04/03 DIY Projects

DIY Copper Leaf Mirror

DIY Copper Leaf Mirror

You may have caught a glimpse of this mirror in my previous post about my Spring centerpiece and I’m here today to tell you that it didn’t always look this way!  I loved the gray color before and was sure it was perfect the way it was, but when disaster struck, I seized the opportunity to change it up.

Broken mirror frame

The mirror fell off the wall in the middle of the night and I didn’t hear it at all.  I’m a very deep sleeper, guys.  I found the ruins almost 16 hours after it happened when my boyfriend asked if I saw the mirror and knew about it falling in the middle of the night.  I was like hey no biggie I’ll just glue the broken frame pieces back on, and then he told me they shattered into a million pieces.  I looked over a little further to the right of the scene and saw about a million shattered pieces of the broken frame.

Applying wood filler

So, I went with wood filler (affiliate link).  I know, the frame isn’t made of wood, but the filler still worked just as needed- it filled in the huge hole!  I used a butter knife (really) to scoop the filler in and smooth the outside edges as best as I could.  After letting it dry for a couple days, I sanded down some of the rougher parts but I mostly left it the way it was.

Re-creating the same gray shade with the fake worn out look  it previously had would have brought a lot of attention to the broken part of the frame since there was no way I could get it to be perfect.  I felt like metal leaf would not only help me easily achieve even color all over the frame, but the texture and lines that the leaf would create might help hide the unevenness around where the frame broke.

How to gild


I applied the adhesive to the frame with a paint brush and waited 20 minutes to let it set.  Next, I took some tips from my girl Martha Stewart on how to gild without ripping apart the metal leaf, like I accidentally did with the one at the top of the booklet in the photo above.  First, I wore a glove so that my fingers wouldn’t stick to and rip the metal leaf (don’t know why I never thought of that myself!).  I pulled out a metal leaf sheet just a little bit out of the booklet and placed it on the edge of the frame so that it stuck to the glue.  Then I pulled the booklet away so that the leaf would fall flat onto the rest of the frame surface.  Apologies for only showing one hand.  I was alone and needed my other hand to take the photos!

I tapped down on the entire surface of the metal leaf to make sure it was completely stuck onto the adhesive before brushing off the excess and repeated all over the frame, of course making sure to re-use the larger pieces of metal leaf that didn’t stick onto the frame on the previous application.

DIY Copper Mirror


I went with copper leaf because I’ve been on a copper kick lately.  Did you notice?  Also, I probably liked the idea of it matching my copper dipped vases.  Basically, it’s a lot more “me” now and I love it more than before.

Copper Leaf Mirror

You can still see where I applied the wood filler on the left of the frame, but I think it turned out WAY better than it would have if I tried to paint the filler gray, don’t you think?  It’s far from perfect, a lot of spots aren’t completely covered in the copper leaf, and there are lots of lines and creases, but I’m telling you… that’s the beauty of it.  I love the imperfections, and maybe even the fact that it fell and broke in the first place, because otherwise I never would have turned it copper!

What do you think of the copper transformation?  Do you think I should have gone with trying to paint the filler gray?

03/31 Seasonal/Holiday

Spring Centerpiece

Spring centerpiece with copper and marbleThis was a pretty spontaneous idea brought on by a HomeGoods find, which is how a lot of my decorating stories start.  It was the marble Lazy Susan, and while initially I thought I’d turn it into some cool DIY, weeks went by without a light bulb going off for as to what, so instead of letting it continue collecting dust in the corner, I thought I’d put it to its intended use.  Genius!

Marble lazy susan candle and copper dipped vasesIt hit me that this was the perfect opportunity to try out a trending color combo I’ve been really loving- copper and marble.  I added on my DIY Copper Dipped Vases and in them arranged some yellow freesia.  That little turquoise pot is a candle that not only perfectly compliments the yellow freesia and copper vases, but it smells DIVINE.  The scent is agave tulip and I got it from Anthropologie aka heaven on earth.  I was sold on its little feet.

