Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cheap & Easy Fireplace Makeover

Hey there! Updating my fireplace was one of the first and easiest projects that I tackled in our new house. We tore out the carpet surrounding the fireplace but decided to leave the tile in place to save time and money. I needed a cheap fix, so of course I resorted to Pinterest for ideas. After browsing tons of brilliant fixes I decided painting both the brass trim and the tile would be the cheapest and easiest.


>>>INSPIRATION<<<

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY
Design*Sponge


Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY



>>>FIREPLACE BEFORE<<<


Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY


>>>SUPPLIES<<<

+ Painters Tape (don't skimp on quality here)
+ Plastic trash bag
+ Primer
+ Small paint brush
+ Small Paint Roller
+ Paint Tray


>>>PROCESS<<<

+ Clean and prep the the area to be painted
+ Tape around the glass and around the tiles
+ Drape the plastic bags over the glass while you paint the tiles to protect it from drips 
+ Once the tile is dry paint the brass door trim
+ Repeat painting until color is saturated and none of the primer shows through 
+ Let dry and make sure area is well ventilated otherwise set up a fan
+ Remove tape and admire your new fireplace!

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY


Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY


QUICK TIP: If I were to do this process again, I would remove the doors and slide the glass out prior to painting the brass trim. It was really hard to get into the nitty gritty cracks with it all attached and assembled.


>>>FIREPLACE AFTER<<<


Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY


WALL PAINT - Benjamin Moore Moonshine | MIRROR - TJ Maxx | BASKET - gift | WOOD VASE - Target  
CANDLE STANDS -  Small Boutique | PLANTER - DIY | ROMAN SHADE - Overstock



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Friday, March 13, 2015

::: Console/Desk 10 Minute Ikea Hack :::


Don't you just love a good 'ol Ikea Hack??? This one is soooo quick and easy, it's a no-brainer. I had been searching high and low for the perfect minimalist console table to use as an entryway table/desk. I love the look of the marble ones out there but the prices are a bit high for my liking.


Blu Dot Minimalista Console Table
This one from WAYFAIR is $699.


That's where the IKEA VITTSJO Laptop Desk (only $39!!) comes in handy. 

VITTSJĂ– Laptop table IKEA Made of tempered glass and steel, durable materials that give an open, airy feel.
I considered painting it white or gold like others have done, but ultimately, I decided to leave it black. Pair that with my new favorite thing ever: MARBLE CONTACT PAPER and you have yourself a fancy table. Most other bloggers have used THIS one for $60, but I only need a small amount so I took my chances with THIS one from Amazon for $10.99. It didn't disappoint. 





| THE PROCESS |


Once you have your Ikea desk built, follow the instructions on the back of the contact paper and apply it wherever your heart desires!




Decide whether you want to add the marble contact paper to the shelf as well. I chose to cover it.




| THE FINAL PRODUCT |















Desk/Console | Ikea
Marble Contact Paper | Amazon
Chair | West Elm
Pillow | Ebay
Bookends | Vintage
Geometric Terrarium | West Elm
Hanging Succulent | DIY
Gold Decorative Accent | Target
Lamp | HomeGoods, similar HERE
Frames | Joann's
Art | Various Online Sources




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Saturday, February 21, 2015

+++ Bathroom Before & After +++

FINALLY, an exciting before and after post is here! 
bathroom before and after


One of the first projects that we tackled in our new house was the hall/guest bathroom. It really wasn't THAT bad, but the tile color was gross and outdated and the vanity was falling apart. It was just your standard cheap builder grade bathroom. 

+ BEFORE +

 bathroom before and afterbathroom before and after

        bathroom before and afterbathroom before and after


I wanted to stick with the "cheap" part but make it feel more modern and custom. We had the floors replaced with larger 12"x24" matte gray tiles that we found on Wayfair. It looks like the price is a bit higher now than when we bought it, but they are always sending out coupons. We replaced the broken vanity with the most affordable decent looking vanity we could find that fit the space. This one is 36" and is from Home Depot, although Lowes has one nearly identical. I took the original mirror down and had it cut to a circle for only $35 by a local glass and mirror shop! The vanity light is an outdoor wall light from Home Depot. It doesn't light up the entire room but we have a mounted ceiling light as well, so this option worked for us. The shower curtain was a little pricier than I would have liked because we had to find one that was 84" long rather than the standard 72".

+ AFTER +

bathroom before and after

bathroom before and after


bathroom before and after


DIY rope shelf

DIY Rope Shelf

bathroom before and after

bathroom before and after

bathroom before and after


FLOOR TILE  //  WAYFAIR
VANITY //  HOME DEPOT
MIRROR //  DIY
BARN LIGHT //  HOME DEPOT
RUG //  TARGET
ROPE SHELF //  DIY
EXTRA LONG CURTAIN //  BED BATH & BEYOND
PAINT //  GLIDDEN - OYSTER BAY


+++ Almost all of the decor items are from HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and Target +++


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