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.
After a weekend and a night of painting the entryway, dining area, and dressing room, the last room to paint was the living room. (The kitchen and bathroom will be painted after they’re remodeled.) I picked Benjamin Moore Silver Satin in the eggshell finish.
It became an interesting challenge, as there isn’t enough space in my apartment to move the furniture farther than a few feet away from the living room walls.
I draped a plastic drop cloth over the important pieces, and used another on the floor as I went around the room. I thought this room would be quick because there aren’t any doors, but cutting in took almost four hours!
Rolling was faster, but still took over an hour.
The second coat took just as long, and it was difficult to see where I had painted, since the color was so light, and the living room is dark (no overhead light, and a window that’s north-facing with a building 10 feet away).
It’s a very subtle color! I think the biggest change was going to a flatter finish from the semi-gloss that was there before.
One of my favorite things though is that depending on the light, it almost looks the same as the much darker color in the dining area! In the picture below, the living room is on the left and the dining area is on the right.
Right now I’m just so excited that there’s no more painting to be done! Well, except for the base and crown mouldings, but those seem like small potatoes compared to all the walls I’ve painted in the last few weeks.