Welcome to the three-month decorating challenge where I and a few favorite blogging friends are going to share ideas on how to decorate using what you already have!
This will be a challenge for me because I like to decorate a space, a surface, whatever it may be and that’s how it stays. I do that mostly because it costs money to keep changing things up, but how nice would it be to be able to change things up without spending a dime, by shopping the house?
That’s exactly what my friend Christy from Our Southern Home challenged us to do!
We each chose an area to decorate and in one month we will redecorate that area using what we already have from other areas of our homes. Then we’ll do it again a month later. One area, decorated three ways, for free. Are you with me?
I chose my china hutch in the dining room. It’s a fun piece of furniture to decorate, but can also be a challenge. I usually get it just how I want it after Christmas and it will stay like that…till the following Christmas!
Here’s a reminder of what my dining space looks like:
And speaking of Christmas, here’s how my hutch looked just a month ago:
Shall we rewind to three years ago?
Fancy. I almost sold this at our neighborhood’s annual yard sale, but had a light bulb moment the night before and decided to keep it and paint it. I’m so glad I kept it. I removed the doors to give it an updated feel, but still have them just in case I ever want add them back.
After clearing away the Christmas décor, I decided to stick with ironstone and mercury glass for a clean wintry feel:
You’ve seen me use my ironstone to stage several pieces for pictures and I love to use it in my own decorating too.
All of these pieces came from thrift stores. There are two patterns here and I don’t mind mixing them together. I love to just stack them.
Stacks of plates. Stacks of bowls. Stacks of flapjacks. (Just making sure you’re paying attention.)
The mercury glass pieces at the top are Target clearance finds. Homegoods has several pretty mercury glass pieces in right now. I just love them for winter!
This is a picture of my husband’s parents on their wedding day. They’ve been married over 40 years now!
The basket was a Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law. They gave us a romantic carpet picnic. The basket held a pretty throw, wine glasses, a bottle of wine, and candles! Isn’t that a fun gift idea for a couple?
It fits here perfectly and since this cabinet holds crafting supplies and cookbooks, the basket allows me to also store tablecloths and napkins here, when we’re not having carpet picnics of course.
Opposite this hutch is our staircase, that’s why I never show it. This is the corner just to the right:
I use this space to photograph most of my smaller furniture pieces, especially in the winter, but this little drum table is what lives here:
You can see the before of my $85 thrift store dining set here.
So there’s my decorated hutch for Month #1 and a mini dining room tour.
Now I would normally be all set for about the next eleven months, but not this time! I’m actually already scheming what I can steal from other parts of my house to give this piece a whole new look for part two of this challenge! You’ll have to come back February 28th to see it. 🙂
Meanwhile, be sure to visit these creative bloggers below also participating in the Three Month Challenge!
I also have some exciting news!
We have started a Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum on Facebook!!
We would LOVE for you to join in the fun! It’s a place where we can all share what we’re working on, what we’ve created, or what we might need a little advice about. You can also participate in the three month challenge by sharing with us how you shopped your home to change up a space! I hope you’ll check it out and join in the conversation!
I’ll be back tomorrow to show you what I’m doing with all these drop cloth rosettes! 🙂
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
I love to share at some of these great parties:
Home Stories A to Z Not Just a Housewife Kammy’s Korner The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Redoux Interiors Between Naps on the Porch The DIY Dreamer Oh My Creative Little Miss Celebration Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista House on the Way Addicted 2 DIY I should be Mopping the Floor Miss Mustard Seed