Today I walked a lot. I initially started out going to an art festival which actually ended up being a high priced craft fair, really. There were some nice pieces of jewelry (I've been searching for a one of a kind funky ring and haven't found one yet) but they were so outrageously priced I had to keep walking. Overall, I was disappointed with it. On the way home I decided to take a road I've never been on before. It's a beautiful street with tall trees and beautiful old houses. They were so majestic. I'm glad I took that little adventure. The weather was perfect for walking too.
Over the last couple of days I've also been painting my furniture. For years I've had a half moon table which I originally stained a light blond color that matched the floors in my old house. Here, I covered it in fabric to conceal all of the wires I have from routers, printers and the like. But, I hated it, and so I decided to paint it black. Instead of using it to hide wires, I've moved it over and am using as a desk. It's a little too high so eventually I'll have to cut off about 1-2 inches off the bottom-I'm using my foot stool as a chair. Hey-you do what you have to when you live in a small apartment!
Last week I bought a lamp and a little table for $20 from a guy who was moving out of the area. (It always amazes me how much these people sell-AND how they can afford to live in the places they do!) The table was cute but bronze metal and well, just not my style. So because the paint I had was perfect for weird surfaces, I painted that too. (That came out really well)
At this point, I was on a roll. Months ago you might recall that I acquired a cheap cabinet from another guy moving. This helped house some of my pans and platters but it was that ugly brown laminate. So guess what I did to that? Painted it black! I'm really happy with how that came out too-it still doesn't look expensive, but it sure as heck doesn't look as cheap as it did before either. AND now all of my furniture matches!
Guess where I got my coffee table? Yep...last year I bought it from a guy who was moving back to Europe. I loved the shape and size but it was kind of a dull black color and after all the rest of my stuff was shiny and new, I knew I had to paint that too. I must say, it looks fabulous and much nicer now. I feel a little more like a grown up (with matching furniture) now. Which is OK in the apartment decor department. What's best is that all (but the half moon table) were bought for $40 total and the small can of paint I bought at a discount store was only $8. (That stuff rocks by the way-I still have 3/4 of a can left...and it's one of the little cans!)
Living in Boston is really good for buying nice-ish used furniture. Especially at the end of a semester when people have 2 days to unload everything they own.
So...there you have it. Told ya my life hasn't been very exciting!