Hope you all had a great weekend! I spent mine finishing up some details for my Moroccan/travel bedroom makeover (instead of doing homework, oops) because I was so eager to share this with you! I still have a lot left to do before my bedroom is complete, but just seeing this part of the room finished motivates me to get it all done.
Here's a view of my bedroom before - long and narrow, with no decoration at all. I looked around at the beginning of the summer and couldn't believe I'd lived like that for a year already!
[Yep, that's a bookshelf holding clothes that wouldn't fit into my closets...]
And here is the after:
I have been soooooo excited about this dresser! I picked it up at a garage sale about a month ago, for a whole $15! It's solidly made, with thick wood veneer, rather than the junk they make these days. It had good simple lines that would make the perfect backdrop to whatever new theme I decided to give it. As a reminder, this is what it looked like before:
[It's very....woody, no?]
I ended up scrapping my original idea after I saw this post. I found some of the "reject" paint at Home Depot for $2/quart, and my landlord gave me some leftover primer. I bought this neutral ivory (?) color, and a deep red that matched the fabric I bought for my curtains (which I ended up not using after all).
[My neighbors were VERY curious as to what I was doing on the porch...]
Originally, I wanted to buy new handles, but after seeing how much the home improvement stores wanted for them, I quickly scrapped that idea and decided to give the original handles some TLC.
Then, my mom and I stumbled across some 90% off paint at Menard's. We got several quarts of gold and silver for $3 each, and some other random colors for $2 each.
I created a stencil from this plastic paper-stuff I got from Hobby Lobby, then stenciled around it and painted in the gold....which was a huge pain in the butt, but I think all of that work paid off in the end! I'm so pleased with myself, especially considering this is the first real piece of furniture I've made over.
Stash busted: Nothing. Oops.
- Dresser: $15
- Paint: $5 ($2 for the beige, $3 for the gold)
- Painting supplies: around $15
- Polyurethane: $15
- Hobby Lobby stencils: around $2
Now, let me show you all of the things I've got piled on top of the dresser:
[Garage sale globe ($5), auction globe ($20), and vintage suitcase ($2 - I'm still mulling over what I could make out of that one).]
[Globe bookends from my grandparents' house and my mini travel scrapbooks and travel journals]
[The lamp that started this whole crazy idea: $3 at a garage sale]
Finally, this painting, inspired by yet another Pinterest find:
[Image from: CozaMia]
Phew! What a long post! Are you guys redecorating (or thinking about it)? What projects do you have lined up?