DECOR

giant rosary

I have been eyeing this wooden rosary at a fancy home decor store for a few years. I didn’t buy it because they wanted close to $200. So I waited for years hoping it would go on sale but it never did & then it suddenly dawned on me: I could make it myself. I got the beads from a craft store & ordered the cross from Etsy. I painted a whitewash on them & strung them together. Easy peasy & it cost be $35 to make it myself instead of $200.  I can’t believe it took me so long to think of it.

Ikea hack

I liked the bones of this cabinet & the yellow one was on sale but yellow is not in my colour scheme.  My plan was to strip it (never fun) & then stain it a dark espresso colour.  I had to abandon that plan when the stain did not take evenly so I painted over it with solid grey instead & changed the hardware.  As a matter of fact, I don’t think any piece of furniture I own has its original hardware on it.  Changing hardware is a really good trick to make pieces look customized or vintage or just to upscale a look.

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