DIY Painted Claw Foot Stool

Thanks to great family and friends, I am constantly on the receiving end of unwanted furniture. My newest addition? This adorable claw foot piano stool that was oozing with character but lacking in wow factor. Since I am always on the lookout to save money, I decided to spend $0 and one afternoon completing my makeover.

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Read on to see how I completed this easy makeover without spending any moolah!

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Eclectic Gallery Wall

Perhaps one of my biggest foes in my sweet little rental house is one wall. One big, huge wall begging for some character and love.

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Keep reading to how I used this inspiration to create something amazing in my own home!

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The Glorious Days of Summer

As a kid I was determined to suck as much fun out of my summer days as possible. As an adult, the parameters of summer aren’t as clearly defined but the sentiments are still the same – have fun! For me, summer fun means spending as much time as possible soaking up the beautiful summer sun outdoors! Here are some of my favorites from this summer.

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Black & Whites

Recently developed photos from my Pentax K1000. I love the beauty and simplicity of black and white.

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Time to Thaw

Today was the first nice day in months so we decided to take advantage of it. I snapped these on a walk at the Sequiota Park in Springfield, Missouri.

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The Many Reasons Why My Grandpa Is Amazing

When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to live only 0.5 miles down the road from my grandparents. They live on 70 acres of land that is best described as a kid’s wonderland. My mechanics-obsessed grandpa has a massive workshop filled with enough tools to make anything you could imagine. This is where I learned how to build things, how to shoot guns safely, how to make a cat dance, how to use power tools, how to nail a nail, how to saw a board, how to put a worm on a fishing hook, how to change oil, how to drive a tractor, and much more. My kid imagination was vastly endless and my grandpa was always up to any challenge. And he still is. So last week when I asked him to help me build a bench, I could barely give him the dimensions before he finished the project for me.

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Working with the Obstacles

IMG_8330Sometimes I feel like I live in a jungle gym. My pets constantly race and chase each other all over the house, the yard, and the basement. No matter what the obstacle, Butters is sure to find her way under, over, and around furniture, behind doors, around corners, under shelves, and inside closets. And Japhy is not far behind. She hates losing to him but unfortunately her size typically fails her. Plus he shoots over the couch and around the corners like a greyhound. Over the weekend I decided that this HAD to stop so I rearranged my living room to completely avoid animal acrobatics.

Want to see how the room turned out?

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Terrific Lady Day

When I was a kid, my biggest fear was turning 10 years old. Double the digits and double the responsibility? No thank you! I’m fairly sure that pop culture was already pushing its way into my psyche to not so subtly remind me that growing up sucks. It was never about adding another digit to my age, it was about realizing that I would soon be departing my childhood. Unfortunately, I had to “grow up” a little earlier than I would have liked so peaking at age 10 actually seemed likely to me. Obviously, the days inevitably passed and my 10th birthday finally arrived. To take my mind off of my silly fears my mom planned the perfect party at a pottery shop and it was awesome. So awesome that I completely forgot why I had been so nervous of growing up in the first place.

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Dorky and apprehensive 10 year old Shannon.

Now, fifteen years later, I am still feeling the apprehension of aging but this time it’s not because I’m scared of growing up. I’m worried about not living my life to the fullest, so I decided to start with changing each and every day. All this to say that last weekend David and I decided to enjoy special days devoted to each other. Case in point: Terrific Lady Day!

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Down Shannon Lane Style: Complimentary Colors

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Art was always my favorite class in school because it gave me the chance to wind down, relax, and create in silence. Yes, the teacher often had lessons planned or new techniques to teach us but the time was most often filled by creating. I still enjoy creating art through my DIY projects, decorating my house, and getting dressed in the morning. So today, when I was getting ready, I decided to use the principles that I learned from the color wheel in art class oh so long ago.

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Down Shannon Lane Style: Warm Winter Day Outfit

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It was perfect sweater and scarf weather last weekend and I couldn’t wait to soak it up with my best pal. The temperature was in the mid 50’s and the wind was January gusty but despite all of that the sun was shining so I put together an outfit that would keep me warm enough to spend the whole day outside but light enough to keep me cool in the warm sun. This meant a maroon silk shirt, a tan sweater, a beautiful silk scarf, and comfy walking shoes for a perfect afternoon out.

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