Naturally, I forgot to take a full shot of the settee before I painted it (that would have required too much advance planning), but this close-up should give you an idea of the color it was before -- kind of a light taupe:
After I cleaned it up and removed as much of the old paint as possible, I primed it and repainted it a chocolate brown. I also went ahead and added a new cushion:
And this little side table? Another yard sale find -- $7 -- which I painted to match:
Spray paint, my love for you knows no bounds.
I also mentioned that I've found some decorative accessories for my great room bookshelves. Here's a closer look:
Woven box -- 50 cents:
Cool wood tray -- $1:
Adorable little vase -- I love the bird detailing -- $5:
And, I bought four jars full of wine corks for 25 cents each. It probably seems like a bizarre purchase, but I saw someone do a flower arrangement with corks instead of pebbles in the vase. I might use these for that, or I might just stick them in an apothocary jar. Either way, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than buying all that wine and saving the corks myself. :) (That's my youngest playing Vanna White in the back, btw.)
Finally, one of the most unexpected finds. Now, I really had no intention of purchasing shoes at a yard sale. But y'all. These were brand new BCBG Girls ballet flats. For $3. And, I must say, I pink puffy heart them:
I know. I probably crossed the line with the shoes.
But they were so cute.
And, did I mention, they were only $3?