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Dresser Drawers Turned Wall Shelves Phase 1- Installation

3 Nov

As a continuation of my self-imposed Pinterest challenge (more on that here) I have gotten the installation phase of my drawer shelves complete:


This is one of those projects that I would file under “upcycling” or “restyling” as they are known in DIY blogland – where you take something that you found or have lying around the house that you don’t use or don’t LOVE in its current state, and upcycle it into something awesome that you do love. These projects also tend to be budget friendly – I snatched these drawers for free from an old retired dresser of my little cousin’s that was getting tossed.

The process was fairly simple.  After spotting a blank area on one of the walls in the den that could house a little project like this, I first put a quick couple coats of paint on the drawer fronts (paint color left over from the blue room – Behr’s “Caribe”) :




Then I cut out paper templates to the size of each drawer and arranged them on the wall several times until I came up with a configuration that I  liked:


After that, it was basically just predrilling and drilling holes into the drawers and into the wall (using wall anchors) and getting them up one at a time until they were all mounted:




And that was pretty much it!

Below are some inspiration photos for this project that I have pinned here:



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Pretty inventive and lovely, don’t you think?

In phase 2, I plan on decking out the shelf backings (technically the drawer bottoms) with some pretty fabric or decorative paper, and then decorating and styling the shelves with some lovely tchotchkes aka thrift store finds, so stay tuned for that 🙂

Thanks for looking!


Bedroom Progress Part II – The Desser Renew

20 Apr

Let’s start off from where we left in the Bedroom Progress Part I post, with the dresser that we moved from my bedroom into Olive’s room.  Here’s a before shot to refresh your memory:

That dresser was painted white and green back when I was in college about 10 years ago, so it’s certainly been good to us, but was definitely in need of a little TLC before I could bring myself to move it into Olive’s room (you know, because we want the best for our babies that we love so much).  I’ll go on ahead and show you the big reveal and then follow with some how-I-did-it progress pics.

So here’s how it looks now, sittin’ all pretty:

Just precious!  I’ve been itching to paint dresser hardware ever since I saw a similarly painted one in my sister-in-law’s (hey Terrah, if you’re reading) daughter’s room about a year ago.  Hers is painted white with turquoise hardware and is pretty much the inspiration behind the design for this dresser.

The process was pretty simple.  I just removed all the hardware and the drawers.  Sanded everything down to remove as much of the previous layers of paint that I could, primed, then painted.  I don’t have a true before picture, I sometimes forget about taking one until after I’m already knee-deep into projectdom.  So here’s how things looked after the sanding and priming, with one layer of white paint already slapped on:

You can see primer in the areas that were eventually painted pink, and you may have noticed in the pic of the drawers that one little hardware pull is still intact.  That little bad-boy would not come out!  I think I actually superglued it in there at some point, but one little bump in the road wasn’t going to stop me from gettin’er done!

After painting 3 layers of paint on the dresser and the drawers, it was time to get busy on taping things off so I could spray paint the areas I wanted pink (after everything was thoroughly dry of course):  

After taping of the edges, I then covered all of the larger exposed areas with butcher paper:

By the way, that blue tape that I used was well worth it’s $7 plus price tag.  It promised to create a perfect seal to prevent any paint from leaking in and it delivered on its promise!  It has a different texture than the “plain” blue tape and even the green tape I often use, it was more slick and vinyl-like, kind of like the way a sheer band-aid feels.

Anyhow, moving right along… After taping, papering, and sealing everything off, a-spray-painting I went:

OK, so yea, laying down a drop-cloth might have been a good idea, but I actually kind of don’t mind getting paint on the concrete outside.  It’s kind of my way of showing off my battle-wounds so to speak… yea, I’m a little weird like that.

And finally, I removed all the paper and tape after applying three nice and even layers of spray-paint, put all the hardware back in place, to reveal the most beautiful seems my eyes have ever seen:

I just love it, and Olive does too!  Let’s take one more look at the finished product:

AHHH, there’s something so rewarding about finishing up a little project like this, especially when you’re doing it for a child of your own.  Have any of you been painting any furniture lately?  Moving things around? Spring cleaning? Do tell 🙂

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Nursery Tree Mural & Armoire Renew

8 Apr

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So it’s been over a year since these two projects were completed, but I am just now getting around to posting about them – better late than never, right!

