Showing posts with label bedroom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bedroom. Show all posts

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Quick Malm Dresser Makeover & Sunday Thoughts

Hello dear ones, it's been a while since I've written because until recently I haven't had much inspiration honestly.  I've been keeping myself busy with work and have had lots on my mind.  The Holidays are VERY QUICKLY (like wayyyy too quickly) approaching and it's a stressful time of year for me as I'm sure it is for many. Christmas is my favorite Holiday by far but unfortunately it's been a while since I had a pleasant Christmas holiday. Sure, there's Christmas cheer everywhere and I'm never not in the mood to decorate even before Thanksgiving comes around (I know...) but there is always some sadness in the background that lingers. I pray that this year will be different than the past and that the good Lord will bless all those in need of Him and answer the prayers of  those that are in need of His Grace. I went to Mass this morning and today's Gospel was very deep:

Luke 21:5-19
"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be powerful 
earthquakes,famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty 
signs will come from the sky. Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led 
before kings and governors because of my name.  It will lead to your giving testimony.  
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a 
wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.  You will 
even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends,they will put some of you to death.You will be hated by all because of my name,but not a hair on your head will be 
destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives."

So since there were many children attending the mass, it was a hard Gospel to explain but I think the priest did an excellent job. During the homily he asked the children, where were you before you were born? And the children shouted "In mommy's belly!" and the priest explained that mommy's belly was a comfortable place and that you didn't have to brush your teeth, or get dressed for school, you could just sleep all the time and be safe because mother did everything for you. But then there came the day where you had to leave mommy's belly and now that you are on earth, you feel safe and secure here because you have your routine, your friends, etc. and you know that Mother Earth will protect you, therefore you shouldn't be afraid of what the Gospel said today because when you're in Heaven you will be protected there as well by God and His Mother. It was such a simple explanation for a difficult topic that is life and death.  A lot is going on in the world right now and as scary as it all is, I think that with Faith in our hearts we can overcome even the biggest obstacles if only we could learn to treat others with respect and help those that are in need even with the smallest of gestures.  I think you can never love too much and you can never give too much.  

Ok, ok I'm done...Moving on!

I've been on the hunt for a new dresser for a while now but I haven't found anything that I really liked. The dresser I currently have in the Master Bedroom was in bad condition...I mean BAD people! It's a malm dresser that we've had for 5 years now and although it's very spacious it's not of the best quality as we all know and also.....saggy drawers.....

So the drawers were really I couldn't get them open anymore because they kept getting stuck. I really just wanted to throw the piece of S&%$£ out the window and never see it again... 

But I couldn't find what I was looking for.  All the dressers I found that I kind of liked were smaller, fewer drawers , etc so I just didn't want to compromise. I also didn't want to buy something just because...I want to be sure I love it. 

Come in DIY...

The first thing to fix was the saggy drawer situation... Bad, huh? I know..

I went to the hardware store and found these little guys. Do not ask me what they're called, I have no idea...

Screwed them in and voila! Saggy drawers no more!

I added these to all six drawers and it really didn't take long at all. Next I got rid of the ugly hardware and decided to spruce up the front of the drawers a bit.  I had some textured wallpaper that I had bought a while ago but never used so I watched some tutorials and decided to give it a try.  It was so easy!

I bought some permanent adhesive spray. This stuff....make sure it's the permanent kind. 

I laid the drawers on the paper and cut around leaving some space along the sides. 

Now take that sucker outside and spray the top of the drawer making sure to get the sides and cover the whole area with adhesive. Next place the wallpaper on top.  You really don't have time to move the paper  around once its on there because the stuff dries like super quick. 

Now flip the drawer over and cut the extra paper off with a paper cutter. 

Next you want to take a nail or something similar to poke through the back of the drawer where your hardware is going to go. Obviously drill the holes before putting the wallpaper on. 

It was such an easy project and it took me seriously half a day to do between fixing the saggy drawers and adding the wallpaper. It was one of those "why didn't I think of this sooner" moments lol. 

Here's how it turned out.

I ordered the hardware online and I love them. I think they go well with the wallpaper. 

It has sort of a shimmer to it which I really like.  

I did the bedside tables while I was at it as well....I wanted to wallpaper ALL THE THINGS... hahaha

And then OF COURSE I had to change bedding, curtains, wall art, throw pillows etc.....  so since I was at it I figured I would go with the blue and white theme because I love it so much 

I found this beautiful bedding set with matching curtains here. 

Isn't this little turquoise tray cute? I thought it would be a nice place to put my perfumes. 

I'm very happy with the end result and this will last at least until I find the dresser of my dreams. The thing I'm happiest about is that I don' have saggy drawers any more!!

Have a wonderful week ahead everyone and God Bless. 


