Monday, November 11, 2013
A few things I accomplished:
– cleaned entire apartment
– reorganized my front hall closet
– grocery shopped (finally)
– shipped a bunch of packages that had been needing to go out (i avoid the post office like the plague)
– organized dressing room area
– finally got around to hanging art, mirrors, shelves, clock, etc.
– took bridesmaid dresses to the tailor
– took dogs to the groomer
– posted items I’m selling on Craigslist
– and… finally, the big one. I painted the kitchen. FINALLY.
The plan has always been to paint it super light grey, which I got permission to do from my landlord. But because the walls, floor, backsplash, and even my rug are kind of… off-white (not in a good way), any white was just making them look dirty and grimy. I delved into my stockpile of paint and realized I had almost a full can leftover from when I painted my last bedroom black.
Found a little black cabinet inspiration here. And just went got to it!
I can’t stop looking at it. Much like the bathroom in my old place, this is quickly going from my least favorite to most favorite area of the apartment!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
If you recall my inspiration for my new ladyplace, I am picturing… a few new investment pieces of furniture, gilded mirrors, and sprinkles of pink and whimsy. The perfect feminine abode. Imagine my delight when I perused Wisteria and found a bevy of great options! Not all exactly in budget, but I think that mirror is going to have to be mine…
Which means I’m selling my current mirror.
If you live in Chicago and are interested – let me know! It’s large and has to be leaned since it’s super old and the back is kinda sorta… well, let’s just call it not stable. $60 – cash and carry. Email me! Must pick up this week. — SOLD
And I have some GREAT news… I emailed the new landlord and showed them my previous home tours (notably the bathroom before and after), and they are on board with me painting the kitchen cabinets white! Thank goodness because this isn’t blowin’ my skirt up…
Off to google “cabinet painting tips.” Gulp.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I fell in love with the before and after project I saw on Ikea’s blog in which a designer took the Rast chest of drawers that retails for $29.99 and made it over, adding paint, new hardware, and stenciled numbers. It reminded me of the ordinal chest of drawers Anthropologie sells for $998, more than 30 times the cost of the Ikea DIY. A chest of drawers is one of the most versatile items for a home, working as a nightstand, entryway table, dresser, TV stand, or office storage, and unfortunately costs upwards of $100 at most retailers. Considering you can get such a unique looking piece at such a low cost, why spend more?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
BEFORE: Nate and I bought this table on Craigslist three years ago for a mere $45. I loved it then. I hate it now. The overall size and shape – especially with the lower shelf (not shown here) – is perfect for our needs, but the finish was too red and it just didn’t go with all of the white and espresso wood throughout the rest of our apartment. So, I called up my gal Bailey to borrow her electric sander (which I am now convinced I need to invest in), ran to Home Depot for some white paint, and got to work.
STEP 1: Using an electric sander and very course paper, I went over the entire table 2, 3, 4 times to eliminate the varnish, the stain, then whatever leftover marks remained. This was definitely the most difficult part mainly because it took so long. I was sanding for at least an hour, and the table isn’t that big.
STEP 2: Clean off the excess dust, then sand the table once again with a very fine sanding paper to smooth out the wood. Once again, clean off all the dust, and look at that beautiful wood!
STEP 3: Using a water-based white paint, I painted a small strip of wood. Immediately after applying a coat to a small section, I took a dry rag and rubbed the paint into the wood, exposing the wood grain and lightening the overall color. Here you can see a section that had just been painted, and the section next to it that I had already rubbed in.
STEP 4: Eventually, I went over the entire table with two coats. With each coat, I used the dry cloth to rub the paint into the wood grain. Seeing the wood gives it more of a rustic feel, which is the look I wanted.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I mentioned last Friday that I had a guest blog post over on La Dolce Vita yesterday, but I’m assuming many of you were getting your tan on or grilling hot dogs with your loved ones and didn’t get to your computer. To that I say, “Bravo.” Now that things are back to normal and you have some time to kill, I encourage you to check it out. It’s the transformation of my home office from January to now, and it features one of my favorite DIY projects: the makeover of my ho-hum, oversized bulletin board. I didn’t include the step-by-step process of how I transformed the cork board, so I thought I’d share it with you here.
I should preface this by saying I used the tutorial on Bryn Alexandra’s blog but tweaked it a bit as I went.
1 oversized cork board
1.5 yards of duct cloth
6 packs of upholstery nailhead pins
1 can of spray adhesive for fabric
approx. 10-20 mini nails
**NOTE: Many of the comments on this post are not showing up! They come to my email but are not posting. Any thoughts?!? : (
Thursday, June 10, 2010