Our New Home: More Living Room Progress and a Gold Garden Stool

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Golden garden stool in living room
I posted last week on Stage 1 of our living room update here, where we added faux built-ins courtesy of IKEA.  I’m just finishing that project up, having added all of the crown molding and other trim on Friday, and caulking and painting today.  If you want to see the before pictures, check that post, but I’m not going to dwell on them here!  And don’t worry, I’ll post more on the built-ins soon.

The light wasn’t great tonight, but I wanted to show you the garden stool that I scored at Michael’s yesterday on 80% off sale (plus another 20% off with my coupon–whoot! whoot!).  You’ve already seen it if you follow us on Instagram, because I just had to share!  It was $100 originally; I got it for $16, so I was feeling pretty smug yesterday.

Here’s the before:

To be honest, I really liked the color of blue that it was when I bought it, but I’m going in a different direction in our living room, so it needed to be black or gold.  Black makes me nervous, with two golden retrievers and all the accompanying dust and hair, so gold won the day.

Here’s the paint I used:


It covered beautifully.  The trick with metallic paints–really, with any spray paint–is to use multiple thin coats.  That’s hard for me since I’m a big fan of immediate gratification!


It’s actually going to “live” next to the white chair in the corner, but I’m in the middle of rearranging things over there.  We all know that when you add ONE new thing to a room, the entire room needs to be changed, so I put it next to the sofa for pictures.

The pillow provides a nice pop of coral-pink because I have so many neutrals in this room.  It used to live in my daughter’s room before her most recent (and final!) room makeover, but I rescued it from my stash in the garage and gave it a gold monogram last night, using my Silhouette Cameo and heat-transfer vinyl.  I love how it turned out!  {You can buy the gold monogram in our Etsy shop}


Stay tuned, because there’s more to come in the next days and weeks.  Be sure to follow us via social media (the black buttons below my picture) if you want to see all of my updates as I work on this room, or click on the button with the envelope to sign up for our email updates (you’ll get an email whenever we post something new).


Sofa–Pottery Barn Charleston collection

Garden stool–Michael’s

Gold pillow–HomeGoods

Black & white pillow–Ikea

Coral-pink pillow–Stein-Mart

Gold Butler’s Tray–World Market

White ceramic lamp (even though it looks like a vase, it’s a lamp!)–HomeGoods

UPDATE:  As promised, here are the other posts on this room update:

Living Room–The Finished Room Reveal

Built-ins, part 1

Couch and Pillows

Black Velvet Chair

Gold Vase

Tutorial on Built-ins (part 2)

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  1. Carolyn Evans says

    Love it!!!! It looks great! So I’m guessing hold for the fire place too?

  2. Carolyn Evans says

    That was supposed to be Gold. 🙂

    • I knew what you meant. 🙂 I think I’m going to leave the screen black for now; this is going to be right next to it and I don’t want to overdo the gold.

  3. ooohh love it..i wish I was your neighbour LOL!

  4. Love this! The pillow is gorgeous and your spray painting job is perfect!

  5. I love the style your going for!! It’s so light & glamorous !! The pink,gold, & black accents look amazing!


  6. Well, I would have been feeling pretty smug too!!….and great choice to paint it gold…just love it!!!.Everything is looking great!!!

  7. Loving the gold and that Rustoleum shade of gold is my favorite!

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