Monday, September 12, 2016

Home Office Makeover

It all began with a Liatorp desk in the clearance section of our local IKEA.... I went back and forth and back and forth on whether or not to buy it.  It was a display piece that had a little scratch on the back side but other than that it looked great.  It was already assembled so I didn't have to do that part AND it was 50% off.. hmm. Decisions, decisions...So I went one Saturday with my Aunt and she said "I am not helping you lug that thing out to your car and secondly it won't even fit in your car"... she had a point. But I was worried that the next time I would go it would be gone (because that has happened to me more times than I can remember..) So I said oh well if it's meant to be I'll find it again! One week passed and I begged Mr. Amore to take me to IKEA (he hates going there) and he did...and guess what? It was still there after a week! Obviously it was a sign and I finally took that beauty home with me. 

So as it usually happens, one thing leads to another and you find yourself in a whirlwind of redecorating your entire home office space in just 48 hours... please tell me I'm not the only one that does this? Please..

Here was my home office before the makeover:

It was just a cluttered room with pet toys,  a tread mill and some weights, a really ugly desk that I hated with a passion ever since it set its little rolly wheels in my house... a sofa bed, a mixture of art work that I had no where else to put, etc. etc. I was ok with this space for a while but I really hated that desk. It was uncomfortable, there were no drawers and it was just ugly to look at. 

So the first thing I did after returning from IKEA was clear out the room. 

I gave it a nice scrub, patched up the holes and touched up the paint. 

 Out with the old and in with the new... love that fresh and clean feeling. Let the decorating commence!

I wasn't planning on getting rid of the tread mill 'cause that things gets used a lot in our house but I wasn't convinced with how it was positioned before either. I decided to move it along the front wall so that it doesn't take up that much space. 

I did know one thing though, I wanted that beautiful desk front and center. Ready to see it redecorated? 

Here is a close up of some of the art work I framed. These are prints of photographs by Nick Brandt. He is such a talented photographer. I absolutely love all his work. 

Isn't this orchid beautiful? I hope she doesn't die on me...I'm the worst with house plants. 

Above you can see a close up of the scratch I was telling you about. It's not really that noticeable  unless you look closely at it. It doesn't bother me at all.

Now you can see where I'm sitting when I read all your lovely blogs :-)

I am so pleased with how it turned out.... now I never want to leave! 

I hope you all have a great new week.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Guest Room Makeover Complete!

I just finished making over my guest bedroom and I absolutely love how it turned out! I'm very excited to share it with you today. I only ended up spending a total of €150 and it looks SO much better than what I had before. It is such a cozy and romantic bedroom that I might just swap it with my bedroom :-) 

I finished everything in a day and a half.... I am exhausted right now as I write this but it's worth it. I love decorating. It's something that relaxes me and puts me in a good mood. I'm happy with a paint brush in my hand  When I see a fabric I love I can't help but think about all the beautiful things I can create with it. 

I know my style isn't for everybody and many may think that it's too frilly or girly but it's what I love. I love flowers, I love pink, I love lace and I love a warm and inviting space. 

Ok enough talk...I'll leave you with the Before...

and After

I added a small wardrobe that I bought for €50 on sale. 

I painted the wall behind the bed a light green and went with a romantic nature theme for the room.  I already had the fabric I used on the dressers and window treatments. I just quickly sewed up some runners and added the valence on top of lace curtains. 

I added some cute and quirky accessories and scented candles.

That bench is an old coffee table that I upholstered some time ago. I don't think it looks bad with the other floral patterns so I left it there. Plus it's a nice place for guests to leave their luggage when they come visit.

I already had all the art work that was just sitting in my garage and I incorporated the pieces I thought looked well together removing the ones that just didn't look right. 

I love the hardware I added to the dresser and nightstands. I already had the blue and white ones.  I had seen them some time ago and bought them not knowing when I would use them.  I just knew I loved them :-)

These pictured below with the red flowers I bought specifically as they were similar to the blue and white ones but they added a splash of color. 

I also added them to the small wardrobe I bought.  I really needed extra storage so I decided to keep the white wardrobe I already had and then I just happened to find this piece on sale at Ikea for €49! I immediately snagged it and I think it looks great. Plus you can't beat the price. I find that a lot of the Ikea furniture is plain but just by adding or switching up the hardware makes a big difference. 

I'm very happy with how it turned out and with the fact that it wasn't a huge expense. I'm a firm believer that you don't need to spend a lot of money to have good taste. All it takes is some creativity, willingness and the courage to take projects in hand and not be too worried with the end result. It just might turn out a lot better than you expected!

I think Gigia might sleep in the guest room tonight. She's a fan of my work :-)

Guest room makeover cost breakdown:

wardrobe - €49
paint - €16
hardware - €12 (€3 a piece for the new ones)
decorative pillow - €9
lace curtains - €10
bird lantern - €6
mirror - €49
rug - already had
 blue and white hardware for dresser - already had
art work - already had
floral fabric for the runners and valence - already had



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