Apartment. Part 1: My Room.

January 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Out of the past 7 years I have only had my own place for 6 months.  Since that was such a quick time, I didn’t even have a chance to make it my ‘own’ before it was time to move out.  Now that I do have my own apartment and space, I’ve had a great time decorating it.  I’m lucky enough to have found a place that already had beautiful finishes, lighting, appliances, and fixtures, which made decorating it all that much more fun!

For my room, since I’m not sharing it with anyone right now (yes!!), I knew I wanted it to have a bright, girly feel with vintage touches.  I still need a couple things, but I’m so happy with how it turned out!

{My room}

{Fun prints and Garland Above the Bed}

{My nightstand}

{Fun Knob}

{Fun alternative to a nightstand}

{Dresser and Jewelry Display}

{Jewelry display}

{Spray-painted gold for a vintage feel}

My Room:

Comforter and Shams, Urban Outfitters.

Nighstand (no longer available), Decorative Pillow (Missoni for Target, no longer available), and Lamps, Target.

Silver Prints, clearance aisle at Marshall’s.

Tinsel Garland, Etsy.


Lacquer tray (found on clearance rack b/c of a couple small dings), West Elm.

Dresser, left in Brucie’s house.

Jewelry Display.


Before & After: New Dresser

May 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

I said a while ago that I had been searching for a new dresser.  I wanted a cheap one from a thrift store that I could make-over into something really unique.  I had been searching for a few weeks and having no luck.  My brother recently bought a house.  The previous owners had left behind one piece of furniture: a dresser (that I actually liked!).  It must have been meant to be!  It had plenty of drawer space and I knew with a couple coats of paint and some new hardware I could make it something great.  Here is what I did:

Before (Big and clunky):

Paint and Sanding:

I picked a chocolate brown color (yes, I picked the one appropriately named Chocolate Cupcake) for the base coat and a light aqua for the top coat.  I sanded the dresser with an electric sander to smooth some of the nicked up spots.  Then I painted it the chocolate brown color and let it dry.  After that I painted over it with a coat of the aqua.

Sanding (Again) and New Hardware:

Once the top coat of paint was dry I took the sander to it again.  I wanted to give it a distressed, vintage look.  I nicked up the corners a little so the chocolate brown color would show through.  Then I changed out the knobs to the new ones I found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off!


The final step is lining the drawers with contact paper.  I couldn’t find the print I wanted anywhere so I had to order it from Amazon.  Once that arrives I will line the drawers to finish!

Kittrich Black Print Contact Paper

Jewelry Display

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have been wanting to find a better solution to organize all of my jewelry.  My previous solution consisted of a tattered shoe box under my bed, a random earring tree, and a few nails in my wall for necklaces, with the rest scattered around my room.  I (finally) decided to do something about it.  I wanted to have something that was really cute and unique and that kept all of my jewelry in one place.  I have a TON of earrings (thank you Forever21 for your $1.50 selections) and lots of long necklaces so I needed something that would accommodate both.  Here is what I did…

Printer’s Drawer:

I got the idea for this from etsy but didn’t want to pay the $100+ they wanted to charge.  I found this great printer’s drawer at an antique mall in Stuarts Draft, VA.  I bargained with the lady and got it for $30.  (It was tagged at a whopping $50).  It has lots of little compartments and is perfect for my huge collection of earrings.  I spray-painted it grey to give it a vintage feel and then took a trip to Home Depot (my favorite place these days) to get screw eyes to use as the hooks for the earrings.

I also found these furniture nails that were PERFECT for the vintage look I was going for.  The best part?  They only cost $1!

If you are thinking of doing this yourself let me give you one piece of advice: Make sure you have a great pair of pliers.  You need a lot of pressure and a tight grip to get the screw eye into the wood.  Since the compartments are so small its hard to get your fingers in there, which is where the pliers come in handy!

Set of drawers:

I found this at a little consignment shop less than a mile from where I live.  I have probably driven by it thousands of times and never paid it any attention.  I decided to stop in and found this perfect little set of drawers.  I fell in love with the vintage finish and the fact that I didn’t need to change anything about it!


