Friday Favorites: A Recent Vintage Find & Summer Decor

Want to hear something completely ridiculous? All week long I have been totally confused on what day it is. Seriously, I know that sounds pathetic, but it’s true. For example, I thought Wednesday was really Thursday about 12 times before it finally soaked in that it was in fact Wednesday. What the heck? It’s just been a struggle this week if I’m being honest with you. Maybe my 37 week pregnancy hormones are playing tricks on my brain, I have no idea. But it’s been a looooong week and needless to say I’m thrilled it’s Friday. And that means it’s time for Friday Favorites! Today I’m sharing a recent vintage find I came across a few weeks back and did a little painting project on. (If you follow me on Instagram you saw a few videos about this project in my stories.) I also have some fun and easy summertime decor to share as well!

Vintage Headboard Piece

So a few weeks ago I was browsing one of my favorite local antique shops and I picked up a vintage headboard piece. I thought it was a pretty good deal at $40, especially considering it was already painted. I knew exactly where I wanted it, so I happily brought it home and hung it on the wall above our reading nook.

Vintage Headboard Piece Above Reading Nook

Soo…….there it was. I loved this piece in the store, but as soon as I hung it up I only felt so-so about it, which was a total bummer. Does that ever happen to you? You buy something all jazzed about it and then get home and realize it wasn’t so great after all? Not fun. I just wasn’t digging it against the cream colored walls and it seemed out of place overall. I decided to leave it for about a day or so to see if it would grow on me, but it just wasn’t happening. So I decided the only solution was white paint. White paint! I used my trusty Rust-Oleum chalk paint in Linen White and here’s how it looked after:

Vintage Headboard Piece above Reading Nook

Ta-da! What do you think? I feel like it blends better with this room now and the white paint gives it a totally different vibe. I think it was the right choice and it ended up being a fun little project. Plus it’s the perfect size for the space above the reading nook. I don’t know about you guys, but I love unique architectural pieces like this–they’re such an easy and fun way to add interest to your wall. Definitely something to keep your eyes open for at yard sales this summer!

Vintage Headboard Piece

A Summertime Doormat

I was visiting my second home the other day, aka Target, and came across the cutest summertime doormat ever. I had no choice but to buy it. Really. My hands were tied. I mean, look at this little lady:

Watermelon and Strawberry Summertime Doormat

You know I’m usually all about neutral, neutral, neutral but when it comes to summertime decor I love to mix in a bit of color and pizzazz. This doormat is just so much fun with the little watermelons and strawberries. My Allie girl is obsessed and I am too. It just brings so much happiness and cheer to the front step, I loooove it.

Watermelon and Strawberry Summertime Doormat

Here’s a few other doormats that are sure to brighten up your front door for summer:

Fun & Festive Summertime Doormats

Shop the doormats:

Painted Books for Summer

Another quick little project I did this week was painting a few old books for easy summertime decor. This is such a simple way to add a touch of color to your decor for the warmer months. I used Ella Rose from the Magnolia Home paint line on this stack of old books. It’s a soft pink color that is perfect for summer.

Easy summer decor DIY: painted vintage books

Easy summer decor project: painted vintage books

I dropped into Salvation Army and got these hardcover books for a dollar each. That’s cheap and easy decor, folks! If you haven’t painted books before I’d definitely give it a try. Any paint will do, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. This is just a fun and simple way to add a pop of color to any room, summer mantel, or vignette.

Easy summer decor DIY: painted vintage books

Well that’s a wrap on my Friday Favorites today my friends. Can you believe it’s already Father’s Day weekend? The month of June is absolutely flying by. Part of me is thrilled because that means it’s almost baby time, but the other part of me is in a complete panic because HOLY COW IT’S ALMOST BABY TIME. I feel like it’s totally snuck up on us. There’s still so much left to do. And have I told you we still haven’t decided on a name for this little girl? Nope. Haven’t decided. We have a few names we’re debating of course, but nothing is set. With the other two we waited until they were born to decide, but that always makes me a little anxious because I hate waiting to the last minute and I’d much rather decide beforehand. Oy. I’m a hot mess. So I think that’s on the agenda this weekend for sure: figure out this baby’s name! By the way, if you have any fabulous short and sweet baby girl names be sure to let me know, ok?

