I bought this knick-knack shelf at the thrift store about a month ago, with the intention to give it a make-over. Today, I finally did. I come across shelving like this all the time at the thrift store, but they're usually pretty beat up. This one was no exception, haha. With some craft paint & some contact paper, I covered up all the rough bits and prettied it up a bit. I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out.
WHAT YOU NEED:
-vintage floral contact paper, preferably... (I used up the last of what I had, too. drats!)
-mustard yellow paint (I just use the cheap craft paint you can get for a dollar)
-hammer (for removing replacing nails in the back, to take the back panel off)
I like using the sponge brush, 'cause you can dab the paint on and avoid
those dreaded streaks and lines of paint that you tend to get with a
paintbrush (time consuming, but worth it if you despise paint streaks
like I do!). You can remove that chipboard panel on the back by prying the nails out with the back end of a hammer. Then, apply your favorite contact paper, and nail it back on!
Hooray for adding more kitschy cuteness to my work-space. I think I'll use it to display my finished brooches, maybe. I left the drawers the way they were 'cause the wood-grain really pulled it all together. Anyway! I'm excited to do this to more things, heehee.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
We have officially moved! Whew. I forgot how much I hate moving. It was definitely worth the pain of moving to get out of our tiny little apartment and into this ridiculously huge farmhouse. We're still working on unpacking. Slowly, but surely. More pictures to come, but for now, here's our living room:
1. one of my favorite parts of the house - a nice little spot for listening to records, underneath the "love is awesome" chalkboard we made for our wedding. Plants love records and records love plants. On the bottom shelf is a jar with dirt and twigs that Franklin sent me when we were writing letters. A little piece of Washington that I've carried with me since!
2. Our little fireplace nook turned bookshelf. I spy lots of sci-fi. And, yes, that is a copy of Dungeons & Dragons for Dummies. 3. My golden owl collection, keeping a close eye on the books.
We're still working on my craft room. It's a complete and utter catastrophe at the moment, but I'll post up some pictures once things are in working order. It's pretty sad how we're so easily able to fill a 4 bedroom farm-house with all of the stuff we managed to cram into our super tiny one-bedroom apartment. I think it's about that time we watch a few episodes of hoarders to scare ourselves into a purging frenzy. I say this, of course, right before we head out the door to hit up some thrift stores, haha.
Anyway! Now that we're done with moving, I suppose we haven't really got an excuse to neglect this blog like we have been. Thanks for sticking around!