Happy First House-iversary!

A year ago today, I was getting ready for the final walk through of my apartment, and then going to the building lawyer’s office to sign the paperwork to officially purchase my apartment!  It’s so crazy to think of how far I’ve come in just one year of home ownership!

First Thing I Did: Painting My Front Door

Best Accomplishment: The Closet (Shelves, Double Hanging Rod)

Best Looking: Me in my Green Coat!

Biggest Fail: The Painted Doorknobs

Most Improved: The Walls of My Apartment (Entry Way, Living Room, Dressing Room)

Terrific Trip: European Adventure

Biggest Transformation: The Dresser

I’ve done so many more projects, and I’ve even forgotten what I’ve done! What was your favorite project so far? Can’t wait to see what happens in year two! 🙂

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{Home} Little by Little

To paint the stripes in my entry way, I needed a lot of the little bottles of paint. Michael’s finally had them in stock online, and I ordered 39 bottles just to be safe. This also got me over the minimum for free shipping even after I used a 20% off coupon.

However, instead of getting one box with a lot of paint, Michael’s shipped them a few at a time in multiple boxes.

What’s a girl to do with 35 bottles of paint?

Also, it should be mentioned that a few boxes haven’t arrived yet, and six of those bottles are ones I bought in the store. I hope I got enough!

{Home} Going Backwards

The summer before I moved into my college apartment, I found a tray in the garage. It had belonged to my mom, but she said I could take it and make it my own–which meant spray painting it silver, and adding a leftover piece of aqua fabric.

I used the tray like that on my dresser in my subsequent apartments, but with my pretty refinished dresser, it was time to make the tray match–which meant stripping off the silver paint, and revealing the old gold tone.

I must not have taken a picture of it before, in all it’s weird spray painted finish. I stripped it with the same stripping process and tools as I had used on my dresser.

Then I cleaned the fabric with a quick rinse in the sink, and it was ready to be glued back into place with some ShoeGoo (hey, it works!).

Yay! All my toiletries are corralled up!

It not only keeps things looking tidier, but it also helps protect the refinished dresser. Win win win!

{Hannah} Sparkle On

I bought one of my favorite necklaces at Goodwill last year. When I traveled, I carried it in a small plastic bag with the rest of my jewelry and a little make up. It seemed convenient, until a quite a few of the rhinestones fell off.

Luckily, the missing rhinestones were all in the bag, so they just needed to be glued back in place. In fact, when I bought the necklace, one was already loose, and I fixed it with ShoeGoo. Out came the goo again, and with a little help from a toothpick, I was able to glue all the rhinestones back in place.

Now it’s ready for another night out on the town!

{House} Giving the Tiger Stripes

I’ve known for awhile that I wanted to do something with paint to make the entry way feel special. It’s too narrow to hang art, but it was feeling kinda boring just being solid painted wall. I loved the idea of a stencil, but the space is small, and a stencil could be too busy. Enter: tonal stripes!

I measured the wall from moulding to moulding, which is 96 inches.  I wanted the top and bottom stripes to be the base color.  If I did four tonal stripes, then each stripe is about 10 5/8 inches (96/(4+5) = 10.667).  I cut some painters tape to envision it, but I didn’t like it.

So then I did the same calculation for five tonal stripes, which means each stripe is about 8 3/4 inches (96/(5+6) = 8.72).  I loved the way it looked!

Four tonal stripes are marked on the left, with five tonal stripes on the right.

Ideally, I didn’t want the tonal stripe to be where the arch between the dining area and entryway is, and I didn’t want to have to rehang the mirror.  Luckily, doing five tonal stripes fits this criteria!

Next up was finding a paint.  I had picked up a metallic paint brochure from the paint store when I was looking at paint samples for my apartment, and thought I had found the perfect paint.  I was wrong, so that paint went back to the store (it’s an off-the-shelf color).

I made my way to Michaels craft store and came back with this bounty.

I smeared some on the wall to see how it played with the wall color and lighting.  The first smear is the aforementioned paint that was already returned.

I also paid attention to how shiny the paint was.  I wanted something with a little shine, but not too much.  I believe the walls of my apartment were originally semi-gloss, and given that they aren’t smooth, the shinier the paint, the more the imperfections are called out.

So which did I go with?

Premium Matte Metallic Acrylic Paint By Craft Smart in Pearl! It’s the third one from the left in the paint line up, and the fourth smear from the left on the wall.  I liked the color the best, and I also liked that it had a glow to it, instead of a bright shine.

Yes, it seems a little strange to buy wall paint by the 2 oz bottle, but cost-wise, it’s cheaper per ounce than the larger bottle of metallic paint from the paint store.  Plus, Michaels always has coupons, which reduces the cost even more.

Now I just have to hope Michaels doesn’t think it’s weird that I’m ordering a million bottles of the stuff!