Check out more on the tree mural here, and more on the armoire here.  Enjoy, and thank you for looking:)

decor project: flea market frames (via the sweetest digs)

21 Jan

Here is my insperado for the shameful excuse of a wall of frames I currently have in the blue room of the house!!! I am so inspired by this blog post that I will go home from work today and start getting busy on this project by first emtying out those thrifted frames and and then giving them all a fresh coat of paint to bring them all together….

decor project: flea market frames If you browse around any flea markets, thrift stores, or your grandma’s attic, you’re bound to come across some old picture frames. Do something a little more un-traditional and don’t fill them with photos or pieces of art. Instead, just leave the picture frames empty. It’s really a simple and lovely look (and did I mention budget-friendly?). I think it looks most effective if you use a collection of frames that are all the same or similar colour … Read More

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Table Painting – Bye Bye Pea-Green

11 Jan

The first of three tables in the house (that I’m 100% certain need a paint job that is) has been painted!!!  Oh what a happy day it is when I can scratch something off my project-to-do-list!  We actually painted it back in the fall, but I’m just now getting around to blogging about it.  I’m hoping to paint the round table in Olive’s room within the next month or two, so stay tuned for a post on that… and as far as table number three, ummmmm, who knows?

Here’s the before of the thrifted table that my thriftaholic mother (yes, I have found that such addictions are hereditary) traded me in exchange for a new pub table that I bought from Hobby Lobby – a fair trade in my opinion:

It was such a beautiful shade of pea-green that went superbly well with the orange living room walls  of yore (in my old rent house) on one hand, but now its looking kind of worn-out and granny-like against the peacock-blue walls in our new digs on the other hand, which made giving this hand-me-down a fresh new look a must-do.

So after some sanding and, as always, assistance from my “little helper”…

… and after about three or four coats of paint – as you can see one coat of paint wasn’t gonna git-er-done, as we like to say here in Texas…

… Voila!  A crisp, clean, just-like-new accent table with a face-lift!  Just beautiful!

Here it is standing next to the blue walls in the front living-room-turned-art-room.  Crisp white seems to pop out really nicely against the deep, yet bright hue of blue (I like to rhyme on occasion) in this room, so the table definitely complements the other surrounding white accents very well…  and speaking of the surrounding accents, a new post with pics of this room is long overdue and is soon to come.  As far as getting this wall of frames in far better order (which, by the way, has already evolved since the below picture was snapped) might not happen as soon as I’d like, but it’s definitely on the projects-to-do-list.

And here it is standing in the entryway in all of it’s Christmas glory:

 So even though my affinity for pea-green has manifested itself in other areas of the house, like here, I am doing my best to steer clear of making every room in the house look too mid-century and vintage inspired.  So in respect to that, this table, although vintage in design, still has its place in the not so vintage and more streamlined rooms of the house.

Psst: Just in case you are wondering or really concerned, those frames three pictures back have yet to be housed with photos and art of my choosing and liking… not to worry, they will be addressed soon enough.

Picture Perfect…

5 Jan

… well that’s how I’d like my walls to look anyway.  I really don’t like a whole lot of empty wall space.  I view it as negative space, as gaping openings sucking out the positive energies of the home…  So one of my main focuses when shopping the thrift stores this past summer was to collect as much thrift art and frames that I liked to create either a wall of frames or a focal point on some of the larger, empty walls of the house.  One major score for me was at the northeast Goodwill here in Fort Worth where I found this square frame, nicely matted with 9 openings that I just so happened to buy on half-price day, making it a whopping 12 dollar purchase.  SCORE!

It could have possibly worked “as is” somewhere in the house, but I found it a little too “Pier 1-ish” and “off the shelf” for my particular taste.  So I decided to nix the feng shuiesque images currently housed in the frame and showcase some of my very own photos instead (yes, I just made up two new adjectives in the last two sentences).  This wasn’t a huge undertaking by any means, but it did require a bit of measuring and cutting, and a bit more dismantling than I first anticipated.  Here’s what the back looked like after removing the brown paper backing:

SHEESH that’s a lotta tape!  So after thinking things through a little further, I decided that I would just cut my pictures to a size that would allow them to fit right on top of the prints that were already in the frame.  After selecting a few choice pics, deciding to print them in a warm sepia tone (I thought it complimented the frame and surrounding wall colors well) and then just using my home printer to print them out, I measured the size of the square openings and then cut the pictures down with an exacto knife as so:

Oh, and here’s a happy accident.  I only have a very basic version of iphoto to edit my pictures, so I was unable to make my images the exact 6×6 measurement of the openings.  Instead I could only make square images,  print them out at a 5×7 setting, cross my fingers and hope for the best.  The result – an image size that left a 1/2 inch border around each picture, which resulted in an even more polished look.  YAY!

Then simply using double-sided tape Olive helped with adhering each picture in place.

And here you have it, a  thrifted picture frame turned collage at a fraction of what you  would pay at a big box frame shop (even with a 60% off coupon)!

So there you have it, a very quick and simple DIY project.  Have you ever renewed or reused a frame or thrifted art item to create something more one of a kind?  Let me know about it.

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