Spring centerpiece- copper and marbleS and P for salt and pepper.  I’m always a fan of mixing metals and I’m so glad it worked out that our silver salt and pepper shakers fit in with this little vignette.  And really, they’re the only things here that would make me turn the Lazy Susan.  Yay for functionality!

Dining table Spring centerpieceGorgeous Spring colors and perfectly suits our dining table, don’t you think?  It’s something a little different for me, though still incorporates all my favorite things.

What colors are you adding or removing from your home this Spring?  I’m planning on purging a lot of clutter soon and really get a better idea for how else I want to bring Spring into my apartment!

03/27 Inspiring Spaces

Ghost Chair Inspiration

Ghost Chair InspirationIt’s done.  I’ve hopped on the train for this trend.  My ghost chair is on its way in the mail and I can’t WAIT.  In my excitement and anticipation, I’ve been looking around at tons of ghost chair styling inspiration.  It’s such a great small space solution since it looks like it takes up no room and it also works with so many different styles, which I wouldn’t have suspected on my own.  It can be chic, eclectic, modern, whimsical, elegant, anything!

Ghost chair for desk

Ghost chairs in modern dining room


Ghost chair and vanity desk

Farmhouse table and ghost chairs

Desk ghost chair
Painted Ghost ChairsHow about these painted ghost chairs from Oh Joy!  So cute!

Ghost chair and vintage desk

Ghost chair and bright colors

White desk and ghost chair

Ghost chair and leopard pillow

Elegant black ghost chairI love this black one and how it works so perfectly with the smokey glass top desk.

Ghost chair in a chic office space

Ghost chairs and art wall

Ghost chair scandinavian style

They’re so versatile, no?  What do you think of ghost chairs?  Which of these spaces inspires you the most?

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03/24 DIY Projects

Campaign Style Dresser- IKEA Malm Makeover

IKEA Malm Dresser Makeover- Campaign Style

The infamous Malm dresser… This guy is everywhere, and while I think that’s part of why it gets a bad rap, it’s hard to deny that it provides a great amount of storage, which was a key deciding point for why I chose them to double as dressers and nightstands in our storage-deficient apartment.

I would agree with anyone who would call the dresser boring, but I see it as an opportunity, like a blank slate calling out for customization.  I believe in you, Malm!!

IKEA Malm Dresser

What stuck out to me was how dark the dresser was, which I wouldn’t mind so much if our apartment wasn’t already dark in general.  To remedy this, my mind was made up to lighten up the look of the dresser, and when I came across this early post from the Hunted Interior (LOVE everything Kristin does!), I was sold on going campaign style with it.

I removed all the drawers and taped the back side edges of the front panels, then taped on aluminum foil.

Tape and aluminum foil
This wasn’t about creating clean edges, but more about protecting the insides of the drawer from spray paint over-spray.  I didn’t mind having a little over-spray, and the one layer of foil I applied blocked the majority of it.

Now THIS needs to be mentioned.

Rustoleum Comfort Grip

Guys… this is such a huge game changer that I feel like I’ve got to be the last person on Earth to know about it.  I had already accepted that my spray paint addiction meant that I would forever live with a blistered and swollen index finger resulting from spray paint fatigue, but now I know… life can be better.   Divine intervention helped me cross paths with the Rust-Oleum Spray Comfort Grip (affiliate link).  It attaches to a regular spray paint can and allows you to control the spray via the grip and trigger.  It’s my new best friend.

Using Rust-Oleum Appliance Epoxy in Biscuit (affiliate link), I spray painted the front and the sides of the drawer panels.  This stuff is amazing.  It doesn’t show your strokes and it dries to a hard, enamel finish.  Even when my ponytail fell onto the wet paint, it morphed back into its smooth, factory finish.  Some of the paint is still on the ends of my hair by the way.

