All Dressed Up

I love my new dresser!

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Okay, so it’s not exactly new… My parents bought it for me when I was 13, and my dad stained it the natural shade it still boasts today.

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After 14 years, I was getting a little bored with it, and replaced the plain wood knobs for some teal/gold ones I’d found  on clearance at Pier 1 about a year ago.

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I knew painting or staining the whole dresser darker would be much more work than I wanted, but I think it’s something I’m going to cave and do in the next few years.  So in the meantime, I thought a fun, temporary solution was just what it needed!  I had some temporary wallpaper laying around from Tempaper’s 2012 Honeycomb Citron collection, which I’d had on the walls in my old apartment.

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It went up on the walls relatively easily, and came down in about 5 seconds without leaving a single mark on the walls.  I decided to trust my dresser to Tempaper as well.

After unscrewing the knobs and setting them aside, I started by unrolling the paper.  I wanted the pattern to look continuous despite being broken up by the space between each drawer, so instead of measuring and cutting first, I simply stuck the paper on the top drawer.

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To get clean cuts, I first indented the paper on the edge of the drawer front, which is a little difficult to see, thus the added arrow:

image (2)Where ever those creases are, you’ll need to cut with either scissors or an X-acto knife.  If using an X-acto knife, make sure you go slowly and apply very little pressure; otherwise, you risk putting cuts in the wood.

image (55)In the above photo, you can see that the lower left hand corner of the paper is a little bit uneven.  This is easily prevented by moving a little slower with the razor, or can be easily fixed by going back over it one more time.

This project is very easy, and really only requires a bit of patience (to straighten out the paper, smooth out the air bubbles, and cut evenly). When you’ve finished applying the paper, the knobs can very easily punch through the now-covered holes.  If you experience any resistance, try starting a tiny hole with your scissors or razor.  And then you are left with a clean-looking, finished product!

photo (18)The best part is that the knotty wood can still show through on the sides; perfectly wedding country-style with a modern, eclectic twist!

I love it!  What do you think?

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Xo, Laura

 

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Hand-Me-Downs

I had an incredibly productive afternoon despite Mike being away!

I like to get my cooking/baking done when Mike is away, so that I have ready-made meals to pull out of the fridge when I’d rather spend time with him than cook (which is pretty much always…).  Up today was banana bread.  I used a recipe I’d found online, but modified it a scooch, since I used frozen bananas I’d thrown in the freezer sometime last month, Smart Balance Light instead of butter, Splenda instead of sugar, and 2.5 teaspoons baking powder since I was out of baking soda.  It came out absolutely delicious, and I had an extremely difficult time putting it away to share with Mike!

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While the bread was baking, I started a few projects around the house.  And I worked hard to get all of the items from my old apartment and everything from Mike’s childhood home incorporated into our home together.  We were so lucky to get such amazing home goods from his parents!  Some of them include: a laundry hamper, a medley of frames, a workbench with circular saw, and new storage containers for my yarn.

But my favorites include a set of wicker lawn furniture,

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two wicker baskets for under-the-bed blanket storage,

image (10)and a beautiful cluster of succulents!

image (7)Phoebe was very opinionated about certain items.  She obviously prefers the lawn gnome

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Look at her running to her gnome love!

And is pretty upset that I switched out “her” body pillow at the foot of the bed

image (8)for two vintage vanity stools.

image (9)The stools are in rough shape at the moment, with scuffed wood based, wobbly gold feet, and worn/stained velvet cushion.  They need to be painted and reupholstered… but in the meantime, they look pretty darling with a $5 Ikea faux sheepskin throw on them.

What are some of your favorite family hand-me-downs?

–Laura