Today I’ve got another gem for you from my lovely husband. He just keeps bringing it with these DIYs. What am I doing? Eating donuts. I will continue to shamelessly profit from his hard work.
Hello again, it’s me, Colleen’s husband.
I was picking out a fantastic outfit (Editor’s Note – Likely a shirt with cats on it) from our closet one day when I came across a stainless steel cart that Colleen use to use in college to hold her toiletries. I had absolutely no idea why this thing had been in our closet since we moved in (Editor’s Note – I do, because I was too lazy to goodwill it), but had a great idea for a DIY. Colleen is always talking about bar carts and how awesome yet how expensive they are. I realized that this thing had the potential to be something good so I quickly brought it downstairs (and after receiving permission), took the middle shelf off.
What you’ll need:
- Gold spray paint
- Ugly old cart
- Casters – we used these from Home Depot and they are crazy cheap
- Crappy mirror
- Command strips
What you’ll do:
1) First remove the casters then coat the cart with gold spray paint.
2) If you have any left over mirrors from any previous DIYs, great, if not, get to your local hardware store and buy a cheap, long mirror (less than $4). I measured the width of the cart’s shelf and cut the mirror to fit it (2 pieces – bottom and top, see this post for how to cut mirror). I then sanded the edges of the mirror to make sure they aren’t sharp. Next, I re-spray painted the cart. After it dries, make sure you don’t need any touch ups and you are ready for the next step. Have some command strips on hand, and put a couple pieces on the cart and then on the bottom of the mirror. Place the mirror onto the cart and voilà. Do the same for the other shelf. (Editor’s Note – We didn’t glue it because I realized that it would be real sad if the mirror broke and was stuck on the cart. This way we can change them out if necessary.)
3) Remove old plastic casters and replace with gold shiny ones. If they don’t stay in place, glue in with liquid nails. Now, place your alcohol bottles and decorations onto the cart and you’ve got yourself an awesome bar cart.
If you’re wondering why I have a painting of Megan, you should know that that is actually a painting of our mother (they could be twins!) that my parents had in a closet somewhere. It was too lovely to hide so I stole it and framed it. This is Colleen by the way.
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I don’t know what it is about this week, but I am having a heck of a time getting motivated to do anything. I just want to sit around and watch Orange is the New Black all day long. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get my act together – be super efficient, get the work done, and clean all the things. But for now, I will just post pictures of the gallery wall I finished this weekend for the office whilst eating my last sprinkle chocolate donut (last Friday was donut day don’tyaknow.)
I think I mentioned this a while ago, but this whole thing got started when Meg gave Corey a corkboard map for Christmas, which I put on a canvas that I tried to paint to look like watercolor but really looks more like blue streaks. That’s ok, I still like it. When I started gathering random art from around the house, I decided to make another gallery wall out of it. Gallery walls are like donuts, you can never have too many. Although they are considerably less delicious.
All of the frames are either Framatic Fineline or from Restore or Goodwill
1) A large art print found in Charleston, but not actually of Charleston. It confused me too.
2) Print from Girl and Parrot
3) Print from Clare Elsaesser (I want everything in her shop)
4) Free post card that came with the print from Clare Elsaesser. I framed it also because it is beautiful and free is the right price.
5) Alastair Convex Mirror in small
6) Corkboard Map from Anthro
7) Calligraphy print by Meg. Don’t you worry your pretty little heads. I am moving my print shop to Etsy because I am severely unsatisfied with my Society 6 experience, and Megan’s calligraphy will also be offered in the shop.
8) Sailor’s Mirror from Anthro
9) Ikea PS Cabinet
All of the small black and white art (the dots, triangles, stripes, etc.) I made myself from craft paint.
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I have been putting off even thinking about our bedroom for a while because a) it is a huge room and was daunting and 2) it is a huge room and I didn’t want to have to paint it. The whole thing seemed real bad. So obviously the intelligent thing to do was decide to pick the first weekend after a long vacation in which I was basically still jet lagged and also about to have a yard sale to start painting. Seems reasonable enough. Luckily my mom and Corey are like painting machines so we got the whole thing done in just a couple of days of work. We painted it a crisp (but not sterile) white – Benjamin Moore Simply White – the basis for an airy and calm bedroom, just like my inspiration images.
Image Credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Ah yes, dreamy, simple, clean. Probably a bad idea because I will be even less likely to get up on time for work. Below was the bedroom when we first toured the house, with the bed in the same location as ours was for the first year. You can’t tell very well in this picture, but it is a crazy long room, so it definitely needs to be broken up into sections. The problem is figuring out how to make the sections. I was starting to hate having the bed smack dab in the middle of the room, leaving the side closest to the window for us to throw our clothes all over the place, and the side closest to the doorway for randomly placed furniture. And don’t even get me started on the hideous torn up couch that was in our nook off to the left. That thing was a nuisance to the world. Thank god some lovely people took it off of our hands when we put it outside our house after our yard sale. We were willing to pay them but they took it for free :).
The picture below is what we are working with after painting the room white. I like having the bed on the other side of the room, but I’m not sure if it should be up against the window or up against the right wall. The side closer to the camera will be a sitting area situation I think. So basically our bedroom will have enough sitting areas for you and all of your cats, so come on over. Obviously I haven’t done anything with the nook yet, but I think I’m going to have to switch from the original color scheme to something more cohesive with the rest of the room.
So I’m thinking a lot of whites and neutrals, obviously. Our bedroom is on the front of the house so if we don’t want all the neighbors to see us getting dressed then we have to keep the blinds down and block out all of the light which is a major bummer. I figured out that there is a thing called top down/bottom up roman shades and have decided that a DIY might be in order. That way only the bottom part of the windows will be covered and the top will still let in light. And as always, there will be stripes. Because I am predictable.
Shades / Sofa / Table / Bed Linens / Art / Stripes
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