Tinkering {Before & After}

Last week I unearthed a great coastal bird print that I purchased a while back and never used.  Well, one thing led to another and before I knew it I was tinkering with the bar we have hidden away in our living room armoire.  It’s looked like this for the last four years…
October 2011 203
Using all things I already had around the house, I test drove the new look with y’all on instagram.  I hung the left over teal grass cloth in the back, pulled the Ballard knockoff sunburst mirror from the guest room, and test drove an Ikea Ribba frame for the bird.


After living with it for a few days, I pressed forward by gold leafing the ikea frame using Rub ‘n Buff in Gold Leaf.

February 2014 111 copy

February 2014 113 copy

And I loved it SO much, that Honey and Daddy-O took the doors off and removed the hardware!!!  It’s crazy what this easy and “free” fix did to brighten up the end of that room!!

February 2014 110 copy

Here’s the before…

July 2013 113 copy

… and the new after!

November 2013 139 copy

Now, who wants to come have a cocktail??

24 thoughts on “Tinkering {Before & After}

  1. Wow, it really does brighten up the room with the doors removed! I just added a similar sunburst mirror to my office but I love the way you have yours displayed! Nice transformation – and yes, I would love a cocktail!
    Cheers! – Shelley

  2. I'm loving it! I can't believe you used Rub 'n Buff on that IKEA frame – it looks so good! Taking the doors off definitely gives the whole thing a much more modern look. It's the little things sometimes, isn't it?

  3. It's beautiful! I love what you did! I especially like the bird print and frame. I would never have thought to use Rub N' Buff on an Ikea frame. You are so creative!

  4. What you have done in your living room and the rest of your home is just beautiful! I saw your sconces from Ballard a couple months ago on your blog so now I own two of them also. They are expensive, but well worth the price! Thank you for your inspiration!
    Julia H.

  5. Love the new look….but I'm on my way over for a glass or two of the St. Germain….. btw..thank you so much for all your tips on Tybee and Savannah…..we had the best time ever and can't wait to return!

  6. Incredible bar. I really enjoyed this inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our What’s It Wednesday linky party? Hope to see you there!


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