Monday, January 24, 2011

~a corner of our dining room~

I wanted to show you a corner of our dining room that I just updated a little.
The lighting was already there.
The sconces
{one on either side of the windows}
were goodwill finds for $6.99 a couple years ago.
I made this "love" piece for this wall.
It was super easy.
I started with a 80's framed print from the goodwill I scored for $1.99.
I took out the print and glass, and painted the frame black.
Then I wrapped the cardboard back that came with
the print with leftover drop cloth fabric.
Using iron on paper, I applied the word love to the front in a
simple and small font.
I cleaned the glass and put everything back in!
Last week I made a trip to Ikea and picked up this great huge basket in gray.
Very inexpensive for this size!
I love it!
I knew what I was going to do with it when I bought it.
Do you ever have parties or gatherings in your house and run out of room in your fridge for the beverages?
Well, this basket is the perfect size to fit a cooler inside!

It is a great way to disguise a utilitarian cooler and still have a spot for extra drinks.

It fits right in there!
This would be great in a kitchen too, or on a deck in the warmer months.

Close the lid, and no one will know!

I love the closure strap on it!

Another project I did, actually last night.
I bought a wood tray at a thrift store for $3.99.
I transformed it with a little paint and using this pattern,
came up with a pretty stylish tray!

I am loving the chevron pattern!

So that's it!
Some stylish storage for your gatherings, a simple and super affordable piece of art, and a stylish drink tray!
All for under $70.00!
Happy Monday!


Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

How cute! I love the basket idea. So clever!

laxsupermom said...

Looks great! I love the cooler hiding basket! Such a nice way to keep drinks handy for entertaining.

Miss Obara said...

I don't know which I like best...they are all just awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

Leah Moss said...

that big storage basket is genius! We have a cooler that I have absolutely NO place to keep, but we use it all the time in warmer months.

It all looks so lovely!!!

A Vintage Vine said...

Love the frame idea!!! Those sconces are to die for! Goodwill is so awesome!

Brittney said...

love that tray!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

I'm sure you've heard this a thousand times, but your blog just never disappoints! Every time I come here, I love what you've done - you are a very talented lady!

Tracey said...

O.K...O.K. you have convinced me to go to Ikea this week! Love the basket and the simple l.o.v.e. picture. Hope you have a good one!

Between You and Me said...

you got the trunk/basket at IKEA?

I need two of them at the bottom of each of my boys' beds.


love this space in your did a great job with the LOVE frame and the wooden tray...that's one of my favorite designs on the tray!!!


I am inspired by your beautiful, simple and practical ideas.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE the idea of hiding the cooler in a basket - great idea! Your blog is so inspiring, keep up the good work!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

The basket, art work and sconce are always. :)

Claudia said...

We use this idea with the basket when caterers bring their coolers . My kitchen isn't very big and so they tend to leave the coolers close by where everyone can see it and usually not attractive. I put the coolers inside. Love it!!!! I also love the grey basket. I need to stop by this store. It's a little far away for me but I think I need a whole day. Can never get anything online from them that I like.
Thank you for sharing.

Amanda said...

i will be attempting that artwork for a spot above my little mans desk. probably with the word "create". or something along those lines. :)

that basket, is pure awesomeness and will be on our patio this summer. in fact, i might need two. one for a cooler. one for that same little mans toys. perfection!

thanks for sharing.

please do stop by my blog later this week (in hopes of the sun shining at some point so i can get good pictures) to check out my little mans "big boy" room.


Jan said...

I love anything to do with lettering. I love your picture of the word LOVE here and have added a link to your post on my blog.

Karen said...

I love them all, but that basket idea is great!


I have seen those baskets at cool. And the painted tray...was longing for a cute place to live :)

Anonymous said...

Brillant basket/beverage idea! What a cute little frame piece of art, you could change the word to whatever holiday/season it was... so it's always evolving. Neat, Neat!

Robin Johnson said...

I love quick project that look amazing and your artwork fits the bill!

Room to Inspire said...

Hi Melaine,

I love it all, the frame, the basket (the cooler idea is brilliant) and the tray! I clearly need to hop down to Ikea soon.


All That Jazz said...

Very fun & creative~ that is your middle name, Melaine! ;-) I love those baskets from IKEA, I have two bigger ones. I store blankets in one and games/old photos in the other. I love the gray tone of yours, though.

Soulful Mama said...

This eskie in the basket idea is genious! Why haven't I ever thought of that? I hate how ugly they look at parties. Can't wait to di this now :-)

~ Clare x

Katie said...

M!!! I so LOVE that basket! I feel an Ikea trip coming on! Why oh why does it have to be 4 HOURS AWAY!!!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I LOVE it all!

AT HOME BLOG said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this little corner of your house... :-)

Lori said...

Awesome basket. I guess it's time to make a trek to Ikea.

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

What a fabulous idea!! I love that basket for a cooler. When we have a lot of people we use a cooler too and it always bugs me.

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