Saturday, November 14, 2009

a wall and a bench

in the 6 1/2 years that we have been a family we have moved 12 times!

my husband was always begging me to decorate but i have always felt like there was no point because we would just move.

so really i am new to this decorating thing, but i am really catching the decorating fever.

this was our dining room wall....L.A.M.E right!?



here is the after.
pretty much everything i got second hand. the cute little silver plate i got at goodwill for $1 and decided to hang it!



we recently got a table off of craigslist. i really wanted a bench for our table that the kids could sit in. every one i found was around $300! so i hit up craigslist and found this one being sold with a table, and made them an offer for just the bench. they took it, and this little beauty came home to me.



i can't take the credit for this bench though, because trey and my husband cleaned, primed, and spray painted for me!



don't you think it turn out lovely?

the kids love to sit on it! we can even fit three little ones on it when they have a friend over.



thank you craigslist and goodwill for once again coming through for me!



p.s. that black wooden box on the left is my garbage. my husband bought it for me years ago and i love it!




25 comments:

PMG Smith Family said...

I feel like I could have written that first part of this post! I have never decorated since we've been married because I always knew we'd be moving soon. I am super excited to finally start some real decorating soon too!

Jill said...

So much better! It looks so cute and the bench is perfect!

Emily said...

once again, you inspire. ethan will love sitting on that bench with trey and lucy!:)

Tonya said...

Beautiful work! I love your decorating taste! Keep going! ;)

Sara A Broers said...

Very, very nice! Amazing finds for you- It's true- One man's junk is another man's treasure!

Kristen, The Pajama Mama said...

i got my deacons bench off craigslist too-and it's still one of my most favorite purchases ever! Great find!

Rafahi Family said...

Tanya this is so inspiring!!!
You really motivate me to go out there and find some great deals!!!

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

You made that wall look awesome! I love love love what you did you have great taste!

Kelly Munns said...

i have ALWAYS loved that little garbage box of yours... nice decorating jobs!

Janas Bananas said...

I love it!! I need your handy dany sence and go throught the thrit shop with me..those are my favorite stores, I just don't have a keen eye for anything, just clothes. I love the garbage, that is the best idea ever.

margethai said...

i wish you could have been here to decorate my house in chicago! You are so talented at decorating!

Bessie said...

Tanya you are such a crafter... if i could get done half of what you do i'd be happy. i love all of your ideas and love to see pics of your sweet family!!

{ L } said...

It looks PERFECT! I love your decor and especially the mirrors.

Abby said...

I have not really gotten into decorating too much yet, but I'm starting to feel the urge as time goes on. Plus, with inspiration from you, how could I resist?!

Something does linger in my mind though...

I wonder why you weren't doing the spray painting....hmmm....

;)

Risley and Dylan said...

super cute!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

That bench is definitely a keeper!! I love the little framed birdie picture too!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a great find!

Delightful Dwelling said...

Your wall looks great, I love the frames and mirror. That bench is a great find too, it looks awesome in black.

Happy Mom said...

Just discovered your blog. SO much fun stuff here!!! Love it!

You have a fabulous eye for design. Love, love LOVE the new dining room wall!

jen said...

that looks like it came straight out of a magazine -- keep on decorating girl because you have a great eye for it! looks great! and i love the assortment on the wall - very much my taste.

Sherri S said...

The wall is beautiful! Goodwill is my friend! LOL I've made over several items I've picked up there. I also LOVE the bench! I just sprayed my coffee table black and posted it. MUCH better! Now I am spray paint happy. Watch out you'll catch the decor bug with all the great ideas on blogs.

jenjen said...

What a cute wall! Really - everything is just adorable! Great job!!!

XOXO
Jen

Ashleigh said...

That bench is sooooooo a million times cuter in black. Good call... and great wall.

Holly said...

Hi! You have a lot of great ideas on your blog...I love it! Thanks! I have a question from an older post. Where did you get the superhero rings that you used for cupcake toppers? My son wants to have a superhero party too. THANKS!!

Tanya said...

Holly,

I got the Super Hero rings from a cake decorating store in Oregon. I think I saw on your blog that you are from SLC. They will definitely have a store like that in your area. You could also try a party store. Good luck!