Dumpster Dresser

We had our first snow of the season this weekend, and I was so happy for a reason to stay inside a not do anything that I didn’t want to, which meant a lot of movies, couch-sitting and snacks 🙂

Milan and I went to my parents has to take advantage of their warm house and reclining chairs (for optimal movie intake). While we were there, my mom and I decided to take advantage of our shut-in status and work on a dresser that we found next to the dumpster at our apartment complex.

Now, when we found it, it was in less than stellar shape.

P.S. Shoutout to Bekah, for donating your solid dresser to the cause!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m no super craft woman when it comes to big projects. I’m working on it, but I’m still only on facelift level when it comes to re-purposing.

The paint was in rough shape when we started, but the dresser itself only needed a little glue on one of the drawers (that I may or may not have dropped while trying to cram it into a Honda accord when it was cold outside).

Fortunately, my mom is pro at this and kept me from flying through on all my whims and making it ridiculous.

The quick and dirty version is just that we took the drawers out, sanded everything down and repainted it how we wanted. -Nothing too crazy.

The longer version really applies to the details in the drawers.

After we sanded down the dresser and the drawers we gave everything two layers of primer. We gave it about an hour to dry and then gave it two solid coats of white paint to cover all of the cute doodles.

We actually did all that in advance and we picked up with the drawers today.  And they needed the most love.

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We didn’t give the drawers any coats of white because we weren’t going to have a lot of white showing. Also, we weren’t totally decided on the design, and we figured we could always go back and touch up as necessary.

So, we decided to tape more because we could always spray the other parts if they didn’t look like. We taped off the border and wrapped aluminum foil around the knobs because we could not get them off, because they had been painted down in the previous job.

After that, we gave five thin coats of rose gold paint (I know it looks kind of brown in the photos) and left it to dry for about an hour and half.

We peeled the tape and aluminum foil off after everything was dry and put all the drawers back in. And Voila!fullsizerender

A lot of pay off for not a lot of work! 🙂 Fortunately, we had all of the materials we needed so for me this project was completely free!

(Side note: we aren’t crazy metallic paint hoarders, our spray paint was leftover from spray painting A LOT of pinecones from our December wedding a few years ago.)

I’d love to hear about any of your special finds or what you do to stay busy during snow season!

 

 

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An Actual Pinterest Success Story

Hi!

I hope everyone is having a great day and managing their first week back to work far better than I am.

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Beautiful Aunt!

My first resolution for  2017 is a two-parter: (1)  to remember the keys to my office door, and (2) eat something for breakfast that doesn’t come from a desperate search of the break room.

In the spirit of frugal decor that actually works, I wanted to share a rare Pinterest success story. My wonderful and talented Aunt Sandy found an awesome dollar tree mirror project on Pinterest that she said was super easy, only cost her $15,  and the results were beautiful!

She bought 15 dollar tree mirrors, and arranged them to look like a single piece, like one of those giant wall coverings that you find at T.J. Maxx or Kirklands for like $70.

 

This is what the finished product looked like!

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P.S. Please note the similarity of joining small objects together from my last project. That just shows that the women in our family hold everything together- or force things to go how we want them. Either one.

Materials:

(15, or however many suit you) Dollar Tree mirrors *she chose mirrors with a silver border, but you could also use those with a black, gold or wooden frame depending on whatcha got going on in your space*

(equivelant amount) Command Strips

 OR

Duct Tape & Foam Board

Instructions:

This one may seem a little straightforward and easy, but that’s why I love it!

What she chose to do is hang the individual mirrors with command strips, but you could also duct tape the mirrors to foam board or cardboard and them hang them as a single piece.

Why it’s awesome:

I know I’ve said it once before, but I’m the worst with changing my mind and rearranging/ redecorating [or the best, depending on how you look at it 🙂 ]. So, this is great because its fast, inexpensive and easily manipulated if you want to change the shape or the location!

But maybe my favorite thing is the fact that it looks so more expensive than it is.

I’d love to hear about some interesting projects you’ve tried and conquered in the New Year.

Rock on and Happy Friday Eve!

 

 

Don’t Cut Corners, Sew them !

OK, so I’m fairly new to the whole world of homemaking. My husband and I have been married for four years, but we’ve just recently moved into our first real home of our own.

Even though I haven’t been in the game very long, I am totally in love with the idea of homemaking and decorating.. or at least I was until I found out how much it cost.

I’ve done well enough to craigslist, black friday and dollar tree my way into decent decor for the majority of my house, but my big hangup has been on the floor.. looking for a rug.

I don’t care how cute it is, or how long I’m going to keep it in my house, I am physically incapable of spending $200+ on a rug. I know me and I change my mind/style/taste for too frequently for that to ever be practical.

So! I’ve looked into all kinds of cheapy  or if you want to use the nice word “frugal” solutions to my problem, like t-shirt rugs and Ikea, but I’ve not been able to get what I want.

And then I walked into Ollie’s and stumbled across this gem.M2.JPG

A rug with every color I could imagine that was sure to suite whatever random decor path I pursued. The only problem- 30″x 48″ wasn’t going to cover my living room.

After lamenting to my mother about why they couldn’t have one that looked like this in a larger size,  I decided I was going to do like I did with most things. I was going to make it work.  I picked up four and decided I was going to sew them together.

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It was super easy, and only took about 1 hour, although I did have help from my mother, who actually knew what she was doing with a needle while I was wildly forcing things together.

Here’s what I used:

  • (4) 30″ x  48″ rugs
  • spool of twine (depending on how big your rugs are)
  • flat upholstery needle

After I laid them out in the pattern they would be sewn together (this particular shaped rug could only be laid out one way without odd proportions), I started sewing a visible stitch down the middle of two pieces (length-ways) in what looked like a loose “m” just to conjoin the two rugs. Once I got to the end of those two, I just turned back and picked up the gaps, making what looked like an “x” pattern.

I repeated this with the other two pieces lengthwise so I was left with two sets of two rugs that had been sewn together down their long edges.

Finally, I just put the two pieces together so that their sewn seems lined up and I stitched the same “x” pattern down that ended up being the middle of the rug.

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Now, this close photo may show my exact measure of skill (or lack-there-of), but fortunately, I chose a forgiving pattern and had the perfect shade of twine on hand. OS once it was all finished, I was really happy with the result.

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It totally looks like it could have been one piece! (at least in the eye of this beholder)

I was quite happy to get it home and put it in it’s new place in my living room.. which I know looks like Christmas leftovers.finished

All-in-all it was an afternoon well spent with my mother that earned me a new rug with all of the colors I could want for $30>. That’s a win for me!

I’d love to hear about any of your frugal solutions to decorating in 2017!