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DIY: Wall update

22 Aug

It has been three years and the wall in my dining area is still bare white. My type A personality is itching to do another DIY project. I know that I want to do something simple and easy to change when another idea comes to mind.

I ordered wall stickers at Innovative Stencils (http://www.innovativestencils.com/large-wall-birch-tree-decal-forest-kids-vinyl-sticker-removable-with-leaves-branches-1119/)

In 2.5 hours, I have an interesting looking wall. You should try it!

My first attempt - hope it works

My first attempt – hope it works

The look is coming together

The look is coming together

Cut the stickers and carefully place them on the wall. Press it it firmly.

Cut the stickers and carefully place them on the wall. Press it it firmly.

Carefully remove the backing

Carefully remove the backing

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Finished wall. I might out more leaves later on.

Finished wall. I might put more leaves later on.

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DIY: Dresser update

14 Mar

Even though I had the flu last January, I was tired of just lying around resting. Resting included watching a lot of DIY shows on TV. I got out of bed, emptied my dresser, moved it in the living room and decided to paint my black dresser to white, thinking that it will take me just one day to do it all. The DIY shows on TV inspired me, not realizing that those shows have a crew of 10 or more. They probably put plenty of labor hours and condense it all to a 30-minute show. The before and after pictures of DIY dresser update in Home and Garden magazines look impressive. I was convinced I could definitely do it!

Here’s the list of tasks to give a dresser a fresh look:

  • Buy paint, sand paper and paint tools (I bought the semi glossy paint + primer/sealer in one)
  • Sand the area to paint over
  • Paint first coat and let it dry over night
  • Paint second coat and let it dry over night
  • If a third coat is necessary, go for it.
Before Picture

Before Picture

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After painting, I made a crucial decision that made my $50 budget to a $120 budget, and pushed my one weekend project to a four-weekend project. I opted to put two red drawer pulls instead of re-using the old black drawer pull placed in the middle. I thought it would look nicer. I was right. I ordered red cabinet pulls from E-bay which took about 2 weeks to deliver.

I bought a flower stencil from Michael’s and bought a small bottle of red paint.

Ceramic Bedroom Kitchen Door Cabinets Cupboard Drawer Pulls

To cover the old holes in the middle, I bought a spackling kit at my local hardware store and covered the old cabinet pull holes and after the spackling is dry, I sanded it down and painted over the area. I painted red roses using the stencil.

Almost done ... waiting for the drawer pulls

Almost done … waiting for the drawer pulls

I proceeded to drill extra holes for the cabinet pulls and waited until my order arrived 2 weeks later from China.

Here's the finished project. I'm so proud of myself. You can do it too!

Here’s the finished project. I’m so proud of myself. You can do it too!

Ceramic Bedroom Kitchen Door Cabinets Cupboard Drawer Pulls-a

Needless to say, my one day project became a 3-4 week project. Along the way, I made some changes in the plan. I blame it all on the flu. I think I was delirious when I made the decision to do it. My original budget of $50 went up to $120. Whew!  What a project!

I was on a roll, so I painted the black inside of my closet into white too.

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I can see inside better.

I can see inside better.

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