Monthly Archives: May 2014

Living Room Redo – Part 2

Hey everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. I’m back with part two of the living room redo. I found my new color and I love it… Aqua!!! I have a Besta Vara from Ikea that I’ve been using as my media center. The TV is mounted on the wall because with a toddler running around it’s just safer that way. I wanted to make the space more functional and add a little pretty, I mean look at it… it could definitely use some pretty.


The right side has books, puzzles, the cable box, a DVD player and the Wii while left side has DVD’s. Now I know a lot of people have upgraded to Blue Rays but I figure if it aint broke don’t fix it.

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I got rid of all those DVD cases to make space for some board games that were in my sons closet. All I needed for this update was a pack of sleeves and some Kassett boxes from Ikea. It was pretty easy, I took out all the cases and shelves then I just put the DVD’s inside the sleeves. I grabbed the board games and arranged them on the bottom, they fit perfectly. I put the top shelf back in and added the Kassett boxes filled with DVD’s plus the modem and router. I wanted to get them off the top and out of sight. I used one box for my movies and the other one for the children’s movies and some Wii games. I don’t know why I didn’t get rid of all the DVD cases sooner! I feel like it’s a much better use of the space now. I didn’t do anything to the other side, it was fine the way it was. The top needed some love so I picked up a few accessories from Home Goods and Marshalls. The basket that holds the remotes and controllers got a quick update. I gave it two coats of white spray paint and the bottom half I painted my new beautiful aqua. You can read my tips on spray painting here.

Now lets look at some before and after pictures…

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See the ottoman on the left, we’re going to talk about re upholstering soon.

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The Kassett boxes were white and plain so I gave them some pizzaz with some Martha Stewart pouncers and some randomly placed dots.  I also considered using a chevron pattern but opted for the dots. What would you have done?


What’s left?

  • Re upholster the ottoman
  • Condense DVD collection
  • Organize/style the media center
  • New toy storage
  • Spray paint frames & find new art
  • Re arrange gallery wall
  • Miscellaneous arts and crafts


Spray Painting Tips

Spray paint is a crafter and DIYer’s best friend. You can use it to transform anything you already have at home or anything you bring home. I wanted to go over a few things I’ve learned by trial and error.


Shake, shake and shake some more – It might be silly to say, especially since it’s right on the can under instructions. But I cant stress how important it is to shake the can for at least 1 minute before using. Shake it a little longer if you’re using metallic colored paints. If not it wont mix well and when you use it the color wont be as true as it should.

Prime – I suggest thoroughly cleaning the item you intend to spray paint before priming. If you don’t the paint wont adhere well and you may end up with drips or crackling. I like to use BIN Zinsser primer in white. It sticks to all surfaces, seals odors, covers well and dries quickly. Which is a plus because I hate waiting for paint to dry. But you have to make sure to wait at least 30 seconds before you give the item a second coat. If you don’t you’ll end up with drips.

Paint –  I use smooth, even, quick strokes when spraying, if you don’t you’ll end up with drips. Now I know I keep saying it but drips are the worst when your spray painting. You wont cover everything with your first spray so be patient. And remember if your working on metal you have to wait longer between coats because it doesn’t soak up paint like wood.

Drips and Crackling – To fix drips wipe them off immediately and spray over the area again. If you find the drip after the paint has already dried you can sand it down lightly and spray over the area again. The same goes for crackling, except crackling can be harder to cover so sand it down as much as possible before spray painting again.

Now go grab a can and Happy Spray Painting.


Living Room Redo – Part 1

In most homes the living room is where everything happens and ours is no exception. Most of the time this where you’ll find us relaxing, watching TV, eating, crafting and playing games. I loved the colors in here for a while but I was starting to feel like I needed to lighten things up. The room was beginning to feel dark and dreary and the weather may have amplified the feeling. It was a ruff winter, all the snow and the bitter cold plus the fact that Spring took forever to get here. This room gets great natural light which is surprising because of the position of the sun. The accent color was a forest green by Behr with touches of brown throughout. I had even gone as far as painting the doors green which was a big commitment looking back.


I wanted to complete this room redo for the least amount possible. To do that I would have to recycle things I already had around the house and DIY. But that’s what this blog is all about so I was up for the challenge. I figured painting the doors white again would help lighten up the room and provide a neutral palate for future updates. It’ll be nice to make quick swaps with a couple new pillows and a few accessories. I’ve learned lighter colors help make a space feel larger than it really is. I know there are tons of great paints out there with primer and paint in one but since I was on a budget I decided to use what I already had on hand. I had a can of BIN Zinsser primer and some Behr Ultra Pure White Glossy paint. I’ve used Benjamin Moore paints in the past but I prefer Behr. I started out by taping off the edges and knobs around both doors with Frog tape. Then I laid down my plastic tarp, I love using this stuff because you can tape it to the wall and floor to catch splatters, drips and falling paint. I’m not a neat painter for some reason. There’s always some kind of clean up but I have gotten better.


I put the first coat of primer on the front door and while I waited for it to dry I painted the closet door. I went back and forth between both doors until they both had two coats of primer and two coats of paint. I know using glossy paint brings attention to all the imperfections but I love using it on doors and windows. I feel like they need to stand out or something. I used an eggshell finish on the apartment walls, the contractor highly recommended it because there are a lot of imperfections in the drywall. That’s the beauty of buying an apartment that was built over 60 years ago.

While I was waiting for the doors to dry completely I decided to take down the frames and fill in all the holes I made the first two times I created the gallery wall. The holes in the picture below were hiding behind one frame, so it took a little while… I keep a container DAP Fast’ N Final spackling in the house to patch up holes and dings in the walls. This stuff goes on so smoothly it never needs sanding. While patching the holes I decided I’m going to use Command picture hanging strips next time. I’ve already used them for other projects and I think they’re great.


I took a step back and looked at the white doors and bare wall and my mind starting going crazy. I already know what color I want to use and I have some organization and space saving ideas for this room. There are quite a few things left to do in here but I like the way things are looking already. What do you think of the door? It’s amazing what a difference some paint and a few hours can make.


What’s left?

  • Re upholster the ottoman
  • Condense DVD collection
  • Organize/style the media center
  • New toy storage
  • Spray paint frames & find new art
  • Re arrange gallery wall
  •  Miscellaneous painting and crafts

Check back to see the progress I’ve made and how much I’ve crossed off the list.