I moved to New York with very little furniture, and I bought a lot of stuff off Craigslist. One of the first items I bought after arriving in NYC was a Crate and Barrel iron and glass coffee table. It was a makeshift TV stand for a bit after I got it.
However, I knew I didn’t like the dark color of the iron, since the metal of choice in my apartment is gold. Luckily, it was fairly easy to remedy with some gold leaf Rub ‘n Buff!
I put a little dab on my finger and rubbed it into the metal frame. It took some time and finesse getting into all the crevices, but I love how it turned out!
It wears off a little with a lot of use, so I need to reapply every few months in a few places that I touch a lot. The little tubes last a really long time; so far I haven’t even gone through a full one!
After I hung the two biggest pieces of art I have, the wall next to it looked a little lonely.
I laid out a few frames that looked good next to each other and fit the space.
Then I just needed some more 3M Command Strips, and a little patience to get things straight…
…and then the wall was lonely no more!
Now that the bedroom walls are painted, it’s time to hang some art!
Using 3M Command Strips, I hung a quilt my mom made for me in college, and a painting I did about five years ago (inspired by Van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms).
Yay hanging up meaningful pieces! I thought the two large items would be enough to sufficiently cover the wall, but it looks a little weird and sparse. I’ll think about adding more pictures to it as I hang my remaining frames in other parts of the apartment.
A while ago, one of the wheels on my bed frame broke. I “fixed” it by using some small random pieces of wood.
It worked well enough, but it wasn’t a final solution. I called the store I got my mattress from, and they said they could give me a replacement set of wheels for free!
When I picked them up, they said that a lot of wheels had broken, so the manufacturer replaced the plastic piece that kept breaking with metal.
The wheels sat in the package until I had a helper–which I did last weekend when my mom came to visit! I lifted the bed, and she slipped the new wheel in place.
All better! The other three plastic wheels are doing fine for now, but I’ll keep the new metal wheels around just in case.
Last week marked five months of living in my new place! It was never my intention of going without pictures on the wall for so long, but it made sense to wait until after the walls were painted before hanging things up.
The first area to get art was over the dining table.
In my last apartment, I did a gallery wall over the dining table, and I was so excited to do it again–though in a slightly smaller version.
First up was laying the frames out on the floor, to get an idea of which frames and pictures look good next to each other.
Then it was time to hang them with my favorite home product: 3M Command Strips.
I might play around with some of the frames and placement, but I’m really happy to finally have some art on the walls! And bonus points for me because it makes the phone look like a quirky art piece!