After letting the paint dry overnight, I screwed on the brass corners.  They had a coppery green tinge to them that I didn’t like, so I spray painted them gold (isn’t that the answer to everything?)

Screwing on brackets

The top sides of the Malm dressers are slanted as shown in the photo above, so I had to screw in the screws here at the same angle.  This is so that they wouldn’t poke out through the slanted side (I know this because it happened on the first screw I tried!).  Since all the other edges of the panel are straight, those screws were just screwed in straight down.

For the drawer pulls, they’re meant to be screwed in but I was too lazy to do that.  Instead, I glued them on with E6000.  This would be the appropriate time to say that these pulls are entirely meant for show, and that’s okay.  I do not plan on ever pulling on them, so we should be good to go!

IKEA Malm turned campaign style dresser

DIY Campaign Dresser Makeover- IKEA Malm
I LOVE how the dressers turned out and how they make our bedroom look lighter.  They’re also boyfriend approved, judging from how he described them as “awesome”.  That never happens!  His is on the other side, which you might see in a potential bedroom update later.

Campaign Style Dresser- IKEA Malm MakeoverOne last thing.  I’ve been on a lamp craze lately (did you see my new desk lamp that I shared on Instagram?) and I need to talk about this one.  Please excuse my photo-bomb, unless you like it, then hello!  I recently found it at HomeGoods and am SO excited about how well it goes with my dresser.  It’s a unique version of a nightstand lamp, don’t you think?  Except this one is bright enough to light up most of the room :P.  I thought about moving it to the living room, but I think it’s here to stay in the bedroom.  What do you think about it being here?

Any questions, comments, thoughts about the dresser (or lamp!!) leave them below and let’s chat!

03/19 DIY Projects

Washi Tape Pens- Guest Post at PBteen Blog!

Washi Tape Pens Displayed Hi, guys!  Today I’m guest posting over at the Pottery Barn Teen blog!  The blog launched about a month ago and I’m so excited to be their first DIY contributor.

You may have seen these pens around my blog already and I’ll be sharing how crazy easy they are to “make”.  The goal was to create something simple, easy, affordable, and chic that anyone could re-create.  It’ll take you two seconds to read the how-to and one second to actually do the DIY (time estimates may be slightly exaggerated).  Head on over to the PBteen Blog by clicking here and send the teens in your life as well!  See you there!

03/17 DIY Projects

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

I carried this tree in through the door and the first thing my boyfriend said was, “Why’d you buy a cabbage tree?”  I insisted that the tree is beautiful, was priced excellently ($22!), and that I couldn’t live without it.  He then told me that he thought it was “uncool,” but I don’t care.  I love my cabbage tree.

Fiddle leaf fig trees are being talked about everywhere in the blogosphere right now.  Even as I carted it to the checkout at Home Depot, two people came up to me and asked what kind of plant I was purchasing.  The fiddle leaf is charming us all!

Fiddle Leaf FigIt’s currently sitting in this corner of my living room and I always knew it would be going there.  That keyboard set up next to it is my boyfriend’s, which he hasn’t played ONCE since we moved in and he refuses to let me replace it with a bar cart (C’mon!  Everyone needs one of those!)  I’ll keep trying to make that happen… we’ll see.

I planted the tree in a copper pot which is so perfect in size that I’m thinking I should probably go with one bigger… That’s with the assumption that I’ll keep the tree alive long enough to where it will outgrow the pot.  Apparently the number one killer of fiddle leaf fig trees is over-watering, which is how I’ve killed many other plants.  I’m going to be extra EXTRA careful about that with this one, but I’m glad to see that there already seems to be a new leaf coming out!


That is what’s happening here, right?  Whatever it is, it’s making me hopeful for the future.

If you’ve got any care tips, cautionary tales, or general thoughts on the fiddle leaf, I’d LOVE to hear it in the comments below!  Anything you can tell me to help mine survive or prove that my boyfriend was wrong about the tree being uncool would be greatly appreciated <3.