Hi, everyone! The new year is fast approaching, and what’s exciting for me in 2015 is I’m moving. I’m leaving the farm and sharing a house with a friend in the ‘burbs. While I’ll be living in a much smaller space, I’m excited about decorating and making my new bedroom and bathroom truly my own. Here on the blog, I’ll be showing you my stylish transition to my new place. Will there still be outfit photos? Of course – but now you’ll also be able to follow my DIY adventures. I’ll try out Pinterest tutorials, and you can see the good, bad, and ugly of all my attempts to be handy!
My first major project will be painting a furniture set I’ve had since I was a teenager. It’s been stored in a garage for about 10 years, a little rough around the edges, but not in horrible shape. While I’m going to paint the larger pieces (dresser, chest of drawers, and headboard) after they’re moved, I decided to start by painting a small nightstand to see if I like the paint colors I picked. Here’s the before:
I haven’t finished it yet, but I can show you a couple of pics of the progress I’ve made. I’ll give you a full tutorial later when I work on the whole set. What I can say now is creating this chalk paint look involves lots of sanding and using a screwdriver in a completely unexpected way!
This is my first go at using chalk paint, and so far I like how easy it is to use and all of the options I have to be creative with colors! Here is the nightstand after the base coat of paint:
I want the set to have an old, weathered look so I used a darker paint color to give that effect. Here are the finished drawers for a sneak peek of how I want the final product to end up:
So far, so good! I’m looking forward to the whole bedroom set being complete as well as picking coordinating bedding and decor. I also think my small space solutions will be helpful to all of you looking for a little extra storage for all of your clothing, shoes, and accessories. I need your help, too! What ways have you made extra room in your place? Let me know in the comments. Until next time…make yourself at home!