Little House of Four - Creating a beautiful home, one thrifty project at a time.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Painted Vintage Mid-Century Campaign Desk

A Mid-Century Dixie campaign desk gets a fresh new look with General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint. 

Over 2 years ago I was lucky enough to come across a Mid-Century Dixie campaign desk at my local Goodwill.   I was pretty excited since it's not too often that you come across campaign style pieces at thrift stores.  At the time, I had no idea where I was going to put it or what I was going to do with it, but I knew I had to have it.  Well, here we are over two years later and I FINALLY got motivated to give this little desk an update.  Sadly, I still don't have space for it in my own home, but it will be going to Sweet Clover where I hope it will find a new home.  

Painted mid century campaign desk makeover
I strayed from my normal go-to paint colors of black, white and gray and chose my new favorite blue, General Finishes Coastal Blue.  This color is so pretty and a beautiful contrast to the original aged brass hardware.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

12 Free and Fabulous Vintage Inspired Printables

12 free and fabulous printables perfect for adding a touch of vintage to your home decor. 

I've created and shared many free printables over the years and truly believe it's one of the best inexpensive ways to inject style, color, and personality into a space.  There really isn't anything cheaper or easier than printing out a free printable and plopping it in a frame.  If you're feeling extra motivated you can even build a DIY custom frame or wall hanging.  However you choose to display them, printables can make a great affordable addition to your decor. 

Free vintage inspired printables

Friday, April 13, 2018

Before and After: How to Refinish a Solid Wood Table

Learn how to easily refinish furniture without the mess of harsh chemicals and strippers. 

Have you ever passed up a piece of thrifted or hand me down furniture because you thought it would be too much trouble to refinish?   I'm here to tell you it's much easier (and less messy) than you may think.  Sometimes furniture is too damaged and painting is your only option, but when solid wood furniture is in good condition refinishing should always be considered. 

Earlier this week I ran in Goodwill and found an inexpensive coffee table.   It was solid wood and sturdy, but the finish was flaking off and was in need of a much needed facelift.  The style of the table was a little more country than I would have liked, but I knew with new stain, a little paint and a splash of color I could give it a fresh new look. 

refinished Gdoowill coffee table

Monday, April 9, 2018

Vintage Inspired Succulent Planters & Tips for Proper Care

Tips and tricks for caring for succulents and fun planter ideas for a unique look! 

It's no secret that I've never been good at keeping plants alive.  It's partly due to the fact that I'm horrible at remembering to water them and partly because I'm pretty sure I unintentionally put them in the darkest spots of our home.  Regardless of my black thumb, I really do enjoy having live plants around and try my hardest to keep them alive.  Recently, I bought two plants and even though they are only marginally surviving, I decided to try my hand at succulents.  I headed to Home Depot to pick up a few succulents then swung by Goodwill and a local thrift store in search of fun "planters". 

vintage succulent planter ideas

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Two Tone MCM Highboy Dresser Makeover

A little paint and TLC goes a long way in updating this beautiful MCM Dixie Highboy dresser.

Sometimes thrifting can be a total miss and sometimes it can result in a cart full of treasures and awesome furniture scores.  Last week, my mom and I headed to a few thrift stores and it ended up being one of those trips that I was thankful we took her Expedition.  Not only did I find some great smaller items, but I also scored an awesome mid-century modern Dixie highboy dresser.  I'm always drawn to MCM pieces and knew right away that it had to come home with me.  Just look at the beautiful hardware and detail on the drawers. 

MCM highboy dresser before
Okay, so there's a few knicks and chips in the veneer and it looks like something chewed one of the legs, BUT with a little TLC I knew I could make it beautiful again.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Easy and Versatile Dollar Tree Distressed Number Tags

Get organized and add a bit of style to your baskets, crates, and bins with simple DIY distressed wood number tags. 

With spring break, Easter, thrifting adventures and furniture makeovers I almost forgot to share a project for this months Dollar Store DIY.  If you are new to the blog, I post a Dollar Tree makeover on the first Monday of every month.   It's a fun challenge and a great way of sharing how inexpensive items can be turned into beautiful home decor. 

Last month, I transformed Dollar Tree jump rope carrots into spring decor and this month I'm turning a tumbling tower game into numbered wood tags. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hallway Update: How to Add Style to a Small Hallway

A small narrow hallway gets a sleek modern makeover with lots of contrast and texture.  

(Product for this post was provided by Minted.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Some affiliate links have been used.)

Hey hey, happy Friday!  Earlier this week I shared an update to our living room and today I have a little hallway makeover to share.  This little space has seen quite a few transformations throughout the years, including a floor to ceiling gallery wall, the addition of a new light and a dark painted accent wall.  It's a small narrow space, but that doesn't mean it has to lack style.  So, with a little paint, unique accessories and beautiful personalized art I gave our little narrow hallway another makeover, full of contrast and texture.   It now looks and feels much more like us and I just love looking down the hallway and seeing the beautiful custom silhouettes of my kids. 

high contrast hallway makeover