I hope you all have an incredible weekend and thanks a million for dropping by the blog today! xoxo

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51 Comments

  1. Anna wrote:

    Never heard of painting books before, definitely going to try it!!! Thanks for the great idea! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Definitely give it a try Anna, it’s super easy!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  2. Lorri Rauscher wrote:

    I love yr piece, you made the right decision.It looks perfectly at home there. It is as if that salvage piece was made just for that spot!!Happy Dance!!! Since I dont know the names of yr other two children…How about Lily Rose. So pretty???? or Emma or Emily. I usually have a few names picked out, then when I see the baby fir the first time, I know ????

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I love those names! Emma is actually a strong contender on our list, so it’s funny you mention that!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  3. Betty Steinfeld wrote:

    I love your daily blog. I have to say I look forward to it every morning.
    I love the name Grace very sweet.
    Have a great weekend

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw I love that name Betty! Grace is so classic and pretty. Thanks for sharing!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  4. Helen wrote:

    Love that piece, I never seem to see many here unless they’re in an antique/interior store and then they’re well over priced! Ava, Ivy and Rose are sweet? My daughter is Olivia Rose and she was going to be Lily Rose. Enjoy your weekend and happy name picking!x

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I know, they can definitely be hard to come by. Yard sales and craigslist are definitely the best place to find them. I love all those names suggestions, Olivia Rose is a GORGEOUS name!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  5. Jen wrote:

    Yes, I love to paint books too! My daughters name is Elyse ????. I wanted a sweet, short name and Elyse was a perfect fit! Good luck!

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh I do love that name Jen, it’s so elegant but cute at the same time!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  6. MaryJean Blair wrote:

    I love what you did with that space and painting that piece just made the whole area pop with class! Love it!

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks so much, I think the white paint was definitely the way to go!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  7. Kristen wrote:

    I love looking at your home! It brightens my day every morning!
    As for names…… Gemma or Gianna…..

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw thank you Kristen, I really appreciate that! And thanks for the name suggestions, Gemma is super cute!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  8. Tammy wrote:

    Lately all my cousins are becoming grandparents and those babies are all for some reason getting family names or names that reflect family names. I looked back at a few of your posts and you have an Owen and an Allie. Well here goes this is my input…..Olivia (the O for Owen) and Lee (for al-lee) so my pick is for Olivia Lee. No matter her name she is a blessing xo

    Tammy

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh that’s so creative Tammy! I love it, I’ll definitely share that one with my husband!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  9. Jeanette Vincent wrote:

    I love the headboard piece! Definetly like it better painted white. Good choice!

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Jeanette, I love it in white too!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  10. Barbara wrote:

    The daughter of a friend of mine just named her new baby girl Emery. Or is it Emory? Anyway, I think that is such a sweet name.

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Barbara! I’ve been hearing that name a lot lately, it’s so pretty!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  11. Rachel wrote:

    Looks much better in white!
    As namesa preschool parapro I hear lots of interesting names…..how about Kinley, Rilynn, or Aliyah/

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh I am sure you hear a LOT of interesting names in your job! Thanks for sharing those suggestions, I love Kinley!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  12. Nikki wrote:

    I never thought of painting books….thanks for that tip! I am the mother of five boys, but I’ve always loved the name Riley for a girl.

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Corinne wrote:

      I love Riley too!! Was just going to post that lol

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
      • Sarah wrote:

        I do love Riley too!

        Posted 6.17.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      You have 5 boys?! WOW Nikki, you are amazing. And I love the name Riley too, it’s such a great name!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  13. Bonnie wrote:

    Loved your Friday favorites! I’m off to get a new doormat for the front door, paint some books for deck decor and check out the Rustoleum chalk paint! Woohoo!!

