Sunday, September 30, 2012

DIY Childrens Dresser Makeover

It all started with this dresser. My mom got it as a gift from a family friend when she was born in 1953 and she said that the dresser wasn't painted nor finished. Eventually she got married and had kids. Her kids used the dresser when they were younger. She thought of having it painted in white so that the dresser would look brighter for a kids room. 

And then one of her young daughters (that's me) was such a little designer that she wanted to have the dresser repainted in the colors that she liked. And it looked like this:

The daughter grew up, left home, went to high school, went to the university, graduated, and after a few years unearthed the dresser that they used to have when they were kids. She thought of updating the dresser and giving it a more grown up look.

So she started making schemes.

She brought the dresser outside and sanded the hell out of it that she thought she lost a couple of pounds. That removed the layers and layers of paint that she used to like on the dresser.

And then she bought paint and hardware. She drilled the holes for the new handles, applied primer and a few coats of paint.

And in the end she asked a carpenter to help her add the mouldings for the drawers. Okay maybe this isn't 100% DIY. But still.

When the job was done, the dresser looked like this. Please don't mind that awful old wallpaper in the background. That will be one of my projects/makeovers in the future. Thank you.

Not sure why but in real life the dresser is a little bit grey, not blue. I think it's the camera settings.

Tada! Here is the before and after. By the way, this dresser is so heavy and I have no idea how they were able to carry it to the second floor. They probably lost a couple of pounds too.

What do you think of this makeover? What would you have done if this was your dresser? Let me know, suggestions are always welcome :)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The New Girl's Bedroom

Hello! Yes I know it has been a while. I haven't posted anything in my blog because I got busy with work and my laptop's broken and there's no internet and... okay enough excuses.

So it's the start of fall which means it's the start of new seasons for my favorite TV shows! One of my favorite shows is New Girl. I was watching it yesterday and this was what I saw at the first scene:

And I had to rewind it to that part over and over again and I had to pause it at get a screen shot just to take a good look at it. Isn't Jess Day's room as fun and sunny as her personality?

Photo by Fox Broadcasting

What I love about the architecture of her bedroom is that it's got a huge window, which is a good thing for an apartment bedroom. There's the raw exposed brick wall and concrete windowsill flooring, and that nice metal sliding door for her closet. The industrial character of the room is added with a splash of blue paint, and mixed with quirky accessories.

(I found a close paint color from Behr - Teal Zeal 500D-5)

Her wall has botanical illustrations and pops of unexpected art like that popsicle painting and the ikat fabric.

Jess warms her room up with her choices of furniture, fabric and accessories.

Black Floral Duvet Cover - Natural Bed CompanyHeathered Chenille Jute Rug - Pottery BarnThomas Paul Turtle Pillow - Eerie DriveHot Pink Ikat Pillow - Tonic LivingDagmar Night Stand - AnthropologieGilded Propagation Lamp Ensemble - AnthropologieCeramic Branch Table Lamp - West Elm

The side tables don't have to be matching and the table lamps do not have to be the same height. It's all part of the quirky personality of the room. Even the pillows are not matching and yet it still works. Here's a quick view of the accessories combined with the wall paint and materials:

What do you guys think? You guys should give me suggestions on where to find more accessories with a quirky personality.
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