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Making things pretty

I’ve shown furniture pieces that I wallpapered in previous posts, but never before have I shown the process. That changes now.

I’ve been wanting to wallpaper the built-in center unit in my bedroom closet for a while now, but didn’t want to deal with taking it down. so I started smaller.

While cleaning up the office for our housewarming, I came across a small drawer that I bought months ago from Target when we were first moving. It had been sitting under the desk for months, unused. So I inserted it into my vanity without measuring…luckily it fit like a glove!Then I applied wallpaper glue using a neat little rolling sponge. This baby goes miles!

This wallpaper is from the same roll I bought off ebay for $10. More wallpaper than I could ever need…who am I kidding, I’ll find a way.

Press the wallpaper on with a smoothing tool..any straight edge will work really..to get out all air pockets.Go over the edges with a box cutter to obtain neat edges.Finito!

Pre-vanity I kept all my jewelry and makeup in drawers at the bottom of the office closet. I freed those up for guest linens, arts & crafts, miscellaneous storage, and sewing accessories. Any chance I can to improve storage, I jump at.

My vanity gets better looking each day ūüôā

Now that I am experienced with wallpapering vertically, I can tackle the closet built-in. Stay tuned!

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Vanity Showcase

I’ve showed my vanity briefly before, but this post will be dedicated solely to that. My neighbor Amy of Amy Bird Tweets¬†recently suggested I send pictures of my DIY to Jackie at Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle¬†for her “Vanity Week.” I hesitated because of the beautiful vanities she already had pictured on her site. So I was inspired to turn the empty wallpapered table in my bedroom with a mirror perched on it into a beautiful vanity where I glamourize myself.

I hung up the mirror, gathered all my beauty products that were scattered in front of the closet mirrors, in the bathroom, and even in the office, and finished the trim that I’ve been thinking about for weeks.

The result: Something practical, and beautiful. Since we have yet to find any great artwork for the bedroom, my jewelry on display will do for now.

But wait! With only a quick flick of the wrist…

 

It becomes a bar in my living room! I will show a better example of the bar/buffet during our housewarming party in a few weeks. It only took 5 months, but this blog has helped me get the to-do¬†list down from 100 items to about 40…so we finally planned our housewarming and now I have 3 weeks to finish the remaining items.

I really love the finished look Joann’s hem tape gave. Thanks to Amy and Jackie for pushing me to finish this!

Master Suite Makeover Part 1

I’ve spent the past 5 months decorating¬†my home¬†and while it’s still needs some finishing touches, I’m taking a break to makeover my mom’s master bedroom. The change of scenery¬†will¬† likely give me a push of inspiration. Isn’t it always when shopping for others that we find the best things for ourselves?

I don’t want to mislead…my mom isn’t exactly begging me to do this for her. In fact, I’ve been¬†trying to convince her to let me do this for years. The combination of my own home as an example and her last daughter leaving for college was what finally¬†persuaded her that it was time for a change. But it’s not going to be easy.

My mom and I have very different styles. She’s country, I’m rock & roll. She’s traditional, I’m modern. She doesn’t mind clutter as long as it’s sanitized, I prefer storage to be unseen. Decorating for someone else is different, because I don’t want to insult someone’s style or overstep my boundaries.¬†I was forced to step outside the box,¬†and it¬†was¬†a great experience for me.

Client demands:

  • Color must stay in the¬†purple family.
  • Bed spread stays
  • Furniture set stays
  • Carpet stays (eek!)
  • Build a Headboard

Compromises:

  • Furniture can be moved as long as the bed stays in the “large” part of the room
  • Border can (and will!) be removed
  • New lamps
  • Artwork in addition to existing children’s portraits
  • TV stand (handed down from my great grandmother) will go and TV will be wall mounted
  • New window treatments

The white table was moved in here during the living room renovation, and has never left. It doesn’t match the furniture in here¬†at all. In it’s place will be a seating area with a smaller table in dark wood.

(Above: The top photo on the right wall is my baby picture)

 

This arrangement makes the room seem much smaller than it really is. Even though the living room was just renovated, my mom spends most of her time in the bedroom. She has 6 sisters and when they’re over (in singles or pairs), they’re in this room. By putting the bed against the right wall (where the bureau is now), the room will look longer and open up an area for hanging out and sitting other than the bed.¬†The bureau will go where the bed is now.¬†The mirror will be the first thing seen upon entering, another trick to visually¬†increasing size. The armoire must stay in that corner for lack of other options, but I haven’t decided if it will¬†remain caddy-corner yet.

