May 13, 2015

Way Back Whensday // Instagram Favorites

Happy Way Back Whensday! Last week, I put out a call on Instagram for you to share your favorite Way Back Whensday projects with me by using the hashtag #BLwaybackwhensday. And let me tell you- you guys are so talented! I rounded up my favorites to share with you today, but I will continue to share on the blog my favorite projects in the coming weeks. So make sure to share your favorite old project(s) with me on Instagram using the hashtag #BLwaybackwhensday!

First up, the talented Julia shared her DIY Pierro Fornasetti plates that she made using stickers. They look just like the real thing! Julia is so talented, and you can follow her on Instagram here.

Beth of Design Post Interiors shared her dotted painting DIY that she made using a sponge. Isn't it gorgeous? It would also make an awesome textile! Follow Beth on Instagram here.

Jennifer of Dimples and Tangles has such a gorgeous dining room, and she upgraded these TJ Maxx chairs using a gorgeous black and white fabric for a high-end and custom look. So clever, right? She's one of my favorite IG-ers, so make sure to follow her here!

Cheryl is one of my Charlotte ladies, and I miss her very much! She has an amazing upholsterer and an even better vision. Check out this thrift store find that she completely remade for a client project! You can follow her on Instagram here.

Laura is super talented and has a gorgeous Instagram feed. I love this gold sharpie ampersand art that she created! 

Mariella has become a dear friend to me since I moved to DC a year ago. She is so chic and one of the sweetest and most encouraging people I've ever met. I love her glam gold and spotted bench DIY! Follow her on Instagram here.

A Tale of Two Tastes MADE this mirror. Can you believe it? It's a knock-off of a popular Ballard Designs mirror, and I wouldn't even be able to tell the difference. Amazing!

Gabbi shared one of her favorite projects- a completely made over fireplace and her first (and gorgeous) tiling job. Make sure to check out her home- she and her husband have completely made it over, and you wouldn't even recognize the before! Follow her on Instagram here.

This is Our Bliss shared an adorable nursery makeover for her (now one-year-old) son! It's precious and you can follow her on Instagram here.

Thank you so much for sharing your favorite old projects with me! Make sure to keep 'em coming by using the hashtag #BLwaybackwhensday on Instagram. I can't wait to see!

Catch up on my previous Way Back Whensday posts here:

May 7, 2015


Welcome to Week Six of the One Room Challenge! Hosted by Linda of Calling it Home, this challenge involves one room makeover and six weeks. If you're new to Burlap and Lace: welcome! I'm Shannon, and my husband and I live in our 800 sq. ft. one bedroom apartment in Washington, D.C. We only moved to the area last year, so adjusting to the smaller space and rental restrictions have been a challenge! I chose to makeover our living room for this project, since it's been a mish mosh of furniture and decorations since the day we moved in. If you haven't been following along with the ORC, you can catch up on my last five posts here:

Here is a look at the before of this space. Since it's a small apartment, the living room is one large room, and it includes the entryway.

Here are the plans that I devised for this space. A few things changed, like the lighting, and the couch that we ordered didn't make it on time. But I followed the rest of the plans pretty closely!

And here is the AFTER (apologies in advance for the overwhelmingly annoying number of photos to follow):

First, let's start on the opposite side of the living room. These chairs were a birthday gift to myself, courtesy of Craigslist. I was going to reupholster them, but ultimately decided to stick with the original fabric. I just touched up the wood with a little bit of stain, and they look brand new!

I color coded the books on my DIY Shelving Unit to mix up the look and inject a little bit of color into this space.

I also updated the entryway with these gorgeous stools from Target! I hit the jackpot when I found out a local store got these back in stock last week, so I drove out and picked them up. Since our apartment is small and we love to entertain, stools like these are perfect for extra seating when guests come over.

 This vintage washstand replaced my old brass bar cart, which was neither big enough nor sturdy enough for this space. I cleaned up the marble, ripped off a chipped piece of veneer, and touched it up with Restore-A-Finish and it's looking great!

I have been hoarding this federal mirror for almost two years now, just waiting for the perfect spot. I touched up the gold parts with liquid leaf, and gave it a good dusting. It looks brand new, and totally apropos for a turn-of-the-century building in D.C.

The rug is one of my favorite things about the space. It's from Rugs USA, and it arrived on Tuesday night, just under the wire!

Usually, I don't have luck on Craigslist in this area, but I hit the jackpot again with this coffee table. Our old one was too large for our new sectional sofa that's being delivered, and I just didn't like it anymore. This one was for sale in our neighborhood! Just a short walk and an Uber ride home and it was mine.

The Designer's Guild Orangerie pillow is from my friend Hollie of Stuck on Hue. She's graciously offering 10% off her amazing selection of pillows from now until May 14th with code BURLAPORC10!

I completely revamped the gallery wall with prints from Artfully Walls. They have the best selection! The gorgeous blue abstract in the center is from Mandy Fitzgerald, and is called "Underwater Sunlight".

I kept these coral stools (which originally lived under my entry table) in this space for now until our sectional arrives. They're great for seating extra guests, and also for concealing not so stealthy kitty cats.

I found a new best friend in the form of Barkeeper's Friend, which I used to polish the old hardware on this campaign dresser. I had originally used Brasso and it just didn't do the job. Now, they look brand new!

I included a lot of blue in this space because I like playing up the contrast between blue and black. I'm so drawn to both colors, and there is no reason that they can't live harmoniously in the same space!

Here are a few detail shots.

I wish I could snap a photo of the entire space, but the room is so long and narrow that it makes it difficult. This is the view that you see upon entering my apartment; the shelves and green chairs are to the right and behind me, and the entry is to the left.

So, what do you think? I am so in love with this space- it finally feels complete to me now after living here for a year. It's such a dramatic change for me to go from a large three bedroom house to a small one bedroom apartment, but I'm having fun and trying to inject as much color as possible into our home before my husband kills me. Thank you for having us, Linda! Be sure to check out the 20 participants that revealed their spaces yesterday. There are some amaaaazing spaces happening there! I will be back in another post with a complete list of sources for you. Thanks so much for following!


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