Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeover

Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeover

Despite its unfortunate current condition, the charming shape of this jewelry box caught my eye while browsing at an Out of the Closet thrift shop. I liked the shape and thought the bones of the box were good, so I decided to work some DIY magic to transform it into something I am now happy to display on my shelf. I love projects like these, where you take a rundown or badly decorated everyday piece of furniture or accessory–like a jewelry box, or a vase or side table–and give it a new life by making a few fundamental, but simple, upgrades. It doesn’t take a lot of resources to make something look brand new and lovely. Continue reading “Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeover”

Crafting Lately: Tissue Paper Flowers

Lately I have fallen in love with making tissue and crepe paper flowers. In the past I had always written off paper and fabric flowers as typically somewhat tacky tabletop accessories, but my opinion toward faux blooms completely changed when I was introduced to the work of artist and stylist Livia Cetti. I got her book for Hanukkah, in which she outlines her techniques for creating different types of blooms, and ever since then, my floors have consistently been covered in a layer of tissue paper cuttings (just kidding–I vacuum and sweep daily…). I have loved going through her book and practicing her techniques, and doing so has led me to develop techniques of my own, which is even more fun for me! Slowly but surely, any open space in my apartment is being filled with these new creations.  Continue reading “Crafting Lately: Tissue Paper Flowers”

Decorative Dinner Napkins

Decorative Dinner Napkins

This is another project that can be used for Valentine’s Day or for any other festive occasion. All you have to do is pick out ribbons that match your theme. I used white dinner napkins and sewed on three different types of ribbon to create a set of napkins that will instantly upgrade any Valentine’s Day tablescape!

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Floral Letter Tray DIY

To spruce up an old letter tray, I covered it with pictures of brightly colors flowers of all kinds, which I cut out from a flower bulb catalogue. I used mod podge to glue the images onto the paper surface of the tray–truly a 2-step DIY! Just cut your images, and stick em on!

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#TBT – Painted Coolers

#TBT – Painted Coolers

In honor of it being Thursday, I’m sharing a throwback craft. I painted these coolers last year, during my senior year of college. In the event of a fraternity formal, painting a customized cooler for your date is a fun tradition in Greek life that, while rarely seen in my home state of California, gets to be a pretty big deal in other regions of the country.

So as someone who loves all forms of arts and crafts, I decided to try it out. I painted one cooler for myself–on which I couldn’t resist making the central motif my own monogram–and another for a guy whose name is also pretty clearly displayed on the cooler’s sides.

Before I started painting, I sanded the sides of the coolers and applied a primer that creates a nice blank white surface to paint and because it makes the paint stick better. Then I traced on all the designs, and got to work painting every last detail.  Continue reading “#TBT – Painted Coolers”

Side Table Makeover

Side Table Makeover

When I moved into my first apartment, I was SO, so excited that I would be able to furnish and decorate it, however I wanted, from scratch. Obviously I had in my mind my vision of what the perfect space would look like: clean and simple furnishings filling a bright, airy interior with pops of color to bring it all together. Making this vision a reality proved not to be a simple feat, as beautiful, high-quality furniture is expensive and I didn’t want to live in a space without necessities like a dresser or couch as I perused both the internet and brick and mortar stores looking for the perfect pieces. So what’s a girl with a limited budget and a knack for DIY projects to do? Well, this girl found some pieces at places like discount furniture stores and Goodwill, and did some DIY’ing (this Ikea dresser hack, for example).

Cheap furniture is ideal for DIY experimentation because I feel less nervous about potentially “messing up” than if I were making modifications to a high-end piece. So, without further adiou, here’s how I dressed up a side table–which I found at a discount furniture store in Santa Monica–in 2 steps.

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BEFORE. Not bad at all, I just wanted something a little different.

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Ikea Dresser DIY

Ikea Dresser DIY

IKEA DIY

See how I upgraded my Ikea dresser with 1 simple addition!  

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 11.01.02 PMWhen I bought the Malm dresser from Ikea I immediately started thinking about all the DIY possibilities. Without any modifications, the dresser is pretty boring, and in my opinion, impractical: it’s hard to open the drawers sans handles.  

I scoured tons of blogs for Ikea Malm Dresser DIYs (there are so many!), and decided I wanted to put a handle in the center of each drawer and add trim along the perimeter of each one, like this. But after purchasing and painting the strips of wood, I couldn’t get the color and texture to match the veneer of the dresser, so I abandoned that plan for something simpler. After a lengthy deliberation in the Cabinet Hardware aisle of Home Depot,  I chose these pulls, and I love them. They look great against the white dresser and are the perfect size and shape.

First I had to measure out where the handles would be placed on each drawer. I marked the spots with painters tape, and left the tape on when I drilled the holes because it helps minimize any surface damage around the drill site. Honestly this was the most time-consuming part of the whole project because you know what they say, “measure twice and [drill] once.”