope to have an updated picture with that soon!

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