Weekend Inspiration: No.84

Ikea nightstand makeover

It’s the last weekend of January! Have you accomplished all that you wanted to during this first month of the new year? I’ve done a fair amount of work, but I still feel like I could be pushing myself harder—both at home and at the pottery studio.

One thing I really need to get done is paint. I’d like to work on painting the wood panelling in the unfinished side of our basement to tone it down, and I also want to update our guest room. I feel this inexplicable need for more color in our house, and feel like the guest room is the perfect place for it. Only problem? I haaaaaaaate painting. And I’m not very good at it either. Gotta get it done, though!

In case you need an extra dose of motivation (I clearly do), keep a-scrollin’ for my latest list of inspirational links to help get us both excited for all the weekend projects ahead.

Weekend Inspiration: No.84:

1. This dark green living room is seriously making me lust after dark paint. If you have a favorite dark teal or green paint color, please leave it in the comments below so I can brainstorm the winning color for our guest room.

2. Geneva makes me want to go out this weekend to buy up all the ugly ceramics I can find just so I can give them new life with terracotta-colored paint. Isn’t this transformation amazing?

3. Now these are some fun cleaning bottle labels!

4. I just found this inspiration post, and it makes me want to adopt a dozen new plants and hang floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Should I do it?

5. In case you missed the news, I just updated the DGD Pottery shop with sets of handmade magnets! See what’s left of this first-ever collection over here. PSSST…everything else in the shop is 15% off now through the end of the weekend…

6. The teal wallpaper Tanya chose for her bathroom makeover is so pretty. Maybe I should scrap the paint idea and do something like this in our guest room instead?

DIY Ikea hack project

DGD Shop

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My Favorite Secondhand Art Scores

Mid-century dresser

One of my absolute favorite things to look for at thrift and antique stores (other than furniture, of course) is art. I get starry-eyed every time I spot a vintage portrait, landscape painting, or Asian print up on the walls or stacked on the floor at secondhand shops. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, that we have a lot of old art in our house! So much so that we have multiple pieces leaning in storage just waiting for the perfect spot.

Since one of the most frequently asked questions around here lately is “Where did you get that piece of art?” I thought it would be fun to go room by room to tell you the story behind a few of our favorites. I’ll tell you where they came from, and give you few tips for finding your own vintage art from thrift stores in your area. Keep scrolling for all the details, plus photos from inside our home snapped by Tiffany Sun Jung!

Minimalist vintage art drawingChuck close print

I don’t have a close-up of that small square drawing a couple photos above, but trust me that it’s a gem. I’m really partial to vintage drawings since that’s what I studied in art school, so whenever I spot a sketchy original drawing at the antique store, I usually can’t resist buying it for myself. This one is of a little sea-side town, and is filled with profiles of peaked buildings, rolling hills, and fluffy clouds. I’ll try to remember to share a better view of the drawing up close on Instagram later today if you want to see more detail!

The other favorite piece of vintage art I have in the guest room right now is that framed black and white Chuck Close portrait. Close is one of my favorite artists of all time (beside Mark Rothko and Edgar Degas), so when I spotted a giant coffee table book of his art at a thrift store, I snatched it up right away. I love cutting pages out of these types of heavy, large-scale books and then putting them into frames to make them feel more formal. This one is of Philip Glass, a composer I love. Anyway, you should try that trick using pages from your own favorite artist’s book.

Leather mid-century tufted couch

Framed Chuck Close printMid-century painted dresser

Vintage portrait paintings

You might have picked up on the fact that I’m a big fan of portraits in general, too. As I said, my focus as a college student was drawing, but, more specifically, I studied hand-drawn portraiture. Lucky for me, vintage portraits are kinda all the rage in retro interior design these days, so my favorite antique and secondhand shops have been collecting and selling them like crazy. And to whom have they mostly been selling them? Me!

We have at least half a dozen thrifted portraits hung throughout our house (including this new corner portrait gallery wall I put together over my holiday break), and I’m not done yet. There’s just something so incredible about the human face as an art subject, don’t you think?

That one above of the wispy-haired young man came from an antique mall in Stuarts Draft, and technically belongs to my sister. She doesn’t have a good spot for it in her current apartment, though, so I get to “borrow” the painting until she moves into a better place. I’m not complaining. The one hung above it of the older man came from Etsy, which is another great source for vintage art.

DIY vinyl records displayDIY vinyl records display

While not exactly “traditional” in the grand scheme of things, I love to display vintage vinyl album covers as retro art in our family room lounge. There are so many cool designs out there, and records are usually pretty inexpensive at thrift stores, too, so it’s a great budget-friendly way to get the look of vintage art on your walls. Oh, and you can get the scoop on our DIY record shelves this way.

DIY open kitchen shelvingHow to style open kitchen shelving

A couple of quick vintage art sourcing tips? Go to your local secondhand shops often because art tends to get turned over quickly at these types of stores. Definitely keep an eye out for loose paper prints, coffee table art books, and even plain unframed paintings on canvas. All of these can easily be upgraded with new frames. And the opposite, of course, is true as well—keep an eye out for beautiful frames with ugly art in them because you can swap the art out for an instant masterpiece.

I could clearly talk about this topic all day long, but I don’t want to take up too much of your time. I’m sure you’d rather be out there hunting down your own vintage art scores, so get yourself out to the thrift store ASAP! Good luck.

Vintage mid-century boho paintings

*Photography by Tiffany Sun Jung

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