Shop The House Design Challenge: Fall Edition Week 2
If you don’t know what the Shop The House Design Challenge is, head over HERE and read all about what myself and a group of bloggers are up to. Here’s a quick synopsis; we pick one space and for four weeks we decorate it with only items we already own. It’s a fun and FREE challenge.
Ready for week two? Here I am sitting, writing on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I have our front door open and the blinds pulled back. I’m so thankful for cooler weather. I can actually feel the breeze from outside as I sit here. I’ve toyed with the idea of leaving California, but I just don’t know if I could ever find a place with better weather than Sacramento. Well, back to the challenge…..
Here is what the first week of STHDC looked like.
I painted this desk about two years ago and decided it was finally time for a change. To tell you the truth, I was never very fond of the blue. It never sparkled in my eyes. Someday I would love to have a french desk with beautiful ornate detailing like this ONE. For now, I shall work with what I’ve got.
French Desk Makeover
Since it’s the Shop The House Challenge and not the Go Buy Whatever You Need Challenge, I had to find paint I already had on hand. The problem is, is that I ran out of my go to paint colors. I went into my old cupboards in my garage and found some $3 scrap paint, some BB Frosh (click HERE for a similar product) and I made my own chalk paint. I was determined to not go another week not having my french style desk. I used what I had and it turned out great and didn’t cost me a single penny. I used a gold glaze on the accent areas called Martha Stewart Metallic Glaze. Click HERE for a similar product. I waxed with BB Frosh clear wax and then Sweet Pickins Black Wax. Click HERE. These days I am a lot less careful when I paint. I’m more of a “the drips add character” kinda painter now. Cause seriously, with my 3 boys, I don’t have time to be as meticulous as I use to be.
The only item that remained from week 1 is the lamp. I moved my computer because it just isn’t super pretty. Am I right?!?! It’s now the second week of September and it’s time to bring subtle Fall touches into the space. This week, you won’t see pumpkins and cornucopias, not yet that is! In hopes of transitioning into Fall gently, I added neutral and rustic tones. I switched the chair out, painted the desk a weathered gray and brought in a frame with less ornate details.
Are you transitioning to fall decor yet? Perhaps you’re waiting until it’s actually fall…what a crazy concept. We have two more weeks of the challenge and by the time it’s over this space will be full-on Fall.
Is this something you would like to try? Or maybe you Shop The House on a regular bases already. Either way, I’d love for you to play along. We will be posting our updated spaces on Instagram each Tuesday for the month of September. Will you join us? Use the hashtag #shopthehouse to show us how you’ve updated a space for fall by using decor items you already own.
Here are the other bloggers that are also participating in the Shop The House Design Challenge. These are some amazing ladies!
Head over to their blogs and see how they updated their space for week 2.
“And remember, you did it yourself and it will probably show. Embrace the DIY life.”
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