Now that I had the first two pieces, I needed a table to set it all on.  I went to Garden Ridge and found this one on the clearance aisle.  It was originally white but I wanted it to really pop so I spray-painted it sunny yellow.

Finished product:

I finished the display off with 2 little birch branches from Urban Outfitters.  They are the perfect way to display all of my chunky necklaces!  I’m so happy with the way it turned out!!!

Granny Chair

February 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

I found this chair for $14 at Goodwill.  While I found it quite hideous in its original state, I saw potential.  I loved the lines of the chair and thought it would be the perfect addition to my room.  Here is the before:

I removed the seat part of the chair using a hammer (I’m so rugged these days).  Then I spray painted the chair a glossy white.

Next, I went to the fabric store and got foam for the seat and a really cool, printed fabric.  After that I went to Home Depot and got a piece of wood which I had cut to match using the old seat as the pattern.

The last step was to finish the seat.  I tightly wrapped the fabric around the wood and the foam (with help) and used a staple gun to attach it.  Then I trimmed the extra fabric and attached the seat back to the chair.  I’m so happy with the finished product!


Chair, $14

Fabric, $4

Foam, $6

Wood, $6

Spray paint, $4

Total: $34

Before & After: Room Renovation

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

PART 2: Sitting area

I have been using the same couch since college.  It was my parent’s old couch and the print was *not* the prettiest plaid I’ve ever seen.  I got a cover for it that never quite fit and it quickly became a resting place for all the clean laundry I hate (really hate) to fold and put away.  My wonderful roomie decided to pass down his old couch to me to make room for his shiny, new one.  It looks so great with the color of the walls!  I moved it to the big wall (it was at the foot of my bed) and added a few accessories to my coffee table to make it a more comfortable, cozy sitting area.




I found the decanter and the white thing (I think its a candle-holder but not really sure) at a thrift store for a total of $6 for both.  I got the glass container at home goods for $9.99.  I already had the little decorative balls and just spray-painted them yellow to add some color.  I moved the pillows I had on the couch (seen here) to my bed and these to the couch.  I also hung my Marilyn Monroe print (a birthday gift from my roomie) but still want to add something else to the walls before I can call this area done!

Before & After: Room Renovation

February 7, 2011 § 3 Comments

PART 1:  Walls, Bedding, and Lamps

After living with walls the worst shade of pea green for WAY too long, I decided to finally do something about it.  And I didn’t just stop at the walls.  I wanted to brighten up the whole space and make it more ‘me’.  But, I wanted to do it all myself, and of course, at a bargain.  Here is the before picture:

I started by choosing a light, sunny yellow for the walls.  It is very happy and inviting; which is exactly what I wanted!  I used the Behr ‘Paint and Primer In One’ from Home Depot in color Banana Split (the picture below makes it look very yellow but its actually very light).  I’m proud to say I did all of the taping and most of the painting myself.  My room is huge so this was no easy task!

I knew the next thing I wanted to change was my bedding.  I wanted this comforter but but didn’t want to pay quite that much.  So, I scoured every TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Ross, and Home Goods I could think of.  I ended up finding the exact one I wanted on the clearance aisle at TJMaxx for only $59!  That included pillow shams and cases.  I added some fun pillows from Home Goods ($16.99 each) and am so happy with the way it looks with the wall color!

The next thing I did was look for new lamps.  I felt like the ones I had were too dark for my nightstands and the new wall color.  I found this one and fell in love but decided to shop around a little first.  I went to Target (where else??) and ended up finding a very similar one for $49.99!


January 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

You could probably say I’m obsessed with candles.  I would have one burning in every room of the house all the time if I could.  I love how relaxing they are and the way it makes the house smell.  It is so hard to resist buying them when they come in such beautiful jars (like the ones below!).

1. Voluspa Candle Tin, $16

2. Capri Blue Jar Candle, $28

3. Tocca Grace Candle, $36

4. Annick Goutal Candle, $57

5. Jonathan Adler Candle, $38

6. Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Candle, $14.50

7. Archipelago Pineapple Ginger Candle, $24.50

8. Illume Boulangerie Jar Candle, $16

9. Lume Luxe Jar Candle, $6.50-$13

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