20 August 2011

Cross It Off

#15. Restore a piece of furniture. 

I decided I wanted the furniture in my room to be pieces that had some sentimental value. I had a lot of great furniture at my house, stored in the garage or in our basement and during the garage sale this summer, I set aside the pieces I liked the most and fixed them up.

My bedside table, desk & chest of drawers all belonged to my grandmother. Each piece needed work, but by bringing them back to their original beauty, I felt a bit closer to her.

Bedside Table: It needed to be cleaned and sanded then I streaked it green but kept the original pull. The lamp next to my bed was hers as well.

Desk: The desk had been in my room when I was younger and was my cats favorite scratching post. My dad helped me with this one and glued back the piping that had been torn off and repainted it. I bought new knobs at Anthropologie.

Chest of Drawers: I had painted the cabinet in 2000, (I know because I signed the back of it, so proud) and at the time I thought it was the coolest thing ever. And, yes, those are star and sunshine stencils on the sides of the cabinet.
Step 1. Sanding & Cleaning
I decided on Green for the accent pieces in my room because I love bright green and it works with so many different colors.
Step 2: Painting

I bought more knobs from Anthropologie, and drilled the holes for them. Total, it probably took me about 6 hours to do the chest of drawers but it was so worth the time, especially considering the only money I spent went towards paint and knobs. I love waking up and looking at it!

The Big Reveal...

This definitely gave me the inspiration to want to restore more old furniture. So fun!

19 August 2011

Home Sweet House

I lived in the same room for 18 years. 
Same four walls, same window, same view, same creaks in the floor boards. 
Then, off to college. Dorms, then sorority house. 
 Now for my junior year, I am living in a house with three of my best friends. 

The location couldn't be much better, the rent is crazy cheap, our neighbors are awesome & thanks to my roommate, Julie, our awkward kitchen has become very efficient.

Rome wasn't built in a day, just scroll down to my last post if you don't believe me, so I know everything's going to come together nicely in the new little place, all in due time.

It feels really nice to be back in Athens this fall.
Even this week has been so productive and more than I could have asked for.
  1. I got a job working as a Lab Monitor in the Mac Lab in the Journalism School. 
  2. I'm going to my first concert at the Georgia Theatre tomorrow night to see The Whigs. Slowly crossing another experience off my 21 Before 21 list.
  3. My classes are great.