Who’s the weirdo doing more DIY stuff now that she’s living in an apartment than when she had a whole garage to work in? Yup, that’d be me! You may be wondering where I have space to get my creative on. So I will show you….
There it is in all it’s glory. My balcony. I LOVE IT!!!! The only downside is being reliant on good weather.
Since I had an entire day without children and with beautiful weather last week I knocked off a few projects from my “Ooh That’s A Good Idea, I Wanna Try It” list. And since this is the season of color I decided to paint this yard sale lamp base…
I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, but after researching a bit I decided to go with spray paint. I was actually pretty nervous about it since I use the lamp everyday and if I screwed it up…well, we’d have a funky (not in the good way) lamp to look at everyday. I went for it anyway.
Did you know that spray paint travels? Well I do now.
If this is something you might be interested in trying here are a few tips:
1. Make sure you are in a WELL ventilated area and you might want to cover your nose and mouth with a cool bandana (as yours truly did).
2. Make sure you cover anything within a few feet area with plastic. Checking the direction of the wind may be wise too.
3. Clean off the area your painting. Make sure it’s dry.
4. Cover the cord and metal (and anything else you don’t want painted) with painters tape.
5. Don’t over paint. Spray a light coat. Let it dry. Paint again. Repeat until you have the coverage you want.
And the finished product…
It turned out much better than I thought it would. PHEW! I love what it adds to the room. And when I say this I say it in all seriousness…If I can do it ANYONE can do it!
Hope you enjoyed my project of the week.
Before we moved to our apartment I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Apartmenttherapy. I’m talking A LOT of time! Like obsessive amounts. It was exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I didn’t know if I could pull off the design styles I liked, and while EVERYTHING looks easy on Pinterest I am well aware that they are not. But instead of doing what I normally do…assume I am incapable, I decided to try it. I was going to make this place a combination of ME and B because really it was going to be OUR first place together. Yes he moved into my house and it became our home, but this lease has BOTH our names on it. So I included him by bombarding him with picture after picture of design that I thought reflected us both. And he took it like a champ! He even helped me paint HIS furniture cause I thought it would look good. It doesn’t look bad either. I mean look at that bookcase! It used to be brown! And the graphic novels are B’s addition to our decor.
As is the Taxi Driver poster which is obviously not mine.
One of the design elements we are both super excited about is our gallery wall. It’s a culmination of our favorite band and other art work (yes there is some kid art in there, in fact it’s sprinkled throughout our home) with a touch of movie art.
We wanted to add color to our home without painting, because that would mean painting again before moving and from experience the last thing anyone wants to do when moving is paint a place you won’t be living in anymore. The gallery wall was our solution.
It’s been a fun challenge bringing two different tastes together and blending them to create the right balance, making a home for us that we want to come home to. Oh and I have so many more ideas! Just you wait!
There has been some debate in my family as to who actually built this train table for my twins when they were little, but I’m sticking to my guns in saying it was my brother, R. If it wasn’t him and someone else wants to take the credit then please do and I apologize for forgetting. It has been at least 10 years though and I am quickly approaching 40 so…
I found this in the storage space under the sun room when I was doing the final clean out of the house. For a half second I thought about recycling it with the rest of the stuff I pulled out of all the hidden nooks and crannies, but in the next half of that second I realized it was well built and I could make something out of it. So I brought it to the apartment along with a side railing of a crib once occupied by one of the twins and later by E, and the cushions from a couch I was trying to give away and went to work. And by work I mean I went to Joanne’s Fabrics to get 2 yards of fabric.
After cleaning off the wood (it was quite dusty) and taking apart the cushions which I then cut up to fit on the ply wood…
B and I stretched the fabric over the cushions, turned the whole thing upside down and went to town with our new
toy staple gun.
Thankfully the lines on the cushion remained straight so that the result looked like this:
Add a few toss pillows and VIOLA!
Now all I need to do is paint it! (Sigh) That’s for another day!