I am so excited to show my my new el-cheapo summer decorations.
For the past few years I used shells and did a beach thing, but I was tired of it. So I did what I usually do, I obsessed over it for a while then I got an idea and obsessed even more.
I decided to use a sports theme for my summer decor. I know, I know. We’re not exactly sports people. We don’t run, we don’t own skateboards, we don’t even toss balls around in the yard. But this is not your typical sports theme, no autographed jerseys framed on the walls. It’s vintage, or at least old and otherwise useless.
I rummaged for weeks in every thrift store within 100 miles and hunted and dug for just the right things. I was looking for items that would bring an energy to the rooms but cost next to nothing. Summer, outdoor fun was the message. Once I found what I wanted, I took it all out in the backyard and spray painted it with various shades of white.
Of course I changed out what was in the frame over the green couch, like I do every season. I used a piece of beadboard that was left from our front porch redo a few years back and painted it with some leftover paint from my bathroom. By drilling a few holes I was able to wire the rackets to the board.
On the coffee table I painted a wire basket that a friend gave me. It was bright yellow, but with a bit of spray paint, it was perfect to hold my freshly painted golf balls, baseballs and badminton birdies.
Yep, that’s a bowling ball on the shelf below the glass. I painted it white and wrapped twine around it.
One of my favorite things is the oval frame I found at the flea market and painted white. It holds a fun picture of my three little boys being silly. What says summer fun more than playing outside? You can’t tell from my bad photography, but this frame is large, it’s a 16″ x 20″. It’s hanging over the other couch in the room.
And now you can see what I did with all of the old trophies I found…..I took them all apart and re-assembled them. Then I did my thing with spray paint and voila! They are all white and summery.
On my piano I used my true love, the Cricut, to cut out a bicycle for the platter. Love it!
Doesn’t it make you want to stop everything and go ride a bike?
I used a loving cup to hold a little plant.
Now we’re ready for the summer. The living room has a renewed energy and it’s bright and cheery.
I’ve got a lot more to show you in the dining room/school room. But I don’t want to overwhelm you. You might get confused and think I actually move around and do physical activity and I don’t want to give you the wrong impression. I’m a slug at heart.
To see more, check out the summer 2012 edition of Splendidly Homemade!
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