When I’m fighting with a friend.
When I’m fighting with a friend.
Inspiration!!!! Humor and class
Dresser Revamp a la Anthropologie knock off….
SO when moving I knew I needed a new dresser one tall enough and light enough to hold my clothes and carry up a fourth floor walk up without killing myself or the friends helping me lug all my belongings up the stairs. I am an avid fan of all things recycled, vintage, and a little bling-a-licious (yes, I did just use that term). Anywhoo, after flipping the Anthropologie pages and seeing all things beautiful and distressed for hundreds of dollars I decided a trip to the thrift store and Home Depot was in order.
I found this amazingly ugly dresser in a fabulous shade of puke green with dazzling plaid white and green knobs calling out to me at the first place I went to. For the bargain price of 15$ I snatched that puppy up loaded it in the Rover and embarked on my revamp journey.
I then headed to Home Depot and purchased a sanding pad (the grittier the better), a matte ivory color spray paint with primer to cover the green, 10 glass and copper knobs @ $2 a piece and Watco Danish Oil stain in Dark Walnut.
Next step, sand the dresser make sure you sand it really well to help the paint stick. Make sure to rub the furniture down to avoid having wood shavings and dust stuck underneath your paint.
Then spray away apply several coats…I decided to spray 3 coats which took about 4 cans of spray paint. Let dry for an hour or so.
Then comes the fun point of distressing any furniture…beating it up. I grabbed a screw driver, hammer, and a bit of a chain then smashed scraped and beat the dresser up.
Final step was to coat the new ivory colored dresser with the Watco Danish oil. Make sure you wear gloves and use old rags you don’t care about throwing away. Rub the oil leaving some places darker then others…let dry for half an hour to and hour then use the same rags you applied with and rub in circles to give it the finished look. Then apply your new knobs and Voila!
From green and drab to chic an fab!!!
Sleeping Treble…. #lovemydog #lhasaapso
My Brooklyn apartment has been such an amazing challenge….fitting all of my things into a room not much larger than a shoe box. But I cannot complain I love how everything turned out.
First photo: Bathroom before
2nd: Bathroom after
The cutest dog in the world and my papa dukes!
For Halloween my roommate…the lovely Kate Tesi…decided she wanted to be bad ass and dress up as Kat Von D. One problem, she has no tattoo’s so she came to me and with tattoo markers, lot’s of time and patience I drew replica Kat Von D tattoos all over her arms, hands and neck.
“You know what I hate? The outdoors. I mean, generally. I don’t like outside. I’m an inside person. I’m all about refrigeration and indoor plumbing and Judge Judy.”
― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
This is how I feel especially when going underground to take the subway and my hair begins matting to my gingery scalp, and all my clothes start sticking to my body!!!
I am totally putting an inflatable kiddie pool on the roof and enlisting all my indentured man slaves to fill it up ;)
A few of the wine glasses and corn hole boards I have painted…..Dragon flies for the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters auction.
Heron Corn hole boards.
Peacock feather wine glasses and wine bottle labels for Erin’s bachelorette party. Along with table decorations ;)
Also, a yellow canary in a tree glass. For Heather.
So all who know me know I love crafting and finding a way to revamp a bedroom, nursery, office…etc. Before I moved out of Ralph and Kathy’s I decided it was time to turn my teenage beach room into a chic pad for anyone to use. I had seen all of these headboards I was obsessed with in Pottery Barn and West Elm but couldn’t find the color or fit I wanted so being the overachiever I am I went a bit crazy and made my own headboard for a fraction of the cost.
So make sure the first step you do is to take measurements. Very important!!! You don’t want your headboard to be to large. Make sure it is about 2” wider than the bed on either side.
I bought a sheet of simple plywood from home depot for around 15$ or so. Tip: if you go to the back of Home Depot where they do the wood cutting they have alot of left over wood braces you will need 4 or so of these and the employees usually give these to you for free. Also while you are there buy a cloth painters drop cloth that is the fabric I used. Affordable and really gives the headboard a shabby chic look. Also spray adhesive any kind will work…and 1 to 1.5 inch think foam padding from any fabric store like JoAnns.
First step after your purchases is to draw an outline on industrial paper or anything long enough to trace the pattern you want to cut out onto the wood. Trace your pattern with a marker or pencil
Use a small hand held saw and saw along where your pattern lies. Should end up like the first photo. Then attach the braces to the back use screws to make sure they are secured.
Then generously apply adhesive spray to the front of the wood (follow adhesive directions) then apply foam and cut off excess with a box cutter.
Finally, lay the drop cloth on a flat surface and lay the headboard face down (foam covered side) pull cloth tightly to the back and use a staple gun to secure.
Here are two photos of the final product in the room. Enjoy :)
Okay friends. So I decided it was time to update my blog and also post some of the crafts I have been up to…..Also over the next few months I want to fill everyone in on the awesomeness that is Brooklyn!!!! SO check it out!.
At the End of the Day IN ITS ENTIRETY
From the Les Miserables iTunes Podcast
Lay off the fish eye lens, cinematography team.
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