A Year of Change {April project}


It’s the first Friday of the April which means it’s time to introduce the next round of our Year of Change challenge. If you missed out on the fun in March, the first month of our challenge, here’s a recap. Erin and I teamed up with three of our favorite bloggers Commona My House, Life on Virginia Street and Rosa Beltran Design to bring small projects your way that can be accomplish in less than a month’s time.  On the first Friday of each month we’ll introduce the latest challenge and on the last Friday we’ll each reveal our projects. Our hope is that with the Year of Change challenge we can help you bring big change to your home. We want to inspire you to create the home you want one manageable step at a time.

If you missed out on our stencil projects reveal last week check out Amy, Rosa and Sarah’s gorgeous designs. I love the different takes they each took with the project. You can catch how Erin and I got handy with our Cutting Edge stencils here.

Are you ready for April’s Year of Change project? This month we challenge you to revamp a piece of furniture. It can be something small, something big, something that you’ve already got, something you find on craigslist or at a garage sale or maybe even something from Ikea that you just want to hack up. Pull out the paint, the gold leaf, the jigsaw or your glue gun and show us what you’ve got! We’ll be back on April 25th to reveal what we’ve done and we’d love to see your creation too!

We’ve also adding a fun new twist on our challenge starting this month – a guest designer! Each month we’ll ask one supremely talented blogger to join in the fun and show us their take on the challenge. This month we are thrilled to have Amanda from Recycled Consign & Design as part of our team. Who better to have join us this month than the queen of vintage furniture? I can’t wait to see what she comes up with – I just know it’s going to be a stunner!

Amanda from Recycled Consign & Design

{Tricia’s project}

I purchased this secretary off of craigslist almost two years ago and it was waaayyyy too small for where I originally wanted to put it.  Bummer.

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But because this baby was such a bargain and I love the fretwork on the glass doors I really hated to part with it. For the past two years it’s looked ok in my dining room but certainly didn’t make the room better.  My best friend’s take on marriage is that your partner should make you better than you are on your own.  It’s time for the secretary and my dining room to divorce because that is not the case here my friends.  Plus, I want to say sayounara to my dining room anyway and turn it into a library.  The secretary is not fitting with that vision.

secretary - Suburban bitches

But where to put it???  My friend Lyn was visiting this weekend from Oregon (you might remember her from here and here) and she hit on the perfect solution!  My daughter just turned 9 and I think she’s ready for a slightly more grown up room than the current rendition.  I want to do something more sophisticated for her a la Restoration Hardware grays and pinks.  Lyn suggested moving the secretary into her room.  Ding! Ding! Ding! So that’s where it’s going.  I think it’ll work perfectly in there -once it’s all Suburban Bitch-ified that is.  You can tell me what you think on reveal day.

{Erin’s project}

I need storage in my office in the worst way. I’ve taken over every spare drawer in our house to fill with craft and sewing supplies- even had to purge some of the precious artwork from my children to make room for gold fringe. My original plan was to hit IKEA and pick up something easy and cheap for storage. Down I went to IKEA on a Sunday (mistake #1) with a goal to make it in and out in 20 minutes with a child in tow (mistake #2). I quickly said yes to some Besta pieces and went to the warehouse to pick out the boxes without writing down what I really needed (mistake #3). You know what happened next- I got home and didn’t have all the right pieces and realized that to get the exact amount of storage I needed I would be paying more than just buying a vintage piece off of Craig’s List. I found this beauty on Craig’s List listed for $250 but I offered to come with cash in hand and pick it up that day for $200 and then seller agreed. I knew that with some paint and updated hardware this piece would be perfect for my office storage needs.

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I actually have this piece finished already and it turned out so good! I can’t wait to show you but no peeking until April 25th!!!

Related posts:

A Year of Change {August challenge}
Year of Change Reveal {October}
One project, two takes {Paint-a-Pillow} & the January Year of Change
A Year of Change recap
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2 Responses to A Year of Change {April project}

  1. Awesome!! I can’t wait to see the transformation!

  2. Erin says:

    Jennifer- my transformation uses one of the paint colors that you have in your house! Thanks for the inspiration.