Stay Tuned…

My Bedroom in all its imperfections

My last post about the canopy gone wrong made me realize that I haven’t photographed my bedroom in full yet. This wasn’t just a misstep on my part, but a deliberate attempt to not show what was not yet done. But I’ve gotten over that and am ready to reveal my “in process” rooms, no matter the state.

Here goes:

*Pay no attention to the “canopy” above the bed that I haven’t taken down yet.

The window valances came with the bed set and are not staying. I hung them up with white sheer panels that I “eyeballed” instead of taking measurements. They were about a foot short of touching the window sill.

I may have previously mentioned my newfound addiction to wallpapering furniture. That is on display in these photos.

The bench at the foot of the bed is made up of 2 2-drawer components from Target. I made the bench pad from foam, batting and the same velvet fabric used for the headboard. The trim from JoAnn fabrics is only fastened with pins right now because I didn’t buy enough and haven’t sewn it yet.

The drawer front is a different pattern than the sides.  Not sure if I love it yet. In the picture above it seems to go together, but up close it looks a little more clashed. Take a look:

I bought the rolls of wallpaper on Ebay for a total of $20 (1 roll of each).

What triggered the addiction was my bedroom vanity. One of our first furniture purchases was a TV stand from Ikea for $50. After falling in love with a coffee table that didn’t match this style at all and deciding to mount our tv to the wall, we had no use for this TV stand. I mean NO use. With a little over 850 sq ft to work with, we brainstormed every room. Maybe a buffet in our 8×8 dining room. Maybe a wall mounted shelf over our bedroom closet. Maybe a work area in the office. None of these rooms could spare the space. It stayed in our hall for a month while we thought of who we could give it to or if we should eat the $50 and throw it out.

Finally! when talking with a friend about my desire for a vanity in our bedroom as well as my wish for a versatile mini bar, she suggested I add taller legs to the trash-bound TV stand and paint it. We left for Ikea immediately and bought 4 legs at $12.50 each with casters for easy mobility.

It was decided the surface couldn’t be painted without sanding, and wallpapering would be the way to go.

The result is my beautiful bedroom vanity:

The ends are a little messy so I plan on adding a gold trim…just haven’t figured out how yet.

The stool is from Home Goods, $30. It’s a little short right now, nothing Ikea legs can’t fix. Still not sure if I will keep it. I wanted a vanity stool that could look good on its own if I ever move the vanity into the living room to serve as a buffet table during a party. But maybe that’s a silly idea to decorate around.

The mirror will be hung on the wall. We’re also still looking for alot of creative art work. Don’t judge our bare walls just yet.

Revisions to be made to the scene on the left:

  • Canopy removed
  • Pendant lighting hung above nightstands.
  • Wall art

 

 

 

 

Revisions to be made to the scene on the right:

  • Mirror hung on wall
  • Wall Art
  • TV wires hidden (in living room)

Dining Room ‚Äď During the Upgrade

I have become addicted to wallpapering furniture! I toyed around with the idea in my head for a while, wondering if it would be financially smart as well as a beautiful outcome. It has proved to be both. I bought the diamond checkered pattern on ebay for $10. I did the table top and drawers, and I also did my new vanity/bar, which needs another post entirely.

The table folded down to a tiny drink station

You may be able to tell that we haven’t solved the lighting solution in this room yet. I do plan on keeping it darker to add an ambient atmosphere, but as of now we just have a lamp plugged into the wall to add light when we painted.

We haven’t moved the bench out to paint behind there yet either. There’s no doubt that this room is only about 40% finished. I plan on adding some drapes to close it off a little, and throw some pillows together for the bench as well as new ones for the chairs.

We’re also at a standstill on the wall. The original plan was to stencil the fleur de lys onto the wall in a diagonal criss-cross pattern, but after we painted we started brainstorming other ideas. Maybe have frames of different shapes and sizes covering the back wall. Maybe thin gold stripes. Possibly leave as-is? To be determined..

I love this room as a lounge. The small trunk between the 2 Ikea chairs is from Home Goods. It’s perfect for setting down a drink or for a tray of appetizers. The room looks so bare in thie picture but once the drapes are up, the lighting is perfect, the bench has pillows, the walls are decorated,¬†then voila! it will look wonderful. How is the smallest room the hardest to decorate?

 

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