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      haha you go Bonnie!! So glad you enjoyed this post. Have a great weekend my friend!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  14. Tina wrote:

    Ella ❤️

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That is a beautiful name for sure, thank you Tina!!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  15. Brenda wrote:

    Love it all! I am definitely going to paint some old books, what a great idea! The architectural piece above the reading nook is great, and painting it white was completely the right call! I have something similar that I put above my windows in my Keeping Room because there is a high ceiling in there and I had to do something interesting up there…wish there was a way to send you a pic on here. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh that sounds awesome Brenda! Those rooms with high ceilings are tricky. Our last house had a room with 20 foot ceilings and it was always a challenge to decorate. You can always send me photos at my email: [email protected]. I’d love to see what you’ve been working on!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  16. Karen wrote:

    Love the paint the books idea. Also love your bedding, where is it from?

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Karen, that bedding is from from Amraupur Overseas and it’s the Antonella 8-piece Comforter Set. It’s available on Overstock but it looks like it’s currently out of stock. Sorry! But you can see it here: https://rstyle.me/n/cpimmyb6hgf

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  17. I literally have a list of baby names on my phone and I don’t even have a boyfriend. I just don’t want to forget them! Here are some that I love:
    Lilly (I will name my child this if I have a girl one day)
    Sophia
    Shiloh
    Hannah
    Lydia
    Meredith
    Jenni
    Magnolia (go by Maggie as a nickname)

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Alyssa, those are such great names! I have loved several of those for years too, especially Lilly, Hannah and Lydia! Thank you for sharing!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  18. Velda wrote:

    For names I love Selah, Ella, Briella, Mila and Presley. I’m sure she’ll be perfect!

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Those are great names Velda. I especially love Mila!! Thanks for sharing!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  19. Susan Koehn wrote:

    Keeping you in prayers for healthy safe delivery. Ana or Ava or Eve or Elise, Sofie or Sadie

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Wow thank you Susan, I really appreciate the prayers! And thanks for the name suggestions, we have talked a lot about Sadie!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  20. Doreen Sulfaro wrote:

    Love the architectural piece painted white and the pink books. I like Juliana, Hannah or Tobi. ☺️

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ah thanks Doreen! We have actually talked about Hannah quite a bit, it’s been on our list for a while now so that’s funny you mention it!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  21. Kristen wrote:

    Love the idea of painting the books! I think the name Eden is sweet, short and different! Not too many girls out there with that name!

    Posted 6.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh yes, Eden is gorgeous for sure! Thanks Kristen!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  22. Jessica Hancock wrote:

    I’ve always liked Molly Kate. Jessi and Lucy are sweet names. Autumn is a favorite as well.

    Posted 6.17.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh I love Molly Kate, SOOOO cute!!

      Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  23. all so pretty! very creative! xx

    Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  24. Dianne wrote:

    Love the headboard piece painted white. Those painted books are cute too.
    Happy name picking. The suggestions are all so cute.
    Can’t wait to meet her. Good luck.

    Posted 6.17.17 Reply
  25. Sharon Isaac wrote:

    I can’t believe your little girl is nearly here. It seems to have come around so quickly. Looking forward to meeting her. Praying for a safe and speedy delivery. Good luck with the name choosing. Not an easy task with so many lovely girl’s names out there. My own daughter is Kate Elizabeth. Btw glad you painted the bedhead white. You’re right it looks so much better. It’s amazing what white paint can do. I have a few projects of my own, all to be painted white! God bless x

    Posted 6.18.17 Reply
  26. Sylvia Atherley wrote:

    Love all your decor ideas. Trying to get the Farmhouse look myself and really enjoying finding different items. I was just thinking about your new baby girls name. I have a granddaughter who’s name is Denver. Her full name is Denver Taylor. She just turned 18 and the more I hear that name the more I love it. So nice to have a chance to say thank you for all your advise on Farmhouse decorating. I absolutely love it.

    Posted 6.22.17 Reply

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