Hola adventurers! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. In addition to a trip to Hoboken for a birthday party, I spent some quality time with HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” I’ve always been intrigued by DIY projects and renovations, but a few episodes of that show put me over the edge.
I don’t have many DIY opportunities in a 300 square foot New York City apartment — where my “kitchen” is a hot plate and my bed takes up nearly a quarter of the square footage — but there are some projects that I’d like to try when I eventually move on to bigger and better living quarters.
Project Numero Uno: A Mint Green Desk
Wow, wow, wow. Liz from Love Grows Wild totally transformed a boring old brown desk into what is darn near a work of art with this mint green desk.
She started with two coats of Kilz latex primer, then applied two coats of Olympic “Sweet Pea” in a satin finish for the color. Last up was three coats of Rust-Oleum’s Varathane Soft Touch Polyurethane in the matte finish. Handles just got a dose of gold spray paint!
You can read her complete, step-by-step tutorial here! I’m definitely going to be doing this one at some point in the future. Absolutely love the color!
Built-In Ikea Bookcase
I have serious doubts about my ability to transform a few Ikea bookcases into what appears to be one large, custom built bookcase, but this one is from Bliss at Home is pretty amazing.
What started with four Billy bookcases from Ikea — with lots of additional wood and power tools — eventually became the gorgeous bookcase above! The steps are too numerous to detail here, but you can find the complete tutorial at Bliss at Home.
And Don’t Neglect the Door
Sweet Something Designs made this door for her son’s room, but I’m thinking that if the surrounding decor was different, it might actually be a really fun door to an office or, way way down the road, a kid’s playroom? In my dream house the doors to the office would actually be French, but I think I might end up with a regular door for the time being…
I love the idea of really personalizing each item of your home, and doors count, too!
In my grandma’s house — probably the coolest abode on the planet, filled with African statues from her travels and countless other items beyond your wildest imagination — the door to her room is painted white and has a drawing of a cute little girl reaching for the doorknob. It’s adorable beyond words.
You could go that route or — if you want to be able to change the design, you could turn the door into a giant chalkboard. I love love love “Let the Adventure Begin” written on it!
I know, the first three are pretty labor intensive and most of us won’t be able to undertake anything like that until we move out of teeny tiny apartments and actually own the places we’re living.
BUT there are definitely smaller DIY undertakings, like these adorable gilded mugs by Garland of Grace.
All you need is some cheap white mugs, painters tape, gold spray paint and a clear sealer. Just arrange the tape in the pattern you want and spray away!
The only note is that they are not dishwasher safe, so they’re probably not the best everyday cups. Though, according to Garland of Grace, they DO make your coffee taste better : ) Full tutorial here.
Have you ever done any DIY projects, or are any on your agenda?